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Gomez-Live at the House of Blues Sunset Strip

Gomez House of Blues, Sunset Strip 1/17/05 Split The Difference is the first and only album I have ever heard by Gomez and I enjoyed it a great deal . Admittedly, I don’t know a lot about the band’s history, but the current album seems to be their most popular …

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Depp-th or Lack Thereof: Secret Window vs Pirates

Having long since overcome the pretty boy canard, Johnny Depp seems to have now moved into “actor’s actor” territory: he was just nominated for the best actor Oscar for the second year in a row, this time for his role as J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, in Finding Neverland, …

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Iraq: Election Changes Terms of the Debate

Freedom is an itch that spreads as it is scratched, and yesterday’s highly successful (if not triumphant: the Sunnis generally stayed home, there were 44 killed in anti-election violence) election in Iraq is a scratch that has already changed the characterization of the state of affairs in the former land …

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MJ Trial: Let the Circus Begin

Jury selection — which could last a month or more — begins today for the Michael Jackson trial on charges of “lewd acts on a child under the age of 14 and conspiring to commit the crimes of abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.” Jackson released a video-taped statement Sunday, with …

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Caravan

Over the years, Blakey has had a rotating cast of musicians that made up The Jazz Messengers. On this album, his debut for Riverside records in 1962, the Messengers were a recent sextet. The previous year trombonist Curtis Fuller joined the horn section, which already included Freddie Hubbard on trumpet …

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Michael Jackson On Trial In Blogcritics

The Michael Jackson child molestation trial touched upon almost everything we ponder: celebrity, fabulous wealth, the media, sensationalism, law, image, race, sex, eccentricity, a whole lot of cosmetic surgery, and oh yeah, he’s a singer or something. We followed it. For coverage after the verdict see here. Michael Jackson Trial: …

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Those ancients weren’t dumb

One of my most surprising, “whow” books of 2004, was The Fossil Hunters, by Adrienne Mayor. Posted on my blog is a reconstruction of the skeleton of a Protoceratops, a dinosaur that lived in what is now the Gobi desert. Below is a Scythian “griffin”, placed into the same stance. …

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Grammy Update

The 47th Grammy Awards are just over two weeks away now (Feb 13), and here is the latest on performances and tributes, with Ray Charles looking very much alive for someone who, you know, died. From Grammy.com: The Recording Academy announced today that Kanye West, currently nominated for 10 GRAMMYs, …

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Fidget For Life

I will no longer tell my children to stop fidgeting: The most detailed study ever conducted of mundane bodily movements found that obese people tend to be much less fidgety than lean people and spend at least two hours more each day just sitting still. The extra motion by lean …

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From Elmo to Boohbah

I had to stay home today as the Little Man, who is 13 months old, was sick with a stomach flu and my wife has a real job. Since he he didn’t feel well he was droopy and clingy and I couldn’t just plop him down in the middle of …

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