Monthly Archives: December 2018

Modifying the Header early today

I made all the changes for next month/year today because we will be attending a party held by really nice friends tonight. When I wake up on New Year’s Day is anyone’s guess as I try to get my sleep … Continue reading

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The Platinum Age of Television by David Bianculli

If you’re a fan of Fresh Air, then you are probably familiar with the author since he’s the TV Critic and sometimes guest host. I usually tune out the last 5-10 minutes of the show anyway because I tend not to … Continue reading

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Farewell to two titles and the return of the Fantastic Four

After 40 years, Elfquest wrapped up with Cutter and his allies achieving their final quest. What that was, I have no idea, I stopped reading the comics way back in high school when issues showed up at irregular intervals and I … Continue reading

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John Adams: A Life by John Ferling

Before reading this biography, I was like most Americans when it came to their knowledge of John Adams: Second president. First one-termer. First vice president. Pretty short guy, even for the era. His presidency was a bit of a mess … Continue reading

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Split

With Glass coming out in January and it being a sequel to Unbreakable and this, I modified our Amazon Prime account to have Cinemax for one week (free) to find how Split connects the other two. Personally I have left M. Night for dead … Continue reading

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Vice: Worth Seeing

Hard to believe that McKay could make a Dark Comedy about war criminal Dick Cheney but he succeeds in making his point, this horrible man was the main architect behind America’s problems abroad and at home. I’ll explain more of … Continue reading

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Bohemian Rhapsody: Worth Seeing

After some delays, a sanitized version of Queen’s story has finally hit the big screen with the blessing of Brian May and Roger Taylor, the only two remaining members who tour. Even though he retired in the late Nineties, I’m … Continue reading

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Joe Bob Briggs III for Dead Heat

Joe Bob Briggs, the world’s favorite Drive-In and B-Movie guru, returned to Austin for a special 30th anniversary screening of Dead Heat, a pathetic attempt at making a hybrid Horror Comedy for Eigthies’ audiences. On the upside, it was the last film … Continue reading

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We own 26% of the house!

I haven’t posted one of these stories in two years but we did it! After re-financing with University Federal Credit Union to punish the dirtbags at Wells Fargo, we managed to get the balance past the 25 percent point and … Continue reading

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Meet (Duchess) Satine

Just as Nature abhors a vacuum, whenever one stray cat is removed (usually adopted), another takes up the vacancy. Over the years, various cats have used our back porch to sun themselves or as an impromptu shelter, especially during the … Continue reading

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Rest in peace Fuff

Sometime this Fall, a sick asshole poisoned my in-laws’ cat which in this era of Uppity Deplorables doesn’t complete surprise me. It’s a huge reason why my cats live indoors and I do whatever I can to rescue the strays … Continue reading

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Mandy: Acquired Taste

Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow) finally returns with a new Horror flick focused on revenge. It’s another stylistic panoply of color, animation, nostalgia, sound, music, mood and dark humor. Set during the early Eighties, Mandy is a tragedy about a couple whose peaceful, … Continue reading

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RIP Penny Marshall

Penny’s second career was a delightful surprise. Through the Seventies she was a minor character on The Odd Couple and Happy Days until she got a chance to star in Laverne & Shirley. My brother loved that show when he was a kid, I … Continue reading

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RIP Evelyn Berezin

Of all the people I’m writing about lately, Evelyn has had the greatest and most lasting impression or effect on me. She is credited with inventing Word Processing! Unless you didn’t know, my father got into Data Processing (an offshoot … Continue reading

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RIP Pete Shelley

Pete came to my attention as a solo artist when I was in high school and MTV primarily showed music videos. Everyone at school was mocking his single “Homo Sapien,” because his voice lent itself to the insults hormone-filled boys … Continue reading

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RIP Steve Hillenburg

It’s a shame he passed away at a relatively early age but his main creation, Spongebob Squarepants, have given children and adults alike joy. Before Spongebob, Steve got his start with Nickelodeon’s second wave of original cartoons through Rocko’s Modern Life. … Continue reading

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RIP William Goldman

William’s name may only come up easily for film buffs but to the rest of us, he’s the author behind the novel and screenplay The Princess Bride. The movie tanked when it was released 31 years ago but thanks to the … Continue reading

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