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My Childhood

The Best Star Wars Fan Film of the Decade

Posted by on September 24th, 2015, under VIDEOTAPE

Nostalgia can be a powerful ally. When it’s not taking over your life, yearning for the past can electrify the present, and turn imagination into reality. This video is perfect on so many levels. Enjoy! You never know. You may have a little artist or auteur on your hands. The next Abrams, even.

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8 Honest Names for 1980s Toys

Posted by on June 16th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

There were so many toys I wanted growing up. We had a rule, when I was a kid, that we had to sell a toy to get a new one. It was like a strange banking system. Inevitably one of the toys would break, sending the whole system into a tailspin (also, a great reference […]

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7 Things That Scared The Hell Out Of Me As A Boy

Posted by on May 15th, 2015, under NOTEBOOK

If you grew up during the 1980s, then you probably were exposed to some crazy stuff. My dad had a bad habit of watching insanely scary stuff around me. I’m definitely more cautious because of it with my kids, but I wonder if everyone had the same insane childhood with television and movies like I […]

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5 Things I Miss About Being Childless

Posted by on April 22nd, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

Becoming a parent was one of the most important and transformative things that has ever happened in my life. I can’t understate how much it’s changed me. I don’t think I ever truly understood what it meant to platonically love another human being until I had my boys. That being said… There are moments when […]

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In the Name of our Fathers

Posted by on February 11th, 2014, under NOTEBOOK

It was a cold, windy day on the grassy plains overlooking a beach in San Francisco. The wind filled sails and people sat bundled up, pretending it was a summer afternoon. San Francisco had that effect on people. It was anything they wanted it to be. My father jogged over to a payphone, pulled a […]

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50 Most Traumatizing Movie Moments in Kids’ Films

Posted by on March 15th, 2013, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

I watched WAY too many movies as a kid. Certain movies were in heavy rotation. Others were only hauled out for special occasions. The beauty of finally getting a VHS player was in learning that we only had to run down to the video store or pull out one of the many over-dubbed cassettes with […]

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The Living Tree

Posted by on October 2nd, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

Last night I was reading with my son during our nightly pre-bedtime read marathon. This guy gets bossy in his marshmallow chair. We sat critiquing the various characters and their behavior. There were the obvious socio-environmental questions about The Lorax, the revelation that The Goldbug in Richard Scarry’s books was actually a metaphor for racism and […]

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A White Carpet Frankenweenie Premiere

Posted by on September 28th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

I wanted to tell you guys my stories from the premiere of Frankenweenie. If you want to read my review of the actual film: GO HERE! Almost look like I belong on the other side of the guardrail, right? One of the less logical but more obvious perks of living here in Los Angeles and […]

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My Childhood is Ruined: Mr. Wizard

Posted by on September 19th, 2012, under EXTERNAL USE ONLY

I often reminisce about old TV programs and wonder if I should go digging them up online. That’s the beauty (and horror) of this mile-wide and inch deep place. There were so many great children’s shows that made me the man I am today. One such show, a favorite of mine, was Mr. Wizard’s World. […]

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Sinking Friendships

Posted by on July 9th, 2012, under NOTEBOOK

I can’t presume to believe that a large enough number of people read this website that I could conceivably reach anyone I’d like. That would be arrogant of me. But I wonder sometimes if people from my past, people who’ve closed the door on me or that I’ve fallen away from, might somehow stumble on […]

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