Monthly Archives: November 2018

A House Full of Ginger

Gingerbread houses are a well-known Christmas tradition, not that I’ve ever seen anyone actually make one. They’re a pretty cool idea, though. The idea of objects made of foodstuffs is an old one in legends throughout the world, especially when … Continue reading

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Koopas Behind the Curtain

This article I read this week discusses the idea of Mario and company being essentially actors in different scenarios, as per a comment from Shigeru Miyamoto comparing them to the cast of Popeye cartoons. It obviously addresses Super Mario Bros. … Continue reading

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Sinking the Stinking One

The Storm Runner, by J.C. Cervantes – This is another book from the Rick Riordan Presents label, and there’s a definite pattern to most of these. A kid who has trouble fitting in with their peers finds out they’re the … Continue reading

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A Heaping Helping of Hysteria

Ben-Hur – This is one of the old epic films that I thought I should watch, where the look and feel remain impressive even today, but the pacing is terrible. I’m not sure filmmakers in those days knew they could … Continue reading

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Reformation Nation

The Cardboard King in Oz, by Gil S. Joel – The sequel to Joel’s Healing Power deals with many of the same characters, this time in vignettes rather than a book-long story. The confidence man Willie Lie returns to Oz … Continue reading

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You Bring the Winter

The Cailleach is a name for a Celtic goddess generally associated with winter, but as with a lot of deities, there’s more to her than that. She has several names, duties, and forms depending on the locality. One commonly used … Continue reading

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Back to the Labyrinth Again

Etrian Odyssey – I know they did a remake of this a few years back, but I just started playing the original, which I’ve had for a while now. It’s an old-school sort of dungeon crawler in many ways, at … Continue reading

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Make Oz Marvelous

I finally got around to listening to The Chronicles of Oz, audio drama adaptations of the original Oz books. They recently finished with the final installment of The Marvelous Land of Oz, and I think they’re planning on adapting all … Continue reading

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The Art of the Infernal Deal

I can’t say I totally buy the trope of deals with the Devil. If you actually believe in Satan, you presumably also believe in all the Heaven and Hell stuff, and is there any case where being tortured eternally is … Continue reading

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I Am a Peanut, a Proud, Peculiar Peanut

Beth and I were considering going to see Rasputina last week, but we didn’t. That did, however, remind me that I hadn’t said anything about their two latest albums.They’re both mostly covers. The Feel-Good Hits of 1817 – It’s part … Continue reading

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