Colbert: women should run the world

His hilarious, bathetic op-ed in Glamour is full of sneaky, countersunk gender ha-ha-only-serious humor: "Women havesmart, resourceful role models -- Marissa Mayer, Michelle Obama, Sacajawea, and the green M&M." Read the rest

Felicia Day's "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)"

Felicia Day's memoir You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) starts off as a cute, snarky story about how a quirky upbringing turned Day into a nerd superhero; by the end, it's become an illuminating, frank look at the commercial realities, injustices and insecurities that everyone trying to earn a living online must confront.

HBO's Westworld looks handsome


I doubt it'll top the Yul Brynner original (and his performance most certainly made it), but I'm surprised by how good the reboot looks in this very short teaser, which injects a heavy dose of PKD into the Chrichton classic. Read the rest

Parenting and the Internet: the smarter, missing third way

My new Guardian column, What is missing from the kids’ internet? discusses three different approaches to teaching kids information literacy: firewall-based abstinence education; trust/relationship-based education, and a third way, which is the proven champion of the offline world. Read the rest

Kirk/Spock/Delft china pattern tote

This beautiful, reversible Kirk/Spock tote reminds me of Delft china patterns (see below): it's $22 from April in Sacramento. (via Geeky Merch)

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Breaking Bad fans, Jesse Pinkman's house is for sale: $1.6 million
"Meth lab not included."

A fucking interesting history of swearing on television!


I distinctly remember my glee as an 8-year-old watching Hawkeye say "Son of a bitch" on M*A*S*H in 1979, the first time that phrase was used on US television. Read the rest

The Six Million Dollar Man, season 1

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Colonel Steve Austin nearly died in a fiery space accident. The Office of Scientific Intelligence rebuilt him better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster.

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Dick Van Patten, "Eight Is Enough" dad, RIP

Dick Van Patten who famously played Tom Bradford on TV's "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981) and also appeared in several Mel Brooks movies, Westworld, Soylent Green, I Remember Mama, and many other movies and TV shows died today at 86. Read the rest

American Gods will be a TV series

Starz has greenlit a TV series based on Neil Gaiman's outstanding contemporary fantasy novel American Gods, in which all the gods of antiquity must find their way in America, coping with modernity and new ways of believing. Read the rest

How Alec Mapa used Kickstarter to joke about gay adoption

The star and producer of a timely new series have words of wisdom for those who want to create social change through the media.

25 of the most potent TV commercial earworms ever, all in one video

Listen at your own peril.

UK bigotry party hates Time Lords, too

UK Independence Party Nigel Farage is an equal-opportunity bigot, hating Gallifreyans just as much as he hates Bulgarians and Romanians. Read the rest

Better Call Saul: The Rise of Mike The Cleaner and The Fall of the McGill Brothers in "Pimento"

In which we review the penultimate episode of Better Call Saul’s debut season. Spoilers ahead.

Dull man inherits magical workshop in 'What Lives Inside,' his mind is blown

The story is of a less-than-imaginative man who inherits the workshop of his puppeteer grandfather, and finds himself transported into a magical world of wonders where he will have experiences that blow his little mind.

Better Call Saul: Jimmy and Chuck unite for seniors' rights in "RICO"


Remember when the idea for Better Call Saul first floated around in television production gossip, and it was conceived as a half-hour comedy? There has been a lot of controversy over the new rules for category eligibility at the Emmys, with Shameless making it into Comedy despite its hour-long runtime and decidedly serious worldview, and Orange Is The New Black finally shifting over to compete in its rightful category as a Drama. I had a screenwriting professor who worked in Los Angeles throughout the 90s and 00s, and was still livid that Ally McBeal got to compete as a comedy when it was an hour-long dramedy that had no business going up against sitcoms.

Those are all semantic arguments about categorizing shows when there’s a lot of mutability. But imagining a world where Better Call Saul isn’t 45 minutes of deliberate, enthralling dramatic irony, holding a hopeful carrot out in front of Jimmy when the audience knows there’s a banana peel waiting to catch his foot, makes me shudder with would’ve been lost.

The cold open to “RICO” is one of my favorites so far this season, because it succinctly encapsulates the futile tragedy of James McGill. Better Call Saul eluded to the fact that Jimmy worked in the HHM mailroom, but here it’s on full display, as he cheerfully delivers mail to everyone around the office, with the added bonus that he knows pretty much everyone’s name. But the reason the show ventures to this moment in McGill history is because it’s the day Jimmy believed his life would change: when he passes the bar and becomes a lawyer in the state of New Mexico. Read the rest

Better Call Saul giveth and taketh away from Jimmy in "Bingo"

In order for Better Call Saul to inch closer to the timeline it’s trying to meet, James McGill’s difficult life has to fester into bitterness. He’ll do anything to escape it.

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