Alan Rickman, RIP
January 15th, 2016

This little tribute to Alan Rickman is about as sappy as I get. One of my favorite actors, ever. I will always regret not having the chance to see him onstage.


Trump Creationism
January 6th, 2016

Trumpism probably has a thousand fathers. But if you had to pin paternity on just one cause, who would it be?


Which is more dangerous?
January 4th, 2016

The AI superintelligence of the future? Or the Facebook of today?

I reject your false choice.

(Yes, channeling Christine Rosen and Adam Keiper.)




12 Years a Droid
December 18th, 2015

Here’s the final piece in my case for the Empire triptych: An extended examination of slavery in Star Wars. Basically, I don’t think Melissa Harris-Perry is crazy for seeing unsettling race problems in Star Wars. I just think she’s looking at the wrong characters–it’s the droids who are obviously a stand-in for the African-American experience.

Which makes the Jawas the most repulsive characters in the Star Wars universe. Because they’re slave traders.

Update: An email from reader Keith Rabenberg:

I have used for some time now a simpler method of provoking Star Wars fans.  At some point during a discussion of the movies, when someone refers to Chewbacca, I like to make a reference to “her.”  And then I go on to explain what a tragic figure she is: flying around the galaxy with that cad Solo, with whom she clearly was in love, and then having to watch him flirt right in front of her with the girl with twin hair buns, all the while being unable to express her emotions in English … hence the loud moaning and howling.

I’m always amazed at how strongly the Star Wars fans react, even when they know I’m just making fun: “Chewbacca is not a girl!”  They become even more agitated when I challenge them to prove I’m wrong.

Anyway, I find it entertaining.

I kind of love this.


Time to Retire from Twitter
December 16th, 2015

Aimee Mann favorited a tweet last night. I’m done.


PC Comic Books
December 7th, 2015

There’s Korean Hulk now, but you probably knew that.

I have a piece over at Acculturated arguing that there’s a difference between replacing/reimagining a character for multi-cultural purposes (Spider-Man, Thor, Ms. Marvel, just about every stunt-casting done in the last five years) and creating new characters (Jessica Jones). My ur-example of a great character replacement which has nothing to do with political correctness: Ellen Yindel.


Nerd Style Points
December 5th, 2015

In which I attack PC multiculturalism in comic books by championing Ellen Yindel.


Odds and Ends
December 4th, 2015

(1) Matt Continetti goes yard writing about the Zuckerberg-baby-charity-bonanza:

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will be structured not as a nonprofit but as an LLC, allowing it to invest in start-ups, make money as well as hand it out, and engage in “philanthropic, public advocacy, and other activities for the public good.” Only someone worth $45 billion could pass off a lobbying campaign—excuse me, “public advocacy”—as charity. And if Zuckerberg doesn’t follow through on his pledge, if he decides 3 or 10 or 20 years from now that Max (not to mention her potential siblings) needs more than $450 million in walking around money after he has departed for the big server farm in the sky, what happens then?

(2) Santino’s chapter from Christmas Virtues is up and it’s great.

(3) Last chance to RSVP for Christmas Virtues at AEI. Hope you can make it if you’re in town.