A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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It was testing week in karate and, as usual, Big Guy was under the gun. Not as much as he used to be, when he didn’t have a clue and had to frantically cram, but …

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The problem with “Deathly Hallows Part 2″
Thursday, 23 Jun, 2011 – 10:57 | 2 Comments
The problem with “Deathly Hallows Part 2″

Day of Reckoning: July 15, when Harry meets Voldemort for the final throwdown, unless J.K. Rowlings goes cuckoo and writes another sequel. I really hope she doesn’t – how the heck do you best the …

3 million reasons you should care about Net Neutrality
Wednesday, 2 Feb, 2011 – 16:39 | Comments Off
3 million reasons you should care about Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality. Are you asleep yet?
You’re not alone if the mere mention of the words makes you drowsy. A lot of people don’t even understand what it is, including a conservative blogger I ran across …

Bloody Mary? Oh, the horrors!
Wednesday, 2 Feb, 2011 – 10:02 | Comments Off
Bloody Mary? Oh, the horrors!

Big Guy will watch “GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra” repeatedly and not be bothered a bit. He didn’t flinch during any “Harry Potter” one through four, though he did think “The Goblet of Fire” …

Letting them watch things I never thought I would
Friday, 28 Jan, 2011 – 13:24 | One Comment
Letting them watch things I never thought I would

“Too violent for kids, too childish for grownups,” is how Common Sense Media describes “GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra.”
“There are probably no more than 20 minutes when there is not violence,” reviewers at IMDb …

Do movie ratings work? Heck no.
Tuesday, 26 Oct, 2010 – 22:07 | Comments Off
Do movie ratings work? Heck no.

I thought I had merely run into a strange one last winter when a mom was fine with her pre-teen daughter watching a movie about a force so demonic that even an exorcist was scared …

Why Shyamalan’s right, but wrong, about Airbender casting
Wednesday, 7 Jul, 2010 – 11:39 | Comments Off
Why Shyamalan’s right, but wrong, about Airbender casting

Shopping for a bathing suit is bad enough, but it becomes virtually impossible when a kid wearing pale-yellow paints and has an arrow eye-linered onto a freshly shaved scalp pops around the corner.
“Hey, guys, look! …

Toy Story became my story
Thursday, 1 Jul, 2010 – 14:51 | One Comment
Toy Story became my story

I can’t complain about the 3D, because I saw it at a drive-in.
I won’t critique the CGI, other than to say it’s amazing how much emotion filmmakers can pack into characters that exist only in …

They really don’t make them like they used to
Thursday, 11 Mar, 2010 – 12:04 | Comments Off
They really don’t make them like they used to

It was garden-variety stuff – cat chases mouse, cat catches mouse, mouse bonks cat’s head with an iron skillet, dog pummels cat – but I hadn’t heard Big Guy laugh so hard in ages as …

I know what I want – I just don’t see it yet
Friday, 5 Mar, 2010 – 20:13 | Comments Off
I know what I want – I just don’t see it yet

I pay $65 a month for satellite TV service, and that’s way too much considering that we regularly watch only  Nickelodeon, ESPN and the local FOX affiliate. The package includes 200 channels, many of which …

The days the music died on YouTube
Monday, 23 Mar, 2009 – 1:06 | Comments Off
The days the music died on YouTube

Sometimes it’s hard to decide who to root for in a hissing match between giants such as the one that’s been going on since December between Warner Music Group and YouTube/Google.
Unable to reach a new …

Batman wins the super hero smackdown
Monday, 2 Jun, 2008 – 5:13 | Comments Off

For about six months, there’s been a Super Hero smackdown at our house.

SpiderMan was the early winner, claiming the Halloween costume contest in October. Then Superman pulled ahead, as flying trumped web-slinging.

Now there’s a new favorite, courtesy of a long-forgotten trinket from a fast-food meal almost a year ago.

“Hey, Mom!” Big Guy yelled after a rousing session of toy-box trashing unearthed the toy. “Look! It’s Batman! I love him.”

Good. Because I’m crazy about him, too.

Batman, you see, is the only real Super Hero. The others rely on supernatural powers – emphasis on super, not natural – bestowed either on a strange planet or by dumb luck.