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New End-of-the-Year/Decade Matchflick Column!
Dec 31st, 2009 by Dr Karma

http://www.matchflick.com/column/2085

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Christmas by the Numbers
Dec 28th, 2009 by Dr Karma

Little ones running around (at the highest point): 6

Packages for me that mistakenly got forwarded to Arizona: 1

Days I was sick in bed right before Christmas: 2

Times I thought hell was going to freeze over as boyfriend found himself driving a minivan of kids to church: 1

Presents the boyfriend gave me which he said were not actually presents because they were too geeky and practical but that I’m counting as presents anyway: 2

Children who went down South for Christmas and whom I thus missed: 1

Games I learned how to play for the first time (x-box Simpsons trivia & dominoes): 2

Christmas cards sent out: 0

Asian buffets enjoyed in the aftermath of Christmas: 2

Clean underwear I have with me now: 1

Toffee caramel sundae’s with little mama’s homemade chocolate sauce: 1

Pounds gained in holiday excess: uncertain

Christmas Eves spent with Jonathan Coulton’s “Chiron Beta Prime” stuck in my head: 1

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The Simpsons Anniversary
Dec 17th, 2009 by Dr Karma

Just this morning, Denise and I received a list of editorial questions regarding our Simpsons book.

Although it’s never fun to deal with these questions, today is the absolute perfect day to be reminded that we are Simpsonologists. Today is the 20th anniversary of The Simpsons.

To be clear, the Simpsons as a family was first seen in 1987, but it was this day 20 years ago that The Simpsons appeared as a show with “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire.”

Since I had watched The Tracey Ullman Show religiously, I was excited about The Simpsons incarnation and mom and I set up the VCR. Luckily, my mom wasn’t one of those who only saw Bart’s bad behavior (it was in this episode that Bart first said “I’m Bart Simpson, who the hell are you?”). Instead, my mother saw the show as funny and familiar and ultimately celebratory of the nuclear family and of the Christmas spirit.

My mother did not become the fan I did, but she nurtured my interests. (She also allowed me to read The Handmaid’s Tale in high school, after some members of my family said she shouldn’t–this eventually lead to me becoming the President of the Margaret Atwood Society. Surely there are lessons here about parents and permissiveness.) I’ve passed on my fandom to my son, who is 4 years shy of this 20 year anniversary. I also hope that I’ve nurtured things that will flower for him in unexpected ways.

So–happy birthday, The Simpsons! And many more!

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New column on The Smothers Brothers
Dec 16th, 2009 by Dr Karma

the new column is up: http://www.matchflick.com/column/2078

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Links of the Day
Dec 2nd, 2009 by Dr Karma

McFarland has our book up! http://www.mcfarlandpub.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-4490-8

The new Matchflick column is up: http://www.matchflick.com/column/2072

In other news, I got a shout out at the Mondavi center last night. I got to meet Eric Weiner, author of The Geography of Bliss before he spoke. In his speech, he referenced a Karma from Bhutan and said that any day when you get to meet a Karma was a good one and that he’d only been able to do it twice–once in Bhutan and once just an hour before. Yea for making the author a great book on happiness slightly happier!

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