2002-Do

I stopped using my Palm Pilot about three years ago. It ran out of batteries, I was to lazy to replace them, that was the end of that. While cleaning up my PC today, I noticed that I still had "Palm Desktop" installed. Out of curiosity I looked to see what I had on my to-do list in 2002, and

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The Bad Review Revue

Venom: "All hopes for suspense and plot twists are snuffed out about as quickly as the film's black characters. " -- Kyle Smith, NEW YORK POST The Man: "Plays like a sequel to some terrible movie that was mercifully destroyed before it was ever released. " -- Kevin Crust, LOS ANGELES TIMES The Great Raid: "A steadily mounting series of

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defective yeti CareLess Bands

It seems like you can't rip a yuppie's arm out of its socket these days without acquiring a few "care bands" in the process. For those of you who have been too busy scouring thrift stories for Rubik's Cubes and parachute pants to keep abreast of current trends, "care bands" are these rubber rings that people wear around their wrist,

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Hang In There

The Squirrelly has always loved being held upside-down, but has recently started doing something new. After I flip him over and dangle him over the livingroom floor, he reaches up, grabs my hands, and tries to pry my fingers away from his waist, as if to say, "Jeeze Dad, I'm a year and a half old -- I can remain

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Berried Alive

One of my vices is a predilection for shitty cereal. Most mornings I start the day with a bowl Cheerios or whatnot, but every other month I splurge on a box of some sugary abomination and then proceed to demolish it over the next three days or so. I feel like I owe it to my ten year-old self, who

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Vokarlbulary

Email from my aunt:To: Matthew Baldwin From: Val Subject: I invented a new word Rovenge (rO-'venj), n: Politically motivated retribution. The White House sought rovenge against Joseph Wilson. Can you get this into the lexicon? Start using it, people. And as long as nominations are open, I'd like to propose a term that popped into my head this morning while

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Games: Shadows Over Camelot

Under the general rubric of "boardgame" exists a distinct subgenre termed "cooperative" -- games in which all the players form a single team and compete against the game itself. Some people dislike cooperative games, wondering what's the point is of a game in which everyone wins or everyone loses. Me, I like 'em -- and the newest of the breed,

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Books: The Time-Traveler’s Wife

Note: This review is part of the Booklist 2005 Project. The Time-Traveler's Wife is full of surprises, but three of them are exceptional. The first comes a few pages into the novel, when you discover that the titular time-traveler isn't some aging jock reminiscing about the glory days or a widower who often gets lost in memories of happier times,

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