Archive for April, 2010

friday random ten: “digital woes” edition

30 Apr

I really don’t have much comment – the little stuff I usually put here has been creeping into the blog proper this week. It’s been a week. My biggest complaint is that the Hurt Locker Blu-Ray netflix sent apparently doesn’t play in my PS3; not sure if it’s a mastering issue or that little sticker […]

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mystic bicycles

29 Apr

One of the more interesting things swirling in the wake of the Iron Man 2 pre-release hype is the resurgence of rumors regarding the Del Toro/Gaiman Doctor Strange film collaboration. Also, while I haven’t been able to source it anywhere besides some AICN commenters, there are rumblings about this being a full-on Defenders film, with […]

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ihre papiere, bitte

28 Apr

Arizona is really too pretty a place to be this wrong. Between the immigration law, Sherriff Joe, closing state parks, and the whole MLK day thing way back when, I kind of feel bad, because I really liked Flagstaff and points north. Really, nobody in this country should hear “papers please” from anyone, unless it’s […]

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it’s all about balance

28 Apr

I don’t feel especially guilty spending part of my tax return on a huge HDTV (at a fraction of the price listed on the link; I’m not stupid) and turning my living room, which also got a refresher with some paint and new shelves which really opens up the space, into a screening room to […]

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Thun-Der!

28 Apr

Just because I wax philosophic sometimes doesn’t mean that I can’t revel in the completely frivilous sometimes. For example, after reading a couple of reviews from Iron Man 2 press screenings, I’m getting a little more excited than what is probably appropriate for the release, particularly based on the hints of the post credits stinger […]

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time time time, see what’s become of me

27 Apr

Over the years, I’ve met a few people who claim that they’d love to go back to high school and do it all over again. When I meet these people, I wonder (sometimes aloud) whether they’re mentally ill. Because honestly, except for the couple of people at the top of the pecking order (and perhaps […]

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friday random ten: “hipster kid” edition

23 Apr

It’s Friday, or thereabouts. It’s been a long, tiring week. Here’s some music. “Whip Smart” – Liz Phair “Martian Girl” – The Aquabats “Nun Fight” – Paul and Storm “For You” – Barenaked Ladies “In The Sun” – She & Him “In That Quiet Earth” – Genesis “Thinking of You (live)” – Katy Perry “You […]

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the whys of the helicopter

22 Apr

A while back, I talked a little bit about the concept of helicopter parenting, and why I reject the concept as ill-advised, and generally not at all good for kids’ development. What concerns me today isn’t the concept itself, but how it came about. Once again, I shall point to Lenore Skenazy over at free-range […]

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from WHEN comes Amelia Pond?

22 Apr

Like most sci-fi types out there, I’ve been deriving quite a bit of enjoyment out of the new season of Doctor Who with Doctor number eleven, Matt Smith. And now that the States have caught up with the UK and the premeire episode, “The Eleventh Hour,” has officially aired over here, we can talk about […]

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good call, and about time

19 Apr

Over the weekend, President Obama sent the directive down to the HHS department to come up with new rules to extend hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners (or, for that matter, whoever the patient dicates). The new rules, spelled out here, once implemented, would apply to any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding (that […]

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