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Columns

  • It's a game, people, not a crime

    Even with everything that’s wrong with the world, there’s always a vocal minority among us that chooses to direct its anger at the most bizarre, inconsequential things.

    The latest pseudo-crisis among entertainment freaks is the release of Guitar Hero 5 featuring the likeness of late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain.

  • With sweepstakes joints, it's deja vu all over again

    It wasn’t that long ago North Carolinians with a penchant for losing money could venture south of the border into my fair town—Little River, S.C.—to play video poker.

    I even visited the joints a few times, only because I was working on a story for the local newspaper.

    Another time, while I was having my car worked on at a service station on U.S. 17, I wandered into an adjacent business called The Donut Hole in search of, well, doughnuts.

  • Having an event in October or November? Let us know about it

    Fall is a time of milder temperatures, brightly colored leaves and crisp, cool nights. It’s also a time when many churches, school and civic groups plan area festivals and events.

    In celebration of these family-friendly events, this year The Brunswick Beacon is launching its first fall festival special section “Fall Into Festivals.”

  • The Internet turns 40: Proudly celebrates by featuring itself

    So it turns out the Internet is a vain as people who Google their names—present company included. The Internet celebrated its 40th birthday this week by featuring itself all over, well, itself.

    It’s impossible to overlook the impact the Internet has had on most, if not all, of our daily lives, so I wanted to find more information about its birth and its life story. Hey, that’s what it’s for, right?

    Like many other modern conveniences, I’d never before wondered who created the Internet—how, when or why. I just enjoyed it.

  • 'Ponyo' is a feast for the eyes--of young and old alike

    There was something so beautiful about the movie “Ponyo,” something I can’t adequately describe in words, but I’ll try my best.

    The best way to sum up this take on The Little Mermaid and other such children’s tales is to call it a painting brought to life. It’s a moving work of art from master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, known for other animated masterpieces, such as “Spirited Away,” that also wowed American film lovers.

  • Like things spooky, scary, paranormal and fun? This weekend event may be just for you

    When I first met Patti Starr, she was a restaurant manager pursuing a life calling.

    Starr told me in the first interview I did with her for The Kentucky Standard, that as a kid she saw things, like kids standing around her bed asking her questions. Her mother, she told me, used to tell her they were dreams, and sometimes dreams seemed real.

    But Patti knew what she saw wasn’t a dream.

  • I might not be a high-flyer, but I love to dance

    I stood in the corner watching the teenagers crowd the floor in their elegant gowns and tuxedos. They moved and grooved to the music, and seemed to be having lots of fun.

    Suddenly feeling a burst of courage, I decided to try it. Senior prom only comes once in a lifetime.

    I tried to reason with myself but I wanted to get out there so bad I couldn’t stand it. After all, dancing was only moving, and moving was nothing more than all that kinetic energy junk my science spewed at me.

    I could do this.

  • Sad remakes in a brave new world

    We all know how the world is changing—faster than lightning communication, people in far-flung parts of the world now connected by computers, science changing the way people work, etc.

    So why do the powers that be in the entertainment industry keep mining the past for ideas? And I’m not talking about history lessons. I’m talking about remakes, remakes and more remakes.

  • Brunswick Literacy Council''s Adult Spelling Bee is looking for competitors

    One of my favorite toys as a child was a red electronic talking box called a Speak N Spell.

    At the top of the device, just below the handy-dandy, hard-plastic carrying handle, was a small, rectangular black screen. High-tech in its day, the device used straight lines to form letters in blue on the screen.

    Below the black screen was a yellow box that encased a keyboard (in alphabetical order) of letters in orange, task keys in red and vowels in yellow.

  • Unable to untangle twisted phone cord web

    They say if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

    Well, it may be a minuscule task, but it’s one I have yet to conquer.

    Never have I ever been able to keep a phone cord untangled. I can’t explain it, but every cord on every phone I touch turns into a tangled web in a matter of minutes.

    The cord I have on my phone right now is being held down by a bottle of Wite Out, my Rolodex and the phone base. Only days after getting a new phone cord, the top part right by the receiver connection began to twist.