Feb
18
2019
17

My estimate for Captain Marvel’s Box Office.

100-120 million opening, 600-800 million total. This is an origin story with a not previous movie-established superhero (unlike Black Panther or Aquaman, both of whom I think benefited strongly from strong appearances in ensemble films) with a low budget (for the MCU) and no horror stories about filming and/or production. Marvel gets 600 million out of this, they’re happy and will make a sequel.

More to the point: that was likely the plan all along, and I am going to say right now that Captain Marvel isn’t going to make a billion bucks and there was never any chance that it would. This is an Ant-Man and the Wasp movie hoping to be Thor: Ragnarok, and there are worse things to be than between those two movies.

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Feb
17
2019
0

‘The Maid on the Shore.’

It’s funny: you can go quite a while in the SCA before you realize that you’ve been listening to this guy for decades.

The Maid on the Shore, Stan Rogers

Feb
17
2019
0

February Patreon Pledge Drive: 2/17/2019.

Patreon!

Busy day today… elsewhere. No worries, though. The work remains.

Patreon!

Feb
17
2019
2

Item Seed: YourConspiracy.exe

YourConspiracy.exe

Oddly, YourConspiracy.exe is easy to find on the Internet.  Most public domain software download sites will have a copy; it’ll run on most PCs.  The program seems like it was designed with Windows 7 in mind.

Using YourConspiracy.exe is merely a matter of starting it up, then navigating through the five hundred, twenty three question survey that it gives you.  These questions start out intrusive (full name, aliases, credit history, blood type, bank routing number) and only get worse; later questions range from ‘What is your favorite color combination?’ to ‘How many people do you think you could order be killed before their faces started haunting you at night?,’ and seem to draw on a database based on your previous answers.  Most people don’t make it past the bank account questions; virtually nobody answers every question sincerely and truthfully.

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Feb
17
2019
0
Feb
17
2019
1

Patreon Microfiction: Perfectly Reasonable Explanation.

Patreon!

I think that, if things like “Perfectly Reasonable Explanation” happened, people would respond to them like that. Seriously, though: what’s the alternative? Forget about failing to convince the world; what happens if you succeed?

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Feb
16
2019
0

February Patreon Pledge Drive, 2/16/2019.

Patreon!

Halfway point! …To the month. Remember: for a buck a month you get fiction and gaming stuff! There’s never been a better time to sign up!

Patreon!

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Feb
16
2019
0

Book of the Week: Pirate Utopia.

Bruce Sterling’s Italian Futurist alternate-history Pirate Utopia is, indeed, more of a novella than a novel, so pick it up in Kindle. If you like Italian-themed dieselpunk that is very, very strange and not at all concerned as to your expectations from books. I will warn you; this is an odd-tasting tome. Many people who have reviewed it seem to scratch their heads as to whether or not they actually liked it, although almost nobody seems to be upset that they read it. I’m not even sure whether I really liked it, either. But I’m not upset that I read it.

Feb
16
2019
0

Location Seed: Invasion Caches.

Invasion Caches

Based on what records exist, there were one thousand of these built in the USA in 1954 and 1955: twenty to a state, including what is now Alaska and Hawaii (ironically, the most well-preserved Invasion Cache publicly found to date was located outside Anchorage, Alaska).  However, no Invasion Caches have been found in Puerto Rico, or any of the USA’s other overseas territories. Presumably, the government agency who built these decided to make the reasonable assumption that Alaska and Hawaii would be states before too much longer.

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