In which I’m watching Walking Dead, I suppose

…but I’m not happy about it.  I’m sure I will be very very angry about it really soon but I’ll probably be too tired tonight to rant properly.

‘Twas a good day at work, but I’ve only just gotten home and what with the immediate watching of horrifyingly violent television I’ve not had much of a chance to absorb the news of the day.  What do we know, folks?

EDIT:  Son of a bitch.  Sheri Tepper died.  Fuck 2016.

SECOND EDIT: Pretty sure I could be completely done with that show and be perfectly happy at this point.

On things I’ve watched lately

Let’s start with this bit of awesome:

You may recall that I wasn’t as enamored as I wanted to be with the first couple of FORCE AWAKENS trailers, worrying that it was going to hit the wrong tone and be too scary for my son– who, incidentally, I’m trying to watch FORCE AWAKENS with as I’m typing this.

This, on the other hand?  This movie, which I would have told you yesterday was entirely unnecessary?

Super fucking psyched.  I mean, there’s not a lot here– it’s a teaser, after all– but what’s in there is awesome.  Maybe Forrest Whitaker is a little distracting, but he vanishes into roles so I’m sure it won’t be an issue in the movie.  The two things I like the most?  The music– we finally have a hint of what a post-John Williams STAR WARS might look like– and the fact that they apparently reached into the past to grab whoever is playing the younger Mon Mothma.  But… yeah.  Right now, I like everything about this.

Mild DAREDEVIL and WALKING DEAD spoilers in the next two parts.  Nothing too huge.


I was not the world’s biggest fan of the first season of DAREDEVIL– roundly despising the portrayal of the season’s big villain will do that– but I was much, much happier with the second season.  Jon Bernthal as the Punisher and Elodie Yung as Elektra were fantastic, the relationships between the three main characters (Matt, Foggy and Karen) made a lot more sense in Season 2 than in Season 1, and the show was just overall better than in the first season.  I was hoping to get an entire season free of the Kingpin and didn’t, and he was no better in his brief appearance in Season 2 than in Season 1, but I have few if any other complaints other than occasional bouts of silliness here and there and there being way too many ninjas in New York.  If you didn’t watch the first season, you’ll be fine without it (Kingpin was the bad guy.  They got him.  Done.)  and if you liked the first season you really should have seen this already.


I think my feelings about the Season Six finale of THE WALKING DEAD can best be expressed with a panel from the comic:


Honestly, here’s the funny thing: I was really pissed about this when it happened, and now, a few days later, I just don’t care any longer.  They can kill whoever the hell they want; it doesn’t really matter to me.

I suspect that’s not the emotional reaction the show was going for, honestly.


Some bullet-pointed nonsense

bullet_bill_101393.jpgA few things for y’all:

  • My teaching memoir Searching for Malumba: Why Teaching is Terrible… and Why we Do It Anyway is gonna be free for the next couple days.  Go grab a copy.
  • I am not, I think, going to the pool today.  I felt great last night until around bedtime, when every muscle in my body realized at once that they’d been used.  I’m still achy as hell from the waist up, and lifting my arms above my head is kinda dicey.  We’ll do every other day until we don’t feel like we have to.  Should take a week or two.
  • Note that that last point should not be taken as complaining.  This is good pain.  I earned it and I intend to enjoy it, I just don’t want to go make it worse.
  • I expect Hillary to win big in Mississippi today and somewhat less big in Michigan.  I’ve said this before; Sanders’ campaign is over, he just hasn’t realized it yet.  Saying things like “White people don’t know what it’s like to be poor” at debates really isn’t going to help him very much.
  • Next week, we have Ohio, Florida and Illinois all on the same day, and Hillary will win all three.  Sanders’ people are still pretending that the calendar gets better for him after March 22.  They are right, but the contest will be decided for all but the most deluded of his fans by then.  His big wins this weekend (three of four states!) closed the delegate gap between him and Clinton by one percent.  It’s over.
  • I’ll repeat this again, too:  I’d like him to keep pushing her to the left, so I won’t be bothered too much if he refuses to admit how math works, although it’ll probably get on my nerves from time to time.
  • One way or another the Republican race will continue to be an embarrassing clusterfuck.
  • I may have to start doing Walking Dead recaps again after yesterday’s episode.  I’m beginning to think it’s possible that they’re just going to kill the entire damn cast at the end of this season and then just let Fear take over the timeslot for good.
  • It’s gorgeous and wonderful and warm outside for the second day in a row, so I fully expect fourteen inches of snow by Saturday.
  • C2E2 is coming!!! Who’s gonna come see me at booth 228 in Chicago????

This week’s WALKING DEAD recap is live!

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WALKING DEAD recap up, plus #SilerSaturday

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