Article Archive for April 2010

Fun spring reading: Real people, fictional situations
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Posted in One Million Watts on 19 April 2010
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Ambrose Bierce, detective? Edgar Allan Poe, explorer? Super-specialized genre fiction, once the realm of nerds and, well, other nerds, has opened up a bit and now stars all kinds of real-life people.

Things We Like: “The Monster That Challenged The World” and “Skynet Symphonic”
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Posted in Things We Like on 17 April 2010
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Slugs threaten Southern California, and the Terminator gets funky. Yep, just another day in the life.

I Can’t Tell You How Much I Love You
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 16 April 2010
Stats: 5,208 views and 4 Comments

We haven’t been as close since we were sharing the slice of apple pie, and that accident with the fork … which I still maintain was defective.

Support Your Independent Record Store
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 15 April 2010
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Your neighborhood record store is operated not by a surly, disengaged elitist, but by someone who chose art over commerce. You should give them your business.

Hey, Teens: You Will Survive the Suburbs
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 13 April 2010
Stats: 5,337 views and 2 Comments

I suppose it’s natural to rebel against the place where you grew up. That was me and Orange County. Nearly the whole of my time in that verdant sprawl was spent in a kind of stasis.

Write Back Soon: In Praise of Pen Pals
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 12 April 2010
Stats: 5,699 views and 4 Comments

The serious pen pal had an arsenal of materials at her disposal, the most basic of which was an ingenious item known as the aerogram. Sadly, it’s now extinct.

Things We Like: “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”, “Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster” and “Gizmo!”
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Posted in Things We Like on 10 April 2010
Stats: 22,103 views and 1 Comment

This week: A different kind of Godzilla movie, a valentine to the art of invention, and a bizarrely funny cartoon starring a boy and his pug.

An Absolutely Irresistible Offer
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 9 April 2010
Stats: 3,922 views and No Comments

Do you feel like no matter how much you accomplish, you’re still not meeting your potential? You’re not alone. Learn about Garage Sale Puzzle Syndrome.

And Then I Did What?
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 8 April 2010
Stats: 4,280 views and 3 Comments

Surrounded by family members, the stories start to fly. A number of these stories involves me and that’s where problems arise, because my mother and I tend to remember stories differently.

Terrible, Terrible Children: Teaching in South Korea
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 7 April 2010
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Bill Cosby was right: Kids do say the darndest things. They also say the cruelest and most twisted-est things. And they draw them. That’s me: “Grosoper,” the hairy pig-man.