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In Plain Sight 12/29/2008 Identified

Original post:IPS 12/29/2008Previous: SMTS 12/21/2008Next: IPS 1/4/2009Cody Howard has returned! He identified the interesting house near the corner of 3rd and Indiana. From the comments, I'm not the only one with that opinion.http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/31/scDSC_2924.JPG Continue reading

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Top 10 Movies of 2008

10. Speed RacerTo dismiss one of the most inventive movies of the year as a candy-colored assault on the senses is missing the point completely. This groundbreaking offering from the Wachowski brothers was unfairly bashed like no other movie this year. Like most films that are ahead ... Continue reading

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Winter Treasure Hunt

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/30/snow_queen.jpgHans Christian Anderson wrote The Snow Queen as an fable of good and evil.Story of the Snow QueenThe Snow Queen is the queen of the snowflakes or "snow bees", who travels throughout the world with the snow - - with a special focus on Kansas this season. ... Continue reading

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Scenic Sky Event For New Year’s Eve

This is for all of you star-gazers out there! Barring an all-out invasion of clouds on New Year's Eve (partial cloud cover is expected) you may be able to view 3 planets and a thin sliver of the crescent moon on the same evening! Venus and the ... Continue reading

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In Plain Sight (12/29/2008)

My apologies for being a day late this week. I've been deep in thought for the last few days. My last post mentioned that I anticipate making changes and the the first is to change the title of the series of posts I have called "So Much ... Continue reading

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A hairy dilemma

A couple of years ago, after I starting cycling semi-seriously, I headed out for what then counted as a long recreational ride.I was stopped at a red light, and another cyclist pulled alongside. I could tell he was a Serious Cyclist. His shorts matched his jersey. And ... Continue reading

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Where does the GOP go from here ?

Returning to being the bastions of fiscal responsibilty is first and foremost. Co-opting good Democratic ideas like affordable college education, which is good for the business sector. There has to be a rebirth of the party or it will wither. Subtracting the Dixiecrat Republicans would be a ... Continue reading

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Chiefs: Who should stay and who should go?

What a depressing end to a depressing season. Although not expecting much, I still expected better than 2-14. I cannot even get angry anymore as depression over the Chiefs have taken over. The remotes are safe. They used to get thrown when the Chiefs had a chance ... Continue reading

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KU football players sound off on Big 12 topics

I had the opportunity to catch up with a few Kansas University football players recently in Hadl Auditorium to talk about some Big 12-related gridiron topics.At 7 p.m. Monday, Missouri will begin the conference's quest to best its all-time mark in bowl games of 5-3 when it ... Continue reading

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Devil’s WD Winner & Next Term

Congratulations to Logan72 (Alia Ahmed) who won last week's challenge with 43% of the votes (9 of 21). Alia competed against 11 readers who offered their satirical definitions for the term interview. Here's the winning definition:Interview: a process in which an employer or group of employers at ... Continue reading

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Plays ‘Frost/Nixon’ and ‘Doubt’ come to the big screen

‘Tis the season for play adaptations, as the recent releases of “Doubt” [three stars] and “Frost/Nixon” [two and a half stars] can attest to. Adapted from his own 2005 Tony-winning play, writer/director John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” is one of those movies that you come away from thinking ... Continue reading

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Trash pile tells your Christmas Day story

Christmas gift giving is over and now it’s time to take out the trash.The boxes that contained that new TV, computer or electronic game system have to go somewhere. Usually they get stacked by the alley or the street in the hours before your weekly trash pick ... Continue reading

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‘Benjamin Button’ On-Camera Review

Eric and guest critic Trevan McGee battle it out over "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," a big Oscar prestige film starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, adapted from the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, and directed by David Fincher. Will it be the big contender for ... Continue reading

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‘Valkyrie’ and ‘The Reader’ about as different as you can get

The Holocaust took a horrific human toll in both casualties and emotional scars that will last forever. Two movies coming out this Oscar season (and a third—“Defiance”—next month) are haunted by the spectre of this shameful event, although each takes a very different approach.“Valkyrie” [two stars] recounts ... Continue reading

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Miller under the influence of “The Spirit”

[three stars]Will Eisner’s “The Spirit” comic may have been about a masked crimefighter, but his hugely influential series (that ran originally from 1940-1952) was not a superhero comic. “The Spirit” blended elements of lighthearted adventure, romance, and horror, sometimes with a flair for the comedic. Writer/director Frank ... Continue reading

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What next, hyperinflation?

Foreclosures are projected to increase in the coming year as some people in adjustable rate mortgages won't be able to refinance. This will drive down the prices of homes and this recent bailout will only be a bandaid. In other words, expect more bailout happening. If Congress ... Continue reading

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A Dakotah Christmas

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/23/IMG_0105.jpgI’m standing near the top of Rattlesnake Summit, ankle deep in mud, and the remnants of a brief snowfall, as evidenced by the slush along the roadside, looking at a red-colored covered wagon and four horses.Whereas this may sound like a passage out of a western novel ... Continue reading

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Holiday Edition

The holiday season is in full swing now, and, for a few Jayhawks in the NBA, that means one thing: Christmas Day is game day. Known as one of the bigger regular season pro basketball days of the year because of the fact that the NBA has ... Continue reading

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The holidays, economy and the homeless

This holiday time that celebrates something other than consumption has somehow become a time of excess. Yet the news on the economy is awful and it's all our fault. We aren’t consuming enough to keep the economy afloat. It’s all about personal responsibility. Just like the homeless. ... Continue reading

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Last Minute Gift Wrapping Tip

Finally finished shopping--now to wrap the gifts. Here is my suggestion for a green Christmas.I am wrapping individual gift (gifts) in Lawrence Journal World newspapers and placing them in shopper bags available at supermarkets. Several days ago, HyVee had Holiday bags in red, green and blue for ... Continue reading