Article Archive for August 2010

New Wave Songs Once Enjoyed on Airplanes
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 31 August 2010
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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
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 30 August 2010
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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
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Posted in Things We Like on 28 August 2010
Stats: 5,943 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
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 27 August 2010
Stats: 8,672 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
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 26 August 2010
Stats: 5,271 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
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Posted in One Million Watts on 25 August 2010
Stats: 4,203 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”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 August 2010
Stats: 19,212 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
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 23 August 2010
Stats: 26,029 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!
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Posted in Things We Like on 21 August 2010
Stats: 3,627 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
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Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 20 August 2010
Stats: 7,297 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?