Running Down The Hill

Back in ye olde early dayes of this blog, I actually had (and occasionally hewed to) a weekly schedule:Monday: Books Tuesday: Politics Wednesday: Humorous observations about yogurt Thursday: Games Friday: MoviesOf course I had a child since then. Now nearly all the movies I watch, books I read, and games I play feature anthropomorphic mice, reassuring the watcher/reader/player that pooping

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Books: Red Mars

Red Mars, the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's sprawling epic about the terraforming and colonization of Mars, is epitomized by two passages. The first is found on page 102, shortly after the first settlers arrive on the barren planet:The stacked crate walls made a ramp to drive the tractor off the lander. They didn't look strong enough, but that

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America’s Next Top Model Democracy

In a classic case of "suffering for your art," I watched three episodes of America's Next Top Model over the weekend and then wrote this. A big "thanks" to The Queen, who first exposed me to the show. In much the same way that one person would expose another to tuberculosis.

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NaNoReMo 2007: Catch-22

The die is cast. The 2007 NaNoReMo book, as decided by you, will be: Catch-22. Wait, what? Really? Wow, I would not have predicted that. In fact, I don't even need to use the conditional tense: I did not predict that. I was sure it was going to be 1984 or Catcher In The Rye. Shows ya what I know.

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Brave New World

Opened my mailbox yesterday to find this catalog: The dystopia envisioned by generations of science-fiction writers arrived at some point, but no one really seemed to notice.

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The Bad Review Revue

Hot Rod: "Started to go bad about the time someone in casting said, 'You know what? I'll bet America is just about ready for the comedy stylings of Sissy Spacek.'" -- Kyle Smith, NEW YORK POST Good Luck Chuck: "A comedy so lame its plot could've been swiped from a Bazooka Joe wrapper." -- Chris Nashawaty, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY Dragon wars:

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United States Successfully Exports Remaining Democracy

President Bush's program to export democracy to the Middle East reached fruition yesterday, as the last of America's dominant political philosophy was shipped to Manama. "Don't say I never gave you nuthin', Bahrain," Bush joked during a ceremony at a Washington D.C. "Ship 4 Less" outlet, during which he carefully placed the remaining democracy in a cardboard box filled with

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NaNoReMo 2007

As you may recall (lord knows I do), I spent last November attempting to plow through Moby Dick. It was supposed to be a clever spin on National Novel Writing Month, the idea being that it would be easier to read a book in 30 days than write one. Rarely have my prognostic powers proven to be more incorrect. Knocking

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