Category Archives: History

I Want Adventure in the Great Live Action

Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Disney remaking their animated classics in live action seems to have become a thing, and with no end in sight. I can’t really say I see the point, and this is the first one … Continue reading

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Always Going Forward, ‘Cause We Can’t Find Reverse

My re-watch of the Star Trek movies has reached the end of the films starring the original cast. I’d seen these two before, but only once each a long time ago. For the most part, I think I have to … Continue reading

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Simpcestry

There was a Simpsons tie-in book released in 1991 called The Simpsons Uncensored Family Album, credited to Matt Groening, although I don’t know how much of it he actually wrote. As with most of these tie-ins, the information is pretty … Continue reading

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Turtle Whirl

I was looking for information on the Black Tortoise of Winter who played a significant role in Grace Lin’s When the Sea Turned to Silver, and it turns out that he’s pretty closely tied to a god called Xuanwu, a … Continue reading

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Make American Carnage Again

There’s still a part of me that can’t believe Donald Trump is actually President of the United States. The guy is basically a Saturday morning cartoon villain, and not even one of the wisecracking ones. Actually, I was thinking about … Continue reading

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The Math Behind the Mission

Hidden Figures – I didn’t know a whole lot about this movie prior to seeing it, but I enjoyed it. It’s the story of three black female mathematicians who worked for NASA during the early days of the space program, … Continue reading

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A Frosty Reception

Since our President-Elect is in love with Vladimir Putin and insists that everyone should constantly say “Merry Christmas,” I guess we’d better learn about Christmas in Russia, right? It might seem a little late for this, but Orthodox Christmas is … Continue reading

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