television

Horrorstör ruined my laundry rack

by meanlouise October 3, 2015 books + libraries

Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstör is clever in all the right ways, but it’s also quite creepy. You can’t ask for much more from a high-concept horror novel. It’s a little too creepy and clever, honestly. I used to love our IKEA clothes drying rack. It folds flat and stores neatly in a nook in the laundry […]

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Bermuda Tentacles

by meanlouise June 18, 2014 horror & scifi

Like all battleships that venture into the Bermuda triangle looking for the President of the United States, the heroes of Bermuda Tentacles have a worm scientist on board. This is useful when the convoy of ships are beset by giant worms reaching out of the water to menace them. I’m making it sound an awful […]

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Cautious optimism about the postponement of Nazi War Diggers

by meanlouise April 1, 2014 academia

updated 2:30 p.m. EST with two more links at the end of the post. I was on campus until rather late last night and didn’t get a chance to update the list of articles critiquing and opposing the National Geographic Channel’s Nazi War Diggers, a proposed 4 part series which appeared to portray archaeology as […]

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Nazi War Diggers, part II

by meanlouise March 28, 2014 academia

Yesterday, I posted about a new NatGeo TV show, Nazi War Diggers. The list of blog posts and open letters criticizing the show continues to grow. Alison Atkin (Deathsplanation, doctoral researcher at The University of Sheffield Department of Archaeology) “Dear National Geographic Channel UK.” This post also contains a pdf of the letter the National […]

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Nazi War Diggers

by meanlouise March 27, 2014 academia

That title sounds like the lead-in to a post about craptacular SyFy movies. Or maybe a political post about the rhetoric around the NeoLiberal military-industrial complex. Sadly, it’s about neither of those things. Nazi War Diggers is an upcoming 4-part series on National Geographic International. TV Wise announced it will begin airing on May 13th. […]

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Pompeii & Project Runway. Disaster Epic or Epic Disaster? Yes!

by meanlouise February 21, 2014 movies

Last night on Project Runway: Under the Gunn, the challenge was to design a collection inspired by the slave/buddy cop adventure-love story disaster epic, Pompeii. Seriously. One team chose to design a resort collection, because nothing says “high end resort lifestyle” like a slave fighting a volcano to save the woman he loves. I guess. […]

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I met the First Lady of France!

by meanlouise February 13, 2014 humor

Years ago, I ran into Stephen Colbert on campus. We chatted for several minutes before I realized he wasn’t a coworker, but was instead a magical television friend. That was back in ye olde days when Colbert was a correspondent for The Daily Show. (He was exiting the men’s room in our department, in that […]

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Pocket Chewbacca

by meanlouise November 26, 2013 horror & scifi

On Saturday night, things were wild here. Husband had a gig and I read about Godzilla until my brain was full. Then, it was time for the television. At MAPACA, one of the my co-panelists presented an interesting paper on the Paranormal Activity movies, so they were on my mind. I really enjoyed the first […]

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Smell the News

by meanlouise November 12, 2013 seriously?

Brilliant. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show: CNN Best Walk Ever.

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NBC’s Dracula + Pumpkins

by meanlouise October 25, 2013 books + libraries

I haven’t had time to read any reviews for the new Friday night TV show, Dracula, so I kept forgetting to look forward to its debut. I haven’t noticed much publicity for the show and Husband doesn’t think he’d have been aware of it at all if I hadn’t Tivo’d it. In this respect, and […]

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