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On Requiem for a New Jersey Blockbuster Video

Interesting thing told to me just now by Mr. Quadro: Blockbuster will continue to exist in Alaska, where it's a franchise owned by a Texas company. Which explains how, while Blockbusters fell like dominoes in the lower 48, Juneau (approx. pop 30,000) was (and still is) somehow able to sustain TWO locations.

Posted on November 7, 2013 at 11:49 pm 0

On The Health Care Pie

@wee_ramekin This actually happened to a couple I know. He didn't get his wife onto his insurance before she got pregnant, the insurance company said, LOL NO, PREEXISTING CONDITION and they are still paying off their adorable child's birth.

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm 1

On Sexing Up My Childhood Bedroom

Mr. QuadrophonicSound and I lived in his childhood bedroom for two years while we did some long-term housesitting for his parents. I didn't have any trouble with family photos killing the mood, but I did ask that we take down the pastel portrait of Jesus carrying/hugging/smelling the hair of a small child that was close to the bed.

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 6:17 pm 1

On Nice to Meet You, Internet

@fondue with cheddar I had Fashion Plates, but you didn't use a crayon. Mine had a flat piece that you assembled the plates on, then you put carbon paper and regular paper on it and ran it through a little press! It was passed down to me from a much older sister, though, so eventually carbon paper was a pain to try to find and I ended up just making crayon rubbings anyway.

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 6:06 pm 0

On A Real Argument for Doing That Thing Where You Rub the Chopsticks for No Real Reason

@Amphora Well... they probably do taste better at communion than if you ate a big bag of them as a snack?

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm 2

On Friday Open Thread

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@plumb-bob I think the Russians were a married couple, not siblings. And watching their non-verbal communication is very interesting, because the woman is clearly the dominant one in the relationship, which is refreshing.

@adorable-eggplant I think that it would have been... inappropriate for them to kiss in that moment? Like, too soon. I think there was more affection in the hug than I can imagine in a kiss.

I think this is a really interesting article on it: http://stormingtheivorytower.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-visual-intelligence-of-pacific-rim.html?m=1

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 11:47 pm 0

On Behind the Scenes at Camp Gyno, the "Best Tampon Ad in the History of the World"

@rosaline I'm torn between that and "Crimson Typhoon" after the Chinese jaeger from Pacific Rim.

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:54 pm 1

On The Burglar Wore a Straw Fedora: An Illustrated Guide to My Missing Stuff

Huh. While you do have to provide weight and height and eye color in Alaska, I find it interesting that hair color is not reported. (But it makes sense if you're going to dye your hair a lot? Or are bald? Or just rocking the salt and pepper look like my mom?)

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm 0

On Goosebumps for Grown-Ups

I'm living "Return of the Plumber: The Water Heater That Will Not Stay Fixed" right now.

Also, "Don't Look That Tupperware/It Came From The Back Of The Fridge."

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm 2