Grousing About Rogue One? Really?

So, yesterday the teaser trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One came out.  I watched it and thought it looked pretty decent.  I wasn’t blown away by it or anything, but that’s OK.  I’ve gotten kind of jaded about some of this stuff.

However, as the day drew on, I started hearing that there were complaints about the fact that the movie had a female lead. I actually saw a couple people take some issue with it too, and I felt like it would be a fine time to address the topic.

If you have an issue with a female lead in Rogue One… Continue reading


Loyalty, Firefly, and Captain Mal

By now, most people who know me know that I’m an avid fan of the show Firefly.  I saw only one episode during its original run, but was enraptured with what I saw.  Still later, I watched each and every episode, glued to the television in a way like no other show.

One of the things that spoke to me was Captain Malcolm Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion.  Mal was a lot like me at the time.  A bit cantankerous, but still having a sense of humor.  All he wanted was to be left alone.  Such a simple thing.

Since then, I’ve seen the show from front to back at least a dozen times.  Hands down, it’s my favorite show.

Fast forward to today.   Continue reading


Special Edition Deadpool DVD

Folks, I haven’t been posting here much because the day jobs have gotten a little psychotic, but I do need to share something I just learned about.

Now, by now I’m assuming most everyone has seen Deadpool.  Well, I’ve got some “contacts” in the film industry, and I got this email a little while ago.  It should be a thing in a couple of days, but I got a first look.

With Deadpool being a runaway success in theaters worldwide, earning close to $700 million in the first 30 days, against a $58 million cost, the sequel has been fully greenlit and a much larger budget is expected.

In addition, the economic success has made multiple home video options possible. The Blu-Ray edition is already available for pre-order, and you may have seen word of an NC-17 edition for later release. The pending edition is R-rated, being the screen version.

In fact, the NC-17 edition has been delayed due to additional material.  Not only will this be a “director’s cut” with additional footage restored, but the screen income allows for post-production expansion of cut scenes.  Some of the fight sequences are being edited and expanded with additional weapons fire and motion, and background scenes, such as those at Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters will be edited to include more characters in the sparse background.  There are unconfirmed rumors that Patrick Stewart will appear with a few lines of dialog.

This Special Edition release is expected in late fall.

I have to admit I have mixed feelings about this.  “Director’s Cut” could be awesome.  Then again, ramping it up to NC-17 could go either way.  Still.

I’m interested to know what y’all’s take on this is?


Wage Inequality And Stupidity

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but the day jobs have kept me hopping lately. However, I saw this earlier today and I just had to discuss it.  It’s not right for the day jobs or anything, so I’m going to do it here.

You see, I saw this on Facebook earlier today:

hard work

Now, let’s take a look at these three hard workers for a moment. Continue reading


Buy A Book, Help People Get Running Water…Here in the US

Believe it or not, there are still people within the borders of the United States with no running water.  I’m not surprised though.  You see, these people live on Indian reservations (and yes, multiple “Native Americans” have told me they prefer this term to something like “native American”).  Years ago, when I was a teenager, my family and I found ourselves on an Indian reservation.  What we say looked like something straight out of the third world, only we never left the US.

This is a problem.

However, my friend Kenton Kilgore is trying to do something about it. From his blog: Continue reading


If You’re Going to Talk Terrorism, Try To Know What You’re Talking About

Honestly, I planned on being done when I wrote about San Bernardino.  However, there’s a certain amount of stupid in the world that just has to be addressed.  Mostly it’s when people are talking out of their bottom-most orifice.

When it comes to subjects like this, I’m willing to take people disagreeing with me just fine.  However, you need to be prepared to have someone point out the flaws in your argument, often in a less than polite way.

So what spurred me on?  Well, this picture from Instagram: Continue reading


San Bernardino Aftermath Discussion

Another week, another senseless tragedy.  I’ve been trying to kind of stay out of this one, but since I’m seeing more and more talk about it, and it’s starting to get me mad.  Frankly, I don’t want to have a dozen arguments about it, so I figured I’d write about it here.

First, let’s talk about this effort to block anyone on the terror watch list from being able to own guns.

The idea has a high chance of swaying people in our soundbite driven world, but it’s stupid.  You see, the “terror watch list” has zero due process.  Bureaucrats put names on the list, and if you happen to find out you’re on it, it’s difficult to get yourself removed.  Frankly, it’s incredibly difficult to prove your innocence–which is what you have to do with a terror watch list–when you don’t know why you’re on the list in the first place, and the why is going to be hidden as classified.  You’re just going to have to hope someone listens.

Don’t hold your breath. Continue reading


Review of Jessica Jones Season 1

I kind of love binge watching TV shows on Netflix or Hulu.  Not only is there a lot of entertainment, it gives you a chance to really get into a show upfront rather than lose interest between airings.  When an outfit like Netflix puts out its own shows, it’s bound to have an impact on entertainment.

Recently, Netflix put out season one of Jessica Jones, based on the Marvel superhero of the same name.  Jessica Jones isn’t a household name by any stretch, but Netflix apparently believed in the property and did what they could to create a solid entertainment product.  Personally, I think they did a fine job. Continue reading


Review of Mockingjay Part 2

Last night, I finally got around to watching Mockingjay Part 2 with my son.  Since I’m one of those who likes to share my opinions with anyone who might be interested, here’s my own review.

First, let me say what I’m not going to do.  I’m not getting into the worldbuilding of the series, or really all that much about the first three movies.  I will make some references to the books, but those reasons will become apparent.  Continue reading


A Case for Green Energy

I’m going to talk a bit about why we, as a nation, need to put more effort into green energy.  What I’m not going to talk about is climate change, or pollution, or any of that.  This post isn’t about the liberal agenda in any way.

You see, I’m making the case for green energy from a national defense standpoint.

For our homes, we already have the perfect green energy source based on current technology.  Nuclear power is incredibly safe and has no emissions to pollute the air.  Further, we do this all here in the US.  (And don’t try and claim Fukishima proved nuke power was unsafe.  They had a abysmal safety record and it still took an earthquake and a freaking tsunami to cause a meltdown.  If that’s not “safe”, what is?)

What we need is an alternative to petroleum, and the reason we need it is because of a certain group that benefits from oil. Continue reading