Monthly Archives: April 2015

Yes We Kandar

I’m sure I’ve brought up Kandar, the thief from Dragon Quest III, in the past. I have somewhat of a strange fondness for the character, despite the fact that he killed so many times when I played the game. Interestingly, … Continue reading

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Driving in My Cards

One of my favorite games as a kid was Mille Bornes, which is also the source of pretty much all the French I know. I’m not even sure how accurate it is, since the French for the red light is … Continue reading

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When Women Fight, Only Men Benefit

Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, by Mona Eltahawy – I first heard of Mona when she appeared on Bill Maher several years ago, and I found her quite charismatic. I have to wonder if … Continue reading

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Curses, These Verses Are My Prison Cell

They Might Be Giants, Glean – I’ve been a fan of TMBG for about eighteen years now, and I still consider them my favorite band. It’s only been two years since the band’s last album, which I hope is good … Continue reading

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The Magic Art of the Great Humbug

I know I’m not the only one who’s noticed that Dr. Oz more or less shares a name with one of the biggest charlatans in popular fiction. Of course, Oscar Diggs later went on to learn actual magic. I can’t … Continue reading

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Blue Overall

Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art, by Christopher Moore – I’m trying to catch up on the few books of Moore’s that I haven’t yet read. Apparently his original idea was to write a novel about the color blue, which then … Continue reading

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Holiday for Sims

I’m now playing The Sims 3 with the Seasons expansion pack, and one thing that’s immediately obvious is how the holidays are given generic names instead of real-world ones. This does make a certain amount of sense, as they don’t … Continue reading

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Coronation Cameos

I first watched Return to Oz around when it came out on video, and while I quite enjoyed it, I wasn’t familiar with the source material at that point. Now, of course, I’m very familiar with it, and one interesting … Continue reading

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She’s in Love with the Dark

The Dark Is Rising Sequence, by Susan Cooper – I don’t recall having heard of this series of books until fairly recently. I know there was a movie, but it didn’t do well, and I understand it was a poor … Continue reading

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Holy Hatred

I guess I’m a little late in talking about the GoFundMe campaign for the anti-gay pizza parlor in Indiana, but I was thinking this morning about how that might piss me off even more than the owners’ homophobia. It’s like … Continue reading

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