Won’t you be my neighbor?

Did any of you see the Mr. Rogers movie with Tom Hanks? It wasn’t really even about Mr. Rogers. It was about a man who interviewed him for Esquire magazine in about 1998, and is based on that story. I made sure I had tissues in my purse because I suspected I’d need them, and sure enough I did. Reminded me of me when my life was a lot more simple, before it got really complex and lonely. The main character undergoes some spiritual and emotional growth as a result of spending time with Rogers. It’s a good story, wholesome and true.

Anyway, did you see it? Did you like it?... [Read More]

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Curmudgeon Muses While Writing More Checks

I am sitting in my home office/lair/fortress of solitude/batcave trying to catch up on the dental companies supply chain backlog after the holiday while also searching Amazon for sharks with freaking lasers on their heads (No lair complete without them) and keeping the notifications of the Nadler-Pelosi remake of 12 Angry Men in the background processor of my brain stem.

Meanwhile, I have a very young and competent installer for my new water treatment system who knows what he is doing and is service oriented to a fault drilling holes in my garage and sewer runoff pipes. (Only surprise expense in the whole move. Not bad) I feel confident the blue collar gen z folks are our future. This one was telling me about how he is doing well with a full plate of work and feels sorry for his friends who went to college.... [Read More]

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Just like California’s rolling blackouts, except…

Just like California’s rolling blackouts, except mine are barely a second long.

Well here’s the long story shortened. I have an UPS, an uninterrupted power supply, It WAS connected to two outlets upstairs, (my computer and the UPS is in the basement), it had a massive battery failure a few years ago. The two matched car batteries it ran off sort of decided that they will out-gas hydrogen sulfide and just die. I disconnected it and hoped for the best. We had another failure for a few hours just recently and that prompted me to buy a generator. But a generator will not help with a drop out of only a second. The second drop outs are because of the high winds we are experiencing in NE PA.

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Highly Recommended Drama from India: Laakhon Mein Ek

Yes, you’ll need subtitles to understand what is going on, but this is a brilliant series that illustrates how corruption in high (or mid-level) places hurts needy people the most. Ordinary men and women lose incentive to try their best when they are caught in high-pressure circumstances created by those using the system for their own ends.

It sounds bleak, but it’s not. The acting, script, and story are excellent, the characters ring true, and the series maintains humor (okay, dark humor) every episode. The truths being told aren’t happy, but the depiction is artful and human.... [Read More]

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Trump v. CNN

“In a demand letter sent to CNN on Wednesday, an attorney working for the president outlined his intention to sue CNN for its willful misrepresentation of itself. For years, CNN has told viewers, advertisers, and sources that it is an unbiased, straight news outfit. That’s a lie, and the president’s lawyers believe it actually violates the federal Lanham Act’s prohibitions on false and misleading advertising.”

That is from Daily Caller.   Here is more from the Washington Examiner:... [Read More]

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The Politician

Netflix: The PoliticianNetflix have just (2019-09-27) launched a new series, The Politician, which, being their original content, should be available in all of their geographical regions as soon as the clock rolls over to that date in each time zone.  The series follows a protagonist, Payton Hobart, adopted into a wealthy family in Santa Barbara, California, who has decided, since age seven, that he will become President of the United States and directed his entire life toward that goal.  The first milestone is his election as president of his class at Saint Sebastian High School, and in the pilot episode, he pursues this, with the aid of his support team, already measuring the curtains for their offices in the west wing of the White House once they get him there, with a ruthlessness, amorality, and cynicism which recalls a U.S. president who promised a “bridge to the twenty-first century”.

Now, I’ve only seen the pilot episode, and often series turn south once approved for production and handed off to the people who have to grind out the subsequent episodes.  But, from the pilot, this is one of the most wickedly funny political comedies I’ve seen since the original British House of Cards and of high school since Square Pegs.... [Read More]

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Red China in 1962

In 1962, NBC News aired a one-hour “White Paper” hosted by Chet Huntley titled “Red China”, which attempted to provide a look into what had been a largely closed society since the 1949 revolution, and especially since the start of the  “Great Leap Forward” in 1958.  The first half of the documentary traced the history of China from the time of the communist takeover in 1949 to the present using stock footage.

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Way back when….

To tell the truth, I never saw the early episodes of this somewhat famous TV series. I was perusing YouTube and I stumbled upon this; The Clampetts Strike Oil   TV was much simpler back then. Somewhat funny, but enjoyable never the less.

I invite you to take it in, this so called first episode of The Beverly Hillbillies. Enjoy the trip down memory lane to September 26 1962.

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Remembering SCTV

Born in 1975, I grew up during the 1980s, and to this day there are certain shows from that decade that never fail to bring a smile to my face as I reminisce. Among them is SCTV, which began as a Toronto-based sketch comedy program in 1976 and was later picked up by NBC in 1981.

SCTV’s ensemble cast included Joe Flaherty, who portrayed such characters as Count Floyd, Guy Caballero, William F. Buckley (!), and Sammy Maudlin. Old-time Ricochetti will recall the time when @pseudodionysius discovered that Mr. Flaherty was a member of the legacy site. What a moment that was.... [Read More]

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What the … Flix?

“Another Life” (Netflix series)On July 25, 2019, a new science fiction television series, Another Life, was released on the Netflix streaming video service.  As Netflix often does with their own productions, the entire series was released at once, as opposed to one episode per week as on broadcast television.  I get most of my news about events in science fiction from Twitter, where I follow a collection of independent science fiction authors and fans whose opinions I have come to respect.  There have been relatively few comments about the new series, but they have been curiously bimodal: some people like it and others hate it, with very few in the middle.  A couple of nights ago I had a pile of tedious system administration tasks to do which took a lot of time but relatively little concentration, so I put it on to have a look for myself.  I was astonished by what I saw…or rather heard.

The story is, from what I’ve seen, banal, and although they seem to have science advisors on tap which keep them from tripping over pesky things like confusing planetary systems with galaxies and the like, there are other inanities such as instantaneous communication over light-year distances and the need for suspended animation on a faster than light ship.  Almost every male (including a computer-emulated hologram) with the exception of one political twit seems to have a dumbeard™, and nobody on this ship sent for first contact with mysterious aliens seems to have a rank or title.... [Read More]

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