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When did acting become channeling?

4 May

I was reading the most recent issue of AARP magazine (yes, I’m that old) and came across these words on page 10:

“HE STARRED IN The Wire, Treme and Selma, but channeling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (…)

No big deal until I came to page 11 where I read:

“Cheadle Channels Miles Davis”

On the same page:

“Michael Shanon channels the King.”

On page 63:

“Spacek channels Lynn,”

This raises a question (besides doesn’t the editor actually read this thing?): When did acting become “channeling?”

Apparently some people take this very seriously:


Happy National Grammar Day!

4 Mar

Good tidings to all grammar scolds!


Enjoy your holiday!

25 Dec

Behavioral engineering

16 Sep

Dragon Blade

5 Sep

The best two sentences in a recent New York Times  movie review:

“The least interesting question to ask about a movie like “Dragon Blade” is whether it’s any good. Of course it isn’t”



Will I see this film? Wouldn’t miss it for the world.

The problem with anecdotal evidence

4 Sep

Cleveland Plain Dealer on the Kindle (Fail Edition)

27 Jul

I read my newspapers on my Kindle. My New York Times subscription works pretty well, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer is a disaster. I have to read the PD, it’s my local paper, but every issue is filled with strange errors, such as obituaries appearing with editorials. Yesterday’s issue included an article where all upper case Cs were replaces with 7s and Es were replaced with 6s.

Here’s what it looked like:





The Amazon reviews suggest that problems like this have been around for years and the PD has not bothered to fix them.

“Nothing but pie-throwing”

13 Jul

The best thing in Sunday’s New York Times was this article:

“The greatest comic film ever made — because it brought the pie-throwing to apotheosis,” the novelist Henry Miller once wrote. “There was nothing but pie-throwing in it, nothing but pies, thousands and thousands of pies and everybody throwing them right and left.”



Here is Daniel Pinkwater on the greatness of Laurel and Hardy:

“The thing about Laurel and Hardy movies that you can’t get from the chopped-up versions on television is how beautiful they are. Things happen exactly at the moment they have to happen. They don’t happen a second too soon or too late. You can even predict what’s going to happen—and it does happen—and it surprises you anyway. It doesn’t surprise you because it happened, but because it happened so perfectly.”


A horse’s birthday

31 May


And don’t forget:


Fighting back against phone scams

16 May

I get calls like this and I think James Owen is doing a public service here



Hat tip to BoingBoing

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