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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An Ode to Books

The last quote that made me stop, think and reminisce was from Ray Bradbury. A Time magazine writer recently asked the 90-year-old sci-fi icon if he owns a Kindle or another e-reader. He said: I don’t believe in those. They don’t smell. A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book […]

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Movie Monday: Taking the Last Exorcism

Box office boasting rights were too close to call Monday morning, what with two new PG-13 films, The Last Exorcism and Takers, separated by a mere $300,000. That’s less than the cast of Jersey Shore spends on tanners. According to boxofficemojo.com’s early estimates, The Last Exorcism wound up on top, scaring up $21.3 million. The […]

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No Review? Horrors!

Why do you guys cover some movies—particularly in the horror genre—and not others? That was essentially the question Ethan had for us recently. He wrote into Plugged In and asked: There’s a couple of movies that came into theaters (one in 2003 and the other in 2005), namely House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s […]

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Fame Monsters All

I remember seeing an ABC report with John Stossel a while back that looked at America’s growing obsession with fame. They were interviewing people in a wintry Times Square who had stripped down to bathing suits and body-painted themselves in various colors for an audition to play, of all things, M&M’s candies. “Everybody wants to […]

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Lost in Stuff

Ah, Lost. You’re a little like fake John Locke from Season 6: Gone, but still freakily among us somehow. ABC’s landmark show ended months ago, but with the final season now out on DVD, Losties have been able to renew their obsession. But for some folks, plunking down $40 for the season (or about $50 […]

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Stupidity: Now Online!

The first (and only) time I saw the old MTV show Jackass, I figured society was in bigger trouble than I’d thought. Sure, the show’s producers posted disclaimers at the bottom of the screen (Yo! Don’t try this stupidity at home!) and host Steve-O would warn viewers not to be, well, stupid. After all, he […]

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Movie Monday: The Expendables

It was a truly expendable week at the box office, with Sylvester Stallone’s holdover The Expendables earning top honors with a paltry $16.5 million. Still, Sly and his band of mercenaries-of-a-certain-age still had to fend off a motley collection of competitors, from the spoofy undead (Vampires Suck, $12.2 million) to Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love, […]

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Taking a Bite Out of Tourism

I saw a piranha in Nebraska once. Granted, the fish in question—safely ensconced in a friend’s dorm room—subsisted entirely on Cheetos, old test papers and unwary college freshmen, which means it didn’t present a danger to normal folks. But if piranhas splash around in Nebraska dormitories and gnaw on calculus textbooks (“the fish ate my […]

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Keep It Short, Pastor

I just read about a guy on a quest that seems almost as daunting as the rich man’s challenge to thread a needle with his camel. Chris Juby, a worship director at King’s Church in the northern English city of Durham, has determined that he will summarize the Bible in a series of daily tweets—one […]

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Sliding the Chute to Incivility

Steven Slater. Hundreds of thousands of people seem to approve of this former flight attendant for losing his temper and cursing out passengers on a recent flight. Many consider him a role model. But I think his patron-saint-of-disgruntled-employees status is both ridiculous and … barometric. We’re all frustrated by the economy, our kids, our jobs […]

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