TV shows cancelled just as characters are in mortal danger are the worst; there’s nothing a fan hates more than knowing there’ll never be a resolution.
Some shows know how to bid farewell to beloved characters, and the audiences who love them, even when we’re not ready to let go. Mostly, they don’t end on a fucking cliffhanger.
I’ve never seen an episode of Oprah in my life, but I understand that periodically she would share whatever tickled her fancy with her audience, and today’s my birthday, so I thought it would be a good time to share the things that have tickled mine. (Metaphorically.) I suppose with Thanksgiving coming up I could also title this post ‘Things I’m Grateful For’ but that enters the dodgy world of ending sentences with prepositions. Mostly, I want to share some neat or useful things I’ve found, and I love any excuse to use bullet points.
There has been a lot of bad blood in the geek world in the last couple of months, particularly around the subject of women in nerdom. Apparently there is some phenomenon (which I’ve never personally experienced) of girls pretending to be geeks to get attention. The thing that gets me is that I believe you can be a geek about anything. Geekery is about passion, not cred. There are music geeks, architecture geeks, fashion geeks, and even sports geeks. Comics and sci-fi/fantasy geeks don’t have ownership of the label, we’re just the public face.
Some of fiction’s greatest stories revolve around the anti-villains, the wrongfully accused, or the unfortunately misunderstood. Today, we take a look at ten characters whose crimes ought to be excused by reasons of redemption-by-death, traumatic childhoods, or a shift in the moral event horizon.
There are hundreds of podcasts out in the ether these days, with a range of audio quality from one guy in a basement with a computer microphone to company-sponsored full-cast performances.
According to the calendar of obscure holidays, July 7th is Chocolate Day, which should make it my favorite day of the year. I’m going to go find a Sees Candies, and while I’m hunting truffles, you should check out this treasury I compiled for Quirk Books:
Since the dawn of advertising, there have always been some head-scratchers, though some of the strangest commercials turned out to be the most popular.