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Cinequest

With the Cinequest Film Festival’s arrival, it’s time for me to start thinking about all the great times I’ve had there and at other film festivals. I realized long ago that there’s a guide waiting to be written about what you really must do at a film festival at least once in your miserable life. […]

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How to F*** Emo Chicks

There’s a part of the movie Magnolia where you get a glimpse at the method that Frank T.J. Mackey employs to ‘tame the cunt’ as it were. He goes over a brief outline of his plan and it makes a lot of sense. In that spirit, I present to you a complete guide to the […]

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The Proper Way to be a Media Whore

This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the IBM PC. That’s the boxy little computer that was so popular in the 1980s and led to the slightly bigger, much louder and much shinier boxes that we call computers today. Anytime there’s an event like that, the media always tries to come up with a bunch […]

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My Body, My Life, MySpace!

Here’s what it’s all come down to: MySpace.com. That’s right, everything in America is now MySpace. There’s nothing that can happen unless someone on MySpace posts a bulletin about it, creates a profile for it and then does pointless blog update after blog update about it. That’s what it’s all become, but so few of […]

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Too Many Damn Ideas!

I’ve often sat around and just thought, sometimes filling notebook after notebook with scribbles that represent plans and concepts. Sadly, most of these plans are brilliant but undoable. Here, my gentle readers, are a few that qualify…

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A Strange Job

I spend my days toiling at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. I’m an assistant curator, which means I’ve managed to snow everyone into thinking I know something about computers. I’ve picked up a little, but not nearly as much as people think I should know, which means that I’ve had to come […]

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Teenage Wasteland

In 1990, I was 16 and I was the cock of the walk…as far as pimply-faced Anime fans go. That’s right, I was an anime fan in high school. I had video tapes of episodes of Starblazers, Robotech and even Speed Racer that I’d pop in every day. I even found myself trying to learn […]

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An Experiment

I’m a guy who holds science in the highest possible regard. I think A&E needs to do less DOG: The Bounty Hunter and more Biographies of folks like Jonas Salk. To this end, I devised a study to be performed at the Christmas Party for my workplace….

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Hoaxes Pocus

The fact is, very few people understand the fine art of hoaxing. It

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