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Thursday, 14 April 2022

Rod Serling on Liberty (1961)

Filed under: entertainment, Media, Politics, Principles, Viewing — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:33 AM (01:33)

The Twilight Zone
Friday, April 1, 2022 at 12:00 PM MST

“Any state, any entity, any ideology that fails to recognize the worth, the dignity, the rights of man, that state is obsolete.”
— Rod Serling (June 2, 1961)


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    11. Resist Marxism New Mexico — Facebook page
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

What Would Tyr Do?

Filed under: Life, Media, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:29 PM (19:29)


Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Orville — “Majority Rule”

Filed under: Viewing — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 11:57 PM (23:57)

Tonight’s episode of The Orville, titled “Majority Rule,” wasn’t really original, more of a a combination of “Nosedive” from Black Mirror, and “First Contact” (perhaps bits of “Who Watches the Watchers”, too?) from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Still, it was entertaining, which is what TV is really supposed to be. Especially when the content is in the “fiction” category.

I didn’t think that I would like The Orville, as I wasn’t a fan of Seth McFarlane at all before tuning in — Family Guy and American Dad are thirty-minute snack and bathroom breaks, as far as I’m concerned.

That being said, I wasn’t a follower of Keanu Reeves until I saw the first Matrix flick.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

DC and Marvel, Dumping on Their Dinner Plates

Filed under: Media, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:04 PM (20:04)

Skimming through my Facebook feed, I found the following:

Cosmic Book News: Comic Book Retailers Sound Off On DC & Marvel As Sales Drop

Basically, the author explains how DC and Marvel are running their superhero franchises into the ground, and possibly poisoning that particular well for any other publishers, as well.

The interesting thing is that McGloin attributes this to Marvel and DC offering their same titles in both still-pictures-comic format as well as in audiovisual form (movies and television), when both Marvel and DC were letting their franchises be made into movies and TV shows back in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rather, I suspect that we’re seeing the same sort of thing that happened in the mid-1990s, when Marvel began rebooting its franchises (I remember them starting to playing these games with the X-Men in 1994.) and putting out multiple versions of the same issue, with different “collector edition” covers (especially the foil-covered ones!).

Big Bang Comics in Ireland put it rather succintly:

And I’ve heard the tired line before “justifying” the periodic reboots from these clowns:

These characters are so endearing and established . . .

To me, that’s equivocation for “we’re too lazy to develop any new characters.”

Case in point — the Star Trek franchise.

Back in 1985 and 1986, Gene Roddenberry and associates were working on bringing Star Trek back to television, but Paramount wasn’t keen on paying the higher salaries that the 1960s Original Series could command. So they went with a cast of actors not known for being in the science fiction genre. Rather than trying to cast these actors in the roles of the Original Series, Roddenberry created a whole new cast, ship, etc.

Did it pay off for Roddenberry and Paramount? I’d say so. The Next Generation ran for SEVEN seasons, as compared to The Original SeriesTHREE seasons.

Even better — The Next Generation had two series spun off from it (Deep Space Nine and Voyager), each of which had a cast separate from The Next Generation, and each of which ran for seven seasons.

Hell, the prequel series to the franchise (Enterprise) ran for four seasons.

When Paramount / CBS (whoever owns the franchise at this point) did decide to reboot it in 2008 and “bring back the original characters” with new actors, they wrote the script in such a way that picked up from previous endeavours, instead of simply blowing them off wholesale.

Brian Hibbs at Comic Book Resources has this to say:

We have to be mindful that the marketplace is changing, and that we have to change with it. I see a market that is moving away from line-driven buying, that is growing tired of the constant cycle of relaunch and reboot, that has far more options for their time and mindshare than ever before, and that can meet their craving for superhero material increasingly in other media. And that has, most dangerously, had their long-standing habits interrupted by their very pushers.

So far, the ONLY franchise reboot that I’ve seen that was significantly better than the original was the Battlestar Galactica remake of 2003-2009.

So far, out of all of the superhero titles currently published by DC and Marvel, the only one that does anything for me any more is Injustice: Gods Among Us. That’s because when someone gets killed, the writers try to avoid coming up with some cockamamie excuse to resurrect the character(s).

It seems to me that the executives at DC and Marvel assume their customer base to be composed of idiots who will buy into anything with their (the executives’) stamp of approval upon it.

Basically, this is the same sort of logic that Heckler & Koch GmbH used when they pitched their neutered version of their G-36 (the infamous flop called the SL8) — they figured that the HK fanboys (I’m guilty of being a bit of one myself back in the 1990s) would shell out hard cash for anything with a red “HK” stamped on one side of the stock or pistol grip. If that wasn’t a miscalculation, I don’t know what does qualify as one.

Will this endless cycle of reboot and remake ultimately bring down the DC and Marvel movie and television businesses, too?

Should I even care?

