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Reckonaut James Houston
James Houston
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Nov. 30, 2011, 2:21 p.m.
Give us the details on how you became a Reckonaut! Who'd play you in The Reckoner movie?

I ended up here because I click every link I see on Facebook, Twitter and GChat.  I've been Reckoning since launch day and I just learned that you can see all my votes.  Shit.  

Crispin Glover could play me in the movie, but only if his contract stipulates that instead of lines his character will communicate entirely via Wilhelm Screams.    

I've never gotten past Norman Mailer's list of "The Hip and the Square" where he declares FD "Hip" alongside Nixon, Picasso, and "sex for orgasm", and LT "Square" alongside Sartre, the metric system, and "sex for ego".  

Jan. 18, 2012, 11:07 a.m.

I used to be pro-2nd Amendment until the (first) Virginia Tech shooting.  It was chilling how easily Cho Seung-Hui got his guns through the completely proper and legal channels.  I daresay he, Jared Loughner, Anders Breivik, and the rest of their future dorm-mates in Hell could not have pulled off their massacres with a knife or a bat.  Guns enable atrocities big and small that would not happen if they didn't exist.  The world will be much better off without them.  

I still think Ted Nugent kicks ass and you can pry my copy of "Intensity in Ten Cities" from my cold dead heands.  

Princeton is definitely worth it.

Jan. 11, 2012, 4:13 p.m.

Fairway pwnage.

I thought this question was going to be about polygamy.

@Michael, there's never a right answer to that question.

I'm sure most of us are aware that you could assemble an entire football team, with substitutes, from convicted NFL felons.  

Jan. 9, 2012, 3:30 p.m.

I really like Be Here Now too. Oasis was always about excess and bombast, even when they were stealing car radios for beer money in Manchester before hitting it big.  "All Around The World" is the pinnacle of their bigger-is-better vibe, and I think it's one of the 3 best songs they ever recorded.

SOTSOG was phoned in for sure, though "Sunday Morning Call" is a good tune as well as "Go Let It Out".  

Bottom line, I don't think an album killed their career, I think mega-fame just extinguished the scrappy hunger that made their first 2.5 records so urgent and timeless.  Also, the whole "WE'RE THE FOOKIN GALLAGHER BROTHERS YA CUNT!" schtick wore thin for everyone. 

It was inevitable-- if there's one constant in history, it's people getting tired of British domination.  

Jan. 9, 2012, 10:14 a.m.

Ride it out and then trash him on Angie's List. 

"Brunch menus are an open invitation to the cost-conscious chef, a dumping ground for the odd bits left over from Friday and Saturday nights. How about hollandaise sauce? Not for me. Bacteria love hollandaise. And nobody I know has ever made hollandaise to order. And how long has that Canadian bacon been festering in the walk-in? Remember, brunch is only served once a week - on the weekends. Cooks hate brunch. Brunch is punishment block for the B-Team cooks, or where the farm team of recent dishwashers learn their chops." -Anthony Bourdain

I have always hated brunch. 

Jan. 8, 2012, 1:59 p.m.

Season 2, Episode 11--Diane kills it.  Rebecca had her charms, though it is difficult to separate her from Kirstie Alley 2012.  

Jan. 8, 2012, 10:51 a.m.

Diners in bigger cities are becoming the odd men out as fancy burger joints, Banh Mi/Pho/noodle/dumpling shops, trendy food trucks, MEATBALL SHOPS for G*d's sake, et al. are flooding the $6-$12 lunch-and-sometimes-dinner market.  

Yelp, Chowhound, and the other online hangouts for logorrheic foodies are not showing the old-guard dinersaurs much love and the results are in: on my last trip home, two beloved institutions with laminated menus that list way too many items were closed after however many decades of service.  There's still one left, kept afloat by the big round life preserver of its on-site donut production facilities.  

Diners without a comparable hook (retro nostalgia won't cut it) are screwed, unless they're the only cheap restaurant for miles.  

Gas prices are going to keep rising, average personal income is not.  

The age of the car as a convenient and fun thing for most Americans to have private access to is going to end in our lifetimes.

So, unless the person in this question is or plans to be rich, she should prepare for the transition now by selling it and getting a nice new bike.  

Dr. Reck-N-Furter-bot is obviously skewing this one.

The driver's preference should matter proportionally to how long he has been behind the wheel.  At the end of a five-hour shift, denying the fatigued pilot the comfort of the terrible music he likes is just cruel.   

Conversely, a driver trying to pull rank over passengers on a short trip is despicable.  

Jan. 4, 2012, 1:39 p.m.

this is going to be a major blowout.

I have nothing of substance to add, just that TR is the best Arnold movie.  

Jan. 2, 2012, 11:03 a.m.

Since I just posted an "apocalypse is coming" thought on another Reckoning, I'll point you all to this cheery story here:

Scientists say climate change could make coffee and chocolate endangered foods

Jan. 1, 2012, 2:15 p.m.

I had the same experience. 

Dec. 30, 2011, 4:04 p.m.

This seems like a pretty innocuous question-why anonymous?

Dec. 29, 2011, 11:26 a.m.

Some photos to browse:



Beckett is saying to his cat "Yes, let's go".

Scrapple is good. 

Haven't had PBJ in many years.  After my first butter, Pixie Stix and Cap'n Crunch sandwich I never looked back. 

Cheesecake is almost closer to being a pie than a cake when you think about it.

Dec. 24, 2011, 10:38 a.m.

if it's too heavy, that just means you're eating too much pasta.

I prefer the texture of the meat at Geno's... more sliced than chopped, and always tasted "beefier" to me.  

The politics thing is still a sticking point, and I'm bummed Joey V died before I could pitch him my idea for his next staff T-shirt slogan: "Fry Mumia... whiz wit'!"

Oh, and

John's roast pork with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone > any cheesesteak

Dec. 19, 2011, 1:08 p.m.

Daniel, you misspelled "illegally download".


Dec. 16, 2011, 7:09 p.m.

I feel like the red and green colors on the buttons should be reversed here.

Marion Crane faced the water.

Dan, it's hard to take your contemptuous dismissal of "Mark Rylance" seriously after reading this question.

Sally, I hope this isn't too sharp an icepick in your balloon, but I wasn't defending Sir Mark (whom I'm still not convinced even exists).  

I was just noting how the bar for obscure Reckonings has been sent skyward by this question.  

the golden what?

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