Completely Non-Topical Post on Rulers

I mentioned last week that I had delved back into the always insightful videos of CGP Grey… and so I rewatched this classic from 2016 which I repost here for no reason at all other than to give further things to think about regarding power and governance.

Aaron Sorkin Gives Screenwriting Support

Purveyor of hyperreal –and immensely satisfying– dialogue, playwright/screenwriter Aaron Sorkin jumped online last week to give a few really choice answers to some Twitter questions. Enjoy.

Pandemic Lockdown: CGP Grey Edition

Evidently I’ve hit a wall with binge-watching TV shows, as I find I’ve drifted into checking out various YouTube channels and their bite-size videos. That includes revisiting CGP Grey‘s obsessively researched, and always entertaining, videos.

As probably comes as no surprise, he created a video about how to organize your lockdown life:

And then he also did a follow up a couple months ago:

Hey, I can’t be the only one who found this still useful even though we’re several years into 2020.

A Great Disturbance in the Mouse

2020 continues to be decade of twists and turns stuffed into one unrepentant year.

Now, the whole future of filmed entertainment might be changing course because a certain large House of Mouse has recently said it’s focusing on streaming.

Make no mistake. This is big.

Where I’ll Be: Monologue Madness

As several of you are likely aware, I do casting for independent productions in the DC area (not just for Jabberwocky Audio Theater). Much of this is centered around the Stonehenge Auditions, which I’ve done since 2005.

One of the fellow annual events that DC actors are well aware of is called Monologue Madness.

It’s usually scheduled around March, to coincide with another well-known madness, but as with so many events this year, it has been pushed back and is now online.

I will be one of the judges this year, which makes me very happy, as I know there’s going to be some great monologues.

It’s Officially Halloween Season

Pay no attention to the horror that was Friday’s post. It’s well past the first day of Autumn. It’s October. That means two things.

It’s (NSFW) decorative gourd season!

And

Time to watch some scary films.

Your mileage may vary.

The Nightmare that is 2020, Expressed in Sugar

You know, since it’s 2020, all manner of horrors are possible. You may also know, as many right-thinking people do, that candy corn is, at best, supremely unsatisfying in the Halloween candy pantheon.

Perhaps because of this, or more likely because they wish to lay siege to the sanctity of a holiday not usually associated with candy corn, the mad scientists at Brach’s have decided that humanity must face a depressing, possibly disgusting, Thanksgiving dinner in candy corn form.

Lovecraft has nothing on this.

If you want to know more, and the insane mind egging on Brach’s brains to concoct this culinary calamity, learn more in this interview with Walgreen’s instigator, Brian Rinker.

#Inkspell2020 – Art Challenge for October

The seven or nine regular readers of my blog will recall I have, over the years, advocated setting aside time to do creative work, even if you’re not good at it! (from January, March, and December of last year).

One of the activities I love doing is “Inktober,” an annual art challenge every October where you try to do an ink drawing every day based on a one-word prompt. I’ve done this as an after-dinner activity with my kids and it has always been enjoyable, even when the drawing or inspiration is lacking some days.

This year, we’re going with a different challenge (Inktober itself has run into some controversy).

We’re going to stick with the drawings, which we usually do within 20 minutes or so, but I like how this one is about whatever you want to do however you want to do it. (I do find value in doing all 31).

Sound good? Here are the prompts.

Banned Book Week, 2020

Librarians, archivists, and bibliophiles are well represented in my family, so I’ve always enjoyed Banned Book Week.

Since many library systems are closed due to the pandemic, many of you probably can’t saunter over to your local library and see their cool “Banned Book” displays. The site does have plenty of resources to read and download — as well as the always interesting top 100 books challenged or banned.

That list also provides me with one of my annual activities: reading one of the books on the list that I haven’t read before. This year, it’s Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, one of those well-regarded books I’ve missed.

If you are looking for something insidious to do this week that will possibly expose you to some new perspectives and definitely piss off The Man, I highly recommend it.

Video

Tough, but Fair: Streaming TV Edition

Since I’ve often commented on the future of TV (some of the posts being the most popular), checking out a rundown of all the streaming services seems apropos.

So I had to share this latest installment from the folks over at Honest Trailers: