Pixel Scroll 1/16/22 I Hereby Dub The Current Dominant Genre (Whatever It May Be) Punky McPunkcore

(1) WOLVERTON FAMILY GOFUNDME. Following the death of Dave Wolverton, Dave’s family and friends are raising money on GoFundMe for his funeral and the family’s expenses. Here’s the link: “Please Help the Family of Dave Wolverton-Farland”.

David Doering also reports, “Spencer [Wolverton] called me to say his dad’s service will be this coming Friday, January 21, at 11 a.m. MST in St. George, Utah. There will be a link posted broadcasting the event for those who cannot attend.” 

(2) URSA MAJOR. Nominations for the Ursa Major Awards are open and will continue until February 12.

To nominate online, all people must first enroll. Go here to ENROLL FOR ONLINE NOMINATIONS or to LOGIN if you have already enrolled.

You may choose up to five nominees for each category:

Nominations may be made for the following categories:

Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work
Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Series
Best Anthropomorphic Novel
Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction
Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work
Best Anthropomorphic Non-Fiction Work
Best Anthropomorphic Graphic Story
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip
Best Anthropomorphic Magazine
Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration
Best Anthropomorphic Game
Best Anthropomorphic Website
Best Anthropomorphic Costume (Fursuit)

(3) REH AWARDS. Nominations for the 2022 Robert E. Howard Awards are open and will continue through January 31. You do not have to currently be a member of the Robert E. Howard Foundation to send in nominees at this stage of the process. However, the Final ballot will only be sent out to current Robert E. Howard Foundation members (members who have paid dues for the year 2022). That ballot will be released on February 15. See the link for the complete guidelines.

(4) HOWARD’S HOME ON THE RANGE. For more Robert E. Howard related content, The Cromcast has put a whole bunch of videos of the 2021 Howard Days in Cross Plains, Texas, on their YouTube channel here.

(5) CAUCUS RACE. On the third day, they squeed again: Simon McNeil picks up the baton with “Notes on Squeecore”.

…Now here I want to pause on one of the points the Rite Gud podcast were clear on here that, within their Squeecore definition it was not sufficient that a work be discursive so much as that a work must insist that its discursive element be seen and I think this is where Redshirts becomes a valuable point of discussion. Absolutely nobody is suggesting that the idea of disposable, red-shirted, extras on Star Trek was somehow unexplored prior to 2012. However Redshirts did a lot to foreground this through its fourth-wall-breaking conclusion. Now me? I like a fourth-wall break when it’s well executed and I think it was well executed in Redshirts. This essay should not be seen as an attempt to bury John Scalzi. But regardless of where we stand on matters of taste regarding the literary device or where we stand on the quality of execution of the device in this case, it still holds that this execution, in this story, served to underline the discursive elements of Redshirts such that it insisted the audience engage with them. It wasn’t sufficient to construct a funhouse mirror reflection of the Gothic as Peake did in his Gormenghast books, nor to interrogate the cultural assumptions of a genre as Pratchett did with classic British fantasy in his early Discworld novels – both of these were deconstructive works but neither, especially not Peake, felt much need to insist that the audience acknowledge that a deconstruction was in progress. But Scalzi had his characters literally escape from their work of fiction to plead for consideration from their own fictive creators. This is not a subtle work of deconstruction….

(6) SPSFC INSIDER. Alex Hormann of Boundary’s Edge shares what it’s like to be a Self-Published Science Fiction Competition judge so far: “SPSFC At Boundary’s Edge: Personal Thoughts”.

Thought #2: The 20% Rule

Generally speaking, I don’t DNF books. Even if I’m not enjoying a book, I push through to the end in the hopes of salvaging something from my investment. With the SPSFC, we had to read the opening 20% and decide if we should continue. This was a very different experience for me, and I’m still not sure if it was helpful. On the one hand, you can get a pretty good idea of what a book will be like from that sample. But on the other, you’re essentially reading an introduction with none of the payoff. There were some books that I knew within the first couple of pages that I wasn’t going to enjoy, almost always for stylistic or formatting reasons. Others proved to be strong enough in the opening chapters that they progressed further, only to lose my interest further on. I can’t help but wonder if those books I voted not to continue became something wonderful later on. And there was a book that made it through with a very strong start that completely lost me with its final chapters. This was also the stage of the competition where a book needed a majority vote to progress further. With only three judges, only two Yes votes were required, meaning we ended up with eleven books meeting the criteria. I don’t think letting an extra book slip through the cuts phase did any real harm to our allocation, but it did mean a little extra work in the next phase. Of the eleven that made it through, I had voted to continue with seven of them, and had voted for two more that ultimately failed to make the cut.

