Achieve the Four Modernizations.

Aug 6 crater commented on Hell Hath No Fury Like an Early-'80s Teenager Whose Father Recorded Over Her VHS Tape of Beloved MTV Videos.
This happened to me. The memory stings even after all these years. Though as per Fnarf's comment, it does sting less now that almost all the fleeting TV of the 80s and 90s has magically reappeared on YouTube or on DVD*.

*Though, sadly, without the original soundtracks.
Jul 2 crater commented on I Wish Every Voter in America Would Read This One Paragraph Before the Midterm Elections.
The sad thing is that most Americans blame Congress as a whole, not Republicans. So I hope they *don't* read that paragraph. It just makes them think, "Why bother voting when the politicians won't do their jobs?"

I want American voters to read a paragraph listing the laws Democrats would propose next to the laws Republicans would propose. That's a reason to vote.
May 10 crater commented on Hey, Momma: Songs for Mother's Day Weekend.
"Mama & Me", Nellie McKay
May 9 crater commented on How Do You Exhibit Tattoos?.
In the year 3000 people won't be interested in art that isn't tattooed on fat guys.…
Jan 4 crater commented on Locked in Rooms of Their Own.
Out of your 42 reviews, you'd need to have reviewed four female authored books instead of male authored to have met your goal. Yes, you failed. But spectacularly failed? I dunno.
Jan 3 crater commented on Here's the Veronica Mars Trailer.
Paul, if the movie gives away the season one ending, then unfortunately it will diminish your experience of the tv episodes. Veronica Mars is great because of season one, and season one is great in large part because of the pitch-perfect way the mystery is revealed over the course of the season. In that respect it differs from Firefly/Serenity.
Jan 3 crater commented on Here's the Veronica Mars Trailer.
I'm a big fan of Veronica Mars season one. It's a beautifully written 22 hour neo-noir film. It's so rare for a network tv season to have a beginning, middle, and end. And even rarer for the ending to be a satisfying payoff.

The execution nearly lives up to the top-notch writing. Kristen Bell plays the protagonist perfectly. Enrico Colantoni, Jason Dohring, and Amanda Seyfried are great. I was only bothered by Teddy Dunn's barely-passable acting and the biker gang that fails miserably at being convincingly dangerous.

Seasons two and three aren't worth watching. There was tinkering to try to improve ratings that, unfortunately, took it from an A-grade show to a B-grade show.

I contributed to the kickstarter out of residual love for season one, but I don't expect the movie to wow me.
Dec 18, 2013 crater commented on On Horns.
I'm anti-honking. The people who honk do it to express how they feel, no matter how much they protest that it's about safety. And that's a selfish, shitty way to express your feelings.

Put another way: honking is to driving as ALL CAPS is to commenting.
Dec 17, 2013 crater commented on On Twitter, Shia LaBeouf Kinda-Sorta Apologizes for Plagiarizing from a Dan Clowes Comic.
I imagine that stand-up comics have especially strong opinions about plagiarism. Jim Gaffigan must be livid.
Oct 30, 2013 crater commented on Battling Boy: Pure, Unadulterated Superhero Fun.
I loved THB, and have been disappointed with Pope's work since then simply because it's not THB. I'll read Battling Boy, but I'll be disappointed. I wish Paul Pope had spent his life making nothing but HR Watson stories. I'm the worst kind of fan.

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