Posts Tagged ‘humor’

Introducing the Milliken Action Calendar

March 27, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken
March 27, 2017

March Madness, the trademarked nickname for the collegiate basketball tournament that largely coincides with the third month, is such a catchy and popular term. Don’t the other 11 months deserve to have an equally slogan? Sure they do!

Herewith, I present the first draft of the MAC, a.k.a. the Milliken Action Calendar (trademark pending):

January Japery

February Fervor

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Ask not for whom the sharknado tolls…

August 2, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Aug. 2, 2015

My contributions to the Sharknado canon, courtesy of some late-July Twitter brainstorming. Get at me, Syfy!

Sharknado 4: The Sharkening

Sharknado 5: Just When You Thought It was Safe to Leave the Storm Cellar…

Sharknado 6: Sharklahoma!

Sharknado 7: Into Sharkness

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Puns on the loose: A very silly science fiction list

April 18, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken
April 18, 2014

And now, this blog humbly presents some alternative, and far less appealing, names for some well-known (and otherwise) science fiction franchises.

Star Bores

• Star Dreck

• Battlefarts Galactica

• The PG-13 Files

• Starship Bloopers

• All-But-Dissertation Who

• Agents of I.R.S.

• Blade Cleaner

• Peninsula of the Apes

• RoboMeterMaid

Sept. 11, 2001: George Bush’s Odyssey 

• Men in Gray Flannel Suits

• Fahrenheit 51

• Invasion of the Body Sculptors

• The Lamest American Zero

• Infinitesimal Leap

Logan’s 5K

• seaQuest DVR

• The Six Million Dollar Hip Replacement

• Buck Rogers in the 21st Century

‘And Another Thing’ proves to be a worthy sixth entry in ‘Hitchhiker’s’ trilogy

October 3, 2012

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 3, 2012

I am not, for various reasons, the kind of person to make a big deal of my birthdays. I did precisely nothing in observance of my last two birthdays, one of which marked a significant milestone. Looking back, I can only remember what I did on two relatively recent birthdays; those were memorable because my then-girlfriend made some arrangements.

One of the few other birthday memories that I have comes from my childhood. I don’t recall how old I was turning, but I would guess that my age might have been somewhere from 10 to 14.

What happened? Simply this: My mother handed me a gift consisting of a small stack of new paperback books. One must have been a Star Trek novel of some sort. The only other one I can name was a copy of a 1979 book called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

I’ve written elsewhere on this blog about the work of Douglas Adams, the comic genius behind the Hitchhiker’s series. What I did not realize until a few weeks ago was that in 2009, Eoin Colfer penned a sixth entry in what has sometimes been described as the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s trilogy. Read the rest of this entry »

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