Tag Archives: Because I can

Are ‘Contact’ and ‘Prometheus’ essentially the same movie?

  I recently saw the 1997 science fiction movie Contact on streaming for the first time, nearly 20 years after its initial release.  And as I watched it, I was immediately struck by how many ways it resembled director Ridley Scott’s Alien … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

How could have better design skills eliminated Sunday’s Oscar disaster? Oddly enough, the cards read by the presenters at the Oscars only list the winner in a reasonable sized type.  The name of the category is relegated to tiny type … Continue reading

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Thinking about W. H. Auden on a morning in early winter

I have been on sabbatical this semester after stepping down as the department chair and becoming a regular professor.  I’ve been working on a variety of projects this fall – finishing up work on ancillaries for the Sixth Edition of … Continue reading

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Holiday Flashback – Sigourney Weaver & Buster Poindexter do “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

NOTE: This time of year, one of the most consistently popular posts on this blog is the video of Sigourney Weaver & Buster Poindexter singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” from Saturday Night Live.  So for those of you who don’t … Continue reading

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Godspeed John Glenn

Godspeed, John Glenn. Note to my friends – bet you don’t have a John Glenn Hot Wheels play set on your office shelf – I do. Includes Mercury capsule, space shuttle, and three figures – Mercury astronaut John Glenn, Senator … Continue reading

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A Motorcycle Ride to the United 93 Memorial on a Rainy Summer Day

This has nothing to do with the media. It’s a brief story about a ride I took on my motorcycle to the United 93 Memorial on a rainy June day back in 2004. It was written shortly after I had … Continue reading

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Back To School With The Media

It’s Back To School time, so let’s look at some start-of-the-school-year themed stories: Oregon school district rescinds ban on rap music radio in school buses. Rule was no talk radio, religious radio, or rap music – pop/rock, country and jazz … Continue reading

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Questions Worth Asking (Maybe)

After a month of vacation and travel for family reasons, I’m back with mass comm posts (though national parks will keep sneaking in on occasion!). Is Rush Limbaugh still sticking around? Yes, he reportedly has a new four-year contract with … Continue reading

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The road goes ever on…

I had a lovely dinner last week with my editor Terri and marketing person Jill who were attending the AEJMC convention in Minneapolis,  and they asked me to do a couple of things – one of which was to get … Continue reading

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The Original Cat Video … from 1894!

You all no doubt think you are of the “cat video” generation. You think your generation invented the short video of cute cats doing cute things. But you are wrong! Thomas Edison’s studios shot the first cat video back in … Continue reading

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