Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Evil Will Always Triumph Because Good Is Dumb



As a fan of science fiction and fantasy, I know that a suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy a story. Even one set in modern day New York City is going to ring a bit untrue to many of us unless we're willing to accept that it's not going to be perfectly accurate in every way. The whole point of fiction is to transport you to another world, so even if it happens in a location that exists, the events aren't bound by reality.

It's part of the fun, letting go of what you know and jumping into a world created between the covers of a book, or on a television or movie screen. But, even in those worlds, things still have to make sense. If you establish that cars can fly, then they all have to fly unless you have a really good reason why the one a character is using is stuck on the ground. It's the same for motives and actions. They have to make sense within their own world, or the story simply falls apart. Which is why it drives me nuts when good is stupid.

I know, the good guys can't have all the answers the minute a story starts or there isn't a story to tell. They have to find clues, uncover conspiracies, and discover the truth a little at a time. But, if the character is a cop who's been on the force for twenty years, then he ought to be able to notice the guy telling an obvious lie if the audience notices. I think Lord Dark Helmet said it best in Spaceballs.
"Evil will always triumph, because good is dumb."

I think this particular ailment has infected one of my favorite shows, Once Upon a Time, in which the sheriff seems to be the most oblivious character in the whole series. Sure, she gets that the Queen/Mayor is evil, but she's completely incapable of trapping her in a single one of her convulted lies. She's been outsmarted so many times that I'm actually beginning to root for the Mayor. If our tight-pants wearing, perfectly coiffed, sheriff just spent a few extra minutes thinking instead of primping,then maybe she'd figure things out. But no, she's completely clueless.

I want to root for the good guys, I really do. But good is so stupid they're making my head hurt

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On Explaining Wheaton's Law

PAX East 2010 with Wil Wheaton

The day you have kids, you have to change your language. I don't mean you have to learn a new one, but that you have to start eliminating all the words you don't want them to use once they're old enough to talk. This is not an easy task. Once you try to stop saying the words that got you in trouble back in grade school, you'll suddenly become very aware of just how much they sneak into your vocabulary. It may be okay for adults, but not when it's your toddler who has latched onto a word and is gleefully saying "Sh*t! Sh*t! Sh*t!" as you do your grocery shopping. It's awful. Trust me.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #15 Feed the Monster and NEW GeekMom Book Club!



I talk to Kristin Fitch, CEO and Co-Founder of ZiggityZoom.com about how she started this family oriented website with her Mom. You'll hear what got her started, some of the challenges of running the site, and about the wonderful things you can find there, including an adorable app for kids called Feed the Monster. And GeekMom Mandy Horetski stops by to chat about the new GeekMom Book Club launching this Monday.

Nicole Wakelin: Website and Twitter
"Chaos" Mandy Horetski: Website and Twitter
Music: Rebecca Angel

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

As You Wish This Valentine's Day



Today is Valentine's Day. It's one of those holidays that people love to hate. People hate it because they're single and it makes them sad, or they're with someone and feel pressured to find the perfect gift. They hate it because they don't know if they should buy roses, or chocolate, or something else and what if the present sends the wrong message? And if you're married, well, then how do you commemorate the day and prove that you're just as passionately in love as you were the day you swapped vows? Lots of people hate Valentine's Day, but not me. I love it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Star Wars 3D, I've Got A Bad Feeling About This


I thought 3D movies were the coolest thing ever when I was a kid. I even loved the silly paper glasses with one red lens and one blue lens and took them home to play with until they completely fell apart. I thought it was neat when popcorn looked like it was flying into the air, or arrows soared over my head, or random birds or feathers or just about anything came out of the screen at me. This was when I was a kid.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The GeekMoms Podcast #14 Star Wars, Hugo and 3D



I'm joined by GeekMom Mandy Horetski to talk movies, from The Avengers to The Hobbit and even the age old debate, is 3D worth the fuss? First there's Hugo with Oscar nominations galore and then later this month Star Wars fans get The Phantom Menace in 3D. Should you jump at the chance to see them or save your money? Tune in and find out!

"Chaos" Mandy Horetski: Website and Twitter
Music: Rebecca Angel

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