Archive for the ‘ Media ’ Category

Intellectual Property


I don’t know the situation over at Marvel Comics, but I like to imagine that someone over there figured out, maybe sometime in the mid- ’90’s, that not already having movies made featuring their characters could be seen as an asset. I like to further imagine that whoever that was got a bonus, maybe even a promotion.

If only they could get their shit together, and make a proper Hulk movie.

(A proper Hulk movie ought to be a monster movie with misunderstandings about place in the world, a healthy dose of tragedy, and people’s reactions to the monster — most notably Banner’s. Smashing things, and destruction are only ancillary. The tragedy comes from not fitting in.)

A Catastrophic Issue

I generally avoid even acknowledging that this type of news television exists, but the above clip has convinced me of two things:

1. That the skills required to be a professional talking head must be similar to those required to perform improv comedy.

2. That the modern day pundit is some strange, mutated progeny of the court adviser. The idea being that you have an expert in some field on hand to have a learned discussion with you about their field of expertise. I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole concept was invented to make the viewer feel powerful while still sitting at home and watching TV.

The Consequences Of Violence

Fantasy Violence

In an effort to shield (not just) our children from the consequences of violence, we also shield them from the consequences of violence.

I haven’t researched to see if these ideas have been researched before — might be a good future project:

1. Does media that shows the act and the aftermath of the act affect people differently than media that presents the violent act as consequence free?

2. Why do we romanticize (and sometimes fetishize ) violence?

3. Why do we get so much enjoyment out of watching acts of violence? (Yes, this is different.)

4. Why is violence so sensitive to context, or why do we make it so contextual?

5. What’s the connection between these contexts, and the appropriateness of violence? (Assuming that there’s no necessary connection between some given act of violence, and some given situation.)

Big Producer, Huh?

Here, here, and here for the story.

It’s curious that A.V. Club takes it that this was meant in a mean way.

Midi-Clorians: An Inspired Solution


I’ve unfortunately never seen an episode of Parks And Recreation, though I’ve heard it’s funny. So, I’m not trying to endorse the show (or not endorse it, I guess), it’s just that this clip points toward a way out of the whole midi-clorians debacle:

1. Jedi are in fact mutants.

2. The main difference between the Marvel (MU) and Star Wars (SWU) universes is that the SWU has an extra organism that lives inside the cells of other organisms — the midi-clorian.

3. In normal situations the midi-clorians don’t really affect the host, but when present in an individual possessing the X-gene any latent mutant power is both suppressed and distorted. The parasites thrive on the mutant power, and at the same time standardizes what an individual is capable of. Force powers are simply mutant powers filtered through the midi-clorians. Anakin would have been an omega-level mutant in the MU, but was just a kid with a lot of parasites in the SWU.

4. This would mean that the Jedi’s religion is basically bullshit.

5. It seems at least plausible that, because the midi-clorians were thought of as sacred, the scientists never made the right explanations for where all that lightning comes from.

(I kind of needed to think about something else for awhile…)

The Joke Is The Type.

Everyone has these.

Double time stamped. Via Gossip Cop.

If you haven’t already, you should watch the clip in the link. I don’t know how to embed it here.

As a side note: It was interesting to me to learn that Hulu’s ad mechanism extends beyond its site and apps, as this is the first time I’ve encountered one of its videos impeded on another site.

Wicked Skills


The thing about this is that, believing myself to be a writer, I’m at a loss for words regarding precisely why this song, and video have affected my life in the way that they have.

I can talk about Primus in general. I can say things like:

1. When Primus went ‘dark’ for their third album Pork Soda they created the genre of Dark Funk Metal. We have Primus to thank for the likes of Corn. (My Name Is Mud – the silly story lyrics and silly voice effects + man singing like an enraged teenage girl about, I don’t know, something sad… maybe? = every Corn song. )

2. At the time those of us in the know knew that Tales From The Punch Bowl was the best Primus album. This is still true today.

3. I don’t know why Mr. Claypool decided to take his band in the ‘dark’ direction, though I do know that it certainly helped their sound. It helped them figure out the right rhythms for the Primus sound.

4. It must feel awful looking so much like Weird Al and trying so hard to look like John Lennon.

5. The best Primus song is Over The Electric Grapevine.

The exuberance is definitely part of the formula — I still think quite fondly about those guys in those suits.

It also helps that the nonsensical story is both animated and captioned — I still know all the words.

I think perhaps this song reminds me of a time in my life, a time when I had so little going on that I could be fulfilled, however briefly, by silly stories with good bass lines.

Also, I don’t agree with either of these statements:

Wicked Skills

Update – 10/12/12:

I forgot to mention that I think the song in the video is about VD.

That being said I don’t entirely understand the Taco Bell reference in the song, and have to admit that it significantly contributed to me feeling OK about eating at Taco Bell at the time. Eating at Taco Bell was funny. They should worry about that wearing off, as it did with me.

Maybe there’s a different explanation than that Les sold ad space in the song. Track 10 on Punch Bowl also mentions Taco Bell with an implication that being seen at Jack In The Box is more important than eating there.

Hopefully it’s just part of the the zaniness of Primus though I do love a good conspiracy.