Brainiac On Banjo #040: Stream On, Big Media, Stream On…

Brainiac On Banjo #040: Stream On, Big Media, Stream On…

Frequent readers of Brainiac On Banjo (seriously; there must be something better for you to do) have been absorbing my incessant prattle about streaming media for a while now. Yeah, I think it’s important. Streaming is bringing about the biggest sea-change to the entertainment world since we dropped the atom bomb.

“Really?” you might ask. “Bigger than television? Bigger than VCRs/DVRs? Even bigger than microwave popcorn? Why?” Well, that’s a fair question, and thank you for asking.

It took television a while to become big. In constant dollars, tiny TV sets cost a lot of money, the image was low-resolution and often full of “ghost” images, and the youngest person in the room had to stand by the set holding the antenna in the proper position in order to watch anything. The sundry video recorders, mechanical and virtual, freed the viewer from a strict allegiance to the clock, and microwave popcorn saved Indiana from certain economic doom.

Steaming has taken time-control one step further: content creators no longer have to fight for a Donald Trump-sized handful of open slots on the broadcast networks. Cable television no longer is a monopoly unless it is your only source of wi-fi. It’s launched an employment boon for actors, producers, writers and other such entertainment reprobates. Continue reading “Brainiac On Banjo #040: Stream On, Big Media, Stream On…”

Lions, Dragons & Wolves #004:GoT S8E3 recap: The Battle of Winterfell

Lions, Dragons & Wolves #004:GoT S8E3 recap: The Battle of Winterfell

Warning: This recap contains nothing but spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. If you are reading this before seeing the episode “The Battle of Winterfell”, you are doing it wrong.

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Lions, Dragons & Wolves #003: GoT S8E2 recap: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Lions, Dragons & Wolves #003: GoT S8E2 recap: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

Warning: This recap contains nothing but spoilers for the latest episode of Game of Thrones. If you are reading this before seeing the episode “Knight of the Seven Kingdoms”, you are doing it wrong.

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Lions Dragons & Wolves: Pregame of Thrones

Lions Dragons & Wolves: Pregame of Thrones

Are you ready for Game of Thrones: Endgame?

After a brief break of 595 days, HBO’s pop culture juggernaut is airing its final six episodes starting this Sunday. While author George RR Martin was hunt-and-pecking his way through the eternally upcoming Winds of Winter, the television series lapped the published books late in season 5, leaving readers no wiser than their fellow viewers as to their favorite characters’ fates. HBO has been marathoning the entire series to get you prepared, but you squandered that time working. You could have watched an episode a week since Presidents’ Day 2018, but you didn’t and now you have mere hours to catch up. We got you. We’ve picked one episode from each season for you to get you ready. You’ll still need to pay attention to every “previously on…” segment, but you’ll have the raw emotional wounds required to properly appreciate the last six episodes.

So, run out to the store for the GoT branded Oreos, wine, and whisky. Stop by the blood drive to donate your GoT branded blood (seriously, the American Red Cross is giving away an Iron Throne replica and free posters). Bake up a batch of lemon cakes and direwolf scones. Settle in. Continue reading “Lions Dragons & Wolves: Pregame of Thrones”