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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.

Review of “The Umbrella Academy” (season 1)

* * * * A The Umbrella Academy, a new series on Netflix, is based on a comic book written by Gerard Way, the former front man of the rock band My Chemical Romance. It tells the story of a … Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence at the Drive Thru

The Washinton Post reports: At this fast-food drive-through, the person taking your order might not be a person at all. Welcome to the new era of fast food, where the robot revolution is well underway. The inexorable march toward automation … Continue reading

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Why Adapt Dracula?

Bram Stoker’s Dracula was published in 1897. It is fairly readable today, though there are some old words that are no longer in common use, and the sentence structure is convoluted in places. The original text is available for free … Continue reading

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Lovecraft and the Archetypes of Horror

I’ve embarked on another modern English adaptation of an HP Lovecraft story, this time “The Shunned House” (the original is available for free from Project Gutenberg). The story, published after Lovecraft’s untimely death in 1937, is Lovecraft’s take on the … Continue reading

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Ayn Rand’s Anthem

I decided to adapt Ayn Rand’s short story even though the author’s English is fairly readable–if clunky–even in the 21st century. Probably the least approachable feature of her story is the use of the pronoun “we” throughout. Her point was … Continue reading

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HP Lovecraft in Modern English

I’ve just added a new modern English adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror. It’s based on the author’s original, which is available from Project Gutenberg for free since it’s out of copyright. The original was written early in the … Continue reading

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Movies Coming in 2019

I’m going to comment on the movies planned for release in 2019 according to The Numbers. I’m only commenting on ones that I’ve heard of or that sound interesting. Release Date Film Title Comments February 1 Jacob’s Ladder Why is this … Continue reading

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