My college statistics professor once said, paraphrasing no less a luminary than Mark Twain, that there are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Literary scholars can debate whether Twain intended to suggest that statistics were just another kind of lie. My statistics prof was pretty clear on the point that in business, […]
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00:00 – 15:00 Welcome back to the Sunnydale High library, my fellow Scoobies. Rupert Giles, the librarian who pulls double duty as Buffy Summers’ Watcher, is over there in his book cage, looking for some dusty ancient text probably bound in human skin. Willow Rosenberg, likely the smartest student at Sunnydale since that ventriloquist student […]
Read more "\m/15-Minute Hellmouth\m/: Buffy the Vampire Slayer DeepWatch: Season 1, Episode 10: “Nightmares” (airdate: Monday, May 12, 1997): Part 1 of 3"
Every 10-List that I compile is what I refer to as a “production” post. While the resulting product may seem like something I slapped together in a white-hot rush, it actually takes time for me to create it. If I have integrity at all, I have to demonstrate it to myself first. Before I can […]
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After Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was released in the theaters, I heard that it was the final movie of the MCU’s Phase 4. Final Phase 4 movie? What?!? How could this possibly be? I’ve defended Phase 4, time and again. And I’ve watched every movie and Disney + streaming series. Back in October 2022, my […]
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I’ve never been to Disney World. Or Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Coney Island, Cedar Point, Dollywood, or any of the Six Flags amusement parks. If you think I’m whining about my poor, deprived childhood, let me assure you that I’m not. I’ve been to other theme parks over the years. And if I wanted to […]
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30:01 – The End We were still in Act II of “The Puppet Show” the last time our little club met here in the Sunnydale High School library. This means the entirety of Acts III and IV are squeezed into Part 3. The set up of the story has been leisurely, and a bit confusing. […]
Read more "\m/15-Minute Hellmouth\m/: Buffy the Vampire Slayer DeepWatch: Season 1, Episode 9: “The Puppet Show” (airdate: Monday, May 5, 1997): Part 3 of 3"
This is the quadmonthly happiness report for February 2023. Our belief here at FirewaterCorp is that happiness is defined as always having something to look forward to. In our world, choices in entertainment play a huge role in this pursuit. Our company motto is “Read. Play. Watch. Listen.” And then, of course: “Write About It.” […]
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I sit on top of a mountain and my beard is long and white, so I must be a wise man. This string of ten pearls is my gift to you. Feel free to quote me. As far as I can tell, the word “organic” —at least, as it applies to bananas— means “capable of […]
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I’m not big on labels. I am a writer. And if I’m pressed on the issue, I’ll cop to being a reviewer but never a critic. Here’s the main difference between a reviewer and a critic, according to me. Critics get paid to finish watching things, even movies and television series that they don’t like, […]
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15:01 – 30:00 During Part 1 of our 15-Minute Hellmouth exploration of first season episode, “The Puppet Show,” we were introduced to the new principal of Sunnydale High School, the very Ferengi-like Mr. Snyder, who has positioned himself as the Anti-Flutie, a man placed in charge of children who seems to, in fact, hate children. […]
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