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Daniel Rasmus
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Daniel W. Rasmus is a writer, poet and strategist who lives outside of Seattle, WA.


Features

Thursday, July 10 2014

Reanimating the Dailies: Star Trek: The Newspaper Comics

Over the last couple of years IDW has collected the entirety of the Star Trek strips that ran from 1979 to 1983 into two large, coffee table style volumes in their Library of American Comics series.


Tuesday, May 20 2014

Shakespeare's Wit and Humor, Pathos and Anger Remains Vital, 450 Years After His Birth

As the creator of iambic fictions, Shakespeare is the ultimate meme. His name stirs a cascade of associations, memories and feelings in all who are touched by his work.


Thursday, April 3 2014

Emerald City Comic Con and the Future of Media

Comic books become movies. Movies becomes soundtracks, games like Avengers Battle for Earth, become interactive experiences.


Sunday, December 8 2013

My Afterlife As a Comic Book Character: Reflections from the Cast of 'Star Trek'

A visit to Seattle's Star Trek convention reveals the conflicted feelings cast members have towards being immortalized in comic form.


Tuesday, September 10 2013

Take a Look, It's in an eBook: An Interview with LeVar Burton

From Roots to Star Trek and well beyond, LeVar Burton says that his time on Reading Rainbow was "the most important thing I've ever done." With a new app to encourage reading, he tells us how its legacy will extend to a whole new generation.


Columns

Thursday, February 27 2014

Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Uncharted puts the "big data" of Google Books through the lens of a tool called Ngram, but the meaning of the results, and even their validity, turn a great read into a cautionary tale.


Reviews

Sunday, July 27 2014

Are Karl Marx and Adam Smith as Inviolable as Atoms or DNA?

Utopia or Bust is only a book about utopia if you believe Marxism, in its purest and most evolved form, is a utopian answer to the ills of capitalism.


Wednesday, July 9 2014

Paul Gravett Is in the Mood for Love in 'Comics Art'

Comics Art demonstrates Gravett's deep passion for the world of panels, speech balloons, fine lines and grand colors, subtle shading and transformative images.


Thursday, June 26 2014

Wherein Futurists and Anti-Futurists Lock Horns

Economists routinely fail to predict GDP or oil prices, and they do even worse at boom and bust cycles. In 100 Years, they attempt to predict the future.


Wednesday, May 7 2014

'A Natural History of Human Thinking' Considers the Mechanisms that Facilitated Our Evolution

Michael Tomasello offers many stimulating anthropological perspectives that he wrings out of current research to create a dense account of the current thinking on thinking.


Wednesday, February 19 2014

Linda Ronstadt Is a Beautiful Writer and an Adept Storyteller

In Simple Dreams Grammy Award wining Linda Ronstadt takes readers on a ride through the landscape of America's '60s and '70s music.


Whovian Heaven [5.Dec.13]

Blogs

Friday, July 25 2014

Security Firm McAfee Posts 2014’s Most Toxic Superheroes on the Internet

Ahead of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, McAfee, one of the leaders in online security, has released their list of 2014’s Most Toxic Superheroes.


Monday, March 31 2014

'Videogames and Art' Is Missing the Art

For a medium that prides itself on pushing the visual edges, here we find exposition rather than fancy, and monochrome in place of color, words, yes, but no images.


Friday, May 17 2013

Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness

Orci, Johnson and Messina get the fan base prepped with plenty of action and enough open questions to drive a starship through them.


Monday, October 15 2012

The iPad Release of T.S.Eliot's 'The Waste Land' Is Adequate, But Could Be Better

The Waste Land as an iPad app demonstrates how we might re-imagine the book, but it also illustrates how editorial choices can limit value.


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