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Cecily has been promoted from co-host to fiancée. Jim will continue on in his role of heterosexual life partner.and 65 others.Seriously, though, I never ever thought I'd get married again, but Cecily has proven to be an exceptional woman in the ups and downs we've shared in these past four years. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world on many, many fronts on a daily basis, and she's a big reason why. This is as close to a sure thing as I've ever experienced in my life.No date is set; with the house and studio stuff looming large in the fall there isn't time to do all that needs doing, but I'm guessing early to mid spring. Thanks to everyone for sharing in our happiness!
This happens every year. The content will start coming, but we need time to plan and do business stuff and it makes sense to do this in January when things are slow and taxes are due. Having said that, there will be 3 pods plus Lunch this week. Patience, for the Jedi it is time to eat as well, etc.and 23 others.
I'm locking and stickying this thread until this phase is over, because there isn't really meaningful discussion to be had and I totally understand people getting antsy but there's not much for it.
Peeps, I could not be prouder of our community. Not only was that fun as hell, but we raised what frankly was an unfathomable amount of money. I set $10k as the goal because I was afraid if I set it something achievable and we hit it mid way, that resetting it would screw up our donation trackers. I never expected to make half that. But you maniacs EXCEEDED it. This was just awesome to be a part of, every time I think there's a Bald Move moment that will never be topped, it does.and 20 others.
Thanks to everybody who stopped by and offered encouragement and broke the monotony, and especially everyone who gave, including the children of Bald Movers who were moved to donate their allowance, tooth fairy money, and Christmas money by the example of their parents. Just absolutely incredible.
Now, excuse me, I must go pass out.
So today is the officially official launch of the Kickstarter to publish a book I have co-authored, that will probably be called Gods of Thrones. My co-author is Anthony Le Donne, a religious scholar who has published several tomes on Jewish and Christian origins. Anthony approached me back in January about an idea he had to examine the religions of Song/Game as if they were real, and use connections to their real life historical counterpoints Martin used for inspiration to glean new insights into the plot and characters we all love. I thought his ideas were extremely interesting, and over several lunch / breakfast / skype sessions we hammered out the basic outline of the book and decided on a tone the work should have, which I would describe as irreverent scholarship.and 17 others.
We shopped the idea around to several publishers, and we had a few offers. The problem was that a lot of the academic press Anthony traditionally has dealt with wasn't too crazy about the irreverence, and the popular press wasn't too crazy on the deep dives into obscure ancient faiths. I think it was me who suggested the "fuck it, what if we Kickstart this thing and publish it ourselves?" And now we're here:
I don't want to belabor the point, because there is a whole page and video explaining what we're trying to do and how you can help and what you can expect to get out of the project as a backer. But I honestly think this is a cool project, I've learned a ton, Anthony has some great ideas, I've laughed aloud at several points in the manuscript we have so far, and I think the average Game of Thrones fan will find this book insightful and entertaining.
In the weeks to come, (the campaign lasts until August 8th, 2018) we'll be previewing art, samples text from the book, do a Q&A session, and hopefully entice enough people to help out and we'll get to do this thing. I'll also start up a FAQ for those FAQs that people tend to have. Maybe you have some. Maybe we can even discuss them in the space below?
Okay, so Jim and I don't give a shit about The Walking Dead anymore. That's the part that's broke and ain't going to be fixed. Toast can't never be bread again. We're also bored of shitting on The Walking Dead the same way we've been doing for years, minus the hopeful part that Gimple would get his act together. I realize that there are a lot of people bored with that kind of podcast, too. We hear you.and 16 others.
This January, we played with a lot of concepts involving the Joe and Al gag from Riverdale, doing a crazy post show with impressions and that deal where we superimpose our mouths over cast photos and just go the crazy comedy route, and everything in between. Unfortunately, the more creative ideas that we could execute with some semblance of passion are impractical with our current staff and setup. If we had a studio engineer to help us with transitions and setup or perhaps better gear or certainly with both that's something we'd love to do and think it would be funny and cool. But we don't.
So, dump TWD or re-run the same old? After much discussion and debate, we've decided to just run back the same old, same old, but more streamlined. A large majority of our current audience that loves what we do on TWD. Also, it seems that there is literally nothing else we could do for the next 60 days or so that would be as sure of a thing as just doing TWD. So, we are going to be doing LiveWatches, with a podcast on Tuesday, with limited feedback. We're thinking of doing an "email of the week" or something like that, to limit the huge amount of time we spend processing and editing that. There will be a bit of freshness, in that Jim will be in Rome for the first two weeks of TWD coverage, so I've got feelers out for guest hosts which would be fun until he gets back.
We'll be using the free time to do more things with video, more things with Twitch, and to get caught up on our commission queue before Westworld returns. We have a few of the ideas to improve our Instant Take podcast for WW and make it more of a complete after show with feedback and maybe even live feedback that we considered in brainstorming for TWD but decided it would be dumb to invest that much energy on a fundamentally bad show. Once Westworld hits, it's going to be a pretty full year until the end, with plans for Expanse, American Gods, Game of Thrones season 3, Better Call Saul, Bald Movies, etc, and a bunch of other fun side projects we have planned but don't want to spoil.
