Now that I’m back to blogging regularly again, I thought I’d start some regular features. I’m busy, so they’ll be weekly. I’ll have astronomy pictures on Tuesday–as many fresh ones as I can manage, but some will be reprocessed during cloudy periods. On Wednesdays, I’ll open a discussion of a short story. The next one… Continue reading Things I Could’ve Done Without 7/11/2019
In at least one of Star Trek‘s universes–the one controlled by J.J. Abrams, helmsman Sulu has been (or will be) revealed as gay, with a husband and child. Apparently, this was meant as a tribute to George Takei, portrayer of Sulu Prime. However, Mr. Takei’s emotions about this seem mixed: “I’m delighted that there’s a gay character,”… Continue reading In At Least One Universe, Sulu is Gay
It’s been a miserable 24 hours, so to cheer up a bit, but only a bit, I started thinking about which movie character best represents Trump. I mean, sure, there’s this guy from a 1930s German film… But he’s not a character, exactly. Who to pick? Who to pick? I think whoever it is has… Continue reading Which Movie Character Would Trump Be?
The release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which I haven’t seen and am feeling little-to-no temptation to see, got me thinking about my relationship with the things I claim to be a fan of. Of course, we identify ourselves to others (and to ourselves) through our fandoms. The cultural products we consume are synecdoche… Continue reading On Fandom
Maybe I ought to speak to my therapist about my inability to pass up answering one of these interview-like questionnaires. This one comes from Roger Ebert’s website. You can read critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s answers here. Here are mine. (Write yours in comments or on Facebook or in Tweets or on your own damned blog.)… Continue reading Wherein Jim Responds To the Movie Love Questionnaire
Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like? I wouldn’t say I dislike ST:TMP exactly. The movie came out when I was eight, and I do remember that I fell asleep watching it at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. I watched it several times… Continue reading Doing A Pixar Exercise For Star Trek The Motion Picture
I noticed in the aftermath of Leonard Nimoy’s death that a few in my Twitter-orbit went out and screened “Spock’s Brain” as part of their mourning process. While I’m not saying here that a person should never watch “Spock’s Brain”–I’ll say that elsewhere, but not here, it’s tantamount to mourning Shakespeare’s death by screening King John… Continue reading My Favorite Nimoy Performances on Star Trek