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I remember reading Tanith Lee in my adolescent years. My mom received catalogs to order books from, and she always let me pick a few. There was no real information about the books, and the internet was too young. It sometimes feels like I ordered books at random. I kind of did. I ordered both double volumes (a collection of books I & II and then a collection of books III & IV) of The Secret Books of Paradys short story collections, and I fully admit now that I wasn't ready for them. They were dark and sexual. I found that I couldn't bring them to school because, well, I was awkward enough without books that would make me blush. So I would read at home, and in my formative years I was exposed to the idea of vagina dentata. As if I wasn't already awkward enough around girls.

I gave away the books, and the book Biting the Sun (unread), when I moved. Funny enough, I've been thinking about Tanith Lee for the past year. I want to go back and read some of her other stories. Now I have even more reason to do so. Normally at this time it becomes more difficult to get a hold of an author's books, but despite awards and a prolific career, she's still relatively unknown at large. Hopefully that will change. From what I remember, her storytelling was mesmerizing.
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+Karen Pepper I will definitely be looking into the other dark fantasy books, not to mention the children's books she wrote. I'll see what my library has access to.
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We've officially reached the 3-month home stretch for this film. I'm stepping into cynical mode here. I think the Fox PR department is saying, "OK, time to put more attention back on the film. Our unstable director just lost his Star Wars movie, which does not work in our favor. What do we have so far? Yes! Let's have the black kid talking about being the black kid in a formerly white role." Even if the conversation is a negative one, it's one that will drive just a few more people to the theater to watch the movie.

I think I've already gone on record saying this, but I'll say it again: I don't think casting a black actor, especially one as talented as Michael B. Jordan, in the role of Johnny Storm is a bad idea at all. Changing the sibling dynamic between Johnny and Sue into one in which Sue was adopted is OK if done well. And that's what it comes down to. Adaptations of comics are always acceptable so long as they are done well. If they aren't done well, that is also acceptable because we can still go back and enjoy the comics we love.

Plus, I don't think very many people legitimately care about the Fantastic Four. People just like to complain. (And I'm bracing myself for the unique insights from G+'s randos.)
You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character...
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I have mixed feelings about this line from the Snakes on a Plane TV edit. On the one hand, what the hell were they thinking?! On the other hand, it's almost more quotable than the line it replaced.
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I really hope this was some sort of weird joke. Otherwise, I'm surprised a fan like Pegg would overlook the fact that science fiction can and has been used to address real world issues. He's working on Star Trek, for goodness sake, and completely ignores the fact that the original series featured allegories of then contemporary issues. It's like he thinks all science fiction (and genre films) are as simple as Star Wars. (Note: I love Star Wars more than most. I even love the prequel trilogy.)
The Star Trek and Shaun of the Dead actor made the comments in this week’s edition of Radio Times
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It could very well be that +Chris S

Thankfully Pegg has gold in his career that overshadow the dross..... 
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This. This is why it's hard for me to put up with comic fans.
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That's what I have been thinking for a while, but I never put it to words.
 
It doesn't matter if you think people "use trigger warnings too much." It doesn't affect you in any negative way. You're just an asshole.
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Thank you, +miller ramos for bringing Binan Kōkō Chikyū Bōei-bu LOVE! a.k.a. Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! to my attention. It's ridiculous in a way that I can appreciate as someone who watched the dub of Sailor Moon in his early teen years.

Unfortunately, I didn't quite realize it was a current series that finished airing this year. On Hulu, older series have their episodes ordered starting at the beginning. Current series, however, run in reverse chronological order so that the most recent episode is easy to get to. Long story short, I watched the last episode first. And I thought it was brilliant. (I mentioned to my wife that I loved the fact that it felt like a final episode. Then when I found out my mistake she casually said, "Well, that's why it did." It was a bit deflating...) Having all that baggage unloaded up front made me believe that the series would literally going places other series don't. In these magical girl shows, what do you do after the baddies are defeated and you find out that you've been involved in events so, so much larger than you? That would be an amazing story to watch.

Starting from the beginning, the show is still good. At least I get actual character development now. And a chopstick rifle.
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it's so totally gender swapped sailor moon. and i love that it doesn't take itself too seriously.
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We've officially reached the 3-month home stretch for this film. I'm stepping into cynical mode here. I think the Fox PR department is saying, "OK, time to put more attention back on the film. Our unstable director just lost his Star Wars movie, which does not work in our favor. What do we have so far? Yes! Let's have the black kid talking about being the black kid in a formerly white role." Even if the conversation is a negative one, it's one that will drive just a few more people to the theater to watch the movie.

