Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Healing Doesn’t Stop the Feeling

I’ve mentioned before how weird the hit point system from role-playing games really is when you think about it, and I know I’m not the only one. Hit points basically keep track of how close to death a character is, … Continue reading

Posted in Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, Video Games | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Sure Cure for Everything

The mythical idea of the cure-all elixir shows up a few times in the Oz books. Actually, the only L. Frank Baum work in which I specifically recall such a thing being mentioned is John Dough and the Cherub, which … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Magic Items, Oz | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Don’t Mess Around, Don’t Complicate, Don’t Interrupt My Spirituality

One religious argument I hear from time to time is that people have God-shaped holes in their lives, and if they don’t follow a religion (usually the one that whatever person is making the argument believes), they’ll try to fill … Continue reading

Posted in Religion | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Musings on Muses

I wasn’t sure what mythological topic to cover today, so I turned to the Muses for inspiration. Fame whores that those girls are, they suggested that I write a post on them. So, here are the nine Muses, dwellers on … Continue reading

Posted in Discworld, Greek Mythology, Mythology, Terry Pratchett | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

In Stereotypes, Where Available

I was checking Jack Chick’s website the other day for his utterly ridiculous comic about how Catholics invented Islam, and I noticed there were two new featured tracts! Well, I hesitate to say they’re actually “new,” as a lot of … Continue reading

Posted in Catholicism, Christianity, Comics, Jack Chick, Religion | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Fallen Stars and Fallen Djinn

Stardust, by Neil Gaiman – A pretty interesting, if sometimes confusing, journey through the realm of Faerie with the half-fay Tristran Thorn. I think some of the confusion is done on purpose, to give the impression that Faerie is a … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Boo to the Business World

One thing I find annoying is when people suggest that the government should be run more like a business. In my mind, it’s already run too much like one, in that it’s full of people more concerned with short-term personal … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Libraries, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

I want to dedicate this post now to the undisputed queen and kings of the back beat, Terri and the Possibilities

Here are three new album reviews for you good people. And bad people, for that matter. Black Francis, NonStopErotik – I actually didn’t know about this album until seeing it in a music store this week. I remember reading on … Continue reading

Posted in Albums, Music | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Gadd Is Great

Today, we’ll delve back into the Mario universe for a look at the mad scientist Professor Elvin Gadd, often simply called “E. Gadd.” In the original Japanese, his name was Oya Mā, which means “oh my,” while also referring to … Continue reading

Posted in Mario, Video Games | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Magic Picture Perfect

In Ozma of Oz, we’re first introduced to Ozma’s Magic Picture, a device that allows someone looking at it to see whatever they want. The images move in real time, so I’ve seen it suggested that L. Frank Baum was … Continue reading

Posted in Magic Items, Oz | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments