Archive - 2006

Crocodile on the Sandbank – Book Review

Crocodile on the Sandbank Book

Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series may not be new, but as it’s still ongoing and still a pleasure to read, it bears revisiting. The series begins with this volume: The Crocodile on the Sandbank. Readers are introduced to Amelia, who may not always be entirely likable, but is always admirable. Victorian English to the core with mildly liberated ideas of femininity, the spinster embarks upon a tour of the classical world, particularly Egypt, which has been her lifelong study at the knee of her father, an imminent professor. Along the way, Amelia meets and rescues the deceptively delicate and good-hearted Evelyn, and crosses foils with the Emerson brothers, who have their own ideas about how to conduct archaeological inquiries. When a mummy repeatedly tries to kill Evelyn, it’s up to Amelia to discover who would want to kill the abandoned lady and why, and to stop them.

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The Story of Our Lives

Win an award, get bunches of cool people from all over the planet coming to check out the site…have a four-hour server meltdown for the entire One Tusk network. The first in recent memory. Very typical of how things go around here.

On the bright side, though, considering the Gawker network had problems a few days back, maybe this means we’re finally hitting the big time!

Or perhaps we’ve just spent the last four hours helplessly sniffing magic markers. It’s all a haze. Regardless, welcome back everybody. This one smells like licorice…wanna try it?

Image from The Tattooed Banana.

Odds and Ends for 3-15-2006

Remember when you got interested in new comics by DC instead of just looking forward to big honkin’ versions of collections that have come before, complete with bonus features? Yeah, neither can we.

Very nice…the whole “screw your Voice Response Unit, I want to talk to a person” movement now has a website:, complete with all the tricks for bypassing the system and getting to a warm body. If there’s one thing that’s a lost art in the world these days, it’s customer service. Kick some arse, guys. Found via Hot Deals Club.

Image taken from Alex Whittaker’s Flickr photostream, found via Gridskipper.

Because of Winn-Dixie (2005) – DVD Review

Because of Winn-Dixie DVD


Written by Joan Singleton, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo
Directed by Wayne Wang
Starring AnnaSophia Robb, Jeff Daniels, Cicely Tyson, Dave Matthews, Eva Marie Saint, Courtney Jines, Nick Price, Luke Benward and Elle Fanning


  • Running audio commentary by actor Daniels and producer Trevor Albert
  • Scene-specific audio commentary by actress Robb
  • Gag reel
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • “Diamond in the Ruff” dog training Featurette

Released by: Fox Home Entertainment
Rating: PG
Region: 1
Anamorphic: Yes.

My Advice: Rent it first to make sure your kids will like it…

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Headsup: TV on DVD Blitz…

As studios rush to put everything out on DVD so they can turn around and sell it to you again on HD-DVD and/or Blu-Ray (that’s their plan anyway), we rush to try and tell you about what’s out: the good, the bad, and the just plain “eh.” So here you go.

MI-5, Vol. 3 DVD Cover art for Hetty Wainthropp Investigates: The Complete Third Series Lois and Clark: The Complete Second Season Beast Machines: The Complete Series

MI-5, Vol. 3. Boy howdy, do we love this series. Did I just say “Bow howdy?” Dear God. Anyway, this BBC series (airing across the pond as Spooks) is positively badass. Ever since I wandered into a viewing of what can be known as the “VX episode,” I’ve been positively addicted. And listen, even if you’ve seen the show stateside, you need this disc–because they cut the hell out of these things to make them fit to American time slots. You get ten episodes, commentaries, interviews, deleted scenes, featurettes and the whole nine. You really need to watch this. (Buy it)

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