Diversity Panels at Conventions in the 2020s

Earlier this morning I came across this tweet by Mary Fan, an author I met at the Farpoint convention and whose books I quite enjoy: I gave a short reply, but I felt Twitter was inadequate to truly express myself. Of course, Diversity Panels have been around long enough that by 1997’s Chasing Amy (source …

Dealing with the Illusion of Change

This week Our Opinions Are Correct aired an episode about the Illusion of Change. They do an excellent job explaining what it is – when long-running fiction (comics, Soap Operas, etc) has to eventually return to the status quo. They cover infamous examples like that time that Satan dissolved the marriage of Peter Parker and …

Review: Interesting Times

Interesting Times by Terry Pratchett My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is my second time reading this book. I didn’t record a prior rating I remember liking this book the first time I read it. I definitely enjoyed the parodies of the Confucian system and the mistakes at translating from one language to another. …

Review: Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View

Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View by Elizabeth Schaefer My rating: 5 of 5 stars This collection had all kinds of stories, from dramas to silly stories. I loved it! Here are my reviews per story: Raymus (Gary Whitta) – a story from the point of view of the captain side so is …

2021 Video Games and 2021 Game of the Year

This year I played a LOT less; partly because I wasn’t home as much as I was in 2020 due to the COVID mitigations. Also, it was partly because I focused on programming with older Advent of Code challenges. Last year I wanted to make a list of games and go in order, but that …

Are Rap Lyrics a Confession?

Rap lyrics as a confession isn’t a new topic or question. I remember hearing about this a few years ago with someone who had rap lyrics on their Facebook page that was arguing it should be inadmissible in court. Just Googling “rap lyric confession” gave me these examples: The Controversial Use of Rap Lyrics as …

Review: Rave Master Vol 11

Rave Master, Vol. 11 by Hiro MashimaMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Things continue along at a manga’s pace. The characters have a few fights in the same location and we learn more about how various characters and/or their ancestors/mentors are intertwined. I’m curious where Mashima takes things from here, especially given the infamous kiss. …

Review: Ancillary Mercy

Ancillary Mercy by Ann LeckieMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This book was the perfect ending to the Imperial Radch trilogy. It continues in the same vein as the previous two books: deeply introspective within the context of Anander Miaanai’s war with herself. The final chapter (which, of course, would have been an epilogue in …