Since I was a teenager, I have been telling stories for the fun of it through film, video, audio drama, and more. Check out many of those projects here, or read on for comments on other stories or items that catch my interest.

Gene Luen Yang: Animal Crackers

October 9, 2015 Leave a comment

Boy, I am grateful for the library:  a wonderful place where one can acquire books to read without the bother of having to pay for them or find a place to store them when you are done.  The handy-dandy local libraries here in Perth are generally stocked with a small but random selection of comic books and graphic novels.  This has given me the chance to sample all sorts of interesting wares.  Some of have been duds, but others have been enjoyable like Jonathan Hickman’s FF, or Brian Wood’s The New York Four, or even real treasures like Jeff Smith’s Bone.

Another winner that I have discovered is the works of Gene Luen Yang.  I already wrote about The Eternal Smile some time ago, and I’m not familiar with Yang’s most well-known creation, American Born Chinese, but on this occasion I was fortunate enough to pick up a little all-ages  collection called Animal Crackers.

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The Martian (for realsies this time)

October 8, 2015 Leave a comment

So, in my last post I promised I’d actually talk about The Martian, the movie – not just about random little details about the American space program or trivia about actors that were connected with The Martian.  The short story is that I really liked this movie, and I think I’m liking it more as time goes on.  This I think is pretty significant for me as I feel like often there are movies that I like when I’m watching them, but later as I’m thinking of it I realize all sorts of things that bother me about it.  With The Martian, so far there’s none of that.  There’s really not a thing that sticks out as just being kind of stupid, which really, with me, almost never happens.

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Donald Glover is a Steely-Eyed Missile Man (Some spoilers for The Martian, and a bunch of other rambling)

October 7, 2015 1 comment

Back in 1969, there was a little something going on called Apollo 12 – the second manned mission to the surface of the moon.  Not long after launch, something went wrong:  the ship was struck by lightning, scrambling the telemetry being received by instruments.  It could easily have led to the entire mission being aborted.   A NASA engineer named John Aaron recognized something that nobody else did, and was able to issue an instruction that led to the flight being salvaged.  I am no aeronautical engineer so I have no exactly what Aaron did, or how it fixed things, but his quick thinking and cool head led to him being given the nickname of “Steely-Eyed Missile Man” by his colleagues. Read more…

Doctor Who: Under the Lake (with, you know, some spoilers)

October 6, 2015 Leave a comment

Another week, another episode of Season 9 of Doctor Who.  After a strong opening two-parter, how did the first episode not written by showrunner Stven Moffat fare?  Well, to be totally upfront about it, it fared pretty well, in spite of a few awkward bits.

A few days ago, I wrote a list of things I want to see over the rest of the season of my favorite show.  Let’s start with a quick review of the episode according to these things (taken in reverse order).  Did I see my desires fulfilled?

underthelake4 Images: BBC/Simon Ridgway

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Star Trek: The Next Generation – Sub Rosa [7.14]

October 4, 2015 1 comment

After the death of her grandmother, Beverly is visited by Ronin, a handsome and seductive disembodied man, who was once her grandmother’s lover.  Overwhelmed by the intimacy of his presence, Beverly resigns Starfleet to live with him forever.  Read more…

What I want from the rest of this year’s Doctor Who

October 3, 2015 3 comments

As you may know if you are the type of person who might be drawn to read this site, Season 9 of Doctor Who is here and underway.  In fact, it’s already approximately 16.7% over.  Only ten episodes to go…or eleven, if you count the Christmas special.  So far, I’d say the series has gotten off to a good start, as you can read about here and here.

And of course I’m hoping it will continue to be good and fun.  That got me thinking about what I wanted to see for the rest of the series, so here’s my thoughts on that subject:  12 things that I want from the rest of this year’s Doctor Who (that’s one item for each of the remaining episodes, plus a bonus one).

witchsfamiliar2Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway/Jack Barnes/Jon Hall

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Doctor Who: The Witch’s Familiar

October 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Remember back in the old days of Doctor Who, when cliff hangers were a regular part of the formula?  Sometimes they were awesome, sometimes they were lame.  But there were so many of them that even when they were lame, there was always another one coming around the corner.

One of the occasionally funny things about the show’s cliff hangers, especially back in the 70’s, was that occasionally they showed you the recap in the following episode, they would add in more footage than you saw before.  I don’t mean in a way that “cheated” with the cliff hanger (though that might happen as well), but I mean in a way that simply made it seem like the previous episode was running over time and they had to trim out a bunch to actually get to the cliff hanger before the episode ended.  I remember in particular an episode in the middle of Jon Pertwee’s swan song, Planet of the Spiders that several minutes of story prior to the cliffhanger scene.

Well, the current series’ most recent episode, The Witch’s Familiar, took that trope and turned it up to 11 by inserting 40+ minutes of story before it reached the cliffhanger scene!


The Witchs’s Familiar (Credit: BBC/Simon Ridgway/Jon Hall)

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