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The Magic of Harry Potter: Relationships

So we’re in the middle of that extended, sort of oblong, Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Other than the obligatory Thanksgiving eve night out (the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is often the biggest night of the year for bars, clubs, bistros, etc) and the Thursday stuff-fest itself, the rest of the weekend …

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Low-Priced Hero

Strange and serendipitous confluence of time and space: Paul Frankenstein (we forget that real people are named “Frankenstein” and “Mummy” too, though I’m not sure how many “Wolfman” or “Creature From the Black Lagoon’s” there are running around) just picked ten movies we should check into. Local Hero was one …

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“Maybe this is good, maybe it is bad, but probably, it is inevitable”

PBS’ Robert Cringely on the suprising report by Microsoft researchers saying file-swapping cannot ultimately be stopped: The story is interesting, that it came from Microsoft is even more interesting, though the authors carefully disassociated themselves from their employer in the paper. But this all pales in comparison to the implications …

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Terror of the Mind

It was the attack that failed that is most troubling – as insensitive as that sounds to the sixteen people killed and injured in the Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel attack in Mombasa, Kenya. The failed attack was the missile attack on an Israeli charter jet as it was taking off from …

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“Broadcast Flag” Reminder

Just a reminder that you only have a few more days to let the FCC hear your voice regarding your ability to make copies of digital-broadcast television programs. This post has the details and links.

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Three Cheers for the Olsen Women

I am super proud of the two oldest women in my immediate family. My wife Dawn prepared a full-blast Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all of the trimmings in our new house for 13 people – our first holiday in the new abode. A total success all the way around, as …

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For Those Sunday School Singalongs

Gibson celebrated the 2000th anniversary of the birth of an influential Jew named Jesus Christ with this elaborate tribute guitar two years ago. There is something about the intimate handling and manipulation required to play a guitar that makes me a bit leery of this instrument – I suppose we …

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Is Hip-Hop Dead??

Seems like it to me, and also to Pierre Bennu: I know you’ve been thinking it. And if you haven’t, you probably haven’t been paying attention. The art we once called hip hop has been dead for some time now. But because its rotting carcass has been draped in platinum …

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Delmark 50th Anniversary

For our Chicagoland friends: The inaugural celebration of Delmark Records’ 50th Anniversary will take place Thursday, January 23, 2003, at the Chicago Cultural Center. Scheduled to perform are blues guitarists/vocalists Jimmy Burns and Johnny B. Moore in a solo acoustic setting; Chicago jazz stalwarts pianist Jodie Christian and tenor saxophonist …

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