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Volume III, Issue 27
December 28, 1999 - January 3, 2000

News & Opinion

There is a nervous excitement in the robotics community, a field on the brink of a technological revolution similar to the one the computer industry has undergone. The AFL-CIO's endorsement of Gore's presidential campaign may be more about protecting corrupt leaders than advancing the interests of workers. Thanks to technology and the desire among minors to drink, the production of fake IDs is flourishing. Plus, big media in Austin, a winning program for school kids, a rant for the millennium, and more.

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Film & TV

The Nashville Scene's reviewers discuss the bad films, miserable performances, disturbing trends, and lowlights from the year just ending. Are the recreations of Andy Kaufman's classic skits enough reason to see "Man on the Moon"? Are those imitations are all it has to offer? "The Talented Mr. Ripley" is a triumphant, subversive illusion, and just the thing to clear your Capra-glutted holiday movie palate. Also, reviews "Magnolia," "Any Given Sunday," and Pedro Almodóvar's "All About My Mother," what to watch on TV when you're not up to watching anything, and more.

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Despite massive sales by big name artists, commercial country music is a caste system where the majority of performers struggle desperately. Nashville's Music Row was gloomy at the beginning of 1999, and while the panic may have subsided, a great deal of worry remains. The Tucson Weekly's music reviewers have submitted their lists of the best albums of the '90s. Also, profiles of Austin's late, lamented Blaze Foley, Earl Poole Ball, and more.

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Arts & Leisure

The Brain Behind Cyc
Head of the Class
Punch Drunk
Celebrating Solo
and more...

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The Boston Phoenix has some recommendations for the year's best art, photography, and architecture books as well as great cookbooks. Native Americans manipulated and altered the environment for what they perceived as their self-interest, and the first European arrivals found an ecosystem marked by thousands of years of human intervention. "The Long Home," William Gay's first book, makes a deep bow to two Southern masters, William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy. Also, an exploration of the colorful ways our imaginations have been captured by the idea of aliens from outer space.

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Come down from your Staggering Heights and get to the Red Meat of the matter with this swell set of cartoons that also includes Mueller, K. Rat and Random Shots.

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