Just Like Lindsay

On the way home from work last night, I found myself thinking about the latest self-inflicted travails of actress Lindsay Lohan. Now, even if you don’t pay much attention to the latest pop culture chatter about celebs’ dirty laundry, it’s been almost impossible of late to avoid hearing about what’s happening with this troubled 24-year-old […]

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Guilty Is Good?

The MTV Video Awards aired recently. I didn’t watch them, but author and youth culture expert Walt Mueller did, and in his summarizing thoughts on the show, he mentioned a new ad for Gucci Guilty, a women’s fragrance I hadn’t heard of, let alone smelled. The commercial depicts a daring, take-charge woman driving a futuristic […]

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Making Tables

We can’t all be at our best all the time. I wish we could. But sometimes, we drag a little, let our focus sag a little, and we forget for a moment that everything we do in our lives is, in a way, a reflection of and an offering to God. I was dragging a […]

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Search Engine Censorship

Let’s face it, you can find just about anything on the Internet. And that’s not always such a good thing. In fact, National Public Radio recently reported on how some have gotten so fed up with the flood of Internet flotsam that they’re turning their backs on traditional search engines and finding online helps that […]

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Movie Monday: Resident Evil: Afterlife

All was deathly quiet at the cineplex. Wind whistled through the box office. Tumbleweeds slowly trundled through the concession stand, branches sweeping up long-forgotten puddles of faux butter as they rolled toward the exits. And then, from underneath the theater’s matted carpet, something claws its way upward, moaning piteously as it makes its way from […]

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The Smarmy Charm of Disney

I’ve found myself on Disney duty lately here at Plugged In. I’ve been buried underneath what seems like a mountain of inoffensive pop tunes, happy endings and Jonas Brothers. My work computer has played so much Disney lately that it now assumes I’m a 12-year-old girl. In reality, I’m a 41-year-old man who likes films […]

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3-D Traffic Stopper

If you’re reading this blog in Canada, you may have already been part of a new road-going experiment. But for the rest of you, let me set up a scenario: You’re tooling along in your aging family sedan, a bit late and pushing the speed limits, when out of nowhere a little girl darts in […]

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Movie Tuesday: The American

Wow. You know the summer movie season’s really over—and I mean really over—when the top grossing film snags a measily $16.4 million over the weekend, even with an extra day to work with. Sure, most of America had Labor Day off, but they sure weren’t spending it in the theaters. George Clooney’s artsy, slow-moving thriller […]

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The Trouble With Statistics

I have a confession to make, and it’s a bit of an odd one: I love statistics. It’s odd since I’m a word guy with a phobia of numbers that goes back to being put in pre-algebra instead of algebra in 8th grade (but that’s another story for another time). Nevertheless I love stats, especially […]

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It’s a Girl Thing

It seems everywhere you look nowadays there’s a new story about girls going wild. And I’m not talking about spring-break videos. I’m referring to young girls unleashing rage-filled rants or Fight Club-style beat-downs. Is there something in the water, or what? Now, I guess I ought to quickly backtrack to add that I’m not being […]

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A Curse by Any Other Name …

Plugged In recorded its weekly podcast yesterday (you can download it here), and I had the honor of sitting in on a fascinating conversation centered on profanity. No, no. They weren’t using profanity. Host Bob Smithouser and guest Alex McFarland were discussing profanity, and how using it has become so normative in today’s society—even among […]

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