Vacant Expressions 73: Stumbling out of the Gate

Jon and Wes talk of the failure that is X-Men: Dark Phoenix, following up on their whiskey fueled rant from the previous episode. There are spoilers for Dark Phoenix even though Jon hasn’t seen it, and might not ever. They move on to Godzilla King of Monsters, with a brief review that is spoiler free. […]

Vacant Expressions 64: The Church of Nerddom Needs a Reformation

There is a dark and ugly part of nerd-dom in desperate need of a reformation. Wes tries to convince Jon that the toxic, intolerant group behind all the trolling, gamergate, Comicon harassment, and internet anger has a lot in common with the Catholic Church just before the Reformation. Their undeserved sense of authority and obsession […]

TC 009: Writing Machiavellian Characters

I go solo for this episode to discuss creating and developing Machiavellian-style characters. The success of Game of Thrones, Rome, and the classic Dune show there is a huge demand for realpolitik storylines with dynamic Machiavellian characters. Books Mentioned The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli The Godfather, Mario Puzo History of the Peleponesian War, Thucydides 48 Laws […]