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Annoying Media TropesThere are all kinds of annoying tropes in movies and TV. I just wrote about one. Watching Person of Interest lately, there are several more on my mind, because the show leans heavily on these: • Antagonists who act really overtly evil, like threatening to kill each other at every turn, or killing their henchmen for minor failures. 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 »
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 »
Decade DelimiterI may seem to have tipped my hand already, but I'm actually on Team Decades-Are-Arbitrary. A decade is any ten-year period; I could say that the current decade runs from 11:27am on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, until the same time and day in 2026. Go »
The Golden Globes RiddleMaybe it's just because I read too much entertainment news, but I've seen a lot of coverage of the Golden Globe nominations today, and I see lots of excited talk about them in general at this time of year. Go »
The Best Movies of 2019Yeah, I heard that's coming and it should be funny. Since one of the biggest hits of 2019 was Joker, I wonder if the Impractical Jokers movie will make some kind of reference to it, like dancing on the stairwell or something. 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 »
Christmas CreepIf my understanding is correct, in the southern hemisphere, predominantly Christian nations celebrate two Christmases: One in July when it snows, which is a cultural Christmas with gift-giving and decorations and so on, and one in December that solemnly honors the religious holiday. Go »
Disney+We got Disney+ on day one. The service was shockingly buggy at first, but it has mostly been fixed now, although we do still get one persistent bug: Nearly everything we watch freezes about 1-2 minutes in; the video locks while the audio keeps playing. 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 »
The Last PasswordI neglected to get back to you on this, Erik, but those are good points. I don't know if it helps, but one of the advantages of owning my own domain is that every address @ my domain all routes to my real inbox elsewhere. Go »
Star SwapToday, I learned that Brett Cullen and David Wenham are two different people. I see online that people think that Cullen looks like Aaron Eckhart, but Eckhart I will always recognize from certain very specific roles. Go »
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