Though killing off a darling is a great storytelling device, storytellers need to think very carefully about it. If done well, it builds an emotional connection between audiences and characters. If done poorly, it becomes the proverbial bridge too far.
Libraries across the country are participating in a nationwide campaign called "Geek the Library" which seeks to spread awareness about the vital role libraries play in their communities and how they are funded.
Last year, when it came to Halloween costume choices, my daughter had one request from the get-go: she wanted to be C-3PO.
The website shut down, but our friendship continued. Annie lived in Oregon, or as I would say with my Jersey accent 'Or-E-gone' which she repeatedly admonished me on. Maybe one day I will meet Annie -- after all, why rush it, it's only been 20 years.
When I'm vulnerable and honest, I relax and the dynamic shifts to a few imperfect humans sharing and connecting. When I interact from my ego, I'm insecure and competitive and ultimately alone. When I interact authentically, vulnerably, from my heart, I'm most connected.
TV, movies -- but at the end it's about the blocks, and 85 years later -- every block ever made connects to another, and every extension they have ever introduced connects to all.
Inspired by inspiration, here's a poem that tugs at the nerdstrings in all of us.
Because I have a girfriend who is a krewe co-captain, and several geek friends who are captains, parade mistresses and ChewbacchanAliens, I have the privilege of being involved in watching various aspects of planning and executing this awesome parade.
Even as Boomers wallowed in the glories that were the films of the 1970s, we took all the wrong lessons from them.
I kick off this episode of the show by expoun...
And so an epic battle began. It pitted big, science fiction and fantasy concepts against niche, humanistic narratives about the lives of ordinary people and historical figures.
It's no secret that the greatest decade for toys was the 1980s. If you look down a modern toy aisle, you still see the Transformers and My Little Pony...
A common expression that is found in the Bible is "Go in peace." It is an expression of greeting that is still used in contemporary Jewish circles today. When Jews are entering the synagogue they often say to each other shalom aleichem -- "peace be upon you."
Some waning magic, some vanishing courage, some dumb beauty. This cinema sensation will not be recognized with awards. But be there no doubt about it, The World's End is the most important movie of the year.
Hopefully, in 30 years we'll be mocking Obama's drone dream in the same way we now mock Star Wars. But at the present we're at a critical juncture where we need to act before the drones (weather government, corporate, or terrorist) come home to roost.