The Dean Meme

Oh man, am I ever sick of the another McGovern meme currently being propagated by Republicans ostensibly thrilled that Dean is going to clinch the Democratic nomination. Dean ain't my first choice for the nomination, and I honestly don't know if he can beat Bush in 2004, but the whole "Dean = McGovern" thing drives me nuts. So do me

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Oh Yeah? Well Solaris Was Boring!

In the elevator this morning a man and a woman were talking to one another in Russian. I couldn't understand anything they were saying until, in the middle of a sentence, the man dropped in the title "Big Fat Greek Wedding." At this the woman adopted an expression of disgust and began speaking disdainfully. This too was entirely in Russian,

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The Glow Is Fading

The Queen:"The last trimester is ridiculous. He's fully formed, you know -- now he's just sitting around getting fat. There's no excuse for him to still be in there."Two months to go ...

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Holiday Survival Guide For Slackers 2003

I'm working on my annual Holiday Survival Guide For Slackers and I'm looking for suggestions. If you know of some stupid crap available for purchase on the intarweb, you can mention it here or drop me an email. Thanks!

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Friday Afternoon Scratchpad

Allow Me To Apologize In Advance Until recently the Seattle Symphony only performed works by a single composer: The Brandenburg Concertos, The Art of Fugue, The Goldberg Variations, etc. But when audiences started complaining about the lack of variety, the conductor decided to think outside of the Bachs. Dumb One of my coworkers is deaf. When we see each other

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The Bad Review Revue

The Haunted Mansion: "Lamer than Tiny Tim on a damp London day." -- Brian Parks, VILLIAGE VOICE Bad Santa: "A frozen pile of reindeer droppings, the cinematic equivalent to passing a kidney stone." -- K.J. Doughton, FILM THREAT Honey: "Amid the endless stream of catch-a-rising-star movie cliches are a few new ones, notably 'skinny girls always win out in the

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Good Gift Games 2003

Note: If you heard me on The Beat and are are looking for more information on the games described, head on over to SeattleSpiel. It's everybody's favorite holiday tradition:  Matthew Baldwin's Annual Good Gift Games Guide! Every year I assemble a list of those games that, in my opinion, make swell presents for the holiday season.  In compiling these guides,

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Texas Trip: The Final Frontier

The Queen and I flew to Texas on Frontier Airlines. Never heard of it? Neither had I, and I found this vaguely disconcerting. I don't like flying under any circumstances, and I wasn't exactly psyched to be on an airline less well-known than your average brand of salad dressing. But I ordered our tickets on one of them Internet Ticket

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