March 5th, 2008


A Very Special Anniversary

Today is a very special anniversary. It marks 4 years that this LiveJournal blog has been running.

4 years of incessant blather about TV

4 years of occasional good news in my career or personal life

4 years of tearing writing/publishing scams a new one

4 years of pointless memes and funny memes and "I don't do memes"

4 years of tragedy and loss

4 years of triumph and celebration

4 years of complaining

4 years of praising

4 years of arguing

4 years of posting ridiculous spam from talentless hack authors trying to sell me their self-published books

4 years of talking about the books I'm reading or the movies I'm seeing or even, once in a blue moon, the CDs I'm listening to

4 years of telling you what I did yesterday, hopefully most of which was interesting and not, "OMG, why are grocery store lines so long?"

In the time since I started this blog, I've had two major relationships and two major jobs, but still just one apartment.

Think about where you were 4 years ago, what you were doing. Who you were. Weird, isn't it, to think how quickly that time passed.

The King of Kong

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is an absolutely wonderful documentary, and I think one of the best films, doc or otherwise, of last year. It tells the story of Steve Wiebe's attempt to surpass Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong high score, set in 1982 and untouched ever since. I was amazed at how caught up I became in the competition, how I gasped with each failure and rooted harder with each triumph, and I can practically guarantee you'll tear up at end and feel like cheering in a way you probably haven't cheered in a movie in a long time. I can't recommend it highly enough. You don't even have to be a video game junkie for it to suck you in. I'm not, and I was hooked.

It's right up there with Air Guitar Nation, Darkon, Cinemania, Spellbound, Wordplay, Mad Hot Ballroom and Word Wars as part of the recent renaissance of quirky, wonderful, slightly nerdy documentaries born, arguably, in the wake of 1997's Trekkies. I love this stuff!