Monthly Archives: May 2012

Think, McFly, Think!

I recently read the first drafts of the scripts for Back to the Future and Back to the Future Part II, an interesting exercise. The draft for the first film contains the basic skeleton of the plot, but lacks most … Continue reading

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Weapons vs. Wishes

Role-playing games featuring Mario have a tendency of using someone other than the old standby Bowser as the main villain. In fact, King Koopa occasionally joins the good guys temporarily in order to fight off an even greater threat, or … Continue reading

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Homunculus Is By Your Side

One term I’ve come across in several places but haven’t been entirely sure what it means is “homunculus.” So I looked it up on Wikipedia, everyone’s favorite source for information that is probably at least partially true, and the indication … Continue reading

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Shoot ‘Em Up

I know there was an article in an old Baum Bugle called “Guns of Oz,” but I haven’t read it. In writing about guns in the Oz series, I’m probably going to mention many of the same things, however. The … Continue reading

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We Found Love in a Hopeless Myth

Am I the only one who wonders why the H is in a different position in the names of pop singer Rihanna and Welsh mythological character Rhiannon? Perhaps Rihanna’s name isn’t derived from Welsh, but what fun is that? Anyway, … Continue reading

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You Be Alien

The idea of life on other planets (or, in some cases, planetoids) is one that has been in the public consciousness since we knew other worlds existed. Perhaps you could say they even predate that, as myth-makers have always proposed … Continue reading

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Maybe Next Time She’ll Think Before She Jumps to Conclusions

I still have a tendency to think of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” as “The Louisville Slugger Song,” because for a while that was the only lyric I really listened to. If you had told me it was a song … Continue reading

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Rankin File

In this post I review three books, all by Robert Rankin. The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived – The final book in the Cornelius Murphy trilogy (which actually IS a trilogy, unlike the Brentford one) brings back epic heroes … Continue reading

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Careful What You Pac

In honor of Pac-Man’s thirty-second anniversary (the game came out on 22 May 1980), I come bearing Pac-Man trivia. The game is known in Japan as Pakkuman, with “pakkun” meaning ” to eat whole,” based on the onomatopoeia for opening … Continue reading

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Karting with Enemies

When you stop to think about it, the Mario Kart games, and by extension the other Mario sports titles, don’t make a whole lot of sense. Why would Mario and his friends go out for a go-kart race or baseball … Continue reading

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