Previously, on VERSUS . . . The eight albums of Division I—featuring works from The Beatles, The Who, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Styx and Bad Company—battled it out, head-to-head, with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band emerging as the sole survivor. In this episode, another eight albums enter the fray. This time, the […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 3: Division II: Rock Album Deathmatch: Eight Albums Enter, One Album Exits . . ."
Doc Bruce BannerBelted by gamma raysTurned into the HulkAin’t he unglamo-rays!Wreckin’ the townWith the power of a bullAin’t no monster clownWho is as lovableAs ever-lovin’ Hulk! HULK! HULK! These were the lyrics to the theme song for the 1966 cartoon, an Incredible Hulk segment on The Marvel Super Heroes show. I dig the way the […]Read more "The Immortal Hulk: Vol. 1: Or Is He Both?, by Al Ewing & Joe Bennett — comic book review"
“Where do you get your ideas?” That’s just asking for a smartass answer, isn’t it? An Al Jaffee’s Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions response. Harlan Ellison had flippant answers to this question. An idea service in Schenectady that sent him x number of ideas for each x dollars he sent in. Neil Gaiman belongs to […]Read more "Too Many Ideas? (some of you can relate to this)"
From a story perspective, it feels like it is, but the following statement probably isn’t a true one. If you look deep enough into history, any super-wealthy family has a criminal past. By most accounts, John D. Rockerfeller’s dad was a con artist and all around cad. Joseph Kennedy may or may not have been […]Read more "Peaky Blinders: Season 5 — a review"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for October 2020. As always, we believe that happiness is looking forward to something. That “something” at FirewaterCorp typically implies forms of entertainment, the things we do to keep from getting bored. This has been of increasing importance for the past six months. Our company motto is “Read. Play. […]Read more "Looking Forward (October 2020 Update): The Pursuit of Happiness During the Great Pandemic"
Dan Harmon, the creator of Community, was terminated by Sony Pictures Corporation at the end of the third season of the series. Possibly because of his drinking, tardiness, sleeping during work, and otherwise being a perfectionist and procrastinator at the same time, which is a difficult trick to pull off and causes a show to […]Read more "Community: Season 4 — a review"
True story. The only time I ever visited San Francisco was many years ago now. Maybe ten years, but not more than fifteen. I could probably narrow that down further, but it would require getting out of my office chair. That’s not going to happen right now. I recall being in a bookstore somewhere in […]Read more "Hoodwink (Nameless Detective #7), by Bill Pronzini — a book review"
This post is another in a series based upon Elmore Leonard’s advice to refrain from writing the parts that readers tend to skip. In previous posts, I talked about excessive and/or unnecessary description, pointless transitions and bathroom breaks, and dialogue. Initially, I couldn’t believe that some readers skipped dialogue, but it seems to be true. […]Read more "The Parts Readers Skip: Unnecessary Scenes & Info Dumps"
I set all of this up in my previous VERSUS post. Sixty-four classic music albums that I have owned, separated into eight divisions (of eight albums each, naturally), with the overall winner of each division, after a series of head-to-head battles, moving on to face the winners of the other divisions. I’ve separated the entire […]Read more "VERSUS: Episode 2: Division I: Rock Album Deathmatch: And the Winner Is . . ."
Welcome to my First-Watch of the original 30 episodes of the 1990-91 television series Twin Peaks. Below are the bulletpointed notes I jotted down while watching the episode “Arbitrary Law.” On this day in history, Ty Detmer, the Brigham Young quarterback, wins the 56th Heisman Trophy. He played professionally in the NFL for fourteen seasons, […]Read more "Welcome to Twin Peaks:/\/\ First-Watch Recap: Season 2: Ep. 2.9 “Arbitrary Law” (Original airdate Saturday, December 1, 1990) — a review"