Why this is my shocked face. See, completely shocked.
Really, the real question is: How did they not find proof Sepp Blatter, the King of Corruptocrats, was colluding in this? It almost makes you think he knew the writing was on the wall, and turned everyone else in to save himself.
Love his movies and wit. Also amusing what he says here given he has co-writing credits in the next Star Trek movie. http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2015/05/20/nerds-nerd-simon-pegg-renounces-geekdom-rips-on-comic-book-films/
My own thoughts? Weeeeelllll… first of all, whenever someone says, “Movies used to be about (x),” I get amused. Yes, there were “important” movies in the old days. There were also pure camp films (Flash Gordon in all its iterations). And sorry Simon, but parents always took at least guilty pleasure in these. Nor is it correct to say there aren’t ‘important’ movies today. For Hollywood’s given definitions of important. They don’t do as well because the would-be ruling class of the entertainment industry has discovered that forcefeeding its agenda to the ‘masses’ that disagree with them results in dangerously low profits. That’s another reason we get these cycles of reboots and comic properties: They’re among the few things that are *safe* for studios to make.
Given the cost of making major motion pictures, as opposed to say, printing an e-book, it’s safe to assume ‘independent’ films will remain as committed to Hollywood’s ideas of importance as it has. There’s simply no plausible alternative until the cost of putting flicks on screens comes down. But, I think it’s fair to say given the dichotomy between the purveyors of dreck and the audience, you are going to continue to see ‘safe’ choices in movie making for the foreseeable future.
Sorry Simon. Guess I’ll see you and the gang in another spoof. ;)
is an unthinking puppet. This should be axiomatic. Regardless of your political sensitivities elsewhere, a writer is an artist. One who expresses ideas in words. One who thus lives by the necessity of free speech. If not that, then your art becomes propaganda, directed by the imperative of the State, your Class, or whatever other unthinking assumptions you are not allowed to articulate or question.
So whenever I hear people who make their living with WORDS, SPEAKING, blabber about, “Of course you have free speech, but…” I say they are self-deluding fools aiming the gun of censorship at their own head. Joss Whedon has learned this the hard way this week. And as much as I’m bemused at the REASON for his exile from the herd–what, he dared to make a cliche HUMAN, how dare he!–I have little pity for a man who attacked his own audience in the Social Media Shaming circus during #Gamersgate, and will assuredly do so again to regain his status in the Social Justice Herd. As an artist, he should KNOW better. Censorship and shaming, once employed, spread like napalm. Friendly fire is inevitable.
I am no friend of Pam Gellar, her attacks on people I *do* respect annoyed me. That said, she has absolute protection of Free Speech. Folks, we do not get to choose which speech we protect with the First Amendment and which is ‘personal’ to be shamed. To do this is to deny freedom, enable tyrants, and destroy our OWN calling to art. We support free speech against would-be murderers, whether the leftists of Charlie Hedbo, or Pam Gellar (and do note, they make no nice distinctions about OUR ideological spheres. They would kill left and right alike.) Or you side with the murderers and tyrants in returning our world to a Fifth Century Theocratic system. Personally, I would think the one thing everyone making their living with words would agree on is NOT wanting to side with the murderers who would put us all out of work. Self-preservation and all. Apparently, the Social Justice Herd doesn’t think through consequences that clearly.
Free Speech is an absolute, unalterable right. Or it does not exist at all. Every link of censorship forges our own chains.
from the ever-astute John C. Wright. http://www.scifiwright.com/2015/05/come-to-the-dark-side-joss-we-have-cookies/#more-14042
I will rebut one issue in the comments. People like giving Joss Whedon credit for writing Mal Reynolds, a shining light of libertarian sci-fi. This is not actually true. The primary writer was Tim Minear, and Joss gets a lot of credit for Tim’s sympathies, which permeate the show. http://www.popmatters.com/feature/138304-still-flying-an-interview-with-tim-minear-part-i/
Joss’ personal sympathies were with the Alliance, or would have been, if not for the drama being with the characters. So crediting a self-avowed New Deal Democrat for that is somewhat less than accurate.
I, being a Brownshirt, identify with the underdogs. Besides, Nathan Fillion is awesome.
My real-life work’s been crazy the last few weeks, and it’s really crimped my writing. As in, left me too drained most days to look at my notes, which I don’t have nearly as many of, since I haven’t had time to think about it during the times I normally do. I’m going to sit down this weekend and rework my writing schedule to match what my new realities at work and home.
I don’t believe in writer’s block. I firmly believe that writers write, even when “We don’t feel like it.” On the other hand, I’m a fairly schedule-driven person. And when my schedule gets disrupted on a routine basis, I start making white knuckles around my coffee cup. That leads to having precisely 1 page of notes in the last week, and a whole lot of time hiding from Scrivener in Football Manager 15–but hey, I’m running away with the Serie A title!
Erm…no excuse, Mr Cole. Time to come out and write. Besides, this isn’t the first time I’ve had my schedule changed since I picked up the penname. I’ll get it sorted. Or this will stay up here taunting me. :P
Read these articles. IMHO, Winston Spencer Churchill was the greatest man of the 20th century. And his biography makes any life richer. But the lessons from it are all the better. BECOME the person you wish to be. None of us are born that person whole cloth like Athena. Rather, like Michelangelo’s David, we are revealed as such in steps and stages. It is a lifelong journey. And it is only failed if one lives the cowardly, craven life of the perpetually adolescent. Those who neither dream of success, plan to make it happen, nor take responsibility for their failures and family.
h/t Ace of Spades
for doubling down on its “We make bad beer” image.
Dos a cero!
Yeah, that’s a NCAA player scoring on Mexican Professionals. LOL OK, he had a big assist from MB90, who bossed the game.
Did you know you’re now eligible to be TAXED on your BROADBAND SERVICE? http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-broadband-fees-20150409-story.html#page=1 Congratulations!
Wow! Isn’t that what you wanted? So not only do you not have the right to see new innovation without FCC approval. Not only are ALL internet speeds throttled to whatever the FCC decides will be the highest rate ‘everyone’ can receive, because there are no permissible ‘fast lanes’ anymore. BUT, you get to pay a TAX to receive the very same service you already received, because the Federal Government had so much involvement in the creation of it.
Now, you may ask what did they do? Shut up Rube. Yep. This is the Federal Government, taking credit for private innovation and then taxing it until it cannot move. Reagan’s old punch line can now be invoked: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it.
I suspect it will be some time before the latter part comes into play. But that is, of course, the part of the equation that Google and the Crony Socialist Corporations were counting on when they supported this assault on our freedom of information.
Once again, I present to you the reality of Net Neutrality: http://megynkelly.us/a0k-content/uploads/2015/03/because-500×308.jpg