Monthly Archives: March 2018

I Got Bunny Moves

Picture by Ronnie J. Smith Am I the only one who thought it was strange that the first two Mario games released for the Nintendo Switch had rabbit characters playing a prominent role? And not just any rabbits, but ones … Continue reading

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The Fabulous Fashions of Oz

I’ve examined the typical styles of Ozian clothing before, but I think I can come up with a few more thoughts about them. To begin with, The Patchwork Girl of Oz has a more thorough description of the Munchkin costume … Continue reading

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So You’ve Ruined Your Life

I’ve written before about the floating timeline and the problem with recent flashback episodes for The Simpsons. Last night, we had another rather confusing flashback that contradicted just about everything that had been previously established. Okay, maybe it wasn’t THAT … Continue reading

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Resistance Is Blasphemous

I sometimes wonder if there’s a connection between being deeply religious and following authority without question. In the most popular holy books, God does often come across as a rather cruel, petty dictator. Of course, that’s not really how it … Continue reading

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Robot Mastery

Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide, by David and Nadia Oxford – The Mega Man series is pretty difficult (I could never get much of anywhere in any of them, although I watched my brother win the first seven), but … Continue reading

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Polished with Pride

While the Tin Woodman is one of the first Oz characters introduced, he seems to be somewhat less significant in the resulting series than his friend the Scarecrow. While the straw man has major roles in The Patchwork Girl of … Continue reading

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On Earth as It Is in Heaven

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, by Jeff Sharlet – I think I first heard about the secretive fundamentalist Christian organization known as the Family or the Fellowship on Bill Maher years ago, and I … Continue reading

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Lord, Protect This Balloon House and All Who Dwell Within the Balloon House

Up – It’s interesting that, at least in my own fairly insignificant experience, it seems like people only really talk about the very beginning of this movie. It makes sense, as it’s a very emotional start, but there IS a … Continue reading

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Crossed Out

I’ve recently watched a few recommended videos on YouTube (kind of the bane of my free time at this point) and seen some Facebook comments to the effect that Chrono Cross was underrated, and is a better sequel to Chrono … Continue reading

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Hoztorians Outside Oz

Spectral Snow: The Dark Fantasies of Jack Snow – Snow was the author of the thirty-seventh and thirty-eighth of the official Oz books, and a known scholar of L. Frank Baum. He also wrote horror stories in the fantasy vein, … Continue reading

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