Friday Feed: 05/17/2019

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Happy Friday, gang!

On weeks when I don’t have a themed #FridayFive, I’m going to start curating a list of interesting links or recommendations (in the spirit of the old “Cool Ten” series on one of my past blogs). Here we go!

  • Eric Davis over at The CrippleGate posted on “a new kind of Pharisee.” Todd Friel of Wretched Radio highlighted the post this week (which is how I became aware of it), and I think it’s something worth mulling over.
  • I shared this on Twitter earlier this week, but: if you subscribe to the idea of a “head-canon” (having a mental version of events in a popular series or film that fills in the gaps or corrects inconsistencies in the actual “texts” of the story), you’ll understand what I mean when I say that this fan-made version of the Vader/Obi-wan duel from “A New Hope” is now firmly placed in my Star Wars head-canon.
  • Brian Renshaw has some useful personal rules for social media and controlling the outrage machine. Worth considering.
  • I really enjoyed Luis Mendez’s thoughtful retrospective on the 50-year history of the “King of All Monsters.” Even if you’re not a Godzilla fan, this is a cool overview of how a movie franchise is shaped by geopolitical and cultural changes.
  • Speaking of Godzilla, here’s a rockin track from the upcoming Gozilla: King of the Monsters soundtrack, featuring Serj Tankian from System of A Down.
  • I saw two really great movies last weekend: The Highwaymen, a Netflix original about the retired Texas Rangers who killed Bonnie and Clyde; and Stan and Ollie, a pitch-perfect biopic about the twilight years of Laurel and Hardy’s career together. Both films feature compelling acting performances by real pros. Don’t miss either one.
  • I feel like there’s a political correctness / “NPC” joke somewhere in this article about Microsoft Word’s upcoming inclusivity software, but it would just be petty to make it. Right? Let me know, Uncle Bill.
  • Finally, if you haven’t already used your 3 free premium articles from Medium this month, Mike Vardy’s 43 bullet-points on personal productivity are worth every second. (You may even want to copy some of them down into a file or program that won’t try to charge you $5 a month to access it later.)

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If you enjoyed any of the links above, please let me know in the comments, and feel free to share your own cool finds as well! See you Monday!

Some Scattered Thoughts on “The Force Awakens”

Last month, the latest episode on the Star Wars saga was released, and at this writing has earned just shy of a kabillion dollars (or at least better than the current Powerball jackpot).

I saw the film twice, and wanted to throw out some observations. I’ve tried to read and listen to as little commentary on it as possible until I could get this posted. And the real reason I’m writing is that i’d love to hear YOUR thoughts on the film, as well.

Obviously, the rest of the post is going to be CHOCK FULL OF SPOILERS, so if you haven’t seen the film…well, it’s been almost a month, so if you get spoiled, that’s on YOU.

Continue reading “Some Scattered Thoughts on “The Force Awakens””

“Shut them all down, hurry!”

If you read that title in the voice of a fussy, golden-hued droid, then congrats: you’re a nerd.

Hey there, friends.  Sorry it’s been a while. Seems I’m getting married in 11 days, so there’s lots to do. 

That’s why i’m writing: to officially freeze this here blog in carbonite for a while. The priorities of life turn out to be quite a bit more demanding than I expected. This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me, but, well, there it is.

Here’s the real reason I’m writing at the moment: I have no intention of blogging anything until at least July 1. By telling you now, I am releasing myself from having to feel guilty about it.

SO. Don’t bother checking for updates between now and then. Just write yourself a little reminder on your calendar, scribbled somewhere between “pick up hot dogs” and “swing by the fireworks stand” to come back and check in on your pal Dave. Who knows, I may actually have something to say.  And my blogging padawan Web will (hopefully) be back in the saddle as well, playing Riker to my Picard, Sancho Panza to my Quixote, Chewy to my Han. (Of course, I cast myself as Han in this analogy. Though, truth be told, Web’s more like R2 to my Threepio.)

Feel free to comment with your angry missives about my inconsistent blogging or, if you are so inclined, any good wishes about my upcoming nuptials. 

Y’all be good. See you down the road. 

(And, since this post seems to be replete with Star Wars references, “May the Force be with you, always.”)