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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 […]

Let history divide

August 5th, 2016

Nostalgia is all about counting the hits while ignoring the misses. This is especially true with childhood nostalgia, weight loss where youthful affections gain intensity over the temporal distance and blot out less pleasant memories. The gap between “what was” and “what we choose to remember” has been a recurring theme over AT’s decade of […]

Ben asked What is the most overlooked part of the 60s/70s culture wars? Whew. That’s a lot to unpack in a fire-and-forget blog post. History is written by the victors, approved which meant entire currents and significant moments got swept under the rug (if only temporarily in many cases) by the reactionary Powers That Be. […]

A chemical memory

March 29th, 2016

Yesterday’s talk about the infamous Mothball Factory Jump of 1983 got me to wondering if the old place had any internet presence outside my occasional ramblings on this site. What I found wasn’t a huge shock, physician but it startle me some. The above passage comes from an EPA report cataloging the most prominent landmarks […]

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