Get Lamp

November 12, 2010
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If you are a gaming geek of a certain age, the phrase “get lamp” should evoke a whole series of memories. For me they remind me of nights spent in the basement of McGregor House at MIT, where I played Adventure, the first computer text game, on a DEC line printer terminal (complete with 300 […]

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More Than a Few Words About MasterChef

September 1, 2010
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Since the court has determined to condemn me – God knoweth how – I will now discharge my mind concerning the indictment and the King’s title. — Thomas More, A Man for All Seasons Just as I had finally managed to purge the memory of my failed audition from my mind, Fox began broadcasting the […]

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Hell No

August 11, 2010
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The curent season of Hell’s Kitchen ended last night, but not in the way I expected it to. After enduring many weeks of seriously delusional boasting (“I’m the best cook here.”) from everyone but Jay and Holli, it was no surprise that they would be the two finalists. I figured Jay had it in the […]

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Readercon 21

July 8, 2010
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I‘m off to Readercon 21. I wrote about the conference last year, but the big difference for me is that I am this year’s Program Chair, which means I’m in charge of the content creation and scheduling processes. It’s a job that has consumed every available moment of my life since May, which explains why […]

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Rock That Font

June 11, 2010
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A friend and reader of this blog sent me this email about a month ago: About the typography of rock album covers: I have never seen a website that seems more precisely designed for [you] — except that there are no recipes, alas. A visit to the site confirmed his description; it was as […]

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Presumed Abundance

April 6, 2010
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In the early ’90s I attempted to start a computer game company with five other partners. Somehow the role of front man eventually fell to me. If you know anything about me, you know that I’m not a “people person,” yet I was told that my no-bullshit approach to pitching what out fledgling company had […]

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The Return of Doctor Tony

March 17, 2010
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The Yo Gaba Gabba! episode featuring Anthony Bourdain aired last week, and it was just as surreal as the preview made it out to be. There’s a tradition of notoriously foul-mouthed celebrities appearing on children’s shows: George Carlin was Mr. Conductor on Shining Time Station (as was Alec Baldwin), go back and you ‘ll find […]

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Meet Doctor Tony

February 22, 2010
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If you watch Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations and you are also a parent of young children (or a tragic hipster), then you recognized a reference he made in his Egypt show. While enjoying the local cuisine, he said “There’s a party in my tummy, so yummy, so yummy,” which is a line from a song […]

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Ethnic Pork Preparations Lead to Judicial Activism

May 27, 2009

I wish this wasn’t true, but it is. Senate Republicans are focusing on a speech made by Supreme Court nominee Sonya Sotomayor in 2001 at Berkeley. As reported by The Hill, a conservative news site: Sotomayor also claimed: “For me, a very special part of my being Latina is the mucho platos de arroz, gandoles […]

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Desserts, Demystified

May 27, 2009

Dave Kellett, author/artist of the Sheldon web comic, provided this helpful graph on Sunday: You can view it full-sized here. And, for the record, I couldn’t agree more with his exhaustively researched conclusions.

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