Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Star Wars: The Last Incompetente

There's still something that the new Star Wars does well: it's entertaining. At the same time, The Last Jedi makes me miss the prequels. At least they were interesting and made an odd sort of sense.

But we will ignore all of that for now, for there is less to the new Star Wars than meets the eye. I will sum up everything wrong with The Last Jedi in one word: incompetence. No, I don't mean the writer's incompetence, though if they were less so the characters wouldn't suffer from it so severely.
Courtesy of /SequelMemes

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Deadlines

I've made little progress with that story I wrote about a few posts ago. I think I've squarely missed that deadline, but that's alright since It didn't go in the direction I thought it was going to anyway, and would not have fit the theme, methinks. Maybe I'll bother finishing it, maybe not.

I've debating migrating to Wordpress, since Blogspot is so often a pain to use and I like the ping-back feature that Blogspot lacks. If anyone has experience with both please let me know.

Well that's much to short for a blog post...


I try not to bore anybody with my personal life. However we should all give thanks to all the downtrodden retail workers out there, who have managed to survive yet another holiday season.

PS: Target sucks just as much as WalMart.

Hmmm...  I appear to be running out of things to say...

Aha! It's Music Monday gents/lasses! Here's a fun little diddy with some cute girls thrown in to boot.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Outcast: First Contact

I have fond memories of Outcast, the action/adventure/rpg PC video game from 1999. It was highly acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful. Noted for being one of the first 'open world' games that used a unique, voxel (ish) based engine. Recently, a remake has been released titled Outcast: Second Contact. Most reviews are favorable, though point out that not all that much has been changed. I would have liked a real sequel. With that being said, does the original hold up?

But first some context: It's 2007. It appears that the government has successfully created a breach in the space-time continuum and even sent some tech through the portal. Unfortunately, some of the locals found the probe distasteful, damaged it, and caused some sort of quantum collapse threatening to destroy both Earth and this unknown planet. That's why a team of three scientists: William Kaufman, the elderly mastermind, Anthony Xue, the antagonistic genius, and Marion Wolfe, the xeno-biologist, and you, Cutter Slade a former Navy Seal, are being sent through the portal to fix the probe. But something goes wrong, you wake up in an alien village, unable to contact your team. Your equipment is being used as rosary beads and the indigenous species lives under the thumb of an oppressive dictator. Wait, the locals speak english? Well, that's a plus, but I wonder why that is?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

St. Boniface and the Christmas Tree


There is a famous anecdote concerning St. Boniface and a tree sacred to the pagans of Frisia (though the location shifts about a bit). Long story short, he chopped the tree down, and the people were amazed that he was not struck down (somewhat like Elijah's challenge to the priests of Baal). Sometimes this is connected to the Christmas tree we so often use as decoration, though the first clear reference to a "yule log" object only dates to the 17th century at least in England. Moderns are eager to claim this is a German thing, but the Catalans have the Tio de Nadal and the Georgians have the Chichilaki. I am confident that neither group could possibly be confused with Germans.

Chichilaki
Seeing that picture reminds me of an anecdote my grandparents told us once. When they were first married they could not afford much, so instead of a tree they used a tumbleweed. They decorated it with whatever they had handy included the bright yellow seeds pods collected from the weeds that grow around where they live. Legend has it that it somehow caught fire.

I have referenced St. Boniface before, posting a picture of him being pierced by a sword through the Gospels.  Here is a good article concerning the Saint.

A Merry Christmas to all.


Friday, December 22, 2017

Heels and Heads

Remember back when that short "The Day the World Turned Upside Down" won the Hugo for best whatever?  When was that published?  2014 you say? Weird, since this little short film (Oscar nominated by the way) was released a year earlier.

Watch it.  Seriously. It's very well made, the music's great, and it's touching. Others might even cry. No words needed either, unlike the afore mentioned short story (I haven't read it, but I recall it being romantic, so's this claymation piece).



By the way, no progress with anything lately. So that's good.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

This is the very earliest little seedling of a story I sort of planned to submit to the Planetary Anthology (maybe).

I will try to continue it as well as I can, though I fear it won't be up to snuff and I've already run into a snag. I should really try to outline these things. Many dreads.



Dear Father, 
I understand you have been away for some time, and so I am leaving this note to you so that you may not return home confused. You once said that your grandmother journeyed to the north to visit the Great Doctor. That it was a waste and that she died as sick as she had lived. You know that I am sick too. The Prior once warned me of the dangers of drinking at escritoire. I thought that he meant perhaps that in bringing a cup to my lips I would knock the horn of its pedestal, filling the page with ink. Now, I think he feared I would have spilled my drink, washed the page and seen it for all it was worth. 
I will return as soon as I can,
Baldric

Friday, December 15, 2017

On Cliches

Doing the opposite of a cliche is far, far more uncreative than just using the cliche normally.  In fact, I think cliches are secretly genius, and often the only original parts of fiction worth preserving.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Religion and A Seat At The Table

A Great article on a newly discovered site Ethika Politika.  Here's a quote:
Public discussions are full of groups propagating their worldviews. If you do not want to call them religious groups, worldview groups dominate the public discussion. These worldview groups use public funds and public forums to spread the message of their worldview. For example, as part of the curriculum, public schools teach the worldviews of Humanism and Darwinism. In another example, there are public grants to study Darwinism and Feminism.
Think of the public forum as a dinner party. At the table, there are people from all kinds of backgrounds. There is a Feminist author, a professor of Evolutionary Biology, an Economist, and a Presbyterian Minister.  There is only one rule, “No religion talk.”
Italics original, bolding mine. Read the rest.

Other news:

Submission call for short stories celebrating "masculine virtues" whatever those are (isn't that a bit redundant?).  I have neither the skill nor the material to contribute, alas.

Another submission call, this time for stories dealing with themes of rebirth and new beginnings in the broadest sense possible.  Again, talentless, but I might throw something up (not anything I've posted yet).

That Tales of the Once and Future King is out now (no link, I'm lazy). Might be alright.

Might have the next scene ready by this Friday (tomorrow to some of you laddies), might not. Depends on how work is.