A couple of links for you kind readers today. Mostly I spent the day baking cookies and finishing the first season of Star Wars Rebels. Which ends, by the way, with a pretty intense three-part story. And the droid, Chopper, remains a psychopathic asshole.
Irish Whiskey Cookies, Perfect for Christmas – Science! A friend posted a link to this recipe on Facebook a few days ago, I went out and bought myself a bottle of Jamesons, and this morning-ish I baked myself some cookies. I made a slight change to the recipe — I replaced the chopped almonds with chocolate chips. There’s a wonderful interplay of flavors, and my apartment smells of whiskey. Recommended.Irish Central
Can the Constitution Govern America’s Sprawling Empire? – The Constitution was written for an agrarian, pre-industrial society. Does it still work today for a United States that is more than just the fifty states — there are commonwealths, a federal district, overseas dependencies, and Indian tribes to consider as well.The Atlantic
The Problem With The Force Awakens And Spectre: Not Just Sequels But Pastiches – In that vein, Grant Feller at Forbes considers the extent to which some of today’s blockbuster films — such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the James Bond film Spectre, and Jurassic World — are less sequels than remakes (or remixes) of previous hits. Also, I love that critics are using the word “pastiche.” It’s absolutely the right word, and it’s the word I used on Facebook Thursday night when I got home to describe Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Forbes
A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.
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