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“I am Skeletor. I am the true ruler of Eternia. I am the conqueror of dimensions, the Beast of Gar. And now… I am the slayer of He-Man.” [ – Skeletor in the comics] Welcome, denizens of Eternia. Skeletor has triumphed. He-man, though not dead, has been banished.  Preview Open

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I wanted to make my first post on Ricochet a response to the excellent post written by user Sisyphus about the neglect of the jazz genre. I will say that, while jazz was far from over in 1980, it had been reduced. 1960s classics like Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Duke Ellington’s Money Jungle […]

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If you’ve ever listened to “Rocky Raccoon” and wished for a longer story, Gun and a Hotel Bible could be the film for you. One of the two characters is Gideon’s Bible, brought to life by actor and writer Daniel Floren. I am the uncle of Alicia Joy LeBlanc, one of the film’s two directors. […]

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Once upon a time, far, far ago,[1] in the days of knights and wizards and wandering heroes, the world was a very different place to how it is now. The smoke drifting out of a deep dark cave could easily be a dragon taking his afternoon snooze. A tangle of long golden hair didn’t tend […]

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So, Great Ricochet Brain Trust, with all your diverse interests there have to be some Japanese-speaking and Japanophile folks among you who can provide sound advice. Maedel has recently started learning Japanese and we are looking for Japanese language media that go beyond the animated sci-fi and fantasy material with which I am familiar but […]

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My first movie of the year, Sullivan’s Travels, 1941, Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake. A director gets the bug to make a relevant feeeelm during the Depression. Having lived a life of boarding schools and great success on silly movies, he dons a black mask and nightly attacks federal buildings and blinds police dresses as […]

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El Sr. y la Sra. Baldwin son de Estados Unidos, no de España.
America has been rocked by a story about Hilaria Baldwin. “Who is Hilaria Baldwin,” you ask? I hadn’t heard of her until a couple of days ago, so I thought some explanatory journalism was in order. I can barely stay awake reading a tweet about Sra. Baldwin let alone read an article, so I’ll summarize what I gathered from scattered mentions on social media.

Hilaria Baldwin is the wife of actor/pugilist Alec Baldwin. I guess his marriage to Kim Basinger didn’t work out so now he’s with this lady. She’s pretty and a yoga teacher, which is the résumé you want to become a rich, old guy’s third or fourth wife.

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For those wondering what excuse Cat III had denying you his presence for so long, here’s a bone: part of that time was spent writing music reviews over at The Metal Archives. See, following the 2016 election, politics became a horrible drag, so I left it for the uplifting calm of Satanic death metal. As […]

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Most everyone has a favorite album of Christmas music. There are more Christmas albums than bucks going to Pakistan. Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra? Got it. I’ll Be Home For Christmas by the Isley Brothers? Got it. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir? Got it. Run DMC? Got it. Three Christmas albums by the great Merle […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they fume over the obscene process by which Congress shoveled a lot of wasteful spending into the combined omnibus and COVID relief spending bill that will do some good for small businesses. But while disgusted with the process, they are excited about the doubled tax deduction for three martini lunches! And they address comments from Die Hard director John McTiernan that the film is anti-capitalist, but they just might veer off into other aspects of this cinematic masterpiece.

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Whether you are Christian or not, Christmas is a good time for renewal of innocence and wonder. The common sights of people excitedly opening gifts, decorating homes and public streets in lights, retelling stories of miracles and merriment — such experiences can rekindle in us a joyful pursuit of the good and the beautiful.

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Mom has been gone 13 months, and it begins to dawn on me that a proverbial gut punch is just going to be part of the holiday season from now on.

Something I learned about Mom this past year: she kept everything. As the house I grew up in emptied, the house I own filled with toys I thought long gone to garage sales and thrift stores, posters from school plays, and… dozens of open reel, quarter inch tapes plus the machine that used to play them.

America was founded on a common set of beliefs. What beliefs do we all have in common now? Rampant voting “irregularities” surrounding the election continue to be discovered and now we know that the last great American institution standing, the US Supreme Court, clearly wants no part of any election dispute. Should our country now rightly be called The Divided States of America? It sure seems that way!

It is also now eminently clear that China is at war with the US, and appears to have been for many decades, all the while many of our political leaders were either asleep at the wheel, or worse, were aiding and abetting China’s increasing influence in all aspects of society.

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How does a game publisher lose over a billion dollars of value in a week? How does one of the industry’s most popular companies become its whipping boy overnight? Why might a product receive rave reviews at launch and disastrously critical reviews only a few days later? And what does it suggest about the industry at large?

Even to someone very familiar with the video games industry, the past week has been surprising and mystifying, but let me try to untangle the mystery based on public knowledge so far.

Ep. 269 – The Quintessential 007, Part Two: 1987 – 2021 with Author Joseph Darlington, Head of Section at Being James Bond where Joe and Scott review every film from Dr. No through the upcoming No Time To Die. Part 2 focuses on Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, & Daniel Craig. Settle in with a shaken martini (or single malt) and enjoy this rollicking long-form discussion about the most iconic and longest-running franchise in film. Find part one 1962-1985 here.

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What if Frodo was not the lead protagonist of The Lord of the Rings? What might the story be like if told through only one character’s perspective? The same fictional world. The same setting of time, over-arching threats, characters great and small, etc. How might the events change if you guided Frodo’s decisions? Then start […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan will not run for re-election next year following her disastrous handling of the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) and the city slashing funding to police. They also cringe as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan releases a video before inauguration day showing he has plans to run for president in 2024. And they have a lot to say about the anti-gun mall Santa who told a small boy he couldn’t bring him a Nerf gun.

Are we really in the middle of a second Civil War, and is Martial Law right around the corner?

Were the elections really “free and fair”? Why aren’t there any real consequences for election fraud? The real difference between retail and wholesale election fraud, what it will require for the Supreme Court to hear a case, and which parts of the Constitution might apply.