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February 15, 2007
  This Week On The Internet: Troubleshoot Your Cat!PDF files may take a moment to load

Everybody's had one of those "Oh my God, my computer just died" moments, where nothing works and first instinct is to either pummel the thing senseless or curl into fetal position, rocking back and forth whilst sobbing. This is the wrong course of action! The thing's going to have to get fixed eventually and the sooner it's done, the better off you'll be. Follow the diagnostics checklists below to pinpoint the problem and, if nothing else, save your techie friend some time.

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February 15, 2007
  Optics: Eddie Murphy -- DeliriousPDF files may take a moment to load

Nostalgia can be a wonderful thing. This is especially true for a celebrity whose peak popularity came about 20 years ago, and who's looking to make a comeback. In this re-release of his 1983 stand-up routine, Eddie Murphy is looking into the face of the past and seeing just how funny he used to be.

February 15, 2007
  Optics: Farce of the PenguinsPDF files may take a moment to load

Back in 2005, moviegoers were transfixed by a documentary about emperor penguins making an arduous journey to their mating grounds. Filmed over the course of a year by director Luc Jacquet, March of the Penguins won the Academy Award for feature-length documentary and spawned a series of unrelated films about penguins. Some of these films, like Happy Feet, were charming in a kitschy way, at the very least. Farce of the Penguins is almost entirely devoid of any redeeming qualities whatsoever.

February 15, 2007
  Cream. Dolla' dolla' bill y'allPDF files may take a moment to load

At the age of seventeen, most kids are flat out broke and working part-time at minimum wage. They scream for joy when they find $20 in their wallets. Author Lesley Scorgie on the other hand, was a different story. At seventeen she was asked to appear on Oprah because of her abnormal ability to earn a net worth of nearly a million dollars at such a young age.

February 15, 2007
  A Vancouver BlossomPDF files may take a moment to load

Sushi is to Vancouver what beef is to Calgary. Likewise, a hip young indie band from Vancouver that couldn't name their favourite sushi bar would be trusted there as much as a honky-tonk southern Albertan country act who couldn't name a nearby steakhouse: not much.

"King Sushi," says Zachary Gray, co-founder and guitarist of Vancouver's Lotus Child. "We're almost sick of it because we go there all the time--usually after almost every rehearsal. And do you know why it's so great? The chef there has six fingers!"

February 15, 2007
  Spun: Norah JonesPDF files may take a moment to load

Norah Jones is playing it much too safe on her latest release, Not Too Late. While all of the songs are beautifully sung, there's only one track that stands out and begs to be remembered.

Fortunately, there are tiny intricacies sprinkled here and there that aren't necessarily apparent on the first listen. Further visits reveal minimal twists and turns, but are so subtle you have to pay close attention.

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February 15, 2007
  Spun: Explosions in the SkyPDF files may take a moment to load

To every rule there is an exception, and for every 10 lame rock bands chugging through power chords, there is one Explosions in the Sky. The Texas-based four-piece achieved a modicum of infamy for their sophomore release Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Will Live Forever, released a month before 9/11 and featuring artwork of a plane captioned "This plane will crash tomorrow." The band soon caught the eye of Hollywood, and stepped into the spotlight to score Friday Night Lights.

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February 15, 2007
  Spun: Champion - RemixedPDF files may take a moment to load

Many are quick to write off remix albums as a quick and easy way for an artist to cash in on a recent wave of success, and are consequently inclined to pass them by. Champion has certainly had success lately with the album Chill 'em All, receiving positive reviews and getting nation-wide radio play for the single "No Heaven." That being said, every so often there's a remix album that is, in fact, an honest and sincere artistic endeavor which turns out to offer great takes on old tracks for devoted fans.

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February 15, 2007
  Spun: Peter Bjorn and JohnPDF files may take a moment to load

A few months ago, some whistling, bass, laidback drumming and the charming interplay between male and female vocalists made the Internet go bonkers. The reason for all the blogosphere gushing was "Young Folks," a breezy love song by the comma-hating Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John. The song was, in a word, perfect. It deserved every appearance it made on Myspace profiles and left a lot of web-savvy kids eagerly anticipating more.

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February 15, 2007
  Spun: John Starling and Carolina StarPDF files may take a moment to load

Back in 1971, a group of friends in Maryland formed a bluegrass band called the Seldom Scene. The main rule for membership in the band was that each member had to keep their day job, playing music on the weekends just for fun. Throughout the years, the Seldom Scene changed membership often, but fans of the group often note that the original membership is considered the best. Lucky for them, original members John Starling, Mike Auldridge and Tom Gray have reunited to form John Starling and Carolina Star.

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