How to be a Good Hotel on a Marathon Weekend

It's marathon season, which means time for runners to book hotels. Actually, it's late September, which means marathon accommodations will be hard to find in many cities. If you're running and haven't booked your stay yet,...

TMBG Countdown #9: Fingertips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXmBs1OppXw First release: Apollo 18, 1992 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) I was thirteen years old in 1992, a nerdy kid, and They Might Be Giants was one...

The Big Short is my favorite movie of this year’s awards season.

Though yesterday's Oscar nominations make me feel gross endorsing a film almost exclusively starring white men, The Big Short remains my favorite of this year's award season films, and I would happily sit through a third viewing--although I' probably cry again.

A Shout out to PVP

I've been enjoying Scott Kurtz's webcomic "PVP" for almost a year now (and wishing I'd discovered the strip years sooner!) but today's might be my favorite ever.  Timing in cartooning is not the easiest...

TMBG Countdown #10: The End of the Tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3tvB8XFG3g First release: John Henry, 1994 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) There is a pattern, at least in my mind, in which the last song on many They...

TMBG Countdown #20: Older

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnT5JkGydVY First Release: Long Tall Weekend (1999) (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) Older is anthemic. I can't think of another TMBG song with as many studio variations. There's...

TMBG Countdown: Honorable Mentions

A few songs that didn't crack the top 26, but that I wanted to give special recognition for various reasons: (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the...

Making sense of “Prometheus”

From the moment I heard that Ridley Scott was returning to the Alien universe, I was excited. With each news item I read - it's a prequel! It disregards every sequel! It won't show a single face-hugger, xenomorph, or queen! - I grew more encouraged. Going in, I wanted very badly to love Prometheus. In the end, I will say that it looked fantastic, it was entertaining, but overall I was disappointed.

TMBG Countdown #5: Science is Real

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty33v7UYYbw First release: Here Comes Science, 2009 (This is an ongoing countdown that will be updated through April. Click here for the full list.) An album of science songs was a natural choice for They Might Be Giants, especially after...

HBO’s Game of Thrones: “House of Black and White” (S5E2)

WARNING: As usual I play fast and loose with spoilers, so if you aren't caught up on the TV series AND books (including the Winds of Winter sample chapters) you may want to sit this one...

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