Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Free Form Comments

Say whatever you want to in the comments to this post -- random, off topic thoughts, ideas, suggestions, questions, recommendations, criticisms (which can be anonymous), surveys, introductions if you have never commented before, personal news, self-promotion, requests to be added to the blog roll and so on. If a week goes by and I have failed to add you to the blog roll TELL ME TO DO IT AGAIN, and KEEP TELLING ME UNTIL IT GETS DONE. I can be lazy about updating the non-post parts of this site. Remember these comments can be directed at all the readers, not just me.

ALSO. You can use this space to re-ask me questions you asked me before that I failed to answer because I was too busy (but now might not be). That is often the reason I fail to get back to people, and on a blog, after a few days, the comments thread dies and I just kind of forget about it. Let's use this space to fix that, because it does need to be fixed; I look like a jackass sometimes, leaving people hanging. I will TRY to respond to any questions here.

AND you can use this space to comment on posts that are old enough that no one is reading the comments threads anymore. For example, if you thought of a great quote for the great quote commonplace book, but now no one is reading that, you could put it here.You do not have to have a blogger account or gmail account to post a comment -- you can write a comment, write your name at the bottom of your comment like an e mail, and then post using the "anonymous" option.

WRITING FOR THIS BLOG. If you think your free form comment here might be better as its own post, but you do not want it to be public yet, email it to me. My email address is available on my blogger profile page. If I think it will work on this site, your post will be published here with your name in the title of the post. You can propose what you will, I am always looking for reviews of games, tv, movies, music and books.


Stefan Delatovic said...

Greetings Dokktor.

Any chance I could be added to your blogroll?

Of course, my only qualification is visiting this space daily. I'm not sure if that is enough.

Anyway, cheers. Do keep up the good work. Great blog.

I'm over at

Matthew J. Brady said...

I don't know if it's been because I've been busy or what, but I haven't been hanging around here too much lately. It's too bad; I missed out on some really good discussions. I would have loved to join in the talk about There Will Be Blood, or agree with Jason Powell on the awfulness of A Beautiful Mind. So, sorry everybody. I'll try to do better.

Mikey said...

It's not strictly in keeping, I sense, with the general tastes here, but I love me some indie cartooning types of the Fort Thunder/Kramer's Ergot variety. I think PictureBox put out four of the best, most interesting books last year.

Which is all to say that at the Comics Comics blog I thought this was an interesting post that dovetails with some of the Thinking that goes on here, albeit from a slightly different angle.

It may generate some talk, or it may not, but I thought I'd share so that we can all become better people (through sharing).

Geoff Klock said...

Stefan -- I will put you on there, but if I forget, remind me next week.

Matt -- well you can always respond to old posts here, even if you just want to give a thumbnail reaction.

Mikey -- thanks.

Jason Powell said...

"or agree with Jason Powell on the awfulness of A Beautiful Mind."


Geoff Klock said...

Stefan -- you have ben added.

Quick question -- what is with the "Of course, my only qualification is visiting this space daily. I'm not sure if that is enough." I am not that guy. If there is anyone out there who would like me to link to them, but are worried I am going to consider their blog unworthy, step out of the shadows and be added to my blogroll.

Matthew J. Brady said...

I suppose I could comment on old posts, but I feel like somebody coming in late to a conversation after everybody else is finished and saying, "Hey, remember what you were talking about earlier? Start talking about that again so I can join in!" Eh, maybe I'll reread the comments and see if I have anything interesting to say.

But since Jason liked my affirmation of his opinion, I'll expand on it: Ron Howard sucked for me long before A Beautiful Mind; I think I realized it with the horrible, awful Grinch movie, but I've since realized he pretty much always sucked, at least at directing. And while he might have slightly risen in my opinion due to his involvement with Arrested Development, I don't associate anything positive about the show with him. So there; Ron Howard sucks.

As for ABM, I agree with Powell's criticism about changing the guy's life story, but I was also personally offended by the idea that you can just "decide" not to be mentally ill. I have people with mental health issues in my family, and it's not that easy. It's a disease that takes a lot of work and help from doctors, friends, and family to live with; you can't just say, "You're not real," and go about your life without any problems. Fuck you for that, Howard, and the same goes for Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (who also wrote Batman and Robin).

So, yeah, I hate that movie.

Stefan Delatovic said...

Geoff: No judgements! Promise.

I have only recently dipped my toe into the 'production' side of this whole blog thing. I was unsure if there was some unknown Blogroll thing, our if it was what it appears to be - which it is.

Thanks for adding me.

In other news, is anyone reading Amazing Spiderman? The first two issues of this new status quo seem quite good. This appears to be more a case of good writing than anything else.

I still fail to see why the retcon was necessary. When you don't want to put your happy-go-lucky superhero through a break-up so badly that you involve Satan instead - something's gone a tad wonky.

Jason Powell said...

Matthew, I agree, Ron Howard is a bad director. And you're right, Grinch and Beautiful Mind are the best evidence. He always seems to just completely miss the point, in the worst way. e.g., what would be a great way to fill out a full-length Dr. Seuss film? What is in the spirit of Dr. Seuss? I know: Explosions! Boob jokes! A character acting disgusted when he realizes he's speaking in rhyme!

But at least the Grinch is just a story. When you start trying to handle real people and real problems with the same "whatever" mentality ... well, you said it all. It's the worst kind of hack-work.