Pop Culture Curmudguin #4: Thanksgiving for the Uninitiated

Ahh, Thanksgiving.  One of the most American holidays.  We (ideally) give thanks to God Almighty, and then commit at least one of the seven deadly sins (Gluttony) to the Nth degree.  This article looks at the Thanksgiving holiday in America in hopes that foreigners better understand this grand celebration.  As someone descended from both sides of that most famous Thanksgiving dinner in 1621 (my Wampanoag ancestor gave the white man the important invention of popcorn), I feel it especially appropriate that I give this handy, fun instructional today on the 150th anniversary of when Thanksgiving was made an annual American celebration.  Personally, I am just thankful as always that we penguins taste horrible with cranberries.

Better you than me bro

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Pop Culture Curmudguin #3: Gettysburg and A.C.W. 4-1-1

As I write this, it is the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.  As a historian I am always finding new and depressing information about the abject ignorance of many towards history.  I saw a few men on the street interviews where people did not know what political party Lincoln belonged to (1st Republican president).  This is not confined to the United States.  A few years back there was a poll that found out that 25% of Britons think that Winston Churchill is a fictional character.  Don’t even get me started when it comes to geography (my other scholarly specialty).  In this episode of Pop Culture Curmudguin I’ll be discussing my personal experiences with Gettysburg (what better time) and a few facts regarding the American Civil War (ACW)/War of Northern Aggression/War Between the States/whatever you want to call it.


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Pop Culture Curmudguin #2: How to do a Superman Movie

In the first Pop Culture Curmudguin, we talked about how to do a Wonder Woman movie.  In this week’s edition we are talking how to do a Superman.  Unlike that awesome Amazon, the Man of Steel has had successful movies…thirty years ago.  In my lifetime Superman’s movie record is 2 wins, 2 losses, and 3 draws, and that is being generous.  After discussing what Superman’s problem is for movie makers, we’ll look at 3 potential ideas for future Superman movies that may work, featuring the antagonists of Maxima, Brainiac, and Doomsday.


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Pop Culture Curmudguin #1: How to do a Wonder Woman movie

Welcome to the first installment of a new series of articles focusing on random topics in pop culture with a middle aged penguin’s perspective.  We’re starting with how to do future live-action movies with Wonder Woman and Superman.  The original Princess Diana has been stuck in developmental limbo since Lynda Carter left the small screen in the 1970s.  Clark Kent has done well on the small screen twice, but 1980s Superman II was the last one that savored near universal praise.    This article discusses what the problem with each is, and how to do a successful trilogy with the original Princess Diana (we’ll do Superman in a later PCG).


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Gaming Curmudguin #3: Penguin Guide to Origins Game Fair

In the spirit of all things gaming, this episode is dedicated to improving your experience at Origins Game Fair, held every year in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve attended every year starting in 1998, so I know a fair bit. Individual tastes will vary, so this will be a fairly general take.
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