Category Archives: Music

How We Lost the Forest

I’d been thinking about the Lost Woods in the Zelda series, probably largely because Beth recently played A Link Between Worlds. Since it’s a handheld game, I wasn’t able to watch her play it, which is something I miss doing. … Continue reading

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Sparrowhawk, Shabba Doo, and Shang-Chi

Tales from Earthsea – The directorial debut of Hayao Miyazaki’s son Goro, it’s a loose adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea series, mostly The Farthest Shore and Tehanu. From what I’ve read, LeGuin didn’t really care for the finished product. … Continue reading

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Jaguar, Jaguar, You Are Shining from Afar

I’m always interested in mythological references in video games I’ve played (and sometimes even ones I haven’t), and the two Chrono games definitely have a fair number of them. There are some SPOILERS for both Chrono games. I’ve seen fans … Continue reading

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The Boys in the Room

SPOILER WARNING for a few recent Kids in the Hall projects! Beth and I recently watched the new season on Amazon Prime, which, strangely enough, doesn’t cost any extra beyond the subscription fee. (Seriously, it seems like so much of … Continue reading

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There’s No Crying in Baseball

Electric Dreams – Beth had wanted to watch this pretty much just because of the connection to Giorgio Moroder, who wrote the music. He’s known for his work with synthesizers, and was highly influential in the development of disco and … Continue reading

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Go Big or Go Home

Scan by Jared Davis This is Oziana for 1983. The cover was drawn by Eric Shanower for the previous year’s Winkie Convention, then repurposed here. It features several of L. Frank Baum and Ruth Plumly Thompson’s characters, with High Boy … Continue reading

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The South Will Oz Again

As mentioned in the introduction, the cover picture of the 1980 Oziana, as drawn by Albert Chronic, references a passage in Captain Salt in Oz, specifically when the Captain says that the Wizard of Oz is building airships that would … Continue reading

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Of Bunnies and Bonnets

Picture by Helena Nelson-Reed Happy Easter! Some years ago, I wrote a little about the origins of the Easter Bunny and the name of the holiday. I don’t have a whole lot to add, but there’s some, so I might … Continue reading

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Fuzzy Pickles

I started playing EarthBound last week when I found it on the Super NES for Switch application. It probably wasn’t the best timing as the Switch version of Chrono Cross also came out that week, but I’ve been switching back … Continue reading

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Coping with Immortality

We’re up to the 1978 Oziana, with a cover by Bill Eubank that appears to be partially based on a John R. Neill illustration from Kabumpo in Oz. Then there’s an Oz-E-Gag by Eubank, comparing The Wizard of Oz to … Continue reading

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