Can’t Stop Reading: Tor.Com

So I’ve been avoiding Tor.Com for years because I suspected it to be a time sink. Turns out I was right – Dad got me to read ONE post (the one about the many bromances of Neil Gaiman), and I pretty much found myself craving for a few more hits from this site.

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DAMN YOU, TOR! (Or Dad?)

The motherlode is, of course, their rather generous collection of “rewatch” and “reread” posts. If you miss all your favorite geeky stuff but you don’t actually have time to marathon through all of them again, then this is the sort of thing you’ll be happy losing yourself in. Right now, I’m finding myself sucked into the Batman: The Animated Series Rewatch because REASONS. There are so many awesome things that I’ve forgotten about this show (THE LION AND THE UNICORN!), and it’s wonderful to revisit them through this site.

Given the fact that geeky news can be exhausting (or, as my grumpy old geek father would put it, “infuriating”), it’s nice to find a site that has several posts dedicated to more relaxing aspects of geekery – that is to say, rediscovering and re-immersing yourself in the stuff that you ALREADY like without worrying about other people potentially screwing stuff up. I don’t care what you say – many of the things here are as close to perfect as they could be, as far as I’m concerned. Even with their flaws, these old shows and books and the like remind me of a time when being a geek is largely about the love and less about the winning (over other ships, over “canon-ness”, and the like).

And before you say anything else: yes, I’m aware that TOR also delivers news. It’s just that…I don’t know why…but the news they deliver doesn’t make me as angry as the other news do.

It’s kind of nice.

Tomorrow I’ll Write About Writing; But Today I Give You A Graph

I promise to give you a more substantial post for tomorrow – I’m working on that right now. But due to certain circumstances – okay, I started to play FFVII for the first time and I can’t seem to stop – I’m having trouble getting my ideas to connect well enough to make a truly decent post about writing. So instead, I’m sharing with you this hilarious graph made by my genius brother Leo:

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I will NEVER stop laughing at “Orphanity”. (Image from Facebook)

I can only assume that this is his way of coping with that time in my life when I wouldn’t shut up about “Man of Steel” (I only stopped last week). If that’s the case, then maybe I should rant more often so he’d keep doing this awesome stuff with Microsoft Excel. Of course, the graph is based off of only TWO respondents – which actually doesn’t make this at all definitive. But since I want this graph to be more comprehensive (I DO THIS OUT OF LOVE, MY BROTHER!), I’d like to ask as many people as possible to help us rank Superman, Batman, and Spiderman on each attribute listed up there.

So, on a scale of 1-3 (with 3 being the highest and 1 being the lowest), how would you rank those superheroes on:

1. Orphanity

2.Humantude

3. Awesomeness

4. Humor

5. Richhood

?

And, as an added exercise, I’d like you to tell me what attributes you THINK should have been included here. Because while I’m not so angry about that Superman movie anymore, I’m still trying to think of what makes a superhero story superheroic.

What do you guys think?

PS: I’m asking my brother if I could update his graph for him and post it here. Just because MS Excel is awesome.

The Best Summary of Man of Steel. EVER.

So I’m still sick, which basically means that I can’t focus too much on anything – I can barely even find things to read unless they just randomly pop up on my email. Thankfully, I have a father who KNOWS ME ALL TOO WELL.

He sent me the best summary of Man of Steel ever. He sent it yesterday, and I still can’t stop reading it. I can’t stop laughing. OH MY GOD THIS IS GOLD.

Warning: this is not for the easily butthurt folks who actually liked the movie.

Here are some of my favorite bits:

Pa Kent: YOU ARE GOING TO BE A BEACON OF HOPE WHEN YOU GROW UP, CLARK, A BEACON OF HOPE THAT WATCHES CHILDREN DIE WHEN HE COULD HAVE EASILY SAVED THEM.

 

(the tornado starts to pick Pa Kent up)

Pa Kent:Clark!

Young Clark: Dad!

Pa Kent:Remember! Remember this one thing!

Young Clark: I will, Dad!

Pa Kent: KEEP… MURDERING… CHILDRENNNnnnnnnnnnnnnn! (Pa Kent is carried away — flashback ends)

Jor-El: I told Lois Lane how to defeat Zod and send his ship back to the Phantom Zone.

Superman: Really? Um, do you want to tell me? Since we’re here talking and all?

Jor-El: Nope.

Superman: Save everybody some time?

Jor-El: No, I’m fine, thanks.

Superman:Both of my fathers are assholes. (flies after Lois)

Golden, I tell you. I encourage everyone (with a sense of humor) to read this. READ IT! READ IT! It basically summarized a lot of my problems with the movie.

Dad? I LOVE YOU for sending me this.

Oh Hey! An Early Father’s Day Post

Happy early Father’s Day!

One of the most complicated things about having parents who are separated is having to figure out how to deal with certain special occasions.  Who do we spend Christmas Eve with? Who gets to have us over on Christmas Day? As people who have an arguably unhealthy attachment to family, it’s actually a big thing.

You’d think that Father’s Day would be a no-brainer. But as it turns out, it’s not. Mom’s birthday is pretty darn close to that holiday (the day right after Father’s Day), which means there’s a bit of a conflict right there. And because we’ll ALL be working on Monday, the best time to celebrate mom’s thing is on Father’s Day itself. D:

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I think I will blame Khan for this, just because. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since birthdays trump parent days, we’ve arranged to celebrate Father’s Day today instead, and celebrate Mom’s birthday tomorrow. At the moment, we are gorging on pizza and lasagna. While watching Superman II. And geeking out over every damn thing we could find on the Internet (okay, we’re mostly looking at io9). And dad doesn’t seem all that bothered that we’re not celebrating Father’s Day on the day itself.

Meanwhile, mom gets to have a road trip to Los Banos so we can have breakfast at this place she loves and buy some of that really awesome coconut pie. EVERYONE WINS!

Given that the weekend’s gonna be pretty darn hectic, I’m sure that I won’t be able to get any posts done for tomorrow. With that in mind, I guess I’m just gonna have to say HAPPY FATHER’S DAY now. Just in case.

This is what my dad looks like when he’s working.