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Help Us Identify This Picture

Help solve the mystery of the location of the photo in PhotoCollectorX's post. He doesn't know where it's from, neither do I and no one else seems to be sure. Does it bring back any memories? Continue reading

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Hey Maggots!

Ah that got your attention. Look at native dogwoods, flowering right now and you sometimes see orange galls such as this one. And when you open them up you may find these really cool bright orange fly larvae. OK well I think they are pretty cool. Speaking ... Continue reading

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Weekend warm-up on the way

Our temperatures this week have been all over the place. We were dealing with mid 80 degree temperatures on Sunday only to grab the jackets for a high of 63° on Wednesday. This weekend will be close to 90° for both Saturday and Sunday. A ridge of ... Continue reading

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THE BEST STUDIO IN TORONTO JUST GOT BETTER!!!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/May/29/FrontMiddle.jpg Steps away from the subway, and major highways, you can choose from their MID SIZE ROOMS, PREMIUM ROOMS and THE NEW D.C. MUSIC THEATRE. Grand Opening Specials for REHEARSAL, SHOWCASE, CD RELEASE, PRIVATE PARTY, ALBUM OR TOUR PRE PRODUCTION, VIDEO OR PHOTO SHOOT, DANCE REHEARSAL, CORP0RATE ... Continue reading

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The Mail Game (Reprise)

I wrote a recent blog about “junk mail” and surprisingly I was taken to task with arguments that such mail makes the delivery of first class mail economically possible. This is my response. USPS management claims that “standard” (read direct or junk) mail makes lots of money, ... Continue reading

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The Miseducation of Pat Roberts

Pat Roberts began his political career running the office of Senator Frank Carlson. Carlson, both while he was governor of Kansas, and later as senator, perfected the art of using road contracts to build campaign contributions and political allies. He understood how to use road projects to ... Continue reading

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The Great Green Crushing Machine

There was a lovely article in the LJW this morning about a lightweight push mower. For those of us past a certain age it brings back not so fond remembrances. In those days, the “pusher” was tubular steel of rugged construction- heavy! Pushing it around the small ... Continue reading

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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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