88% Awesome (maybe more): Guardians of the Galaxy review

There’s a line in the movie where Star Lord claims to have 12% of a plan. After watching the movie, I realize now why he only bothered with 12%. The other 88% of him was filled with awesome, so there was never any need to worry. You know what, I’d give The Guardians of the Galaxy at least a 95% awesome …

Hiatus! (bonus ninja turtles video)

Hi everyone! I’ve been on a hiatus, but am returning in the next day or two with something interesting–or, at least, something I find interesting. In the meantime, please watch some clever animators make Michael Bay look like a tool. Enjoy! (As originally seen on Geeks are Sexy.)

Suspending disbelief through shock (writerly stuff)

Today a co-worker mentioned suspension of disbelief to me (thanks Katie), and it got me thinking about how the approach to the concept has changed. Establishing suspension of disbelief in genres that are inherently easy to disbelieve has really evolved in the last decade or two. Tolkien eased us into the world of Middle Earth by giving us a detailed, …

Skin Game: Dresden goes on a heist (book review)

Take Ocean’s 11, replace the crew with a wizard, a warlock, two fallen angel-possesed bad guys, a cop, a knight of the cross, and a summoner, then throw in a pinch of Mab, the queen of the winter fae and Uriel the archangel, and you’ve got Skin Game, by Jim Butcher.  Yeah, I know, it’s a mouthful, but if you …

How to survive marriage to a pain in the ass (me)

Today, my wife and I have been married for seven years, and they’ve all been pretty amazing.  I can say, with certainty, that the rough times we’ve gone through haven’t been because of our marriage, but more due to circumstance.  Those hard times were only surmountable because of our strong marriage.  It’s pulled me through some things that I’m not …

Edge of Tomorrow: Tom Cruise channels Bill Murray

I saw Edge of Tomorrow this past weekend. I expected a movie that was going to be just OK, with a somewhat interesting premise. The gist is pretty simple: every time Tom Cruise dies, he resets his day and starts all over again. Yeah, it’s a lot like Groundhog Day, and if you’re thinking that it’d be a damn handy …

Save the internet, fire Tom wheeler

I’ve talked a lot about net neutrality–some on here, and a lot to my friends.  I think John Oliver is much better at it than I am.  So, if you want to know why I’m so pissed off at the FCC, please watch this video (it’s long, but it’s really funny). You can comment on the proceeding right here (click on …

The Martian: what hard Sci-Fi should be (book review)

I actually got through this book a month or two ago, but, for some strange reason, didn’t bother writing a review of it.  I don’t know what’s wrong with me, because this book DEFINITELY deserves the attention. Why?  Because it was awesome; that’s why.  Seriously, this book is fantastic, and, despite being an overly critical person, I would have to …

Whoa, it’s dark in here (site update)

Yup, I’m working on updating the site.  Right now it’s a little dark, and while I like that, I realize it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.  Personally, I miss the images being visible on the landing page for each post, but maybe that’s a lil’ old fashioned? What do you guys think of the theme?  Have any ideas …

X-Men: What year is it anyway? (movie review)

  My cousin, Tommy, told me not to bother seeing this movie. I’m glad that I didn’t listen to him (sorry Tommy). Four of us went, which included two not-so-nerdy wives. Everyone came out of the theater happy. Don’t get me wrong, the movie has some problems.  I don’t think I’ve actually seen a movie that doesn’t have some flaw, and …