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{ Monthly Archives } November 2008

Too Many Curses

by A. Lee Martinez Martinez wrote another book I enjoyed quite a bit, Gil’s All Fright Diner, which also focuses on a place that’s menaced by the occult.  Too Many Curses follows the adventures of Nelly, a Kobold servant of an evil wizard.  When the wizard dies, Nelly has to figure out to do with […]


Black Friday, in music!

The Creative Commons experiment is my at-school desk music.  At home, I’m still continuing my progress through all my music in alphabetical order.  Here’s the most recent: 2: Trailer Trash – A twangy, folksy country band with a local Minneapolis bent.  I got these CDs as part of my dad’s collection, and they’ve grown on […]

You know the holidays are here…

…when I write a post about Miracle on 34th Street. I’ve written about this movie so many times that I’m running out of stuff to say.  I’ve already pointed out amusing lines and bits of unreality, the tiny details that make me delight in the film, among other things.  This time, I found myself pondering the bits of this […]

Guilty as Hell

The Engels Leren problem.

Warning: VERY NSFW! [youtube:] In listening to French music over this last week, I had two thoughts.  First, I wondered if listening to music in a foreign language you don’t really understand gives you access to a more “pure” music experience.  My thinking for this is that lyrics serve both a musical and an informational […]

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I give you permission to re-kill me

Stacy takes the position at the head of list of weird films I’ve seen in the last year, and probably takes a position among the top five or ten weird films I’ve ever seen. The film has a three-part plot stemming from the premise: that all young women die of a mysterious disease sometime between […]

Music Monday

The Pierre Richard’s Family, Salut ça va? Billing itself with keywords “rock punk disco ska musette,” I expected something a bit heavier, with less accordion.  Then their ID3 tag in iTunes comes up with the genre blues, which absolutely doesn’t fit.   These songs bounce along with what I assume is whimsy, with a hint […]

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Alphabet Meme

So Brian tagged me with this meme from Blog Cabins: The Rules 1. Pick one film to represent each letter of the alphabet. 2. The letter “A” and the word “The” do not count as the beginning of a film’s title, unless the film is simply titled A or The, and I don’t know of […]

The Harvest

by Robert Charles Wilson A moon-sized alien object appears in the sky over Earth and hangs out, silently orbiting, for two years.  Then, suddenly, every person on the planet is offered a chance to become immortal.  One in ten thousand refuse the offer.  This book is the story of what happens afterward. Wilson does a […]

2008-11-21 Tweets

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On making “friends”

Myspace: I never use it, so most of my friend requests are from mysterious women overseas who are just looking for someone to love.  And to visit their private porn page.  REJECTED. Facebook: most of my friend requests are either students or college friends I haven’t heard from in years.  I accept nearly every request […]

On The Little Mermaid

Avery’s been watching The Little Mermaid a lot lately, and I’ve come to notice a few things about it, nearly all of them bothersome and disturbing.  But first, her observations: After Triton destroys Ariel’s humania collection, Avery turns to me and says “Her daddy broke her stuff.  She’s sad.” Avery correctly identifies Ursela as “The […]

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2008-11-20 Tweets

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Awesome moments in parenting

Nearly-three-year-olds are fascinating. Avery is hilarious and temperamental, cute and so energetic she seems likely to explode; she oscillates between these states with alarming rapidity. But we can’t get over how many amazingly cute moments we see daily. Here are a few from the past few weeks: Avery spots a flattened raisins box in the […]

Slings and Arrows, Series 1 disc 2

See also: Slings and Arrows, disc 1 Jenny and I just finished Slings and Arrows series 1, and I have to say, it’s even better as it wraps up. The whirling dervish of the theatre company spins faster and faster, and the craziness continues. The second half shows us a lot more of the young […]