Jul
01
2015
1

‘Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.’

Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’Michael Jackson

I was in an early Jackson mood a couple of days ago.  With ‘early’ being defined as ‘we could still pretend that there wasn’t something going wrong in that poor guy’s head.’ Just… messed up, man. It was all just messed up.

Jun
30
2015
6

The Machete Order for watching Star Wars films.

This is from 2011, but my wife told me about today, so I don’t care. Machete Order is a modified version of a way to watch the Star Wars flicks… oh, let him describe it to you.

I’d like to modify this into what I’ve named Machete Order on the off chance that this catches on because I’m a vain asshole.

Next time you want to introduce someone to Star Wars for the first time, watch the films with them in this order: IV, V, II, III, VI

Notice something? Yeah, Episode I is gone.

To make it simpler: the way we learned it it would be Star Wars, Empire, Attack of the Clones,  Revenge of the Sith, Jedi, with Phantom Menace tossed out in the trash.  And, do you know something?  This is exactly how the series should be watched. Everybody must do it this way now! Science demands it!

SCIENCE DEMANDS IT!

Jun
30
2015
1

Ooh. Pelgrane Press is putting out a hardback Cthulhu Apocalypse campaign setting.

I thought that that was what the countdown on their site was for. Anyway, I’ve previously bought the gaming supplements that are acting as the backbone for Cthulhu Apocalypse; it’s basically all about how to roleplaying out the end of the world, Mythos-style. Which means, yeah, the world is going to end and that is the way of it. You don’t play anything with the title ‘Cthulhu’ in it for a Magical Sparkly Happy Ending and the Krogan baking you a cake, is what I’m saying.

Jun
30
2015
16

Quote of the Day, Victories Are Fragile edition.

This here is an important point that can’t be brought up enough.

Ever wonder why no interesting center-left Democrats aren’t challenging an increasingly vulnerable Hillary Clinton? There aren’t any. Nobody. No one.

As Britain and France were bled white by their World War I battles, the Democrats were drained by a series of midterm debacles in which those in swing states were punished by voters, and all but the bluest of blue were cut down. On the altar of healthcare, Democrats sacrificed the fruit of two cycles of party-expansion, the picking of people who could win in red states and red districts, to bolster the party’s breadth and appeal.

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Jun
29
2015
2

‘Freedom! ’90.’

This got mentioned today in Twitter, and… well. It’s a good song.

Freedom! ’90George Michael

Yeah. 1990.

Jun
29
2015
10

Tweet of the Day, So, Yeah, @RichardDawkins’ Utopia Is Whites-Only edition.

This is why people shouldn’t try to write alternate history without doing their technical reading first.

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Jun
29
2015
2

‘Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man.’

It’s not exactly good. It’s more like it’s an interesting reminder that the state of the art in CGI is pretty danged freaky these days. I mean, somebody did this at home. I reserve the right to still channel my fifteen year old self and go, Wow.  It’s the future.

 

Jun
29
2015
12

So, how well have the Beatles movies aged?

I’ve never actually seen any of them – besides Yellow Submarine, of course. Are they worth perusing? I mean, we don’t even really make that kind of movie anymore. Or do we? I haven’t really thought about this particular genre before today, which is kind of odd when you think about it.

Jun
28
2015
1

‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.’

Listen to it fast, before they take it off of iTunes.  Which, by the way, is something that I couldn’t see Steve Jobs ever doing.  Say what you like about the man, but he believed in communication.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie DownThe Band

Jun
28
2015
3

Book of the Week: “The Annihilation Score.”

This one I am anticipating: The Annihilation Score (A Laundry Files Novel) will not be out for another week and a half, and I don’t think that I’m going luck out with this one and find a copy at a Borders bookstore that had unaccountably been put out early (which is what happened to me with another book in this series).  Mostly because Borders doesn’t exist anymore, of course.  Anyway, this is going to be the latest book in Charlie Stross’s Lovecraft-meets-spy-novels-meets-computer-math series, and it’s been a pretty nifty series so far. Hopefully, Charlie can keep a handle on his increasing tendency to conspiracy crank before the Great Old Ones come to finish the series by eating everybody’s souls – which is a selling point for this series, actually. It’s Lovecraftian cosmic horror. You know everybody’s gonna die. The author promised. (more…)

Jun
28
2015
3

‘SpaceX rocket explodes after launch.’

Well, it generally fits the tone for the weekend: “An unmanned rocket by Elon Musk’s SpaceX on a resupply mission to the International Space Station exploded Sunday just minutes after launch.” ….Annnnd I’m just going to delete the rest of that rant. Not productive.

Jun
27
2015
5

‘Enter Sandman.’

Enter SandmanMetallica

So, yeah, at my game today the subject of Metallica sucking came up – as it does – and it was pointed out to me that this song does not, in point of fact, suck.  Shoot, I think that it even made it into a Weird Al Yankovic polka compilation. So there’s that.

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