Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Odd Quartet

Hail, Caesar! – I’m actually not sure what the point of this movie was supposed to be. It’s basically a collection of semi-related vignettes about a Hollywood studio, all of which are resolved pretty quickly. Is there a message other … Continue reading

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Turtle Whirl

I was looking for information on the Black Tortoise of Winter who played a significant role in Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned to Silver, and it turns out that he’s pretty closely tied to a god called Xuanwu, a … Continue reading

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Trump and Consequences

I was thinking today how weird it is that many people, including me, have complained both about Donald Trump keeping his campaign promises AND his frequent lies. So he’s damned no matter what he does? Well, sort of, but I … Continue reading

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Coping with Totalitarianism

The Table of Less Valued Knights, by Marie Phillips – There have been many parodies of the King Arthur mythos, but this one covers some ground that I hadn’t seen before. It introduces another table at Camelot for the knights … Continue reading

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Sizing Up and Down

Characters changing in size is a pretty frequent occurrence in the Oz books. It’s sort of a transformation, but not entirely, as someone exposed to such magic keeps the same shape. At least, that seems to be the case for … Continue reading

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Star Trekkin’ Across the Universe

I’ve seen the original eight Star Trek films at least once each, but it’s been a while for some of them, and I thought it would be interesting to view them in order. I’m also going to include the last … Continue reading

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This God Plays Dice

One of the blogs I subscribe to recently had a post on Indian casinos, and it makes reference to how some Navajo in 1997 were against casinos on the reservation due to the myth of the Gambler. This was a … Continue reading

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