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Daniel Rasmus
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Daniel W. Rasmus, the principal analyst at Serious Insights, is a writer, poet and strategist who lives outside of Seattle, WA.


Features

Friday, November 14 2014

Retracing Classic TV With 'Twin Peaks the Entire Mystery'

This restoration of the television classic will remind you of all that was wonderful and odd, sweet and quirky, intriguing and terrifying about Twin Peaks.


Monday, September 22 2014

Deconstructing the Game Show

Craig Ferguson has won his own game show in becoming a celebrity, and he's parlayed his winnings into being the host of The Celebrity Name Game with a chance to challenge the institution that turns so many everyday people into predictable, cookie-cutter contestants.


Thursday, September 18 2014

Transmissions in Blue and Yellow from Comic-Con 2014

This summer gone, it’s Daniel’s first time at Comic-Con. But it’s beginning to feel like all our first times, again…


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.


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

Wednesday, December 10 2014

Computational 'Superintelligence' and Human Idiocy: What Does Our Future Hold?

Superintelligence may evolve or it may be engineered; either path leads to an existential threat to humanity, perhaps in decades, perhaps in hundreds of years.


Sunday, December 7 2014

'The Librarians' Is Packed With Allusions and Wily Behavior

The Librarians combines Willy Wonka with Indiana Jones to create the next Scooby Gang in search of magic, artifacts, and its own places in the universe.


Tuesday, December 2 2014

In Anne Rice's 'Prince Lestat', the Vampire Blood Is Thin

If Blood Canticle was meant to be the farewell book to the Vampire Chronicles, Prince Lestat is its funeral.


Monday, November 10 2014

'The Flash': The CW's New Superhero Show is Complex, So Far

Just under the surface, the earnest Barry Allen suppresses his darkness in the hope of freeing his wrongly convicted father.


Wednesday, October 15 2014

In 'The Zero Theorem', Terry Gilliam Is Still Looking for the Meaning of Life

Terry Gilliam's quest for life's biggest answers finds a new formulation in The Zero Theorem: perhaps, the film suggests, there is no meaning to it all.


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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