Monthly Archives: July 2015

What If Feelings Had Feelings?

Inside Out – The post title comes from here, and be forewarned that there are spoilers in this post. The idea of tiny people controlling the human brain is hardly an original one. The show Herman’s Head comes to mind, … Continue reading

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Cover Art, American Style

Is there market research somewhere that says Americans like sparse cover art? I mean, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books had fairly intricate covers in the United Kingdom, but the States tended to reduce them to representational objects. Or look at the … Continue reading

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Ozian Homes and Gardens

I’ve mentioned in the past that, if the Oz books had come out considerably later in the century, they might well have been the basis for action figures. I mean, three of the major characters were eventually given their own … Continue reading

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Look What You’ve Done, You Juggalo

Insane Clown Posse: A Family Underground – This documentary was filmed at the 2008 Gathering of the Juggalos, a few years before the ICP briefly returned to the public consciousness with their song about how science ruins everybody’s fun. Their … Continue reading

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Where the Other Nightmare People Like to Go

Our friend Stephanie asked us if we wanted to go to the They Might Be Giants concert at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, and while we hadn’t originally planned to, we decided to attend. Beth is supposed to get free … Continue reading

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The Salad of the Christ

Humans are naturally omnivorous, but at the same time our capacity for reason and knowledge of mortality have led to considerable debate about whether eating meat is really a good idea. There have been many religious and philosophical movements that … Continue reading

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Captain Marvel Zapped In Right Between the Eyes

I must admit to being somewhat confused by the name Captain Marvel, as it would make sense for it to be used by Marvel Comics, and indeed it is at this point. The original Captain Marvel, however, was created for … Continue reading

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All the Girls Love Annis

Sometimes I feel like I should save posts on wicked witches until October, but I’ll probably forget before then. So here’s Black Annis, the local witch of the Dane Hills in Leicestershire, England. While descriptions vary somewhat, she’s often described … Continue reading

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The Toxicity of Testosterone

This post brings up an interesting point regarding mass shootings that I hadn’t really thought of before, but that makes a lot of sense. Basically, although there are occasional female spree killers, the vast majority are men, and many seem … Continue reading

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Perrying the Trump

Rick Perry has recently made the news for his criticism of Donald Trump, because really, what else does he have to distinguish himself from the other Republican candidates? I know I sometimes confuse him with Ted Cruz. Running for President … Continue reading

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