Archive for July, 2009

Here’s a fun mental exercise for Friday, couched into a dramatic scenario. desert-islandThe situation is this:

You are trapped on a desert island, with no hope of rescue. The island is so small that exploring it will only engage your interest for a week or two, tops. There is no companionship, nobody to talk to, not even so much as a volleyball to stuff with hair and imbue with a personality. (On the other side of things, you are a pretty serviceable fisherman, so food is not a serious concern.)

What you DO have, is a TV and DVD player, hooked to an otherworldly, eternal power source. And a plane is coming, with a cargo full of DVDs that it just might drop onto your tiny island. You have just enough rocks at your disposal to write the names of three actors or actresses that the plane might see.

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So. Let’s talk about strip clubs.

(And that’s how Threat Quality became a popular website!)

I am somewhere between proud Dancerand embarrassed (proubarrassed?) to say that before my friend’s bachelor party this past weekend, I had never been to a strip club.

This was never a hard-line decision I made out of ideology or anything. Though I was always a little concerned that I’d end up making friends with the strippers and suggesting courses they could take at the community college (much like Tracy Morgan’s “30 Rock” character likes to proselytize to transvestite hookers to enroll them in data entry classes).

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In history and geneology, there are innumerable highly-specialized and often under-appreciated fields of study.  The history of 16th century printer’s inks, for instance, is fully as rigorous as more popular fields (the history of mathematics, for instance, the history of the Medicis, the history of historians), and is yet generally considered to be a waste of precious, history-gathering resources.

The history of magic occupies a position much like this:  it is a difficult and often fascinating subject, and yet it’s fruits are considered to be full of empty calories.  What does it matter, really, how David Devant performed the Mascot Moth?  Who really cares whether or not Selbit was actually the first person to perform Sawing a Woman in Half?  And yet, no doubt in many respects because of the triviality of the results, historians in this field are some of the most enthusiastic and obsessive historians at work in the world.

There is one name that aggravates them to no end, one name that provokes exasperated sighs and groans of frustration, one name that is, without question, the most famous in the field:  Ozymandius McKaye.

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HP1The short version: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is quite possibly the second-best film in the series so far (for my money 3-4 rank highest, but you have to note they were also the first two to break out of the Chris Columbus kids movie vibe, and the last two that could be digested easily as movies on their own, rather than build-ups to the finale).

The long(er) version: Director David Yates’ previous effort, Order of the Phoenix, by and large felt unsure what to focus on (the book has a bit of that feeling, too – after the “Voldemort is back!” proclamation that ends Goblet of Fire, too much of Phoenix is devoted to…well, not the fallout from Voldemort’s return), and so there’s not a lot about the fifth installment that’s really memorable outside of the final battle scene.

That’s not really the case here.

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Peculiar Trends in Advertising

Posted: July 27, 2009 in Braak
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I’m writing about this thing, because I’m having a hard time thinking of what to write about.  Threat Quality Press is gearing up, over the next month, to unveil FOUR exciting, new, SECRET PROJECTS, and those things are kind of distracting me.

But, I want to talk about this.  The other day, when I was going into Philadelphia for rehearsal, I saw billboards everywhere for something called “GoPhila.com.”  Or maybe just “GoPhila.”  This is a city organization that’s trying to increase tourism.  They post billboards like this:

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This is why comicon is neat

Posted: July 25, 2009 in Threat Quality

Iron Man anime written by Warren Ellis.

Every time some new poll comes out talking about how Jon Stewart has become our most trusted news anchor, the reaction on the comments threads (where everyone is civil, and has a reasonable opinion to add to the discussion), generally goes this way:

- “Yeah, I gotta agree, I get a lot of my news from the Daily Show.”
– “UM HELO, JON STEWART IS NOT A ANCHOR, HES A COMEDIAN WITH AN LIBERAL BIAS!”
– “Stewart would be the first to say he’s just a comedian, but the show tends to take shots at all sides.”
– “IM SO SICK OF JOHN STUARRT!!! OVERATED!!!!!!!!!!!”
– “Who wants to see upskirt pics of Mischa Barton?”

And so on in that fashion.

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