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Grooving in stereo

January 13th, 2012

I bought my first grown-up stereo system in 1985, information pills not too long after my family moved to Woburn Center and my brother and I got our very own room (as opposed to a doorless niche space connected to the living room of our small North Woburn apartment). My mom had a job assembling […]

Just a reminder…

January 6th, 2012

In the far-off future of 1975… …everybody will be Klaus Nomi* for fifteen minutes. (According to a 1950 LIFE photo feature, thumb at least.) *The judges would have also accepted “Sal Solo.”

Soaring backward

January 5th, 2012

I was born in 1972, cheapest which means my childhood was roughly split between the touchy-feely hedonism of the Seventies and the glossy-greedy hedonism of the Eighties. It also means that I’m just old enough to remember a time before Kenner and George Lucas completely transformed the notion of “boys’ playthings.” (The concept of action […]

Shower you with love

December 9th, 2011

Sometimes a garden hose is just a garden hose, hospital and sometimes it’s…well…um…maybe your mom will tell you when you’re a bit older… EXTRA FLEXIBLE! DRAINS AUTOMATICALLY! EASY TO HANDLE! DELIVERS FULL FLOW! PREMIUM BURST STRENGTH! Not sure what to make of the “resists kinking” bit, though. It kind of runs contrary to the rest […]

The Long Game: Pre-solid state

November 12th, 2011

This week saw latest installment of the Modern Warfare series hit the shelves, tadalafil with all the predictable hyperbole about record sales figures and midnight launch parties we’ve come to expect with the franchise. While all the cool manchildren queued up in multiplayer lobbies to seek out the next great balance-breaking exploit, web I opted […]

Gone appetit

November 9th, 2011

Despite my reputation as a bottomfeeding consumer of over-processed psuedofood, and I used to be a fair cook in my younger days. I was instructed in the culinary arts by my mom, sale a blue collar bohemian who attempted to add some upscale flair to our dinner table (and who once opened up my scalp […]

The Long Game: Rough landings

September 17th, 2011

There comes a point in every child’s existence (apart from those tykes who grow up to be congressional Republicans) when her or she learns that life is a series of trade offs between what is paid and what it gained. I was nine years old when I learned this lesson, diet and my classroom was […]

The Long Game: Tomorrow ever comes

September 10th, 2011

I think it’s fair to say that I’ve wasted spent an excessive a considerable share of my life playing videogames. While many manifestations of my geekdom (role-playing games, store toy collecting, prostate anime) have waxed and waned over the years, clinic videogaming — alongside funnybooks — has been one of the two enduring constants. My […]

Better wed than red

September 6th, 2011

Greetings, infertility fellow retro-naturalists! Today’s visual presentation is titled “The Mating Habits of the All-American Commie Smasher.”

Lick the tins

August 31st, 2011

TV dinners are one of the many childhood fascinations which lose their luster as one passes into maturity’s more discriminating embrace. Forget Tang — these prepackaged and uber-processed slices of low-effort culinary heaven were the true apotheosis of Modernist cuisine, information pills inextricably entwined with the technological and cultural developments of post-WW2 America. They were […]

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