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  1. about 16 hours ago on Working Daze

    Elon has lots of ideas, and most of them work out pretty well. That’s why, for example, there’s such a thing as internet service in Ukraine right now. It’s just that there’s an occasional bad idea, and he keeps forgetting that hubris is a thing.

  2. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    I would imagine she’s had the dream before.

  3. 1 day ago on FoxTrot

    That’s just what I do.

  4. 1 day ago on Doonesbury

    The weekday strips are “curated” re-runs. They actually run in sequence, from years back, with some strips omitted that are deemed (my the staff member doing the curating) not funny enough and not essential to following the story line. So it’s sort-of kind-of a “best of” accelerated version of decades of Doonesbury, one strip per day, but covering almost 2 years of strips per year.

    At least for now, GBT is still doing a new strip every Sunday. So, like many (most?) comics, the Sunday strips have little or nothing to do with the other 6 per week.

  5. 6 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Now I think I understand your objection better.

    I agree that they should create their own shows, but studio heads are, by and large, talentless imbeciles. (Their inordinately high opinions of themselves rather proves my point, I think.) So they can’t create their own shows. Which leaves them buying the rights to someone smart’s creation. But they feel they must, in their (non-existent) brilliance, make their own mark on it, exactly the way a dog does for his territory.

  6. 7 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    There’s a huge problem with making TV that’s perfectly faithful to a book. Let’s first agree that, usually, it’s the really good books that get made into TV. There are certainly exceptions, but it’s typical. Really good books do lots of things that work well in books. Many of those things just do not work well on TV, even assuming an unlimited budget. Long inner dialogs are the first thing that come to mind: even soliloquies just don’t work on TV; heck, they barely work in Shakespeare, and his aren’t nearly as long as in a lot of books. On the other hand, lots of things that make TV into good TV don’t work well in books, so you won’t see them in most good books; should they be left out?

    So a certain amount of transformation is almost always going to be necessary to transform a good book into good TV or a good movie. Movies and TV that fail to do that normally also fail to be good movies and TV, regardless that they’re slavishly faithful to the source material and make literalist fans happy. Sorry, but literalist fans are too small an audience to return the huge investments required for high-quality productions.

  7. 7 days ago on Overboard

    All the supporting characters look alike. It’s much more economical/quick to draw that way, and in this strip, it doesn’t really make a difference. The cartoonists who don’t make themselves crazy with “reference sketches” of each character from various angles.

  8. 7 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    FYI: by “very well done” I mean with high production values: the costumes, sets, cinematography, music and special effects are all better than almost anything else on TV, and I find the quality of the acting also at the top of the TV category (at least for RoP).

  9. 7 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    Amazon spent a huge pile of money (for a TV show) to produce very well-done versions of both LotR and WoT. And the scripts really don’t do any more violence to the original stories than most adaptations.

    It’s unreasonable to expect the reverential treatment of the (first 3) movies, and note that even Peter, Fran and Philippa made enough changes to the books that the Tolkien estate reportedly did not want them working on RoP. And even they couldn’t keep it up for the subsequent Hobbit movies.

    Watching a movie “based on” a book, we need to keep in mind that the movie is really a freestanding thing. That’s why all the “base on a true story” movies have so much fiction in them. Well, that, and the fact that most studio heads are profoundly stupid.

    Full disclosure: I like the portrayal of Galadriel as a badass.

  10. 7 days ago on Pearls Before Swine

    You’re not considering the possibility that Amazon already paid for this.