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The Oscars Don’t Matter & Are No Longer Relevant And You Should Stop Caring About Them, Too
I watched the Oscars this year with the same sense of irony
and agony that I do every year. It’s torturous to me because, much like Neil
Patrick Harris, I love movies. I still do, even though I work in the industry
now on its lowest, and least respected, ru...
I watched the Oscars this year with the same sense of irony and agony that I do every year. It’s torturous to me because, much like Neil Patrick Harris, I love movies. I still do, even though I work in the industry now on its...
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A few thoughts about role-playing games
Dice! Glorious, beautiful dice! The most heavily-fetishized object at the gaming table by a huge margin. Watching the third Hobbit movie got me jonesing to play Dungeons and Dragons again. I know a lot of Tolkien purists hate the films, but I don't, because...
Dice! Glorious, beautiful dice! The most heavily-fetishized object at the gaming table by a huge margin. Watching the third Hobbit movie got me jonesing to play Dungeons and Dragons again. I know a lot of Tolkien purists hat...
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Steve, thanks. I have not yet crossed that frontier into digital/virtual table gaming, but I think I may have to before too long...
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It's New Year's Eve in 'Murica...
As 2014 drops to the ground, a lifeless, smoking hulk of pain and misery, let's pause for just a second to kick its corpse before moving on to a presumably brighter and more lustrous 2015. Well, you don't have to kick it if you don't want to, but I'm going ...
As 2014 drops to the ground, a lifeless, smoking hulk of pain and misery, let's pause for just a second to kick its corpse before moving on to a presumably brighter and more lustrous 2015. Well, you don't have to kick it if y...
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Don't Tell ME What to Think About the New Star Wars Trailer...
J.J. Abrams dropped a 90 second bombshell on everyone today when he released a teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in select theaters and also online, where the world suddenly ground to a screeching halt. Without even checking, I am ...
J.J. Abrams dropped a 90 second bombshell on everyone today when he released a teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens in select theaters and also online, where the world suddenly ground to a screeching ha...
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I was 6 1/2 when I saw Star Wars in the theater.  Twice.  And I am pretty excited about this one.  I was disappointed with the prequels, even though I did like them in pieces.  I'm also happy with JJ Abrams as the director.  He's done just fine with Star Trek, so I have faith in his Star Wars.

My name is Tom.  And I'm a Star Wars fan.
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My Top 5 Favorite Killer Doll Movies
One of the reasons why the clown scene in Poltergeist scares the hell out of us is
that we’ve all had that experience at least once in our lives, usually with a
favored toy or an artfully-thrown jacket and baseball cap, or something similar.
In this case, t...
One of the reasons why the clown scene in Poltergeist scares the hell out of us is that we’ve all had that experience at least once in our lives, usually with a favored toy or an artfully-thrown jacket and baseball cap, or so...
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My Top 5 Favorite TV Horror Shows
For horror and sci-fi fans growing up in the 1980s, TV was
the best place for a quick fix if you were looking for something ghoulish and
ghastly to watch. In addition to Twilight Zone reruns (always on somewhere) and
later, The Outer Limits, there were seve...
For horror and sci-fi fans growing up in the 1980s, TV was the best place for a quick fix if you were looking for something ghoulish and ghastly to watch. In addition to Twilight Zone reruns (always on somewhere) and later, T...
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Old School Gaming and the New Shiny
My rebuilding of my old campaign continues apace. I'm doing it in fits and starts, as I can grab a half an hour or so to myself. I am vacillating back and forth between dusting off old components and bringing them up to new 5th edition rules, and fleshing o...
My rebuilding of my old campaign continues apace. I'm doing it in fits and starts, as I can grab a half an hour or so to myself. I am vacillating back and forth between dusting off old components and bringing them up to new 5...
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Making Schedules
Last year, I used my Google Calendar for the first time, and I mean, I really used it. I added dates, set up timers, the works, and baby, it was glorious...until the big-ass digital projection project landed and disrupted my space-time continuum for seven m...
Last year, I used my Google Calendar for the first time, and I mean, I really used it. I added dates, set up timers, the works, and baby, it was glorious...until the big-ass digital projection project landed and disrupted my ...
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Comic Book World Building for Dummies (and Studio Executives)
The Flash on the CW. So good. So Very Good. I have an axiom that I use whenever people want to discuss
rumors about upcoming super hero movies, and stuff that “they” have said “they”
are working on: Until I see a picture of the alleged actor, in costume, on...
The Flash on the CW. So good. So Very Good. I have an axiom that I use whenever people want to discuss rumors about upcoming super hero movies, and stuff that “they” have said “they” are working on: Until I see a picture of ...
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Mikal, be warned: season one is a true slog in the mud. However, it DOES lay the foundation for season two, which gives us, rather apologetically, the Flash origin. And season three? Awesome. As learning curves go, this one was like a bootlegger reverse.
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My Top 5 Creatures From the Deep Movies
Ever since we first took our steps out of the water, we
looked back over our shoulder and wondered what that splashing sound was. I was
a member of the Jaws generation, one of the more influential horror films in
modern cinema. Not just in terms of resettin...
Ever since we first took our steps out of the water, we looked back over our shoulder and wondered what that splashing sound was. I was a member of the Jaws generation, one of the more influential horror films in modern cinem...
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My Top 5 Favorite Horror Anthology Movies
I’ve always loved reading horror anthologies, and for one
simple reason: more bang for your buck. There’s something wonderful about a
short story, well-written, that scares the beejeezus out of you. It’s a
particularly good literary magic trick to pull off....
I’ve always loved reading horror anthologies, and for one simple reason: more bang for your buck. There’s something wonderful about a short story, well-written, that scares the beejeezus out of you. It’s a particularly good l...
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My Top 5 Favorite Dracula Movies
There’s a big difference between Dracula movies and vampire
movies. Dracula is always a vampire, but not every vampire is Dracula. That’s a
bit of an understatement. Ever since Nosferatu was made in the silent era,
people have been perennially fascinated wi...
There’s a big difference between Dracula movies and vampire movies. Dracula is always a vampire, but not every vampire is Dracula. That’s a bit of an understatement. Ever since Nosferatu was made in the silent era, people hav...
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Mark Finn is an author, actor, essayist, and playwright. He is recognized as an authority on the Texas author Robert E. Howard and has written extensively on that subject. His biography, Blood and Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard, was nominated for a World Fantasy award in 2007 and is now available in an updated and expanded second edition. When he is not kvetching on the Internet, he writes comics and fiction, dabbles in magic, and produces and performs community theater.  He lives in North Texas with his long-suffering wife, too many books, and an affable pit bull named Sonya.
         
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I write lots of different things. Some of them are available for sale right now. I can also be googled. It will likely take you to my Wiki page. So, I've got that going for me...which is nice.
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  • Robinson High School
    2014
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