Jan
30
2017
1

The Final ‘Beauty and the Beast’ trailer.

They might just pull this one off.

If so, go them. I’ll feel a lot better about the live-action Mulan WHICH THEY HAD BETTER NOT SCREW UP. In particular, this scene must be perfect. I have used this scene for decades as an illustration on how you use your Intelligence stat in a game: (more…)

Jan
27
2017
1

Book of the Week: Wylding Hall.

I picked Wylding Hall because Ken Hite over at Facebook managed to suggest that people who don’t read Elizabeth Hand are, in the long run, not fully succeeding in life. …So far, it been a lot of fun. Sixties rock and roll meets folklore; and it’s proper folklore, too. Which is to say: dangerous, unpredictable, and bleakly indifferent to your feelings.  Worth the $2.83, easy.

And so, adieu to Northanger Abbey.

 

Jan
26
2017
6

Permit me to apologize in advance. [UPDATED.]

I am going to be simultaneously exasperated and apprehensive about something that I absolutely should not talk about – and that’s not an invitation to tease the information out of me, either. Half of the mistakes that get made in Dizzy City get made when somebody starts spouting off when he or she really should have known better. It never ends well, really.

This particular bit of foreknowledge should hopefully permit me to keep my mouth shut and my lid unflipped; but if I seem snappish for a few days that’s the reason why. It’s nobody’s fault here.  If I do become too snarly, let me know so that I can stop doing that.

[UPDATE: I can stand down. There’s still jackwagonry going on, but it will not have any actual direct, drastic effect on my family. So I can relax!  Yay….]

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Jan
23
2017
21

Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Supposedly, that’s the name: “STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.” Which definitely suggests that we’re going to see at least the Jedi training stuff from Empire Strikes Back being evoked in this film. Although… not to be unkind about this, but: the Jedi do not exactly have the best historical track record when it comes to either the Force, or the proper care and feeding of the galaxy.  For that matter, neither do the Sith. In fact, they’re both pretty much filled with habitual screw-ups, aren’t they?  Possibly they should just junk the whole thing and start over.

“But… but… but… lightsabers!”  Yes, yes, lightsabers are cool.  But old dudes on remote planets distributing laser swords is no basis for a system of government.

Jan
17
2017
10

Tweet of the Day, This Is Why We Don’t Have Self-Driving Cars edition.

OK, I’m going to cheat, here.

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Jan
16
2017
3

The half-Taunting Horizon Zero Dawn trailer.

Yeeeeah it’s probably just as well that Horizon Zero Dawn isn’t going to be on the PC. It would quite possibly eat all of my time.  And leave temporal crumbs on the floor.

Jan
16
2017
2

*Also* in the Mail: The Tremors Attack Pack.

I picked up the Tremors Attack Pack, which includes the first four Tremors movies (at least three of which I actually want to see!) because I was in Best Buy and I said Lo! I wish to purchase that movie, or even a collection of those movies!  Alas, Best Buy couldn’t be arsed to keep a copy on stock.  Fortunately, Amazon could – and they make it really easy to order from your phone.

…This is, like, symbolic of our entire modern economy, huh? (more…)

Jan
10
2017
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Adventure Seed: Galactic Discovery.

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Galactic Discovery

 

So Humanity’s made it into interstellar space, gotten past whatever-it-is that kept us from detecting the Galactic civilization, and is now in the process of creating a vast star empire (translation: going through the lists of empty planets that can easily support human life, and colonizing the closest ones). Maybe there’s been a war or two, or just some tense diplomatic exchanges, but everything is now humming along smoothly. Or even reasonably smoothly.

 

And then the summons to the local sector of Galactic Court comes in the mail.

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Jan
09
2017
3

So, Monster Trucks is coming out on Friday…

…and I will repeat what I said earlier: it might not actually suck.

I mean, my kids will undoubtedly love Monster Trucks when it ends up on Netflix, which means that I’ll be watching it seventeen billion times anyway.  I might as well hope for the best, right? Roll with the punches, and all that.  I wonder how the reviews will go?

Jan
05
2017
2

:Staggers into view:

Field trip.  First graders, visiting the National Aquarium.  Which means, of course, that everybody had to see all the nemos and dorys.  And the octopuses. And the eels. And the Aquarium’s actually fairly impressive collection of poisonous tree frogs, which the children found suitably impressive once I explained just how deadly said frogs were.  It’s never too early to get kids interested in the biological sciences.

Anyway. WIPED.  My children made me take a nap as soon as we all got home; they’d do their homework, and have their mom take a look at it.  Which they then gratifyingly proceeded to do. It’s nice when they get old enough to handle stuff, huh?

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