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Mon, 22 May 2017 12:27:46 -0700

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The Doctor is in and ready to rock #twinpeaks #doctorjacoby...

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:50:54 -0700

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The Doctor is in and ready to rock #twinpeaks #doctorjacoby #letsrock




obscurelittlebird:Incorrect Quotes: Jane Eyre (42/?)

Sun, 21 May 2017 08:07:47 -0700

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Incorrect Quotes: Jane Eyre (42/?)




A deep cut for all the transmedia heads

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:38:35 -0700

Scene from a meeting earlier today:

Me: *says something about a story idea*

Reply: “Yeah, but they really only want a light narrative wrapper.”

Me: “The only narrative rapper I care about is Slick Rick!” 




(via Silver Strain - A Blue Rose [Twin Peaks] - YouTube) It’s...

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:31:31 -0700

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(via Silver Strain - A Blue Rose [Twin Peaks] - YouTube)

It’s all Twin Peaks all the time around here this week. And I’ve got this on repeat. 

Meanwhile.




FRAINS FOR THE FRAIN GOD!

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:47:15 -0700

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FRAINS FOR THE FRAIN GOD!







"Are we monsters? I know it is a distinctly odd question to ask, the sort of question people ask in..."

Sun, 14 May 2017 11:30:40 -0700

Are we monsters? I know it is a distinctly odd question to ask, the sort of question people ask in self-reflection only after losing a war of aggression, as the Germans and Japanese did in the wake of World War II, or in the aftermath of some mass derangement, as Rwandans did after their intramural slaughter.

But perhaps it ought to be asked as well when a democratically elected legislature votes to throw tens of millions of poor people off the health care rolls for no ostensible reason other than to hand one party a victory for which it was desperate, and to hand the rich another windfall, as happened last Thursday when the House voted to disembowel Obamacare.

Sometimes, a nation has to look in the mirror. Sometimes it has to come to a reckoning.



- Are We Monsters — BillMoyers.com



Hold The Bullpen Door

Sun, 14 May 2017 11:04:12 -0700

Hold The Bullpen Door:

In the latest FTA, the players are falling left and right, and yet the team’s been playing well. We speculate irresponsibly about Matt Harvey’s psyche. A new woodwind supplier opens in Queens.




"So here’s where we stood as of Thursday evening: 138 Democrats and independents had called for the..."

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:40:23 -0700

So here’s where we stood as of Thursday evening: 138 Democrats and independents had called for the appointment of a special prosecutor; just one Republican had joined that call. Another 84 Democrats had called for an independent investigation, joined by only six Republicans.

At this point, in other words, almost an entire party appears to have decided that potential treason in the cause of tax cuts for the wealthy is no vice. And that’s barely hyperbole.

How did a whole party become so, well, un-American? For this story now goes far beyond Trump.

In some ways conservatism is returning to its roots. Much has been made of Trump’s revival of the term “America First,” the name of a movement opposed to U.S. intervention in World War II. What isn’t often mentioned is that many of the most prominent America-firsters weren’t just isolationists, they were actively sympathetic to foreign dictators; there’s a more or less straight line from Charles Lindbergh proudly wearing the medal he received from Hermann Göring to Trump’s cordial relations with Rodrigo Duterte, the literally murderous president of the Philippines.

But the more proximate issue is the transformation of the Republican Party, which bears little if any resemblance to the institution it used to be, say during the Watergate hearings of the 1970s. Back then, Republican members of Congress were citizens first, partisans second. But today’s G.O.P. is more like a radical, anti-democratic insurgency than a conventional political party.



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Judas, Tax Cuts and the Great Betrayal - The New York Times

The Culture War never ended.

Heck, the Civil War never ended.




"Of all the film adaptations that have wrestled with the Arthurian legend, the one that comes closest..."

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:39:41 -0700

“Of all the film adaptations that have wrestled with the Arthurian legend, the one that comes closest to capturing its grandeur is John Boorman’s Excalibur (1981), a mad, magnificent movie that belongs on any responsible list of modern cult classics.”

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‘Excalibur’ Is the Only Good King Arthur Movie – The Ringer

Another early entry in the “narrative cohesion can be over-rated” canon for me.




(via We Need the Help of Intel Agencies Around the World | The...

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:57:57 -0700

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(via We Need the Help of Intel Agencies Around the World | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ - YouTube)

“I appeal to the intelligence agencies and the governments of what is left of the free world … We the citizens of the U.S. are the victims of a coup. We need your leaks, your information, your intelligence, your recordings, your videos, your conscience. The civilian government and the military of the United States are no longer in the hands of the people, nor in the control of any responsible individuals on whom you can rely.”







You had once stated that there is not one good thing about nerd culture. Why do you think that?

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:51:10 -0700

Hi, sea lion! One reason I think that is because nerd culture, by prioritizing information acquisition over social cues (at the very kindest interpretation), encourages exactly this kind of long-after-the-fact litigation of an off-the-cuff remark made in the context of some gamergate shittery that anyone with a functioning moral compass would disavow.

Fuck feeling sorry for yourself and entitled to revenge because your consumption preferences temporarily made you feel less sexually attractive than people who had slightly different consumption preferences. Fuck “finding your community,” when that means finding people who encourage hair-splitting defensiveness about shitty misogynistic, racist, and homophobic attitudes because you all like similar corporate products. Fuck using consumer profiles as identity politics, and fuck using a surface grasp of identity politics as a rhetorical tool to position yourself as a perpetual victim, and therefore justified in participating in any campaign of rhetorical or actual violence against perceived enemies. Fuck not growing up.

