Movie Monday: Dinner for Schmucks

Inception has been, for the folks over at Warner Bros., a dream of a movie. For the third straight week, the Christopher Nolan/Leonardo DiCaprio thriller thumped the competition at the box office, claiming the top spot with $27.5 million. Steve Carell’s Dinner for Schmucks sauntered into second place with $23.3 million, while the Angelina Jolie […]

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Botoxic Wasteland

Even though “teen toxing,” as Botox use among teenagers has been dubbed, is still relatively rare, it’s on the rise. In 2009, 11,889 teenagers ages 13 through 19 used Botox, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That’s a 2% increase since 2008. And the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports 12,110 Botox […]

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A Zombie World Series

So, oil’s still washing up on the gulf, the economy’s in the doldrums, the honey bees are dying and my favorite baseball team, the Colorado Rockies, have lost nine of their last 11 games. Naturally, my thoughts turn to zombies. I’m only half kidding. Zombies are big in the entertainment biz these days, which pretty […]

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Movie Monday: Inception Reloaded

Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending, genre-blending, sci-fi-heist thriller Inception ruled the weekend box office for a second week in a row, taking in another $43.5 million and holding off Angelina Jolie’s Salt, which nabbed $36.5 million. In its third week of release, Despicable Me clocked in at $24.1 million. All in all, it was a rare summer […]

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When Christians Like Bad Stuff

So, between some reading of Augustine and G.K. Chesterton, I’ve been perusing a book from another Christian sage: Jonathan Acuff, best known for his blog Stuff Christians Like. Acuff’s book, also called Stuff Christians Like, is a funny, irreverent look at the Christian subculture—one of my favorite reads this summer. And it contains a particularly […]

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Those Sinful Superheroes

Superheroes were kind of a sensitive subject around my house when I was growing up. My best friend and I loved ’em, and whenever he was over, we’d stuff socks in our shirtsleeves (to make our muscles look bigger) throw some bath towels around our necks and zip around our back yard, fighting for truth, […]

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Fast Vacation

For the past week I’ve been looking for guinea pigs. No, pet rodents are not running around my house. I’m looking for people to help me with a study of sorts. I wanted someone—whether an individual or a family—to do a media fast for, ideally, a month. That means no television, video games, social texting […]

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The End of the Best Friend?

I wasn’t a very happy kid. I was intense. Moody. Liked things my way. Got mad—really mad—when things didn’t go my way. God must have known I needed some help, because in 5th grade I met Joe. Joe was pretty much my polar opposite. He was even-keeled when I boiled over. He would look at […]

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Movie Monday: Inception

It was a dream of a weekend for Leonardo DiCaprio and director Christopher Nolan. Their project Inception, in which a team of thought-thieves pilfer corporate secrets from their targets’ dreams, REM’ed its way to a $60.4 million box-office victory. No snoozer there. Holdover Despicable Me scratched to second place with $32.7 million, while another newcomer, […]

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Simple Pleasures Revisited

I wonder, sometimes, what the future holds for non-digital entertainment. And an unlikely event raised that question for me earlier this week. My parents moved to town last weekend, bringing with them several boxes of miscellaneous flotsam and jetsam that every move inevitably stirs up. I thought I’d gotten everything they had for me—you know, […]

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Park Well, My Brother

NEW TECH ALERT—woo-woo-woo In case you haven’t heard, Google has created a new Android app for all you frustrated city folk who endlessly round the block looking for someplace to jam your ride. It’s called “Open Spot.” With it you can open a little map of your area decorated with bubble markers that indicate an […]

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Of Faith and Facebook

Are teens rejecting faith for Facebook? The folks over at the Barna Group suggest that something like that may be happening. Barna has been studying the intersection of Christianity and culture for years now. And while the researchers say that faith is actually doing pretty well amongst teens—more than six in 10 participate in at […]

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Barefoot and Busted

You tell me. The world doesn’t make much sense anymore, and I need some guidance: Is Colton Harris-Moore a role model? Until his capture in the Bahamas on Sunday, this 19-year-old “Barefoot Bandit” from Washington state had been on a two-year crime spree that’s cost the public hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage […]

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