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Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:37:26 +0000

So I came across a blog recently that the writer started to document her successes at meeting goals for herself. The interesting conceit of the list of goals is “NxN”—that is N things done by the age of N. So, as the title of my post suggests, I would create a list of 30 things […]

The end of an age

Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:57:37 +0000

Last night, a rather significant era in my life ended. And it’s the end of an era that I am sharing with a lot of people all around the world, though when they experience it wasn’t necessarily last night. For some, it probably ended a week or two ago. For most, it’ll probably be in […]

Learning to webscrape and playing with regex

Sun, 08 Apr 2012 00:27:17 +0000

When I posted about the trend in movies toward franchises, I briefly ruminated on the idea of doing a similar, more in-depth analysis for all of the wide-release movies in the US from 1980-2011. The biggest stumbling block was the size of the data set — 31 years with anywhere from 80 to 160 movies […]

Remakes and adaptations in the movies, part 2

Fri, 30 Mar 2012 05:25:44 +0000

On Reddit today, someone submitted a link to a page which attempted to take a look to see if Hollywood is giving up on original scripts. The approach the author took wasn’t very good, only evaluating the top 10 US grossing movies in 2011, 2001, 1991, and 1981. By taking such a limited sampling of […]

On individualism

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 21:40:39 +0000

If you ask me about my political leanings, I’m likely to tell you that I’m a small-L libertarian. Or a philosophical minarchist. Small-L libertarianism — at it’s most basic, socially liberal and fiscally conservative — is the “new” big thing in American politics. One of the key characteristics of libertarians and of a lot of […]

Remakes and adaptations in the movies, an analysis

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:49:33 +0000

Last week, Jami Noguchi posted a brief bit about Cowboys & Aliens, The Smurfs, Captain America and Harry Potter. He brought up an rather frequent complaint from movie fans: That Hollywood prefers to remake old movies or adapt movies from other media formats (novels, tv shows, comic books, etc). And I think pretty much everyone […]

Reader Fail

Tue, 09 Aug 2011 15:12:48 +0000

My primary source for news is my RSS feed. Like a lot of people, I use Google Reader to maintain it. But for a while now, I’ve noticed a glitch where embedded videos occasionally get propagated down through the feed, replacing later videos and other embedded frames. Some of them are occasionally amusing juxtapositions. As […]

Swing is alive

Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:45:18 +0000

Most people today are aware that there was a swing music and dancing revival during the late 90s, at least to the extent that they remember a GAP commercial with khaki-clad dancers, one or two of the bands that enjoyed brief pop chart success, and maybe a few of the movies that featured music and […]

Review: Bug Jack Barron

Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:57:32 +0000

So I just finished up reading Norman Spinrad’s Bug Jack Barron, a rather curious novel dating from the New Wave era of science fiction. And dated it definitely is. The plot follows a fascinating pseudo-detective storyline centering on the titular character, Jack Barron. Barron is a civil rights activist turned television talk show host of […]

Review: Wise Man’s Fear

Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:05:09 +0000

In the land of fantasy literature, fans are pretty much guaranteed of a few things. Rule number one is that if they really, really, really like a series of books, they are going to have to wait longer than they originally expected for the next book in the series to be published. Another good rule […]