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The 8 reasons I loved Sense8

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Your life is either defined by the system, or by the way you defy the system.

– Nomi, Sense8

I watched the whole second season of Sense8 while on holiday in Greece. It was wonderful to snuggle up with Wifey in the quiet of our hotel room after a day of adventures. Phones off, hands held. Enjoying my favourite show.

I was crushed a few weeks later when Sense8 was cancelled. Unfortunately, I’m quite used to shows I love ending before their time. My tastes do not follow the mainstream, and an experimental work that reaches for something new has an uphill battle.

Saying goodbye is hard, so I choose to celebrate what was instead. Here are the eight things I loved most about Sense8.

  1. Heroism – The heroism of the common person in quiet moments. They stand up for each other and reach out to help.
  2. Community – These eight people have radically different backgrounds and experiences, but they find friendship and common purpose. As different as they are, that difference defines them and protects them.
  3. Connection – We all desire connection and it is decidedly rare in our world now. It seems harder and harder to know one another. Social media opens more connection but it is increasingly shallow. Connections are broken easily over the smallest slights, and so we hide who we really are.
  4. No secrets – The sensorium can withhold truths from each other, but they cannot effectively lie to one another, at least not for long. They see each other in alone moments. When they are afraid. Or happy. Or lonely. All the times we do not want someone watching.
  5. Friendship – I love the care they have for one another. Reaching out with a thought. Being there in joy and pain. Never giving up on each other.
  6. Acceptance – They understand the hopes, dreams, and struggles. We are all seeking meaning and fearful of others controlling our destiny. Nomi may be distrustful of police for example, but Will is not a faceless “them,” he’s a real person with weakness and strengths.
  7. Be yourself– Be your nature. Will is a cop and he doesn’t stop being a cop even when he’s on the run. Sun is a fighter. Nomi is a woman who always has more courage than she thinks. Denying who you are is a cage. The story of Sense8 is escaping to the freedom of your tribe.
  8. “What’s Up” – The turning point of the first season as the characters and the viewers get a compact and moving depiction of how the connection works and the potential it holds.

Thanks for every minute.

And I pray. I pray every single day. For a revolution.

Trainspotting 2 is The Big Chill for Generation X

Trainspotting 2 is a minimalist tale

Choose unfulfilled promise and wishing you’d done it all differently. Choose never learning from your mistakes. Choose watching history repeat itself. Choose the slow reconciliation towards what you can get, rather than what you always hoped for.

-Renton (T2: Trainspotting)

The Big Chill (1983) is the story of a group of college friends who reunite 15 years after graduation to mourn the death of a friend. It is, to me, the quintessential film of the Boomer Generation at middle age.

The Big Chill is about entering the time of consequences. At 40 your opportunities to reinvent yourself are starting to run low. Sure you might learn a new language or start a new business, but you probably aren’t going to be a rock star or doctor.

At 40, the choices you made in your 20s are either paying off, or it is time to dig in and make life what you want it to be.

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9 Ways Marvel and DC Comics are like Network TV


I love Marvel & DC super-hero comics. This must be understood or nothing good can come of what I am about to say about them. I learned to read with Superman comics, have collected seriously for three decades and talk about Booster Gold far too much for anyone’s liking.

Monthly super-hero comics are good. But they are rarely great.

And really they aren’t supposed to be. The monthly super-hero comic, like the episode of a network TV program, is meant to be enjoyable, worth your investment and enough of a hook to bring you back next week.

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Widescreen v “Full Screen”

Above is one of the most famous, important and remarkable paintings in history as it was created.

This image is 1.96 times as wide as it is high, just a bit wider than a widescreen TV (which is 1.85 times as wide as high, or 1:1.85 in the shorthand).

Fullscreen is a misnomer, it actually refers to “filling the screen” where the screen is the going-out-of-style squarish TV still found in my living room. It’s an image ratio of 1.33 times as wide as high (or 4:3). I’ve modified the classic painting to reflect how fullscreen, or pan-and-scan, cuts the image to fit onto the differently-shaped screen.

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Planet of the Apes & Babylon 5 Marathons

Anything worth doing is worth over-doing.

With that in mind, I created epic-length marathons for my favorite fandoms – Planet of the Apes and Babylon 5.

Chief Defender of the Faith: Planet of the Apes Marathons

123 episodes. 7 movies. 11 novels, 11 comic books, 6 short stories and 3 unshot episode scripts. The entire canon of Babylon 5.

A complete chronology of Babylon 5 including extensive notes. 




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