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Taylor Swift loves Lawrence!

Excuse the exclamation points, but country cutie Taylor Swift has just professed her love for Lawrence and Kansas University (!!!!!!)! In a post on Oprah's Web site Swift talks about how she loves visiting her best friend (who attends KU) and how she feels like when she's ... Continue reading

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Bossa Nova Discovery

“I just don't get it,” Karen said as she wondered about her musical tastes. “How can I be so hooked by Bossa Nova while still loving the music of George Michael?” The year was 1996. Karen and I were sitting at a beachfront restaurant in Fortaleza, a ... Continue reading

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Sorry, ma

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my carbon footprint. But first a disclaimer. I’m not a big fan of the term “carbon footprint.” I guess my dislike for the term stems from the fact it has become a trendy saying rather than what I feel should ... Continue reading

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Brandon Rush’s Jayhawk Flashback: Kentucky, 1/7/2006

Welcome to a special Jayhawk Flashback. The next two blogs won't feature my choice for a classic KU game, but instead a former Jayhawk's choice as his favorite Allen Fieldhouse memory. We'll get to Billy Thomas' choice next week, but this week we'll focus on current Indiana ... Continue reading

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Pixar’s “Up” is another imaginative success

[three and a half stars] Roger Ebert thinks 3D is overrated: "Every single frame of a 3D movie gives you something to look at that is not necessary," he recently wrote. To a formulaic movie like DreamWorks’ “Monsters Vs. Aliens,” however, 3D was the only thing keeping ... Continue reading

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On-camera interview with “Bloom Brothers” director Rian Johnson

Eric interviews writer/director Rian Johnson ("Brick") about his newest con-man comedy "The Brothers Bloom," starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel Weisz. This is an in-depth look at some of the secrets behind "The Brothers Bloom," and since Johnson's commentary was so interesting and thought-provoking, we decided ... Continue reading

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The long con of “The Brothers Bloom”

[three and half stars] The genre of the con-man movie is a tricky one for sure. One must assume, given the nature of the swindling main characters, that there will be con upon con, layers of which reveal themselves only as strategically as the screenplay allows. As ... Continue reading

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Amit Agarwal - India’s Most Popular Blogger

Most of us blog on the Journal World for a creative outlet or to connect with friends and trade opinions. Amit Agarwal is India's first professional blogger for CNN IBN, making millions in the process. View this YouTube to see how he did it. (Sangeetha Sarma, CNN ... Continue reading

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“Drag Me to Hell” a hell of a lot of fun

[three stars] A Universal logo from the 80s is the first thing shown onscreen in Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me to Hell,” and immediately I’m taken back to a time when renting random VHS tapes at the video store led to my discovery of “Evil Dead 2.” The ... Continue reading

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Bribery BBQ

A group of friends and I, several years ago, formed what can be best described as a drinking club. Or, if you want to seem palettable to polite society, a social club - one designed to help us drink in the culture of Lawrence, KS. Through drinking. ... Continue reading

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Weekly Articles Digest

Hi all, With Memorial Day behind us (the weather was great in New York, but has since deteriorated), we start focusing on the summer activities – in the meantime, there is a lot of turmoil going on --- today, the New York Times did a feature on ... Continue reading

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“Sin Nombre” a stirring tale of hardship

[three stars] First-time writer/director Cary Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre” is a movie about devastating and emotionally draining moments. What makes it unique among films that cover similar subject matter is the restrained acting and richness of its visual sense. In that respect, it is a descendant of a ... Continue reading

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Funeral

It was a Tuesday night when my phone rang. It was my father, with whom I had not spoken for more than three years. When I heard his somber tone over the line, I knew exactly what it was. My grandfather had died. I couldn't say that ... Continue reading

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Pony Rides?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/May/27/unk003.jpg Additional photo. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/May/30/unk008.jpg Her brother. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/May/30/unk009.jpg Can you identify where this pony ride took place? Circa 1952 Continue reading

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Oh, those Allergies

As someone who suffers from seasonal allergies (avoiding medication as much as possible - everything makes me drowsy), I can't help but relate to this. Changes in the weather affect me a lot. Just recently, I had to excuse myself from a concert because I could not ... Continue reading

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Lawrence: What We Remember #2

This is the second in a series of recollections (well, they're not actually MY recollections) of places and things from Lawrence's past. Most of these won't make the history books, but those of us who have spent much or all of our lives in Lawrence remember them. ... Continue reading

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Irresponsibility Pays

Do I have this right? Those of us who have always paid our credit card bills responsibly are now to pay for those who haven’t? I go back before credit cards as we now understand them. At no time in my 50 plus years using them have ... Continue reading

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Food Hangover

Mr. Meat and Potatoes and I have a habit of watching a TV show ad nauseum, until we "kill it." We will rent an entire season of, say, Dexter, and watch it episode after episode until we either finish it or cannot stand another minute of it. ... Continue reading

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Family Values?

Today I got an email from someone saying that a relative of mine had been caught with a BB gun in Lawrence and then subsequently charged with illegal posession of a gun or something like that. Bad move, evidently - but his father's reaction was a bit ... Continue reading

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Back Home

After two sunny weeks in Brazil, the missus and I landed in New York last Sunday, exhausted from a thirteen-hour trip (not counting the two-hour wait for a connection in Rio) that brought is back to a fifty-degree, rainy New York City. The weather has since changed, ... Continue reading

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