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Sigh . . . February 26, 2009

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I’m just going to say it.

Screw you, Entertainment Weekly.


There, I got that out of my system.

Now to my point.

I don’t think every article written about comic books or comic book inspired movies needs to be written from the POV of some Homecoming Court that just stumbled into the library to discover a game of Dungeons and Dragons getting played.  Yes, comics are written for “adults”, you self-righteous, pompous, dandies.  EW were the ones who put the word adult in quotation marks.  That tone marks the entire article.

They pontificate in wonder how this story containing “self-awareness and cynicism” doesn’t veer into a “cheap-and-silly” Scary Movie parody.  Did anyone at all think that was going to be a problem?

They also underestimate the intelligence of the average viewer . . .

Certainly, it’s a hard project to get your head around. “Watchmen” is set in the year 1985. The U.S. and the Soviet Union are on the brink of nuclear war, and the president is Richard Nixon, whose success at ending the Vietnam War (he asked Dr. Manhattan to blow up the Vietcong) has earned him five terms of office from a grateful nation. Conservative politics are popular, as are Indian fast food and pirate comics. But costumed heroes, once all the rage, are now outlawed.

When the Comedian gets murdered, Rorschach tries to round up his old allies to investigate. They eventually uncover an insidious conspiracy hatched by an unlikely villain, one whose grand ambition isn’t world domination but something else altogether.

Now, was that so hard to understand?  Really?

Another thing . . . if you’re going to use the word geek maybe you should realize that we’re over reviling it as a derogatory term.  It’s our rally cry now.

We’re proud to be called geeks, and we’re not in some bizarre social ghetto like only exists on sitcoms from the 1980s.  We’re everywhere!  Look around you in fear!  That guy who works in the cube next to you?  He watches Battlestar Galactica.  Your grocer?  He watches Star Wars movies with his kids.  And oh yeah!  Your president?  The guy you just elected?  Betcha didn’t realize that he collects Amazing Spider-Man and Savage Sword of Conan.  Fact.

But you can continue to live in your imaginary world where what enjoy for entertainment defines your value as a human being, if you want.  I know!  Why don’t you check and see what Brangelina are up to?  That’s so much better.

Sigh . . . at least they didn’t use POW! BIFF! BOOM! as the first three sentences . . .

Not that I’m bitter or anything.


Brought to You By The Letters B-E-E-R February 22, 2009

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I dedicate this post to beer in that over the weekend I’ve drank more of it than I have on any previous weekend in my life. Which isn’t to say I drank a lot, because I didn’t. I’m not a drinker, and even if I was I wouldn’t be a beer guy.

But Friday night was about brewing. Christian brews beer at home with his friends Mike and Kevin and this was the first time they’d brewed in a year, so me being the helpful roommate that I am, tagged along and learned a bit about the process. You can read a bit more about that on Christian’s blog. There’s a link over there —->

Then on Saturday Christian, Kevin and I took a tour of the Sprecher brewery. If you’re in Milwaukee you kind of have to, cause it’s the most magical place on Earth. A bit like touring Willy Wonka’s factory (not really). I sampled me many a flavor and confirmed my previous suspicions that I’m not really a beer guy. The part I like was I got to sample the whole array of Sprecher’s gourmet sodas, which is where they make the bulk of their profits. Now that’s some good beverage there!

After the tour and a stick of gum I had my interview with the Marcus Corporation. I will know Wednesday if they are going to deploy, er, employ me or not.

We had spaghetti for dinner after that. Now that’s a spicy meatball!

As a final parting though I leave you with this link to a news story from Fox.


London’s Daily Telegraph greeted readers Friday morning with photos of what appeared to be a gigantic serpent wending its way down a tropical river, said to be somewhere on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, “sparking great concern among local communities.”

Does it make me a bad person that I wish I lived in a world where their were giant creatures such as serpents? Or Loch Ness Monsters? Or other huge monsters of Harryhausen-like proportions? Cryptozoology, for being a pseudoscience, is still pretty neat.

Just don’t send that link to my mother. She’d freak right out.

The Trip Episode 9 February 21, 2009

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By the power of Grayskull! This episode deals with He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!


Watch Out! Mind Leeches! #2 February 17, 2009

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In this column for Geek Syndicate I examine the sociological condition known as “Human 2.0”


The Trip Episode 8 February 11, 2009

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!


Gearing Up February 10, 2009

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Sunday we’re going to be shooting a short film. I will be doing my first behind the camera work and in front of the camera work in about four or five months.

It’s always a nervous sort of situation, before a shoot. There are thousands of little details you have to make sure of, and continuity to keep. Things never EVER go the way you planned.

But I think we’re going to be good this time because now neither Christian or I has to rely entirely on ourselves as the boss. Film is a collaborative medium, truly, and we’re going to be stronger for having someone to work with.

More Keith Than You Can Handle February 6, 2009

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Lots of Keith and Keith-related things got released out into the wild today.

First . . . the season premiere of Cine-Rama . . .

Cine-Rama Podcast Episode 20: The Best of the Best of The Best of the Year – the Year of 2008

Season two begins with a bang! Will we find out who shot Keith? Will we find out who the father of Christian’s baby is? Probably not! But we will find out what their favorite movies of 2008 are and what they’re looking forward to the most in 2009. Semi-Live from Milwaukee… in the new Cine-Rama studios…


And then we have the premiere edition of my new column for Geek Syndicate:

Watch Out! Mind Leeches! #1 “Why?”

Three unrelated facts . . .

1) In the United States we just had the Super Bowl. For the non-Americans out there, that’s the biggest football game of the year. American football, of course, otherwise the biggest game would be the World Cup.

2) Famous astronomer Carl Sagan once hosted a popular television program called Cosmos. In this series, our turtle necked hero would take us with him on an amazing journey through the universe, teaching us about science, using the best special effects that late seventies public television had to offer. Man, that was some kind of turtle neck that man wore, wasn’t it?

3) The great philosopher Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Of course, they made him drink hemlock, so maybe he examined himself to death.

These things are completely unrelated facts. Only, they aren’t. . .