Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Animated Scarecrow

The Scarecrow from the Oz series is already animated, but in this case I’m talking about a different sort of animation. A computer-animated version of L. Frank Baum’s The Scarecrow of Oz is the latest project from the same people … Continue reading

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The Secret of the Oozlum

Today’s mythological subject is the oozlum bird, a creature appearing in British and Australian folklore. While generally thought to inhabit those areas, it’s also sometimes identified as a native of South America. If what is said about the bird’s incredible … Continue reading

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Revelation with Robots

East of Ealing, by Robert Rankin – Remember my post about the number 666 being rumored to exist in barcodes? Well, that idea plays a major part in this book. A new corporation called Lateinos and Romiith (both terms for … Continue reading

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Role Control

As a fan of role-playing video games, I feel I should mention that most of them really don’t feature true role-playing, in the sense of really getting into a character’s head. Do you really play the role of Cloud Strife … Continue reading

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All Oz Is a Stage

Oz Before the Rainbow: L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Stage and Screen to 1939, by Mark Evan Swartz – This is in overview of the earlier and lesser known stage and screen adaptations of Baum’s book, … Continue reading

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How Green Were My Teeth

Picture by Lisa Hunt The topic of today’s mythology post is Jenny Greenteeth, a malicious water dweller from British folklore. She is a willowy, witchy lady who inhabits rivers and takes delight in drowning anyone who comes too close, particularly … Continue reading

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Turtle Bay

I’ve seen a lot of consternation going around about how an upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, with Michael Bay as producer, would make the Turtles part of an alien race instead of…well, mutants. Okay, it’s possible to be both … Continue reading

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Not Into Jabberwocky

One interesting quote from John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants that I’d seen before came up in this post on the song “Love Is Eternity”: “We’re not into jabberwocky. I feel like we could write a song with the … Continue reading

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Harry Potter and the Oblivious Wizards

I recently read this Cracked article on Harry Potter, and thought it had some valid points, especially as far as the wizards being unaware of Muggle culture goes. Admittedly, I didn’t think about this all that much when actually reading … Continue reading

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Social Climbing in the Eighties: A Case Study

Recently, Beth and I watched two movies from the eighties that I hadn’t seen before, Can’t Buy Me Love and Lucas. She insisted that I write a comparison and contrast of the two, so I’ll give it a shot. The … Continue reading

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