Monthly Archives: January 2019

Groening Goes Medieval

Disenchantment – I took a while in watching this still relatively new Netflix series created by Matt Groening, but I’m caught up as of last night. It’s an animated comic medieval fantasy, and as such the jokes focus largely on … Continue reading

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Dinah, Won’t You Blow Your Horn?

I remember thinking when I was a kid that, in the song “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” Dinah was actually the train. I’m don’t know that I was entirely sure about it even then, as how could a train … Continue reading

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But Aquaman, You Cannot Marry a Woman Without Gills!

Aquaman – I can’t say I know too much about the character, aside from that he’s the butt of a lot of jokes for his clean-cut persona and seemingly useless powers. From what I’ve read, the comics have addressed that … Continue reading

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Superheroes and Dinosaurs (But Not in the Same Movie)

X2: X-Men United – Beth and I saw the first X-Men movie in the theater back when we first started dating; I think it might have been the first time we went to the movies together. We both knew the … Continue reading

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Maximum Pink

Kirby: Right Back at Ya! – I’ve now watched almost every episode of this anime (there were a few I couldn’t find online). It aired in Japan as Kirby of the Stars from October 2001 to September 2003, a period … Continue reading

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Kondo for Sale

Someone recently posted this article in response to a mention of Marie Kondo on Facebook, and I had a few thoughts regarding it. Especially with what’s going on the government these days, it’s probably never a good idea to outright … Continue reading

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Hello to Bygone Ages

Looking at Robert E. Howard’s essay on his imaginary Hyborian Age got me to thinking about a few different issues in fantasy fiction that deals with lost civilizations. The essay tells of a succession of great empires contrasted with barbarians, … Continue reading

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Three Birds and One Stone

I’ve been meaning to take a closer look at some of the stories in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, but my mind tends to get a lot of them mixed up. Someone does something to offend the gods, and is turned into something … Continue reading

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The Brave Little Plumber

I grew up watching the American Super Mario Bros. cartoons, but it wasn’t until later that I learned about the Japanese ones from around the same time. I’ve discussed the anime film from 1986, but there was also a series … Continue reading

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Every Modern Convenience and Comfort

I’ve been thinking a little more about the level of technology in Oz. I’ve written about this subject before a few times, but there are a few things I wanted to add. We know that Oz has electricity to some … Continue reading

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