Books: A Day In the Life

So I'm at a get-together the other day, and someone mentions The Beatles, and someone else asks, "When did 'The Beatles' really start to exist? Is it when Ringo joined the group? When John, Paul, and George got together? When John and Paul met?" And I said, "Really, The Beatles, as an entity, consisted of five people, and would be

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Heavy Petting

  These Fancy Feast commercials are essentially porn movies for lonely librarians. The idea that your cat would condescend to sit in your lap and be cuddled after receiving some cod-flavored glop is about as far-fetched as the Comcast guy having sex with a beautiful woman because he fixed her cable.

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6

defective yeti is six years old and still going strong well okay intermittently to be the death of me.

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AFI 100: The Last Picture Show

Plowing through all of these old movies, I expected most to be tame and staid. Perhaps the rest are, but The Last Picture Show sure ain't. Larry McMurtry meditation on sex and death in a small, Southern town is pretty much just a hodgepodge of scandals all intertwined into a two hour narrative. The black and white cinematography and stilted

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Rule 3.18

I had a racquetball game this afternoon against an opponent I was sure I had faced before on the ladder. He said otherwise. "No, I'm good with faces," he assured me. "I'd remember if we'd played." Still, I was fairly confident that, not only that we'd met prior, but that there was something distinctly memorable about him, some unique characteristic

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The AFI 100 Project

I just discovered that, late last year, the American Film Institute revised their List of the 100 Greatest Movies of All-Time [pdf]. Looking over the list, I was a little surprised at how many I have never seen. Here's the breakdown, with films I've seen in green, films I haven't seen in red, and films I have seen but don't

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As Advertised

The Queen IMs me at work:Queen: hey Me: What's up? Q: Bored Q: I called our insurance company, and have been on hold for like five minutes Q: They are playing classic rock. Right now I am listening to "Can't Get No Satisfaction" Q: OH THE IRONY

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The Iowa Caucuses

How about them Iowa Caucuses, huh? Obama In victory speech, Barak Obama called last Thursday "a defining moment in history"--presumably because it marked the first occasion in which a political prediction of mine actually came to pass. Although I said he'd win by "a significant (if not sizable) margin in Iowa," and winning by eight percentage points strikes me as

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