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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:

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2020 Emmys: In Memoriam

TCM usually gets my nod, but the graphics in this one were very well done… (and these are grim times, so I suppose it’s where my head is):

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Art is a Luxury, Except when it’s Sustenance

TED Talks are probably good fodder for Monday Motivation posts, and here’s a good one, especially for creatives wondering about why they’re doing what they’re doing.

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Wait, Tolkien was Working on a LOTR Sequel?!?

Many of you already knew this and (spoiler alert), there’s good reasons why he abandoned the ideas as the video goes into, but I was not aware — and it does touch on some of his writing process and his motivation to write in any case.

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2020: An Isolation Odyssey

I first saw this via ThisIsColossal.com, you may have seen it on Facebook.

We’re at this point of the pandemic. Lord help us all, possibly Lydia Cambron first (I mean, I love it, but if there’s anything we can do…)

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How Favorite Films Define You

So, it’s basically a week of referencing similar topics to last week.

Case in point, this past Friday, I rediscovered one of my favorite YouTube listmakers, Cinefix, who had a great list of uplifting or otherwise engaging films to check out during our current pandemic existence.

So, of course, I clicked around some of their lists to find some videos I missed before or had forgotten and came across this gem:

The onscreen title is a bit of a misnomer, because it’s really one of the team’s top 10 personal favorites.

The various Cinefix lists already make me think of my favorite films and what makes them my favorites. This list goes deeper in trying to analyze what sorts of stories, what sorts of cinematic stories, really resonate with him.

I love it. And it’s something I’ll be thinking about as I do my 50 Favorite Film sort for this year.

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Internet Security Myths Debunked

Hey, I posted a “debunking” video last week, so I figured, why not do more? This time, it’s a topic that’s just as evergreen, though the tech landscape changes frequently.

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Writing Advice from George R. R. Martin

Since I did a Monday motivational post last week about writing, I figured I’d delve into that well again, especially since motivational YouTuber Evan Carmichael went ahead and did a compilation video of another well known speculative fiction author.

Truth be told, I actually haven’t read much of George R. R. Martin’s work. I commented to friends that I’d try his landmark series, A Song of Ice and Fire, after the TV show Game of Thrones was over — and I’m

But I’ve found him to be an engaging and insightful speaker whenever I’ve heard interviews with him and that proves to be the case here. I especially like his tip to read widely, not just comic books and sci-fi and such. He’s a huge fan of sci-fi and fantasy and comics, of course, but he loves history and mystery and all sorts of other things… and goodness knows I think reading more across all genres helps one’s writing.

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Movie Break – 2020 Edition

This was released back in April, but I feel like I could use it even more now, as there’s no end to the quarantining in sight here in the U.S. (also, I’m beginning to try and watch some “muse-see” films in prep for my biennial Favorite Films exercise).

One of the things I love about the Cinefix videos is that they love rattling off any number of films in the run-up for the official Top 10 selections. This both gives you a bit of their train of thought and also some deep cuts to watch as well.

I do think that, with this particular list, the films get less “uplifting” and more “absorbing” as they go up the ranks. However, four months on from their original posting, many of you might be up for more of a cinema adventure… or at least distraction.

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Medical Myths Debunked

I feel Dr. Yasmin should do a new COVID-19 version…