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My love/hate relationship with JJ Abrams; and six disturbing realizations from my recent binge-watching of "Frasier." | February 7, 2016
Today, two pop-culture mini-essays: One concerning my love/hate relationship with frustrating genre director JJ Abrams; and the other, disturbing realizations about the show "Frasier" after recently rewatching the entire eleven-year run in a binge at Netflix.
Is "Lost" the "Ulysses" of television? | April 5, 2009
I'm trying to get more work these days as a futurist; and that means among other things trying to come up with my own quirky theory about the arts, that I too can write a cultishly popular book about and get invited to South by Freaking Southwest too. Today, first thoughts about that theory, and how it applies to the remarkable developments within the television industry in the last decade.
Lynch Triumphant: Or, an Apologia for Surrealism, inspired by a recent viewing of "Inland Empire." | March 23, 2007
Today, some thoughts concerning the artistic genre known as Surrealism, and how David Lynch's newest film "Inland Empire" fits into the genre's history. Warning: film-snob dorkiness ahead!
Random notes. | March 9, 2006
Just some random notes today, including: I finally understand how Second Life works, and I really fucking want to join now - thank you, Google Video!; a hilarious public remark recently by Kevin Smith that you absolutely must watch; yes, I was one of the lucky few that downloaded that secret Google Powerpoint presentation, that they accidentally posted, and I'll tell you a little about what it says too; something on "South Park" the other night that made me pee my pants; some thoughts about lesbians in love on el platforms; another kudo to CoComment.com; and it's official - I'm making my ninth attempt at quitting smoking soon.
Random notes. | March 2, 2006
Just some random notes for today, including: Why I've been out-of-sorts for the last couple of days (hint - it has to do with a federal employee and a howling dog); my birthday is this Sunday, and I still don't have any plans; an update on my quest to build a social application at Ning.com; a random thought about post-hurricane New Orleans; and dude! It's the 20th anniversary of "Blue Velvet!" DON'T FUCKING LOOK AT ME!
Regarding reader feedback and "the conversation." | February 24, 2006
Okay, all this talk recently at my site about "the conversation" between companies and customers brings up a good point - how do readers of mine get thoughts, opinions and responses to me? I don't have commenting abilities here, after all. Today, a fully detailed guide to how you can do so, why I think this is much better than commenting, and how you can easily implement such a thing at your own site. Plus: Speaking of feedback, here's something to ponder - what kind of social application should I build at Ning?; and a few thoughts about Philip K. Dick and the letting-go of our childhood heroes.
Regarding novels, memoirs, and "The Truth." | January 12, 2006
Well, the recent James Frey disaster seems to at least proven one thing: that the general population really is into memoirs that much, and into novels that little, that some writers will outrageously lie just to try to tap into this audience. Today, my thoughts on why this is such a fucking shame. Plus: Winter bicycling in Chicago; using filters in Gmail; and seeing "Napolean Dynamite" for the first time.
[randommedia]: Report by my friend Shappy of Star Wars Celebration III (part 2 of 2) | April 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 2 of 2 of a conversation with my friend Shappy about his recent attendance of Star Wars Celebration III in Indiana. Recorded at Funky Buddha, Grand and Milwaukee, Chicago.
[randommedia]: Report by my friend Shappy of Star Wars Celebration III (part 1 of 2) | April 25, 2005
An episode of my podcast [randommedia], this one part 1 of 2 of a conversation with my friend Shappy about his recent attendance of Star Wars Celebration III in Indiana. Recorded at Funky Buddha, Grand and Milwaukee, Chicago.
[story] Jedi mind trick | August 4, 1999
An online version of my 1999 story "Jedi mind trick," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1999."
[story] Blue Velvet | August 4, 1998
An online version of my 1998 story "Blue Velvet," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1998."
[story] What really happened between the end of The Empire Strikes Back and the beginning of Return of the Jedi | August 4, 1997
An online version of my 1997 story "What really happened between the end of The Empire Strikes Back and the beginning of Return of the Jedi," also found in the book "Chicago Stories 1997."