• Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 lets you pick your team members. My daughters naturally built a team with Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, and Spidey. Being able to be girls in the game maybe doesn’t make or break their enjoyment, but it contributes heavily to it. 🕹

  • I realized re-reading this just now that I read Dracula in college, then last summer, then like twice while typesetting it into Markdown, then again to figure out the scheduling for this project, then again when setting up the Tumblr, then again when each post goes up = 7×!

  • Over at Dracula Live, a ship is on its way to Whitby, UK carrying some large boxes from Transylvania, Renfield is eating bugs, and Jonathan Harker is missing, but Mina will be getting a letter soon saying he’s fine. There should be an entry most days from here on out. 📚

  • Some day I want to open a restaurant that only sells trays of gourmet crackers like the ones on the back of the box. It’ll be called “Crackers.” I might also sell comic books there. We’ll play David Bowie and The Kinks on the radio and only hire people with cool accents.

  • Happy iCal Day! 📅🎉

  • A small pet peeve: when a foreign movie had lovingly-rendered title or credit screens but they’ve been replaced by English logos. I’d much prefer the image to be identical to the original, just with subtitles overlayed.

  • The Tom Holland Spider-Man isn’t quite my ideal version of the character, but damn if it isn’t internally consistent and appropriate for the MCU.

  • Mattel is selling a Ziggy Stardust Barbie doll to mark the 50th anniversary of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.”

  • Was there even a chance I’d get out of this McDonald’s without trying the world menu “Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from Spain?” No, there was not. Did I also add on a “Stroopwafel McFlurry from the Netherlands?” Yes, I did.

  • “They said: How sir! ye have made and ordained the law, and our children be now dead, and ye would do the contrary. Your daughter shall be given, or else we shall burn you and your house.” That’s some badass revolution for 11th century peasants.

  • The Legend of St. George thinks it’s a tale about the heroism of a knight slaying a dragon, but the real story is how the people forced the king to follow the law when his own daughter’s name was pulled out of the hat determining which child would be sacrificed next.

  • I haven’t played Splatoon 2 a ton lately, but I’m looking forward to the last Splatfest and hope a third version is coming.

  • I can only imagine how distasteful designing mobile games must feel. You come up with a cool idea for a game, then have to figure out how to make it worse by inserting roadblocks the players have to pay to remove.

  • Woke up to the fun task of disputing specious YouTube copyright claims on the public domain Superman cartoons I patched up a fews summers ago. Seems to be someone claiming Sammy Timberg’s theme, but the movies have been out of copyright for decades.

  • I liked Spider-Man: Far from Home. It was tons of fun, but after Spider-Verse filled its soundtrack with songs Miles would actually listen to, this one has stuff some adult picked out that Peter would call oldies. (All of which I like, of course. The Jam!)

  • I’ve now seen two John Wick movies. Just one more and then several dozen Fast and the Furious screenings and I’ll have closed at least a few cultural blind spots.

  • I only saw Kingdom of the Crystal Skull once. Was that the right call? FWIW the end reveal didn’t bother me; it felt in keeping with the pulpy 50s sci-fi setting. 📽

  • This series on Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers of Victory is thoughtful and well-written. It’s not a Morrison book that gets the most play, but it’s one I like a great deal.

  • We had a wonderful time at the Kennedy Space Center yesterday. Lots of good new stuff to see since I was there in ’10.

  • I wish someone at Apple cared enough to correct the metadata on iTunes/Apple Music songs. Since the very start of the iTunes Store, artists have been sorted inconsistently by first name or last name, albums are sorted by re-issue date, not original date, etc.

  • A likely outcome of exposing the treatment of prisoners in our concentration camps will be increasing the funding so we can built nicer concentration camps, not a change in the thinking that some people don’t deserve to be Americans.

  • This soccer stuff is actually quite watchable. 🇺🇸⚽️

  • You, too, can avoid the plot of most Toy Story movies by following my parenting rules of 1) no toys out of the house except on overnight trips and then 2) only 1-3 toys allowed.

  • The iPad Pro feels, to me, like it’s the culmination of Jony Ive’s design ethos. Thin, just 3 buttons, rounded screen corners that match the device, just-thick-enough bezel, total unassuming deference to the onscreen software. Mac’s not there yet, iPhone has its notch.

  • As I sit watching a lady flick away every app on her iPhone, here’s your periodic reminder that you should not force quit iOS apps. It doesn’t preserve battery life and prevents apps from operating properly in the background for your benefit.

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