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Bradford Walker
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I am a historian, philosopher, writer and gamer. I am active in World of Warcraft (Arcana Solarie, Steamwheedle Cartel-US) and in tabletop role-playing games. Fan of Robert E. Howard, Edward E. "Doc" Smith, Prof. J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs, William Shakespeare, Friedrich Schiller, Lee Falk, Scott Lynch and Pat Rothfuss.
I am a historian, philosopher, writer and gamer. I am active in World of Warcraft (Arcana Solarie, Steamwheedle Cartel-US) and in tabletop role-playing games. Fan of Robert E. Howard, Edward E. "Doc" Smith, Prof. J.R.R. Tolkien, Edgar Rice Burroughs, William Shakespeare, Friedrich Schiller, Lee Falk, Scott Lynch and Pat Rothfuss.

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Robotech: Time to Let It Go, Harmony Gold
IT'S HAPPENING. 😱 https://t.co/vl7mjuh2EK — Oliver Campbell (@oliverbcampbell) July 24, 2017 Well, assuming it actually gets finished and released, I fully expect this to go down like Hapless Pilot #12 vs. Roy Fokker. The time for a Robotech feature-film w...

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The Totalbiscuit Is Burnt
John Bain, a.k.a. Totalbiscuit, has had another public meltdown. This time, at CoxCon, he lost his mind over someone throwing out an Internet meme as a question at a Questions & Answer session. That question was "Are Traps Gay?", which is a long-running jok...

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(From Vox Popoli) AIPAC vs. 1st Amendment
The Supreme Dark Lord posted this yesterday at his blog . I am reposting this in its entirety. Direct all comments to his post, and for God's sake respect his comment rules. Whining here will just be ignored. In case you didn't believe that immigrants have ...

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"Geek Gab" Talks Valerian, Dunkirk, & The Need For Good Storytelling
Today on "Geek Gab", Daddy Warpig and the gang discussed Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets . Some of us are on the hunt for alternatives to Star Wars now that The Mouse is pozzed and spread the disease to Lucasfilm. Valerian disappointed, and by c...

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This. So very this.
17:16 Note the point made here. This "let's show that evil has its good points and good has feet of clay" ethos has been reflexive on the part of sff creators beginning in the fifties and getting increasingly over the top in the seventies. It doesn't work. It's so tepid, the dominance of this sort of anti-aesthetic is precisely what made the original debut of Star Wars so shocking, so thrilling, and so "new" feeling in the first place. By showing that good is compromised and evil is "trying" to do right, you get (here especially) a completely incoherent plot that tries to do more things at once than can be managed in a fast paced adventure plot. There's no time for this bullshit. The fact that all of this repudiates the whole point of the franchise creates an awkward cognitive dissonance for the viewer. The people who made this are so damaged intellectually and spiritually, they cannot imagine the sort of people that made Star Wars the first time around. The culture gap is too great. 

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My Life in Fandom: Yoko Kanno - Goddess of Music
Japan has a handful of living masters coming out of their entertainment business. Westerners get told all about Hayao Miyazaki (the current God of Animation), but in terms of music we Westerners hear a lot of great stuff coming from that country without kno...

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Audiobooks, Castalia Signs McCarthy, & My Updates
First: Brian Niemeier's "On The Books" had Jim Fear on this week to talk about audiobooks. The show went well into the topic, which means that it dealt with the business of the matter and what it means for you, Mr. Indie Author, as it gives you an opportuni...

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Well, are they wrong?

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Jeffro's on fire here. Lucas would never have made these mistakes.
#PulpFail number one: So the empire is here to kidnap dude's family and force him to create a doomsday weapon. This whole scene is set up merely to show that (a) little girl is strong female stoic even at a young age, (b) her parents LOVE her and give her mementos to show how they feel, and (c) that daddy is a passive little bitch that is unwilling and unable sell his life dearly. Oh, that last one stings. This sort of scene has been done in countless Westerns. Except... lemme tell you how it goes. Dad knows he's overmatched. He looks his foe in the eye. He knows he's going to die. But he reaches for his gun anyway and is blown away. The whole family dies... but somehow the kid survives. He then dedicates his entire life to learning how to kick ass and achieve vengeance. Shitty post-modern loser dad here is just pleading for mercy while is wife draws the gun and attempts to do something against all odds. She risks her life and (the image is not on google)... he runs to her side when she gets shot and looks all the world like some Scarlet O'Hara momentarily overcome with the sheer drama of it all. Except Scarlet O'Hara could actually shoot a Yankee deserter in cold blood. This opening scene is bullshit. I would rather convert to old school Viking religion with its concept of a warriors death and Ragnarok and everthing else than subscribe to anything remotely like the value system of the non-culture that produced this piece of garbage. Seriously, this opening scene is just one gigantic kick in the balls. Screw these people. 
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