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Happy Fourth of July, America!

We always called it “the Fourth of July” growing up.  It was rarely “Independence Day.”

Have fun.  Stay safe.  Wear a mask.  Practice social distancing.  Don’t celebrate America’s birthday by making your own last birthday your final one.


Photo credit: Tydence Davis / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)

What a day it was for sci-fi 38 years ago today.

If you see an abundance of “The Thing” or “Blade Runner” posts today, it’s because both films opened in theaters 38 years ago today.

We … need a holiday or something. But “Thing/Blade Day” sounds too much like “Sling Blade Day.”

Anyway, both films resonate just fine in 2020 America. “The Thing” is predicated on paranoia about those around you. “Blade Runner” is technically about cruelty to illegal immigrants — and how “human” we all are depending on our reaction to that.

Hey … let’s not even get started on (the overrated) fan favorite “Tron,” also released in 1982. If you want to talk about a movie about a guy trapped in a virtual world and its parallels to the social media age, then I’m gonna need some more coffee.


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