Star Trek Beyond's Plot is a Middle Finger to Isolation and Pessimism

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 28, 2016 12:00:00 PM

star-trek-beyond-title-card.gifYou might notice there are three separate condemnations of haywiring isolationist psychos hitting the movies this summer.

The timing couldn't be better if God himself carved it into the walls of his prison cell with a toothbrush shank like this is the year we finally get out. We're going through the final, painful transformation.

First, we had Civil War (go team Cap), wherein Iron Man wants to take authority from Captain freaking America. Next, we spent three hours learning that Batman is a violent, childlike weirdo who grew up wrong.

This brings us to Star Trek Beyond. It's unfortunate the film was built as a space action-adventure, which it is: but it's also a prescient moral lesson about mankind's obsession with war, domination, life's emptiness when we stare into the universe bucking and exploding within our own skulls.

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Topics: Review, storytelling analysis, Movie Review

Simple Answers no. 8: Why do websites write clickbait article headlines?

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 27, 2016 12:00:00 PM

what-is-clickbait.gifThis is a recurring segment, with a recently-updated title, "Simple Answers," where I gather the questions I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again concerns clickbait.

Clickbait: your secret six-times per-day interaction with Russia you probably weren't looking forward to.

Here's your chance to have a simple question answered.

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Topics: online etiquette, technology, whiny questions, simple answers

How To Write About Creative Process

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 26, 2016 12:00:00 PM

pen-notepad.jpgI continue to struggle with explaining my own creative process. I struggle to explain it to myself. I struggle to explain it to other people.

In fact, I've almost given up explaining it to other people. If I were a crueler person, I'd do this out of prickly, self-serious superiority. Instead, I, like many people, often let impossibility poison my desire to share.

I fear my creative process is either oblique or unimpressive. You are welcome to find out:

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Topics: storytelling analysis, self-promotion, Download free ebook, free book samples

Essential Summer Movies no. 4: ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 (1973) | A John Carpenter film

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 25, 2016 12:00:00 PM

assault-on-precinct-13-title-card.gifMovie seasons come in waves. Movie moods come in waves. I'm not talking about summer being blockbuster season or the winter being awards bait. I'm talking about movies that make seasonal sense to watch during certain times of year.

I want to address the essential summer movies. Movies that are about long days and about living for night.

Today's entry concerns John Carpenter's original ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 from 1973.

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Topics: best summer movies, essential summer movies

Preparing Your Free Book Samples For Distribution

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 22, 2016 12:00:00 PM

The_Scarlet_Tenant_ebook_cover.pngIt's time for our Friday update! First the good news: progress is abundant on Diffused States' second chapter. In fact, there's too much material. At halfway, it's tracking to be twice as long as it should be.

This means, the word count will reach upward of 15,000. Taking the average reader's speed into account, 15,000 words takes about 70 minutes to read.

That's too long. It should be down more around 9000-10,000 words. The chapters on Ghost Little, of course, are divided into smaller sub-divisions while maintaining a story through-line.

The chapter will eventually be completed. Then some edits will need to happen to Diffused States first chapter—currently available for download—to assure continuity.

Today, you'll get a little insight into how the free book samples themselves. With The Scarlet Tenant the most recent publication, let's use it as our guinea pig.

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Topics: storytelling analysis, self-promotion, Download free ebook

Are Hats Actually Really Stupid? An Investigation!

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 21, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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The hat, or "cap" has become a natural resource in flux in the United States, the North American continent, and the world 'round. While formerly a tool of destruction and creation in generations past, both shading farmers' faces and firing ultraviolet rays back into the sky in defiance of God's light, the simple hat is now commonplace. It is a casual garment.

Both men and women stride in casual step through the streets, day and night, wearing hats, unaware.

They are unaware that hats may in fact be really stupid. Let's investigate.

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Topics: online etiquette

Best Of 2016's First Half: OVERWATCH

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 20, 2016 12:00:00 PM

lucio-particles.gifThe year 2016 is already bumping uglies with some of the worst years ever in recorded human history.

David Bowie, our link to the cosmic beyond, passed away. Prince, a true original and musical weirdo-genius, died. There are mass shootings every other week. American cops are racist. The Republican party still draws a ruthless pink-dong'd constituent. It's bad news all the time, growing worse as the summer carries on.

Sometimes you're so powerless in the face of one horror after another that you don't even know how you should hurt, beacuse it does hurt. Hatred and garbage don't get to win though.

And then, standing there, it's Overwatch. It is so perfectly The Future Of Videogames, so perfectly Tomorrow, that it just might save us all.

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Topics: PS4 Review, video games, technology, How to write about

Essential Summer Movies no. 3: REAR WINDOW | An Alfred Hitchcock film

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 19, 2016 12:00:00 PM

rear-window-title-card.gifMovie seasons come in waves. Movie moods come in waves. I'm not talking about summer being blockbuster season or the winter being awards bait. I'm talking about movies that make seasonal sense to watch during certain times of year.

I want to address the essential summer movies. Movies that are about long days and about living for night.

Today's entry concerns Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 voyeuristic mystery-thriller, REAR WINDOW.

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Topics: best summer movies, essential summer movies

Simple Answers no. 8: Why do people hate Pokemon Go?

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 PM

pokemon-go-squirtle.jpgThis is a recurring segment, with a recently-updated title, "Simple Answers," where I gather the questions I come across on the Internet in a given week, and provide a straightforward answer.

This week's question again concerns the summertime mobile-phone phenomenon, Pokemon Go.

Never mind the fact that the game is inviting traumatized war veterans and autistic children to socialize in public in a safe environment, there are clusters of people that are outright opposed to the game.

Why is that?

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Topics: Review, online etiquette, video games, technology

Why Didn't They Make Monster Hunter Generations For PS4 and Xbox One?

Posted by Alex Crumb

Jul 15, 2016 12:00:00 PM

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Monster Hunter Generations released today on Nintendo 3DS. The buzz is positive. It seems even people with usually bad taste and worse haircuts like. Fans are definitely excited. Trouble is, American players are rightfully wondering why they don't make these games they love in the format they enjoy the most: on their giant freaking televisions using their freaking expensive home consoles.

It's a matter of economics.

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Topics: video games

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