Category Archives: Film, Literature and Entertainment

“Spring” has sprung, mud was flung, tentacle tongues

That vernal equinox thing happened.  Now it’s spring.  March tried to pretend this was a big shift by tossing down six inches of snow last week. I made the most of it. All that snow is gone now and spring … Continue reading

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Is winter the end or the beginning?

It’s Groundhog Day and our furry buddy Phil grumpily announced that there would be a six-week extension to this winter season. Though it was damn cold this morning, it hasn’t been cold in Chicago this winter other than a week in … Continue reading

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The Last Winter before the longest night

I got up at quarter to four in the morning. This year’s Winter Solstice came due at 4:44 am, so I was outside to take it all in. I didn’t specifically get up because of the solstice.  It’s just that I … Continue reading

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Asteroid Day is a thing and it’s today

Today is Asteroid Day.  It’s only the second annual Asteroid Day, so I don’t feel that bad having it sneak up on me like this.  I have set five reminders on three different calendar apps just to make sure I … Continue reading

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Flying Leap, take one and pass it on

Today is a day like any and every other day.  More or less.  It’s also a rare day, if that’s possible. Of course it’s possible.  Anything is possible when you’re making shit up. The calendar is made up.  It’s useful, … Continue reading

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Seven years for Seveneves

I have enjoyed some Neal Stephenson novels in my time.  Cryptonomicon and Quicksilver, if we’re going to name names. His new novel Seveneves is ready for ingestion. However, the book’s informational blurb came with the line “a grand story of annihilation … Continue reading

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Penny fore you’re naught

“Do you believe the past can return?” I’m not sure, Ms. Ives.  I’m just not sure. I know I’m not alone thinking I spend more time waiting around for television shows than I do watching. I’m also willing to concede … Continue reading

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Choose wisely

I finally found a use for Twitter besides ranting about sports. Some fellow by the name of Terence Eden created a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story using Twitter.  It starts here. Good luck, you’ll need it. I’ve already died in … Continue reading

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Terror and Wonder at The British Library

I don’t think I’ll make it over to London by January 20th, but this looks pretty cool if you happen to be nearby. Two hundred rare objects trace 250 years of the Gothic tradition, exploring our enduring fascination with the mysterious, … Continue reading

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Amityville: The Awakening? I might just hit snooze

Who am I kidding, I’ll watch this new pile of Amityville crap called Amityville: The Awakening.  It is scheduled for January 2015.  No reason to rush this work of art for an October release. I watched The Amityville Haunting after … Continue reading

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