(7) ANSWER KEY. Here are Rich Horton’s “Answers to BIPOC SF/Fantasy Quiz” from Strange at Ecbatan.

1. Ava DuVernay, the acclaimed director of Selma, became the first Black woman to direct a live action feature with over a $100,000,000 budget with which 2018 film, an adaptation of a beloved Newbery Award winner?

Answer: A Wrinkle in Time

(8) SEE GERMANY’S BIGGEST SFF LIBRARY. [Item by Cora Buhlert.] German SFF writer Maja Ilisch reports about a visit to the Phantastische Bibliothek in Wetzlar, Germany’s biggest SFF specialty library. The post is in German, but there are photos: “Allein unter Büchern”.

(9) BILL WRIGHT (1937-2022). Australian fan Bill Wright died January 16. Bill was a founding member of both ANZAPA and the Nova Mob. He served as awards administrator for the Australian Science Fiction Foundation. He was secretary for the first Aussiecon in 1975 and helped organize the Bring Bruce Bayside Fan Fund in 2004. Bill was a Life Member of the Melbourne Science Fiction Club. One of his fanzines with an international following was Interstellar Ramjet Scoop.

In 2013 at the age of 76 he was voted the Down Under Fan Fund delegate. Bill was honored with the A. Bertram Chandler Award in 2017.

(And I was always in Bill’s debt for introducing me to Foster’s Lager when he and Robin Johnson were at L.A.Con I to promote the first Australian Worldcon bid.)

(10) MEDIA BIRTHDAY.

1995 [Item by Cat Eldridge.]  “Coffee – the finest organic suspension ever devised. It’s got me through the worst of the last three years. I beat the Borg with it.” — Captain Kathryn Janeway, Star Trek: Voyager’s “Hunters”. 

On this evening twenty-seven years ago on UPN, Star Trek: Voyager premiered. The fourth spinoff from the original series after the animated series, the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, it featured the first female commander in the form of Captain Kathryn Janeway, played by Kate Mulgrew. 

It was created by Rick Berman, Michael Piller, and Jeri Taylor. Berman served as head executive producer, assisted by a series of executive proucers — Piller, Taylor, Brannon Braga and Kenneth Biller. Of those, Braga is still the most active with work on The Orville.

It ran for seven seasons  and one seventy-two episodes. Four episodes, “Caretaker”, “Dark Frontier”, “Flesh and Blood” and “Endgame” originally aired as ninety minute episodes. 

Of the series, and not at all surprisingly, Voyager gets the highest Bechdel test rating. Oh, and that quote I start this piece with in 2015, was tweeted by astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti International Space Station when they were having a coffee delivery. She was wearing a Trek uniform when she did so.

(12) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS.

[Compiled by Cat Eldridge.]

