Returning to Words: Echoes in the Dark

Pardon the 10-month-long lapse. I'm back!

Little more to say than "life happens" and offer an apology of sorts. Which, in this case, is a Let's Play of Concrete Jungle! I go into a little more depth relating to my comings and goings but much more into the game. It's a good one... the game that is.

Omniverse: When Astronauts Return!

Omniverse: When Astronauts Return!

Space travel is great. While privatization of such an activity is now under way with trips to Mars and assisting the International Space Station are terrific strides in the proper direction, a little publicized side effect from which astronauts suffer is how their bodies react when returning to a gravity rich (not an actual term) environment.

Once their missions were completed and again on Terra firma, these astronauts who suffer from Facialis Inversionem. A mostly true collection of "facts".

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'Revenge!'

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Any form of personal retaliatory action against an individual, institution or group from some perceived harm or injustice. 

Noun, sing.

 Hey Fellow Wordies, 

Has someone wronged you? Not willing to rely on established legal channels? Are you looking to get even? 

This week we investigate the word "Revenge" and how some historically renowned thinkers (from the Sumerians to Shakespeare to...Quentin Tarantino) believe it impacts society at large.

A facet of humanity that can focus or entirely disrupt the reasoning process, revenge has a long and sordid history. It is subject to pithy quotes aplenty and has been scrutinized in music, movies and literature for as long as those media have existed.

Without giving too much away, we arrive at two separate conclusions as to how revenge fits into society. On the one hand, we see that it can be incredibly destructive to the detriment of all. On the other, due to our infatuation with revenge stories and the antagonist receiving their just desserts, it can be unimaginably satisfying and validating. This leaves us with plenty of room for further discussion.

And with that, let's have a few words! 

'Manliness!'

1. The fact of being typically male; maculinity.

2. The traditional male quality of being brave and strong.  

 Noun, sing.

 Hey Fellow Wordies, 

We're puffing our chests out and pridefully strutting in celebration of the release of the third episode of Here Are Words!

On today's show, we're dedicating one half hour to the subject of MANLINESS!   

*Breaks keg on face*

What does it mean to be 'typically' or 'traditionally' manly? We explore the differences between sex and gender, make wild suppositions about the evolution of fashion in the human species, and throw some smack-talk on our appearance driven mass-media culture and its effect on gender identification. 

So snuggle up in your bear-skin pelts, put some syrup on your tubs of bacon, and put your axes down for one moment while we pulverize your ears and minds into submission with our manly words. 

'Blockbuster!'

1. A film that sustains exceptional and widespread popularity and achieves enormous sales. 

 2. A high-explosive bomb used for demolishing extensive areas, such as a city block. 

Noun, sing. 

 Hello Fellow Wordies,

In today's episode, Cameron and I delve into the history and evolution of the term 'blockbuster.' We cover a lot of ground: the British Royal Air Force, mechanical sharks, space operas, Bruce Willis, Chuck Norris, and Iron Man abroad.  

While we spend a portion of today's show talking about the term's super-literal origin, the focus of today's episode primarily addresses the word's more widely used definition (courtesy of Wiktionary):  

Since the summer blockbuster era commenced in 1975 with the massively successful release of Steven Spielberg's Jaws, filmmakers and studio honchos alike have sought to acquire and exploit the magic formula that would guarantee the highest audience turnout. After nearly forty years of tinkering and testing, we've reached a critical point where just about every genre and convention has been tapped, twisted, and turned out with the efficacy of an assembly line system. Every passing year (or fiscal year, for that matter) has yielded everything from monster flicks (Jaws, the Kings Kong, Cloverfield), to fantasy tomes (Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings), to buddy cop films (Lethal Weapon, Rush Hour, Bad Boyz), and even summer romances (The Notebook, When Harry Met Sally).

What this process of experimentation has taught discerning film audiences is that success is rarely predictable, that risks don't always yield promising results, and that, above all else, audiences tend to defy expectations at every turn. If film audiences weren't the unpredictable rabble they so frequently prove to be, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters and After Earth would be the top-grossing film of the year. On the opposite side of the coin, just look at Pirates of the Caribbean. Who the fudge could have predicted that shirt was going to be a hit? 

If we arrived at any sort of determination after recording this show, it's that it's often difficult - if not impossible - to boil cultural and artistic values down to an economic science. As the film market expands into the globalized world, we see a tendency on the part of film investors to tap into a global zeitgeist: an internationally homogenous appetite for entertainment that may not ever truly exist...or maybe shouldn't. 

So, without further ado, please silence your cell phones and enjoy the show!  

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