Ice Cycle

I just went for a bracing winter bicycle ride and am now hella braced. One interesting thing about rides this late in the year is that you find yourself simultaneously sweating profusely and chilled to the bone, a condition that otherwise only occurs if you (a) have contracted hypothermia or (b) are reading a Stephen King novel while fireside. It

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O Brave New World

In 1854, Henry David Thoreau said that most people "lead lives of quiet desperation". Today that is no longer true. Thanks to blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and reality television, our desperation just keeps getting louder.

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LDFCfPE

Hi, I'm Lou Dobbs, called "Mr. Independent" by myself and others (mostly myself). When I abruptly quit my plush gig as the host of Lou Dobbs Tonight last week, people thought I had gone insane(r). Didn't I have everything that an irritable curmudgeon could possibly want? I did--AND NOW YOU CAN TOO!! Announcing my newest enterprise: The Lou Dobbs Fantasy

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Haircut 2.0

I got a professional haircut today. This was my first since ... oh, dunno. Like May of 2003, I reckon? (Yay blog) When I told the stylist on the phone that I hadn't been to a barber in six years, she gasped in alarm. "I don't have six years of hair," I added. Even so, she continued to sound flummoxed.

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Research Day: “Night” in the Night Exhibit

To: Woodland Park Zoo From: Matthew Baldwin Date: Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 4:52 PM Subject: Are the lights on in the nocturnal house at night? Hi! A friend and I visited your fine zoo recently. Later that night, over beers, we joked about breaking in and revisiting the nocturnal house, because we loved the bushbabies so. It was just

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Eighth Wonder

I glanced up from my laptop to find my five-year-old son standing nearby, gripping a bottle of Elmer's glue. He had removed the cap and was holding the container upside down, watching, fascinated, as the viscous white substance drooled into a ever-growing pool on the kitchen floor. "What are you doing?!" I barked. "Put that down!" He jumped, startled, and

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The Bad Review Revue

Saw VI: "Could well be called Saw It Already." -- Rob Nelson, VARIETY All About Steve: "Easily the worst movie of the week, month, year, and Bullock’s entire career. It is to comedy what leprosy once was to the island of Molokai: a plague best contemplated from many miles away." -- Ty Burr, BOSTON GLOBE. Whiteout: "So staggeringly bad that

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Movies: Paranormal Activity

This contains no spoilers, even though I assume that anyone with an interest in seeing Paranormal Activity has done so already. Among obnoxiously pedantic board game enthusiasts (a group of which I am a founding member), a distinction is made between "games" and "activities". A game, you see, is one in which the players compete against one another and, on

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