Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Dawn of the Links

The Death of the Television Rerun. I was thinking about this the other day when I noticed one of the local non-affiliate networks in town was running news at 9pm. It used to be depending on where you lived you had about 5 or 6 local TV stations and one or two of those channels were always playing reruns. Like all day long. Growing up there were a lot of really old shows I was exposed to simple because they were still on. Gilligan's Island, Star Trek the original series, The Bob Newhart show. Hell, during the summers I remember watching Batman reruns every day at 11am. Even shows that were just slightly before my time like the Dukes of Hazard or the A-Team were every day almost 10 years after they had been canceled.

These days with Netflix, Amazon Prime and roughly 10,000 cable channels, content has never been more readily available but how many younger people are going to sit down and really watch Cosby Show or Cheers reruns? It's too bad because I believe there's a lot to learn about quality story telling from some of those older shows. Also who's going to get all the Night Court references I use? Roz? Bull? Mac? No one, that's who.

The Massive Soviet Sub That Inspired 'Hunt For Red October'. It's basically two submarines welded side by side. The closest US sub in size weighs almost 1/3 less than this behemoth. It has a swimming pool in it for goodness sake. A swimming pool!

Why Wu-Tang Will Release Just One Copy Of Its Secret Album. I'll tell you why, because everyone involved with the Wu-Tang Clan is pretty much bonkos. Also this idea is awesome.

Meet G. Willow Wilson, the Muslim Woman Revolutionizing Superhero Comics. Hey! I in fact did meet G Willow Wilson at Emerald City Comic Con this last weekend (maybe you've heard me talk about it?). Generally speaking when a comic book gets this much mainstream attention I'm a bit wary of it, especially when it's one that sort of checks all the boxes for what some would consider a publicity stunt. Ms Marvel is not a publicity stunt. It's a really good comic book and I would recommend anyone pick up a copy. I think you can get it digitally for like 99 cents on comixology. The conversation I had with Ms. Wilson was pretty short but she was so nice she left a lasting impression. Hopefully the book is a big success and she stays in the industry a nice long time.

A Tribute to Zack Snyder's 'Dawn of the Dead,' Which Turns 10 This Last Week. The 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead is still my favorite zombie movie. It really touches on all the best points of zombie fiction. Plus the zombie baby... oh man. Zombie baby is a thousand times scarier than any of those fast twitchy zombies in World War Z.




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