Monthly Archives: March 2016

Deep viewing

By | March 31, 2016

My partner, who had not seen very many movies before she met me and had never thought critically about them, taught me something I hadn’t consciously considered much about in this context: there is a vocabulary and an entire language of film, and that if you don’t speak that language and have a reference to… Read More »


By | March 30, 2016

I like Casey Johnston’s writing, but she completely and utterly did not understand the point of Ex Machina at all, in any way. If she watched it and got that out of it, she viewed it like most men would/did. The strange thing is the article writer she linked to actually did understand the film.… Read More »

L or D

By | March 30, 2016

Realized today that I’d be counted as an “implausible character” on The Walking Dead because I’d be making puns and jokes in life or death situations, or while gravely injured, and I can hit targets at distance while both of us are moving without much problem. So I’d seem like a pugnacious Pee Wee Herman… Read More »

On balance, some things are lost

By | March 30, 2016

On balance, the new consensus is probably better. On balance. But still, I question the wisdom of prohibition on dating anyone who you’ve ever known or might know professionally, as the modern consensus seems to be arriving at. Because it seems to be creeping towards you shouldn’t date anyone you actually know in any sphere… Read More »

Shot through the heart

By | March 29, 2016

The most unrealistic aspect of The Walking Dead is that there aren’t more accidental shootings. They’d be frequent because nearly everyone is packing heat all the time, is constantly afraid, and almost none have military training (police training is mostly useless for this). There’d probably be about a 10-20% death rate from accidental shootings, especially… Read More »

If this were a song, it’d be a diss song

By | March 29, 2016

To the woman in Seattle who said my partner and I could not possibly have a healthy relationship because we’d never had a screaming, fighting argument. It’s been ten years now. Ten great years. No screaming, stay-in-a-hotel arguments at all. Not one. By most people’s standards, no arguments at all really. In your face, presumptuous… Read More »


By | March 29, 2016

One of the things I like about David Lynch movies is that he takes the film as dream — cinema as delirium, as hallucination, as reverie — and says, “Let’s really dream, then.” And then he throws narrative in the trash. Discards plausibility for impression, much as life itself does. Refutes causality with the very… Read More »


By | March 28, 2016

Carol lately on the The Walking Dead: Cry, and then kill everyone. I am not complaining, mind you. Just such a great character. What I love is that she’s using people’s perception of her weakness to her advantage, half-consciously. Her reactions are real and sincere but they also work to her benefit and she knows… Read More »

Basement server

By | March 28, 2016

There are some technical inaccuracies in this article. More on that in a moment. However — what the hell was Clinton thinking, setting up some clandestine-ish basement email server? I don’t know if what she did was illegal or not. It probably was, or should be. But good god was it ever crazy stupid. But… Read More »

Toil and trouble

By | March 27, 2016

I scored 62 on this “Do You Live in a Bubble?” quiz. I knew my score would be fairly high because I grew up partially in poverty and partially in lower-working-class environs, and then joined the military as an enlistee. But in many ways, I’m atypical. I’ve always been estranged from any community, never quite… Read More »