Watching the Oscars Tonight . . . But Skipping the Commercials

Synch-ron-ate”: recording a show, then watching it — without commercials — so as to finish at the same time as the live telecast. –Proposed new word; Ross Kaplan. Want to watch the Oscars tonight, but not all the commercials? (inordinately bunched at the end — or at least, so it seems). If you have a...
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Quentin Tarantino For Wimps

Quick!  Who What Does an Executioner Execute?** If you like Quentin Tarantino’s movies but not all the Tarantino-esque violence and gore, I’ve got an alternative:  read the screenplay instead. That’s an option for Tarantino’s latest movie, “The Hateful Eight,” because the movie was adapted from Tarantino’s earlier screenplay. At least on the page, you can...
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Price as a Function of Time

“For Sale” Homes, Wine, & First-Run Movies Some things become richer and more valuable with time. Fine wine. Love. Collectibles like antique cars or rare paintings. A home for sale isn’t one of those things. Rather, a home on the market is like a newly released movie. The most fanfare accompanies the “premiere,” when the...
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