  • Born January 16, 1887 John Hamilton. He’s no doubt remembered best for his role as Perry White in the Fifties Adventures of Superman series. He also was in the Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe serial as Professor Gordon, and I see he played G.F. Hillman in the Forties Captain America serial film. (Died 1958.)
  • Born January 16, 1903 Harold A. Davis. Notable as another writer of the Doc Savage novels under the pseudonym Kenneth Robeson. He was the first ghostwriter to fill in for Lester Dent on Doc Savage.  Davis would create the character of Ham’s pet ape Chemistry in Dust of Death.  (Died 1955.)
  • Born January 16, 1905 Festus Pragnell. Ok he’s here not because he had all that a distinguished a career as a writer or illustrator, but because of the charming story one fan left us of his encounter with him which you can read here. Festus himself wrote but three novels (The Green Man of KilsonaThe Green Man of Graypec and The Terror from Timorkal), plus he wrote a series of stories about Don Hargreaves’ adventures on Mars. Be prepared to pay dearly if you want to read him as he’s not made it into the digital age and exists mostly only in the original Amazing Stories only. (Died 1977.)
  • Born January 16, 1943 Michael Atwell. He appeared in Doctor Who twice, first in a Second Doctor story, “The Ice Warriors”, and later in the in the Sixth Doctor story, “Attack of the Cybermen “. He also voiced Goblin in the Labyrinth film, and had a recurring role in Dinotopia. (Died 2006.)
  • Born January 16, 1948 John Carpenter, 74. My favorite films by him? Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York.  His films include the Halloween franchise, The ThingStarman (simply wonderful), The Philadelphia ExperimentGhosts of Mars and many other films. What do you consider him to done that you like, or don’t like for that matter? I’m not fond of Escape from L.A. as I keep comparing to the stellar popcorn film that the previous Escape film is.
  • Born January 16, 1970 Garth Ennis, 52. Comic writer who’s no doubt best known for  Preacher which he did with illustrator Steve Dillon, and his stellar nine-year run on the Punisher franchise. I’m very fond of his work on Judge Dredd which is extensive, and his time spent scripting Etrigan the Demon For DC back in the mid Nineties. What by him should I be reading?
  • Born January 16, 1974 Kate Moss, 48. Yes, she’s done SF. To be precise Black Adder which we discussed a bit earlier. She played Maid Marian in “Blackadder Back & Forth” in which as IMDB puts it “At a New Millennium Eve party, Blackadder and Baldrick test their new time machine and ping pong through history encountering famous characters and changing events rather alarmingly.” You can watch it here.
  • Born January 16, 1976 Eva Habermann, 36. She is best known for playing the role of Zev Bellringer on Lexx. She was succeeded in her role by Xenia Seeberg. Ok I’ll confess that I’ve never seen the series which I know exists in both R and not so R versions. Who here has seen it in either form? She was also Ens. Johanna Pressler in Star Command, a pilot that wasn’t to be a series that was written by Melinda Snodgrass. And she had a role in the Code Name: Eternity series as Dr. Rosalind Steiner.

(13) COMICS SECTION.

(14) I FOUGHT THE LAW AND THE LAW WON. “Video game preservation is complicated, both legally and technically” – the Washington Post tells about the challenges.

…A 2018 report by the Association of Research Libraries found that archivists are “frustrated and deeply concerned” regarding copyright policies related to software, and they charge the current legal environment of “imperiling the future of digital memory.” The obstacles archivists face range from legal restrictions around intellectual property to the technological challenges of obtaining or re-creating versions of the various consoles, computers and servers required to play various titles published over the years. Not only must the games be preserved, they also need to be playable, a quandary akin to needing a record player to listen to a rare vinyl album.

However, the legal hurdle to their research — chiefly, risking infringing on the copyrights of multibillion-dollar companies — remains the biggest for preservationists seeking access to games for academic research….

(15) SUPERNATURAL SUPERHIGHWAY. Paul Weimer shares his take about “Tim Powers’ Alternate Routes at A Green Man Review.

…Writing abouit supernatural doings in Southern California is nothing new for Powers, but this novel felt and reads distinctly different than his previous novels set in Southern California and wrapping around supernatural doings, but not always to its benefit. A Tim Powers novel for me is one with magic beneath the surface of our ordinary world that a few people can access. This often ties into a Secret History of events that we think we know, but we really don’t know the full story until Powers comes along. Characters with hidden motivations that make sense only in the denouement.. Lush use of setting and place. Tricks with time, character and perspective. Tim Powers work isn’t as byzantine as, say, Gene Wolfe, but paying attention and reading closely are absolute musts to figure out what is going on.

Alternate Routes has some of these but not as many as one might expect from a Tim Powers novel. For lack of a better phrase, Alternate Routes reads in a much more straightforward fashion, plot wise, than the typical Powers novel….

(16) WHAM! Meanwhile, back at Nerds of a Feather, Paul Weimer brings us up to speed about the second book in a series: “Microreview [book]: Chaos Vector by Megan O’Keefe”.

…Velocity Weapon tells a twisty story where Sanda is lied to and tricked by an AI on an enemy warship, and Biran desperately seeks political power for, primarily, finding out what has happened to his sister. The novel was particularly potent for a “Wham! moment” where Sanda’s understanding of what was happening to her, and why, turned out to be far far different than she knew.

Now, with a solar system seething with potential conflict, Sanda free of her captivity, and Biran in a position of power within the Keepers, Chaos Vector continues the story of these two siblings as revelations and conflicts from the first novel start to manifest…as well as new mysteries, and yes, new wham moments!

(17) VOX PLONKS HIS MAGIC TWANGER. Brian Z. asks, “Is it official puppy news when Scott Adams calls VD his mascot?” Oh, no – he’s going to sing!

