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A 1 and a 2 and a 3

1. Nick is alive and well in Shanghai and my conniption-levels are dropping below the red line at last. Also, Skype is my new best friend. 2. “Everything is better with Latin!”™ Even the making of Iron Man as chronicled … Continue reading

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Thingus, Ah, Um

1. On the Eve of St. Nick, my son Nick has set off for China where he’s going to present a paper at a professional conference. This freaks me out so much I’m not fully aware of how freaked out … Continue reading

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Begin the Big Whine: Avatar

I think what disappoints me about the Avatar aliens is that all this technology has been deployed to create an improved version of the same old man-in-a-rubber-suit effect. Why not make aliens which are impressive but distinctively nonhuman, like Anderson’s … Continue reading

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Meleagridophagia (optional)

A happy Thanksgiving to my compatriots; a happy Thursday to all.

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Antisonja the Antimuse

Our smallest and craziest cat (Cleo, a.k.a. Antisonja) is helping me write by smashing her face against mine repeatedly and drooling on my shirt. It’s not improving my word count, but it does have a certain entertainment value.

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The Stars in Their Discourses

The headline for a TPM article today is “Things Get Messier Still at the Wash Times”. I wasted a few moments wondering what the metaphor meant–how things could “get Messier“–by being dimly luminous, fuzzy, distant? Then I realized: oh, yeah … Continue reading

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Not Very Captivating

Re the new Prisoner: It’s a thankless task to recreate a role originated by one of television’s greatest, oddest actors in one of the greatest series of all time. So: no thanks to Jim Caviezel tonight. Ian McKellan was pleasantly … Continue reading

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Saying What Needs to Be Said

The bottom line is that when you’ve got a show with a lead who can’t act and is consistently shown up by her supporting cast and occasional guest stars, you have a problem. When you’ve got a show with a … Continue reading

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And Now: This

Re tonight’s Glee: I was a little shocked by the glimpse into Sue’s backstory. It wouldn’t be surprising for any other character on TV, but then she isn’t. Some more somber narrative tones this episode, but a couple of great … Continue reading

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Omnia Mutantur, Nihil Interit

ARMISTICE DAY, 1918by Robert Graves What’s all this hubbub and yelling,       Commotion and scamper of feet,With ear-splitting clatter of kettles and cans,       Wild laughter down Mafeking Street? O, those are the kids whom we fought for       (You … Continue reading

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