Well, It’s a Life

(Here’s another thing I found from around 10 years ago. It’s a little long in the tooth and fairly obvious, but here it is.) Child labor and abuse. Shattered dreams and an evil Republican cripple. Frustration, poverty, and an idiot uncle. A wife who wasn’t your first choice and a family you never really wanted….

The Hobbit Review: High Frame Rate

(Warning: Possible, minor spoilers. Nothing earth-shattering, but you’ve been warned.) The Hobbit is a good movie, but the 48 FPS (High Frame Rate) version just does not work. It was so distracting that I couldn’t really get into the movie. A lot of the time, it looked like we were watching a behind-the-scenes featurette on a…

Green Tambourine

(I recently found this amongst a few files I recovered from an old hard drive. It was published in August of 2003 on my old website. I’ve edited it for spelling, accuracy, and clarity) I’ve listened to Green Tambourine at least a few hundred times, if not more, and I don’t know why I love…

This is the Future

At around 10:45 Pacific time on August 5, 2012, I realized I was living in the Future. We only learned how to fly just a hair over a hundred years ago, and last night we used a sky-crane straight out of science fiction to lower a nuclear-powered robot the size of a car onto another…

Review of Kim Stanley Robinson’s 2312

Summary: A weak protagonist and an even weaker ending overwhelm what could have been a strong and thoughtful novel. 2312 presumably takes place within the same universe as Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy, but it fails to live up to the thoughtfulness and epic scope of those books. The protagonist is a silly, shallow, self-absorbed dilettante who flits about…

Expired

I’ve been going through Wired’s first issue on the iPad and it barely resembles the safe, neutered magazine that bears its name today. I didn’t buy the first issue, but I did read most every issue up until around 1997 or so. I had always been a fan of the cyberpunk genre and a huge technology…

Phoenix Comicon 2012: Good Times, Great Con

If you’ve grown tired of the frustration machine known as San Diego Comic-Con and you’re casting about for something that has a bit of that old comic con magic, then do yourself a favor and head on over to Phoenix next year, because Phoenix Comicon has got it going on. In a word, the Phoenix…

My Problem With Zombies

The number one problem with zombies, as far as I’ve seen them depicted, is that they’re a short term threat. I’m not talking about the type of zombies in 28 Days Later, where people just get a virus and become dicks, I’m talking about genuine, shambling, ambulatory corpses seeking BRAAAIINS (or zombie cattle seeking GRAAAIIINS)….

How “The Final Countdown” Should’ve Went

So we’re watching The Final Countdown, and while I thought this movie was cool as a kid because it had airplanes, ships, and time travel, the ending of the movie is really quite lame, because it negates the previous 1.5 hrs of story. It leaves you wondering what the point of all of it was, if…

Comics: How to Kill the Past Without Aborting the Future?

So the new Batman #1 is vastly better than Detective Comics #1. It’s well-drawn and written, and it left me wanting to read the next issue. Also, I never would’ve read it had it not been available for sale through DC’s app on the iPad. Marvel really needs to listen up and take notes — digital is the way…