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Blog: nataliepo
The cover art for the "Run for Cover" issue of V as in Victor speaks to me. It came out the week after cancelling the marathon, when Manhattan still sat in the dark. It was when we were forced to... Continue »
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Blog: Stingy Kids
The April issue of O, the Oprah Magazine has an entire section (36 pages!) dedicated to poetry. David Orr may see this as a "sign of the coming apocalypse" (or "O-pocalypse"?), but I think it's fantastic. I've followed Oprah on... Continue »
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Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff My rating: 5 of 5 stars Stacy Schiff has crafted, somehow, a new angle on one of the world's oldest great stories. By focusing on the first degree sources we have from the period... Continue »
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Blog: Stingy Kids
The earliest post that you'll find on this blog dates to late March 2003, and fittingly, it is a poem titled "The International Congress of Fear." During a major redesign in early 2007, I backed up the blog and left... Continue »
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Every year when the calendar makes the big flip end of year lists fill the last two weeks of the month. One trend I'm noticing is that people love their iPads, but not their iPad apps. And people really hate... Continue »
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Blog: nataliepo
War sucks. In addition to all of the terrible global consequences, it tears families apart domestically, too. It raises generations of families to walk on eggshells around sensitive topics and frequently makes individuals possessive of the precious remaining time with... Continue »
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Emphasis mine. If you're wondering if Lost set any kind of finale ratings records, please remember this is 2010, and it's near-impossible to beat what you did last week, much less what M*A*S*H did in 1983. So, with that in mind, be not surprised when we tell you the very... Continue »
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Last night the episode aired and I was absolutely shattered. The show I had followed and researched and written about and LOVED above everything else was now finally over. I was saying goodbye to the characters. I literally dropped everything (pen, paper) and just sat on the couch with my... Continue »
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I'm still debating whether last night's season finale was the best of all possible Lost endings, partly because they gave us two endings. Many people, including the producers, have tried to say it's all about the people, not the mythology plotline, but the reality is that the plotline was as... Continue »
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via twitpic.com Yeah, uh, what was with that? I'm sure the absence of certain characters was probably 'cause the actors were busy doing something else, but is that really the best explanation for why Eko, Michael, and Walt weren't "invited to the party"? Or Ana Lucia. Or Rousseau and Alex.... Continue »
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via twitpic.com I'm just going to add that during this scene I secretly hoped that after Jack sipped the Kool-aid, Jacob would have looked at Jack with sad, tired eyes and said "You have chosen... poorly." and then POOF: Continue »
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At this point, what's done is done. They've given us the Jacob/Adam backstory and it's cheesy. As others have pointed out, Jacob comes off as a simpleton, MIB (Fake Locke/Adam/Esau/whatever) is once again the sympathetic character, which is a jarring contrast from last week's episode which Darlton told us was... Continue »
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Here are the ten things I hated about last night's LOST episode, in no particular order. Title deliberately designed to drive as much search, Twitter and Facebook traffic as possible. Pretty good, but as I commented, too nice. Too generous, even. Here's the same post, but with a little twist:... Continue »
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After discussing how much we hated last night's episode, @djacobs gave us hope: "If they can create the lasting emotional resonance in less than two and a half hours like the Godfather II did, they could, conceivably, save this." Continue »
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I know there's a lot of hate going around about this season of Lost and in particular, last night's episode. As someone who was a fanatic X-Files watcher in the 90's and having seen the Lost guys talk a lot about not repeating the same mistakes of that show's downfall,... Continue »
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Here are the ten things I hated about last night's LOST episode, in no particular order. Title deliberately designed to drive as much search, Twitter and Facebook traffic as possible. 1. **Not one, but TWO new characters.** The mother, and then the homicidal mother. Introducing new characters at this point... Continue »
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Just like that GitHub is the world's biggest Subversion host via github.com Wow - I missed this when it was announced! Continue »
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Badge-giver Many excellent graphics were made last week. This is one! Continue »
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