A Streaming Suggestion: “Departures”

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As a Wyomingite, I have grown increasingly dependent on streaming sites for the scratching of my cinephilic itch. You know that “…thanking his lucky stars for Netflix” bit that shows up in my blog bio? I’m not even kidding. Not even a little. Luckily, the selection is ever-growing (at least in terms of outlets) and surprisingly fruitful. [Read More...]

Tomasz Bagiński and “The Kinematograph”

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The Polish animator Tomasz Bagiński has been on my radar ever since the day I accidentally stumbled across his visually stunning Katedra. I can’t remember the details of my fortuitous discovery, but the short definitely caught my attention; it was gorgeous, atmospheric, and a bit disturbing. Hunting down his subsequent short, Fallen Art, I found it nowhere near [Read More...]

Spirited Digitally Away

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A recent post from Greg Willits — “A Dad’s Guide to Minecraft” — made me realize something very important: I’m not alone. Minecraft makes me feel stupid. That’s me. From the day I first encountered the phenomenon — watching in disbelief as my younger brother wander through an enormous, LEGO-y world with a few trusty friends [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — Mozart’s “Commendatore”

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For some strange reason, my most vivid college memories almost always involve music — a fact that ceased to surprise me long ago, but one that I still find curious. And which my professors would probably find depressing. C’est la vie… A corollary to my peculiarly melodic style of recollection is that my roommate’s musical tastes [Read More...]

The Day I Was Glad To See Keith Olbermann

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Keith Olbermann doesn’t get a lot of love in my corner of the InterWebs. That’s not a surprise, really. My circles are mostly Right-leaning, Keith has a highly abrasive-style and a not-insignificant ego, and many of my friends are of an age where they’re more familiar with Olbermann’s politics than with his sportscasting career. (That 1989 mustache [Read More...]

Farewell, Frédéric Back

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On Christmas Eve, as I traveled West for the hol(i/y)days, the world of animation lost one of its legendary “elder statesmen:” Canada’s own Frédéric Back, a two-time Oscar winner, and creator of the famous animated short, The Man Who Planted Trees. From the LA Times obit: Frédéric Back, 89, who won two Oscars for his poignant [Read More...]

No Commentary Necessary — “Your Name, Sir?” Edition

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This is hilarious. So hilarious that no commentary is …you know…necessary. Just watch. Best part about that sketch? The fact that it lead me to this clip, which almost made me stop breathing. And that it reminded me of this clip, which remains one of my favorite “There’s no way I was expecting him to be [Read More...]

The Benefits of Reading for (and to) Others

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Confucius once said “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day… …but teach him to read, and he’ll be able to keep his little brothers occupied for hours.” Or something like that. And it’s absolutely true. In my house, we don’t have Readers and Non-Readers; we have Genuine Readers and Readers Who Read [Read More...]

Curing My Canon Fatigue

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Pachelbel’s Canon in D is one of those pieces that a) is truly great, and b) I can barely listen to any more because ALL THE COMPILATION CDS! “Classical One-Hit Wonders” are fairly common, but Johann’s in a category all his own; “ubiquitous” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Search for “Pachelbel” on Amazon, and then [Read More...]

A Blessed Thanksgiving to One and All

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Traditional- Simple Gifts with Alison Krauss by Yo-Yo Ma on Grooveshark ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight. BONUS: A [Read More...]


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