It’s Jupiter 2 Launch Day!

20 years ago today!

The Fog of Ward

October 16th, 1997:

“This is the beginning. This is the day. You are watching the unfolding of one of history’s greatest adventures–man’s colonization of space beyond the stars. The first of what may be as many as ten million families per year is setting out on its epic voyage into man’s newest frontier, deep space. Reaching out into other worlds from our desperately overcrowded planet, a series of deep thrust telescopic probes have conclusively established a planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri as the only one within range of our technology able to furnish ideal conditions for human existence.

Even now the family chosen for this incredible journey into space is preparing to take their final pre lift off physical tests. The Robinson family was selected from more than two million volunteers for its unique balance of scientific achievement, emotional stability, and pioneer resourcefulness. They will spend the next five…

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Follow-up: “Raising Dion” Picked Up By Netflix

Netflix has given a 10-episode series order to a sci-fi family drama “Raising Dion,” based on a short film and comic book by director Dennis Liu. The series revolves around a young, recently widowed African-American mother who discovers her son has magical powers. Her struggle with being a single mother is compounded by her need […]

via Netflix Gives Series Order to Michael B. Jordan’s Sci-Fi Family Drama ‘Raising Dion’ — Variety

Dear HBO: About that Alt-Reality “Confederate” Show.

I like Michael Twitty’s “alternate history” ideas. HBO’s show is taking the easy (lazy) way out, IMHO. Time for some fresh stories that center around people other than white guys.

Afroculinaria

Ok. HBO has created tremendous buzz about a show that has everybody talking, even me. It’s a show called “Confederate,” the South won, time moved on, slavery and abolitionist sentiments and battles over freedom evolved through our own day.

To put it in Entertainment Weekly’s words:

But wait, isn’t that already the reality we essentially live in micro form now?

Not knocking you HBO, seriously, it reminds me of the mockumentary “CSA: Confederate States of America” in which the most salient feature were television advertisements for enslaved Black people and “Cops” reimagined as a show about slave catching. It’s interesting that a show is being produced in the twilight of “Underground,” a show that gave Obama era passion and swag to the abolitionist movement…of course, not your show not your channel, not your problem. And yet, a whole new generation of people were tuned in to learn about slavery and…

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The Heroine’s Journey: The Monomyth with a Female Perspective Part I.

I always wondered if Joseph Campbell’s “Hero’s Journey” applied to heroines. This is a very good analysis, with good examples. Although, I must admit, I never thought of Harley Quinn in this way.

Dave's Corner of the Universe

In the 1940’s the academic Joseph Campbell created a theory called the Hero’s Journey or the Mono-Myth.  It basically breaks down almost all myths in to 14 easily identifiable points.  Modern story tellers have used it as a connect the dots instructions to write genre classics from Star Wars and to The Matrix.  It’s basically the blue print for how a young man to becomes a hero. But the Hero’s Journey is almost always a masculine undertaking. Recently I have been wondering if it applies to females too, I am not surprised that it is also a perfect template for a heroine story.

JC Joseph Campbell father of hero’s journey

Joseph Campbell devised 17 points, in 3 parts, that define the Hero’s Journey. Later academics have often condensed these points. It makes the Journey easier to understand and also allows us  to apply it to more stories. In this post…

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Denali hikers escape bear

If you’re wondering what this has to do with pop culture, keep in mind that the average person won’t encounter a bear. Really, what most people know about what to do when encountering a bear, they probably learned from watching TV or movies. But this may lead to misinformation, as noted in the article. And the photos are great — simultaneously fascinating and terrifying.

Craig Medred

DSC_4735 Young problem bear/Betty Snyder

As the hunt continues for a sub-adult grizzly bear with an attitude that has been threatening people near the Savage River in Denali National Park and Preserve, photos have emerged of rangers saving hikers from the troublesome animal.

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Patty Jenkins Developing ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) — Variety

Riding on the critical and commercial success of “Wonder Woman,” director Patty Jenkins is already working on a script for the sequel. Variety revealed the news in an exclusive interview with Jon Berg and Geoff Johns, who oversee the DC film universe for Warner Bros. “Patty and I are writing the treatment right now,” Johns said. “The……

via Patty Jenkins Developing ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) — Variety

My Son has a New YouTube Channel!

My son (nom de blog Blue Striker) has a new YouTube Channel, TheBattingEmperor. He asked me to write a short blurb about it, and is looking for subscribers. TheBattingEmperor is gamer focused (right now, there’s a video on the all-ages MMORPG Wizard101), with a few odds and ends, such as short videos and animations, thrown in. Check it out, and please subscribe!