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    Space in Vader

    By Geoff Carter

    Disclaimer: Video production company Akjak first put the Vader Sessions on the Web six years ago. But to my mind, if George Lucas continues to reissue the Star Wars films in theaters, I should be allowed to post this ingenious parody over and over. The concept is simple: Director Steven Frailey simply removed James Earl Jones’ voice work from Star Wars: A New Hope and replaced it with sound bites from the Academy Award-winning actor’s other films. What was your basic tale of good vs.

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    A Scanner, Brightly

    By Geoff Carter

    It began with Richard Linklater’s Waking Life. That 2001 animated film spelled out several radical theories that are now widely accepted as immutable fact. No. 1: Life is truly a dream, and only by embracing that dream state can we achieve enlightenment. No. 2: Ethan Hawke’s face is a lot less scary in animation. No. 3: The guy at the coffeehouse, the one who keeps buttonholing you into tedious “meaning of life” conversations? Well, he has friends in Hollywood. Lots of them. And No.

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    Homeboy Got 50 Pair (NiceKicks.com)

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    To the Letter (Graffiti-Taxonomy.com) I have in my head a series of rules that help me to discern good graffiti from bad graffiti. It could be argued that all graffiti is destructive—unless you’re legally contracted to paint that wall, you shouldn’t be painting it—but within those black-and-white legalities, there’s a fair amount of artistic twilight.

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    One Last Drink of Ink (JournoTerrorist.com)

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    The Following Is a Paid Announcement (Infomercial-hell.com/blog)

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    Spin Me Right ’Round (ProjectThirtyThree.com) I’m glad we survived the compact disc era. Computers have rendered them obsolete, and compared to vinyl long-players, there was never anything sexy about them to begin with. When CDs became prominent, cover art really took it in the shorts. Back in the 1960s and ’70s, we had cover art that you’d want to stare at while the record was playing, cover art that could expand upon the feel of the music you were listening to depending on how many bong hits you’d taken.

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    Reading By Neon (LVReviewOfBooks.wordpress.com) In the late ’90s, back when I was working at the Las Vegas Sun’s offices on Valley View Boulevard, I heard tell of a cabal of editors and reporters that would head to a bookstore at lunch. Once there, they would scour the magazine racks, pick up special orders (they averaged several tons a week) and silently walk the shelves, looking for fresh blood.

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    Dark Sarcasm in the Classroom (ShitMyStudentsWrite.tumblr.com)

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    Echo of the Bunnywomen (ExPlayboyBunnies.com) The Ex-Playboy Bunnies site describes itself as an online resource “for all former Playboy Bunnies and Playboy Club employees,” but you don’t need to have been a Bunny, a Keyholder or even a past Playboy subscriber (just for the articles, right?) to find this site fascinating.

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    Las Vegas Is Framed (LVArtsAndCulture.blogspot.com) I ran into one of my heroes last week while sitting at Bar + Bistro: that mighty twin-fisted champion of Las Vegas’ arts and cultural scene, Brian Paco Alvarez. We met a few years ago through my good friend Robert Kimberly, who was in the employ of Las Vegas’ late, barely lamented Guggenheim before moving to Houston to class up that particular burg.

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    I Can Has Bestseller? (WritersAndKitties.tumblr.com) William S. Burroughs followed his under a table. Margaret Atwood flaunted hers in a Life magazine cover shoot. And perhaps fittingly, William Carlos Williams had three. I speak of the one thing every successful author needs for their jacket photo: a cat that looks like it would rather be anywhere else.

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    ROCK CITY (IsaacGraceLily.blogspot.com/2011/03/rock-on.html) The after-effects of Exit Through the Gift Shop, the Oscar-nominated Banksy documentary that made Mr. Brainwash a melancholy fact of our lives, may well reverberate through our culture for years.

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    The Way We Are (IrinaWerning.com/back-to-the-fut/back-to-the-future) Photographer Irina Werning has discovered the secret of time travel: It doesn’t exist. Got it?

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    Stars On 45 (ExoticaProject.com) Never give up on the lounge music of the 1960s, fellow Las Vegan.

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