P. H. Cordner

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The Avatar Debate, or why people defend the quality of a shit sandwich by pointing out what a nice wrapper it came in.

In Nonsense on January 15, 2010 at 10:59

Many thanks to Shauvon McGill at DenyConformity.com, who served as the inspiration for this post. I only hope he’ll be a good sport about this. You can read his take on Avatar here.

Avatar has been called (mostly by press releases, ad campaigns, and the bloggers that parrot them) a ‘groundbreaking … transcendental film experience.” It is none of these things. It is in fact, a very long amusement park attraction. When judged by the standards of a typical IMAX movie that played at Navy Pier in the 90’s, it beats the pants of off those. As a film it is a resounding thud on the ground it is proclaiming to break.

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French in Action!

In Nonsense on October 30, 2009 at 15:49

About five years ago, Chicago’s other PBS channel, WiseTV, would often broadcast educational programming during the daytime and nighttime, as part of their collaboration with the City Colleges of Chicago’s distance learning program. They still might, but it was 5 years ago when I’d be up at midnight pulling the analogue signal from the bunny ears. The best one of these shows was French In Action. Youtube video of a serious babe after the jump.

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Your Mileage May Vary

In Nonsense on October 28, 2009 at 21:49

Indie rockers and Wes Anderson have indirectly made nerds a group of some not insignificant veneration. While no one would contend that indie rockers or Max Fischer are nerds per se, they have some commonality to the nerd that has certainly transfered. Nerds are often quiet, soft-spoken, and insightful, like so many Shins songs. So are we to assume that nerd society is a utopian social order, operating on enlightened principles?

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AOL Chatrooms, baby!

In Nonsense on October 6, 2009 at 23:23

Last summer, the monkeys and I decided to have some old school internet chats. We made a room in AIM and sounded the horn to see if we could recapture that pioneering spirit of the early internet. The transcript after the jump!

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Ugh, more car bullshit

In Motoring, Nonsense on October 6, 2009 at 21:07

The retro craze has finally hit cars I have fuzzy memories of. Today at the Tokyo Motor Show Honda announced production plans for the CR-Z, a 2-seat hatchback with ever-so-many styling cues from the beloved, dearly departed CR-X. Then Toyota unveiled the new FT-86, which is a rear wheel drive sports hatchback-coupe a la the old AE-86, better known as Tak Fujiwara’s sweet drift machine from Initial D. Factory Fujiwara Tofu decals are yet to be announced.

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