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Yes, I am alive

I haven't posted anything basically since I got a new job almost a year ago. That's mostly because the job has kept me busy. But it's also because it's not always wise to post political opinions to the public while holding a job in politics.

But I figured I'd break my silence today and encourage everyone to vote. Don't fall trap to thinking only the president matters. The president can't do much without Congress. And now that Republicans will probably take control of the Senate, not much will get done at all at the federal level. At the state level, it's important to vote as well because state legislatures and governors can do some crazy, harmful stuff. So please help mitigate the damage and vote.

I also wanted to post because I realized that I hadn't commented (aside from Twitter) on the big Batman news of the past year. That, of course, is the fact that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the movie "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice". It will be a follow up to Man of Steel, which I mostly enjoyed. And Batman will be an older version, at least loosely based on the type of Batman in the comic "The Dark Knight Returns". The movie will also feature in some manner Wonder Woman and Aquaman and will be directed by Man of Steel director Zack Snyder.

Everyone who knows I'm a Batman fan has asked what I think of the choice of Ben Affleck to play the Caped Crusader. I don't have a problem with Affleck. He's got a good look for both Bruce and Batman. He showed in Gone Girl that he can be dark and brood, which is key to playing Batman/Bruce. I'm not really concerned about Affleck being able to handle the role. I'm pretty confident he can.

I'm concerned about the script. Because that will ultimately determine how good this incarnation of Batman will be. Snyder will likely make a visually interesting movie. But it's up in the air as to whether the script will come through and give Affleck anything to work with. If they tell an interesting story with interesting characters it will all work out. It'll be a long wait until 2016.

Don't make Batman sad. Go vote.