Monthly Archives: February 2014

Whatever Happened to Predictability?

Matt Keeley alerted Beth and me to the existence of Full House Reviewed, a site that does exactly what it says in the title. Beth occasionally points out to me that there are bad shows she can watch and bad … Continue reading

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The Reptite Room

Environmentalism is not an uncommon theme in video games, particularly role-playing ones, although admittedly it isn’t always explored in a realistic manner. For instance, in the early Final Fantasy games, restoring the environment is usually accomplished by restoring power to … Continue reading

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Unheard History of Oz

Two more Oz book reviews for you lucky readers today. Yes, I’m kind of surprised that there are still some I hadn’t yet read, too. The Tales of Yot, by Adam Nicolai – A collection of three short stories that … Continue reading

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How to Succeed in Ozian Politics

When Benny, the living statue from Boston in Ruth Plumly Thompson’s The Giant Horse of Oz, arrives in Oz, he asks the Scarecrow if the country is a republic. The straw man replies, “Indeed not! We are a magic monarchy … Continue reading

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Planting Sheep

Seeing a mention of the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary in this Wired article made me realize I’d never addressed this myth on my blog, and while I probably won’t be adding anything new to the existing information, it’s something that’s … Continue reading

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Let Our Powers Combine

Ah, Captain Planet. I remember watching that show mostly because my brother would turn it on at, like, 7 AM on Saturday, before any of the other cartoons came on. A bit of well-meaning but obnoxious preachiness from Ted Turner, … Continue reading

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Lorasian Royalty

I follow a few Tumblr pages devoted to the Dragon Quest series, and it’s strange to realize that I was literally playing games from this series before some of the maintainers were born. There was a deal to get the … Continue reading

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