Category Archives: Names

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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Sometimes I Feel Like I Hurled Meself in Too Deep

I thought I should write something about last month’s free update to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, since it did add a fair amount to the game. I also looked up how to do a few other things that I could … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Your Friend in Mushroom City

I watched a playthrough of part of Mario Party Advance for research purposes. It sounds silly saying that, even if it’s technically true; it’s not like I’m writing a scholarly study on Mario. But I was interested in what it added … Continue reading

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Time for Terror

Here’s a rundown of all the movies we watched this October (well, except for Halloween Kills), all horror-adjacent, but not necessarily all horror films per se. A lot of them turned out to be horror comedies, which wasn’t really intentional. … Continue reading

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Please Plesiosaur Me

In light of my recent post about dragons in the Mario series, which addresses the confusion between those and dinosaurs, I find it interesting that the franchise has two separate creatures based on the Loch Ness Monster. The first one, … Continue reading

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Drainpipes and Dragons

Dragons are a mainstay of fantasy fiction, and of course have appeared in a number of video games. Even Metroid has them, and that series is more science fiction than fantasy. Dragons in the Super Mario universe in particular are … Continue reading

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The Ecosystem of Yggdrasil

A comment on my post about video game squirrels mentioned Ratatosk (or Ratatoskr, probably a more accurate transliteration, but not how I originally knew it), the squirrel from Norse mythology. He’s a red squirrel who runs up and down the … Continue reading

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Fiefdoms of the Fay

I wrote years ago about how, largely due to Shakespeare’s influence, Oberon and Titania are often regarded as the rulers of the fairies, appearing in a lot of different media. I mentioned a few other fairy queens in the post, … Continue reading

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Angling for the Saxons

Marjorie Taylor Greene’s idea for an America First Caucus based on Anglo-Saxon values sounds kind of bizarre to those of us who don’t run in white supremacist circles. Like, why Anglo-Saxon in particular, and why would a group focusing on … Continue reading

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Mean Squirrels

I saw a squirrel in a graveyard last weekend. That’s not really that strange, as Green-Wood Cemetery is also an arboretum, so it gets a lot of wildlife. Still, a squirrel around gravestones made me think of the Skull Eaters … Continue reading

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