Tag Archives: Eighties

Woo hoo! September with Vegas coming!

Normally, I’m not thrilled about this month. Sure we get a three-day weekend with Labor Day but it also means Summer is over. On the upside, Austin gradually starts to cool off, the Renaissance Faire is coming, outdoor shows aren’t … Continue reading

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Farewell Mikhail Gorbachev

Given how poorly things are going in Russia and the former Soviet Republics, Gorbachev will often be remembered in a positive light, despite agreeing with Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. He also represented some major shifts over there which … Continue reading

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1982: My grandiose farewell D&D campaign, dead in 10 minutes

Crap! August is practically over and I nearly forgot about this event from 40 years ago! It’s a major reason why I don’t and never will, have a dog in my house. They’re great as I enjoy visiting the ones … Continue reading

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A great Princess Bride joke!

Someone at my job did this. As soon as I spotted it, I knew the reference instantly because it’s only one of my favorite movies of all time! Good thing I wasn’t riding by on horseback.

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Permanent

This really cute Coming-of-Age movie set in the Eighties helped solidify how much I enjoy seeing Rainn Wilson in about anything. Before you ask, I’ve barely watched the American version of The Office. I have no opinion of it, thus, I … Continue reading

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RIP Olivia Newton John

Olivia was a huge artist in the soundtrack of my grade school days. Even before every other kid at St. Matthew’s got the Grease soundtrack as a gift, she was a staple of AM radio via WLS (Chicago) with her Soft … Continue reading

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RIP Paul Sorvino

Another great actor who played villains and not just gangsters as per Goodfellas; he was Kissinger in Oliver Stone’s Nixon, head of the Capulet family in the horrible 1996 take on Romeo & Juliet, The Stuff and The Rocketeer. He even did cartoon voice work via Duckman and Hey … Continue reading

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RIP David Warner

Such a shame to see David go! Another great Shakespeare-trained actor who went on to have an incredible Sci-Fi resume: two Star Trek movies (V and VI – Klingon Chancellor Gorkon is the most memorable), Star Trek: the Next Generation (Gul Madrid), Babylon … Continue reading

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RIP Alan Grant

Sad to read the news about this comic book writer passing who oddly had the same name as Sam Neill’s character in Jurassic Park. He was part of DC Comics’ influx of UK-based writers and artists who made comics and superheroes … Continue reading

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RIP James Caan

Most of the obits focused on his roles as the hot-headed brother Sonny in The Godfather flicks but to a Sci-Fi nerd like myself he was more memorable as the greatest athlete ever in Rollerball, a dystopian story with corporations running the … Continue reading

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Well…SCOTUS has now reached peak irrelevance

It’s now official, the Minority Government in power hates women and poor people. This crap rationale of the most incredible verbal, philosophical yoga will be remembered when Amerikan Democracy went from dying to almost no pulse. I figured the country’s … Continue reading

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RIP Dave Smith (Synth Guy)

Dang it, too many nice people dying lately but what Dave did just cannot be ignored by me and all who love music. He was a former Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student from UC-Berkeley who got his hands on … Continue reading

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Hello June ’22 via Castle Amber!

Allegedly Stranger Things is using more D&D villains in the current season so I decided to go with an adventure that I have fond memories of…Castle Amber because I picked up the new 5E conversion at Chupacabrcon. Back in the Summer of … Continue reading

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RIP Andrew Fletcher

Andrew wasn’t as famous as the other members of Depeche Mode (Dave Gahan, Martin Gore or former founder Vince Clarke) but many said he was the glue to keep the band together. Not a small feat for a band that’s … Continue reading

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RIP Vangelis

Most people remember him for the Top 40 hit he had with the movie Chariots of Fire, an uninteresting movie about a couple Brits running in the Olympics circa the 1920s. You could call it the Downton Abbey of track and field! … Continue reading

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