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{ Monthly Archives } June 2009

Easy Virtue

Jenny and I saw Easy Virtue at the State theatre in Grand Traverse, Michigan this weekend.  An enjoyable movie in an incredible theatre — that’s what the cinema’s all about. Easy Virtue adapts a Noel Coward play for the big screen, following the adventures of Larita Whitaker as she meets her new husband’s very English […]

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2009-06-28 Tweets

Downloaded a few JoCo songs this month. The banjo on “Brand New Sucker” rocks. # Powered by Twitter Tools. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

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Frozen

by Jay Bonansinga When I picked up this book at my local history and mystery bookstore (the lovely Centuries and Sleuths, in Forest Park, IL), I mentioned to the proprietor that the author’s name seemed familiar. Augie confirmed that it would be, as Jay Bonansinga also wrote The Sinking of the Eastland, a pretty dramatic […]

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I Was a Zombie for the F.B.I.

Post opening 1: Independent filmmaking in the HD, Uber-FX era parallels programming for the Wii. When Nintendo was working on the Wii, they focused nearly all their development money on implementing its innovative control scheme, eschewing the next round of processor and graphics upgrades that Microsoft and Sony pursued in creating their current-gen consoles. As […]

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Mum’s the Word for Murder

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Monster Nation and Monster Planet

by David Wellington See also: my review of Monster Island As with many final installments from trilogies, this book makes a lot more sense if you’ve read the first two. As an added caviat, reading it with the stories of the previous two books in mind makes it a lot better. I discovered that I […]

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Night with the Angels at the Smithsonian: Demons and Sequels

People often complain that the summer moviescape sprouts unnecessary sequels, profit-centered epiphytes sprouting from the success of the original and relying on viewer nostalgia or starpower (or both) to bring people to the box office. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and Angels and Demons are two such films. The former extends a […]

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The King of California

Jenny got this amusing little indie film from Netflix and it was pretty delightful. The film tells the story of Charlie, a bipolar dreamer whose daughter has had to fend for herself since he went away to the mental hospital. Now he’s out and he’s on a quest to find a missionary’s lost cache of […]

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Don’t eat that bird

Satin’s book was moderately interesting, but written in a pretty dry way. I liked Poisons From Hemlock to Botox to the Killer Bean of Calabar better for its evocative storytelling style. That said, it was interesting to learn that the Roman lead poisoning epidemic was not due to lead water pipes, but possibly because of […]

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True Blood, season 1

We got the first disc of True Blood via Netflix and my sister-in-law and her husband liked it so much they bought the series, so we all watched it together over the last few weeks. A few thoughts: Alan Ball and his mise-en-scene folks craft the perfect atmosphere. It’s gritty, sweaty Louisiana. It’s not Anne […]

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Coolest logo ever

In looking for an amusing example of a purchase students might “research” before making, I thought about using Helper Monkeys. It turns out, though, that these are for disabled folks, so the humor wasn’t as humorous as I’d hoped. I ended up writing about pool cleaning robots. But I did find the logo for Helping […]

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Blood on Biscayne Bay

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The Chuzz

The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens; narrated by Debra Lynn for Librivox I haven’t read a ton of Dickens in my day, but the humorous title and description of this book made it a good one to dive into. It was a long one, though. The audiobook was divided into 75 […]

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Fanboys

Jenny and I watched this movie last week, but with all the undead excitement, I’m just now getting around to posting about it. Fanboys amuses. Some thoughts: This film excels at the little jokes. The van that has to be punched (and makes a rhythmic winding up sound) to make it start. The nerd who […]

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2009-06-14 Tweets

damn you, scienceblogs and your amazing panoply of writers! # Powered by Twitter Tools. [ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | […]

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