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2012-13 Premier League Postmortem

2012-13 Premier League Postmortem

So, the race is run.  The season is done.  Once again, we head into the barren wastelands of summer, where transfer rumors and ITKs will rule for the next 12 weekends.  We’ll find a short oasis in July, when the CONCACAF Gold Cup takes place, but that is about it once this weekend happens and […]

Post-NBA Draft Lottery Mock

Post-NBA Draft Lottery Mock

OK, I’m throwing this for a lark, like I did last year.  Take this for what it is: about as useful a guide to the NBA’s upcoming suit soiree as wings on a fish.  All the same, it is fun to extrapolate the various possibilities – even if, in such a wide field, the reality […]

Game of Thrones: Bonds & “Second Sons”

Game of Thrones: Bonds & “Second Sons”

There was a moment during Sansa’s wedding to Tyrion that my brother went “Something’s gonna save her.”  It’s like he hasn’t understood that there are no deus ex machinas in this story – at least none that spare their characters pain and misery.  No, nothing was going to keep Sansa from her appointed date with […]

“Star Trek Into Darkness” Review: Like A New Band Covering A Classic Song

“Star Trek Into Darkness” Review: Like A New Band Covering A Classic Song

How do you define your world?  What are its borders and boundaries?  For some, their world can be their family – their spouse or their children.  For others, their world can be their career – the lifetime quest for respect, power and authority.  Whether defined narrowly or widely, we each inhabit a world made of […]

Game of Thrones: Innocence & “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”

Game of Thrones: Innocence & “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”

We all come into this world innocent and unaware of the difficulties of the world.  Slowly, but surely, the world strips that away from us.  Regardless of our desire to learn its harsh lessons, they are part of the process of change from childhood into adulthood.  Sadly, the process is not an easy one and […]

A Few Words For Ray Harryhausen

A Few Words For Ray Harryhausen

As I worked today, I stopped to check Twitter and was surprised to see it full of people going “RIP Ray Harryhausen”.  A quick check of the news revealed that, yes, Ray Harryhausen, the special effects master had passed away in his London home at the tender age of 92.  I cannot let that pass […]

“Iron Man 3” Review: “He’s Half Man and Half Machine”

“Iron Man 3” Review: “He’s Half Man and Half Machine”

We tend to forget this, but when Iron Man came out in 2008, it was far from a sure thing.  This was the story of one of Marvel’s lesser-known characters; someone who wasn’t known in the mainstream.  It was being directed by Jon Favreau, whose biggest hits had been lighter comedy/kid fare like Elf and […]