Category: Editorial


Image from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Revolution, taken from Kotaku

Image from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Revolution, taken from Kotaku

In the wake of this last clusterfuck of reality that we are now forced to deal with, there’s one thing that stands out more than anything. There is a ridiculous amount of finger-pointing going on. There are the standard blame third-party voters. This I understand… and Libertarians are taking the brunt because they managed to get a percentage. Surprisingly, if you were in the liberal echo chamber, you would think it was Stein. She didn’t manage to get even 1% in any state.

But now there’s bigger fish to fry, apparently. Frankly, it’s one that’s burned to death after 8 years of conservative propaganda (and yes, I’m specifically speaking about Fox “News”). Liberals are awful, horrible people and are totally to blame for this. It’s the DNC’s fault because they backed Clinton. If Sanders ran, he would have won.

Yes, I have seen these articles to in the wake of the election. I have made no secret of how I swing. I openly admit to being socialist. I think that government should serve the people. I have never been happy about a candidate until Bernie Sanders. He didn’t make it. For whatever reason, that’s a failure.

Yet, I’m not going to blame the DNC. I’m not going to blame liberals (since I fall to the left of liberals). At this point, it’s not going to help anything but to further disenfranchise those of us that are liberal or further left.

By saying that liberals are to blame, you are creating a divisive dialog, very similar to the concept of “libtards” that has been pushed for 8 years by the right. The fact that we don’t have an equally ablest and divisive title of conservatives should show that we have decided to take the high road for far too long.

More than anything, I think that we, as people who lean to the left. The people who are appalled at the very notion that the alt-right now have a legitimate place in modern society. That we are sitting on the precipice of losing every ally we had because only a quarter of the population decided for this country. One that probably the 50% who stayed home instead of voting are probably now regretting.

While I agree, Hillary was not a great candidate, I think that there is someone who deserves a majority of the responsibility. It’s not the alt-right, it’s not the liberals, it’s not the people who didn’t vote, or who voted third-party. I blame the press. And the bonus is, they are also blaming themselves. They are looking at what they did during this election cycle and taking to heart how they could have done better. The New York Times (one of the most respected papers in the US) recently for how they covered the election. Hell, CNN has also admitted that they are partially to blame for how they covered the election.

The people deserve better than that. We deserve to have a press that’s willing to put itself on the line like it used to. The job of the press is to take people to task and expose corruption. Instead we have a group of yes men who are too scared to get sued for taking a stand. Maybe, just maybe we might get that press back after this debacle.

But let’s not blame each other for (hopefully just) the next four years. We can only reflect on the information that we’re given by the gatekeepers. Those gatekeepers are the press. The press should do better by us. It seems that some sources got the memo. Hopefully many more of them will soon as well.

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In the very early hours of the eighth of July in the year Common Era two thousand and sixteen, I lie awake. My brain is a constant churning cacophony. I try to make sense of the countless whispers, even if there is none. I try to bring calm to this maelstrom… yet to no avail.

I stare blankly at the darkness, almost impotent to do anything. After all, how does one make sense of the nonsensical? How does one find sanity in insanity?

This week has been both a blessing and a curse. It has offered me a chance for insight, yet also a deeper look into the gaping, dark maw of hatred that many don’t wish to acknowledge… yet we can no longer ignore it.

May you live in interesting times. This is an old Chinese curse (or so I’ve been told). Yet nothing could ring more true as I look at how things have come to this.

I would be remiss if I didn’t at least attempt to hash out everything that is in my head, and maybe give myself an hour or two of sleep.

So, where do we start? Generally, at the beginning… yet, I don’t think that would work nearly as nicely. So, how about where we are right now.

In two days, two men were killed. The why is entirely important because too many people want to hush the rightly angry voices of the community it affects most. Two black men were killed in two days, by cops. This isn’t the first instance, and sadly, this will probably not be the last.

These were two men who were trying to follow what they police were telling them. Yet they were gun down… one of them in front of their four-year-old daughter and girlfriend, while he was still in the car (daughter and girlfriend were as well).

That last sentence should give you pause. It certainly does me.

A young girl just lost her father and has been traumatized for life. This isn’t something you can just forget. She will see this play out over and over in the dead of the night.

So, after such relentless and senseless death of two black men, what to do?

Exercise our first amendment rights as Americans and protest by any means necessary. We all have a right to speak out against injustice when we see it, by whatever voice we can muster. This is why Black Lives Matter is important. Because, right now, the lives being threatened and taken aren’t white, they’re black. And their lives are as valuable as anyone else’s.

