The Top 5 All-Time Alternative Supermen

A few years ago I wrote a piece about Superman for Time in which I ruminated about whether Big Blue really had a future as a character. Maybe he’s just too strong and too tough to write good plots around — those big muscles tend to break down any nuanced or believable plot-mechanics. Maybe he’s too morally good to be interesting or …

Transformers FTW!

I think it says something about my personal psychology that until I actually went and looked it up online I thought “FTW” stood for “f___ the world!” I am now given to understand that it means “for the win.” Who knew.

I’ve got a brutal deadline today, so I’m going to continue my lazy video-clip-embedding ways with this YouTube clip of a …

A Little More Nerd Music

One reason I know I’m not a true nerd is that a) I don’t think I’ve ever actually enjoyed a piece of machinima, and b) I don’t see the point of large orchestras performing music from video games. That said — and maybe I’ve said too much already — I’m going to “embed” below a couple of YouTube clips of videogame music performances that …

The Potter Ultimatum

Just a note to point Potteristas to a very useful post at the Leaky Cauldron summarizing some of the speculation (500+ posts as of this morning) going on over there about the Deathly Hallows covers.

Much chatter about the so-called “love room” at the Ministry of Magic, which I basically have only the dimmest memory of what that is. I …

Hugo Nominees Announced

I’ll paste in the Novels and the Short Stories below, since those are the categories that usually get the most interest:

Michael F. Flynn, Eifelheim (Tor)
Naomi Novik, His Majesty’s Dragon (Del Rey; also, Voyager, 1/06, as Temeraire)
Charles Stross, Glasshouse (Ace)
Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End (Tor)
Peter Watts, Blindsight …

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