I Am My Anti-Drug!

The Queen calls me at work:The Queen: Guess what. Me: AJ is your favorite Backstreet Boy. Q: I just saw you on TV. M: You ... huh? Q: I was watching the local news and, in the middle of a story, there was this huge close-up of your face. M: Really? What was the story about? Q: The pleasurable effects

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SeattleSpiel

Since I used to maintain the board game site acesup.com, and because I now write about board game here from time to time, I often get email from folks asking if I know of game groups or game stores in the Seattle area. I've been meaning to improve my CSS skills for a while anyhow, so I figured I'd kill

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Pushing Daisies

I rarely care enough to send the very best, but I recently saw this card at Hallmark and considered picking up a few: Wow, talk about useful! I mean, that's got to be one of the subtlest death threats I've ever seen.

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IT Guys … In The Elevator!

Overheard in the elevator:IT Guy 1: Sure, I know that band. They're pretty good. IT Guy 2: I have their album, if you want me to burn you a CD. IT Guy 1: That would be cool. But burn it as mp3s, not as CD tracks. I don't even bother with CDs any more. Over Christmas I converted all my

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Lord Of The Ring Of Fire

By the way, halfway through The Return of the King I figured out that the entire Lord of the Rings saga is an allegory for pregnancy. Seriously, check it out. You got your Frodo and your Sam, trudging to the Crack of Doom, right? And that's about as apt a description for pregnancy as you're likely to find: nine months

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The Bad Review Revue

Love Don't Cost A Thing: "An inept and sleazy remake of a bad movie that easily edges From Justin to Kelly as the dullest major-studio release of the year." -- Lou Lumenick, NEW YORK POST My Baby's Daddy: "Diapers, even from three babies, can't stink worse than this." -- Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE Paycheck: "Doesn't come within a light year

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Movies: Return of the King

I was a little apprehensive about The Return of the King. I mean, I knew it would be great -- it was, after all, filmed concurrently with the other films, with the same cast and director and source material. But Peter Jackson was passed over for the "Best Director" award in the last two Academy Awards ceremonies, and I was

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Shake It

Yesterday the Mars Rover sent back detailed photos and video of the planet's terrain; today NASA released the first audio recorded on the Martian surface. During the 24 minute broadcast, listeners could discern the faint whistling of world's thin atmosphere, the low rumblings of tectonic movement, and, in the background, the distant but unmistakable strains of Outkast's "Hey Ya!"

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Ahead Of The Curve

The trick to making a bajillion dollars off a fad, of course, is to get way ahead of the curve. That's why, for a limited time only, I'll be selling bumperstickers (and other merchandise) to my conservative readers. Be the first to slap one on your car, January 21, 2005! Update According to whois, "impeachdean.com" was registered in Novemember of

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Picks

News:Pat Robertson said Friday that God told him President Bush will be re-elected in a landslide. "I think George Bush is going to win in a walk," the religious broadcaster said on his "700 Club" program on the Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network, which he founded. "I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a

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