Article Archive for March 2010

In the Great Hall of the Justice League
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 18 March 2010
Stats: 4,696 views and 3 Comments

No one involved in the making of Cartoon Network’s “Justice League” series behaved as if they were working on a kid’s show. These were superheroes with issues. Lots of issues.

What the Internet Taught Me
Posted in One Million Watts on 17 March 2010
Stats: 9,514 views and 2 Comments

Whenever you say “Webby,” I think only of DuckTales. The phrase “I’m Internet famous!” has no legal significance. And I never, ever tire of being Rickrolled. The song’s just so darned catchy.

In Defense of Simple Minds
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 March 2010
Stats: 4,250 views and 1 Comment

Before “Don’t You Forget About Me” made their name, Simple Minds did a hell of a lot of soul-searching and experimentation … and made some great music.

Mixtapes, Remembered
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 March 2010
Stats: 5,422 views and 2 Comments

In memory of the now-defunct art of recording a perfect batch of favorite songs to cassette tape, B. James, Krysztof Nemeth and Gregory Crosby write about the mixtape rules they followed … and broke.

Things We Like: “King Creole,” “Mister Skylight” and E.S. Posthumus
Posted in Things We Like on 13 March 2010
Stats: 3,266 views and No Comments

Ed Skoog fashions some exploding moments; Elvis Presley tries to stay one step ahead of the mob and the critics; E.S. Posthumus plays music to fight a zombie Napoleon by.

If I Had a Time Machine…
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 12 March 2010
Stats: 6,135 views and 1 Comment

There’s just too much money to be made plundering the past for the technology not to be invented and deployed to shopping malls across America, where it can take up space between the water-massage tables and the abandoned oxygen bar.

Sex, Drugs and Jiffy-Pop: Rockers on the Silver Screen
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 11 March 2010
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When rock stars make movies, they make the hearts of cynics and masochists alike beat faster. But potshots aside, the quality continuum between “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Shanghai Surprise” is dotted with titles deserving of rediscovery.

Ventriloquism for Fun and Prophet
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 10 March 2010
Stats: 3,808 views and No Comments

Today, ventriloquism is at the bottom rung of the showbiz ladder — slightly above wearing a pizza costume and waving at cars. But thousands of years ago, ventriloquism was no trick; it was the key to deep religious belief.

It Never Rains
Posted in Seattle on 9 March 2010
Stats: 4,215 views and No Comments

You’re talking about water falling from the sky in great cascades; fat raindrops smacking against windshields and rooftops. We rarely get to see anything like that up here in Seattle.

Allow Me to Vent
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 March 2010
Stats: 4,028 views and 3 Comments

There always seems to be some family heirloom that people fight over, whether it’s for the financial value of the object or for sentimental reasons. In my husband’s family, that object is Hector, a ventriloquist’s dummy.