Monthly Archives: August 2020

Tennesseein’ Is Tennebelievin’

Nashville – I think the only Robert Altman movie I’d previously seen was Popeye. This is pretty different from that, but they’re both kind of slow. It has a lot of characters with their own subplots, which were often difficult … Continue reading

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Cactus Creeps

Picture by BlazingDazzlingDusk Although a lot of people keep small ones in their houses, the cactus is a pretty terrifying plant, so I’m not surprised that some video games use them as enemies. The two that immediately come to mind … Continue reading

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It Makes Me Wonder

Stairway to Oz, by Robin Hess – The author once again returns to the Nome Kingdom, an intended invasion of Oz, and transportation gates. It starts with a boy named Ryan Westerly visiting his parents in Colorado, who turn out to … Continue reading

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Snally Boy

I noticed that one of the other monsters described in William Cox’s Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods, the same book as the Squonk, is the Snoligoster. (WARNING: The passage is pretty racist.) That’s a name I thought I knew, but … Continue reading

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Zooming with the Wizard

To Oz? To Oz! is the second online Oz event I attended this year, the other being OzCon International. Originally, the International Wizard of Oz Club was going to hold its national convention in upstate New York this weekend, but that … Continue reading

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Squink, Squank, Squonk

I saw a mention on Twitter of the Squonk, a mythical animal from my old home state of Pennsylvania, albeit not the part I’m from. Legends of this woeful creature come from the hemlock forests in the northern part of … Continue reading

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If I Only Had a Game

I’ve long thought Oz had a lot of potential for video games, but it hasn’t had much success in that respect. One game I knew existed but hadn’t played or anything was the 1993 The Wizard of Oz for Super … Continue reading

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Unequal Reprozentation

Picture by Jimmy Robinson I had observed before how L. Frank Baum didn’t do a whole lot with the Gillikin Country after introducing it The Marvelous Land of Oz, then had a lot happen there in his last three Oz … Continue reading

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Totally Unrelated Media

I guess I’ve now seen every episode of Kids in the Hall, although it’s been a while since I’ve seen some of them. We took a bit of a hiatus from watching the DVDs, although I can’t remember why. Just … Continue reading

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Elements and Alignments

Magical Starsign is a Nintendo DS game from some years back that I thought I might want to check out, but didn’t until fairly recently. It’s a turn-based role-playing game that makes heavy use of the stylus, which is a … Continue reading

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