I think I've already gone on record saying this, but I'll say it again: I don't think casting a black actor, especially one as talented as Michael B. Jordan, in the role of Johnny Storm is a bad idea at all. Changing the sibling dynamic between Johnny and Sue into one in which Sue was adopted is OK if done well. And that's what it comes down to. Adaptations of comics are always acceptable so long as they are done well. If they aren't done well, that is also acceptable because we can still go back and enjoy the comics we love.

Plus, I don't think very many people legitimately care about the Fantastic Four. People just like to complain. (And I'm bracing myself for the unique insights from G+'s randos.)
You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character...
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Useful information for those of us who have taken notice of Chrome's growth within our RAM. Glad I've started using The Great Suspender app. Things have started going a bit smoother.
Chrome may be the best browser around, but it eats up your PC’s RAM like turkey on Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever looked at your task manager, you’ve probably flipped out at the sheer number of Chrome processes and the memory they hog. Here’s why Chrome uses so much RAM, and how to curb its gluttony. The Best Web Browser for Windows The Best Web Browser for Windows The Best Web Browser for Windows The battle for best browser on Windows is especiall...
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Just ran this the other day. I left my computer on overnight and started in
on FB. During the check it was using 470K plus in RAM.
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This story comes with a few interesting other tidbits about Hollywood culture. People don't realize how male-centric it is there. Sometimes it sounds like both sides of the production are a male power fantasy.
Actor told she was over the hill in her mid-30s, as Hollywood finds itself under increased scrutiny for its failure to represent women fairly on screen
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That's how show business is. Sad. Not just for her, for all of them because at least once in their careers, they get treated like they're crap, they're not. Fairness for all of equality is one thing I'm all about! Wink!
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Yeah, I definitely have to say that The Flash's finale was a little predictable. I should have posted my prediction a while ago just so I could look back and say, "Ha! You see?! It's so obvious!"

Uh, spoilers?

Naturally, Eddie Thawne was the solution all along. He was created specifically for the show. My first thought was that he was the modernized version of the Reverse Flash who was perhaps working with Wells (or Wells was some sort of archivist, which would have been really interesting). Then it was revealed that Wells was the Reverse Flash, and I only hoped that he would be Eobard Thawne. Once that was officially revealed, the only way the villain could be defeated was by killing his ancestor. And since Eddie's such a nice guy, I knew he would do it himself. The tipping point was when Wells/Eobard informed Eddie that he was the least accomplished of his line and didn't get the girl in the end. Of course Eddie had to prove that he was willing to sacrifice more than anyone else.

Now the question is what happens next season? They didn't avoid the singularity, but it's probably because they changed the timeline. If Eddie doesn't live long enough to reproduce and Eobard never comes to exist, then Eobard never goes back in time to kill Barry's mother, assume the identity of the real Dr. Wells, and cause the particle accelerator to explode years ahead of schedule. The events of the show couldn't have happened. I like the show, but I will absolutely love the show iff (yeah, the philosophy if) they decide to address this matter directly and make the hard choices about how they do so.
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It was clear that Eddie would have a hand in stopping Eobard Thawne. I didn't think he would go this far, but I understand why he did it.
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"Now scientists have discovered that the bears are also poorly adapted for digesting bamboo, despite the plant being almost the only thing they eat. The research shows that two million years after shifting to a herbivore lifestyle, the giant panda still has carnivore-like gut bacteria, which is better at breaking down protein."
Adding to their extinction woes, study finds pandas have a carnivorous digestive system and lack the gut flora for extracting maximum energy from plants
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I'm a general hobbyist. Board games, video games, books, comic books, TV, and movies. I used to collect more than I could consume. Now I'm working through the backlog and collecting fewer items. My media obsession is balanced by being a parent. That has helped me to realize that there are far more important things than keeping up with everything. Parenthood has also helped me to realize that happiness isn't elusive. It's just not something that can be expected all the time.
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When I was very young, I was told that the perception of me that other people have may differ from my own. Upon high school graduation, I soundly learned that lesson. It wasn't until after I graduated from grad school that I realized that while both perceptions are valid, neither one should limit me in any way.
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Chicago - Ann Arbor - Detroit - Southfield - Redondo Beach - Hawthorne