Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

OK – these guys are pretty fun to watch at times, like a previous video I’d seen where they listened to some actual country – Merle Haggard – for the first time. Really do like their reaction to this one. The only thing they really missed, possibly due to where they cut into the song, though they caught that something transitioned, was that the very opening was done muted, as if being heard played over a static-filled radio speaker complete with stations changing before the opening chords are played, then transitioning to a more local instrument, rather than being two Read more »

The Last Closet

The Last Closet

In a word? Brutal. I finally finished it today. It’s not a fun read, a pleasant read, or an entertaining read – even if there are a couple moments of joy interspersed – but I think it is a necessary one. One I didn’t give up despite setting it aside several times to clear my mind doing or reading something else. It is the tale of a monster. Two of them. One that is still lauded by her peers despite defending a NAMBLA-supporting convicted pedophile, the other said pedophile who the SF/F community around Berkeley debated whether or not to Read more »

A Few 2A Thoughts

A Few 2A Thoughts

A Channel I enjoy on Youtube is Yankee Marshall. I gather he’s a liberal though I haven’t seen his other show, and I disagree with him on a number of things, but he certainly is a no holds barred 2A activist and reasonably entertaining. I also enjoy Black Pigeon Speaks. So some thoughts on student activists and optics, and guns against governments.  

Pacific Rim: Uprising

Pacific Rim: Uprising

My very first post on this blog ages ago was on the soundtrack to Pacific Rim. Described as “the most awesome dumb movie ever made, or the dumbest awesome movie ever made” the movie, the editing, the feeling of mass given to the Jaegers and the Kaiju, it all just worked. I especially appreciated how tightly the opening sequence set the background for one of the main characters, and explained how the world, and the mecha worked. So seeing the trailers, I went “meh”. The mechs seemed to have no mass. And where the first movie has a soundtrack I Read more »

If We Build It…

If We Build It…

Quick and dirty post linking up some odds and ends with a common theme. Oh, and sorry for the reference to Field of Dreams, in part because there’s no guarantee people will come just because you build something. Nevertheless, in response to this,  – http://www.superversivesf.com/2018/01/28/all-art-is-propaganda/ – I saw this comment: No, art is not propaganda. And just because refusing to bow the knee to a cultural revolution in the context of your expression is necessarily a political act, this does not in fact make your work either “politicized” or propaganda. I fully agree. Our refusal to bow before the mob may Read more »

More on Why the Left Should Be Pro Guns

More on Why the Left Should Be Pro Guns

You may remember my tongue in cheek post here. Yes, it was snarky in tone, but the actual leftist argument – that power corrupts, that power imbalances encourage and enable oppression, that power flows from the barrel of a gun, and that handing capitalist oppressors or potential tyrants (where do you think all of the sociopaths who want power over others are going to go?) exclusive power to that given the rather dicey relationship the left already has with the police and military is just stupid, holds true. So true in fact that, courtesy of a post by Eric Raymond, who uncovered Read more »

A Clueless Vet Wants us to Listen Because She’s a Vet

A Clueless Vet Wants us to Listen Because She’s a Vet

One of the annoying things to see is the “Vets for gun reform” crowd. Yes, a percentage of the military, even the front line ground forces, are liberals, and don’t seem to understand the history, context, etc. of the 2A, much less the realities on the ground. Start arguing with them and these regular guys start trying to out-vet you (“Well I have five generations of military service” – thus proving they are playing the vet card to hold a moral level, and in one specific case, missing the dig about my ancestors “fighting socialists – both national and communist – Read more »

It’s Just an Illusion.

It’s Just an Illusion.

I was, and to a degree, still am, a huge fan of the Mark E Rodgers Samurai Cat books. It was a series of books about a ronin cat out to avenge the death of his lord, his wayward nephew, and their misadventures. Each one spoofed various genres, usually lovingly. Conan, Lord of the Rings, Arthurian Legend, Star Wars. And Stephen King. Oh, gods, yes, Stephen King. All too kindly IMO, but there it is. So, in the midst of taking apart the entirety of the  King universe(es), Miowara faces the lead vampire from Salem’s Lot – predictably the Count Read more »