“But that’s not nerd culture!” It is now. I don’t give a shit about the halcyon days of Trekkers and the Merry Marvel Marching Society and watching Monty Python after midnight on PBS and having to learn to call it anime instead of Japanimation. As a culture, it is past redemption and needs to be abandoned. The total destruction of every nerd-beloved cultural property (which, by the way, is not remotely on the table) would be worth it if it meant right-wing sociopaths stopped having a tribalistic pretext to harass women of color. Just for instance.

If it’s a war, I’m with the social justice warriors every time. And, real talk, I hate the fact that my own nerdy heroic-fantasy-devouring adolescence encouraged that particular metaphor – it’s not a war. It’s a symptom of broader cultural instability, and there is no idyllic harmony that will be restored if one side or the other “loses,” just a further entrenchment of neoliberal capitalist hegemonic power. So diminish, and go into the west.




picturacinematographica: Dune, 1984 Epic Sci Fi Directed by...

Mon, 08 May 2017 19:43:54 -0700

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Dune, 1984

Epic Sci Fi

Directed by David Lynch

Director of photography: Freddie Francis

The spice must flow.




shenanigism: shenanigism: what did the french trademark lawyer say to her wife je ™

Fri, 05 May 2017 21:09:06 -0700

shenanigism:

shenanigism:

what did the french trademark lawyer say to her wife

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"But, I do think that if there’s a sort of “moral” to Frankenstein, that who did Mary Shelley..."

Fri, 05 May 2017 14:27:03 -0700

But, I do think that if there’s a sort of “moral” to Frankenstein, that who did Mary Shelley her­self most iden­ti­fy with? Probably the crea­ture. You know, as Joey said, the “unnamed crea­ture.” Why? Because that’s how peo­ple respond­ed to her. As an intel­lec­tu­al wom­an and as an unwed moth­er, she was called a whore. When peo­ple found out that she wrote Frankenstein they said what kind of wom­an would write such a book? Must be some­thing wrong with her. There’s some­thing per­verse about a wom­an who would write such a book.

So lat­er in her life she says, “I wrote it, but that’s because the idea came to me in a dream.” And we know that isn’t true because we have her note­books. She in fact thought of the idea. She worked on it real­ly hard. She worked on it real­ly hard while young wom­en around her were killing them­selves. And also, inci­den­tal­ly, she was read­ing the his­to­ry of slav­ery. So she’s ded­i­cat­ing her­self to the ideas of social injus­tice and the suf­fer­ing of those who are con­sid­ered mon­strous by their own soci­ety, her­self includ­ed.

So, she sees her­self as a wom­an who’s trying—she wants to pub­lish and be smart in her world, as some­one who’s going evoke feel­ings of mon­st— [To audi­ence (Joey Eschrich?)] You said a feel­ing of mon­stros­i­ty? People will react to her as though she’s a mon­ster, and she’s say­ing, “Don’t do that.”



- The Spawn of Frankenstein: Fear of the Unknown - Annalee Newitz, Bina Venkataraman, Charlotte Gordon, David Guston, Jacob Brogan | Open Transcripts



"I have never read, nor will I ever write, an alternate history as creative and thoroughly wrought as..."

Fri, 05 May 2017 10:45:39 -0700

I have never read, nor will I ever write, an alternate history as creative and thoroughly wrought as the one I read in high school. Alternate history requires the author to change a few fundamental facts about the history of the world we live in. These alterations usually take the form of “what if the Confederacy won?” or “what if the Nazis won?” or “what if the Industrial Revolution relied on steam?” But the alternate history book I read in high school had a premise deeper than these ones—something slightly less reductive, more far-reaching. Something that didn’t boil history down to a single pivotal event, but that instead boiled it down to a feeling, to an idea.

I studied this particular book for a full year—in a display of singular dedication to an idea, the teacher designed her entire district-approved curriculum around it. The premise of this particular alternate history was “what if everything was fine?”



- Facing Facts: American Identity is Based on Alternate History | Tor.com



"Perhaps that itching sensation in the back of our collective necks that the problems of a complex..."

Tue, 02 May 2017 15:15:01 -0700

Perhaps that itching sensation in the back of our collective necks that the problems of a complex and complicated society can’t actually be solved by one man and two fists alone is a much needed corrective to the soul-corroding, engagement-killing, anti-intellectual effect of centuries of national myths of rugged individualism.

Perhaps the notion that human failings as difficult as fascism, anti-semitism, militarism, toxic masculinity, and rampant technocratic consumerism will only be solved by God if they are not solved by all of us together is a necessary moral lesson that does not get the air time it deserves—even though Spielberg, Lucas, Kaufman, and Kasdan have provided a dramatically perfect model of how to monetize it for entertainment.

Perhaps the myth of the Great Man as savior of the entire world —though a beguiling and entertaining way to while away an afternoon—is as bad a trap as the evils that overwhelm us in our daily life because it specifically invites the rest of us to sit back, stay out of the fray, and wait for a bullwhip-wielding academic or a group of repentant time-traveling dwarves to show up with armies to save us.



- In Praise of Deus (Ex Machina) - Uncanny Magazine



mjandersen replied to your photo: Achievement Unlocked - draft of pilot...

Mon, 01 May 2017 17:38:45 -0700

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please make a bursar / “burr sir” pun at some point. please do this for me.

Didn’t do that, but I did write in a small potential cameo for Leslie Odom Jr. :)