Amazon Advent Calendar Day 1: “Golden Ticket”/”Pure Imagination”

“Pure Imagination”/”Golden Ticket” We kick off the season with a double-header, sensation-seekers. We have the pig-bastard greed of the record industry to thank for this: the movie soundtrack to “Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory” is only purchasable as a whole album, not as individual tracks. I ought to approve of this, in principle. Ugh. Seriously?
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It’s All Run By A Big Eastern Syndicate

My annual Musical Advent Calendar always begins with the best of intentions (“Recommend one music track every day between the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day”) and then ends about a week short of the original goal. “It’s Christmas,” the reader is inclined to shrug, when a blogger’s series of posts about favorite music tracks inexplicably ends
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Adventures In Nitpicking

I was up early (fine: “early for me”) to see the Orion launch. NASA livestreams are totally exciting. Jargon jargon jargon (my ears perk up at every third or fourth line, when I recognize an acronym; I feel very clever) change of camera angles Three!…Two!…One!…Lif … ……. …. ……………. Yeah, at the critical moment, when I
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Processes

The time I spent fixing my eyeglasses last night allowed me to fixate on one of my weaknesses this morning. No, not my eyesight. My vision is actually very good. I don’t require glasses to drive…I’m just a bit nearsighted. I have a set of prescription sunglasses as well and when it came time to attack tiny
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The Troubles With New Memorials

This monument to Edgar Allan Poe was erected in October. It honors Poe’s roots in Boston and shows him returning to the former home, just down Charles Street. He stands in “Poe Square.” It was named after on Euriabam Daniel Pograham, a mid-1800s grocer and chorister known as “Poe” to his friends. He had a
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Spoke too soon-ish!

Well, now that’s odd. I switched from the WordPress iOS client back to Safari just to see how that blog post looked in the metal, as it were. The last page I was on was the WordPress web client. And now I find that there’s a toolbar here that certainly wasn’t there before. A mobile-ified
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First Post from THE FUTURE!

This is a boring post that will do nothing to enhance your understanding of the world or the amount of joy you experience in it. So, a typical tee shot from your correspondent. It’s a little bit remarkable from this end, however. I’m writing and posting this with the iPhone 6 Plus. Hey! Cool! New
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“Amanda Palmer and The Littlest Dalek”

This is a cute video of Amanda Palmer, shot by Neil Gaiman. It also defines a children’s book that demands to be made. It begins with a similar opening to “Edward Scissorhands.” The Scientist is creating a brand-new, very special kind of Dalek with a brand-new, very special kind of encasement that is completely, totally,
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Just one God? No. There’s me, and I know I’ve met others…

Ha, ha! It’s always fun to kick off a blog post with a little blasphemy, eh, sensation-seekers? I was going to tweet out a comment about this Salon article (partner-posted from her AlterNet blog), but yeah, I needed more than 140 characters. I say, with the utmost respect for the author, that Greta Christina’s “The
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Boston Comic-Con – August 8-9-10 – You Should Totally Go

For years, we comics fans here in New England dreamed of having a big, and great, annual mass-audience con within reach of commuter rail or our cars. Something like the Chicago Comicon or San Diego, except without the need to set aside a week’s pay and a bunch of vacation time. Alas, the best we could manage were little
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“The Overprotected Kid” – via The Atlantic

If a 10-year-old lit a fire at an American playground, someone would call the police and the kid would be taken for counseling. At the Land, spontaneous fires are a frequent occurrence. The park is staffed by professionally trained “playworkers,” who keep a close eye on the kids but don’t intervene all that much. Claire
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“Family Guy” Attempts A Marginally-Less Suck-Ass Episode

Here’s five minutes of footage from the upcoming “Family Guy”/”Simpsons” crossover episode. It includes another swipe at “Bob’s Burgers.” Viz: Homer: “What’s he doing here?” Peter: “Oh, we gotta carry him because he can’t fly on his own. We let that other guy try, and look what happened:” [Cut to Cleveland Brown (from the failed “Family Guy”
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