Yet, some in Dallas felt differently. Some rogue people decided that they wanted to see another kind of justice. And after many deaths of black men at the hands of the police, in the middle of an otherwise peaceful protest, they decided to take the lives of three officers in Dallas.

People, this is the world we live in. This is not OK.

This is no longer a matter of being a “social justice warrior”. This is about understanding the systemic racism that many find acceptable. That many are willing to vote for (or in many cases not vote at all and allow it to happen anyways). This is the megalomaniac, a narcissist in a bad comb over and horrible spray tan. THIS is what we might be left with. We find ourselves being on the very precipice that the Weimar Republic found itself in the 1920s.

This is not OK.

We deserve better.

 

It makes my personal journey seem trivial in the light of so much hate and darkness in the world. Where it’s all so palpable, tangible. If one wanted, they could reach out into the night and touch it, feel the roiling chaos that it brings with it. For down that path lies the road to ruin. Where we must all forgo the very moral values that every religion teaches.

It’s hard to know if it’s possible to tread forward anymore. I feel caught in a black sludge that threatens to overtake all that is good in this world. It keeps me up late at night and into the wee hours of morning.

… And I realize that there is no more sense to this chaos.

So, what should one do?

Do I succumb? Or do I fight, even though I have lost the will to fight?

I thank whatever for my stubbornness. If anything, it has kept me fighting longer than reason should allow.

So, I sit here, fighting the best way I know how, with words. I won’t fall into that seething abyss before me… and if I do fall, it will be fighting. After all, that’s all I know how to do in this world. It’s what has kept me alive for so long, even after my brain has said stop. I will not allow this darkness to take anyone that I love and care about… or even those that I loathe.

I will not stand idle by.

I chose to fight against the darkness because we deserve better. Because no four-year-old girl deserves to live a life of nightmares. Because even the least of us deserves a voice. Because this is not OK.

 

Here we are again… another weekly round-up.

Life is getting busier now. I got me a press pass for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Now it’s about setting up interviews with people. This is both exciting and scary. I feel like things are actually starting to move forward for me. This is an incredibly scary thought. It’s continuing in to the unknown. If I want it bad enough, I’ll keep going. I really would like to write and not being in an office job.

More importantly, I’ve got plenty of writing that I’ve done over the last week. I will get some more writing up on Thursday.

Enjoy!

There are somethings that politicians say that make me think WTF.
Square Enix takes some sexy away.
Who can forget Torchwood?
This is a reassuring story.
Remember the “what gender is Sheik” question?
More politician WTF.
Business world scandals can be equally be interesting too.
If you hadn’t heard, Hillary Clinton is running.

That’s it for this week’s round-up. I hope you enjoy the articles. I’m pretty proud of all of them.

‘Til Thursday!

Here we are, once again. It’s time for our weekly round-up.

LIfe is still pretty busy. I’m working out how best to make some time for some personal writing. I have a feeling I’m going to need to be better at it. One thing I’m really hoping to get more work on is my screenplay. I also want to work on a new story as well as continuing to work on the old one that I posted a new part for here. I’m hoping to he able to post again on Friday.

So, what did I write last week, that wasn’t here…
An article about Fred Phelps’ granddaughter who left the WBC
The backlash of Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill
Arkansas makes their “Religious Freedom” bill better
This op-ed piece that I’m *really* quite proud of. Seriously, reaxd it.
A study about sex and the modern Millennial
Some stuff happening at the San Francisco International Film Festival
Conventions are safe spaces for the genderfluid

So, there you have it. I hope you enjoy reading them Especially read the op-ed piece. I’m very proud of it. I think I did a good job.

I hope you enjoy it!

Until then!

Life certainly likes to keep me on my toes. This is a very good thing.

I’m still doing my internship. I’m going to be covering the San Francisco International Film Festival. This is huge and incredibly exciting for me. I’m hoping to be able to get an interview with some of the people. This is exciting on so many levels.

I’m still enjoying writing a lot. It still doesn’t feel like work. I wasn’t really sure if I would be OK with writing in volume. I wasn’t sure if it was going to feel like work. It doesn’t. This is a lot of fun. It’s something that I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy. Now I know this is something I love doing. It’s something that I would love to keep doing. Here’s to hoping.

It’s also that time. It’s time to go over my writing for the last week… so, here we go. Feel free to go and read my pieces I have written in the last week.

