Jan 22, 2018

"not suitable for most advertisers"

YouTube recently notified me that I have three videos "not suitable for most advertisers". Two of them are episodes of The Bill & Frantz Show. Subject matter, perhaps? But the last video that is "not suitable for most advertisers" is the following improvisation, titled "I Thought It Through":

Jan 5, 2018

Book Review 13: Phasma

Star Wars: Phasma
Yet another Star Wars book, this one featuring a major (or at least middling) character. Captain Phasma has been an elusive character in the movies. We read this book to learn more about her, and we learn in her history that she is... elusive! She's been cultivating her enigmadom all along!


Dec 26, 2017

Book Review 12: Star Wars: Canto Bight

Star Wars: Canto Bight
This is another book with stories surrounding a major Star Wars movie, but with incidental characters. Canto Bight appears in a sub-plot in the new Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. Finn and friends go to this expensive Sin City to find a codebreaker to help them sneak onto a New Order ship. I watched it again (for the second time) but still didn't see any of the characters in the book. I was particulaary looking for the masseuse mentioned in the review, but didn't catch his face. But those crowd scenes are dense!


Dec 5, 2017

The "Is It Shitty?" Rule

The Trump Administration may seem haphazard in words and actions, but they consistently follow one rule:
The "Is It Shitty?" Rule:

Trump: Is it shitty?
Flunky: Yes, sir.
Trump: Then do it!

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, Photo by Gage Skidmore.



Nov 2, 2017

Book Review 11: Star Wars: A Certain Point of View

Star Wars: A Certain Point of View
This a collection of short stories by multiple authors from the perspectives of background characters during Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Writing quality varies, but overall it's interesting for fans. Plots range from painfully obvious to insightful.


Available at Amazon.

Sep 21, 2017

Book Review 10: The Armageddon Rag by George R. R. Martin

The Armageddon Rag by George R. R. Martin

Martin's forgotten novel from 1983 is like Big Chill meets Spinal Tap, with a tough version of George as brash detective. Reading this in strife-ridden Saint Louis echoes surprisingly well, with helicopters hovering*, daily street protests, and repeated unpunished murder. The ghosts of the past keep coming back to life.


* When the helicopter was flying over, there was indeed a demonstration happening just a couple blocks away.