HBO’s Game of Thrones: Family, Honor, and Legacy in Westeros

One of the most interesting themes of HBO's series through Season Four is how family and legacy play in the lives of the characters, and particularly how Ned Stark's choices continue to impact his surviving family.

Shitting on Phil Collins, Part Two

Yesterday I explained my personal sentimental connection to the work of Phil Collins and Genesis, and how my perspective has evolved with my musical tastes.  Even with that as background, I still feel bad...

Why the Twitter-Block People Want is Impossible

There’s been a fair amount of controversy recently over Twitter’s “block” function. In mid-December, Twitter made and announced a change to the way blocking worked. The ensuing uproar, which prompted Twitter to revert the...

Narnia Review: being in the closet can be fun!

Went and saw The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe last night with my friend Alex. Not bad; very faithful to the original book, with a few cheesy chase scenes...

TMBG Countdown #21: Robot Parade

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFg5eWbFxEw First Release: TMBG Unlimited (2000) (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) Originally written for graphic design group The Chopping Block, and featuring lyrics (according to the...

A Shout out to PVP

I've been enjoying Scott Kurtz's webcomic "PVP" for almost a year now (and wishing I'd discovered the strip years sooner!) but today's might be my favorite ever.  Timing in cartooning is not the easiest...

Ten Things I Learned from the Genesis Documentary, “Sum of the Parts.”

Tony Banks says "The Lamb Lies Down on Broaday" was his least favorite thing the band ever did. His favorite is "Duchess," from the album Duke. Please read #1 again. "Duchess" is, ironically enough, about a...

HBO’s Game of Thrones and the Purple Wedding

Watching Episode 2 of Game of Thrones' Fourth Season left me annoyed that a favorite part of the books had been cut out--until the Internet reassured me that it was all there. I just had to look closer.

Book Review: Neal Griffin’s “The Benefit of the Doubt”

Neal Griffin's debut novel, "The Benefit of the Doubt" is a page-turner of a thriller by an author with clear expertise in both police procedure and police culture, unflinching in its presentation of violence, racism, and vice....

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