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Dear STFU-Moffat and associates,

From now on, I insist you describe Steven Moffat as “Emmy-award winning writer Steven Moffat.”…



This oppressive cyberpunk dystopia is nothing like the oppressive cyberpunk dystopian future I was promised.

a year old and still fucking relevant



This oppressive cyberpunk dystopia is nothing like the oppressive cyberpunk dystopian future I was promised.

a year old and still fucking relevant


I picked up this novel because it was mermaids. I have not seen or read many mermaid books, and in truth I think there is a real reason that they are not written very often. Mermaids are hard to do, both in books and movies. Book-wise it is hard to write about mermaids because the world is completely different. Not only do you have to decide what version of mermaid you are going to go with out of the tons of them in the world of mythos, but you have to truly get creative when it comes to world building because everything is being done underwater. However, next to Angels/Nephilim,  mermaids are my most adored mythical creature. So, I had to give the mermaid book a try. 

I looked up on Goodreads to see what others thought of this book and it turned out to be a bit of a  Wither novel situation. Either you loved the book or you didn’t. The premise of the plot is a bit harsh for some more sensitive viewers, but I myself am not a sensitive viewer. And I honestly have to say that i loved the way the mermaids were represented. Unlike the kind little princess that Disney seems to have created as far as mermaid myth goes, Porter did really well in keeping the mermaid myth as it has been for thousands of years. The mermaid that has been living in the minds of civilization all of this time is not some googly eyed teenager, they are beautiful and they are vicious. 

Though I was finally relieved to see a story that did not take 100+ pages to have some action begin, the action packed beginning seemed to be the peak of a story that sort of drifted in the middle of the book. I came to see that maybe the mermaid myth was not as well developed as it could have been, however, the concept that Porter has as to what creates a mermaid was really good. These are girls who have faced a real tragedy and instead of being outcast in a world that did not want them, they are beautiful creatures with the power to give and take just as the world did to them. However, the way these mermaids live together and the attitude of some and how they treat one another was a bit annoying to me and that was probably just more to say about my own personality as opposed to the mermaids that Porter created. 

The main character’s name is Luce which I thought was funny considering just before this I read Lauren Kate’s Fallen whose main character’s name was Luce. Overall, I was glad that this novel was much better than the ones I had previously encountered, however; it was not everything I was really hoping for. I am going to sum up this disappointment to it being a first book in a series though because to me those always seem to lack something. I am sure the rest of the trilogy is going to be mer-mazing! Whenever I get to reading it, right now i am torn between picking up one of my contemporary stand alones or going ahead to read Fever which is book two in the Chemical Garden series. 

Also, I had just as a point of interest some illustrations of mermaid anatomy which come from the book The Resurrectionist which is itself an awesome read for anyone interested in mythical creatures. 


Games with English: insert the word “only” anywhere into the above sentence and consider how the placement changes meaning.


Games with English: insert the word “only” anywhere into the above sentence and consider how the placement changes meaning.



Important, always-relevant comic done by the wonderful Ursa Eyer.



so. I visited my cousin’s apartment today



Dietmar Voorworld is an artist who takes rocks, pebbles and leaves he finds in nature and turns them into memorable pieces of circular land art.




Has this whole experience changed you in anyway?

It’s moments like this that remind me we wouldn’t have shows like Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Community, Mad Men, or Orange is the New Black without M*A*S*H*

M*A*S*H* was groundbreaking in an era where sitcoms were almost constantly funny and nothing else and dramas were basically soap operas or crime procedurals.

M*A*S*H* dared to be as hilarious as it was serious. This episode is a fine example. Everybody at the 4077th is getting interviewed about what its like to serve in a M*A*S*H* unit. It’s funny, characters still throw around quips about everything being too green(army colors) or being mis-assigned civilians. But then they speak so frankly. Father Mulcahy is the camp’s priest. He likes boxing and never preaches where he’s unwanted.

In this episode nothing happens outside of this. It’s 30 minutes of people talking directly to the camera about what they think and it was riveting.

There was once an episode where Hawkeye got a concussion and a Korean family helped him out while he waited for people from 4077 to come pick him up. It was a 30 minutes of Hawkeye talking to the Korean characters who spoke very little and when they spoke it was unsubtitled Korean.

There was once an episode where Hawkeye was at an aid station getting bombed and we sat with him as he tried to compose his own last will and testament.

In one episode Colonel Potter and Hawkeye got very drunk and thought they were cornered by Korean soldiers and Hawkeye refused to fire his gun

Colonel Potter: Fire that weapon!
Hawkeye: Ok…you’re fired…I did it as gently as I could.

One episode is entirely from a patients perspective. The camera literally represents the patients point of view as he meets and is treated by the doctors at 4077.

One episode involves the camp trying to watch My Darling Clementine but the film keeps slipping or the projector stops working. In the breaks they pass the time singing songs and doing impressions. At the films final gunfight they all playact along with the onscreen violence and it’s hilarious, right up until an ambulance pulls up with more wounded.

One episode featured the whole cast dealing with a deluge of wounded and getting no sleep. On their breaks they would nap and dream. Some dreams were mundane. Colonel Potter rides his horse. Some were absurd. Winchester is performing a magic act in the OR and nobody seems to notice him. Some are horrific. Margaret wears a wedding dress and dances with a man in uniform, suddenly the man is a corpse and she is covered in blood. Hawkeye dreams about a river of arms and legs.

M*A*S*H* showed us characters as human beings. They were flawed creatures who got angry, drank too much, and raged at the senseless violence of war. They laughed because laughter kept them sane and that made the comedy even funnier.

In one episode a man tries to make a documentary about the 4077th. He plans to call it Yankey Doodle Doctor and it’s sanctimonious tripe. So Hawkeye and Trapper expose all the footage and shoot their own ‘documentary.’ Most of it is Hawkeye and Trapper doing a Marx Brothers impersonation

Yankee Doodle Doctor: Wait a minute, have you got a reservation?Radar: A reservation?!
Yankee Doodle Doctor: I’m afraid we’re all booked up through New Years!
Radar: But, Doctor!
Yankee Doodle Doctor: I’m sorry, kid. You should’ve booked ahead. Come to think of it, you should’ve booked the rest of the body as well!

Then in the films final scene we see Hawkeye staring straight into the camera, sitting beside a patients bed as he delivers the following monologue:
Three hours ago, this man was in a battle. Two hours ago, we operated on him. He’s got a fifty-fifty chance. We win some, we lose some. That’s what it’s all about. No promises. No guaranteed survival. No “saints in surgical garb.” Our willingness, our experience, our technique are not enough. Guns and bombs and anti-personnel mines have more power to take life than we have to preserve it. Not a very happy ending to a movie. But then again, no war is a movie.

In essence M*A*S*H* dared to do something different in every way and on every level. They had to fight to have the laugh track removed and show blood during scenes in the OR. The term ‘dramedy’ was coined after M*A*S*H* in order to better describe it. Basically this show is amazing and while it may be flawed by the time it was made(lots of misogyny and cartoonish portrayals of Korean characters in the early seasons), it was still a masterpiece that ran for 11 seasons and the series finale was the most watched episode of television in history (up until a recent Superbowl broadcast)