Monthly Archives: August 2015

This Gravity Is Feeling Like a Tether

I’ve already done song-by-song reviews of the back catalogs of They Might Be Giants, XTC, and “Weird Al” Yankovic. They’ve been pretty enjoyable, if it’s sometimes a little difficult to say something about every song. I probably couldn’t do that … Continue reading

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Bad Company

In early Square role-playing games, it seemed like the go-to enemy organization was an evil empire. In the Final Fantasy universe, kingdoms are good (usually) and empires are bad, despite the fact that these games were made in a country … Continue reading

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The Toys Are Back in Town

Toy Story – I believe this was the first fully computer-animated movie, which was a big deal at the time. I saw it at the movies when it was new, and hadn’t actually watched it again until last night. The … Continue reading

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Den’s Lows and Highs

The Spring 2015 issue of The Baum Bugle is primarily about William Wallace Denslow, the original illustrator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Many other illustrators have since produced their own pictures for this seminal work, so it’s possible that … Continue reading

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The Upper Crust Is for Pies

Beth recently told me that she was reading an article on the gentrification of Harlem, and how they didn’t start getting timely trash pickup until rich white people starting moving in. It seems to me that, if it’s a public … Continue reading

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Good Morning Gormenghast

I had attempted to read Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy several years ago, but I didn’t get very far. More recently, I decided it might be time to give it another try. It centers around an immense Gothic castle on a … Continue reading

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The Ninety-Eight Words We Don’t Say

I generally like Bill Maher, even if I don’t agree with everything he says. On his most recent show (actually his next-to-most-recent now; I started this post a few days ago), he brought up a few interesting points. One is … Continue reading

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