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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-07-22 12:45
Subject: Garwulf's Corner #10: Fishy Tweets...
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Tags:garwulf's corner, the escapist, twitter
The new Garwulf's Corner is now up at The Escapist.  This installment, we take a look at Twitter, and how sometimes the tweets just seem a bit too...fishy...
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-07-21 15:18
Subject: Fooling Garwulf #4: "Shoot to Kill" and Ethics in Magic
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The new Fooling Garwulf is now up at The Escapist, and this time it's about ethics in magic...
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-07-14 15:08
Subject: Fooling Garwulf #3: "The Invisi-Ball Thread" and Women in Magic
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Tags:magic, penn & teller fool us, the escapist
And here it is – the latest Fooling Garwulf over at The Escapist, in which we look at the second episode of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, as well as women in magic.

A personal note on this one – coming back to pop culture commentary after 14 years was, well, jarring, as well as a bit dispiriting.  Pop culture seems to have become a battlefield.  From video games to Hollywood to books, a lot of fairly nasty sexism has either newly emerged or been revealed to have always been there.  At times it feels like there isn’t a single corner of pop culture that doesn’t have at least some ongoing institutional effort to keep gender relations back in the 1960s and ‘70s.

But you know what?  Today I get to report that magic is free of that crap.  That female magicians do not face institutional sexism in the magic community, and that they are considered equals by their peers.  Even if no other part of pop culture has this, when it comes to gender relations the performance art of magic has its act together.

And if magic, a performance art that for its many centuries and millennia of life has been overwhelmingly male, can get its act together this comprehensively, then maybe there’s hope that the rest of pop culture can too.
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-07-08 12:19
Subject: Garwulf's Corner #9: Gimmick Busters
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Tags:garwulf's corner, ghostbusters, gimmicks, movies
And, Garwulf's Corner #9 is now live on The Escapist!  In this installment, we look at the Ghostbusters reboot: will it venture into new territory, or is it little more than a gimmick?
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-07-07 15:03
Subject: Fooling Garwulf #2: "Phone-y Business" and Exposure in the Information Age
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Tags:fooling garwulf, magic, penn and teller fool us, the escapist
And here it is: installment #2 of Fooling Garwulf, over at The Escapist.  This week, we take a look at the season premiere of Penn & Teller: Fool Us, and examine the exposure of tricks in the modern day - are there really closely guarded secrets that need to be kept, or are magicians truly guarding an empty safe?  Read it here.
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-06-30 15:16
Subject: Fooling Garwulf #1 - "Are you watching closely?"
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Tags:fool us, fooling garwulf, magic, penn & teller
And here it is - the opening installment of Fooling Garwulf, now live on The Escapist.
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-06-28 15:44
Subject: Some random weekend thoughts...
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Tags:battlebots, confederate flag, gay marriage, mary sue, robot wars, steven moffat
Sometimes, I've got something to say that just wouldn't fit into a Garwulf's Corner - not because it is too long, but because it is too short.  So, here are some thoughts I've had about various things that I think are worth expressing.

Regarding the Confederate flag: Yes, there's been an overreaction on places like the Apple iStore, but removing it from flagpoles on state legislature buildings is long overdue.  The Confederate States of America have not existed since 1865, and the legislature is government land.  A full century and a half after its dissolution, the Confederate flag has no more business flying every day in front of an American state legislature than the Canadian, Australian, or British flag would have - it's just inappropriate.

Regarding gay marriage in the United States: Congratulations!  It is an injustice that it took this long.

Regarding BattleBots: It's not Robot Wars, but it will do.  It's certainly learned from Robot Wars, though - this is a more serious and mature program than the program that aired on Comedy Central, and as a result it is far more watchable.  But, I have to ask - who in their right mind these days doesn't build a self-righting mechanism (or SRImech) into their robot?

Regarding The Mary Sue's comments about Steven Moffat: Actually, no, Moffat does not owe it to his fans to do anything.  Steven Moffat answers to his superiors at the BBC, and he owes them the best product he can produce.  To be fair, any creative artist will get best results by trying to do well by their fans, but that's not the same as an obligation, and should never be treated as such.  Or, to misquote something Neil Gaiman once said about George R.R. Martin, "Steven Moffat is not your bitch."
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-06-24 12:10
Subject: And the new Garwulf's Corner is up on the Escapist...
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And Garwulf's Corner #8 is now live...and this one is all about satire, which is a dangerous beast indeed...
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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-06-24 12:01
Subject: And Fooling Garwulf has its logo...
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Tags:fooling garwulf, the escapist
So, this arrived from The Escapist - the official logo for Fooling Garwulf.

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Robert B. Marks
Date: 2015-06-12 10:09
Subject: Believe it or not, Tor did the right thing
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Tags:hugo awards, rapid puppies, sad puppies, tor books
So, here it is, and there are a lot of people who will disagree with me: Tor did the right thing.

For those who haven’t been following the latest developments in the Puppies saga, Tor’s Creative Director, Irene Gallo, answered a question on Facebook about who the Puppies were, characterizing the Sad and Rabid Puppies as “extreme right wing to neo-nazi groups,” and “unrepentantly racist, misogynist, and homophobic.”  Tom Doherty issued an apology on Tor’s website, stating that the Puppies slates had included a number of women and visible minorities.

This has not been taken well by many people in the community, who have accused Tor of caving to the demands of reactionaries.  But, as I said, Tor did the right thing, and here’s why:

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