Talking about the LGBT points of “Empire”.
Rand Paul’s Moral Crisis (I just love that title).
A recap of the winners from the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles
Tokyo is trying to make itself LGBT-inclusive by the 2020 Olympics.
A snarky look at the bill called the “Sodomite Suppression Act”.
Mika’s latest single
Gencon makes decides to stand by their LGBT attendees.
Looking is canceled after 2 seasons.

Feel free to go, read and enjoy! I’m still pretty proud about these pieces.

I may or may not be able to get another piece up here this week. I’m going to try to see if I can’t manage to make that happen. I would like to write about other things. So, I’m going to see if I can make that happen.

Until then!

Here we are, back again with the daily round-up. This week has been busy, busy,busy. I’m taking a day to do things like get tax papers together, set-up auto-payments on my health care and  the laundry. I live large on my days off.

Does that mean that I haven’t been doing anything?

Of course not. I have a whole slew of articles that came out in the last week.
Chipotle’s environmental conscience is grounds for discrimination?
Barney Frank is quite outspoken when it comes to Aaron Schock
Bi-sexual Make-Up Tutorial
An interview that I really enjoyed with an interesting person

There is one more article that I could add, but it seems to not be working currently. I hope to be able to add it soon, but I have to wait in the mean time. What’s more… I think I’m going to try to get in another article this week (what?!?). I’ll see if I can squeeze that in there for you… and a “short story” post. At some point, I think I’m going to have to change that designation as I think that I’m stretching the meaning beyond… well… reason.

So, things to look forward to this week. Huzzah!

Until then!

Here we are again, time for the round-up of other writing stuff I have done. This time it’s 2 weeks. This is longer than what I was planning. I’m still recovering from a respiratory virus. I apparently got worse than a cold, but better than bronchitis. On the plus side, I am on the mend. I still get moments of feeling pretty draggy and tired. Thankfully, I have today off. I can sleep and rest and relax. That is the plan.

So, what have I done in that time… I have a lot of stuff for you to read. I seem to be quite prolific. So, here we are.

A review of the memoir “My Avant-Garde Education”
Dr. Ben Carson Op-Ed
The embracing skeleton video
Skeleton Twins movie review
St. Patrick’s Day and the LGBT community
Elton John vs. Dolce & Gabbana
Planet Fitness really is a Judgment-Free Zone
LGBT offerings at Tribeca Film Festival
Another Op-Ed, this time about the staffer who sexually assualted 17 children
TBT: Ellen
Terry Pratchett’s death
Frank Underwood’s sexuality in “House of Cards”
Moar the Wicked + the Divine
LGBT characters represent on TV

I know, it’s a lot. It’s been a couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy reading more of my stuff. It’s been fun getting to write like this. I hope that I get to keep doing this. I wake-up every morning excited to go to work.

Huzzah to that!

Here we are once again… another week under my belt. Here is a listing of posts I made over at my other new job.
Enjoy!

Alan Turing’s family petitions British government to pardon 49,000 other men convicted for being gay.
Neil Patrick Harris at the Oscars
Poly in the tech industry. I’m not gonna lie, I love this post.
TBT, Will and Grace
Tegan and Sara, the duo of the moment
Transphobia and violence
Community, a show I love

I hope you enjoy and read these. I’m pretty proud that I’m getting published. I do hate that I’m still sick this week. I’m hoping to be up and running again by Thursday. I need to write more.

I’ll try to get more writing up here this week… possibly even tomorrow.

Until then!

Video game makers have been some pretty silly things as of late. Largely the complaints have been that games have been released broken. The only way you can fix that is paying for some downloadable content later on down the line. Then there’s Nintendo. They released the latest installment of Super Smash Brothers for the Wii U. Everyone wanted to use the Gamecube controller to play it, but for the longest time, they didn’t produce enough adapters and the price for them was high. And now there’s this current misstep.
Last Friday they released the latest 3DS XL. While that sounds like great news, it’s not coming with something that every modern hand-held gaming system needs, a charge cord.
That’s right, no charge cord. Now… as a gamer and one who will get hand-held systems for the games that are only available on those systems (like the Ace Attorney series). I haven’t picked up a 3DS largely because the 3D technology, while it’s neat that you can do 3D without 3D glasses, it would still give me a headache. The image wasn’t all that clear. That’s something that this latest 3DS is supposed to have.

Why no charge cord?

