2016 in review.

2016 was a real boner of a year. In addition to the broad unpleasantness, I personally lost too many, too young, too talented friends. Old podcasts and webseries and short films I made are filled with people that are now gone. That said, life goes on, and 2016 was also a banner year in a […]

Developing a book cover: Wicked City

I started writing Wicked City in early 2012. My intent for years was to hire an artist to create a striking image (or images) I could use for the marketing of the book and to do the design myself. The design is the title text, blurb, all the stuff that goes over an image on a book […]

Titanfall 2: Throw a blanket over it!

First off, here’s Catbug. I just finished Titanfall 2’s campaign. I played nearly a hundred hours of the first Titanfall, and that was largely multiplayer. It had a campaign, but it was this bizarre radio drama that played over and around actual multiplayer matches. The universe was interesting enough: Titans are giant robots used in […]

David Pumpkins is funny because of a fake out.

The comedy world is losing its mind (justifiably) for a SNL sketch from this past Saturday. Watch it, if you haven’t. And then, bask in the fawning web words it has called forth. Here’s the thing – the sketch works because it has fake outs. You hear that line Keenan Thompson says right at the end? “He’s […]

Revenge of the Star Trek Screenings

Hollywood, Friday night. The clubgoers are out. You can spot them because the girls spent hours getting done up, and the guys are in a white button down and jeans. The crowds are looking a little casual, a little young. Things are changing, and I am getting old enough to see the contrast between then […]

Hey Darth Vader, Justify Your Plot Twist

io9 did a prompt, and I liked my response enough to repost it. It’s taken years, but I think I’m finally forming a coherent ability to talk about Empire Strikes Back’s great thematic integrity. There’s so much zeitgeist around Star Wars that the reasons Empire is super compelling (and the reason the Dark Side is […]

John Crichton

Guardians of the Galaxy: Pop-Culture Han Solos

Guardians of the Galaxy is good, right? I thought so. Seen it twice. Rocket’s my favorite part. So sad and angry and…oddly sweet. Peter Quill reminds me of John Crichton from Farscape, and for good reason: they’re both pop-culture spewing, Han Solo types. Crichton isn’t a man-child, and Quill isn’t as put-upon, but yeah, same […]

Bioshock, and the Big Plot Twist

Interesting post-mortem article on the original Bioshock over at Eurogamer. One part stuck out at me as interesting: Hellquist had the idea of making the control a spoken phrase. Initially he used a single world, ‘Excelsior’, which later became ‘Cedo Maiori’ (“I yield to a greater person”). But these phrases too obviously signalled Atlas’s treachery. […]

Oculus Guy

Huge Kickstarters II: Facebook and Oculus.

  People are flipping out about the Facebook acquisition of Oculus. Patrick Klepek at Giant Bomb does a great job of breaking down why, I think. It all sounds like the cries of anguished widows because the backlash is super, super emotional. Facebook could ruin Oculus, sure. But I’m with Patrick: a lot of the complaining […]

Drew and Andy.com is up, and with it: Comedy Podcasts

I’ve spent some time recently building and launching a new podcast – Drew and Andy. It blends talk-show format episodes with scripted, radio-style fare. Comedy podcasts! Very nerdy comedy podcasts with discussions about Star Trek and Earthbound. I missed doing Gentle Computer, the comedy podcast I did way back in 2012, and so, here we are. […]