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Category Archives: Hot Takes

One story, told twice

So I’m going to tell you about two characters. The first is FN-2187, aka Finn, from 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He’s one of the protagonists of the movie, a coward with a heart of gold who starts out as a Stormtrooper but stumbles into an adventure while fleeing from the First Order. The…

Christmas gifts for the child you wish to disappoint

All images are straight from AliExpress.com, your one stop shop for items off the back of the truck and items that appear to have been run over by the truck. “Have you seen that movie, How to Ride your Dragon? I thought it was just the cutest, the way the dragon waddles around slowly growing larger…

Pain scale

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Wikipedia categories that would make great band names

Medieval superguns Radioactive quackery‎ Bog bodies‎ Disestablishments in Asia Cryptozoologists‎ Communication of falsehoods Obsolete occupations Deaths by violence 🚀 My site’s free from ads, sponsored content, and affiliate links. You can keep it that way by supporting me on Patreon. Plus, if we hit funding goals, you’ll get access to exclusive content and a say in…

What is dead may never die

Hey Game of Thrones viewers, how are you doing this morning? Do you need a hug? A quest for bloody vengeance? Maybe some fan theories about how all your favorite characters are still alive? It’s been four years since A Dance With Dragons came out. Fans have been using that time to speculate wildly on how their…

Renewed shall be the movie that was broken

“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” – Bilbo, Lord of the Rings Some brave soul has pared the Hobbit trilogy down to the one movie it should have been all along. 🚀 My site’s free from ads, sponsored content, and affiliate links. You can keep it that way…

In praise of criticism

If you don’t follow the book blogging community closely, you may not be aware that there have been multiple recent incidents of authors stalking and assaulting book reviewers for daring to give their books negative reviews. This is deeply fucked up, and many book bloggers understandably chose to stop reviewing books for their own safety.…

Marvel might get it right

So, Marvel just announced a Captain Marvel movie. Are you excited? I’m excited. Let’s be excited together. Yes, I am aware that Sony and WB/DC beat Marvel to the whole female superhero thing; Sony announced a villainess-focused Spiderman spinoff some time ago, and DC managed to get its Wonder Woman announcement out a few weeks…

Books, ads, and cold hard cash

My long-suffering Keyboard Kindle finally shuffled off its mortal coil. I hopped on Amazon.com immediately to buy a new one, because I just can’t be without my precious $2.99 ebooks. The cheapest model available comes with advertisements: there’s a smallish banner on the home page, and when you turn the device off, the screen shows an advertisement…

Every apartment is terrible

I’ve been apartment hunting at peak season in Seattle, and I just picked out my new place. I got all spun up last night reading the reviews of the building, which are only so-so. Then I realized that all apartment reviews are terrible. Seriously, check out these stinkers from some of the most exclusive residences in…