Digital Beard Stroking

Con Talk: Denver Comic Con 2017 Day 3 – Finally Some Philosophy!

Denver Comic Con 2017 Day 2 Finally Some Philosophy! Any panel that starts with singing is off to a great start.  On my conclusive article (at least for this weekend!  I may end up doing some follow ups later.  No promises!), I discuss the panel entitled “Is Science Fiction and […]

Con Talk: Denver Comic Con 2017 Day 2 – I Definitely Didn’t Doublebook Myself

Denver Comic Con 2017 Day 2 I Definitely Didn’t Doublebook Myself It would be an insult to suggest otherwise, good sir.  I certainly didn’t end up arriving at DCC until well into the afternoon and only manage to attend one panel.  Such a travesty that you’d even insinuate such a thing! […]

Con Talk: Denver Comic Con 2017 Day 1 – Beards will be Stroked!

Denver Comic Con 2017 Day 1  Beards will be Stroked! It must be one hell of a convention to drag my ponderous butt from the pipe-smoke filled, whisky-soaked isolation I’ve been in.  And so far, it may just be so!  Digits, Beards, Stroking.  (That is not my new deconstructed title, […]

Digital Beard Stroking: If it starts to look too much like a ripoff, it’s a Homage now.

As some big series are premiering sequels around now (either releasing them or teasing them), I feel like I ought to jabber about those for a little bit. When it comes to sequels, we have a very demanding attitude about them as fans.  They can’t be too similar to the […]

Digital Beard Stroking:Trope-dition!

As we hurtle from post-election ennui/consternation/rage/gloating/inebriation into the inebriation/gloating/rage/consternation/ennui of the holiday season and the host of traditions that come with it.  This seems like a good time to talk about Traditions.  Of course, we have the traditional meals with all the gathering and family and arguments, etc., but we have […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Divisiveness

As we’ve just finished up a political season, it seems like a good time to look at another topic that’s at least tangentially related to that “delightful” time.  In particular, the underlying divisiveness of the conversation and how our perspective and bias led to a complete lack of understanding between […]

Digital Beard Stroking: A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy

In honor of the cresting political season, I figured I’d write an article focusing on Villains.  (Spoiler alert for the following things:Breaking Bad, Trigun, Jessica Jones, Final Fantasy VI.  If you’ve not experienced all these yet, we should probably hang out so you can catch up on some awesome TV/Video […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Identify Yourself!

Identity is one of those complicated and infinitely nuanced concepts that we take for granted in our society.  For the most part, we drift through our lives without a thought to how we are appearing to people.  We are also constantly automatically identifying and categorizing people, equally unintentionally.  Our entire culture […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Driving, Striving, Conniving?

One of the important aspects of writing these sorts of articles is to keep reading new materials and resist the temptation to rest on one’s laurels and (probably poorly remembered) old readings.  To that end (and my own personal obsession with motivation), I picked up “Drive, the surprising truth about […]

Digital Beard Stroking: Money and Power and Money and Power and Money…

Money and Power and Money and Power and Money… In case it’s not abundantly clear, I like to write about efficacy a lot (that and motivation.  We’re allowed to have obsessions, aren’t we?).  I’ve considered several aspects of effecting some sort of change in the world around us (be it […]