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Monthly Archives: December 2011

Rumor: One More Disney Day


There have been rumors floating around about a big announcement to be made by Disney on Dec 31.  Recently a few details have emerged which seem to confirm the rumors that Disney Wolrd and Disneyland will both be open for 24 hours on Leap Day in 2012.

But the rumors don’t stop there.  And since I am tentatively planning a return visit to Disney World in 2012, my interest in the One More Disney Day promotion is officially piqued.

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Nostalgia Cotton Candy Maker Review


The girls (in matching Rapunzel nightgowns) prepare for their cotton candy adventure.

It’s the day after Christmas and the house is overflowing with toys.  My sister prides herself on giving creative gifts.  She has an almost irrational hatred of clutter and includes toys in this category.  As a result, you never really know what to expect when the kids open a present from Aunt Sarah.

This year, my niece informed my wife that Josie’s present was “payback” for a noisy toy train my wife had bought our nephew when he was a toddler.  With that warning in mind, we were curious and perhaps a bit apprehensive to see what Sarah had come up with as a Christmas gift/vengeance served several years cold.

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Merry Christmas


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Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!  We had a wonderful Christmas morning and I hope everyone else did too.  When I started Le Blog, I never dreamed I’d meet so many wonderful people.  In a short time, we’ve developed a great little community.  And honestly, that’s what keeps me blogging.  I’ve already gotten some Chistmas well-wishes from some members of our little group, so I figured I’d take a minute to extend holiday cheer to everyone who stops by.

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Oh Christmas Tree!


Ever since Thanksgiving weekend, I have been trying to find the time to take and post some pictures of our Christmas tree.  It’s not that our tree is anything special.  But the tree is one of my favorite things about the Christmas season.

Growing up, Christmas was filled with traditions as I’m sure is the case for most people.  And one such tradition was putting up the tree.  The tree was always assembled a certain way.  The assignment of chores never varied.  The process would start when my dad would pull up the giant box from the basement.

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Underappreciated Masterpiece: High Fidelity


“I saw that John Cusack flick “High Fidelity” on Comedy Central once.”

No you didn’t.

What you saw was something edited beyond recognition that makes the film look quite mediocre. Hopefully that’s why they stopped showing it there.

In actuality, “High Fidelity” is one of the smartest, funniest, well-observed, bad-time-good-time movies about modern romance ever produced.

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Jimmy Darmody: Killed by Something Thicker Than Water


 

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“Boardwalk Empire” appears to have used the character of James Darmody to make an argument for knowing who you are and doing that thing. It’s no mistake that Jimmy always appeared most at home when he was getting his hands dirty carrying out “muscle” jobs, and completely ill at ease in committee meetings deciding how to run a criminal organization.
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Universal Announces Harry Potter on Both Coasts


In perhaps the least surprising development in theme park history, Universal Studios has announced plans to build more Harry Potter attractions in its US theme parks.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park has been an unqualified success.  So, it only makes sense that Universal would want to capitalize on that success.  But rather than just expand in Orlando, Universal has decided to double down on Potter by building new attractions on both coasts.

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The A-List: A Definition


The A-list

I spend a lot of time talking about “the A-list”.  Who’s A-list, who’s not, who used to be, who’s on their way, etc.  When you say an actor or actress is on the A-list, most people know what you mean.  But if you start analyzing who is or is not on the A-list, you’ll find that the term means different things to different people.  There’s a lot of grey area there.  In this article, I intend to nail down what it means to be on the A-list.

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The Commodore: Killed by Greek Tragedy


 

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Last week I called the writers of “Boardwalk Empire” to task for trotting out a tired and hurtful trope while disposing of one of their featured characters. This week they aimed a little higher in their influences. Louis “The Commodore” Kaestner was the victim this time, and the results were bizarre, but strangely satisfying.

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100K


So,the site crossed 100,000 hits today.  Pretty cool, I have to say.  I remember early on when the site would average around 10 hits daily.  Now we do around 1000 most days.  Thank you, fallen celebrities!

I also want to thank all my readers.  But especially the regular guys who keep coming back.  The conversations we have in the comments section of the articles are what keep me posting.  You guys make this fun!

Things are getting busy with work and the holidays.  But I’m going to keep making time for Le Blog because it’s just too much fun not to.  I look forward to whatever nutty topics we somehow wind up talking about.

And an extra special thanks to Daffy Stardust for making the leap into posting here!  His contributions have helped round out the site.  I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

 

The Muppets: Crack for Gen X


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Okay guys, you got me.

My love for the new film starring Kermit and friends is both fully legitimate and wholly irrational. Despite clear faults and a few clunkers, Jason Segel’s new take on Jim Henson’s Muppets characters still manages to deliver what its audience came to see.

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