• This piece is a good look at Stephen Colbert’s lovely view of death through Catholicism and Tolkien. Servant and Steward: Tolkien and Colbert on Death, the Doom and Gift of Men

  • Journey is out now for iOS and it’s indeed as lovely as I’d heard, but I recommend playing it on another system if you can. If you can’t, do play it for iOS, but using it on a touchscreen is sort of like reading a great book that’s been printed on slimy paper.

  • Here’s the semi-annual late summer post from me where 1) something has reminded me that football exists and 2) I note that my local team still has a racist name and the only argument for keeping it remains, “lol who cares.”

  • I had assumed The Boys wasn’t the show for me, and it seems like for about the reasons i guessed: The Boys is a great show at the worst time. The post-Moore “what if superheroes were, like real” thing was old 20 years ago.

  • The way Jonathan Hickman is using the letter X in House of X and Powers of X to mean sometimes X, others, 10, and sometimes, both, is delightful in a way that only works in print.

  • I always figured that La Luna, one of Pixar’s lesser-known shorts, was based on The Distance of the Moon. A link Calvino’s story popped up on Twitter the other day, so I finally checked and, yup, it’s listed as an inspiration in the Wikipedia entry.

  • Can I be the lone person my age saying that while yes, it’s clearly the white supremacy and not the video games, I’d still prefer we have more games where Mario wears different hats and fewer where tweens are encouraged to murder each other and then do little DLC dances?

  • Blade: Trinity is not worth your time, but if you’re going to make a movie that doesn’t work, go ahead and give Parker Posey a bizarre haircut, colored contacts, and a vampire Pomeranian and let her just do whatever.

  • The only thing less likely than the Snyder Cut being any good is the people who so desperately want it to be released being able to identify what makes a movie good.

  • I didn’t, but if I had said last night that I couldn’t think of a particular actor’s name, know that it finally came to me. It was Stephen Dorff.

  • Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 lets you pick your team members. My daughters naturally built a team with Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Spidey. Being able to be girls in the game maybe doesn’t make or break their enjoyment, but it contributes heavily to it. 🕹

  • I realized re-reading this just now that I read Dracula in college, then last summer, then like twice while typesetting it into Markdown, then again to figure out the scheduling for this project, then again when setting up the Tumblr, then again when each post goes up = 7×!

  • Over at Dracula Live, a ship is on its way to Whitby, UK carrying some large boxes from Transylvania, Renfield is eating bugs, and Jonathan Harker is missing, but Mina will be getting a letter soon saying he’s fine. There should be an entry most days from here on out. 📚

  • Some day I want to open a restaurant that only sells trays of gourmet crackers like the ones on the back of the box. It’ll be called “Crackers.” I might also sell comic books there. We’ll play David Bowie and The Kinks on the radio and only hire people with cool accents.

  • Happy iCal Day! 📅🎉

  • A small pet peeve: when a foreign movie had lovingly-rendered title or credit screens but they’ve been replaced by English logos. I’d much prefer the image to be identical to the original, just with subtitles overlayed.

  • The Tom Holland Spider-Man isn’t quite my ideal version of the character, but damn if it isn’t internally consistent and appropriate for the MCU.

  • Mattel is selling a Ziggy Stardust Barbie doll to mark the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

  • Was there even a chance I’d get out of this McDonald’s without trying the world menu “Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain?” No, there was not. Did I also add on a “Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands?” Yes, I did.

  • “They said: How sir! ye have made and ordained the law, and our children be now dead, and ye would do the contrary. Your daughter shall be given, or else we shall burn you and your house.” That’s some badass revolution for 11th century peasants.

  • The Legend of St. George thinks it’s a tale about the heroism of a knight slaying a dragon, but the real story is how the people forced the king to follow the law when his own daughter’s name was pulled out of the hat determining which child would be sacrificed next.

  • I haven’t played Splatoon 2 a ton lately, but I’m looking forward to the last Splatfest and hope a third version is coming.

  • I can only imagine how distasteful designing mobile games must feel. You come up with a cool idea for a game, then have to figure out how to make it worse by inserting roadblocks the players have to pay to remove.

  • Woke up to the fun task of disputing specious YouTube copyright claims on the public domain Superman cartoons I patched up a fews summers ago. Seems to be someone claiming Sammy Timberg’s theme, but the movies have been out of copyright for decades.

  • I liked Spider-Man: Far from Home. It was tons of fun, but after Spider-Verse filled its soundtrack with songs Miles would actually listen to, this one has stuff some adult picked out that Peter would call oldies. (All of which I like, of course. The Jam!)

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