Despite the calls to Congress, despite public protests, and despite anything resembling the Democratic process, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has now voted to rescind the laws regulating the free and open use of the internet, laws that took years to analyze, build, and finally implement. The facts were misrepresented at all turns regarding what … Continue reading Net Neutrality is Not Quite Dead. You Can Help Resuscitate It.
For those of us in the United States, tomorrow is Zero Hour: Thursday, December 14. The FCC, led by Ajit Pai, a lapdog of Verizon, is pushing the vote to end the one and only true equality that citizens of this nation have ever had since its inception: equal access to information on the internet. … Continue reading Call to Arms: The Fight for Net Neutrality
We have a winner of the contest for that extra copy of Tolkien's The Hobbit, first edition facsimile. Congratulations to... Sandy from Mister Beebop! As stated previously, I will contact the winner directly to get a shipping address. Aside from that, nothing else needs be done but wait for it to arrive. Thank you to … Continue reading Announcement: Winner of The Hobbit Contest!
Just a little public service announcement, just in case... The media review embargo for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ended over the weekend. Most of the reviews out there are spoiler-free, and the early buzz is promising. The standard hyperbole is "the best one since Empire." We can only hope that's true. We'll know for … Continue reading Beware of Spoilers
I'm going to be upfront and honest about this. My knowledge of history, and specifically of the Knights Templar, means that I can't turn off my brain to enjoy this series. I have been chomping at the bit for Knightfall, and they ran headlong into one of my biggest pet peeves of all time. Why … Continue reading Knightfall – Series Premiere Rant
Thought I'd offer up some behind the scenes updates, for those who are interested. First, a reminder... the contest to win a first edition facsimile of Tolkien's The Hobbit is still going on. I have to say I'm a bit surprised. When I first posted it, the traffic to this site went absolutely crazy in … Continue reading More Things and Stuff
Some evenings, I just want to unplug. No computers. No smartphones. No televisions. No video games. No streaming media of any kind. Sometimes not even books. I know, that seems harsh to me too. Some nights, the old eyes need some rest. On an evening like this, the solution is music. Just music. Nothing overproduced. … Continue reading Old School
I posted recently that after much difficulty trying to acquire a facsimile first edition of Tolkien's The Hobbit, I managed to get two copies. And as I said before, I'm keeping one, and the other is up for grabs. I want to be as fair as I can about this, so read this carefully. If … Continue reading Contest: Win A Hobbit!
I've been on the hunt for a while now for a very specific book. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit was recently released as a First Edition facsimile printing. This is *ahem* precious to me for a variety of reasons, not least of which because it's one of my favorite books. But in this case, the facsimile … Continue reading There and Back Again: A Tale of Hobbit Acquisition
I've been ranting about this for almost 30 years now. In the words of Paul Newman, "I've got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals." Ok, I wear bifocals now. Because I've read a LOT of comics. lol. The point's still valid. I have to say... while I don't agree 100% with every … Continue reading The Problem with DC’s Heroes