Nintendo says that the reason they didn’t include it is because they’re expecting the people who own the earlier versions to already have the charge cord and it was more cost-effective to not include it.

That’s all fine and dandy, but that means you’re cutting off people who don’t own the system yet. People who haven’t bought it yet who were waiting for the impetus to do so. For me, it was waiting for Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS.

I was going to get the special edition version. They came in a limited number and there have been issues (especially with Best Buy) where people had their orders canceled because they didn’t limit the number that could be ordered). This is not a problem that Nintendo created. That’s all on Best Buy. So, I figured I’d get the new version when it came out. It’s supposed to have better 3D graphics and maybe it wouldn’t give me a headache like the older editions did.
Seriously, not throwing in a charge cord is silly. You shouldn’t think that the only people who are going to buy this new system have the older models. You’re limiting the amount of growth the system could have.

Yes, you can buy an AC cord from Nintendo for an extra $8.95. It’s not all that expensive, which begs the question: Why not include it in the systems in the first place.

My guess, this is indicative of where the video game industry is going. You have to pay extra for anything to be functional… and that is truly sad.

Come on Nintendo! You have created some amazing games. Games that keep me buying your systems because they’re so good. I’m going to buy a Wii U when the latest Legend of Zelda game comes out. This is a huge misstep and isn’t going to please your fan base. Can’t you just add the cord for free? I understand not doing so with the Gamecube controller adapter. It’s not a necessary part of the system. You don’t need to play things with the Gamecube controller.
But you can’t play the 3DS without a charge cord. Sony has you beat on this. They still include the charge cord with the Vita. Why can’t you just bundle it together instead of gouging players more?

Fox has been contemplating a lot of things recently, like bringing back Firefly. The one that wounds me the most is them considering to bring back the X-Files (you can see about that here.)

Why should this bother me so much? It’s just a TV show, right?

Yes, it’s just a TV show. It’s a show I religiously watched when it used to be on after TV Nation. I watched it when they moved to Sundays. I watched when they moved filming to Los Angeles. Then I stopped watching. The show wasn’t what I had originally liked about it. I liked how dark it was. The mood was perfect for the series. But as we edged to the year 2000, they changed that.

This is the problem I have with television today. Even though there are plenty of shows that could certainly go there (like Grimm and the might-be-canceled Constantine), but they don’t go there… especially given that Constantine is based on the much darker comic series Hellblazer. They kept trying to justify John Constantine’s behavior when what many liked was the hero was also an asshole. We no longer have anything like Millenium or X-Files. We don’t have anything that genuinely dark.

Frankly, I don’t think Fox could make the same show they did during the 90’s. The one thing that people hate to talk about or admit is that TV has changed. This isn’t about the shortening of seasons (we no longer have seasons that are 20+ episodes long). We now have seasons of 13 (more in line with most of the rest of the world). It has to do with content. It seems that what everyone thought was revolutionary in 2008 (after the writer’s strike) is no longer keeping people watching. Why else talk about bringing back TV shows that had run their cycle?

Maybe it’s because the television networks are afraid to put out television that is a cynical as the world we currently live in, maybe that’s why people are not watching. Maybe people are tired of the formula they’ve been given for years. I’m sure the truth is somewhere between those two.

This is where I generally push Hollywood to take a risk. Frankly, television is one of the few entertainment mediums that seems to be willing to take that leap… more so than motion picture.

At the same time, why do we feel the need to bring back something that had its run. It’s not like X-Files got the axe after once season like Firefly. X-Files ran 9 seasons. It had quite a long run at that.

We need the cynicism that everyone is obviously feeling to be expressed. Our television isn’t doing that. As much as I loved the TV of the nineties, I don’t think we’re in that place again. That’s because we’re not, not even close.

So, do I have any idea where we go from here?

Nope, not at all. I’m just a person who writes and would like to sell stuff in Hollywood, but has no real power to speak of. All I can do is rail against what I don’t like, just like everyone else. And while I run this blog, I, by no means, have any real sway. I would love to see the cynicism back. I think we need it now. Maybe that’s really why Fox is talking about bringing back some of the more dark programming.

I don’t want X-Files to come back. If it does, I hope they make it dark. I don’t think you can capture lightning in a bottle twice. If this starts the conversation on whether TV is dark enough to match the world we live in (at least as Americans), then I’m grateful for it. Otherwise, let’s be honest. The X-Files had its run. It had a good long run. Longer than many shows. Lets find something similarly dark, but new and appropriate for where we are in this world.