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Hating Sansa Stark (and Not for Her Femininity)

By on Apr 27, 2015 in All, Books, Writing, Publishing, Culture, Feminism, Movies and TV, Writers, Writing |

Readers hate Sansa Stark and feminists argue that Sansa is a strong character, hiding behind her feminine whiles. Here’s why they’re both wrong.

Chuck Lorre, Please Don’t Stop

By on Nov 27, 2013 in Culture, Movies and TV, Politics | 1 comment

“I’m confused as to why a poorly designed web site means affordable health care is a bad idea.” Chuck Lorre pretty much sums it up. Also, I would by that children’s book about the leaf.

The Freaks and Geeks Parents

By on Aug 28, 2013 in Culture, Gotta Hear This Music, Movies and TV |

Just wanted to share this photo of the parents from Freaks and Geeks. This was a screencap that I grabbed that just happened to be where the show was paused. I thought it was a great shot, each of the parents looking uniquely funny. Supporting cast never get enough love, you know? This is from Episode 15, “Moshing and Noshing”. Oh, I know, ya’ll are so spoiled you expect a music track on a silly little post like this. OK, fine, but only because Childish Gambino happens to have titled a song as a tribute to the show. Here’s a remix from Star Slinger, who is one of the hottest electro DJs to come on the scene in the past few years. There’s a free download...

Digression, Regression, Return

By on Jul 9, 2010 in All, Culture, Movies and TV | 4 comments

If there is a reason I don’t finish the-Great-American-Novel it is because I live in a world where I can track down lost sit-coms from my childhood. The kind like this episode of Square Pegs, wherein Bill Murray plays a substitute teacher who tells his student, “OK chocolate lady, do your thing to me.” This whole Square Pegs thing came up because my sweetie had a childhood crush on Jami Gertz, who plays a supporting role as the prissy gossip (yeah, I’m his type). I’m all, “oh, yeah, I do remember a show where Sarah Jessica Parker plays a nerd.” How could I resist looking that up? The acting is terrible (except Bill Murray here, but he’s a guest) but the writing is good enough to pull you through. The music is terrific and terrifically eighties. But the true joy is the sheer nostalgia. The clothing alone is a nostalgia trip. You...

The recent dangers of flying rocks and CO2.

By on Jul 4, 2006 in Climate Change, Movies and TV, Politics |

By far the most disturbing class I ever took in college was astronomy. The planetarium shows always featured either the theme, “Look how insignificant we are,” or ,”We could all die at any minute.” Our instructor told us about asteroids that hit our little planet all the time. We saw pictures. The conversation goes… “So if this had been a major city, millions would have died.” “Shouldn’t we be concerned?” “Oh, well, it’s unlikely.” “Yeah, but that one you have on the screen happened about two years ago.” “Yes, but it is most likely to hit the ocean, or an unoccupied land mass. Like this giant crater in this slide… anyway, if they see it coming, they could nudge it several inches from thousands of miles away and that would be enough to steer it off course.” “Didn’t...