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This does feel more Ballardian than Dickian

Apropos of some of the comments to my last post, I note the following from today’s New York Times: China, it can be safely said, has a complicated relationship with “Avatar.” Last week it was reported that the 2-D version … Continue reading

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Tim Burton, Wes Craven, what’s the difference?

Today’s New York Times editing oversight, from an article about the new Addams Family Broadway musical: [Addams’] influence is reflected not only in the work of generations of cartoonists but also in movies like “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” by … Continue reading

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Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize

First thought: Those wacky Swedes Norwegians must really want to mess with Glenn Beck’s head. Second thought: I hope the events of the next few years in Afghanistan don’t make this seem horribly ironic.

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“Move over, Lucy. And kiss the missing link goodbye.”

Scientists today announced the discovery of the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor. The find reveals that our forebears underwent a previously unknown stage of evolution more than a million years before Lucy, the iconic early human ancestor specimen … Continue reading

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Now might be an opportune time to reread David Baron’s “The Beast in the Garden”

Responding to reports of cougar sightings in the city’s Magnolia neighborhood, officials have shut down Discovery Park through Monday and have set up a trap for the roving cat. UPDATE: They caught it.

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Here’s hoping I look this good in 2077

Via Andrew Sullivan, this is the face of Walter Breuning, born Sept. 21, 1896, currently the oldest man in the world: Pretty spry-looking for 112. Although Breuning is the oldest living man, he’s not the oldest living person. That honor … Continue reading

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Somehow I don’t think this will save them from bankruptcy

Flipping through the New York Times this morning, I saw an ad for a set of granite NYT crossword-puzzle drink coasters that you can get from the Times online store: “You won’t find this gift anywhere else but The New … Continue reading

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“Stradavari of stones” is dead at 57

Yesterday’s Times had an interesting obituary for Antonio Bianco, one of the world’s foremost diamond cutters: For more than 30 years he worked in blissful anonymity in New York’s diamond district, cutting some of the largest, rarest and most valuable … Continue reading

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First, they came for the dwarves…

Fresh off their unsuccessful attempt to rebrand tuna and marlin as “sea kittens,” the PETA organization has decided to raise a fuss about “fish tossing” as practiced in the Seattle Pike Place Market: PETA heard that the American Veterinary Medical … Continue reading

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Today’s free plot device

From today’s New York Times: Two suspects in a heist at Germany’s largest department store have been released because they are twins whose fingerprints and DNA are indistinguishable, a court said Wednesday. The authorities have said that in the heist, … Continue reading

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