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Arsenal Review: Something Stinks

As I write this today, a fire is burning in the marshes east of the city and a foul smell wafts through the air. So pungent and strong is the odor that doctors are warning the elderly, children and those with respiratory conditions to stay indoors.  Walking from the house or office to the car […]

Six Years Ago….

Watching the scenes of what Hurricane Irene did from Virginia to Vermont, I was taken back to my own experiences with hurricanes and tropical storms.  When you live in the Gulf Coast, you’re going to live through a few – it’s like living out in Colorado and facing snowstorms or living in California and living […]

The Six Dates That Have Brought Arsenal To This Point

Depending on when you read this, you might know whether or not Arsenal have gone to Udine and qualified for the group stages of the 2011 Champions League or not.  I don’t, but I’ll be glued to my TV come Wednesday afternoon and hoping, praying and willing the team that faces Udinese Calcio forward.  The […]

I’ll Live And I’ll Die By the Sword: Conan The Barbarian (2011)

When you think of the fantasy genre, I’m struggling to think of any modern characters that stand as tall as Conan the Barbarian.  The creation of fiction writer Robert E. Howard, Conan appeared in the fiction anthology series, “Weird Tales”, that also featured work from playwright Tennessee Williams and horror writer H.P. Lovecraft.  With Conan, […]

What Movie Times Would You Like to Have Lived In?

This is my version one of those “Stranded Island List” exercises that is well known.  Everyone’s played the “If I could go back and live in any time in history, I’d pick the [BLANK]” game.  But what if you set yourself only the time and place that you saw in movies?  Could you narrow it […]

Aliens Attack! (Maybe)

I’m always intrigued when shows focus on simulations of events.  I’m sure you’ve seen them too.  Whether it’s simulating the post-nuclear war fallout or a stock market crash or the effects of the long-expected zombie outbreak, it’s intriguing to see how intelligent minds consider the possibility of events and how they ripple for a particular […]

2011-12 Premier League: Primer, Predictions & Pretty Pictures

With one extraordinary exception (the Tottenham vs Everton game), the 2011-12 Barclays Premier League (BPL) season will kick off right on schedule this weekend.  And I know what you’re thinking: “I want to get into this whole soccer thing, but don’t know what team to follow or what has happened in the summer.”  Have no […]