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After Earth

I like Will Smith not because he’s Will Smith, but because he starred in a lot of great movies.  I’m a bit less impressed with Will Smith’s blatant nepotism to promote his son as a movie star and not impressed

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Nowhere Boy

There’s an alternate universe where John Lennon moved to New Zealand and never met Paul, George, and Ringo.  It’s a small bit of the story in Nowhere Boy, where we spend a couple of years-more or less-in the life of

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The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

I’ve had a weakness for adventure games since the dark ages of Zork and Planetfall.  Computer games have come a long way, though I sometimes mess the simplicity of text adventures. The Sherlock Holmes games have been fun, the puzzles

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The Long Earth

Earth is a great place, but there are just too damned many people cluttering up the joint.  But not to worry, because a standard issue mad scientist has a solution-he found a way to Step into one of the infinity

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Looper-Karma is a Bitch

Image your a low level lowlife working for the Mob.  Only you live about twenty years in the future.  About thirty years after that, time travel will be invented and the only people who will use it are Mobsters.  Instead

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Shipping and Selling on eBay

I’m trying to make a few bucks selling stuff on eBay. I’ve been doing this off and on for several years. I’ve narrowed my eBay focus down to mostly Hawaiian Shirts and the odd book and antique. I’m not selling

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Battle:Los Angeles

“Battle: Los Angeles” is noisy, violent, ugly and stupid.  ~Roger Ebert Any movie that Roger Ebert hates that much has to have something going on for it.  One of the problems with watching a lot of movies is that you

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Chess Thoughts

My older brother taught me and my little brother to play chess when we small children.  Maybe he had hopes of turning us into little Bobby Fischers, or maybe he just wanted someone to play with.  My little brother was

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Spring Is Here

Sometimes I miss good old Doctor Demento. Tom Lehrer was always a favorite of mine and Poisoning Pigeons in the Park has such a snappy beat.

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

first pulished on Technorati Image Robert A Heinlein’s Puppetmasters from the point of view of the alien invaders.  Or the Invasion of the Body Snatchers from the point of view of the Pod People.  Stephane Meyers’s Host is one more

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