Monthly Archives: September 2013

I’ll Take Canaan

This post on Unreasonable Faith depicts a page from a newsletter for conservative Christian homeschoolers, teaching how to confront atheists who cite “the most ridiculous stories in the Bible.” Wait, so the person who wrote this is ADMITTING that there … Continue reading

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Frozen in the Line of Duty

How realistic is the basic premise of Futurama, specifically that someone could freeze himself or herself now and emerge alive and intact in the far future? It’s been a popular idea in fiction since the late nineteenth century, and it … Continue reading

Posted in Cartoons, Futurama, Music, Science, Star Trek, Television, Urban Legends, Weird Al Yankovic | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Arianrhod Take the Wheel

I recently came across the comic Everyday Gods, which chronicles the day-to-day doings of gods from several different cultures, most of whom live in the same neighborhood. While I was familiar with most of the gods involved and have written … Continue reading

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The Hollow Earth Catalog

One bizarre idea that pops up from time to time in fiction and conspiracy theory is that of the hollow Earth. There are several variations on this, including that there’s a smaller sphere or multiple spheres inside the larger sphere … Continue reading

Posted in Authors, Buddhism, Conspiracy Theories, L. Frank Baum, Mythology, Oz, Oz Authors, Places, Religion, Robert Rankin, Ruth Plumly Thompson | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

All of You Lie About Something

Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You – This monstrosity of a title belongs to Neko’s newest album, which is excellent as usual. Compared to previous albums of … Continue reading

Posted in Albums, Concerts, Kelly Hogan, Music, Neko Case, Robyn Hitchcock | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Zapper Happy

Since I’ve been discussing ray guns in my last few posts and I haven’t done a video game post in a while, I thought guns used in video games might be an interesting topic. I’m sure anyone who grew up … Continue reading

Posted in Captain N: The Game Master, Cartoons, Mario, Technology, Television, Toys, Video Games | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

To the Cosmic with My Ozmic Ray!

I’ve always been interested in how L. Frank Baum introduced science fiction elements in the Oz books, and his successors followed suit to a certain extent. I don’t recall any directed energy weapons in Baum’s Oz books, although The Master … Continue reading

Posted in John R. Neill, L. Frank Baum, Magic Items, Oz, Oz Authors, Ruth Plumly Thompson, Science, Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future

The ray gun has long been a staple of science fiction, but you still don’t see too many of them around. The main reason seems to be that they would require a major power source, hence making handheld energy weapons … Continue reading

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There Goes My Gun

Whenever someone tries to discuss gun control after a shooting, they’re inevitably accused of politicizing the tragedy. Never mind that gun control advocates usually have these beliefs even when there hasn’t been a tragedy recently. But anyway, how did gun … Continue reading

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A Whole New Kabbalah Game

After coming across the news that Rabbi Philip Berg, the guy who taught Kabbalah to Madonna and other celebrities, died yesterday, I thought I’d take a look at what Kabbalah actually is. I had been under the impression that it … Continue reading

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