H/T Kevin Tuma


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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

The Title Says It All

Filed under: Economics, Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:14 PM (14:14)

Current mood: bitchy, cranky

The title of this video clip – “Why our Country is Going Down The Drain” – really is self-explanatory.


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Saturday, 18 August 2012

SF vs. Fantasy (and Horror, too!)

Filed under: Media, Philosophy, Principles, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:33 AM (02:33)

Current mood: cynical

Recently I read Tomorrow, the Stars, which was edited by Robert A. Heinlein (at least in part – in the preface, he says that Truman Tailey. Judith Merrill, Frederick Pohl and Walter Bradbury helped out there). In that preface, Heinlein mentions a significant difference between science fiction and fantasy

From page 8 of the Berkeley Medallion Edition (15th printing – June, 1967)

“Science fiction is sometimes miscalled ‘escape literature,’ a mistake arising from a profound misconception of its nature and caused by identifying it with fantasy. Science fiction and fantasy are as different as Karl Marx and Groucho Marx. Fantasy is constructed by either denying the real world in toto or at least making a prime basis of the story one or more admittedly false premise – fairies, talking mules, trips through a looking glass, vampires, seacoast Bohemia, Mickey Mouse.”

In the next few sentences of that same paragraph, Heinlein sets out what distinguishes science fiction from fantasy (and horror, as well). Again, from page 8

“But science fiction, no matter how fantastic its content may seem, always accepts all of the real world and the entire body of human knowledge as the framework for the fictional speculation.”

Back in 2003, I was hanging out at Bubonicon 35 with L. Neil Smith, who summed it up very well

In science fiction, the universe is knowable and people can figure it out.

Thus my conclusion that the books in the genre of sword-and-sorcery fantasy belong together with the horror books, if anywhere, rather than with the science-fiction books.

In my view, fantasy and horror stories are more mature versions of fairy tales and campfire ghost stories.

And why do I often feel as though I’m the only one that sees most of the cast of the typical horror movie as complete idiots, simply begging to be slaughtered at whim by the monster or slasher or demon?


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Saturday, 25 December 2010

Books, Movies and TV Shows

Filed under: Media, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:59 PM (20:59)

Re: What’s a book, movie or television show you think more people should know about?

Book – The Probability Broach (the complete graphic novel version)

Movie – V for Vendetta (also the book)

TV Show – Babylon 5

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Friday, 9 July 2010

Back in the Saddle

Filed under: Life, Politics — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 1:42 PM (13:42)

Current mood: happy

After two long years of being “off the air,” The Weekly Sedition returned to the Channel 27 schedule last night at 8 PM MST.

For our first night back, we kept it simple, as the Quote-Unquote staff had changed the equipment setup in Studio B. For example, the new character generator (CG) system, a “Video Titlemaster 2000,” takes a lot of getting used to. I’ll have to spend some time in the studio practicing with the new system, as I had gotten quite good with the old one.

As I was setting up the studio for the show, I noticed that Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation had arrived at the Channel 27 offices. No, he wasn’t there to be our guest, but to meet with the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel. Paul admitted that they’re “lefties”, but said that he’s got to be able to work with people he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with at times. Still, expect a “Swift Boat” campaign against Paul of the kind used against Adam Kokesh should he ever decide to run for public office, especially a federal office. Especially if he runs as a Republican.

What did we talk about on our return to the “airwaves” ? What we usually talk about — excessive public spending, regulations over the private sector, corruption of government officials, rights of the accused, rights (and duties) of the juror, among other things.


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Back in the Saddle

Filed under: Media, Philosophy, Politics — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:42 AM (04:42)

Current mood: happy

After two long years of being “off the air,” The Weekly Sedition returned to the Channel 27 schedule last night at 8 PM MST.

For our first night back, we kept it simple, as the Quote-Unquote staff had changed the equipment setup in Studio B. For example, the new character generator (CG) system, a “Video Titlemaster 2000,” takes a lot of getting used to. I’ll have to spend some time in the studio practicing with the new system, as I had gotten quite good with the old one.

As I was setting up the studio for the show, I noticed that Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation had arrived at the Channel 27 offices. No, he wasn’t there to be our guest, but to meet with the Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel. Paul admitted that they’re “lefties”, but said that he’s got to be able to work with people he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with at times. Still, expect a “Swift Boat” campaign against Paul of the kind used against Adam Kokesh should he ever decide to run for public office, especially a federal office. Especially if he runs as a Republican.

What did we talk about on our return to the “airwaves” ? What we usually talk about — excessive public spending, regulations over the private sector, corruption of government officials, rights of the accused, rights (and duties) of the juror, among other things.


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  2. Reposted —
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Wednesday, 30 June 2010

The Weekly Sedition Returns to ABQ Ch.27

Filed under: Life, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:31 PM (12:31)

Starting Thursday, July 1st, at 8PM, The Weekly Sedition returns to Albuquerque Comcast Channel 27.

Your cordial host will be myself, Mike Blessing, with Bill Koehler behind the camera running the technical side of things.


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