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"Kick-Ass" kicks ass

And Peter, who I saw it with, agrees with me. A lot of people are whining about this movie and how morally depraved and empty it is. Here’s why: Kick-Ass Red Band Hit Girl Trailer – Watch more Funny Videos But you see, those people are wrong. Charlie Jane Anders brings up the important point that superhero films create a…

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My second "Bebop" post is up at Tor!

And you can read it here. I’m slowly figuring out the Tor.com backend. It may sound strange, but at this point I think I’ve worked with just about every major blogging platform there is at one time or another. (I should put that on a CV somewhere, now that I think of it.) Even so, I find that I write…

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Friday Food Blog: Cheater's chana masala

From Food Please excuse the blurry, stalker-esque photo. And yes, I know, today is not Friday. But I’ve been in love with chana dal since attending a Hindu wedding last summer. I first tried the dish during the mendhi celebration, when the groom’s mother prepared it for the women in his family. Instantly, I realized I would have to learn…

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Nick Simmons is lucky Kenpachi Zoraki's not real

Nick Simmons, son of Gene Simmons, apparently writes comics. And apparently, those comics flagrantly plagiarize panels, character designs and dialogue from Tite Kubo’s manga Bleach. The parallels are so close, Simmons’ publisher has halted production on his comic, pending an investigation. Pro-tip: if you plagiarize (jackass), make sure you go after small fry, and not, say, one of the top-selling…

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My first consulting gig

I had a really interesting meeting today. I talked with Justin Ferrato, a student of the Canadian Film Centre Media Lab, about a project that he and his fellow Media Lab students are working on for Nuit Blanche 2010. I don’t want to give away the content of the project, but it sounds really interesting and I’m excited to see…

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Quit chugging that blue Kool-Aid!

Say it with me now: “Avatar is not the Second Coming of Christ.” Granted, other viewers have articulated this same sentiment from a variety of angles. Peter liked the film as an experience but not as a story, and Scalzi explains why that experience works. And both Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz have mined the film from a post-colonial…

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