My Facebook and Twitter feeds are basically “Please Love Me” outlets. I’m totally unique that way. You probably post stuff out of the goodness of your heart, and you don’t want those luscious internet kisses in the forms of “likes” and stars and re-tweets and shout outs. Good for you.

Bad for me. But also good for me. In a weird brain flux, I decided to Tweet for a couple hours about the Hives, one of my favorite bands. And it paid off: long story short, their official feed gave me a shout out. Actually they told their fans I was “on fire tonight,” which feels great.

The whole story, in a long nutshell: Continue reading ‘The Hives and Twitter Power’


I made a serious leap this weekend, when I bought (used) the Nirvana box set “With the Lights Out.” It’s a collection of demos, live cuts, alternate takes, B-sides and oddities. It’s natural for a popular-yet-defunct band to release such sets, but they’re definitely not for everyone. So why did *I* get it? And what does that say about me that I can’t stop humming “Sappy?” Continue reading ‘Demo Tracks: The Gateway to Fanship’


Here are some movies about bands, rock music and the like which I enjoy. Some have authoritatively been called “Great” others have not. I make no apologies for it. It’s just a list, in no particular order. Continue reading ‘I Like Movies About Rock Bands/Rock Music’


I can’t let it go. Maybe *I’m* the crazy one.

Nope. I’m right. I know what I’m talking about. Read on:

Batman is arguably the most popular comic book character of all time. Top 3 easily. Most people know who he is and what he’s about, and most people (I think) like him.

Most people do not like crazy people. Truly crazy people. Yeah, yeah, people followed Hitler, I get it.

But I just cannot get behind the idea that millions of people would be worshiping a crazy person. It calls into question everyone’s bumper stickers, phone icons, etc.

But at the same time, people wear Punisher shirts, so there’s that.

BUT IT STILL SEEMS CRAZY to have so many people love a crazy person. A crazy character, anyway. A crazy HERO. Nobody loves a crazy hero, because there kind of aren’t really such things. There are misunderstood heroes, who appear crazy. The BBC Sherlock Holmes comes to mind.

I just hate it.

He’s not crazy. I think that’s lazy to just say “Oh, he’s crazy.” I don’t think there’s a person out there who legitimately looooooves Batman because he’s crazy. They would love him because he’s human, he’s smart, resourceful, drives a cool car, looks cool, etc, etc.

“I like Batman ’cause he’s crazy.” Bull.


In the recent Scriptnotes podcast on superheroes (and the screenwriters who write their movies), it was stated that Batman’s “crazy.” And this was agreed to by the panelists, either by saying something or silently agreeing. The evidence given was “The Dark Knight Returns.”

And that made me realize that this is a bad example of Batman/Bruce Wayne’s psychology.

Because in “DKR,” he’s 55+ and retired.

That comic is the key influence on every Batman movie of the last 20 years, but it’s never been an influence on anything but the 30-something Bruce Waynes of Burton, Schumacher and Nolan.

Age makes a big difference. At least to me. It’s easier for me to forgive some of his, uh… characteristics because he’s an old man.

If a younger man did those kinds of things, in the way in which he does them, it would seem crazier.

Emphasis on “seem.” Just because someone does something crazy does not mean that he, himself, is crazy.

That’s how I live my life.


I’m not trying to play like some sort of Beatle-hating Stones fan. I’m not. I own nearly every single Beatles album, several of their solo affairs, and I still sing a couple of their songs as my son’s lullabies, but….

Lately, my biggest music source has been my car ride to work, and I’ve been trying to stack my CD case with some of my less heard albums. Lately that included John Lennon’s “Imagine” and a greatest hits of Cheap Trick.

And I couldn’t finish either of them.

Again, it’s not that I don’t like the Beatles, or even that I don’t like those bands/albums. But right now, I just can’t take it. “Imagine” comes off real asshole. And only an asshole. It’s got something to do with Lennon using his celebrity to sell his ideas. If anyone else had written a song as nasty as “How Do You Sleep?” they would’ve been lynched. I mean, I get that ONLY he could write that song, and that’s part of what makes it special. But it’s also just kind of pointlessly nasty. I pulled it out giving “Oh, Yoko” plenty of room.

As for Cheap Trick, I guess i maybe know too much about them, as devout Beatlemaniacs. That’s all well and good, but I just couldn’t handle it with the direct quotes from “Taxman.” Write your own damn songs.

That’s kind of it. I’m at a place now where I can’t take the Beatles. At least for a while. It’s just too much.


A big reason to go to WonderCon — or any comic book convention — is to people watch. Specifically costume watch. The crowd is a weird mix of exhibitionists and home-body nerds. And for years, decades even, the go-to costume for exhibitionist girls has been Princess Leia in the metal slave bikini.

But this week, I saw one person dressed that way.

Only one.

I’ve been to WonderCon three times, and the two previous times, it seems you saw ten Slave Leias before entering. But now… one? I am in no way advocating that there should be more girls wearing next to nothing (they still handled that with other costumes), but it’s just… strange. Has the popularity of that costume wained? Or in the series?  Continue reading ‘WonderCon and the Disappearing Leia Bikini’




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