Christmas 2010: The holiday we make contact (with Santa Claus… and Superboy too!)

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I hope everyone (who celebrates Christmas that is, whether for secular reasons—like I do—or religious reasons) is enjoying the holiday today. I pre-wrote this post ahead of time to try out the publish-on-a-preset-date feature and give *some* new content while I’m out of town visiting family. (And yes, only another week of these “2010: The … Read more

Christmas specials: “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Finally wrapping up the minor Christmas specials list (for now) is “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.” It’s based on the ultra-cheesy Christmas song of the same name. Background In this special, a young boy named Jake Spankenheimer is one of the few in his city who still believes in Santa. His grandmother runs … Read more

Christmas specials: “The Powerpuff Girls: Twas the Fight Before Christmas”

The Fight Before Christmas

Three days until Christmas brings us this latest Christmas special entry, the Powerpuff Girls’ Christmas special, entitled “Twas the Fight Before Christmas.” The popular Cartoon Network series about three five-year-old superheroines saw this special released as a direct-to-video movie (and also aired on TV) in 2003. Background The plot: Princess Morbucks, the spoiled rich girl who … Read more

Christmas specials: “Dexter vs. Santa’s Claws”

Dexter's Laboratory

Today’s Christmas special isn’t an actual special. It’s a segment (but a hilarious one) from the popular 90s Cartoon Network cartoon “Dexter’s Laboratory.” Background “Dexter vs. Santa’s Claws” was a Christmas-themed short. The plot: Dexter doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, and insists on proving to Dee Dee he’s just their father in disguise. Too bad … Read more

Anthony’s picks for DC Comics for March 2011

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A bit later than expected, but here’s this month’s picks among DC Comics’ solicitations, this time for March 2011 (just in time for C2E2 in Chicago!): Comics I’ll be buying The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #5, on sale Mar. 9, $3 Tiny Titans #38, on sale Mar. 16, $3 Comics I … Read more

Here comes VLC, here comes VLC, right down VLC Way: VLC gets festive for the holidays

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VLC is an open-source, cross-platform (available for OS X, Windows, Linux, etc.) video player (and audio player) program. Its advantage besides its cross-platform support is supporting a wide variety of video and audio codecs. That and its versatility and robust support makes it one of the most popular open-source programs available. Apparently, VLC’s programmers have … Read more

Christmas specials: “Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales”

Looney Tunes

Next on the string of minor Christmas specials is “Bugs Bunny’s Looney Christmas Tales,” a 1979 Christmas special. This one consisted of three shorts: two featuring Bugs, the third featuring the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. There’s also interstitial segments of Bugs trying to lead a group of carolers—Foghorn Leghorn, Pepe Le Pew, Yosemite … Read more

Christmas specials: “Christmas Comes to Pac-Land”


Moving on with the Christmas special series, we come to another oldie, 1983’s “Christmas Comes to Pac-Land,” which was a Pac-Man Christmas special. I’ve written elsewhere about “Pac-Man” as part of a package show, but I’ll sum up its premise below. Background In the early 80s, two factors came about: the initial video game boom and Reagan-administration-led deregulation … Read more

Yahoo shutting down (update: make that “spinning off”)

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As reported on various spots online, it appears that Yahoo is planning to shut down, a bookmarking site I signed up with a few months ago. This just seems like the latest in Yahoo’s problems in trying to stay competitive against the likes of Google or Facebook. While Flickr is certainly one of Yahoo’s … Read more