Little-League Baseball in Big-League Wineskins

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As I’ve remarked in the past, one of my favorite things about baseball is its unpredictability; its often mesmerizing and just as often hilarious unpredictability. But my favorite kind of mesmerizing-hilariously unpredictable thing is the one that involves Major Leaguers doing things that I myself (or my Little-League-playing kids) would do. Because along with being such [Read More...]

CPE FTW!

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This is a fantastic playlist. Also, a reminder: While there are occasionally new things under the sun, I never find them. My range of interests is shockingly (even embarrassingly) narrow. Which is why I have to double-check my list of Streaming Suggestions every time I post a new one, just in case I’ve already recommended it. And [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Malaria”

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This is the sort of thing that’s referred to as “mixed-media,” right? (And also as “Awesome.” To say nothing of “Ridiculously Imaginative.” Or “Best Simulation of Comic Book Sensibilities I’ve Seen Captured on Film to Date.” Which all apply, as well.) MALARIA tells the story of Fabiano, a young Mercenary who is hired to kill Death. This short film [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “12 Angry Men”

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Sidney Lumet’s legendary 12 Angry Men, currently streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT and available for rent on AMAZON PRIME, needs no introduction. So I’m not giving it one. (Boom!) Knowing full well that a guilty verdict means death, a jury of 12 men must decide the fate of an 18-year-old boy accused of killing his father. Lumet’s film is one of [Read More...]

Raising Meatatarians (Mostly)

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During our most-recent vacation/cross-country trek/annual ordeal, I stumbled across an interesting (if hilariously unanticipated) side-effect of my sons’ speedy consumption of the latest and now-troubled season of “The Legend of Korra.” When we travel, we tend to stop at McDonald’s for meals. Fast food is a rarity for us, so it always feels like a bit of [Read More...]

Jeeves, Reading Wildely

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Here’s a wonderful YouTube video of my man Jeeves (a.k.a. Stephen Fry) reading one of my favorite fairy tales of all time: Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince:” “You have rightly chosen,” said God, “for in my garden of Paradise this little bird shall sing for evermore, and in my city of gold the Happy Prince shall praise me.” [Read More...]

Playin’ In My Jukebox: Great Big Sea’s “Heart of Hearts”

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Great Big Sea is great big fun. They’ve been described as a “Canadian folk-rock band from Newfoundland and Labrador, best known for performing energetic rock interpretations of traditional Newfoundland folk songs including sea shanties, which draw from the island’s 500-year-old Irish, Scottish, and Cornish heritage,” and that pretty much nails it. Especially the “energetic” part. I can’t remember when I first [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Buy Buy Baby”

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I love the “old-timey” feel in this week’s short, Buy Buy Baby, which starts in the first few frames of the title and carries through all the way to the end credits. Even the length reminds me of those thrilling days (or Saturday mornings) of yesteryear. I was practically raised on this sort of thing. Great stuff. [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Galaxy Quest”

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ALEXANDER DANE: Dear God… How did I come to this? TOMMY WEBER: Not again… ALEXANDER DANE: I played Richard III… FRED KWAN: Five curtain calls… ALEXANDER DANE: There were five curtain calls! I was an actor once, damn it. Now look at me … LOOK AT ME! I cannot go out there, and I won’t say that stupid line [Read More...]

Truly, These Are My People.

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Working my way through the glut of post-vacation pieces in my feed-reader — over 7K at last count — I stumbled across this eye-opener from last month’s A.V. Club: …a fellow who goes by the handle Blubbler set the record this week for fastest Super Mario Bros. completion time. As reported by Kotaku, Blubbler’s time of 4:57.69 is the best [Read More...]


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