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Critics of our postmodern age love to point out that the invention of the popular, portable, personal music systems in the late 1970s contributed to an increasingly fragmented and walled-off social formation.  In a typical “get off my lawn” moment, they neglect the fact that the development of mass transit in the 1800s already underscored this urban fragmentation that had been in full effect for, oh, thousands of years.  All the invention of the iPod and similar devices did was extend the variety that was available to each commuter.  The question is how to put this variety to the service of full sensory effect.  Hence the following Authoritative Running Downhill Guide to Early Morning Elevated or Subway or Surface Train Commute Music:

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2010Alien³ and ResurrectionThe Two JakesPsycho 2, 3, 4, and Psycho again: all sequels to classics, all films that didn’t need to be made.  We here at Running Downhill, in an effort to head off Hollywood and others at the pass before somebody gets hurt, are providing the top ten ideas that they probably shouldn’t consider greenlighting.

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One of the more familiar archetypes of Earth culture is the figure of the Elder, the gift-giver, the bearer of ancient knowledge: the Wizened Old Man.  A staple of culture since at least the days of Homer, the Wizened Old Man has helped along narratives by imparting warnings, dispensing information, and offering counsel during trying periods.  This figure has taken various forms down through the years, has mutated in different ways, but the idea remains the same.  One knows it when one sees it.  Here is Running Downhill’s take on the ten greatest Wizened Old Men of all time.  [Editor’s note: We here at RD realize that, yes, occasionally, this figure is female, but that’s a different list for a different time.  Also, we realize that this list is skewed a little towards modern culture, but that’s just because we don’t read much].

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I witnessed a rare moment of humanity the other day in which two strangers ended up hugging after a near-miss car collision. So, in the spirit of turning enemies to friends and friends to lovers, here’s a list of 10 inspirational classic Hug-It-Outs.

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