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  • Save the Expanse - Bald Move edition

    That really is a bummer. I’m probably an outlier, but I very rarely binge a show right away. I like to parse it out over at least a few weeks. For someone like me, there’s no concern with getting all the podcast episodes right away. Podcastica has stuck to weekly schedules for some shows that dropped all at once. That’s probably not ideal either, since by the time they reach the end, the show has been out for a long time, spoilers are all over, and even laggers like me have finished it. But I do wonder if there’s a happy medium where the guys don’t have to work themselves to death but can still cover shows like this. I don’t have any answers though, and I’ll be happy to get whatever coverage they can muster.
  • Footage of the HMS Terror

    Here’s another article with some additional info and photos:
  • (Spoiler) Who Else HATED Stranger Things 3 ? A discussion on likes/dislikes

    I didn’t hate this season, but a lot of it didn’t really work for me like previous seasons did. I was honestly fairly surprised at how many people I’ve seen commenting about how much better this season was than 2. What I kept thinking was that almost everyone’s character was dialed up about 10-15% too much, leaving me feeling like they were caricatures of themselves. The tropeyness that was charming in the past sometimes felt overly self-aware and too much of the humor really fell flat for me. Plenty of things did work - I liked the action when the groups started coming together in the back half of the season, Nancy becoming a teenage Sarah Connor, the way it was much more of a group effort than ever to win. But overall, it’s my least favorite season by a long shot. For those who loved it - good on ya… I really, really wanted to feel that way too. Just can’t get past a solid “meh.”
  • Discussion for episodes 301-303, "Suzie, Do You Copy?" through "The Case of the Missing Lifeguard"

    Just finished the coverage of episode 3 and wanted to comment that during Will and Mike’s argument, when Mike says something about Will not liking girls, I think it's especially hurtful to Will because we know from earlier seasons that Will's own dad called him names. When he first goes missing in season 1, Joyce says he's been bullied at school then adds, "He's a sensitive kid...Lonnie used to say he was queer, called him a f**." I don't even think Mike meant it that way, but hearing that from your best friend when you're already feeling like the odd man out, would have been extra salt in the wound (especially in small town Midwest 1980s). I feel for Will - he's not quite ready for childhood to be over, but everyone around him is changing and forcing him into it.

  • A Teachable Moment: Pride Month

    Kudos to @A_Ron_Hubbard for at least attempting to pull this person’s head out of their ass, and for having far more patience than I would have, and also for Bald Move’s inclusivity. I came for the TV talk, but I stay for the well-reasoned observations on life, humanity, and uh…TV too. I DID sign up for this!

    What is it with this particular type of “Christian” that they are so hung up on their own persecution complex? I see this happening quite a lot. When people don’t 100% agree with your personal beliefs, you are NOT being persecuted. However, when you take those personal beliefs and inflict them on others in ways that deprive them of human rights, you ARE persecuting them. What’s the saying… it’s something like “when you have privilege, equality looks like oppression.” These hyperbolic claims of victimhood from Anonymous are so ridiculous. I do hope ARon’s responses spark some self-reflection in that person - it’s clearly needed.  Sometimes the mental gymnastics are so surprising that I can’t even wrap my head around formulating an argument - like this argument that “pride month stuff is weaponized anti-Catholicism”… huh??? How do you even get to a view like that? By thinking the world does or should revolve around you, I suppose. It’s that privilege/equality/oppression thing again.

    I think it’s admirable to try to use teachable moments when you can. I’ve grown weary of trying to talk sense into people who refuse to evolve, so sometimes I do just cut bait these days in order to preserve my own sanity, but I try not to use it as a cop out. Online, yeah, sometimes you have to just ignore trolls rather than feed them. But it is important to speak out when you can if you want to be a good ally like @amyja89 said, especially if you’re someone who is in the “majority” (i.e. white or straight or male or cis gendered, etc.). It's hard to know when the right time is, and I don't have the answers about that. I’m pretty non-confrontational, but I have taken people to task for racist or homophobic comments from time to time, although the general result has been them doubling down on whatever their opinion is rather than stepping back and reconsidering. I will say that I’ve seen a wide streak of narrow-mindedness among the people I grew up with in a small Midwestern town. Before Facebook I wouldn’t have expected to see or hear from any of them again, so I just unfriend them if I see them being assholes. However, if they come to my page and feel the need to comment on something I’ve posted, that’s when I take them to task. Then I unfriend them, because who wants to be associated with that?!
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