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Spake

Spake
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United States
Birthday
November 23
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I'm living proof that watching TV while doing your homework can be a path to success, even if that path is a winding one.

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While I hope that enough sensible voters in states with Senate races show up to keep the Senate out of GOP control, I concede that's unlikely. What's more likely is that, even if they gain control, they won't accomplish anything of substance.

For the avoidance of doubt, this won't be… Read full post »
OCTOBER 23, 2014 8:11AM

No Hunger For These Games

Sometimes I almost feel bad when people around me really enjoy something that I find ponderous and tiresome. Such is the case with the Hunger Games books and the movies based on them. I started reading the books because my wife and older children did, getting maybe a third of the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 11:17PM

Keep Me Appraised of Your Artistic Progress

Perhaps the most important part of the process of assessing a work of art is reappraising it. First impressions are tricky, with many works that dazzle on first viewing losing some of their luster when the heat of the moment emulates the second law of thermodynamics - with the converse often… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2014 10:01PM

Robin Bland

After being dumbstruck by the news of Robin Williams' apparent suicide, my initial reaction was to compare his death to that of Kurt Cobain. I quickly realized that would be wrong of me. After all, unlike Cobain, Williams didn't leave behind a little child. Williams' kids are both adults, and that… Read full post »

Lots of things have been written about the Supreme Court’s wrong-headed decision to allow certain so-called Christian companies not to cover the cost of contraceptives for women as part of insurance coverage (as mandated by the Affordable Care Act). In my opinion, this piece from thin… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2014 8:29AM

D-Day in the Mind's Eye

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing naturally brings radio to mind, as that's how so many Americans learned that their loved ones were in the thick of what (then-)General Eisenhower called "a great crusade". For me, the figure that stands out the most is Orson Welles, who I firmly believeRead full post »

Like Rick Santorum, I find myself a little unsure what to make of today's monumental legal decision about marriage equality in Pennsylvania. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that my one-time home state has decided that a weirdo of any gender can marry a fellow weirdo of any gender. I just worry… Read full post »
MAY 18, 2014 10:52AM

Zap

It is vitally important for the sentient citizens of the galaxy to understand that dissociative quantum particle projectors don't disintegrate carbon-based bipeds, carbon-based bipeds do. That said carbon-based bipeds often do so with the assistance of dissociative quantum particle projectors is thor… Read full post »

MAY 17, 2014 8:31AM

Ginned Up for Jindal?

A few days ago, The Washington Post published a story about how Louisiana Governor - and 2016 Presidential hopeful - Bobby Jindal is using the story of his conversion to Christianity as a means to appeal to conservative voters for whom religion is a particular touch point. We all know by… Read full post »

The Ten Commandments is perhaps the greatest bad movie of all time. With a hugely accomplished cast working in service of a turgid script and the resources to deliver motion-picture spectacle on what remains the grandest scale, how could it be anything else? What might not be as obvious until youRead full post »

MARCH 2, 2014 8:38PM

Blue Moon Rising

Though a quarter of a century isn't all that long in historical terms, it's an eternity if pop culture. When Woody Allen made his last great film in the late-80s, it was the era of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Flash forward to 2013, or 2014 for those of us/… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 25, 2014 8:32PM

Feeling Gay About Religious Freedom

As much as the various "religious freedom" bills being proposed in state legislatures to allow people and businesses to refuse service based on (supposed) principles bug me, I can't help but think that the opposition to them is missing the forest for the trees. Rather than trying to shame these dumb-… Read full post »
JANUARY 1, 2014 1:03AM

My New Year's Resolution

My resolution for the new year is, I believe, a simple one. I resolve to keep politics out of my internet postings in the new year, provided America's numerous right-wing, extremist motherfu<kers refrain from doing anything else stupid. I'd also like to apologize for referring to America's right-w… Read full post »
I had some down moments this year, all within the realm of "first world problems" but all things are relative. Like so many with such ultimately trivial problems, I found solace in pop culture. For me, the year was bookended by two unexpected - but remarkably welcome - returns.

DECEMBER 23, 2013 10:08PM

Failing the Turing Test

Though it will probably be overshadowed by some rock star being granted a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, the announcement of a royal pardon for Doctor Alan Turing is as momentous as it is long overdue. Turing, whose work breaking the German Enigma codes during World War Two was somewhat overs… Read full post »
DECEMBER 19, 2013 10:50PM

Looking Glass?

I can't explain why but, for some reason, the news that Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano came out reminds me of the time I went to a party at his house. When he gave me a tour of the place, I noticed that the closet doors were made of glass. At… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 24, 2013 9:18AM

Every Doctor Has Their Day

Based on his writing for television, one imagines that Steven Moffat's enjoys puzzles in whatever spare time his professional commitments allow. On the sitcom Coupling, Moffat showed a great affinity for making seemingly disparate pieces come together into a satisfying whole, often by playing around/… Read full post »
At some point, the law of averages dictates that one of the current run of interlinked Marvel Comics movies will be terrible. By this, I mean not just something disappointing but rather truly awful. For now, though, the people running these shows have displayed an amazing aptitude for translating 50+… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 1, 2013 8:45PM

Is the Lou Stuck in the John?

I once believed we lived in a world that if not fully fair was at least touched by the hand of justice. Then, I realized that this is the same world in which John Lennon and Lou Reed are both dead but John Mayer and Lou Bega are alive. As the… Read full post »
AUGUST 18, 2013 6:22PM

In Praise of Peter

When I started watching Doctor Who over 30 years ago, Tom Baker was The Doctor. I don't just mean that he was the fourth actor to play the Doctor or the current star of the series. He was The Doctor - period, end of sentence. So great was the geavitational pull/… Read full post »
AUGUST 1, 2013 12:35PM

Football Intelligence

Perhaps I should be ashamed to admit this, because the situation in question involves a murder, but there is at least one funny thing about the Aaron Hernandez/Odin Lloyd case. Hernandez's former team, New England Patriots, is an organization whose 21st century success is at least partially due… Read full post »
I would like to congratulate both the prosecution and defense teams from the George Zimmerman trial for their great work in lowering public opinions of the legal profession. The you-win-some-you-lose-some attitude of the prosecutors was impressive enough, but the defense attorneys were truly masterfu… Read full post »
JULY 4, 2013 9:20AM

237 And Counting

A friend quite rightly suggested online that we should all take a moment to remember what the July 4th holiday is about (beyond food cooked on a grill, that is). This brought to mind the musical 1776. Though it takes some liberties with historical facts, the show masterfully depicts the events… Read full post »
JUNE 15, 2013 5:14PM

Eating Your Own Tail

I don't often recommend movie reviews, but i sincerely recommend that people check out Ann Hornaday's review of This Is the End in yesterday's Washington Post. This is not so much about the quality of the review but rather its value in explaining why audiences don't value the opinions of movie/… Read full post »
After watching the pilot episode of the original Battlestar Galactica for the first time in a few years, it struck me how confused someone who only knows the 21st century version - frequently called BSG - might be. As many have noted, though numerous characters have the same (or, at least,… Read full post »