Let’s see. I want to make notes on some things in case old me ever looks back over these blogs.
The other day Paul Reubens died of cancer. Best known for playing Pee-Wee Herman on stage and screen. However my favorite role of his was as the villain Pavel on Tron: Uprising. For any young people finding my work later, you can’t understand how unique he was at the time of his greatest popularity. He walked the line in the role of Pee-Wee between charming and irritating deftly. Everyone could do an impression of him. Additionally he was a contemporary, and friend, of people like Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Laurence Fishburn, and Phil Hartman. Tragically the character that brought him the most success caused him to be passed over for many roles and he was never able to show off the true scope of his talent. That is a risk you take when creating an iconic character, and one you can rarely avoid.
Also the website/series Feminist Frequency concluded today, having never fulfilled its promised goals after 14 years or so. It was helmed by a divisive, cancerous, person who helped make the years following its creation much worse than they needed to be and also helped launch the careers of several people who rose up to combat the FF message. For good or ill we are now stuck with those people who show no signs of fading away. In my opinion the net result of the entire affair was culturally negative. It made me feel like even more of an outcast in communities I already had a fraught relationship with. As the social pendulum begins to swing the other way I expect the bridges burnt will not be repaired.
I guess that’s about it as far as historical notes go. There’s nothing particularly important to report IRL, so I’ll leave you to your own devices. As always, please support my work via the links above. Also, if you are already a patron, you might check the status of your pledge since Patreon cannot seem to do its primary job of getting its users paid. Generally a payment that is declined will be attempted again a few days later, but if it still refuses to process you may need to contact Patreon. Guh. Please don’t leave me to fend for myself in this cruel world. I have no skills.