Dead Hobby Walking

Miniature wargames in general, and historical wargaming in particular, are headed down the same road as every other hobby out there. You’d think those with an interest in history would be better prepared to learn from the history of other hobbies, but it doesn’t look that way. A lot...

My State < Your State

The Mayor of Honolulu noticed a real problem.  The people had adapted to all of his intrusive and un-necessary restrictions on daily life in these days of Chinese SupaDupaAIDS.  To make matters worse, those numbers did what he said they would if everyone adapted to his intrusive and un-necessary...

Bill And Ted’s Excellent Family Adventure

Sat the family down this past long weekend to show them this masterpiece of family cinema. The effects are a bit dated, but it holds up just fine. To my great surprise the seven year old laughed riotously through most of it.  She was a bit bored at the...

Wretched Son

Been teasing this new release for a while, and so it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to my latest creation:  Wretched Son. It’s a different sort of post-apocalyptic story of muscle cars and fortress towns and little enclaves fighting to survive on the edge of the...

Dave Made A Maze

Got a weird one for you. A film in which Dave builds a cardboard maze in his living room while his girlfriend is gone for the weekend, and then gets stuck inside and needs to be rescued.  The story opens with her disbelief at the mess he made, and...

Hello, Not Helping Department?

We’ve got a call from the USPS on line one: That is roughly 100 million more ballots than there are eligible voters in these United States of America.  If you’re delivering that many ballots in October and November, then we’ve got bigger issues than your delivering capactiy. This is...

Total Recall Rewatch: Random Thoughts

Still holds up, for the most part. You have to set aside a whole lot of junk science to appreciate it, but as a late-80s actioner, it works.  Yeah, the feeling of the thing is very much what the 1980s thought the future would look like, complete with over-large...

Always an Alternative

No entertainment product is indispensable. There is always an alternative, even if it’s just reading bible stories around the living room.  The powerborkers – spelling intentional – forgot that the artificial little tribes they built around jerseys and colors mean a lot less to the public than the organic...

The Music of the Ainur

Listening to the Silmarillion on audiobook, and something occurred to me. The three themes of the Ainur presage the three ages of Middle-Earth.  From the Tolkien Gateway: The Ainur’s flawless Music satisfied even Ilúvatar during this early stage. The Second Theme was “like and yet unlike” the First; it...

Thumb’s Up: The Vast of Night

This was pretty good. It’s a slow-burn mystery set in small-town New Mexico way back in the lost golden age of the 1950s. The plot revolves around a technically literate high-school girl – one who feels organically smart rather than performatively so because screw you manbabies – and a...