Whippersnappers Today

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Kids. When I’m not yellin’ at ’em to get off my lawn (waving my cane in their general direction), I’m tellin’ ’em to not slouch so much, or to get those plumb earbuds out of their ears or put on a belt so their pants don’t fall to their knees. Why can’t kids be more […]

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iWonder About the iPad

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Apple sold about 300,000 iPads during its first day on the market in the U.S. alone, according to analysts. And Apple said it sold more than one million apps from its App Store and 250,000 e-books from its iBookstore on Saturday—again, the first day of sales. In a tight economy that’s already seen Amazon’s Kindle, […]

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Movie Monday: Clash of the Titans

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Forget the dragon. The monster this weekend was the Kraken and Clash of the Titans, which hacked its way to $61.4 million—much of it coming from extra-pricey 3-D tickets. The mythology-soaked CGI spectacle pocketed twice as much as its nearest competitor, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? How to Train Your Dragon, last […]

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One More Rage to Worry About

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“I think this is probably the first case of text rage we’ve ever seen,” Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff Al Lamberti told ABC News. “We’ve had road rage before, but never text rage.” Yep, you heard him right, rage facilitated by texting. It appears that instant connectivity has opened the door for a new form of […]

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Getting Lost

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I think most Americans think of television as intellectual comfort food. Generally, we don’t seem to gravitate toward programs because they’re wildly creative and different. We tend to like shows that are reliably the same each and every week. Which makes Lost‘s success so counterintuitive. If CSI is comfort food to much of America, Lost […]

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When Stars Go Bad

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Earlier this week I was flipping through local radio stations on the way to work and caught a snippet of conversation on the syndicated morning show Johnjay & Rich. The hosts were talking about Tiger Woods’ announcement that he’ll begin his post-sex-scandal golf comeback at The Masters in April. Specifically, they were kicking around quotes […]

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Button Pushers

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We humans are strange, mixed-up things. We are God’s creations, carrying God’s likeness and love—yet we are fallen creatures, torn by sin and selfishness and decay. We seem both animal and angel, and often we’re unable to truly grasp the division within ourselves. I thought of this paradox when reading a story from Time about […]

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Is Decency Human Nature?

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Director John Lee Hancock has a way with inspirational, people-driven sports movies. The Rookie. The Blind Side. Great stuff. I had a chance to chat with him recently, and we discussed those hits, Hollywood’s view of sports flicks, Sandra Bullock’s Oscar and more. If you’d like to hear that interview, it will be on the […]

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Movie Monday: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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The box-office showdown figured to be a tag-team clash of celebrity heavyweights: In one corner sat Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler, tabloid faves and stars of the adventure rom-com The Bounty Hunter. In the other crouched Jude Law and past Oscar champ Forest Whitaker, titans of Universal Studios’ Repo Men. Who wins? Some wimpy kid […]

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A Matter of Life and Death

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Video games have always been about life and death, digitally speaking. When I was growing up, losing your digital life was pretty straightforward: fail to dodge Donkey Kong’s barrel, and Mario bites it. Game over. We still have video games, of course, and digital realms where characters can meet their virtual demise. Nowadays, however, things […]

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Plugging the Morality Meter

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It may seem common-sensical to you that sending a digital naked picture of yourself to a friend might not actually be such a good idea, or that texting a constant stream of obnoxious, hateful messages could tick somebody off. But I guess some teens need a little help understanding that. According to a study recently […]

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Gagging Over Gaga

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Last week Lady Gaga released a nine-minute-long mess. Sorry, but there’s no other way to say it. She fashioned the track “Telephone,” from her album The Fame Monster, into a Thriller-esque film that’s rife with lesbianism, sadomasochism, murder, bizarre outfits, nudity and Tarantino-inspired violence. The video features Beyoncé as Gaga’s partner in crime and even […]

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