Black Mirror

black mirrorHow had I never seen this show before? It combines dark psychological twists with intriguing exploration of the philosophical issues associated with the current (and near-future) state of cyber-tech and its potential impact on the human experience.  A week ago I had never heard of the show; I have now binge watched every episode on Netflix, and am desperate for more. Continue reading

TV as Company

tvI have read here recently, from a couple of sources (Jonathan Franzen and/or Ann Patchett, I think), that reading is a lonely business, and that writing is a lonelier business still.  Even movies can be a lonely endeavor.  Have you ever had some time alone, and gone on a movie-watching binge, one after the other, barely stopping to eat or sleep or do anything but watch?  It’s delightful, in its way, to be sure, but can also feel intensely lonely. Continue reading

Top 10 Signs You May Not Be Staying in the Nicest Hotel in Town

Had the opportunity to drive cross country with my family here recently.  Was inspired to create the following list, in a style admittedly similar to but not in actionable infringement of one of David Letterman’s Late Show Top Ten.  Here it goes [Disclaimer: the conditions described are fictional-ish, and are here shared for strictly humorous purposes with no libelous intent; any accidental resemblance to actual establishments is purely coincidental and not subject to prosecution or suit]:

TOP TEN SIGNS YOU MIGHT NOT BE STAYING AT THE CLASSIEST HOTEL IN TOWN Continue reading

Breaking Bad: Season 1

He blinded me with science

What would you do if you found out you had a limited amount of time to live and you needed to make a lot of money in a hurry?  Oh, and you just so happen to be a gifted chemist?  This is a gross oversimplification, but these two questions sort of constitute the basic premise for the AMC series “Breaking Bad.”  And it is AWESOME! Continue reading

American Ninja Warrior!!!

This may be the coolest thing I have ever seen.  I was watching some fights on Versus last night, and I saw a commercial for a show called “American Ninja Warrior” on G4 TV (actually, to be completely accurate, I think it is called “American Ninja Warrior 2011.”  Implying there was an “American Ninja Warrior 2010”?  “2009”?  Where have I been?!?!?!?!).  Continue reading