Category: Entertainment

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Act III Failures

This article is about the ends of stories, so of course it contains major spoilers. Almost every narrative follows a three act pattern: beginning, middle and end. Act I sets up the premise and...

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Television Inflation

When it comes to currency, the more you print, the less it’s worth. This is a basic law of economics, and it doesn’t just apply to the money supply. If there are only three...

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How Weird Al Invented Reality TV

“Weird Al” Yankovic is a national treasure. For over 30 years, he’s made humorous parodies of pop hits. From Michael Jackson to Nirvana to Lady Gaga, Weird Al’s career has changed with the times....

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A Casual Vacancy Review

J.K. Rowling has come out with her first post-Harry Potter book, The Casual Vacancy. And while it’s not fair to compare The Casual Vacancy to Harry Potter, it’s almost impossible not to do so....

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Episode 2: Who Owns Star Wars?

Just a couple weeks ago, I made the argument that George Lucas doesn’t own Star Wars. My argument was that, while he retained the legal rights to the sci-fi franchise, he had lost creative...

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Who Owns Star Wars?

Note: This article was written just a couple of weeks before George Lucas sold the Star Wars Franchise to Disney. And while I doubt that Lucas read my article, I’m glad he came to...

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Ode to This Old House

I’ve been a fan of This Old House since I was a little kid. I liked it so much that my grandpa suggested I go into heating and cooking. Unfortunately, I couldn’t hammer a...

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The Future of Stand-Up Comedy

The Internet is killing stand-up comedy. Not comedy in general: just stand-up. Thanks to smart phone video cameras, YouTube and Twitter, it’s getting harder for comedians to hone their skills. This is especially true...

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Music and the Fabric of Space and Time

Music, more than other forms of art, is tied to place and time. We can see this best in teenagers. Each generation of teens rejects its parents’ music. When you’re 14, your musical tastes...