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Gene Sullivan
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I wrote this for the  Almost and Inkling Creative Writing Contest  put on by the  Mythgard Institute  last year. It was a flash fiction contest, the requirements for this particular piece being 1) it must involve dragon(s), and 2) it must be 500 words or le...

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Giant concrete dinosaurs are not cheesy when you're between the ages of 5 and 8.

I hadn't realized the Cabazon Dinosaurs had become a young-Earth Creationist museum. The kids didn't notice. Or they noticed and they didn't care. When they saw the "Are Dinosaurs Really Extinct" sign, they both pointed out that since birds are basically small Dinosaurs, they're not really extinct.
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We took the kids to see some spaceships on Sunday. The Girl now wants to live in space. The Boy wants to actually be a spaceship.


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Well there's something you don't see every day.
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My neighbor has been slowly unloading the contents of his house out onto the overgrown tangle that is his lawn. I'm not sure if he's moving out, or if he just feels like maybe it would all look better in the sunlight, or what.
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This might explain some of the latency we've been seeing. 
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So, here's me on Street View. 

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That penguin looks familiar.
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I tried to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Arclight in Sherman Oaks last night. I was really excited about this, because I love that film. I've seen it more times than I can count, but never on the big screen.

About 5 minutes after showtime, the manager (or somebody) told us that they were having some problems. They were on the phone with Technicolor, trying to get some code to unlock the digital print. I'm not going to try to figure out the correct terminology there, because it's pretty obvious what happened. They weren't using film, they were using a digital copy of the film, and there was DRM on it, and the theater couldn't show the film. A number of people in the crowd offered to grab it from the Internet for them.

After 45 minutes or so, and a number of apologies, they gave us a bunch of movie vouchers and sent us home. The Arclight handled everything very well, they were appropriately apologetic, they gave us 2 vouchers apiece. And the crowd was very well-behaved.

What this comes down to is: I paid for a film, in a theater, and because of the rights management on the film, the theater couldn't show it to me. This is not, in my book, a success story. And I still haven't seen Raiders on the big screen.
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