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Failure to DeliverYeah, Kelly and I get weird substitutions too when we order groceries online. They can't find product A so they substitute product B, then they can't find product C so they substitute product A, in the same order -- huh? Go »
Changing LabelsSomebody put the whole movie on YouTube. I can't help but notice the comments debating whether or not the alternate-universe events portrayed in the movie could have plausibly happened, completely missing the point. Go »
George Floyd, Minneapolis, and BeyondI confess some guilt over not saying or doing more during this movement. This is huge, and hugely important, and I've let myself be distracted by stuff going on in my professional and personal life rather than pay closer attention or take action. Go »
Secret SuccessesI got into a conversation recently with some friends that I wonder if you can expand upon: Albums that are least-loved by the public that you think are secretly the artist's best work. Go »
Hitch's HustleI saw a short documentary about Alfred Hitchcock the other night. It showed some of his many cameo roles on-screen in his films, and clips from when he hosted his own long-running TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and assorted other media appearances like TV commercials that he made and many broadcast interviews that he gave. Go »
Office HoursI'm discontinuing the office hours on Sunday night. There's no need for it at this time, nobody's taking advantage of it because there's no point (although I'm surprised no one used it to get ahead during the last RB tournament), and although I still had the time set aside in my calendar until now, I'm mostly working on non-Funeratic projects during that block of time. Go »
Buffets of DoomYears ago, I trashed the salad buffet chain Sweet Tomatoes on this website, after misinterpreting a staffer's mildly insensitive attempt to make conversation as some kind of corporate psychological manipulation. Go »
Annoying Media TropesLori, I'm no fan of the "it was all a dream" trope either. It has been used as such a cheap gimmick by so many writers, as either a retcon to fix poor plotting or a lazy shock to the audience, that it has been ruined. Go »
Fallen FoodI can think of two off the top of my head. I cannot so much as see a box of Cocoa Puffs without thinking of one of the worst songs of all time and its lyric, "Mix your milk with my Cocoa Puffs, milky milky cocoa. Go »
Catch and Kill MeIn the kerfuffle over Hachette's staff walkout and Woody Allen's memoirs being dropped -- about which you can guess how I feel, given what I said above -- someone said something prescient about Ronan Farrow that finally clears up the mystery about him for me: He's preparing to run for office as a politician. Go »
America the AnomalousI came across this list of what foreigners found strange about America after moving here. It got me thinking: What else do you think foreigners would find strange about America? Go »
Overhaul of FameYeah, I can see that. Once upon a time on the Internet, you could tell people about this weird little website where you can play celebrity trivia games and enter Oscar prediction contests and so on, all for free, and they'd be happy to check it out. Go »
The Best Films of the DecadeSamir, I never responded specifically to your well-written list. Of the movies that I've seen, I agree; Coco, Mad Max: Fury Road, Lincoln, and Grand Budapest Hotel were all excellent. Go »
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