Five random observations about current TV shows

1. "10 Things I Hate About You" recently returned, and it hasn't missed a beat from its run last summer. Although it more openly admits to being aimed at all ages, "10 Things" is treading the path paved before it by "Lizzie McGuire" and "Zoey 101" -- two other shows about teenagers with humor for adults. For example, when Kat complains about how the school is "violating our Constitutional rights," Bianca says, "God, you're like a live feed from C-SPAN." It's slightly too witty for believable teen-speak, but it's just right for adults who find the clichés of teen worries equally relevant and absurd.

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Five random questions for which I have no good answer

1. In "Return of the Jedi," when Luke and Leia swing to safety, what is the rope attached to? It can't be attached to the barge they are blowing up, because then it would snap when they are in mid-air, right? Even if was securely attached to the barge for the duration of the swing, there's no way it could provide the arc needed to swing to another vehicle, especially since the duo doesn't get a running start.

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Five random things on my mind

1. In the new "Star Trek" movie, why doesn't Spock, who has mastered time travel, go back in time to prevent the destruction of his home planet?

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Five random odds and ends

1. In "Return of the Jedi," when the Ewok (I believe it's Paploo, but I can't check it because I don't have my "Star Wars" library moved into my new place yet) jumps on the speeder bike, he immediately knows how to drive it. Specifically, he immediately knows where to find the override function that allows it to be driven by someone whose feet can't reach the pedals. File this under the category of "things that happen in movies that you don't think about on the first 146 viewings, but on the 147th viewing you realize it's completely insane."

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Five random items of note

1. Do you ever get a Facebook friend request from someone you've never heard of? I usually just ignore it. This is kind of unfortunate, because now I have no chance of becoming friends with that person (I certainly won't get to know them outside of Facebook). And I would probably end up liking them more than some of my current Facebook friends. But because of the off chance that they might be the Facebook Killer, I don't approve the request. It's a sad age we live in.

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Five random thoughts and observations

1. A lot of people use their baby as their Facebook profile picture. Wouldn't it be awesome if an actual baby had a Facebook page? It would probably be more compelling than their parents' pages.

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I wish it was 1996 again, or 1985, or 1979

On Tuesday, new albums by Dinosaur Jr. and the Lemonheads came out, as my Facebook friend Matt reported. "It's like it's 1996 again," he happily noted, and I agreed.

Last week, I was hanging out with my Minnesota friend Jake and he was reminiscing about getting a KISS cake and a KISS T-shirt for his sixth birthday in 1979.

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Five random things to mull over

1. I notice comedians now apologize for jokes if they offend someone. Can you imagine if musicians had to apologize for bad songs? "Sweet Home Alabama" attacks my eardrums every time I walk into a small-town bar, and I've never gotten a letter of apology from Lynyrd Skynyrd. Or what if politicians had to say they were sorry? In that case, the Republican and Democratic parties could just give a blanket Apology Address once a year.

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Remembering Brainerd … and moving on to the next adventure

I'm moving to Sedalia, Mo., to start a new job, so I'll soon be racking up new positive and negative experiences. (Based on my first dalliance with the town and the job, it will be positive, but that's balanced out by my naturally pessimistic attitude.)

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Sorry, George Carlin, but I have no place for my stuff

There's nothing like moving to make a person realize how much stuff he has.

I recently unloaded 90 percent of my "Star Wars" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" collection on eBay, and I'm glad I did. (I had enough stuff that I was actually using the term "inventory" rather than "collection.")

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