Lovely People

Lovely People

I've written before about a webcomic called Stand Still, Stay Silent. Love the artwork and storytelling on it. Unfortunately, I don't follow it daily, as only a few pages a week are released, so I often go a month or two before catching up, only to find myself waiting for the next installment yet again. It seems Minna, the artist and writer, has been busy with a new short comic/standalone story. The first clue I had was a piece of artwork posted with "a new comic about cute animals in a dystopian social credit system," - and the style…

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Nolan vs PC?

Nolan vs PC?

There are days that I wonder what Nolan, the man behind Tenet, Interstellar, and Dunkirk, is up to. He's obviously in the system, and regarded enough to have men like Michael Caine and Mat Damon eagerly take part in his movies. On the other hand, almost every recent movie is a giant fuck you to globalist and leftist shibboleths in some way shape or form. MementoThis is one that doesn't quite fit the mold, as the trend I'm noting is a more recent change. I think the point Wright made in his review of Tenet is well put - it…

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Tenet

Tenet

A while back I said I would write of Tenet, and didn't - in large part for the selfsame reasons that John C Wright points out in the beginning of his multi-part review of the movie, that to say almost anything of it is to spoil it. I generally don't believe in spoilers, and the movie holds up to multiple viewings, but I also want to maximize how much of it is caught fresh the first time, so I'll try to stick with what is obvious, or at least strongly implied, by the trailer. It starts as a spy thriller…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

TruthJust a reminder - You don't have to be an expert on a subject at hand, but there are several ways to spot a lie even when you are not an expert. One is to look for actions at odds with stated goals. At minimum, assuming it's not incompetence, blind pride, etc., it means there is something else on the line than what is stated.  "But I only", or similar construction, when they've done far more than was needed to achieve that goal, especially when doing things counter to that goal, is a dead giveaway.  Take Ms. Markle's recent interview…

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Forced Perspectives - On Higher Powers 4

Forced Perspectives - On Higher Powers 4

(I'd looked at several of Tim Power's books before - incuding the earlier Vickery and Castine story, Alternate Routes). Since we last saw Vickery and Castine, things had not quite returned to normal. Sure, Ingrid Castine went back to work for the hush-hush transportation agency who's rogue manager had tried to kill her, and Vickery, a former secret service agent, was living a quiet life in a small home near the highway.  But both were a bit unmoored from time, able to see things that had recently happened nearby. What else could one expect of people who had literally gone…

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Maintenance - Done

Maintenance - Done

The site will be getting a couple backend updates at some point today, and be unavailable for a few hours. Update: The majority of the work is done - the site has been migrated to a new server instance. The site is back up. Still getting a few things with older images straightened out. Final Update: the tricky (and fast), as well as tedious (waiting on uploads) parts of the backend updates and migrations are done.  I still have to clean up some old entries that didn't get all the formatting right from the wordpress and blogger days, but that's…

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More Popcorn

While I've written on how to make better popcorn at home, Brian Neimeier has gone into it in somewhat more detail. I'll have to try the presalting, as well as the timing of turning off the heat.…

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Appendix N-

Appendix N-

It's always year zero for the social justice (and believing) set - so the events of but a few short years back, namely the nomination of Jeffro Johnson's Appendix N to the Hugo slate, and being dismissed among other works and editors for being liked by the wrong people are already ancient history lost in the antiquity of time. And one surely cannot expect a writer for a prestigious outlet like Boingboing to do better than indian tech support, and go off script enough to check if there are any books out there on the subject of the stories that…

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