Monthly Archives: January 2012

The Bible Barcode

WordPress says that this is my 666th post on this blog, and since I don’t want to squander this opportunity, here’s a post on how the Mark of the Beast is hidden in barcodes. See, in the Universal Product Code, … Continue reading

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It’s an Odd Boy Who Doesn’t Like Sport

It’s stories like this that make me despise sport culture. Not necessarily sports per se, as I don’t enjoy them, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with them. Rather, it’s the culture that is willing to excuse anything for the sake … Continue reading

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The Politics of Space

One thing I forgot to mention in my previous post was Newt Gingrich’s desire to set up a base on the Moon. I guess he wants to ride the mighty moon worm before Al Gore gets the chance. So does … Continue reading

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Things I Learned from the Republican Debates

1. All the problems in this country are your fault. And when I say “your,” I mean people who need to work for a living. The remaining candidates seem to be agreed that the economic crisis could be solved if … Continue reading

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The Joy of Kokopelli

If you’ve seen pretty much any merchandise from the American Southwest, you’ve likely seen Kokopelli, the flute-playing hunchback who’s as omnipresent there as Michael Jordan was in the nineties. He’s not merely a mascot, however, but a genuine figure from … Continue reading

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The World Accordion to Nerd Culture

The accordion is one of those instruments that has a reputation for being annoying, but seems to have grown in acceptance as of late. One major point in its favor is its versatility. I seem to recall hearing on NPR … Continue reading

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The Tempus Fugitives

The Suburban Book of the Dead: Armageddon III: The Remake, by Robert Rankin – In the final volume of the Armageddon trilogy (which so far really is only three books, unlike the Brentford Trilogy), Rex Mundi is transported to an … Continue reading

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To Beat the Unbeatable Game

I was thinking recently about the concept of unwinnable video games, and whether there were any. I believe that, at the time, I had noticed a Franz Kafka book at the library, and thought that a game based on a … Continue reading

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The Dancing-est Decade

Since Beth requested it, here’s a post about the three dance-related movies from the eighties that we watched recently. Footloose – When kids die in an automobile accident on the way back from a dance, the town bans dancing. I … Continue reading

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Please Share My Umbrella

In Sky Island, we’re first introduced to Button-Bright‘s Magic Umbrella. This is an old and tattered-looking umbrella with a red elephant’s head on the handle, that has been in his family for generations. The family considers it to be lucky, … Continue reading

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