To my beloved Republican family member

(This was originally intended to be a Facebook reply, but it’s so long that it actually broke Facebook when I tried to post it. Or maybe the multiple links did it. Either way, go me?) I know I don’t normally even go here, but I saw your airy dismissal that LGBTQ rights will be “fine” under ...

The Bourne _____________ 1

Jason Bourne is in a foreign country doing things that guys do when they have manpain. He just wants to be left alone. Then a shadowy part of the US government, headed by [old white guy] decides to do something sketchy that sets up the overly convoluted B-plot and also decides that this time he ...

[Movie] Arrival

I’m still trying to figure out how to tell you about Arrival. What I can say other than it’s a movie that made me laugh with sheer delight as the plot came together, and then cry because at the end of a really awful week (election week) it made me feel hope for humanity. You really ...

For I have written a novel 9

For I have written a novel
I kept meaning to talk about this earlier, but thanks to the ongoing dumpster fire that is everything to do with America right now, I haven’t been able to get the necessary enthusiasm levels going. (And yes, it’s petty in the face of all other things, but thanks a fucking bunch, Trump voters, for ruining ...

Let this be my act of defiance. 12

Let me start with a geology story. I promise, there’s a point to this. When I was a geologist at the research company, I had a core come in. There was a ten foot section of it that I didn’t know how to describe. It was fine-grained, filled with burrows. So far so good. But ...

[Movie] Vice 1

I made it my goal to watch and review one new movie per week, so I wouldn’t have a recurrence of the complete lack of any content I had in September and October. Of course, little did I know that my first weekend post-goal setting would be November 4 & 5, which offered up a ...

(Personal) Wish List

My birthday is coming up, as is Christmas. As usual, putting this here for ease of reference for people close enough to me to want to throw a gift tied to a brick through my window. Everyone else, carry on, nothing to see here. In order of how desperately I need the thing: 2.5″ metal ...

[Movie] The Magnificant Seven (2016)

I can’t begin to tell you how sorry I am that I’m only just now going to tell you how fucking amazing the new The Magnificent Seven movie is. Because it is fucking amazing. If it’s still showing in your area, you should go see it while you still can. Though I will add one ...

Has it really been almost a month? 3

I look away for five minutes, and suddenly it’s been almost a month since I posted anything in my blog. Well, hi guys. I’m still alive. To be honest, I can’t say I’m having that much fun with it, though. Basically, I’m deep in the pit of home renovation hell. Every time I walk into ...

Falling Out of Love With EPH 19

In 2015, I was pretty clearly on the EPH train. I sure did vote for its passage. And now it’s 2016, and I’m tweeting out stuff like this: EPH passes. I have a bad feeling about this. — Rachael Acks (@katsudonburi) August 21, 2016 So yeah, I am not surprised that got some confused reactions. ...