Category Archives: pop culture

Luke Skywalker liked me!

That bizarre moment when Luke Skywalker likes your tweet about him. @hamillhimself understands the Twitter pic.twitter.com/ikzPwJN4ri — Jim Groom (@jimgroom) December 31, 2015 Before this get subsumed into the black hole that is Twitter’s timeline, I just wanted to leave … Continue reading

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Computer Critters

One of the things I’ll miss most about UMW is the UMW Console, it looks like it may even become a more permanent attraction that will highlight random years across the decades. For example, we recently secured a Nintendo Virtual Boy for when … Continue reading

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And All Through the House

I started watching the first few Tales from the Crypt episodes over break, and while it’s uneven, there are some crazy ass episodes. For example, the second episode of season 1, “All Through the House,” which aired on June 10, 1989, and … Continue reading

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Tales from the Crypt: “Last Laugh”

I got volume 4 of the Tales from the Crypt archive last week, and it’s even crazier than volume 3. It’s a beautiful edition published by Dark Horse Comics, and I highly recommend it to any and all fans of early 20th … Continue reading

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Grounds…for Horror!

While in L.A. last week, my good friend Mikhail and I made a stop at the comic shop Meltdown. It’s a great store. They have everything from comics to graphic novels to figurines to video games—and the folks who work there are both … Continue reading

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Dawn of the Dead: Hare Krishna Zombie Doll

While in the mall the other day (the irony is not lost on me), I discovered this awesome action figure of the Hare Krishna zombie from George Romero’s 1978 class horror film Dawn of the Dead. I couldn’t resist buying … Continue reading

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Star Wars in 35 MM?

Next month at Library of Congress, Packard Campus, three of the most iconic films of the last 35 years will be showing:  Saturday, Sept. 13 (7:30 p.m.) STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE (20th Century Fox, 1977) This first film in … Continue reading

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Puny Wallet! Hulk Smash!

I got a new wallet this weekend, and everytime I use it out to pay for something I get a compliment. That’s been foreign reality to me for a long while. And I enjoyed it so much I figured I would throw a couple … Continue reading

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Polaroid Selfies

Dr Garcia pointed me to this post that has Sean Young’s polariod pictures from the set of Blade Runner (1982). I was struck my how much they resemble the selfie aesthetic of our current moment. It’s interesting to be reminded … Continue reading

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David Simon on America as a Horror Show

If I dig myself out anytime soon I have a pretty fun web project centered around David Simon’s brilliant television series The Wire that I want to run sometime this year. In the meantime, here’s a 26-minute video featuring David … Continue reading

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