Thursday, December 17, 2015

COME TO THE DARK SIDE OF SPOILERS:  As requested, a Force Awakens spoiler/discussion thread.  I'm not seeing it till Saturday, so will be staying out of the thread till then.  (And if you're looking for a Road Chip discussion thread--well, this is not the blog you're looking for.)
MOMMY'S ALRIGHT, DADDY'S ALRIGHT, BUT NILE RODGERS, NOT SO MUCH: Your Rock Hall of Fame inductees for 2016?  Cheap Trick, Chicago, N.W.A., Steve Miller, and Deep Purple.  Chic loses out for a record 10th time, and the Hall passes on NIN, the Smiths, and Janet Jackson.  Next year, first time eligibles include Radiohead and Beck.
BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO FIND "COLLY BIRDS" THESE DAYS:  Based on reader request, and it's a good one: any advice for gift-giving this holiday season? What would you like to receive, and what's been fun to give?

I've had great luck with, which puts indie artists' work on everything from wall prints to iPhone cases to blankets. Have a Hamilton fan in your life? Put the Schuyler Sisters on a travel mug. How about your sci-fi geek daughter? Get her a lineup of pop culture robots and droids for a new laptop sleeve. Endless options.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, DECEMBER 2016?  NBC has canceled Best Time Ever but vows to remain in the NPH business for new projects.
CHUNG-CHUNG:  Our Friends at Previously.TV are joined by Our Friend Alan Sepinwall and conduct a (quite elaborate) Law & Order fantasy draft.  I'm sure we will have opinions on who drafted wisely and who drafted poorly, as well as whether Olivia Benson deserves the loathing that she receives from the panel.
MOST COMMON ANSWER? I WANT TO SEE WHAT HE'LL SAY NEXT:  Has Howard Stern really become "the most potent and powerful interviewer in American broadcasting"?

Monday, December 14, 2015

AN OVERLORD ALWAYS PAYS HIS DEBTS:  I am quite excited for SyFy's Childhood's End, one of my top-ten science fiction novels.  I made mention of a small plot point to someone in an online forum and got pilloried for providing a spoiler.  Childhood's End was published in 1953.  This person had literally had his entire lifetime to read the novel.  And what point has a statute of limitations necessarily run on not spoilers from a decades-old novel?
EPISODE VIII: THE FORCE TAKES A MID-AFTERNOON NAP:  I'm not saying we're moving to an all-Force Awakens content model for the next week, but share your plans for the movie in the thread below.  Also, thoughts on whether we need a spoiler thread and when it should go up?  I am not seeing until Saturday afternoon, and obviously would prefer to avoid spoilers.
ABOUT DAMN TIME:  Serena Williams is your Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, the first solo female honoree since Mary Decker in 1983.

The only other possible answer, I suppose, was Steph Curry, but I suspect he has plenty of time for this honor.