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Ariel View

I’ve looked at quite a bit of fairy lore over the years, but one character I hadn’t really addressed is Ariel from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, largely because I hadn’t read it. I recently did so, and I also found out that … Continue reading

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Worm Your Way

Looking into mythology and fiction involving giant worms is a little tricky because it seems like a lot of early societies thought worms and snakes were variations on the same thing. I guess they didn’t want to investigate all that … Continue reading

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I Have Seen the Sleeping Knights of Jesus

As I mentioned in my review, Alan Garner’s Alderley Edge fantasies incorporate a local legend about sleeping knights. The story has it that a farmer from Mobberley set out to Macclesfield to sell a horse. An old man near the … Continue reading

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Start Digging Some Nerd Holes

I came across this page that discusses how The Simpsons, at least in its earlier glory days, was such a successful mix of comedy everyone could appreciate and references that only nerds would get. One sentence that particularly stood out … Continue reading

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The Initial Problem

It’s sort of an unspoken rule that cartoon characters tend to have the middle initial J. It’s probably really not as common as you might think, but it does show up in quite a few unrelated cartoon franchises. In The … Continue reading

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Frozen in the Line of Duty

How realistic is the basic premise of Futurama, specifically that someone could freeze himself or herself now and emerge alive and intact in the far future? It’s been a popular idea in fiction since the late nineteenth century, and it … Continue reading

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Time, Time, Time, See What’s Become of Me

The theme of time travel is so prevalent in fiction and general speculation these days that it surprises me a little how recent it really is. I guess part of it is because the idea of time as something through … Continue reading

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Bad News, Nobody

Throughout its run, Futurama has had several of what could be considered series finalés. “The Devil’s Hands Are Idle Playthings” was the end of the original run on Fox. Into the Wild Green Yonder marked the last of the direct-to-video … Continue reading

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Designer Genes

I have a few things to say about last night’s new Futurama episode, “Leela and the Genestalk,” so I figured a post would be in order. I have to wonder how many other people are still even watching the show, … Continue reading

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Magical and Mechanical Modification

When discussing Oz and its motley assortment of characters who are alive despite not containing genetic material (at least as we know it), or as in the case of Tik-Tok NOT alive although they can perform pretty much all the … Continue reading

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