Friday, May 23, 2014

Busy Couple of Weeks

       Due to some activities I'll be engaging in, I won't be posting any new blog posts or podcasts until the first week of June.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Game of Thrones: Mockingbird Recap

A pawn goes tumbling down off the chessboard while a rook moves to protect a vulnerable piece.
“Mockingbird” is the 7th episode of this season and it brings many of the themes of this season to bear during its run. The moments of interaction are charged with revelations, with gains and losses that will shake Westeros but more importantly shape who characters will turn out to be in the future. Rather than an action-packed episode (that’ll be the one coming up after the Memorial Day weekend), this was an episode with fulfilling emotional moments.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Why I Love a Giant Dinosaur

One of my joys as a kid as Godzilla movies. The first Godzilla movie I ever saw was Godzilla 1985. It was a more serious film than the others I would later see, which had elements of slapstick in it. But the horror and wonder of such a magnificent beast never left me. Godzilla remains one of my favorite movie monsters. The joy I find is from what the giant beastie can and often does represent.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Game of Thrones: The Laws of Gods and Men Recap

And the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.
Before I get to the rest of the scenes from this week’s episode of Game of Thrones, I want to address the final segment, Tyrion’s trial for the murder of King Joffrey. This is a scene I’ve been waiting all season for. And it delivered everything I wanted to see. Peter Dinklage used this episode to remind the audience and the Emmy Awards voters why he is the heavyweight of this show. That’s not to say that everyone else phoned it in. All of the actors brought their very best, even much-maligned talents like Sibel Kekilli.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Reading the Bible More Frequently Made Me an Atheist

Working overnights means that my nights off usually involve a great deal of web surfing and reading, with time for gaming. It’s part of being awake when most people in your social circle (and the U.S. for that matter) are asleep. I make it a habit of visiting frequently due to the variety of religiously-themed blogs the site provides. One I visit frequently is The Friendly Atheist, written by Hemant Mahta. Another I’ve found is Formerly Fundie, written by Benjamin Corey. Corey is part of the Progressive Christian group of blogs the site provides, serving as a foil for the more-conservative Evangelical group of blogs on Patheos.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Game of Thrones "First of His Name" Recap

We’re already halfway through the 4th season of Game of Thrones and the pieces are falling into the place. This episode could best be described as a placeholder episode, much like last week’s. It’s setting up the pins for the game to be played over the second half, which promises more death, mayhem, and carnage for the audience. It was also a character-driven episode, with several groups given their chance to shine (and some that barely managed to sparkle).