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Groovy times

August 9th, 2018

NEWLY DECLASSIFIED FROM THE SECRET VPL DATABASE: THE POLYESTER FOUR PART PLAN OF 1975: 1. Trap the smell of sweat, body odor, and other environmental scents in the fabric to an eye-watering degree. 2. Cause your clothes dryer to burst into flames. 3. Realize how awful you actually look. 4. Donate the stuff to a […]

The A-W Boundary

June 5th, 2018

My current re-read of the SPIN archives started as a form of spiritual research for both the ongoing series of record and RPG posts. A good chunk of that mnemonic real estate was situated in the first half of the Nineties, so I thought it would be useful to sift through that psychic detritus, see […]

It’s time to ditch the chronological structure of this feature, which I had hoped to avoid from the beginning yet still managed to fall into in short order. The conceit served no practical purpose, except to ensure that the write-up of any given record would end up getting posted months after the initial flush of […]

The company that became Charlton was born between two fellows doing time in New Haven County Jail, an attorney and a bricklayer who’d been sent up for publishing song lyric collections without the permission of the copyright-holders. Together, they decided to put a legit spin on that hustle by founding a publishing concern to release […]

Faced with the dilemma of having a free block of writing time and no particular topic I felt like writing about, I opened Armagideon Time’s request line for suggestions. There were a lot of great suggestions, some of which will (hopefully) be the seeds for future posts. In the end, I selected pal Ben’s request […]

No more for your life

May 9th, 2017

In 1995′s The Brady Bunch Movie, Mike decides to reward the family for a valuable lesson learned by taking them to Sears. On one level, it’s a facile gag by way of product placement. The uber-square department store was exactly the sort of place the perma-retro Brady clan would shop. For folks of a certain […]

I turned out TV

May 5th, 2017

Been thinking about this tweet of Andrew's an awful lot today. https://t.co/X8bWk48m34 — Mike Sterling (@mikesterling) May 5, 2017 I’ve covered this subject in previous posts, but stuff sinks quickly in this format and I feel obligated to live up to Mike’s high praise for me. A couple weeks ago, I wrote about the conflict […]

When the legend becomes fact… print the legend. I’ve been working my way through Michael Benton’s When Life Nearly Died, thanks to a recommendation from Matt Maxwell. The book is ostensibly about the Permian extinction event which wiped out ninety percent of life on earth a quarter billion years ago, but the author also devotes […]

Year (Less Than) Zero

January 24th, 2017

The old cliche is true. Waiting is the hardest part. No matter how bad we told ourselves it was going to be, watching it unfold makes it feel even worse — that feeling of powerlessness, flinching as each fresh blow lands even as you realize the brunt of it is landing more ferociously on someone […]

Post-morbid

November 9th, 2016

If you’re looking for answers or reassurance, I don’t have any. This is one-hundred percent self-therapy, a stream of consciousness attempt to drain a suppurating psyche. When became clear that Hillary Rodham Clinton would become the presumptive Democratic nominee, my thoughts immediately turned to Martha Coakley. For those of you not up on Bay State […]

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