The Science Behind Repetitive Music

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Extreme susceptibility to earworms is a fact of life for me. As it is for most of us, I suspect. Just something we’ve come to accept without why or wherefore. Now, though, I’ve got a bit of a scientific account to help explain their constant presence. And if this little TED tidbit from Dr. Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis [Read More...]

What Life in Small-Town America Looks Like to Me

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My wife and I are still in the “giddy with excitement” stage. …a stage which is pretty much indistinguishable from the “really not getting anywhere near enough sleep from now until forever or at least 2030″ stage, come to think of it. So I guess I’m not entirely sure what stage we’re in at the moment. It [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “The Light and the Little Girl”

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Great cinematography is all about the capturing of light. In addition to showcasing a really masterful “technical” example of light capturing, however, today’s short  – Guy Pooles’ and  Jih-E Peng’ “The Light and the Little Girl” – features the capturing and preservation of light in a much more literal sense: A young girl finds herself entranced by a beam [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Court Jester”

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HUBERT HAWKINS: After months of pleading for just this kind of action, what makes you think that anybody – anybody could make me reveal the identity of my confederate? JEAN: Because they’d put you on the rack, crack your every bone, scald you with hot oil, and remove the nails off your fingers with flaming hot [Read More...]

Putting a Dramatic End to the Susanka Streak

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From my wife, shortly after 8:30PM last night: For unto us a child is born; unto us a … …wait. What? Yep, that’s right. Something fundamentally new and different has happened. Happily (if tiredly), I introduce the newest member of the Susanka family, Phoebe Lenor. Notice that I say her presence is different, not that it’s surprising. [Read More...]

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Rest In Peace, Wing Commander Rees

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Wing Commander Henry “Ken” Rees passed away on Saturday at the age of 93. He was an inspiration and a legend, even though few of us would know him by name, and his passing marks the end of an era. Via The Telegraph (UK): Wing Commander Ken Rees, who has died aged 93, was the last surviving member [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Living Like Kings”

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You know those times when you find yourself watching something really unusual and fascinating, and when it’s done, all you can do is wish that it had been longer? Well, that’s exactly how I reacted to this mini-doc, which probably would have felt too short at three (or 20) times the length: Having visited Christchurch a year [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Columbo”

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I’m not recommending a film this week, I’m recommending a TV show. Actually, to be honest, I’m not recommending a show. I’m recommending a performance. A character. Lieutenant Colombo, whose eponymous series is streaming on NETFLIX INSTANT. With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective [Read More...]

I Absolutely Love This Picture

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Life feels like it’s going about a thousand miles an hour right how, so I’m just tryin’ to hang’ on. And you, dear readers, are bearing the brunt of my survivalist tendencies, because I struggle to come up with compelling content in the best of circumstances. So, here. An amazing image that both sort-of-captures what my [Read More...]


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