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Better Baseball Through Technology

What happens when parenting, technology and America's Pastime collide?

Television

The Pleasures and Perils of Showbinging

The strategy and neologism of showbinging has become the preferred method of assimilating all that great TV out there.

Performing Arts

Steven Wright on the Craft of Comedy

"My thing is to get the joke across in as few words as possible." Standup comedy legend Steven Wright talks about his stage persona, Twitter, and the art of the joke.

Internet

Who, What, Where, When and Wi-Fi

People are customizing their network names, knowing full well that friends, neighbors and passersby are scanning for free wi-fi all the time.

Internet

Twitter and the Borscht Belt Connection

140 characters? Sounds like my sister's wedding reception!

Film

The Enduring Legacy of '21 Jump Street'

How I learned to stop worrying and love TV show remakes.

Film

Return of the Movie Blurb Game

Notional, portable and entirely analog, the Movie Blurb Game can be played anywhere, at any time.

Film

Comedy, Technology and DVD Extras: In Defense of a Dying Format

Media formats come and go, subject to the gale-force winds of technology and the retail market. Me, I'm still clinging to my Monty Python collections on VHS.

Television

What Harm Can 'Ice Road Truckers' Do to Tender Young Minds?

We went into Ice Road Truckers with the best intentions for our eight-year-old, I swear. It's the History channel, right? It's educational!

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Film

'I Am Number Four': Vampires, Aliens and the Art of Movie Recycling

I Am Number Four, a PG-13 science-fiction-slash-teen-romance movie, is so faithful to the Twilight template that it could have been assembled by marketing software.

Games

'Glee' on the Wii

Video games and cross-promotional marketing yield the inevitable: console karaoke for Gleeks.

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'Knucklehead': The Tenacious Appeal of Pro Wrestling

It occurred to me that Clint Eastwood used to make these kinds of movies – often with an orangutan – back when he made good movies.

Politics

Return of the Situational Ethicist!

Glad you asked about the mosque! This is what situational ethics is all about!

Film

Submarines and Androids: The Comfort Movie Phenomenon

Is there a certain film that, if you come across it flipping channels randomly, you feel compelled to watch yet again? Even though you've seen it 34,000 times? Even if it's on the Spanish-language station and you don't speak Spanish?

Performing Arts

Come Back to the 9-5, Dave Chappelle, Dave Chappelle

If Dave Chapelle came back, spring would come earlier, melodies would sound sweeter, the polar ice caps would stop melting, and maybe we might all understand and treat each other just a bit better.

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Mario Super Sluggers

Mario Super Sluggers - Nintendo Wii - Wii [$49.99]

Film

PopShots: The Lighter Side of Swine Flu

Researchers have largely ignored the pop cultural value of the H1N1 virus: hours on the couch catching up on DVD.

Music

Digital Downsizing: CD to MP3 the Hard Way

When paring down your music collection, is it OK to prune songs off classic albums? An aesthetic (and moral) dilemma...


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