(18) OUT-OF-BODY EXPERIENCE. I’m not a big game-player, so I’m glad to have Joe DelFranco tell me what made It Takes Two a prize-winning game: “Microreview [Video Game]: It Takes Two by Hazelight Studios”.  

The Game Awards Game of the Year winner, It Takes Two, asks two players to come together to repair an ailing marriage. In many relationships, poor communication causes the initial bond between partners to break down. Therein lies the crux of the conflict with It Takes Two. Cody and May, fed-up with their relationship, cause their daughter Rose much distress. Rose consults Dr. Hakim’s Book of Love to help bring them back together. With her tears, she binds her parent’s souls into two wooden dolls. Now it’s up to the players to help the protagonists get out of this mess and back to their bodies….

(19) PREDICTING PARENTHOOD. “Futurist Amy Webb has predictions on 5G, the metaverse, creating babies and a host of other bold topics” in the Washington Post.

S.Z.: Reading your book it feels like you have an almost philosophical belief that people should overhaul what they think about how humans are created. If synthetic biology can deliver on some of these promises — if it removes any age restriction on egg fertilization, say, or if embryos can be gestated outside a human body — what do these changes do to us as a society? Do they alter it fundamentally?

A.W.: The thing is we never stopped and asked how we got to this point. Until now a baby was a man and a woman and having the structures to be in place for that to happen. And now synthetic biology is giving us other options. Forty years into the future, I think it may be the case that there are many parents to one child, or that a 70-year-old and their 60-year old spouse decide to have a baby. Why would we close ourselves off to those possibilities?

(20) THERPEUTIC CREDENTIALS. [Item by Michael Toman.] Be sure to check out the link on the fur color of your cat and the supernatural! “Research Shows That Owning Cats Can, Indeed, Heal You” reports MSN.com. Hope that all in your household, including the unmasked four-pawed mammals, are staying Safe and Well.

1. Owning a cat can actually reduce your risk of having a heart attack.

According to an impressive 10-year study of more than 4,000 Americans, cat owners showed a 30 percent lower risk of death by heart attack than those who didn’t have a feline companion.

Participants had a lower heart rate, lower stress levels, and lower blood pressure.

Dr Adnan Qureshi, senior author of the study, said, “For years we have known that psychological stress and anxiety are related to cardiovascular events, particularly heart attacks.”

(21) FROM BACK IN THE DAY. “Oldest remains of modern humans are much older than thought, researchers say”Yahoo! outlines the discovery.

Some of the oldest remains of modern humans in the world are much older than scientists thought.

The remains, known as Omo I, were found in southwest Ethiopia in the late 1960s. The bone and skull fragments researchers discovered were some of the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens.

Initial research suggested they were nearly 200,000 years old, but new research shows the remains are at least 230,000 years old.  The peer-reviewed research was published in the journal Nature on Wednesday

(22) PROLIFERATING PRESIDENTS. [Item by Mike Kennedy.] Last night Saturday Night Live began with a cold open in which President Biden blamed the Omicron outbreak on people buying tickets to Spider-Man and we found out that we actually don’t live in the real universe but rather one started as a joke by having the Cubs win the World Series. You know, that last bit makes some sense.

[Thanks to JJ, Chris Barkley, John King Tarpinian, Andrew Porter, Cora Buhlert, Brian Z., Jeffrey Smith, Bill, David Doering, John A. Arkansawyer, Michael Toman, Cat Eldridge, Mike Kennedy, and Martin Morse Wooster for some of these stories. Title credit belongs to File 770 contributing editor of the day Cora Buhlert.]

52 thoughts on “Pixel Scroll 1/16/22 I Hereby Dub The Current Dominant Genre (Whatever It May Be) Punky McPunkcore

  1. First!

    22) PROLIFERATING PRESIDENTS.

    Have watched Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse myriad times I no longer believe in a primary universe. And Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse certainly deserved the Hugo Award it got.

  2. (10) MEDIA BIRTHDAY.

    On this evening twenty-seven years ago on UPN, Star Trek: Voyager premiered

    Curse the inevitable progression of time!

  3. Maybe we should take a page from techno and name the next genre “happy hardcore.”

  4. Andrew (not Werdna) says Curse the inevitable progression of time!

    I’ll admit that I too have trouble thinking of this series being almost thirty years years. The oddest thing writing up this Anniversary was discovering that Deep Space Nine actually premiered before this series went on the air as I was convinced that it premiered later.

  5. (13) Wiz of Id often gets to the (cough) Hart of things. (Frank & Ernest is reliably great, too.)

