Things I Learned About My Dad (in therapy)

Things I Learned About My Dad (in therapy), a compendium of essays on fatherhood headed up by Dooce's Heather Armstrong, hits stores today. I contributed a chapter, with the caveat that it not follow any of those of the other writers (as they are all so astoundingly talented that mine would pale in comparison), and also not come first. I'm

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The Shape of Things to Come

Tired of the protracted Democratic fight for the Presidential nomination? Want to pretend we're already in the general election phase of the campaign? Why, just head on over to Snopes for a preview of what things will be like six months from now:Illinois senator Barack Obama is a "radical Muslim" who "will not recite the Pledge of Allegiance." Barack Obama

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The Bad Review Revue

Deception: "A nonprescription alternative to Ambien." -- Lou Lumenick, NEW YORK POST 88 Minutes: "Will be hard-pressed to last much longer than its title in theaters before doing time on DVD." -- Michael Rechtshaffen, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Never Back Down: "Speeds up and slows down as though controlled by a director in the grip of competing medications." -- Jeannette Catsoulis,

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Computer Games I Have Known And Loved

I'm not a big computer game player, but here's a few that have reeled me in recently. Skyrates: One of my favorite types of board games are those using a mechanism we call "pick-up-and-deliver", in which players acquire things in one location (quests, passengers, commodities, etc) and receive points or money upon successfully transporting the cargo to its intended destination.

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Afternoon Sealight

Two things of interest I discovered while searching the Internet to craft the Darwinian language in the previous post: 1. The Coolidge effect is the tendency of males of every tested mammalian species to perform at their sexual peak when introduced to a new receptive female. The term comes from this old joke:President Calvin Coolidge and his wife visited a

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The Descent of Bandann

While I allowed my blogging muscles to atrophy, my longtime friend has been pumping his up, and recently became the in-house blogger for the The Soup. And by "longtime friend" I mean, like, since first grade, although I've always known him by a name other than "Clog Narter." I can only assume that that's a pseudonym and/or anagram of "furry

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Reflections On My Netflix Queue

Black Sheep & The Host So I'm out on one of my woefully infrequent nights of carousing, and at some point a buddy of mine opines that I would like the movie Black Sheep, and also, while we're on the topic, this other film called The Host. And somehow I write these titles down, which is fairly amazing since it

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Last LOST Post For a Year, I Promise

Okay, a friend and I just did the math. The final episode of LOST Season 4 will be #82. After that there will be two more seasons, each with 16 episodes. The premiere of LOST Season 4 was in mid-January, 2008. Let's assume that the final season starts in mid-January of 2010. At that point, 98 episodes will have aired.

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