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FINE.

We’re going to have this talk, and some of you aren’t going to like it. I have to live with that, but nonetheless, we’re still going to have this talk.

Sit down.

We’re going to talk about The Orville.

I said sit down.

The Orville, created by and starring Seth MacFarlane, is a Scifi-Dramedy hybrid that airs on Thursday nights on FOX. It’s currently 11 episodes in, with the season finale airing shortly. It was been renewed for a second season.

Before going any further, I know that a lot of you have an intense dislike for MacFarlane. Either because of Family Guy or due to an irrational and unexplained genuine loathing (similar to what people feel for Guy Fieri, or Nickelback). I’m asking that whatever you think this show is going to be, whatever preconceived notions and expectations are, that you leave them at the door.

Then I’m asking you to watch 3 episodes of the Orville: The Pilot, Episodes 2 and 3.

The Pilot is uneven, and the pacing is poor. The 2nd episode improves hugely and begins to show you what this show can be. And the 3rd? The 3rd is what will make you watch the other 9.

This show is for me. This show is for people who wondered how they would behave on the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s for people who love to laugh and think.

More so, if you like Least I Could Do, it’s safe to say you trust my judgement when it comes to entertainment. The Orville is for you.

After you’ve given it a look, please come back here and tell me what you thought.

I like being right.

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same again. As soon as you have an idea that changes some small part of the world you are writing science fiction. It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible.”
-Ray Bradbury

The Previous Button

With a thousand kids at home, sometimes a Monday becomes the day of rest. I trust the rest of you enjoyed your weekends, and if not, trust that you at least found something to keep the rest of the world at bay for a little while.

Got a few e-mails late last night into this morning that I wanted to discuss.

In regards to the new site, a lot of folks are confused on Monday mornings when they get into the office. You see, the first thing they do after their morning constitutional and coffee intake (hot energy drinks are gross) is hop on the computer and check their very favourite comic strips, perhaps one that also updates on Sundays?

Yet, when click the ‘previous’ button, instead of going to Sunday’s strip, the website takes them to Saturday’s, and they’re all like ‘WHAT THE HELL-

I BETTER E-MAIL SOHMER AND TELL HIM WHAT HIS STUPID SITE DID-

To which I respond-

That’s what it’s supposed to do, my caps lock enabled friend. On the new site, we treat LICD and LICD Beginnings as two separate comics. The reason we do this, is to keep the story archives separate and more easily navigable. There’s also more boring SEO and tech reasons behind this, but they’re stupid and I’m getting tired of typing.

I know this will take some getting used, but next Monday morning, all you need to do is click that big ol’ Beginnings button on the front page, and voila, you’ll see what you missed.

All that to say-

Have you thought of supporting the site on Patreon? For only 2$ a month, you can go completely ad free. Should be noted that we’re working towards some extra content on a monthly basis.

Also, it’s 4:48 and it’s dark outside and I hate this.

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“We must not fear daylight just because it almost always illuminates a miserable world.”
-Rene Magritte

280 Characters of Stupid

Twitter is making us stupid.

More to the point, we’re allowing twitter to make us stupid.

I joined Twitter in 2007, when it was still considered shiny and new, and my intentions were mostly to secure the account @sohmer in the event the platform took off. And took off it did.

140 characters, bits of information, updated in real time, right to your phone, your computer, your Google Glass (that was a thing). It was a great way to digest a lot of content, or to gauge the severity of your buddy’s last poop. It was fun, it was entertaining and I never thought it would last.

Yet somehow, 10 years on, Twitter has become a source of news for a great many of us. And that? That is no Bueno.

In a perfect world, a person would see a 140-character summary of a story, click on the link and take the time to read the entire tale, all the way through.

But this isn’t a perfect world.

In this world, a person looks at the misleading, clickbaity title, assumes they know everything there is to know, and retweets that tale to the next impatient internet dweller. And so on, and so forth.

The reality is that a story, any story, is never as simple as 140 or 280 characters would make it seem. There is context, nuances that need to be read in full to understand. The world is not black and white, it’s a massive shit-spray of gray.

And for fuck’s sake, we need to take the time to read and understand before we comment, before we spread false information.

But who am I talking to?

You stopped reading this 1,195 characters ago.

-Because I Can.

Quote of the Day

“At any given moment, public opinion is a chaos of superstition, misinformation and prejudice.”
-Gore Vidal