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@mistydhudson @pizzocalabro Wh…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

@mistydhudson @pizzocalabro Why are you guys doing fun things in SLC without me? Wait, how are you doing fun things in SLC at all?

If my last Tweet was unclear, …

Friday, October 31st, 2008

If my last Tweet was unclear, my intention was to mock those people. Happy Halloween, though!

Hi! I’m a grown-up, yet I stil…

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Hi! I’m a grown-up, yet I still get unaccountably excited about wearing a costume to my place of business on Halloween! Durrrr!

Friday movie roundup – Oct. 31

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Happy Halloween! I hope you are able to spend this special holiday season with family and loved ones. If not, at least you can go to the movies and watch a story about two friends making pornography!

“Zack and Miri Make a Porno” is mostly funny, a little weak in the last act, overall a decent effort from Kevin Smith and friends. It’s a good title for a movie because it explicitly tells you what’s going to happen in it, thus leaving viewers with no excuse if they are offended. No excuse!

Angelina Jolie’s “Changeling” (reviewed at Film.com) is long and rambly, clearly the work of an old man who forgot what he was saying — oh, right, the director was Clint Eastwood. That explains it.

“The Haunting of Molly Hartley,” the requisite Halloween horror flick, was not screened for critics. Boo (as in opposite of hooray)! I’m reviewing it for Cinematical later today.

The chipper and upbeat “Happy-Go-Lucky,” in limited release, is worth seeking out.

Even more worth seeking out: “Dear Zachary,” which is one of the most heartfelt and emotionally devastating films I’ve ever seen. It opened in New York today and will probably only play in a few other major cities before its TV premiere on MSNBC (of all places) in December. I’ll definitely keep you posted, because it’s an amazing movie.

That’s it for the movies. Enjoy the day’s satanic merriment!

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Eric’s Bad Movies: ‘The Mangler’ (1995)

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Stephen King has had bad luck with the movie adaptations of his horror stories. For every “Carrie” or “The Shining,” there’s something like “The Mangler,” in which a town is terrorized by a demonic laundry machine. (To be fair to the filmmakers, King’s short story can’t have been very good to begin with.) It’s the subject of this week’s edition of Eric’s Bad Movies at Film.com, and it’s approximately as bad as it sounds.

Next week’s movie is from the 1980s, and I hadn’t even heard of it until multiple people suggested it as a candidate for Eric’s Bad Movies. It involves sports, and notice I used the plural.

Children’s Letters to Raven-Symone XVI

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

(For complete background on this feature, read the introduction here. But here’s the gist: I registered a fake e-mail address for actress/singer Raven-Symone and announced it here, with the disclaimer that it wasn’t real, figuring dumb people would ignore that part and write to it anyway. And I was right.)

It is time once again to open Raven-Symone’s mailbag (if you know what I mean) and make fun of the simple-minded children who write to her. I would have run a new edition of this feature sooner, but the volume of mail received at Raven’s fake e-mail address has slowed to a trickle in recent months. Most of what she gets now is very generic (“Hi Raven, I love you!”) or consists only of her fans inviting her to join them on Facebook or MySpace or Beebo or JimJum or Froofraff or whatever.

But here’s what we do have! Enjoy!

CHILDREN’S LETTERS TO RAVEN-SYMONE

May 15, 2008:

Is this raven -symone?(YES or NO)answer please>This is all I need to know.

* * * * *

June 3, 2008:

Hi Raven

I watched the Oprah Show where it feature the reunion of the Cosby Show and Raven-Symone appeared on the show.

She looked fabulous and I really loved the lipgloss colour she has used on the show.

Could you please please let me know the brand name and the colour of the lipgloss please.

The colour she used was in a pale pinkish shade and it looked great on her skin colour and would like to have that please.

Do let me know.

Thanks
Annie

[Note how the letter begins by addressing Raven directly, then switches to referring to Raven in the third person. This is a literary device pioneered by Joyce and Faulkner, so I'm impressed that Annie was familiar with it.]

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The gradual IKEAtization of my…

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

The gradual IKEAtization of my apartment continues apace. Whoever invented the Swedes, NICE WORK!

Cache flow problems?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

My webmaster/brother Jeff has this to say: If the new design of the site looks funky on your computer, try clearing your cache. If you don’t know how to clear your cache, this wiki page should tell you how. If you don’t know what the cache is, you don’t need to know. If you clear your cache and the site still looks messed up, e-mail Jeff at webmaster [at] [this website] and explain your situation.

@AuntMarvel In fairness, thoug…

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

@AuntMarvel In fairness, though, you *are* immature.

Hi, I’m selfish! I complain ab…

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Hi, I’m selfish! I complain about the presence of ads on websites! I don’t want my favorite sites’ writers to make any money for their work!

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