Harry Potter is the closest modern equivalent. In fact, reading this about how the stories have actually made a generation more accepting and empathetic, I think maybe HP has had a more resounding influence on culture than Star Wars did. Just in very different, and maybe more important ways. » 8/27/14 2:22pm 8/27/14 2:22pm

I've been thinking about Star Wars quite a bit lately. And the more I think about Star Wars - not A New Hope, not Episode IV, and not the franchise - the more I realize that film, as a standalone entity is truly a high-concept work of art. Something more like a Warhol or Jadorowsky film than the pop culture monolith… » 8/27/14 1:47pm 8/27/14 1:47pm

I used to be fat, and now I'm... not so fat

Over the past nine weeks, I've dropped from 208 pounds and 26% body fat to 176 pounds and 18% body fat. Woot. This was accomplished by bringing salad for lunch every day (fine by me, as I don't have time to take a full hour and I can also watch Star Wars: Clone Wars on my iPhone - yeah, I'm a dork), cutting our almost… » 8/27/14 2:21pm 8/27/14 2:21pm

I like big, floaty, American cockroach cruisers like Buick Park Avenues and Mercury Grand Marquis. They're so damn soothing. Put a Nat King Cole tape in the deck, turn the AC down to sub-Arctic, put a box of Kleenex on the dash, and you my friend are satisfied with life. » 8/27/14 12:42pm 8/27/14 12:42pm