Sep

14

Back to Bacon

“Thank you, sir! May I have another?” – Kevin Bacon as Chip Diller in Animal House Kevin Bacon is omnipresent.  Who among us has not played “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?”  So popular is the game that Google even has a special “Bacon Number” function.  That’s right, type “Bacon Number” and then the name of an […]

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Sep

05

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Watching the Watchers

The 2009 Film Watchmen is based on a graphic novel from the mid-80s and takes place in a semi-dystopian future/past.  The Watchmen are a group of super/anti-heros who with the exception of the god-like “Dr. Manhattan” (photo at bottom) have no actual superpowers. They are merely humans trying to make sense of a often nonsensical […]

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Aug

25

Treif Feud In the Noosk

I was thinking of getting really cute and somehow linking seven Kevin Bacon movies together and somehow winding up in Winooski, but I am not sure I have the strength. You know what?

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Aug

24

The Needs of the Many…….

Spock:  Don’t grieve, Admiral.  It’s logical.  The needs of the many outweigh ….. Kirk: …..the needs of the few….. Spock: …..or the one.   Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan You know that when I pull out one of the greatest movies of all time for the blog it must be an important issue.  For […]

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Jul

28

VPR Commentary Debut

My VPR commentary debut airs today at 5:55 PM with a piece on Vermont’s recent changes to the Open Meetings Law.  If you miss the broadcast, you can always listen to the audio file on the VPR website here - Adrian VPR Commentary on Transparency And because I know you have been missing the film tie-ins, […]

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Mar

16

School Wars: A New Hope

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.” - Han Solo The recent proposals  by the Burlington School District to cut 48 teaching position and 9 administrative positions is unfortunately business as usual.  There are those who are saying that if the proposal goes through, the Burlington Schools […]

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Mar

09

41 Candles

The Geek: Just answer me one question. Samantha: Yes, you’re a total maggot. The Geek: Ha ha ha. That’s not the question. (pauses) Am I turning you on? Where would the 80s have been without John Hughes? Arguably resting at the pinnacle of the Hughes’ portfolio is the epic coming of age flick 16 Candles. […]

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Mar

02

Burlington is the Smallest, Biggest City

Burlington is the smallest, biggest city.  You heard that right, Burlington, Vermont at just over 42,000 souls is by far the smallest city, out of the largest cities in each of the 50 states. Charleston, West Virginia is more then 125% the size of Burlington with over 51,000 residents. Laramie, Wyoming, Portland, Maine, and Wilmington, […]

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Feb

24

Public Meetings and Records: The Holy Grail?

Guard: Who goes there? King Arthur: It is I, Arthur, son of Uther Pendragon, from the castle of Camelot. King of the Britons, defeater of the Saxons, Sovereign of all England! Guard: Pull the other one! King Arthur: I am, and this is my trusty servant Patsy. We have ridden the length and breadth of the land in search […]

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Feb

16

We are all Flash Gordon

“Pathetic earthlings. Hurling your bodies out into the void, without the slightest inkling of who or what is out here. If you had known anything about the true nature of the universe, anything at all, you would’ve hidden from it in terror. -Emperor Ming the Merciless I first watched the cult-sci-fi classic Flash Gordon at […]

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