Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline Review

Talk about an up-and-down experience for me… while having moments early on, the trajectory of “Ready Player Two” was on a steady downward profile as it rolled into its midpoint.  Then it muddled its way through a Prince-centered (yes, the purple-fixated musician) ‘quest’ that was all sorts of problematic (and boring). Things officially hit rock […]

San Diego Comic-Con 2021 Analysis

This won’t be a conventional report, as San Diego Comic-Con is again not having a conventional year.  The COVID-19 pandemic continued into its second summer.  A lot had occurred since last summer with vaccines seeming to come out of nowhere and, at least in the United State, bring about a certain tepid return to normalcy. […]

Wrestlemania 1-5: An Appreciation

I never had the opportunity to see any of the WWF “WrestleMania” events as a kid. They always seemed like very mythical events. Decades later, I was a lapsed wrestling fan since the “Monday Night Wars” of the mid-1990s and nostalgia for that early era of peak late-1980s wrestling made me curious about finally experiencing […]

San Diego Comic-Con 2020 Analysis

As usual (Although this year was far from usual), I viewed the San Diego Comic-Con’s 2020 edition as an opportunity to get a barometer on the next year in high-profile genre films and television shows, along with pop culture in general. Besides attending the convention in person, I waded through Twitter, online panel recaps, and […]

Weird Al – Strings Attached at the State Fair

I can cross “See ‘Weird Al’ in concert” off of my bucket list. The scene: The Minnesota State Fairgrounds – aka “The Great Minnesota Get Together.” It was a gorgeous evening for strolling around the crowded fair ahead of the concert. I managed to drop around $22 on a corn dog, French fries, and a […]