Everything Bad is Good

I think it’s interesting how conceptions on pop-culture phenomena change over a given time; positive and negative connotations switch places, and even the meaning of the name isn’t stable. Take comic books, for example: for most of the 20th Century they were looked down upon as just-for-kids, childish funnies that grown adults had no reason … More Everything Bad is Good

Action Movie Physics

Somewhat of a tie in to the last post (overly technical analysis of firearms ballistics against fantasy/SF tropes), I noticed a list on Cracked deconstructing action movie injuries. You can’t swing a dead cat without coming up with most of these in a given action movie: knocking people out with blows to the head, people … More Action Movie Physics

The Random Pulp SF Title Generator

Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual. Stumbled onto this site, purely by accident, only to be highly entertained by its collection of retro-themed science fiction. Besides the generator, there’s some choose-your-own-adventure books in the ’30s pulp sf vein, which is the main focus of the site. It’s free, being funded by donations and purchases at … More The Random Pulp SF Title Generator

Get With the Lingo

I’ve always been fascinated by the use of slang language in books, film, and gaming. Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to find resources for these. For example: 1736 Canting Dictionary: Since 1st Edition, rogues (“thieves”) have had access to a special language called Thieves’ Cant. In case you were unaware, it’s the slang used … More Get With the Lingo

Pulps Galore

Having already touched on cant a few weeks ago, and being in a very pulp-centric mood, here’s another dictionary link: the glossary of hardboiled slang. Yes, you too can now talk like Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, or the Continental Op, all in the comfort of your own roleplaying game (or home, or workplace, or wherever … More Pulps Galore