Reflections on Life in General

I spent a few hours this weekend paying bills. You know, the usual, where you sit down with your check book and write out checks for all of the bills that have been building up over the last few weeks. The kind that build up not because you can’t afford to pay them, but just because you don’t want to … Read More

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Thumbs up for new Court Yard Hounds CD

Most people are probably wondering who the hell is Court Yard Hounds, which is part of the interesting approach to this band. First off, the band is essentially two women: Emily Robinson and Martie Maguire, who you might know as the two back-up singers for the Dixie Chicks. Natalie Maines has been taking time off, so the two of them … Read More

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The Problem for the Future Might Not Just Be the Government

As an advocate of free speech and very (extremely) limited government, I’m often talking about the problem of government control and its intrusive nature. For those like me, we’re often seeing the future as a variation of “1984” and fear the process of new-speak and Big Brother. But one thing that has emerged over the latter part of the 20th … Read More

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The Demise of the Dedicated Movie Critic

There’s an interesting article at CNN’s site, titled, “Is social media killing film criticism?” And it’s an interesting question. I mean, one might wonder if social media is killing film criticism when everyone has an opinion, and people constantly have something to say. I’m no different than anyone else here as I’ve reviewed a couple of movies here recently as … Read More

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Survey results indicate that people lie a lot

Coredata did a survey in Australia the other day where their results indicated that if people had better access to TV shows, movies and music, in a method much like bit torrent (how they illegally download them now), then they’d be more likely to pay for the stuff they currently steal. Yeah, right. Let’s unpack this survey a bit to … Read More

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The “end” of LOST

What’s interesting is that for the first time in a very long time, we’re closing in on the end of what has to be one of the most monumental shows in television history, and a lot of people don’t even realize it. This show has been going on for six seasons now, and it’s one of those that people either … Read More

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News Round Up

Just thought I would take a few moments and comment on some of the important news stories that seem to be in the news lately: The Oil Spill: See here.  My initial comment is that this is one of those stories where I so much want to point fingers and laugh because I have been against drilling for oil on … Read More

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Thoughts on Movie “2012” and the Concept of Bad Writing

I finally got a chance to watch the movie 2012 over the weekend, and it served to remind me that no matter how much money you put into a production, how great the actors are, and how big the premise, bad writing will continuously destroy a movie no matter how much other effort is put into the film. 2012 is … Read More

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Cheesy Tactics to Get Your Money in Computer Games

I started playing Dragon Age-Origins this weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve played a new game, so I was really excited about it. And it’s a lot of fun. There’s a reason why it has been receiving such rave reviews. But I’ve always been apprehensive about buying games affiliated with Electronic Arts (the game was made by Bioware and … Read More

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DRM Protection is Destroying Computer Gaming

Piracy has become a real problem for those who are into computer gaming, but it’s not just because these people are taking money away from gaming companies, but because those gaming companies are now going out of their way to fight the pirates so hard that they’re making games almost impossible for people to play, even if you’re a legitimate … Read More

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