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Robby Roadsteamer's good intentions

The Greater Boston Alternative-Comedy Festival
"He's beyond passionate — it's almost to the brink of sanity with him."
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2008


High-tech high jinx

Anybody can give electronics that do something useful, it takes imagination to air-condition a dog
Like being visited by the Grinch instead of Santa, it looks as if Barack Obama is going to have to give up his beloved BlackBerry not long after this holiday season draws to a close.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 12, 2008



The world in comics
This season, there are two best buys when it comes to bang for your comic-book buck.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  December 02, 2008


Is he being served?

Tony Millionaire's still best on the page
In the first animated adaptation of Tony Millionaire's sumptuously debauched comic strip Maakies , the soused Drinky Crow was voiced by erstwhile Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 18, 2008


Two many Americas

Could an Obama administration mean an end to the red-state/blue-state divide?
It's worth reminding ourselves that when the Republicans are out of power, they go apeshit.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 14, 2008


Somber skies

The 10th Magners Film Festival
The 10th Magners Film Festival
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 11, 2008


Interview: Art Spiegelman

Drawing conclusions
"When you don't understand a painting, you assume you're stupid. When you don't understand a cartoon, you assume the cartoonist is stupid."
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2008


Oskar Blues Ten Fidy Imperial Stout

Black gold
“Ten Fidy” is not the price per gallon, but simply the name of the latest, greatest beer from Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons, Colorado.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 31, 2008


Does not compute

Will our next president be a geek hero or a guy who doesn’t e-mail?
Though he’s infamous for his aversion to computers, McCain is actually no Luddite.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 30, 2008


Space cowboy

For more than 50 years, UConn physics professor Ronald Mallett had a secret. Now that it's out, we may be one step closer to traveling back in time.
Ronald Mallett wanted to build a time machine.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 14, 2008


The road not yet traveled

A layman's guide to the science of time travel
In 1916, Albert Einstein published his general theory of relativity.  
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 21, 2008


Rhapsodies in blues

Scissormen razor sharp on Luck in a Hurry
“There are a lot of people that play the blues with too much reverence. And that’s the reason that most blues sucks,” says Scissormen frontman (and Phoenix contributor) Ted Drozdowski.  
By MIKE MILIARD  |  October 15, 2008


More different than alike

Searching for national identity in State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America
In 1935, Franklin Delano Roosevelt established the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) as part of the New Deal’s Works Projects Administration (WPA).
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 24, 2008


A real cut-up

An interview with Robert Pollard on the occasion of the landing of Boston Spaceships
Robert Pollard is a Renaissance man.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 23, 2008


Murder in six degrees

Peter Ivers — pals with john Belushi to the Circle Jerks — was killed in 1983. A new book recalls his fascinating life — and mysterious death.
You’ve probably never heard of Peter Ivers.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  September 10, 2008


Death of a hoop dream

Mario Hornsby Jr. was senselessly gunned down in May. Now his father is trying to make sure his death was not in vain.
This past fall, Mario Hornsby Jr., then a senior at Springfield Central High School, wrote an essay for English class.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 28, 2008


Schmaltz Coney Island Lagers

Freaking delicious
The latest offerings from New York’s Schmaltz Brewing Co. celebrate — as Elvis Costello once put it — the “other side of summer.”
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 13, 2008


Mound wisdom

Cartoons of pitchers and catchers talking are a New Yorker staple. What is so funny about rubbers?
The first pitcher/catcher cartoon in the New Yorker was also the simplest.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 19, 2008


Not by George

Robot Chicken: Star Wars
A long time ago, on a bricks-and-mortar soundstage far, far away, the last great Star Wars movie was made.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 11, 2008


Eight is enough

Olympians to watch
Sometimes we’d rather root for the unknowns, the underdogs, and the uniques than the professional jerks who are only competing to sweeten their endorsement deals.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  August 08, 2008
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