Category Archives: Geekery

The Force Awakens Review

This post on the new Star Wars film contains spoilers.

I wonder at what point J. J. Abrams first felt The Force Awakens coming together. Through a multi-year-long process that involves intense planning, cooperation, vision, and compromise, it surely is an extremely stressful endeavor. Abrams himself was reluctant to take on the mantle of restoring The Most Beloved Franchise.

That’s what’s in my mind when I think about this new Star Wars. Everything worked, and that’s amazing. Not only as a single film itself; not only with the context of episodes I, II, and III; not only as beholden to the glory of IV, V, and VI; but as something that must capture everyone across gender, race, age, and more, for the newcomers and old fans alike.

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What makes Back to the Future so Beloved?

It’s the late night of October 21, 2015, the day that Marty McFly visits the “future” in Back to the Future Part II. It’s being celebrated and laughed about in all corners of the internet, mixing nostalgia for a beloved trilogy of films with amusement at the inaccuracies of its predictions. I think it’s causing some reflection upon the state of society and technology today compared to our expectations.

No, nothing hovers, but you do have WiFi on your cell phone. I’d say we’re good.

But what makes these films (notably the first two) such touchstones in our culture? Why are they so endlessly memorable and entertaining?

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July’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes

July was another special month for the podcasting world. This last week featured a delightful event called Cast Party, which I mentioned one part of in my post about Reply All. The stage show included many podcasts I adore, like Reply All, Invisibilia, Lauren Lapkus, and Radiolab. Every part of it was great, each taking a step in a new direction that isn’t normally seen in an audio-only podcast. I especially enjoyed seeing so many people fill the theater that the show was being broadcast to from New York. I would have loved more of an opportunity to chat with these fellow listeners as the podcasting world is too often a solitary experience.

I did plenty of driving for work this month, giving me ample time to listen to many shows. Here’s the list:

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June’s Top 10 Podcast Episodes

It’s the Fourth of July here in the US, and I’m here finishing up my list of favorite podcast episodes for June! There were some new series last month that I really enjoyed, as well as some longstanding podcasts that I’ve only now dipped into. June also had one of the biggest “gets” in the podcasting world, which you might notice in the header image, and as you scroll down!

Here’s the list:

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