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Too many Superman punch

This is a tangent. In the last ten years, the Superman punch has become the go-to punching style in action movies. Probably because of the popularity of Muay Thai and MMA. That’s just speculation though. But that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about the effectiveness of the “cobra punch.” […]

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Where Britney Spears schools us on lyric writing

I’m a sucker for a theme and Britney Spears knows how to pick songs with solid, unique themes. That’s what makes her music so addictive. It’s filled with cliches, idioms, and wordplay that you can’t help but sing along to.

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Where Madonna falls

I am late to the game, again. It might be a symptom of my age that I get around to commenting on things too late. Another blog post could be on how the internet has made it impossible to stop, ruminate and listen. Even that reference is an old one. Madonna fell off a stage but didn’t […]

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A river for all walks

A young man precariously balances himself on the rail of the Sierra Street Bridge. Suddenly, his skinny frame somersaults into the Truckee River below.

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How to be Jessica Fletcher

Today I started a new blog – How to be JB. I’ve been going through the entire 12 seasons of Murder She Wrote on Netflix because I remember enjoying the show as a child but don’t quite recall all the plot points. Boy am I glad I did! There is so mu…

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How to Not be Rude or Socially Awkward

Being rude or socially awkward seem to go hand-in-hand. You really can’t be one without being the other. In psych terms, this is known as a “pragmatic deficit.” Sometimes it’s out of your control, other times it’s because no one told you how to act. I’m here to tell you how to act. Especially, you, […]

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Century of conflict, over

Big names in government mingled in Wingfield Park while Truckee River revelers swam, kayaked and picnicked along the banks. It was the perfect backdrop to an agreement that will bring an end to nearly a century of bitter conflict.

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Rebuttal to MWP: No Blogging Schedule

I’m a bit perturbed about James Chartrand’s recent post over at Men With Pens about abandoning a blogging schedule, not least because she advocated only writing meaningful things while simultaneously appearing as if she just threw her post together. I’m gonna be upfront with you all – I just whipped up this post. But most of the time, I leave my writing to marinate before posting.

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Editors can’t save us; we can only save ourselves

Editors can’t save us; we can only save ourselves

Maria Popova over at Brainpickings wrote up an insightful post on what she terms “churnalism” has done for media in general and why SOPA exists today.

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Ladies, take your heels off

Ladies, take your heels off

I may be taking this too personally, but this is the current bug up my butt: I am tired of the paradigm that very talented and intelligent women on TV have to be shut-the-front-door beautiful and run around urban cities in stilettos. I mean, who does that? It’s almost like the writer/producer/whoever-in-charge is validating these […]

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