Archive for July, 2011

cutout xiv: always something going on behind the curtain

27 Jul

This week, we talk about a handful of other records pulled out of my big box. I guess if there’s something approaching a theme to be drawn from this batch, it’s the presence of hidden lore behind a record that makes it what it is. I almost threw in a review of the newish Wailin’ […]

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this is the greatest essay ever. just try and prove it isn’t

27 Jul

Turning Writers into Motherf*cking Rock Stars by Chuck Wendig at terribleminds dot com Face it, right now, the reading of books in this country is not exactly looked at as a valuable use of time by a significant portion of the population. Book stores are going under. I picked the bones of two different Borders […]

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cutout XIII – concepts, intentional and otherwise

27 Jul

This weekend brings a new box of CDs to the car, and thus, a new edition of this particular series, in which I examine my somewhat questionable musical taste, as expressed via the great variety of compact discs I’ve accumulated over the course of my life. If anything, this little project of mine shows that […]

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at least “it’s magic!” counts as an explanation…technically

26 Jul
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the less said, the better

25 Jul

…but that’s not really going to stop me. I’m not geographically where I’d like to be this week, and that truly sucks. In the end, I shall manage, but so far, the universe appears to be holding a grudge, assuming that it could acutally do such things. Lots of little (and not so little) annoyances […]

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friday random ten: “it’s hot, so what? it’s july!” edition

22 Jul

Yes. It’s hot, people. Drink some water. stay inside. don’t waste electricity. I get it. We all get it. I really don’t mind a general reminder in the name of public service, really, but I’d rather with the media wouldn’t rant and rave and make the young and/or gullible amongst us think the world is […]

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end of an era

21 Jul

The space shuttle changed the way we view the world and changed the way we view the universe. We have emotion today but one thing is indisputable: America is not going to stop exploring. Thank you Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour and our ship Atlantis. Thank you for protecting us and bringing this program to such […]

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I don’t want to talk about your dead ex-boyfriends over coffee

19 Jul

Totally by accident, I found out via twitter that something interesting an dare I say magical? (yeah, probably shouldn’t have done that) was going down in DC this afternoon. I had sort of settled on a plan for a quiet evening chilling in the hotel room – it’s really hot outside, and I’m not feeling […]

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Harry Potter and the Font of Political Allegory

19 Jul

With the release of the last Harry Potter film-of-the-book this week, and it’s total domination of everything, the internet’s once again abuzz with talk of the wizarding world, despite the fact that the books were done and over with years ago. Like most everyone else, I saw the film over the weekend (Friday night, at […]

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cutout racks XII: desert islands, forgotten scenes, and just two “really”s

18 Jul

So, I’m at it again, with more record reviews. I think it’s kind of fun that I’ve seen all of these artists live at least once, and I’m reasonably sure that I’ve seen three of them on the same stage, but never on the same night. Come to think of it, that would be a […]

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