  6. Re: Lexx, it was far, far better than it had any right at all to be. Watching it, you can almost spot the moment where the writers just said “fuck it” and chucked the rule book out the window. It was as though late-night Cinemax accidentally shuffled together scripts from Red Dwarf and Farscape and then decided to film them anyway.

    It was never going to win a Hugo, but it was definitely worth watching.

  7. (12) “Be prepared to pay dearly if you want to read him as he’s not made it into the digital age…”

    Um, the KIndle version of Festus Pragnell’s Green Man of Graypec is currently $1.99.

  8. Dennis Howard says Um, the KIndle version of Festus Pragnell’s Green Man of Graypec is currently $1.99.

    Did that just happen? When I drafted that Birthday last week and updated it from the last time I used that Birthday that definitely wasn’t the case. Now admittedly all of he usual suspects vary their book prices damn near every day…

  9. After twenty-seven years, maybe I should catch up with unwatched episodes of Voyager? (I think I watched most of the first season….)

    (If new streaming and other media production ground to a complete halt, I might be able to catch up with all the older series I never watched in full in, oh, four or five years, maybe? Oh, wait, I think I’ve only ever managed to catch thirty or forty episodes of The Simpsons. Add another year or two to that estimate.)

    When you’ve reached a certain advanced age, whenever you see a new obituary, do you calculate how much older or younger the deceased is than yourself? (That’s probably a morbid thing to do, which I should probably try to stop.)

  10. 12) John Carpenter… I would not call Prince of Darkness *good*, but it is the best Catholic physics horror movie I’ve seen. They Live is an excellent documentary but I was happier back when it was just satire. And Dark Star is one of the greatest achievements of cinema. (“Benson, Arizona” is a regular part of my filk repertoire – and I have performed it for mundane audiences as well.)

    12bis) Lexx is a sex farce that has a subscription to Science News. I don’t consider that to be a bad thing. (Is Science News still around?)

  11. Patrick Morris Miller, yes, Science News is still around. Not as entertaining as New Scientist, but excellent value.

    Dark Star is a great flick. I much prefer it to Alien, which recycles some of the material. It is strong evidence for the argument that you don’t need the budget of a Balkan nation to make a good movie, not even a sci-fi or fantasy one. Just, you know, ideas and things. Some actual wit helps too.

    Voyager was a difficult show for me. I wanted to like it, but then Tom Paris would waltz in… Loved the Doctor. Something about characters named just The Doctor…

  12. @ Bonnie – agreed it’s not a bad solo, but if you watch his fingers, it sure isn’t Vox playing it.

  13. 12 – It looks like The Green Man of Kilsona is just the British publisher’s retitling of The Green Man of Graypec. Which would drop his novel total to 2.

  14. Ack. Voyager. I stopped watching with the episode where they land the Voyager on a planet’s surface (thereby disregarding everything developed in TOS about how a starship operates), made the landing sequence boring and unimaginative, and then they found Amelia Earhart. Nope, I’m outer there. I did watch the series finale, and found I was half-right when I said they’d only make it back if Janeway died.

  15. I always wonder, on the pet ownership thing, if it’s correlation rather than causation. Presumably if you can own a cat, you are somewhere that allows cats and either live alone or have roommates/partners who don’t mind them, plus are not so flat broke that you can’t afford cat food, which means that of course you are less stressed than people who can’t do those things.

    Though I admit, it seems much more plausible with cats than with a previous study about the benefit of owning horses. I was a poor college student with a cat and knew many people like me, but none of us owned horses!

  16. RedWombat says Though I admit, it seems much more plausible with cats than with a previous study about the benefit of owning horses. I was a poor college student with a cat and knew many people like me, but none of us owned horses!

    The only person I know who owns horses is Elizabeth Bear who details her experiences with them on her Patreon list which I support. She hasn’t been active with them since her cancer developed.

    Horses are very expensive to own. Four thousand a year at a minimum. Stabling will add considerably to that cost.

  17. Cat Eldridge: The only person I know who owns horses is Elizabeth Bear.

    Melinda Snodgrass and Judith Tarr are also long-time horse owners (Tarr’s are Lipizzaners, which feature in Mary Stewart’s Airs Above the Ground).

  18. John Carpenter films. In the Mouth of Madness is the best I’ve seen. Big Trouble in Little China is extremely fun and Escape from New York isn’t that far behind it.

