Redeeming Santa

“All it takes is moving one letter to change Santa into Satan!” If you’ve never heard that little tidbit before…well, you haven’t been running in the same circles I have. Santa Claus has been under attack since he climbed down his first chimney, and I’m smart enough to know that trying to enter that ring […]

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121,000 Voices

When I was younger, Christmas was when my parents would buy me the latest Pokémon game, and some of my favorite December memories as a child were of playing my brand new copy of Pokémon Red or Gold in the car, riding through a snowy landscape on the way to my grandmother’s house.  Whenever the […]

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Advent of the Force

There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The first teaser trailer for the new Star Wars film dropped like a thermal detonator on millions of fans last Friday morning, immediately sparking hype and debate. Still, despite being burned by the last three entries into the saga, fans seem to be approaching this new […]

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Remindergiving

Ah, Thanksgiving!  The one consumerism couldn’t destroy. Not for lack of trying, of course.  Sure, companies try to get into the game every year, but despite all their best efforts, Thanksgiving has staunchly resisted the crass commercialism that took Christmas and Halloween and threatens to take Easter soon, too.  That’s part of why, as my […]

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The Princess in the Other Castle

“All right.  No, I’ve got it.  Here’s how we save the entire video game industry.  So, there’s a giant turtle-dinosaur-dragon thing, all right?  And he kidnaps a plumber’s princess girlfriend.  So now the plumber has to go rescue her, but the big turtle dragon has sent a bunch of little turtles…and some disembodied heads with […]

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The Avatar Blues

This review is about Avatar, the 2009 blockbuster, and as usual assumes that you’ve seen the film.  Please be aware that there will be spoilers below. Avatar needs no introduction.  It quickly attained the status of “highest-grossing film-ever,” beating out James Cameron’s previous blockbuster Titanic and coming the closest to knocking Gone With the Wind off […]

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Halloween: Satan doesn’t get any day

Some debates you just can’t ignore.  And with almost 62 million Google results for “the halloween debate”, we’re probably going to get some angry comments on this one. Pat Robertson calls it “the night of the devil.”  A certain conservative group insists that it was “conceived in evil” and is used to promote a fascination with […]

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An Inadvertent Cult

On October 18, 2014, I was inducted into a cult against my will. But this cult is the most socially acceptable cult in America today, and my induction into it happened during one of the happiest moments of my life. What happened? My son Calvin was born, and I was inducted into the Cult of […]

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