Article Archive for December 2009

Things We Like: Obscure Lads, Slapstick Gore and Counting Down
Posted in Things We Like on 31 December 2009
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This coming year, the Monkey Goggles crew resolves to better know the music of little-known pop ensemble The Beatles, and to join the Burbank Karate Club in its campaign against undead evil.

Must-See Imaginary Television
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 30 December 2009
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Here are a few of the television series currently running in my head. Technology hasn’t developed to the point where you can actually watch them, and they probably aren’t worth actually making.

“The Book of Predictions” Predicts…
Posted in One Million Watts on 29 December 2009
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In 1981, authors and psychics Irving Wallace, David Wallechinsky and Amy Wallace delivered a 500-page slab of well-intentioned crackpot ramblings. Join us now in the 20th Century as they tell you what to expect of the second decade of the 21st.

A Sly, Sidelong Glance
Posted in Seattle on 28 December 2009
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So far, I’d worked for the psychic phoneline, written horoscopes for a tiny neighborhood newspaper, and drafted two chapters of a mystery novel featuring a trust-fund hippie amateur detective. But today, I was on my way to the culmination of my biggest Seattle dream.

Things We Like: Holiday Mash-ups, Stan & Ollie and Typin’ Monkeys
Posted in Things We Like on 24 December 2009
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We’re celebrating the season the best way we know how — with outrageously funky Christmas music, the timeless comedy of Laurel & Hardy and a heartfelt thanks to everyone who makes Monkey Goggles fun to look through.

The Ghosts of Christmas Presents
Posted in One Million Watts on 23 December 2009
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“A Christmas Story” may have its happy ending, but what about all of those kids who never got their Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle? All of us have stories about the present we always wanted but never got.

I Am Stuck on Band Aid
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 22 December 2009
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When word spread in 1984 of the all-star Band Aid charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” it sounded like a one-off event. Would we be hearing it again for years to come … or even the following Christmas?

Have Yourself a Merry Little Habit
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 21 December 2009
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I celebrated my first non-denominational holiday in 1987, and it marked two occasions: My embrace of the financial model that keeps our retail infrastructure afloat, and my last real day as a Jehovah’s Witness.

Things We Like: Hospital Food, Cold Frankie and a Well-Read Rat
Posted in Things We Like on 19 December 2009
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Celebrate this amorous season by reading Joyce to vermin and by watching Frankie and Annette not getting any. And nosh on a bucket of ears, tongues and fingers while you do so.

Romance in the Time of Teddy Ruxpin
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 18 December 2009
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It was a primitive time of music stored on magnetic tapes and mysterious health dances called jazzercise performed by a people called “jazzercisers.” Our wars were cold and our cubes rubik’d.