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The Washington Post wins.

The Super Bowl was, not to put to fine a point on it, a snoozefest. That teams who were there by virtue of bad calls back down the line only exacerbated my annoyance when they then produced one of the … Continue reading

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Today’s amusing fact: the word “scofflaw” came out of a contest the Boston Globe held for people to come up with a name for people who continued to drink even during Prohibition. From Prohibition. Thank you, Ken Burns. It really … Continue reading

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Who?

I have not been a Dr. Who fan all my life. I first saw the series during the beginning of the Fourth Doctor, when the Rocket Scientist and I would go to his parents for Sunday dinner (they would give … Continue reading

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Sometimes, I just need to cry. For those times when reading the front page of the Washington Post won’t cut it (news inspires more fear than grief), I have The Playlist. As of Monday, I have a new addition to the … Continue reading

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Today’s post about culture.

…not the “culture wars,” which are a different thing altogether, but actual culture. (Not yogurt, either.) It’s kind of a throwaway post — I seem to be a bear of little brain this week. ********* I adore the Kenneth Branagh … Continue reading

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[Downton Abbey spoilers, just so you know.] What with one thing and another, I was sick for a about ten days straight (including a charming six-hour stint in the ER for intravenous fluids). Reading my computer was hard (although I did re-read … Continue reading

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The Voice Finale.

By the time I write this, The Voice finale will have begun. Being in PST, I won’t see it for another three hours. Part of me thinks they should just give it to Jordan Smith based on his performance last … Continue reading

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My favorite Voice performances.

I have all this … stuff… I need to write about. Donald Trump and his lawyer, Jonathan Pollard, Bernie Sanders, the Rio Tinto Mining Company’s horrible plans for sacred lands and the general scandal that is the use of public resources … Continue reading

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The Voice wraps up tonight..

Note: This post is about The Voice.  If you really don’t care about the show. Don’t bother reading. It’s been a good season on The Voice.  There are two artists who I would be happy to win, which is unusual. … Continue reading

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I love “The Sing-Off,” I really do. But there are certain songs that should never be adapted for a Capella groups. “My Generation” is one of them.

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More thoughts on my Voice obsession

Last night’s show (the top 8 performances) was terrific.  This group seems to be more talent deep than last season. There were no performances that were bad, although there were a couple that were less than stellar. I’m sorry, but … Continue reading

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How can you not love a band like that?

I have written about my fanaticism for The Voice, the NBC singing talent show.  My favorites — James Wolpert, the uber-geeky former Apple Store employee and TessAnne Chin, the former backup singer for Jimmy Cliff — are still on the … Continue reading

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Criminally Minded.

I’m watching 48 Hours, a show I almost never watch.  I am usually quite skeptical of shows dissecting unpopular acquittals in criminal cases.  Often such shows are simplistic and sensationalistic.  The television producers take a single case, present as much … Continue reading

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The Voice.

[Note: I was writing this while the selections in the first live round were being announced, so that’s why there are asides about the selections.] I have gotten hooked on The Voice.  For people unfamiliar with the show, it is … Continue reading

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You might say that. I could not possibly comment.

“There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.” opening lines, House of Cards. [Edited to add: Now that … Continue reading

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Am I the only one who sees Mrs. Crowley on Downton Abbey and thinks “Harriet Jones, Prime Minister”?

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I have so many posts backed up — a post about a trip to Grace Cathedral, a post about the joys of being lost in San Francisco, a partly finished post about why I find Dickens Fair so annoying, a … Continue reading

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Letter I want to send

Dear History Channel: After listening to your ad for “Custer’s Last Survivor,” in which you state: “New evidence is highlighted that there may have been a lone survivor of the iconic Battle of Little Big Horn whose account of ‘Custer’s … Continue reading

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My current fave show

I have come to love Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef.  The first season it struck me as gimmicky, and I was severely disappointed that my favorite chef, John Besch, didn’t win.  (In fact, the second season my favorite chef, … Continue reading

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