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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Lunar Eclipse and Apocalypse

If it’s not cloudy where you live this morning, step outside and look at the moon. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Isn’t that spectacular? This morning saw a total eclipse of the moon, and it was beautiful. In fact, if you saw it near ‘totality,’ you also saw it turn a somewhat shocking shade of orange […]

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Loki: The Avengers Disassembled

SPOILER NOTE:  This is a review of a character from the 2012 film “The Avengers”.  It will contain spoilers.  I recommend avoiding this review until you’ve seen the film. “You think yourself above them.” “Well, yes.” “Then you miss the truth of ruling, brother.  The throne would suit you ill.” -Thor and Loki, The Avengers The Adopted […]

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