One of the best things about Star Wars is how it is an incredible gateway drug. You think you’re sitting there, watching an innocuous fantasy film, and then they drop some nugget on you that gets your brain all worked up, and soon you have more questions than answers … and an insatiable desire to learn more.
“Rogue One” is the natural evolution of one of those threads, what the opening crawl in the first film was really all about. That the film mostly answers one’s questions satisfactorily is basically just the cherry on top … the journey of discovery (and the inspiration of new questions) is the true joy.
Continue reading Rogue One Enhances the Star Wars Saga Wonderfully
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My wife and I recently got back to talking about “The Big Short,” which I will reiterate as being one of my favorite movies … well … ever. The context of the conversations has mostly been in regards to gift giving (not terribly relevant here) but also a little about how accurate/truthful the story seemed to be (definitely more relevant here).
So it was with great interest that I discovered this link today, a scoring of major Hollywood films that portray “true” stories … and how true to life the movies actually are.
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Parkway has quickly become my go-to spot for po-boys in the city. Oh, I wouldn’t limit myself to them at the expense of all others, but they make a mean sandwich.
I produced this video for NOLA Weekend on Parkway’s special Thanksgiving po-boy, only available Wednesdays in November. It is appointment eating, so make the effort if the idea intrigues you (I recommend mid-afternoon … after the huge lines, but before they run out).
I like how this video turned out. Pelicans games really are a fun experience (regardless of whether Anthony Davis scores 50 or not).
Yes, this is ridiculous. It’s also SO MUCH FUN.
I took a stab at doing this (seasoning a smoker), and what’s more, I documented it for work. Check it out if you have an interest in such matters.
I am reminded of how hard communication is on a daily basis, both in professional terms (How do we produce content people want … and how do we make sure they see it?), and in my own home life (How do I tell my wife something that accurately conveys how I feel?).
That second one is sometimes harder than it sounds, because well, our feelings don’t always make a whole lot of sense. And if they do, they’re complicated. It’s not as simple as, “Me angry. You do better.” Usually (always?) it’s more convoluted than that.
Which is why I am sympathetic — to some degree or another — to any goober who makes an ass of themselves on social media.
A former Kansas State student did just that yesterday, and she did it in an entirely upsetting way. Racism is not a good look, nor does it reflect particularly well on my alma mater. This is frustrating to me, as an alum, but also as a human being who wants to see the best in other people.
Continue reading Communication is hard
This is where I might normally write a witty intro and talk about why I’m writing things today. In this particular case, it’s actually just stupidly simple:
Let’s go full dork and rank the Star Trek films.
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As the Big 12 meanders its way toward an expansion that may or may not be inevitable (per “sources”), fans of the affected institutions continue to wait for some measure of resolution. The good news for the eager applicants is a move to 14 is apparently still on the table.
I still think 12 makes more sense. And if you read this, you’ll find out why. But 14 has its advantages, including the more money thing, but more importantly (to me anyway), the opportunity to rebrand away from the toxic Big 12 name. Yes!
If 14 is still a realistic scenario, let’s look at how it can actually work.
Once again, I don’t have any particular insider knowledge on any of this, which is pretty much useless right now anyway. The amount of misinformation out there at present is significant. For that reason, trying to predict how expansion unfolds is equally pointless. What’s perhaps more useful is attempting to apply logic to the situation to offer a recommendation or two.
Continue reading Could a 14-team Big 12 actually work?