Why I Collect “Star Wars”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 August 2010
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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.

The Games That People Play
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 26 May 2010
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I couldn’t wait to share my favorite board games with my kids. I was certain they would love them the same way I did. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened.

The Scrabble Variations
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Posted in One Million Watts on 10 May 2010
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Scrabble leaves a lot to the luck of the draw. You can have the biggest and best vocabulary in the world, but it won’t do you any good if you’re stuck with XPQDWLS.

Things We Like: “Other Lives,” Kidrobot’s “Carnies,” and King Fausto
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Posted in Things We Like on 24 April 2010
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This week: Depraved reading from Peter Bagge, tiny freaks from Kidrobot, and more love for Richard Elfman’s “Forbidden Zone.” One of us! We accept you! One of us!

The Ghosts of Christmas Presents
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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.

Nintendo’s Backroom Genius: Gung-ho for Gunpei Yokoi
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 16 December 2009
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If humanity could reclaim the lost hours stolen away by the inventions of Gunpei Yokoi we could cure swine flu, end global warming, and balance the budget.

Happy Birth … er, Life Day to “The Star Wars Holiday Special!”
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 3 December 2009
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“The Star Wars Holiday Special” is so notoriously bad that it swings back over to good, ninja-kicks it in the groin, leaves good in a crumpled heap, and moves all the way back into shockingly horrible.

Archie McPhee and Monkey Goggles
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Posted in One Million Watts on 27 November 2009
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Your support of Archie McPhee will help us to make sure that Monkey Goggles continues entertaining you, irritating you and recharging your libido with goat glands implanted just under the skin.

Long Live the Spirograph!
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 24 November 2009
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Using a Spirograph is a lot like those Chose Your Own Adventure books of the 1980s. You kinda know where you ‘re going, and you kinda know how you’ll get there, but the journey is where the fun is.

Bang Guns and Wolf Men: Exploring M. Gordon Novelty Shop
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Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 November 2009
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I knew I’d found it when I saw a blue building with a black-and-white Wolfman poster hanging in its window, assuring me that I was about to be in the best possible place.