Finally, let it be known that Watching Dead is on it's very last legs. This isn't up for debate. We likely would not have come back for season 8B or whatever this is had it not been for TV pushing everything else back several months. I would not count on a season nine. If we have another person in here helping us out, which is a possibility, and we can pull off something fun and inventive to continue enjoying ourselves at TWD's expense, we would do so, but as it is, both the show and our podcast are running out of steam and no longer growing.
@anubus21: "I don't argue that the pendulum needed to swing back in the favor of women but it has swung so far that innocent men have and will be hurt by it. Some may say that is sad but it's what is needed for progress. I don't believe that destroying the lives of the innocent is every going to be a good justification for progress."and 15 others.
This is a fantasy, though. Everyone wants the pendulum to stop right in the center of "dead even" when it comes to equality, or at least that's what they believe they want. The problem is, you can't even see where that mid-point is going to be. You can't get everyone on the same page on "take women seriously." You have people in this thread arguing sexual assault isn't really sexual assault. You have people in this thread (which as you correctly point out, has a leftist bent to the community already) saying that she should have just left. You have people on the internet that come to threads like this just to make sure everyone knows that women are total sluts, amirite, and shouldn't be trusted. And then of course you have the actual men who are actually abusing women from positions of power in 2018 and there are more of them than a lot of imagined and a lot more people knew about it and did nothing. This is a society that is going to swing the pendulum to dead center?
All the Jehovah's Witnesses should just leave the cult en masse. That's a stone cold, empirical fact. I wonder why they don't. Probably because they aren't as smart and strong as I was. Or maybe there are a lot of complicated reasons related to the fact that we're all flawed humans with loaded software that isn't really compatible with our modern life. I think it's funny that just about anytime we talk in depth about our cult experience, we get emails saying either "all religions are cults, and just as stupid as any other", or "I don't see how anyone could get sucked into something so stupid." Not only are these statements insulting to my personal experience, they also ignore virtually everything I carefully said about my experience. I can only imagine how it would feel to have a personal experience of abuse be dismissed by people who don't even know me.
What are the chances, then, that this community of people, say, the Bald Move Forum, or The United States, or even The World, are going to swing the pendulum perfectly on the side of "just right, perfect equality."
I know that's what you want. You can hand wave a paragraph about justice and the deplorable plight of women and other minorities because hey, you get it. You're not a monster. You just don't want that pendulum swinging in your direction, because Jesus Christ, imagine being persecuted for something you didn't even do or being treated like a second class citizen just for the color of your skin or what's between your legs! Nobody wants that. This fear and dread and anger that the thought inspires are the real lived experiences of the people on the other side of that pendulum.
But that's exactly why, I'm telling you, man, it's going to happen. And there will be a backlash against it. The pendulum will swing the other way. There will be a backlash against that. Each time, we grow a bit wiser, and more empathetic. One day, we will achieve something like equality for all, but it's not going to be tomorrow or the next or probably even 100 years from now.
As far as this community and it's rules go, I don't think this persecution complex I see among some of our conservative members is an not especially good look. I will say that, entering a liberal community and expecting not to be lectured and scolded for espousing conservative viewpoints is just super silly. I can't talk about my feelings for Lost without taking shit, and I co-own this place. There's no way you can come here and talk about women's rights, foreign policy and economics and expect to be kissed on both cheeks. This talk of "we all want the same things" is further wishful thinking. We don't all want the same things. We don't all cherish the same ideals.
Regardless, conservative members of this board have to realize that at best, you're the Apostle Paul in the Areopagus. You have to do better than point at all of our idols and say, "you're shit is all fucked up and you think weird." You're going to have to be more patient, more persuasive, and more empathetic if you want to be heard. If you meet resistance, cool off, be more patient, be more persuasive. You might even change your mind on some things. But flouncing or being a dick because surprise, surprise, people with deep seated and long held views born from personal experience won't just yield to your "logic and facts and concerns" is not going to get the job done and will likely end in hurt feelings.
I'm not saying this to single anyone out. I just used Annubis' post as a starting point for my essay, to highlight what I see as the fallacy of this sort of appeals to justice and reason. I wish I had more time to participate and moderate. This is messy and hard to move forward with as a society. But people have to realize that this concern that a man, a very powerful, very wealthy, very well connected man, gets some sort of fair trial in the court of public opinion when we're (hopefully!) coming out of a trough of a long standing wave of marginalizing women and other minority viewpoints is going to be seen as trying to put your thumb on one side of the scales of justice or the other. It an additional layer of injustice on something that is already unjust laid at the alter of some concept of perfect justice. It's something I've become more cognizant of lately, speaking out is a form of advocacy. Hardwick is already the 800lb gorilla in this room, not his ex, and yet there are many people who feel the opposite. If he's innocent, he has immense power to correct this personal injustice. Honestly, this is just something I'm waking up to pretty recently, because I value justice and impartiality as much as anyone. The crucial realization is we don't play on a level playing field, and pretending that we do is in itself perpetuating the imbalance.
So I came back home last night. He was still in the ICU, but was up and moving about, and progressing ahead of schedule. Haven't heard anything yet today, but we're expecting him to be home Sunday or Monday at the latest. Medical technology is amazing, ya'll. Our ability to extend and improve the quality of life is the closest thing to miraculous I've seen with my own two eyes. My dad was running marathons with 90% blockages in his arteries, I'm excited to see what he gets up to now that his ticker has been upgraded.and 10 others.