How Diana Prince Got Her Groove Back… Without Consent

Close up of Diana Prince looking concerned and confused.
Close up of Diana Prince looking concerned and confused.
“Wait, am I the baddie?” (Image copyright DC comics and Warner Brothers. Used without permission, please don’t sue me.)

(Major spoilers. This is not the kind of review that helps you decide if you should watch a movie, this is for people who’ve seen it and are wondering if everyone else is as disturbed as they are. Though, I think there’s a good chance this movie is going to not do very well, so maybe you want to read it instead of watching the movie.)

In the terrible Justice League movie, there’s a scene where Wonder Woman laments that she loved a man… once. …


A super simple vegan eggnog recipe that’s now my standard holiday drink.

A bottle of Vegg Nogg sitting on a table with a Christmas themed background.
A bottle of Vegg Nogg sitting on a table with a Christmas themed background.
Threw together a little advertisement. I’m not selling anything, though, this was just practice for my design portfolio.

Since eggnog is not really available in Tokyo, at least not for any reasonable price, I’ve been making my own.

The fact that this recipe can be made in a completely vegan way is actually just kind of incidental. The main reason this beat other recipes is that it’s super simple to make, but still tastes like the eggnog I remember drinking as a kid.

I’m calling it Vegg Nogg, because it’s vegan, and, just for kicks, the extra G’s make it seem like a brand name.

Ingredients

5 cups of a non-dairy milk of your choice ½ cup vanilla pudding…


But you don’t have to agree

Young fit men getting ready to exercise.
Young fit men getting ready to exercise.

On a Sunday morning at a Lululemon store, I found myself among a bunch of dudes, yelling out, “I am a great man!”

It was weird.

I have oppositional defiance disorder, so, obscured by everyone else’s voices, I would say my own thing, like, “I think I’m pretty good,” or, “I’m fine, thanks.” Nothing clever, just something to save myself from feeling like I was being obligated into a social ritual, which I instinctively rebel against. And also to protect myself from a sense of embarrassment, even though it seemed everyone else in the room found it motivating.

My friend…


A teenager in the zombie apocalypse with perfect make up.
A teenager in the zombie apocalypse with perfect make up.
The generation that grows up with zombies will know how to apply make up that is both plausibly not make up and yet also looks perfect. (Image property of AMC, used without permission, please don’t sue me.)

(No meaningful spoilers. This review was written after episode four or five. If you’ve seen The Walking Dead or Fear the Walking Dead, you already know everything that’s going to happen on this show.)

For people who don’t like zombie stories, they probably all look the same. You have zombies, and people running away from them, and lots of gore. How is any of that interesting again after you’ve seen it done once?

For me, the appeal of zombie fiction, and apocalyptic fiction in general, is speculating on what people might do when civilization as we know it is wiped…


Well, that was disappointing

Two androids from the show “Raised by Wolves” look off into the distance.
Two androids from the show “Raised by Wolves” look off into the distance.
Two androids wondering what happened to all the pretension of being “philosophical.” (Image copyright HBO, used without permission, please don’t sue me.)

(Spoilers a’plenty. I especially talk about the big dumb reveal at the end of the season. This isn’t a review for deciding if you want to watch the show, this is for dissecting the disappointment you felt as each episode took you farther from where you wanted to go.)

When I first reviewed Raised by Wolves, halfway through the first season, I made what I thought was an obviously unflattering comparison to the show Lost, because we all know that Lost is the poster child for failed promises, don’t we?

By coincidence, a few days before writing this, I came…


Friday, September 25th, 2020, DMG News Online

A sports fan enthusiastically watching a hockey game on his television.
A sports fan enthusiastically watching a hockey game on his television.

On the night of September 24th, neighbors in Tampa Bay, Florida, heard a man in his apartment repeatedly yelling “Shoot! Shoot!”

Fearing that there might be a gun involved and someone might be in danger, neighbors understandably called the police.

“It was pretty tense at first,” said Officer Roberts, white, who was first on the scene with his partner, Officer Redmond, also white.

Roberts explained, “you never know what can happen in these situations. You have to be ready for anything. But, when I got close enough to hear inside the apartment, I could hear the game on, and that’s…


It’s kind of like “Lost”, in space. Not “Lost in Space.” I mean “Lost,” but in space.

Image for post
Image for post
A “necromancer” android, which means she’s a one woman army. However, apparently she needs the right kind of eyeballs installed in order to use her weapons, which is a really weird design decision. (Image copyright HBO, used without permission, please don’t sue me.)

(Very mild, unspecific, possible spoilers up the the end of episode five. This isn’t so much a review to decide if you want to watch the show, but more for people who have watched a few episodes and are wondering why something feels off in spite of how great it all looks.)

(Part two of this review is available here.)

Visually, Raised by Wolves is near impeccable.

Everything is futuristic, yet drab, in a way that makes magical technologies feel settled into reality. Things that glow do so in just the right amount, in exactly the right shade of color…


I come by Facebook maybe once a day, and I click “Like” on various things friends have posted, because I just want them to feel heard.

I don’t really dive into friend’s profiles, so usually I only see what the Facebook algorithm decides to present to me. Are there friends doing and saying things that I’d “like”, except that Facebook has decided I shouldn’t see it?

Maybe, though I kind of doubt it. Not because I think Facebook’s algorithms are effective in any way. …


If you’re a fan of Star Trek, then you definitely should watch this if there’s nothing better on

Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard looking confused and concerned.
Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard looking confused and concerned.
Picard wonders why the plot isn’t as simple as it should be. (Image copyright Paramount I think. Used without permission. Please don’t sue me.)

(Mild spoilers. There’s nothing written here that should detract from your enjoyment of the show. The show itself takes care of that.)

One of the first things that happens in the first episode of Picard, is that a young woman is attacked in her apartment by some space spies who want to kidnap her. Unfortunately for them, their attack triggers something inside her that unleashes latent super powered fighting skills, and she kills them all.

Which makes for a cool action scene, and I’m always up for a female action hero. But, it leaves you wondering, why didn’t they just…


How can you tell that all you’ve ever achieved isn’t just random?

A surfing monkey
A surfing monkey
This monkey must be good at surfing because he’s doing it so well. I wonder advice it has about surfing?

Even my secular friends who don’t believe in any kind of god or spiritual component to the cosmos believe there is structure to the live we live. On a level one step below the workings of an indifferent universe, there’s human society, and we created it ourselves. That society wasn’t constructed with universal consensus on how it should work, but nonetheless it was constructed by us for us. So maybe this little pocket of human civilization we live in is not as random and arbitrary as the rest of the universe.

On Medium, the website I’m writing this now, you…

Dave Gutteridge

I write mainly about how my life falls apart, followed by opinions about shows that usually involve super heroes, and occasionally other random things.

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