Author Archives: Nathan

Deadwood Oaks and Duende

I feel like I’ve pretty much exhausted all the Oz books, or at least the ones that are generally consistent with the original series (not that everyone even agrees on what that is). I’ll occasionally come across lists of interesting-sounding … Continue reading

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The Secret Lives of Stars

It’s kind of an odd inspiration, I suppose, but I got an idea to write a post about star mythology from this tweet, for which I’m honestly not sure how serious the original posters were. There is some basis in … Continue reading

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A Thousand Thousand Slimy Things Lived On

I wrote about Slimes in the Dragon Quest series eleven years ago, and mentioned the fact that they were inspired by Creeping Cruds from Wizardry, but Akira Toriyama drew them as cute. There was also a mention of Slimes in … Continue reading

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When the World and I Were Young

Continuing on the theme of calendars from another recent post, I’ve done some investigation into different calculations of the age of the world. The Jewish calendar and the traditional Byzantine one both date from the Anno Mundi, or Year of … Continue reading

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Three Period Pieces

For my first post of 2022, how about some movie reviews? Licorice Pizza – Beth and I saw this at the theater the other day, and she doesn’t even like licorice or pizza! No, this is a Paul Thomas Anderson … Continue reading

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It’s Supernatural How Spaced Out We Can Be

They Might Be Giants, BOOK – This album was originally supposed to be finished in 2020, but since Coronavirus got in the way of just about everything, it was delayed until late this year. I really hadn’t had the time … Continue reading

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As the Hours and the Days and the Weeks and the Months and the Years Go By

With this year soon coming to an end, I was thinking about whether there’s any connection between the number of days in a year and degrees in a circle, and apparently there is. Of course, a modern year doesn’t have … Continue reading

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Get Off Your Ass

This might well be my last book review post of the year. I got an overview of the books I read in 2021 on Goodreads a few weeks ago, but I have no idea why they didn’t save it until … Continue reading

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Have Your Elf a Merry Little Christmas

We watched a few Christmas-related things this month, and I wasn’t necessarily planning to post about them all at once, but that’s kind of how it worked out. There were some things for which I don’t necessarily have a full … Continue reading

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I’ll Have That Tinsel Tangle Tied Around My Brain

The Puppini Sisters, Dear Santa, I Can Explain –  The close harmony group’s newest project is a four-song Christmas EP, with everything either written or co-written by Marcella Puppini. It’s actually her birthday today, and I thought mine in mid-November … Continue reading

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