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Monday, July 20 2009

In the Wrestling Ring with Ric Flair, Where ‘Evil is the Natural Climate’

Ric Flair epitomizes Roland Barthes' 'perfect bastard', adopting a cowardly and devious state of jerkdom, elevating his coarse existence into some quasi-mythological state of being.


Wednesday, July 15 2009

15 Second Theater Presents…

PopShots introduces 15 Second Theater -- radically distilled dramatic readings designed to accommodate the contemporary attention span.


Sunday, July 12 2009

Catalogs: Disposable but Indispensable

Practically its own highly succinct form of literature, I’ll take a good catalog over a bad magazine any day.


Tuesday, July 7 2009

The Curse of Monkey-Eared People

Nothing like a new iPhone to make one feel self-conscious about one’s ears.


Monday, July 6 2009

Expire, Please. Go Kaput. Die, Already.

It’s not a film, it’s a movie. It’s not a vinyl, it’s a record – and other trendy things that need to go forever bye-bye.


Sunday, June 14 2009

Surfing Alone: Is Digital Technology Destroying Relationships?

On the Internet, we must continually ask ourselves what we are doing, to borrow Twitter's slogan, which sounds at turns like a taunt, a greeting, and an admonishment from God.


Thursday, June 4 2009

Stonewall: 40 Years Hence

America's first gay Vice-President lived for 15 years with America's first gay President – and more from this Gay Pride Month's Public Service Announcement.


Sunday, May 31 2009

I’m in UR Culture, Rewriting UR Bible…

The outrageous and mysterious popularity of LOLCats has provided an updated take on the personification of cats, as well as a bizarre new translation of the Bible.


Thursday, May 28 2009

Depression 2.0: Sunday in Kerouac Alley

Scott Thorson rang, flat broke and disabled, in chronic, horrendous pain from a botched murder attempt and an even more botched plastic surgery, hoping that I would serve as his conduit for another lucrative laundry airing.


Wednesday, May 27 2009

King’s Quest VI

Sixteen years after its release, King's Quest VI it is still one of the high water marks of the adventure game genre.


Monday, May 11 2009

“I Thee Wed”

Weddings performed by a justice of the peace, a ship's captain, or an Elvis impersonator don't fit into the historical, traditional view of marriage, performed in and sanctioned by the church – but they’re legal.


Wednesday, May 6 2009

A Lament on the Deafening Silence of iPods

I miss your impulse to play your music LOUD, to draw me in, to irritate and offend me – and I miss my impulse to do the same to you.


Monday, May 4 2009

The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth -– and They Rule It

Geek humor is rooted in a commanding pop cultural and scientific literacy and deployed with a sense of casual authority which one ... must ... obey.


Sunday, May 3 2009

Fighting the Flu

The mobilization of the military to control the spread of the current outbreak of a rare strain of the swine flu in Mexico City is right out of Stephen King’s The Stand.


Wednesday, April 22 2009

The Ghost and the Machine

Things don’t just go bump in the night anymore – they emit high-frequency audio evidence, are recorded and saved in .WAV format, and bore us (rather than scare us) to death.


Monday, April 20 2009

The Special Bus

Esotouric offers the connoisseur of crime a selection of tours round the infamous hot-spots of L.A’s darkest neighborhoods.


Wednesday, April 15 2009

Is Your Child Safe?

If opponents of gay rights are serious about stopping child molestation, they shouldn't look inside the gay community. They should look inside the house next door.


Sunday, March 22 2009

Oxymorons: Gay Nazi, Gay Aryan, Gay Supremacist

History reveals that homosexuals have long been a part of the Nazi party and were major players in its formation. Hitler's relationships with gay men offer profound lessons for today's gay community.


Wednesday, March 11 2009

Facebook Children of a Lesser Cause

Valid fundraising on Facebook could help legitimize the site (if it’s not too late) -- but who thinks heavy metal, beer, and Paris Hilton qualify as legitimate causes?


Wednesday, March 4 2009

Half Life 2:  Giant Ants, Head Crabs and Barnacle Creatures

The world of Half-Life 2 depicts the aliens, most of them still unintelligent, overtaking our planet and destroying the norms of civilization.


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