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The anatomy of “District 9”

[three and a half stars out of four] Neill Blomkamp's feature-length directorial debut does what really good science fiction does—it makes you think about the world you live in. It also does what mainstream crowd-pleasing sci-fi does and entertains with a lot of well-designed action scenes and ... Continue reading

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The Dawn of Time – 1985

One of the advantages of being a senior is that you have been alive for a number of decades and might actually remember, with appropriate biases, all the way back to the fifties. Anybody remember the Clean Air Act? That is when we started to address Climate ... Continue reading

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Jayhawk Flashback: Colorado, 10/28/06

I noticed that we received one comment on last week’s Jayhawk Flashback YouTube video. This was from the user jfalbe06: “next flashback should be the cu game where we pulled reesing redshirt.” Sounds like a plan to me. This week’s flashback takes us back three years to ... Continue reading

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You must look elsewhere for “The Goods”

[one star out of four] From the quick-cut opening scenes in “The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard,” it’s obvious what director Neal Brennan has in mind. He’s hoping that the lightning-fast pace of the movie will cover up for the fact that nothing about it is neither ... Continue reading

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A (not-so) starry, starry night

I had high hopes for the Perseid meteor shower earlier this week. See, a couple of years ago, I decided I needed a hobby. I wanted something that worked well with my crazy work hours, that I could take part in after I got home in the ... Continue reading

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Wake up early to check out some beautiful sunrises

What better way to wake up then with a beautiful sunrise, right? The last few mornings you might have noticed more vivid sunrise action in Northeast Kansas. (Catch this morning's on video here.) There are some really cool reasons why this is. The past few sunrises have ... Continue reading

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Rapacious Health Insurance Companies – or not

During the course of blogging about health care, a recurring theme is that of a rapacious health insurance industry. The criticisms include obscene profits, over generous executive compensation and denial of medical services to name a few. I pulled the 10K reports on some of the health ... Continue reading

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A Little History of the Handgun

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/12/Yuan_chinese_gun.jpg (Chinese hand cannon) ********************************************************************** It is generally accepted that firearms were invented and first used in China.There is no solid evidence for firearms in Europe before the 1300s. Archeologists have discovered a gun in Manchuria dating from the 1200s, and a historian has identified a sculpture ... Continue reading

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Top Chef Masters — A mountain goat sweating on the beach

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/13/Picture_1.png So last week I was on vacation in Colorado without a TV or access to "Top Chef." But, while shopping in a little mountain town, I came upon a very friendly face: "Top Chef Masters" contestant and George Clooney look-alike Michael Chiarello. There he was, smiling ... Continue reading

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My Beef with… Well, Beef

At a recent BBQ outing with my wife and a couple of friends, someone I was talking to was surprised by the fact that I don't eat beef. “How do you live?” she asked with a genuine tone of surprise in her voice. What I responded was ... Continue reading

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The hardest hitters in the Big 12

In the last two weeks, I had the chance to catch up with some Big 12 Conference football players at media day sessions. I took a random poll two weeks ago in Irving, Texas, for the Big 12 media days, then again on Tuesday in Lawrence for ... Continue reading

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On comments: To thread or not to thread?

In the excellent discussion concerning comments, a number of folks brought up the idea of threading comments. That's certainly one of the possibilities we're thinking about, and we'd like to focus some thinking on the pros and cons of implementing it. On the pro side, threaded comments ... Continue reading

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“Harley Man”

I knew this "Harley Man" was destined for success from the moment I held him in my arms six hours after he was born. This is my brother and he missed my grandbabies baby shower to make this video. He had the best excuse of all the ... Continue reading

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Mark Mangino on Media Day: Cliff Notes version

For anyone who's interested, we have posted the full audio of KU football coach Mark Mangino's press conference at media day. For anyone who is in a hurry, here's a Cliff Notes version of what Mangino had to say. • The linebacking position still needs a lot ... Continue reading

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Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight and Tomorrow Night

Tonight and Tomorrow night should be the peak of the annual Perseid meteor shower. Supposedly the best time to look is between midnight and 5am according to this article in Space.com. . This shower consists of remains from Comet Swift Tuttle. The article reports some astronomers as ... Continue reading

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Deception and Dissembling

I just can not understand some of the bloggers hereabouts. As a senior I may not disagree with the proposed health care bill in the House without being reviled as stupid or partisan or greedy. As near as I can tell seniors are the only ones being ... Continue reading

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Deceptively simple story works for visceral “The Hurt Locker”

[three out of four stars] “The Hurt Locker” is one of those movies where the story arc just kind of sneaks up on you when you’re not looking. It’s a lot like the situation that its principal characters find themselves in every day. Bomb defusers must always ... Continue reading

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KU football practice report: Aug. 11

Just got back from the KU football team's practice on campus. Here are some of the notes I took down. http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/11/ku_fbc_open_practice_18.jpg • First, let's start with the depth chart from what I saw. First-team offense Left tackle — Tanner Hawkinson Left guard — Carl Wilson Center — ... Continue reading

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Were You Around When

My Dad has the beginning stages of Alzheimers which set me to thinking about the past. I started thinking about the many different things that have changed during my lifetime. An operator had to place our phone calls, now you just speak and the phone does the ... Continue reading

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