    Prince of Darkness has some good bits and the version in my head is far better than that actual movie,

  19. Read Judith Tarr’s posts on horses (hers and others’ and those in books) on Tor.com and you feel for a little bit like you do have horses. Very nice feeling.

  20. Does Elizabeth Moon have horses? She’s certainly very familiar with them (I think I h heard her tell a story about the time she called an editor to talk after getting a mild concussion from falling off a horse).

  21. Msb says Read Judith Tarr’s posts on horses (hers and others’ and those in books) on Tor.com and you feel for a little bit like you do have horses. Very nice feeling.

    I rode them a very long time ago. But then I was raised in rural coastal Maine and they were common. They are amazing beasts.

  22. After twenty-seven years, maybe I should catch up with unwatched episodes of Voyager? (I think I watched most of the first season….)

    Voyager is kind of the Trek equivalent of spending a Saturday evening on the couch in one’s sweatpants eating mac & cheese. It’s not trying to be anything more ambitious, but it’s comfortable and comforting, and it’s perfectly happy being what it is. And if you go into it with that kind of expectation, there’s a lot to enjoy about it, I think.

  23. Marshall Ryan Maresca says Voyager is kind of the Trek equivalent of spending a Saturday evening on the couch in one’s sweatpants eating mac & cheese. It’s not trying to be anything more ambitious, but it’s comfortable and comforting, and it’s perfectly happy being what it is. And if you go into it with that kind of expectation, there’s a lot to enjoy about it, I think.

    I think that’s a perfect summation of the series. If you want challenging, than go watch Deep Space Nine which was a lot more morally ambiguous. It’s my favorite of the Trek series to date.

    Right now, I’m watching Flashpoint, a Canadian series about a SWAT team. I like such series.

  24. Katherine Addison/Sarah Monette posts about her horse and her dressage lessons on her Patreon.

  25. Yes, Elizabeth Moon has horses. She used to write about them on her blog (when she had such a thing) quite a bit.

  26. (12) Festus Pragnell. Most of his work, if not all, appears to be public domain, and can be exhumed at the Internet Archive. Apparently Ziff-Davis and it’s successor owners never bothered to renew the copyrights on Amazing Stories until the 1980s, beginning with 1954 issues. While some authors renewed copyrights on their own works, Pragnell isn’t listed among them. This means that about thirty years of Amazing Stories can be found at the Internet Archive, as well as various online archives less scrupulous about copyright details, and downloaded via BitTorrent, like what seems to be almost everything ever published, in or out of copyright.

  27. (12) Neither the 1984 Philadelphia Experiment nor the 2012 remake was directed by John Carpenter.

  28. Steve Green: Cat didn’t say he directed all of these films. He was an Executive Producer on The Philadelphia Experiment (1984).

  29. 6) The point about works improving in the later sections is a good one. The winner of SPFBO 6 was The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson. The first 90% of the book was very serviceable, readable, and enjoyable but not very remarkable (IMO).

    But that final 10% (give or take) of the book elevated the entire work to something that is excellent.

    [Here in the year 8119, the new thing is SqueePunkGrimDarkAltCoreFetch.]

    Regards,
    Dann
    Coolidge is dead – “How could they tell? – Dorothy Parker

  30. @Cat Eldridge:

    Right now, I’m watching Flashpoint, a Canadian series about a SWAT team. I like such series.

    Enrico Colantoni was great in that, but he’s great in everything

  31. Ray Radlein says Enrico Colantoni was great in that, but he’s great in everything.

    Indeed he is. I remember seeing him play one-off nasty roles in SF series that were quite good.

    The weird thing that I’d thought I’d watched the series but the only episode I have recognised so far was the very first one. And I know that my memory isn’t that bad. Well I hope it isn’t.

    Treat tonight: Ben & Jerry’s chocolate ice cream. My blood sugar was down over a hundred points.

  32. Prince of Darkness is one of my all-time favorite horror movies. I think it’s an excellent example of cosmic horror. It’s definitely dated in parts, but it holds up for me. I like it better than I did when it came out (I was in high school and a huge Alice Cooper fan and bummed that he only had a small part). I haven’t watched it recently enough to write a long rant about its qualities, but I felt I had to pipe up and defend it.

  33. Enrico Colantoni is so good – I think I first noticed him in a recurring role on Person of Interest, then started to realize all the other great work he had done.

  34. Colantoni had a recurring part in Travelers, a show that I don’t think gets the recognition (or fourth season) it deserves.

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