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Oscars 2012 Death Race Update: 2 weeks to go
February 12, 2012 · 10 Comments
Oscars 2012 Death Race Update: 2 weeks to go

Since we last convened:
Anonymous
Footnote
Drive
Kung Fu Panda 2
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
and a Best Actor overview

The Vine: February 10, 2012
February 10, 2012 · 4 Comments
The Vine: February 10, 2012

I have been going nuts trying to remember the name of this series. From what I can remember it was about a girl who moved to a new town, and got a new (hot) boyfriend. They …

Other Desert Cities: Salting the earth
February 8, 2012 · 8 Comments
<I>Other Desert Cities</I>: Salting the earth

I really liked the performances, except for one, and I really liked the overall play, until the last 15 minutes. The first thing is not fatal to most plays, and it isn't to Other Desert …

The Vine: February 8, 2012
February 8, 2012 · 35 Comments
The Vine: February 8, 2012

I have an "expired friendship" question. I've known this friend (Mark, let's say) since our first year of college, which was nearly twenty years ago. I considered him one of my closest friends, and he …

Oscars 2012 Death Race Update: 3 weeks to go
February 6, 2012 · 8 Comments
Oscars 2012 Death Race Update: 3 weeks to go

Current score: Oscars 35, Sarah 26; 5 categories completed (thanks, Hugo).
Again, the Press Play scorecard is here — and after a little detective work and an HTML meltdown, it should be a lot easier to …

The Vine: February 3, 2012
February 3, 2012 · 50 Comments
The Vine: February 3, 2012

Okay, Nation: I need your help. Between claw pulls, tears, and the fullness of fashion time, my black-cardigan fleet is down to one acceptable option, and even that one is kind of a C-plus. I …

The Vine: February 1, 2012
February 1, 2012 · 57 Comments
The Vine: February 1, 2012

For the past couple of years, I have asked for my birthday/Christmas for a charitable donation (mainly DonorsChoose). I even had a housewarming and asked guests that instead of a hostess gift, they make a …

Oscars 2012 Death Race Update: 4 weeks to go
January 30, 2012 · 6 Comments
Oscars 2012 Death Race Update: 4 weeks to go

Current score: Oscars 43, Sarah 18 (1 category completed)
Actually sitting slightly ahead of that, but have several write-ups still outstanding.
In case you missed them:
Warrior
A Better Life
A Cat In Paris
Not terribly confident at this point, but four …

The Vine: January 27, 2012
January 27, 2012 · 10 Comments
The Vine: January 27, 2012

There is an earworm that has been crawling around inside my brain for the better part of three decades, and I am seeking the assistance of TN's loyal readers in identifying (and possibly purging) it.
My …

The Vine: January 25, 2012
January 25, 2012 · 10 Comments
The Vine: January 25, 2012

If I am describing how something relates to another thing, I generally use "in relation to" or "in respect of." However, I keep seeing the phrase "with respect to" used in the same way. My …