Archive for August, 2010

Smoke ‘em If You Got ‘em

My complete lack of ability to tell time has extended itself into the macro range. I have absolutely no idea how long the weather was nice before it hit a blistering 93 today. It seems to be summer again, and there’s at least one reason I don’t particularly mind. I’ve been listening to Milwaukee’s Jaill and enjoying the hell out of them. They’re throwback, twangy garage/surf-rock; Jesus and Mary Chain meets Dick Dale and every 90s band I pulled out of St....
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Damn, This Lung Is Heavy

Co. Achewood. After nine splendid years of headaches, sore throats and money thrown toward my own demise, I’ve decided to Stop Smoking. Period. I spent the entire day on campus wearing a nicotine patch and it has been considerably less harsh than I thought it would be. I’ve “quit” twice before. The first time was a January several years back; it was a month-long group challenge of resolve, inspired by needing a month of recuperation from a December spent in the guise of...
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GROWin’ On Up

A new GROW game, entitled GROW Valley, came out a few days ago. The GROW series is the main puzzle attraction on EYEZMAZE, a Japanese Flash puzzle site run by a single individual who may go under the name “ON” (at least that’s the name under which all the blog entries are penned.) If you’re not familiar with the GROW series, prepare to entranced by these lovely and devilish puzzles. The GROW games, of which there are a number, all have a single thing in common: an empty...
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Child

Last night I went to see Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik’s second feature and adapted from a “country noir” novel by Daniel Woodrell. The plot is simple enough: lifelong Ozark meth cook Jessup Dolly put the family home up on bond and then jumped bail. Now it’s up to his seventeen-year-old daughter Ree – the sole caretaker of her young siblings and their near-catatonic mother – to track him down; or, as she puts it: “I’m huntin’ for Jessup.” The film is set...
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$430 Adjusted For Inflation

Inspired by a comment CJ left yesterday, I recalled the first time I had ever seen a video game in a television show. It was an episode of one of my favorite childhood sitcoms (or at least the one which was on most frequently) Charles in Charge – the 1984 pilot, in fact. The scene I remember involved Douglas Pebroke futzing away at a Vectrex. I originally thought it was a non-functioning prop, like most arcade cabinets you see in sitcoms. This was due, at least in part, to the Vectrex...
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