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Monday, November 26, 2012 01:37 PM
(Last updated on Monday, November 26, 2012 02:53 PM)
Recyclotron
 by Fëanor

Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.

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Monday, November 19, 2012 10:44 AM
Recyclotron
 by Fëanor

Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012 08:43 AM
(Last updated on Friday, November 9, 2012 09:17 AM)
Great Things
 by Fëanor

I don't want to be a sore winner or anything, but allow me to just list a few exciting things that happened yesterday.
  • OBAMA

  • Claire McCaskill beat Todd Akin in Missouri. I don't live anywhere near Missouri, but I contributed money to McCaskill's campaign because Akin's comments on rape were stupid and misogynist.

  • Joe Donnelly beat Richard Mourdock in Indiana, becoming the first Democrat in more than a decade to win a statewide race there. Mourdock was another Republican with some pretty reprehensible things to say about women and rape.

  • Elizabeth Warren beat Scott Brown in Massachusetts to become the first woman to represent that state in the Senate. Warren is an actual, honest-to-God liberal and whenever I read quotes from her I find myself cheering her on.

  • Tammy Baldwin beat Tommy Thompson in Wisconsin to become not only the first woman to represent that state in the Senate, but also the first openly gay Senator.

  • Maine, Maryland, and Washington approved same-sex marriage, and Minnesota shot down a proposed amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage.

  • Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational use of marijuana. I don't have a strong opinion about marijuana one way or the other, but it seems reasonable to me to allow recreational use of it.

  • Besides retaining control of the White House, the Democrats also retained control of the Senate. I'm registered as Independent because I felt disillusioned by the Democrats, but I'll take a Democrat over a Republican any day. The things that Republicans say they stand for - things that are actually written into their party platform - are repugnant to me. They want to ban gay marriage and abortion. They are against any form of gun control. Democrats are rarely liberal enough for me, but at least they're walking in the right direction, albeit slowly.

UPDATE: You know, so many great things happened the other day, I forgot a couple big ones!
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Thursday, November 1, 2012 09:50 AM
(Last updated on Thursday, November 1, 2012 09:53 AM)
A New Hope
 by Fëanor

So it's been a few days since the news broke that Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. I wasn't sure how to feel about it at first. I think even as few as 5 years ago I probably would have hated the idea. But as time has gone on and I've thought more about this deal, I've become more and more excited about it.

I used to really despise Disney and everything it stood for. I felt like it was responsible for lowering the quality of American entertainment; making everything bland and happy and small-world-after-all-ish. Maybe because I've since had a kid, softened up, and had positive experiences with a lot of Disney products, I've changed my tune quite a bit. I prefer a happy ending these days. Two of my favorite current TV shows, Phineas and Ferb and Gravity Falls, are Disney creations, and even though Pixar has a rocky history with the Mouse, and is in some ways a rather uneasy partner, it is a Disney company, and it's responsible for some truly great films that I personally cherish. Not to mention, Disney now owns Marvel, the creators not only of my favorite comic book universe, but also of some of my favorite recent movies.

Swallowing up Lucasfilm as well is a brilliant move for Disney, and a wise one for Lucas himself. He gets the satisfaction of knowing his baby will be well cared for, by a gigantic company that's in line with his sensibilities and has all the necessary resources, and Disney gets some of the most valuable properties in the entertainment universe.

But beyond that, I think it's a healthy thing for my beloved Star Wars. Lucas had already said he wasn't planning on making any more movies, and frankly, after the prequels, nobody wanted him to. It was pretty clear that even if he did have more movies in him, they weren't going to be good movies. A lot of talent and good ideas went into the prequels, and there was a tremendous amount of potential for great things, which is what makes their ultimate failure all the more disappointing and painful. In my memory I keep reconstructing them as better than they really are, wanting them to live up to my hopes, and each time I return to them, they just seem to get worse and worse. Lucas has great story ideas, and great attention to detail as far as sounds and effects and visuals go, but his abilities as a writer of human dialog and a director of human actors are deeply lacking. The best thing that could happen to Star Wars is that it get handed off to fresh talent with the resources and the ability to do something new and wonderful with it, and I think that might be what just happened.

Of course, Star Wars: Episode VII (and the other sequels that Disney has already promised) could easily be a tremendous failure. It's amazing any movie of that magnitude, with all those moving parts, ever turns out even halfway decent. But I always like to remain cautiously optimistic about things like this, and I feel like with Disney in charge, I have good reason to feel that way.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012 12:46 PM
Recyclotron
 by Fëanor

Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 12:44 PM
Recyclotron
 by Fëanor

Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.

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Friday, June 22, 2012 03:57 PM
Recyclotron
 by Fëanor

Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 03:05 PM
Recyclotron
 by Fëanor

Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012 04:08 PM
Recyclotron
 by Fëanor

Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.

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Friday, April 27, 2012 04:33 PM
Recyclotron
 by Fëanor

I didn't have time to do my usual thorough examination of the entire internet for this entry, but I figure I'll post what I have now and maybe add more later, we'll see.



Fëanor pours the entire internet into the Recyclotron, and only the best links come out the other end for you to enjoy.

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