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MasterClass: My Latest Obsession

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Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Non-Fiction Writing

I think we’re in violent agreement that there are just too many good TV shows these days. The way things have been going, only the coming global armageddon and a media server in my fallout shelter will enable me to catch up. I’m especially screwed on most stuff this year because I’ve been almost exclusively watching courses from MasterClass.

After hearing me go on and on about how cool it looked, Cosette scored tremendous points by getting me the All-Access Pass for Xmas. When you consider that one course is $90 and all the courses are $180, well, it’s a no-brainer.

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Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: We Do Beg Your Pardon…

The show is Would I Lie to You?, in which a panelist from one team reads out a fact from a card. The panelists from the other team must then determine if the panelist with the fact is telling the truth or lying.

It’s always a glorious episode when Bob Mortimer is on. He is a very twisted individual. Take the following video as evidence.

Your Weekend Justice #274: Because All the Cool Kids Are Doing Timejumps

Helen Mirren AARP Selfie

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…and the title says it all.

Agenda:

  • Death vs. Inflation
  • It’s not a goddamn agenda
  • Rox and an update on world domination
  • Daguerreotypes and blackmail
  • Podcasting lets you know when the honeymoon is over
  • European tin cans are incompatible with American tin cans
  • Time zones are infinitely confusing
  • Your Antarctica update
  • Rob and an update on world domination
  • Jon’s home update
  • The meaning of Tuesday
  • Rob vs. Germany
  • HGTV parallel universe fun
  • Rock Lobster!
  • Worst adaptation of Equus ever
  • Movies for Grownups
  • Rox hasn’t seen Black Panther because sex…or something
  • Mall cops check out
  • Horrible songs
  • International Sup Initiative
  • The second line plan for DragonCon
  • Aaron Fever, comic book scribe
  • Florida, again
  • The mystery of CH
  • Sleeper cars
  • Ready Player One is a smoothie
  • Annihilation
  • Neil Gaiman: polite as hell
  • Venom
  • Jon’s kid is furious
  • Justice League
  • Non-agenda becomes agenda
  • Lost in Space
  • Curling with movie scores
  • Russians can’t stop doping
  • How to wake up
  • Altered Carbon
  • Cuisine
  • Digging in the basement

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Your Weekend Justice #252: Daredevil’s Apartment is Made From Unstable Molecules

Walking Dead Nerf Lucille Blaster

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…we dip into the archives, with this gem, recorded just after the invention of fire.

Agenda:

  • We join these Walking Dead observations already in progress
  • The Visiting Germans
  • Leigh and spitting on things
  • Respectability and pinball machines
  • Anticipating Civil War
  • Batman v Superman fallout
  • Suicide Squad trailers and such
  • Joker regrets
  • The arrival of PG-13
  • Cloverfield: The Franchise
  • The idea of a SHIELD spinoff show. How novel.
  • ABC Family
  • Superbook and unintended consequences
  • Androgynous Kids Looking For Jesus
  • Kasey Kasem and Battle of the Planets
  • Porn tax incentives
  • How to take care of your doctor during a zombie apocalypse
  • Multiverses and how to introduce them
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Rox’s Book Club
  • Rogue One trailer
  • Agatha Christie
  • Best-selling books ever
  • Marvel Team-Up: Daredevil and his CPA
  • The Spazhouse Zine Collection

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Infinity War & Seemingly Stupid Character Decisions, or “We’re All Going to Die But Are You Going to Eat That?”

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Avengers: Infinity War

Warning: This skews fairly serious towards the end and since I’m not Pixar, I’m going to actually tell you in advance so you don’t get blindsided. You’re welcome. Also, DO NOT READ THIS if you have not seen Infinity War.

So there’s something in Infinity War that’s been bothering me. Well, it was bothering me but now it interests me a great deal. I’m talking about certain decisions that the characters made. Specifically, bad decisions. And much has been made about some, not so much about others. Some examples:

When half of the life of the universe is in the balance:

  1. Why would Star-Lord lose his shit and screw up The Entire Plan?
  2. Why would Gamora give up the location of the Soul Stone to save Nebula?
  3. For that matter, if Gamora knew something so valuable that Thanos finding out would mean Utter Doom, why didn’t Gamora just kill herself?
  4. Why would Vision not get sacrificed from the get-go and the Mind Stone get destroyed to keep it from winding up in Thanos’ hands (well, on his hand, specifically)?

Granted, for this last one (and possibly for all of them), when a Time Stone is in play, a large number of bets are off. But I think you get the gist.

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Music Whenever: Denys Baptiste, Kid Congo, Gal Costa & More…

Denys Baptiste

We start with a performance from UK saxophonist/composer Denys Baptiste: it’s “Dusk Dawn,” from last year’s album, The Last Trane. As you might expect from that album title, it’s based on the work of John Coltrane…this track is specifically from Coltrane’s 1965 album, Kulu Sé Mama. There’s really only one other thing to say about this: let it be your life goal to love something you do as much as the gentleman drumming in this video absolutely freaking loves playing the drums.

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Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: How to Destroy a Ryan Gosling

Greg Davies‘ latest stand-up show, You Magnificent Beast, is now available on Netflix. So far, it has managed to break Doc, Cosette and myself. So we recommend it to you. Because he is a sick man, however, here is a vid from The Graham Norton Show in which Davies also breaks Ryan Gosling.

You might not want to watch this during lunch, especially if you’re enjoying a curry.