Wednesday, October 9, 2013.
I arrived home from VCON 38 (where I officially announced the birth of reelingback.com) grateful for all the words of encouragement the project generated and dreading the blank page that I promised would be a new blog entry by today.
Let's start that new entry by thanking the con chair, Dannielle Stevens, who allowed me time during her opening ceremonies to make that announcement. And another word of thanks to the young woman in the audience who, moments after I'd spoken the words "reelingback.com," held up an iPad that was displaying my home page. All of sudden the whole thing was terrifyingly real!
Real, too, is the fact that VCON will be back for its 39th edition in a year's time (Oct. 3-5, 2014). Its theme, "Military Might - From Swords & Sorcery to Phasers & Grasers," reflects the fact that its guest of honour will be David Weber, author of the Honor Harrington novels.
Much closer is Canada's Thanksgiving Day long weekend, and my promise of new content. Among friends and insulated from the seemingly endless cascade of bad news that is television's stock in trade, I found it easy to think of the many things we have to be thankful for in this new century. If the tech continues to work for me, there'll be new items in the Reeling Back Front Page box on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Oct. 12, 13 and 14).
In them, I'll tell you some of the things I'm thankful for. So it doesn't get too sappy, I'll slice up some cinematic turkey, my reviews of some dumb movies that were based on some equally dumb television shows. And, we'll wash it all down with a toast to an adaptation that proved to be a better-than-expected brew.
VANCOUVER SPECIAL — Tuesday evening, I was part of the audience for Upintheair Theatre's production of Inside the Seed at The Cultch in East Van. A world premiere, it is playwright Jason Rothery's intense, immediate reimagining of Oedipus Rex as a day-after-tomorrow boardroom drama. With enough content for a cable-TV miniseries, the show touches on issues of personal responsibility, corporate personhood, genetically-modified foods, the military-agricultural complex and scientific objectivity. Here, eyes are opened up, not gouged out. Highly recommended, it runs until Saturday, Oct. 12.