Article Archive for August 2010

New Wave Songs Once Enjoyed on Airplanes
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 31 August 2010
Stats: 6,368 views and 4 Comments

As the song played I imagined that I was a secret agent carrying a top-secret mix tape from New York to Paris. It was easy to have spy fantasies on planes back when everyone smoked.

Going to the Library with Ray Bradbury
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 30 August 2010
Stats: 6,084 views and 7 Comments

When Ray Bradbury’s wheelchair was pushed into the auditorium of the Los Angeles Public Library and situated next to me, I froze. I’m not fazed by rock stars, but authors are something else.

Things We Like: “The Giant Claw,” Plant Tips and Inglourious Geekery
Posted in Things We Like on 28 August 2010
Stats: 6,642 views and 2 Comments

It’s Quentin Tarantino and a Giant Buzzard vs. the jocks! Also: A special message from the plant world.

Excerpts from H.P. Lovecraft’s Yelp Page
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 27 August 2010
Stats: 9,946 views and 3 Comments

After awakening from a troubled sleep infected with visions of demonic abstractions pitched at odd angles against an impossible landscape of stark horror, my sweet tooth hit.

Some Impractical Things Remembered
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 26 August 2010
Stats: 5,857 views and 3 Comments

I remember things of no consequence. But the things that do stick with me have their own importance, even though they’re not of any practical use.

Looking Forward to a “Pilgrim’s” Progress
Posted in One Million Watts on 25 August 2010
Stats: 4,770 views and 4 Comments

That star that has risen in the West signifies the birth of a new cult film. “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” is just 10 years away from being everyone’s favorite movie.

Why I Collect “Star Wars”
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 August 2010
Stats: 20,087 views and 5 Comments

When we moved to Sri Lanka, I was six years old and already the biggest “Star Wars” fan on my block. But something happened there that made me a lifelong collector.

Ode to a Phony Doubloon
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 23 August 2010
Stats: 26,889 views and 4 Comments

The shop was home to one of those carnival midway machines that would print any sequence of letters onto a souvenir coin. In essence, you were making your own money.

Things We Like: “Gargoyles,” RDJ Pinup and Saturday Night!
Posted in Things We Like on 21 August 2010
Stats: 4,135 views and No Comments

Are your more frightened of gargoyles or a pretty girl with the face of Robert Downey, Jr.? The answer may surprise you … or not. Also: Return to NBC’s Studio 8H.

Suggested Product Improvements: The Ventriloquist’s Dummy
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 20 August 2010
Stats: 7,948 views and 7 Comments

Everyone wants to own a ventriloquist dummy, but how do we overcome the fear that it will come to life in the middle of the night and stab us to death?