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The Home Stretch

Today I passed the 50,000-word mark, which makes me a NaNoWriMo winner. I’m excited about meeting the base goal, believe me, but since it’s the second time I’ve done it, it’s not as much a jump up and yell kind of thing as it was last year. ... Continue reading

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No worries, apparently a lot of kids are that way.

I often wonder if other kids are as scatterbrained and as seemingly incompetent as my kid when it comes to little everyday tasks. But, when I get the opportunity to discuss this with other parents I often end up feeling better knowing that it is somewhat normal ... Continue reading

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On-camera review of “The Road”

Eric and guest host Trevan McGee review the bleak new Cormac McCarthy adaptation "The Road." Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, "The Road" was directed by John Hillcoat and follows a father (Viggo Mortensen) and son (Kodi McPhee) as they journey across a scorched Earth after the ... Continue reading

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Find a game plan for Black Friday

Thanksgiving is a time we share with friends and family. We ponder all we are thankful for and share a wonderful meal with the special people in our lives. But come Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, die-hard shoppers turn into a frenzy of deal seekers. I’ve ... Continue reading

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Movie Review: Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire

Claireece "Precious" Jones, the abused and illiterate 16-year-old in "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," is so beaten down by her circumstances that she hardly ever shows emotion. Played by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, her face is frozen in a near-constant grimace that seems to anticipate ... Continue reading

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Movie Review: Fantastic Mr. Fox

With its jittery stop-motion animation, exquisitely detailed shots, and outwardly self-aware characters, director Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is the epitome of artifice. It's also as bright and cheery a time as you'll have at the movies this year. Anderson and co-writer Noah Baumbach have adapted Roald ... Continue reading

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Best football/hoops combo school in Big 12? Not even close

For my football picks on the final week of games in the Big 12, check out the latest episode of ConferenceChatterTV below: So I recently returned from my week vacation in Denver, which has quickly turned into one of my favorite cities in the country. After watching ... Continue reading

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how do you prepare turkey?

man, I don't know how to cook a turkey at all. I know that a fried turkey tastes great, but sounds impossibly dangerous/complicated/wasteful to pull off. oven-roasted? how do you you keep it moist? this is the classic look: http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Nov/24/best_turk.jpg how about some wild variations? this looks ... Continue reading

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High winds in Kansas can’t be blamed on Missouri

First off, let's clear the air so to speak. The wind in Kansas has nothing to do with what you might think of Nebraska and/or Oklahoma or Missouri. If you've never heard the "Do you know why Kansas is so windy?" joke, then I'll let someone else ... Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving, from the Muppets

After four days of being sick and a revolving door of in-laws in the house, I haven't been getting out to see a lot of local music lately. So as we head out to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, here's a little treat to entertain you before the ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Mark Mangino press conference, 11/24/09

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas football coach Mark Mangino's comments at his press conference today. Full audio is posted here. • Players of the game, voted on by the coaching staff: Offense: Dezmon Briscoe; Defense: Justin Thornton; Special teams: Dezmon Briscoe; Offensive scout team: ... Continue reading

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Sweet Home Lawrence

My brother and his two girls, 4 and 20 months, are moving from southern KS, and looking at possibly moving to Lawrence. Although I can think of plenty of reasons, pro and con, to move to Lawrence, I would like your input on the pros and cons ... Continue reading

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Debate on reason for, impact of Dennis Moore’s retirement from Congress

The national media on Monday used Rep. Dennis Moore's decision to retire as an opportunity to examine a potential storyline about Democratic House members exiting to avoid tough challenges in 2010. Michael Barone says Moore would have faced an "uphill race" in the 3rd congressional district of ... Continue reading

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Talking Turkey

Our Thanksgiving day crowd this year will be small. As in minuscule. Just Mr. Meat and Potatoes, myself and his mother. The baby will have to sniff turkey from afar and dream of Thanksgivings to come. Still, I insist on doing a whole turkey. You see, I ... Continue reading

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The World Company Social Media Policy

On Monday I shared some background information on our social media efforts here at the World Company, and today I’m sharing our complete Social Media Policy. Please take a moment to read Monday’s Post to get a clear idea of our overall strategy and how the policy ... Continue reading

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Fate

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A snootful of e-mails

The climate noosphere is in an uproar about a bunch of e-mails there were hacked from a global climate site. The e-mails are allegedly from prominent climate scientists and date from the late 1990's. According to this article in the NY Times at least some of the ... Continue reading

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Social Media at the World Company

Social media is more than an online fad. It’s changing the way we communicate with each other and with our communities. Here at the World Company, we have a tradition of embracing new technology, and of being leaders in news and communications. Many people in our organization ... Continue reading

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Mangino vs. Perkins speculation

wow, what a bunch of speculation. There has been a lot opinions flying around about one of these men leaving KU... It has been said that Mangino is too tough on his players, that he oversteps the 'boundary-line' when it comes to personal issues amongst his players. ... Continue reading

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Cliff’s Notes version: Bill Self press conference, 11/23/09

Here is the Cliff's Notes version of Kansas men's basketball coach Bill Self's comments at his weekly press conference today. Full audio is posted here. • Xavier Henry's scoring numbers are not inflated, but he did have a big game where he scored 27. Self isn't surprised ... Continue reading