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Glenn Yarborough, folk singer, lead singer for the Limelighters, 86 years old
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2017 on A year in memoriam at CultureGeek
May I add Gareth Thomas, 71, Roj Blake of Blake's 7 Jonathan Frid, 87, Barnabas Collins of Dark Shadows
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2016 on A year in memoriam at CultureGeek
I saw Maleficent. I catch almost all my movies on Netflix. And this year, i only saw 38. (oddly, I read 42 books) Winter Soldier, Oculus and Hobbit are the only ones on the To-See list. (Woman in Black is sitting on my desk right now, so we're starting the year right)
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2015 on Movies of 2014 at CultureGeek
At the risk of white-splaining this: It's because while the average white Memphian encounters a lot of blacks, he doesn't encounter a lot of black people. The encounters are what I call Wallpaper Encounters. The grocery clerk, the cashier at the parking lot, the counter worker at a fast food joint, maybe a nurse or bus driver. They are wallpaper in his world, something he barely notices. His friends and family--the real people in his life--are white. We do not live in the same neighborhoods, eat at the same restaurants,shop in the same stores (oddly, both the wealthiest burbs and the Hood have lots of small independent business, big box is for the middle class, apparently), go to the same schools, worship in the same churches or work the same jobs. I'm not a Grisham fan, nor a Memphis fan, so I probably won't see the movie. But I bumped my nose on this problem writing Power in the Blood. My editor caught it, so I let one of the kids in the story ruminate over Real People (i.e. those she is capable of caring about, a limit that caps before double digits) and Wallpaper.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2013 on Memphis in Bizarro World at CultureGeek
I have answers for that. I'll see your "too sensitive" and raise you FOUR unmedicated childbirths. One in front of a dozen student nurses. And 30 years of bottoming in S&M. Care to try again? As for taking a joke: how about you learn to punch up? Making fun of those with less power is bullying, not humor. Men. Can't live with them and their skins don't even tan well.
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2013 on Heroine Problem at CultureGeek
That went on my netflix list. I LIKE westerns. (I blame my grandfather and an early exposure to Gunsmoke and Wild Wild West) I've even written a few westerns. I was bored by Deadwood after the 4th episode. But I loved Buffalo Gals. (You might check that one out, Anjelica Huston as Calamity Jane, and it's mostly about her and Melody Griffith)
Toggle Commented Jun 16, 2012 on In Defense of Bad Girls at CultureGeek
I won't be seeing Hunger Games. It hits a major squick point for me: killing kids the age of my own. I haven't been able to go there since the Hamza family was destroyed, because it was my family, just a half-a-world east. Also in your list of eternal payment: Haiti and now Greece. They're being punished monetarily, and they are revolting under it.
I'm at 21275 words. I kind of do NaNo, but this year is more a finishing year. I got the expansion edits on my January release finished and am adding to the third in a series. People finish this by being determined and fast typists.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I had a terrible time envisioning quidditch. Dune. Yes, even that tremendous mess with Kyle McLaughlin. Practical magic. I refuse to continue reading anything that shifts tenses midway through.
Buffy was a defining show for my family. It reinvolved me in fan culture which led to a lot of positive things, including a writing career. It gave my daughter a frame of reference for coming out (and I got to tell Amber Benson that story this spring and thank her for making it so much easier for my girl). But yes, it really is more than a lot of silliness and rubber monsters. It was what we turned to when school was hell. The monsters Buffy faced were the same as my kids faced, just with more latex: fear and bad teachers, actively violent peers and boys that hated them the morning after. I've been doing a netflix rewatch with my 11 year old. It never ceases to amaze me how many levels the show works on.
I enjoy country music, but I really loathe the ClearChannel Monopoly stuff and most of the newer stuff. (you kids get off my lawn! My rock taste ends at 1989, so make of that what you will) I have a satellite radio in my truck, so I can listen to Outlaw country for my Waylon Jennings and Steve Earle and Band of Heathen fix, and the Roadhouse for my Earnest Tubb, Hank Snow and Patsy Cline. I never have to hear Shania Twain singing the SAME SONG on three different channels again, or Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban or Taylor Swift at ALL. I like country because it's very close to folk in a lot of ways. And I adore folk and roots music. It is the music I grew up, Hee Haw every Saturday night, Church on Sunday, The Glen Campbell Show and 61 Country on the radio. The Jesusness used to be a feature, but has gotten annoying. Murder ballads don't bother me, as I understand them in context of that whole genre, which includes a variety of folk and rock as well. The sexism gets to me. so I tend to throw in some of the stronger women stars. Dolly Parton has some brilliant stuff, including Romeo, Why'd you come in here looking like that and the PMS Blues. (I like her Muleskinner blues, too, such fun for a lady trucker to hear her pretty voice bellowing out a traditionally male work song) I also like nontraditional takes on favorites. I have Adam Lambert's Ring of Fire and Metallica's Whiskey in the Jar (which is lyrically an abomination, neither scanning nor rhyming, but much less anti-Jenny than most)
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2011 on This is country music at The Slacktiverse
I was programming Macs back when they were 512K Apples. Didn't like them then, either. We're penguinistas. Mudd occasionally feels the need to buy eviscerated computers, rebuild them better than they were before, better, stronger, faster. With software that needs recompiling every twenty minutes, because that makes him happy.
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Jan 12, 2011