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Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

Posted: June 28, 2018 in Fiction, Life
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Today (assuming you’re reading this on the day it goes live) is Thursday 28, 2018. Within the next 24 hours, the last Toys “R” Us in the United States will be closing its doors for the very last time. A business that Charles Lazarus started in 1957 (or 1948 if you go all the way back to Children’s Supermart) will cease to exist. But, more than that, and unlike so many other businesses that leave us in the ever evolving consumer landscape, a piece of our collective childhoods will cease to exist this week.

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Posted: June 28, 2018 in Needless Things

“It’s our turn now!”

Posted: June 25, 2018 in Life, News, Politics

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Okay, now that I’ve gotten to laugh my ass off about Huckabee and crew’s hypocrisy for the weekend… Some (mostly) more seriously constructed thoughts.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders got requested to leave a restaurant called Red Hen this weekend because the owner felt that she wasn’t simply an average person with opposing points of view, but rather a public figure and representative of an administration that has been hostile to various minority groups that included her staff and that Sarah Huckabee Sanders worked in the service of an “inhumane and unethical” administration.

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So, over on Netflix they’ve had some success with a Netflix original program based on the 1980s cult wrestling hit GLOW. But, rather than actually have a women’s wrestling show on Netflix, they went the path of a comedy/drama telling a fictionalized version of the creation of the show. The original GLOW was the creative child of David McLane. He had an idea for giving women wrestlers a more story-based spotlight and set about building GLOW into a ratings winner for a time. That was the late 1980s, and it’s been a long, strange, spandex (and roller hockey) filled trip for McLane since then. 

Between the Netflix original show, a recent documentary, and the general nostalgia buzz people have been recently having for all things 80s and 90s, odds are good you’ve probably at least heard of GLOW. GLOW was something of an oddity back when it hit television screens across America. Women’s wrestling was considered more of a novelty act in much of the wrestling world of the time, and even pop culture moments like Wendi Richter joining up with Cyndi Lauper didn’t seem to give any long-term momentum to women’s wresting in general. Indeed, McLane was even told by his one-time boss Dick the Bruiser that such a notion wouldn’t get over with most wrestling crowds back when McLane first got the idea while working in the World Wrestling Association. McLane decided it would get over with the crowds, and he set off to Hollywood to prove it. However, what he ultimately created wasn’t exactly a wrestling show as most folks new them.

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In between grumblings and observations on fandom and genre, I do a lot of promoting of other people’s works and passion projects. One thing I’ve really not done is promote anything I’ve been working on other than in the little bio bit at the bottom of the columns, and, let’s be honest, most people that read articles on websites tend to stop reading when they hit the first few words of those things.

However, if I learned nothing else during my years of being a professional wrestling fan and seeing Mick Foley on the television, I’ve learned that cheap pops work. Unfortunately, cheap pops of the Foley variety don’t really work all that well on a website like this. However, I also learned from the Foley years of WWE television that shameless self-promotion isn’t always a bad thing.  As such, this week I’m doing some shameless self-promotion. Think of it as my birthday gift to myself. Granted, my birthday is still five months away. However, I keep being told that procrastination is bad, so I’m getting it out of the way now.

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ConCarolinas is multi-genre, multi-media convention that has at this point been plugging away in North Carolina for the better part of the last two decades. I’ve been an on and off attendee since 2014, so I’ve seen some of the growth of the convention in recent years as well as seen a couple of nice locations for the event. Although, I have to admit, of the four ConCarolinas I’ve been to, this one was a little different in more ways than one. One reason was something everyone may have noticed. The other thing was a tad more personal.

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