The Current Cautionary Call

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Let’s face facts. If you take everything we watch, read and hear at face value, our modern life is out to get us. It’s like that movie moment that’s been filmed and re-filmed at least a hundred times. You know the one I’m talking about. Some guy or gal finally gets past a threatening danger, […]

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Chasing Death for 15 Minutes of Fame

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There are professional storm-chaser videos, and then there are WHAT-are-you-thinking-you-lunatic storm–chaser videos. Not long after the most recent siege of devastating tornados ripped across the country, I saw the latter, amateurish type of video on a news site. The camera is focused on a deadly twister, and background noises include violent wind and the voices […]

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Aaarrr! Hornswaggled!

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When I was a kid, I thought pirates were pretty nifty. They had eye patches, peg legs, cool parrots (who might also have eye patches and peg legs), cool hats, pieces o’ eight (whatever those are). Then one night (surely without my parents’ knowledge) I was cruising around the television dial and settled on a […]

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A New Kind of Pitch

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Writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams is, of course, the guy behind mysterious and spooky sci-fi faves such as Lost and Cloverfield. And you’ve probably heard that he’s got a new flick called Super 8 coming out June 10. But you may not have heard about the film’s viral marketing that’s swirling around in the digital wind and […]

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Too Much Skin

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I bite my tongue a lot whenever I’m let loose in public. The other day at a large, upscale mall in Denver, I almost bit it off. A toddler was dressed in high-heeled sandals, a very short skirt and a camisole. Her curly hair was pulled up in a frilly barrette and her mother was […]

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Whose Rapture Is It Anyway?

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An 89-year-old retired civil engineer from Oakland, Calif., believes today will be Christians’ last Friday on Earth. That prediction has been circulating widely in the news media and on the Internet—and generating all kinds of responses. According to calculations by Harold Camping, Jesus is set to return on Saturday to rapture the faithful. Those left […]

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Comfortably One

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Time magazine recently published an article (“Bursting the Bubble: Are We Isolated in a World Wide Web of One?”) that discussed how search engines and social networks tailor our searches and pages for us, giving us stuff they think we want. Google and Facebook carefully track how we spend our time online and then, once […]

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The Next Big Wave?

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For those of you still wondering what wooden stake or silver cross might finally send all the vampires scurrying from our entertainment landscape, it appears the answer is gurgling up from the deep. If the rumors and messages in floating bottles are true, mermaids will soon be the next big thing. Starting with this week’s […]

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Super Summer

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If—somehow—you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of superhero movies this summer … and even more in the pipeline for next year. Thor has already started hammering the box office. But the Norse god of thunder will soon face stiffer competition than his crafty brother Loki from the likes of X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern […]

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Heroes in Our Midst

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We love our heroes. The success of Thor and the bevy of superheroes due to invade both the big and small screen is, I think, an illustration of that. We’re all looking for folks we can look up to, folks we can emulate, folks who put their own lives in danger for the good of […]

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