After two viewings of The Last Jedi and trying to place it in the Star Wars mythos as I understand it and several attempts to explore the meaning of Star Wars in my life and especially after hearing the many mixed reviews and great trollings on internet essays, I feel I am ready to write about Kylo Ren. (Spoilers, naturally.) My first reaction to Kylo Ren after The Force Awakens was pure anger. He killed his father. That’s unforgivable. He’s not coming back from that. The previews for The Last Jedi made it look like he also killed his own Mother, but that was a trailer and as an art form to themselves, they are good at lying to the audience. I’ve no beef with the preview. Kylo went from impressive Vaderesque (stopping a blaster bolt in mid-air is so much cooler than Vader’s letting it bounce harmlessly off the Continue reading Uncle Josh and Kylo Ren
When GMail went live on April 1 2004 I snagged what I thought was the best email to get for myself: jenglish _at_ gmail.com. I beat my brother to it and apparently I beat about 500 other people who continue to use it for various purposes. I get a lot of regular spam, although this is a GMail account so that’s handled nicely. These are things that people do and use my email for. I haven’t checked in with Alternate Josh for a while so here’s what they are up to: My children Jack and Sophie are costing my $362AU at the Wahroonga After School Care Centre in Mount Colah New South Wales. I’ve been getting these bills since May 2017. I am getting health and death notices for the Capuchin Franciscans in the Province of St. Mary. Clearing these dropped over 500 emails from my inbox. I am receiving Continue reading Uncle Josh Checks in with the Alternates
I am an infrequent combatant/contributor on the NanoLand Facebook group, where Elliot Schmidt posted a question or a comment about misreading Aesop’s Fables as “Asimov’s Fables” and that sparked something silly in my head. Asimov, though, I see as more exclusive to science fiction, so I decided to call this series Gernsback’s Fables. This is probably not as good as just calling it Asimov’s Fables, but there it is. So, as an exercise and constant prompt and as a way to clear out some of the small ideas that come to writers and can clog the creative flow, I’m publishing one fable a day, borrowing from Science Fiction and Fantasy, telling fables about semi-sentient vacuums and Master Accounts and even a wizard’s apprentice or two. Fables, at least in the editions of Aesop that I’ve read, were meant to be life lessons for little ones, snippets with morals that would Continue reading Coming in September: Gernsback’s Fables
Scatological Utterance version 1.0 A Role Playing Game for Pessimists SU is a paper and pencil RPG, designed for campaigns that could last anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours. A play session longer than that could be very bad for your soul, unless you have a truly twisted sense of humor, in which case: Game On! SU is not restricted to any genre of game. In any game session the DM (DeMotivator) and the Players could be in high fantasy, gothic romance, science fiction, weird west, bustlepunk, horror, you name it. As long as the genre is agreed upon: Game On! Character Generation Characters in normal RPGs have attributes like strength and dexterity and durability. This is SU. Players have the following attributes: Oafishness. The chance that the character will unintentionally break something. Butterfingers. The inability to hold onto weapons or tools in dramatic moments. Jinx. Despite the character’s Continue reading Scatalogical Utterance v 1.0: Role Playing Rules for Pessimists
Today’s Gospel is Matthew 11:2-11. This is the story of John in prison sending his disciples to Jesus to ask “are you, like, the Dude, or what?” [Obvious paraphrase from The Bible for the Laid Back]. Jesus says a lot of things about the blind seeing and the deaf hearing and lame walking and the poor having good news for a change, but in paraphrase: Jesus waved his arms to those around him and said, “dudes…” But the second time I heard this story, I kept thinking that this was a really dumb question for John to ask in the first place. He was Jesus’ cousin. He knew who Jesus was (Matthew 3:14-15). He knew who Jesus was in the womb (The BLB skims the birth narratives, but more reliable translations do not). So why would John question this? It is possible that he heard the stories of a new prophet Continue reading Uncle Josh thinks about John the Baptist
Doctor Who is one of a few shows I actually watch these days, and for several years I’ve been happy with the latest companion Clara Oswald. I like Clara. I think she’s a great companion. I think she has the potential to be the Sarah Jane Smith of this generation. Of course, they’ve thrown that all away with Face the Raven, the 10th episode of series 9. I will miss her. I don’t understand the anger with the character. Most of the criticisms fall under the “she has no character arc” banner. When we first met her, she was Souffle Girl, and then the Impossible Girl arc started, with two deaths for the character before we met the modern Clara. Yes, throughout the second half of Series 7 she was the mystery. As the franchise built up to the 50th anniversary they explained the Impossible Girl. It was a clever Continue reading Uncle Josh Considers the Life and Times of Clara Oswald
Technically, Friday was my last day at my job. I am going in for a few hours on Monday for reasons I cannot rightly express. The important things in work is knowing you are doing a good job. knowing you are being productive, and getting along with people. There were multiple points of failure in this job, which I’ve had for almost five years now. I know who I am, and who I want to be, and those people didn’t fit with the culture of that place at this time. So, as my friend Day Tooley said, I’m letting go of the trapeze and flying on faith. I have no unemployment benefits, and no jobs lined up, but I do have some interviews already, so hopefully I can find temp work and full time employment soon.
Every writer has one zombie story in them, and mine is in an anthology called “Zombiefied III: Hazardous Materials” edited by Carol Hightshoe and publish by Sky Warrior Books. There’s lots of good stuff in here.
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Today is a great day if you care about civil rights. Today is a great day if you care about loving your neighbor as yourself (you know, as Christ commanded His followers to do). I can understand that some people are upset, but I have a hard time understanding why they’re so upset, other than reasons that are not good reasons. Naturally, I’m talking about SCOTUS deciding that every American citizen has the basic right to marry. This country was founded on an ideal that “all Men are created equal” and even when those words were published, they were not practiced. Slaves would be only 3/5ths of a person, and only for headcounts, and women were not included, nor were those who didn’t own land. Guess what? We started to change these things and bring the United States closer to being a country where equality was true and real thing Continue reading Uncle Josh Thinks about Equality