Jim MacQuarrie

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We do not stop playing because we get old…

…we get old because we stop playing. Or so the old saying goes. I think there’s some truth to it. I remember my grandfather at age 90, running down the hall of his apartment building, arms extended, making airplane noises as he flew beside us, a marvelous man-child in all the right ways, and I …

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Going to a Comic Convention on the cheap

Spring is here, and with it, the beginning of comic book convention season. This past weekend, the annual Emerald City Comic-Con was held in Seattle, a convention I have long wanted to attend (I have several friends in the area and several more who travel in for it, and from all reports it’s a pretty …

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How Good is Two Buck Chuck?

We’re no wine experts; we like wine, but don’t know a lot about it or how to tell good from bad other than by deciding whether or not we like it. The sniffing part doesn’t work for me, because I have almost no sense of smell. We used to buy Trader Joe’s famous “two buck …

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier provides all the action, heroics and CGI eye candy one expects from the Marvel universe, but with an unexpected level of depth, both in character development and political subtext. Shortly before seeing the film, I had a conversation with my eldest daughter, in which she commented “I’m pretty sick of …

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Review: Muppets Most Wanted

Following up on 2011’s The Muppets, Director/co-screenwriter (with Nicholas Stoller) James Bobin guides Jim Henson’s cast of characters through a cleverly-plotted adventure full of songs and guest stars. The tone is more manic than the prior outing, capturing more of the flavor of the classic Muppet Show from the 1970s. The Muppets Most Wanted is …

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Holiday Gift Guide – part 1

Black Friday, 2009, 4:30 AM

We’ve made no secret of our distaste for the annual descent into madness known as Black Friday, and this year it’s even worse, with many of the big box retailers starting the money-grubbing on Thanksgiving morning. Now, we could write a long and cranky screed about how many kinds of wrong this is, but instead, we’re going to be positive here.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is a Winter Wonderland

Disney’s new feature, Frozen, stands as evidence that the studio has apparently embraced computer animation as the only way to make films; the moderate success of The Princess and the Frog convinced them to turn to the new technology because in today’s economy, “moderate success” is considered failure. Now that they are primarily a CGI animation studio, they’ve applied the old Disney standards to the new work, and fortunately the result is gorgeous.

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DIY Tuesday: Star Trek communicator

As everybody who ever met me can tell you, I’m a geek, a nerd, a complete chump for any and all pop culture detritus that strikes my whimsy, especially anything from prior to the early ’80s. One thign I’ve always wanted and could never have was a cell phone that was also a replica of …

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Pizza sandwich

Ashley posted this today: “Gifted children grow up to be gifted adults.” Not to toot my own horn, but I was a pretty bright kid, graduated high school early, and just today I made a sandwich with leftover pizza for bread. So yeah. Put it in the toaster oven so the cheese gets all melty. …

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DIY Monday: From Headboard to Bench

Here’s another easy DIY project courtesy of our Pinterest page. Kristi at Addicted2Decorating converted a headboard and footboard she found at an estate sale into a fancy bench. You could put it in your entry (or if you’re living where such a thing is a necessity, your mudroom), or, with proper sealing, use it as …

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