Archive for March, 2012

odds, favor, etc.

29 Mar

Though I enjoyed the book series as a reasonably well-told bleak dystopian story with some interesting social commentary thrown in, I was largely indifferent to the film version of The Hunger Games, as Hollywood’s track record at adapting modern YA publishing phenomena has been less than inspiring. However, the universe conspired to put me in […]

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the weird stuff

29 Mar

I must say, I’m becoming a a bit of a fan of finding humor in behind-the-scenes images from the production of The Avengers.This one’s a bit less universal than the last one I posted, but if you recognize the guy on the left, it’s unlikely that you’ll need any explanation:

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who says you can’t go home? – the unique experience of teenage fandom

27 Mar

I look forward to reading the rest of Steve Hyden’s six-part(!) series about his experience being a life-long R.E.M. fan over at the av club for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of the first installment’s uncanny ruminations about the experience of being “a fan” in the way that only a certain type of […]

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having been to Barsoom: a follow-up

20 Mar

3/22 – Updated with an example of how this might have gone. See below. I saw John Carter this evening. In glorious IMAX 3D. I spent eighteen dollars for a ticket, for that is the going rate in the Washington D.C. market. It was totally worth every penny. I had a blast with this flick […]

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cutout xxvii: old and new connections

19 Mar

I truly was intending to keep making these record reviews a regular thing, though I can’t seem to manage it lately – it’s not that I’m not listening to music, it’s that I’ve not been bothering to write down my thoughts on a lot of the CDs I’m listening to. As I said, I’d keep […]

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semi-occasional fish blogging

13 Mar

It’s been a while since I talked about the fish, but over the last weeks and, actually, months, I’ve changed things up a bit, and I’m currently rather excited about my little box of water. First, it actually is back to one box of water again. Since I “adopted” a family friend’s oddly stocked fish […]

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…”of MARS”, damn it!

12 Mar

I didn’t get out to see John Carter this weekend. I had passes lined up for the DC preview screening last Tuesday, though my schedule and the US Postal Service couldn’t get themselves in sync, so I saw a Salmon Fishing in the Yemen preview screening instead (a short review: good in the way that […]

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i’ve seen the future…

12 Mar

…at least the future according to 1962. Here’s an interesting piece branching off from reflections on the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle; one of those fun essays where we in “the future” reflect on the predictions about jetpacks and flying cars, and lament the fact that we still don’t have them. It’s a fun read, […]

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winter is coming

11 Mar

I say this as someone who’s only finished the first novel of A Song of Ice and Fire and half of the Game of Thrones TV series, but I really, really, really agree with Sers Paul and Storm here: Now I know that George R.R. Martin is not not my bitch, and it’s not that […]

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friday random ten: “why not” edition

09 Mar

Just trying to wake up about now. Maybe this music will help. “Texas Lady” – Les Paul & Mary Ford “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (live) – The Hooters “A Million Miles Away” – The Plimsouls “European Swallow” – The Refreshments “The Human Hosepipe” – Harry and the Potters “Three Little Pigs” – Green […]

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