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In My Ears: Platinum, by Miranda Lambert

Full disclosure: I’m a Miranda Lambert Fan. I have all her albums. Even that little four-song EP (The Dead Flowers EP) she put out between Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Revolution. That said, over the last week or so, I’ve given her new record, Platinum, a few spins, and it’s in my ears again right now. The…

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Comedian John Pinette Passes Away at 50

One of comedy’s brightest lights went out last Saturday night in Pittsburgh. John Pinette was found dead in his hotel room the morning after a show of a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot that made its way to his lungs and them became lodged in his pulmonary artery (the vessel carrying oxygenated blood back…

EA To Pay Student Athletes

The following press release was received only hours ago by VortexEffect.net staff:    Hausfeld LLP Announces EA to Pay Current and Former Student-Athletes WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hausfeld LLP announces that videogame manufacturer Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”) has agreed to pay tens of millions of dollars to current and former student-athletes, resolving…

Sir Ken Adam: The Man Who Designed James Bond

Editor’s Note:  The following article was sent to us by the Media Director of Web2Carz.com and is reprinted with permission. Check them out HERE. By: Steve Karras/Web2Carz As a production designer, Sir Ken Adam consistently pushed his imagination to the limits, creating movie sets, each different, as thrilling to look at as the action unfolding…

Review: Extraordinary Rendition

Writer’s note: We rate video games movies and albums on a 10-point scale these days. I’ll follow suit here too, with the following provision: every book I review will receive a minimum rating of 2.0—one point for having written a book, which I haven’t, and one point for having gotten that book published, which I…

Football Fury Week 2: It’s (A)Live!

Happy Sunday, Internet. Week 2 is underway, and I’ll be bringing you my thoughts on all the action of the day, as it unfolds. For starters, the Eagles are off to a great start. Even though Michael Vick threw a red zone interception, the Philly D got him the football right back. Even if it’s…

Football Fury Week 1: Back Again Like A Kardashian

  Well, Internet, pro football is finally back, and I couldn’t be much happier. Last year, I did a full-on season preview in which I not-so-famously-but-nonetheless-correctly predicted Peyton Manning’s fate. The part about his going on IR., I mean Not the part about his being cast out of Indianapolis and going to Denver. I did…

The Current Big Column: Characters Welcome

Yeah, Internet. That’s right. Welcome back. So a little while ago a facebook friend “shared” an article with me that had been published by Forbes magazine. It seems like it merits mentioning that this particular friend is black. That’s right, Internet. I know a black guy who reads Forbes. A couple, actually. What? Anyway, the…