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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Feb

09

The Road Weary Warrior

“Greetings from The Humungus! The Lord Humungus! The Warrior of the Wasteland! The Ayatollah of Rock and Rolla!” Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but in the 80s he made some pretty awesome action/adventure films.  At the top of the list must be placed the 1981 cult classic “Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior“. […]

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Feb

02

Hazzard Ahead?

Just the good ole boys. Never meanin’ no harm. Beats all you never saw, Been in trouble with the law, Since the day they was born. Straight’nin’ the curve, Flat’nin’ the hills. Someday the mountain might get ‘em, but the law never will. Makin’ their way, The only way they know how, That’s just a […]

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Jan

26

Animal House: Studiis et Rebus Honestis

“Christ. Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the fucking Peace Corps.” - John “Bluto” Blutarsky Please tell me you’ve seen the 1978 John Landis classic “Animal House.”  If not, please go watch it. Immediately. Brushing aside all the comedy and cursing, class warfare stood at the center of Animal House’s theme. […]

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Jan

19

What about Ed?

Siggy: I mean, my dad just dropped me in the water.  He let me go with no warning. I mean, I nearly drowned.  My whole life passed before my eyes. Bob Wiley: You’re lucky you’re only 12. Siggy: It as still grim. I’m not sure.  Maybe last week’s post got Bill Murray seared into my […]

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Jan

12

LOST IN TRANSLATION

Director  [in Japanese, to the interpreter]: The translation is very important, O.K.? The translation. Interpreter [in Japanese, to the director]: Yes, of course. I understand. Director: [in Japanese] Mr. Bob-san, you are relaxing in your study. On the table is a bottle of Suntory whiskey. Got it? Look slowly, with feeling, at the camera, and say it […]

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