The Diner: Where A.I. meets three little words scribbled on a note pad.

It’s the stuff that dreams are made of.

Anybody got any bars? Anyone?

Snow in Minnesota is legendary. More legendary than you could possibly know…

Does anybody mind if I slip two bits into the jukebox? Man… that sounds… so familiar.

Is that a fresh pot sitting on the Bunn-O-Matic? Pour me a cup and hand me a pack of crackers.

And put away that screwdriver. You’ll void the warranty on this episode of The Diner.

An episode that rests quietly as a snowflake hitting your tongue… and as spicy as one-too-many dashes of hot sauce… and the stuff of bad childhood dreams… that’s The Diner.

Got a quarter for the juke box? Thanks. Pay you back when I get my change.

It’s cah-raaaazy, Daddy-O.

It’s a cold, blustery day. C’mon in and have a hot cup of something.

Pay no attention to the grumpy old poet in the corner booth. It’s just another day in The Diner.

C’mon in and park yer carcass. Have you seen this in the Times? Can you believe it? Almost wished we had been there to see that. I mean, that’s how you write a news story, right?

Place an order and join us for a cup of coffee. Or two.

Thanksgiving: what a great time to start a diet.

James Lileks’ The Ramble returns. No Politics, no punditry — just palaver.

You might not be watching the new Twin Peaks, or care that it ever existed. But it changed TV, and one of the reasons that made it so unique was the music. Let’s go beyond the theme and explore the compositions of Angelo Badalamenti.

What do you do in Reno? Yes, yes, besides that. But here’s the more pressing issue for modern times: what does Reno do with Reno?

What makes a city or a country sound familiar? When the music sounds like we think it’s supposed to sound like. But what if our preconceptions are wrong? (Hint: they’re probably not)

What does monophonic sound have to do with the moral turpitude of electric shavers? Let’s find out.

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As another anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking draws nigh, Lileks wonders: are we finished with this titanicstory? Perhaps. But even if we’ve exhausted Titanic nostalgia, we can still consider how other eras looked at the catastrophe. The Ramble examines five Titanic movies – not so much for their storytelling, but their backstories and musical contributions. Bonus: Nazis. Double bonus: A Star Trek connection.

A trip to Sin City prompts thoughts of the one thing people usually don’t think about when they think of Games, but something absolutely essential: sound. Music. Melody. The burbles of the casinos to the chimes of pinball to the soundtracks of computer games – it’s an essential part of losing yourself in another world.

Did you ever think you believed the innocence of the subject of “Making a Murderer” because the theme music said you should? The Ramble takes a look at documentary soundtracks, and veers off into something you might not have considered: the Golden Age of Objective News Fanfares.

How much Fargo was in the TV show “Fargo”? Let’s listen to a true Fargoan explain. Don’t worry – it’s not a recap of a show you didn’t see. It’s something quite different. How did eminent domain affect the Mary Tyler Moore show? Why did a one-hit-wonder rocker end up dead in his car smelling of gasoline? Why do I think of the seven hills of Rome when someone mentions Wild Bill Hickok? The Ramble explains all.

Prepare to geek out: Lileks monologues Star Wars past and present.

(No spoilers herein!)