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While I Was Out

I got caught up on a couple of things at my internship and the instructor for the only class I am taking cancelled one of our major assignments, so here I am. What’s more, hundreds many a handful a couple of my beloved readers have written to ask when I plan to return, so here I find myself. What did I miss? Well: This twitter thing has caught on something fierce, a development which I absolutely did not expect. I won’t be taking this up, however. I can’t imagine that my life is that interesting minute by minute, even to me. I’m sure that I missed blogging on some other things, but for the life of me I can’t think of them right now. Consider this an invitation to do an open thread in the comments.


I recently finished Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler. I think whether or not this book is for you will depend on your response to the title, because it delivers exactly what the title promises: an action-packed post-apocalyptic satire set in a future US where the most powerful business, bordering on a fiefdom, is a strip bar franchise. The humor is dark but the characters are endearing. Right now I am reading L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker. So far, it is a good read with an interesting plot and believable characters. More after I finish it (maybe).


Battlestar Galactica came to its eagerly anticipated ending, and the results were interesting: neither the GREATEST ENDING OF ALL TIME as some critics have trumpeted nor a complete failure as other critics insist. Spoilers below:

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Quick Hits X: The Freakin’ Cold Winter Edition

I am ridiculously jazzed for the final episodes of Battlestar Galacticastarting this Friday. If you have not been watching it, then you are missing out on one of the best shows currently on television and one of the best science fiction shows ever. I caught up with it last summer thanks to NetFlix, and am glad that I did. There are a few dud episodes scattered throughout, but they are more than worth it for the satisfaction of seeing the whole story through.


Is it wrong that the main reason I am looking forward to the double holiday whammy next week is so that I can get two days off?


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Jackie Chan will play Mr. Miyagi in the upcoming Karate Kid remake. I’m not kidding. So in addition to confidence, self-respect, timeless life lessons, and some sweet fighting skills, the new kid will learn to speak broken English and make grossly exaggerated pain expressions.

I’ve made clear my distaste for most remakes before, but I’m not opposed to them on principle. I think that John Carpenter’s remake of The Thing is brilliant – it’s closer to the spirit of the original story and he managed to up the suspense and paranoia by making the creature capable of mimicking human beings to the smallest detail. Plus, he gave it one of the best endings of all time. But was something wrong with the original Karate Kid? Having caught it again on cable a few years ago, I thought that it was still a decent, emotionally satisfying, feel-good movie. So who needs a remake?



Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Ricardo Montalban has gone on to that Fantasy Island in the sky. However, many of us geeks will always remember him as one of the greatest science fiction movie villains ever.


Again with the geeking: Remember that sweet stinger at the end of the closing credits for Iron Man with Samuel L. Jackson playing Nick Fury? Apparently, being in an actual good movie frightened him, so Jackson may not reprise the role for Iron Man 2.

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