Earlier today, my wife, daughter, and I went and saw Fantastic Four (or FANT4STIC if you go with the title on the movie poster, literally.) I was surprised that it wasn’t as horrible as I’d been told. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 9% among critics and 21% among movie-goers, I expected something painfully bad, and it was just kind of okay.

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WordPress recently sent me an alert, letting me know that it was my second anniversary of blogging. So I decided it was time for the obligatory self-congratulatory post. But I’m not a monster, here is a picture of my dogs, to make everyone happy:


Help! The human is exploiting our cuteness!

Like the previous year, I did a lot of blog posts about Game of Thrones, the excellent show on HBO. I really should do more movie or book reviews. But I did review some cool TV shows that didn’t include Starks and Lannisters, and I kept up with monthly MicroStory writing, so there was a wee teensy weensy bit of diverse things going on.

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This is the final post in a series of articles, discussing the nature of the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Should you have come to this page without reading the previous posts, I was discussing how most of the major characters in season 5 had season 2 journeys that were similar, or at least useful for compare/contrast exercises. In my opinion, season 5 was a mirror on season 2.


Let’s assume that previously I made my point about the character storylines, and now lets talk about if it means anything.

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This is the fourth post in a series, discussing what elements of season 5 Game of Thrones were mirror-like reflections on season 2. Previously, I talked about the Baratheon/Targaryen stories and the Starks’ persecutors House Lannister. Now, it’s time to discuss the Starks. (And Stark-relations.)


Ygritte had a head start on Janos when it came to being at the business end of Jon’s sword. I literally mean his sword! You get *your* mind out of the gutter!

Season 2 Starks were still rebounding from the shakeup of Lord Eddard’s death in season 1, and of course there were more Stark deaths that continued to cast a shadow into season 5 over the seemingly cursed family.

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This post will be talking about HBO’s Game of Thrones, specifically how many of the major characters’ season 5 storylines were twins (or possibly Bizarro Twins) of their respective storylines in season 2.

I introduced the topic two posts ago, and last post dealt with both of the exiled monarchs, Daenerys Targaryen and Stannis Baratheon. This post will be all about the Lannisters.


Some seasons are Good Hair seasons, some seasons are Bad Hair seasons.

There are less (fewer) Lannisters now to talk about than in season 2, but I’ll confine myself to Lord Tywin’s three children.

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This post is the second article in a series talking about season 5 of Game of Thrones, and how it has a mirror-like quality to season 2. Should that summary not adequately describe what I’m doing, feel free to check out the kick-off post.

I’ll be talking about Starks and Lannisters elsewhere, but here I’ll be discussing the stories of Stannis Baratheon and Daenerys Targaryen.


No matter the season, fire’s always present when Dany and Stan are around.

Even though Stannis and Dany’s stories in either season don’t intersect (at all) I felt it relevant to feature them in the same article since they have some similarities.

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This post will be the first in a series, talking about the fifth season of Game of Thrones. Let that serve as a spoiler warning.


The fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones recently ended, covering most of the same ground as the fifth book in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (and some elements from the fourth book in the series, A Feast For Crows.)

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