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Movie Time: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Can’t hide it: I’ve been an avid fan of Terry Gilliam’s work since his cutout animations for Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Sometime in the 1980’s, my college roommate Tim and I did a paper on Gilliam’s three latest movies at the time: Time Bandits, Brazil, and The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen. Regrettably, we lost that […]

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Who’s Still Around for Woodstock 50?

Updated to note the death of Canned Heat bassist Larry Taylor on August 19, 50 years and a day after his Woodstock appearance. I asked this question on Quora: What acts from the original Woodstock might still be available for the 50th Anniversary festival, in their 1969 lineups?” I got a lot of answers that […]

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Simple text snippet: What is Lorem Ipsum?

What is Lorem Ipsum? Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but […]

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What I Learned Today #4: Max Brooks

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The New Incivility

The public radio show This American Life recently offered a segment that indicated a trend sure to escalate in our wired-in world… The following link will direct you to the page for the Christmastime Episode #371: “Scenes From a Mall” (still free at this writing, but will probably becomes a 95-cent download by the time […]

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Ungena Za Ulimwengu

(Unite The World) This was the Temptations’ 1970 follow-up to “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today)”. If anything, it was even more adventurous and relevant, and deserved to be a much bigger hit than it was.

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There are cooler fish in the sea than you’ve ever seen!

  MBARI News Release – Researchers solve mystery of deep-sea fish with tubular eyes and transparent head

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Eclipse Journal 2:

August 21 I probably am not going to be able to hide the fact that I’m writing this story about the August eclipse seven months later, in the midst of a February snow system. Very well. Let me just cop to that fact, and my need to put some interesting “cornerstone copy” on my site […]

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Eclipse Journal 1: August 20

I have been fussing with the transfer of this blog to WordPress, and with trying to make it current. But let’s start pitching in some new content, first by catching up to a momentous road with my son. This is adapted and expanded from my beer-centric eclipse coverage at beeronaut.com. Departure My son Sean and […]

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A note on Father’s Day

In the face of current social and political situation, and because it was Father’s Day when I started putting this down, I wanted to share some impressions of my dad. I don’t believe my dad ever said a disparaging word about any individual or group. If he reads this, he may write back to say, […]