Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 140,000 times in 2012. If it were … Continue reading

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Back to Rome

The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan – The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series has the parties from the first two join forces to fight the forces of Gaea. While this means people from Camp Half-Blood and … Continue reading

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It’s now the fifth day of Christmas, or at least the fifth night, so I guess the narrator of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is going to be receiving the only gift in the bunch that isn’t alive. Or is … Continue reading

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Do You Hear the People Sing, Without Being Pre-Recorded?

My wife is a big fan of Les Miserables, so it was through her that I both saw the musical and read the book. Now the movie is out, and she’s already seen it twice, and planning to see it … Continue reading

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Saving Thomas Lynn

Fire and Hemlock, by Diana Wynne Jones – I found the pacing in this one rather odd, as it came across as rather slow up until the final part, at which point I wanted to finish it really quickly to … Continue reading

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Staging a Coup

Despite the phenomenal success of the 1939 MGM film version of The Wizard of Oz, adaptations of the other Oz books have never been particularly successful. I’m sure this is partially BECAUSE of the MGM movie’s success, as well as … Continue reading

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Deck Them Halls and All That Stuff

You know what’s kind of fascinating about Christmas music? The holidays are the one time of year you’re likely to hear novelty songs in department stores. It’s also when you’re likely to hear overtly religious songs in the same places. … Continue reading

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Who Invited You, God?

Yes, according to some people, God didn’t save the children killed in the recent school shootings because He’s just not allowed in the public schools. Mike Huckabee said it, as did Brian Fischer and a lot of people on social … Continue reading

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Cauldron Born? More Like Cauldron BORING!

The Black Cauldron – Disney’s twenty-fifth animated feature film holds the dubious honor of being the first one I saw during its first run in theaters. It’s also a first in some less personal ways, including being the first to … Continue reading

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Now I’m Prune Tracy!

Dick Tracy (1990) – This is the film with Warren Beatty as the police detective who prefers violent methods for fighting crime. The movie itself was okay, with not a lot to really talk about. It seemed kind of slow … Continue reading

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