Monthly Archives: August 2017

Belated welcome to Henry!

A new addition to the planet! Henry was born between Canada Day (July 1) and the Fourth of July which is a perfect compromise given his mom being an American and his dad a Canadian. Both halves do enjoy hockey, … Continue reading

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Brigsby Bear: Worth Seeing

Brigsby is a comedy I need to preface with a warning. If you’re expecting fart jokes and other low brow crap that Adam Sandler, and not thought-through Will Ferrell vehicles, make. This movie isn’t for you. The humor is subtle, observational. … Continue reading

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They’ll float too!

What looks like a clump of peat moss is really a fire ant colony floating around until they find dry land. If there really is a hell, these stinging little SOBs would be permanent fixtures. When there’s a flood, fire … Continue reading

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RIP Tobe Hooper

Tobe was an up-and-coming Horror director after the success of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, filmed around here in Austin. He then went on to do the TV movie of Salem’s Lot for CBS and the controversial Poltergeist. By now you’ve probably heard that … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday to Jack “King” Kirby

Here’s to the guy who is responsible for numerous characters in the big two which changed the industry. For many, Jack was the art side (and to some extent writing) for Marvel’s breakout success  with their early titles: The Fantastic Four, … Continue reading

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Harvey comes to Austin and it’s no big deal

It was a slow news day until the big Orange Idiot decided to pardon a racist felon, so the news detailing Harvey working its way through Texas was overblown. I think Houston and/or Corpus Christi got hammered but again, nothing … Continue reading

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UT takes down offensive statues

The above bit from The Daily Show back in May sums up my position about these Confederate statues. They’re monuments to traitors who fought against America. Davis and Lee are nowhere on the same scale as Jefferson, Washington or Roosevelt … Continue reading

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RIP Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis was one of those comedians you usually found funny when you’re a kid and as you get older, his schtick becomes lame. With him though, there was the addition of his unbearable actual asshole self you’d catch in … Continue reading

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RIP Dick Gregory

Dick Gregory was the first Black comedian to gain wide acceptance with White America. Through him, the way was paved for Bill Cosby and to some extent, Richard Pryor and Flip Wilson. The Black label was rather narrow-minded too. To … Continue reading

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Back to School II: Electric Boogaloo

I received the official e-mail just as I was nearing quitting time yesterday…I have been accepted to attend Southern New Hampshire University online. Now before you start giving me the Marge Simpson disapproval look with her trademarked “hrmm” noise. This … Continue reading

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DuckTales returns and it’s excellent

There has been a run of old shows being rebooted or picking up where they left off. I really don’t have any informed opinion about the trend on how well it’s being done beyond feeling that it’s best to let some … Continue reading

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RIP Joseph Bologna

This character actor passed away last Sunday. Joseph had played many roles, often villains or heavies but for he’ll be remembered for three big parts. The surrogate of Sid Caesar in the movie My Favorite Year. He’s great, playing an egomaniac … Continue reading

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Five hundred (genuine) comments!

Picayune moving to the blog format has been a mixed bag. The upside is the immediacy for posting new stories/reviews/whatever. The downside has been not much conversation has happened. Well, if I had the old-fashioned message boards, maybe it would take … Continue reading

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Hank Hill would mostly approve

A co-worker recently went to a Sci-Fi-Comic Book-Fantasy convention in Bell County. It’s north of Austin and very south of Dallas. Probably closer to Waco culturally. He had numerous cool pictures but I had to show off the Star Wars models … Continue reading

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Happy Tenth Anniversary Rogues Gallery!

After being Dragon’s Lair Round Rock for six years, the DL owner sold off this branch to Randy and David and probably some other investors…then they renamed their store Rogues Gallery, probably in honor of the Flash. I didn’t get … Continue reading

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