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May 28th, 2010

Prince of Persia [May. 28th, 2010|08:49 am]
Well, I saw Prince of Persia this morning—it was another midnight special for me, as I'd missed the press screenings last week—and I put up a review on SciFi Wire:

Next up for Disney—Martin Mull IS Barack Obama in The Audacity of Hope: The Imax Experience.

Of course, the comments are already the best part, as they are always. Didn't take long for "political correctness" to take a drubbing, and someone asked what the difference between the Mormon Jesus and some other Jesus might be. This point I can help with.


One of the characters, a Persian king mind you, looked like a Mormon Jesus Christ.



When I first saw that painting, sometime in my twenties, I literally had to ask who it was. I thought he was one of the well-fed bad guys in the Bible. By way of contrast, here is the Jesus that haunted the candlelit walls of my childhood.




In other news, these are different dudes too:





Hope that helps!
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Gary Coleman [May. 28th, 2010|12:27 pm]
I'm actually a huge fan of the now late Gary Coleman.



This isn't an attempt at "irony" (Isn't it ironic? No, not actually) or a gag—I actually liked him quite a bit. I liked his cartoon where he played an angel, and on Buck Rogers (see above). I liked it when was working for UGO—I had the chance to meet him as I was writing for Silicon Alley Reporter at the time, but deadlines got in the way. I liked when he guest-starred on The Simpsons—I still chuckle whenever the sentence "Three prawns are hardly a galaxy!" comes to mind, which is pretty much whenever I hear the word prawn or read the word galaxy. (Have I mentioned I edit science fiction novels for a living?) I disagreed with his stance on Napster and his positions when he ran for governor of California, but I admired his suit. I was pleased to see him on TV again in the mid-2000s, even if it was only to hawk some dubious payday loan scheme of the sort common in California. I was pleased when he finally got married. (In a 2000 interview he explained that he was "still a virgin" and this upset him significantly.) I even got a kick out of his violent outbursts; more little people should throw down, really.

Back in the late 1990s, when I was toying the idea of designing my own Tarot deck as a gag, Gary Coleman was going to be my version of the unicursal hexagram card included in some decks.

I really did like him. He'll be missed.
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Some Writing Advice [May. 28th, 2010|02:23 pm]
My friend just IMed me this:

I got a firefox addon that redirects me to duotrope if I try to go to huffpo ;)


Of course, I did depend on that friend for all my huffpuff links—I generally ignored what he sent because I cannot stand the blogging on that site, but there were always subheds to "NAKED CELEBRITY IN EUROPEAN MAGAZINE NSFW" features which I enjoyed. Farewell, HuffPuff!

I fully recommend would-be writers who need to submit more of their short pieces to find this addon. Apparently, you can even set it on a timer.
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