It’s a bit hard to have a weekend when you work 2/3 nights… but I’ll do my best.
I have proof in the form of sixteen reasons the first episode was bad.
Anecdotal evidence can often be treacherous. But that doesn’t mean it’s always wrong.
If you want a creature that repeats lines from a textbook, get a parrot.
This is it. The granddaddy of them all.
So I bought the new Mass Effect: Andromeda…
The Granddaddy Of Them All: WrestleMania is this Sunday.
This week on Play All The Nintendo – I tussle with some thugs on Bad Street Brawler, play the links in Bandai Golf: Challenge Pebble Peach and hit the skies with Balloon Fight!
Murder: what if there were an app for that?
Four years ago, I worried that fringe conspiracy theory-driven media would destroy American conservatism. As it turns out, it’s actually much, much, much worse than that.
Encouragement for halfway…ish… through Lent
This week on Play All The Nintendo: Astyanax, Bad Dudes and Bad News Baseball. I love the NES, it’s so bad.
But you already know this. Since I assume you’re a stakeholder situated somewhere above my marginal niche in the larger world of book culture, I’d wager that your fingerprints are probably on some books that many people – perhaps I? – will find offensive. And when the would-be censors rattle, I’m guessing you know just where you stand. You might write the occasional check to the ACLU, or maybe you attend the annual “Banned Books Week” events at the local library. Or, if you’re of a certain age, you may even have been a signatory when the Association of American Publishers and other groups protested the decision of a once-ubiquitous bookstore chain not to sell copies of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses. I thought that was a good move, by the way. A proud moment for the AAP.
And I sincerely believe that those of us who devote our lives to books have had quite a few good moments over the centuries. Whatever our differences, we belong to a tradition that has from the beginning stood for the liberal advancement of knowledge and human understanding. As publishers and as readers, we’re guided by an ethos that runs from the broadsides of Martin Luther to the trials of Henry Miller. If there’s anything to the notion of being on the “right side of history,” publishers have set the odds.
Thus I am addressing this “open letter” to you, my fellow publishers and book mavens. And now that I’ve done my worst to butter you up, I mean to draw your attention to a recent event that has received little above-ground media coverage but that I think should be of profound concern to all publishers, not just naughty pipsqueaks like me.
Specifically, I am referring to the decision of Amazon.com, which is now the world’s largest book retailer, to discontinue the sale of dozens of books that promote, or are said to promote, Holocaust denial. This policy seems to have taken full effect on March 8, 2017, and a bit of Googling convinces me that it was in large part a capitulation to mounting pressure from presumably well-intentioned people who vocally objected to the content – if not the mere the existence – of such literature. In a communication to Castle Hill Publishers, the primary target of the delisting (or ban), Amazon justified its decision with a vague reference to a “content guidelines” violation.
A scholarly look at how literature can help us to understand the hard work of being human.
Youtube is where intellectuals should be making community outreach.
(Musings on Prometheus and Life)
The New Video Card Works
“Skull Island” injects personality intro franchise filmmaking
The Video Card Ordeal
(Also minor update dealing with stress tests)
This week on Play All The Nintendo – Arkista’s Ring and 2 awful Back To The Future games. Any way I can take a time machine back to a period I hadn’t played these?
Just because things have always been this way, doesn’t mean they always need to be this way.
Really, nobody is to blame for the unsustainable adjunct situation in academia. And so, nobody can fix it.
No Country For Old Mutants (Did someone make that joke yet? Lemme check Google… oh, I see… approximately one billion people…)
On Logan (Warning, contains some mild spoilers)
Torment: Tides of Numeria First Impressions
Is Naughty By Nature’s “Feel Me Flow” a bop?
Friendly Reminder: If we didn’t have Daylight Saving Time at all, you wouldn’t be losing an hour this coming Sunday morning
This week on Play All The Nintendo: I find two old friends and 1 new friend with common interests: American Gladiators, Arch Rivals and Arkanoid.
Yet another Big Reveal that leaves you asking “WHY DIDN’T YOU DO THAT IN THE SECOND ACT?”
On Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Before I tell you this story, I’ma have to tell you this one.
(On Planescape: Torment)
Let’s play another round of Bop Or Not, this time with the Fine Young Cannibals’ “Johnny Come Home.”
It’s time for the semi-annual “what would you do if you won the lottery?” post.
This week on Play All The Nintendo! I play Alfred Chicken, Alien³, and Alpha Mission, and manage not to have many of my feathers ruffled.
In the aftermath of Dystopia Week, a new project to feature music and fiction.