Rejoice, Denizens of the Internet, for Fun-Size Friday has returned from it’s weekly tour through the bowels of the Internet to share short tales of pop culture and general frivolity! Admittedly it’s not that much, but if by some bizarre set of circumstances you didn’t log on to the Internet over the last few days — an increasingly unlikely notion given our current circumstances — some of these little tidbits might surprise and even delight you. So, whether you’re stuck at home or stealing a few minutes away from your essential work, here’s a fun-sized something for you…
Not Going Anywhere For A While? Take A Trip To The Discworld!
This past Tuesday, Narrativia — the production company founded by author Sir Terry Pratchett — announced they’re teaming with Motive Pictures and Endeavor Content to produce a new slate of TV adaptations based on Pratchett’s hugely successful Discworld novels. While we don’t have much to go on besides a general assurance from all parties that they plan to do the series justice, it does give me an opportunity to recommend you check out the source material, if you haven’t already. It took me something like twenty years before I finally stumbled across a random Discworld book accidentally, which I’m reasonably certain is how you found my blog, so I guess this is my chance to pay it forward.
Basically, if you enjoy comical fantasies like The Princess Bride, Stardust, or Good Omens, chances are fairly high that you’ll like this too. It’s also extremely accessible to new readers; there’s over forty books in the series and you can jump in pretty much wherever you like. The first book I read was actually the twenty-sixth in the series and I didn’t even have to check Wikipedia once. Warm, witty, and undeniably weird, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld comes highly recommended for your Quarantine Reading List.
The Circle Is Now Complete.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be coming to a (probably) final end next week, and I can honestly say I’m gonna miss it. Mind you, the series isn’t perfect – nothing Star Wars related ever is – but you could tell the creators weren’t just coasting off what’s come before; they respected what came before and did their best to build off of it.
Case in point: they managed to transform Darth Maul – freaking Darth Maul — into a genuinely interesting character with his own motivations, as opposed to just a cool looking visual. You can imagine then how thrilled I was to find out that, not only was Maul coming back for Clone Wars final story arc, but that they’d gotten Ray Park – the actor and martial artist who originally played Maul back in The Phantom Menace — to come in and do motion capture for the final lightsaber duel of the series. Now maybe I’m getting sappy in my old age, but I don’t think that kind of thing happens if the Clone Wars team didn’t genuinely care about telling good Star Wars stories, and I really respect that. Also, that lightsaber fight looked pretty friggin’ sweet.
COme On And Slam, And Welcome To The Jam!
I honestly never thought this day would come, but there’s no denying it now: it looks like Space Jam — the shoe commercial cinematic “classic” starring Michael Jordan and the cast of the Looney Tunes — is officially getting a sequel in 2021. We don’t know much if anything about the plot, only that the Looney Tunes are back and LeBron James is gonna be stepping in for Jordan this time around. I mean, I presume there will be a basketball game of sorts, but I wouldn’t want to get ahead of myself. I mean, we did get a logo and title reveal, so that’s something.
Fun fact: did you know that Ryan Coogler is credited as a writer and producer for this movie? As in “writer and director of Black Panther” Ryan Coogler? Because I didn’t know that, and now I’m starting to question how seriously I should take this thing. I suppose it doesn’t really matter now; my 90’s Nostalgiameter is pretty much off the scale at this point and I am all about it. Hashtag Tune Squad For Life!
In Short, Remember To Get A Good Nights Sleep
That’s about all I have time for this week; I know there’s plenty of stuff I’ve left out but it’s getting very late on my end and I’m trying to get back on a more consistent sleeping schedule. These days it’s more important than ever that we make sure we’re taking good care of ourselves, whether we’re leaving the house or not. Now is not the time to get lazy, nor should we be working ourselves to death; endeavor to find a healthy medium so you don’t end up driving yourself insane. Try to get at least six hours of sleep tonight, preferably getting up before noon but your schedules will vary.
On that note, if someone you know is out there working on the front lines during this pandemic — whether they’re a doctor or a factory worker or a courier delivering packages — maybe consider what you can do to support them and make their time at home a little easier. Make them a meal, do some vacuuming around the house, or maybe just read your little siblings a bedtime story before bed, things like that. If nothing else, taking good care of yourself means they don’t have to worry about taking care of you. Stay safe out there, and I’ll see you back here again next week.