David Decker

David Decker
California, USA
January 17
Father of two young boys, husband to the woman who finally gave me a life, worker-bee in the land of film & television, and intruder to the world of letters.


SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 9:09AM

Cloud Atlas Defies Gravity


In 2004 I was spellbound by David Mitchell’s novel, Cloud Atlas. And because of its complexity, years later I was amazed to hear it was being developed into a film.

Now that Lana and Andy Wachowski, along with Tom Tykwer, have come to the end of their hard-fought warRead full post »

AUGUST 31, 2012 6:24PM

Lifting the Veil on Titan


Titan and Saturn, May 2012


In May, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft took this somber image of Titan in transit across the face of its giant owner, Saturn.

I have a fondness for Kurt Vonnegut’s 1959 novel, The Sirens of Titan, my first introduction… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2011 3:44PM


How easily you get used to complete, unquestioning acceptance. Unalterable kindness. Quietly, they sink into the ocean of a busy life. And sweet comes in countless flavors, too often ignored.

So wrap up the gentle, silky fur of commonplace adoration, mixed with the soul of an angel in need, and… Read full post »

 The Decker Family, 1962

Otto Decker’s Family, 1962


I know my father loves me. I always have.


Still, there are some childhood memories of feeling distant from him, of wondering who this stranger was in our house. Those feelings are long gone, but it’s odd I had them since he was and

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JUNE 11, 2009 4:48PM

Courtney Cox in ‘Cougar Town’

ABC’s tag line for promoting this one:


‘Two Words, ME OW!’

Ever since this one came up on our competitor’s reel (here @work), there’s been some debate about who would watch this and whether it will become popular. Yeah, the word ‘Cougar&Read full post »

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JUNE 7, 2009 7:03PM

Good News for a Change – Data’s Here

Um, no, not this guy:

Data from STTNG

This stuff:

Blue Data

Plain old...data. I like data. You should, too. Let’s spread the word. The government just gave us a whole bunch of it and they’re giving us more soon.


This is President Obama making good on some of his promised governmRead full post »

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MAY 7, 2009 1:34AM

The Onion: Why the New Star Trek Movie Fails

As you may have heard the latest Star Trek movie hits theaters this Friday. But you haven’t seen this new ‘reboot’ version covered until you’ve seen it covered by The Onion:

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As 'Fun, Watchable' Read full post »

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APRIL 27, 2009 9:56PM

So You Think Books are Dead?

The LA Times Festival of Books – And Dave Cullen, Too! 

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - Header

Eric Carle Pic 1     Eric Carle Pic 2

Artwork by Eric Carle for Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 

Well not yet, anyway. This past weekend, under the gorgeous Southern California weather, the Los Angeles Times hRead full post »

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APRIL 10, 2009 5:28PM

Anniversary Party: Los Angeles

Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California  


Come one, come all. Well...OSers local (enough) to Los Angeles that is.


Open Salon is one-year old! See Kerry’s post (click here) for more on this.


Thursday, April 16, 2009


6 PM (After workish, before dinnerish)




The bRead full post »

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MARCH 11, 2009 2:12AM

Shakespeare Secrets Revealed! (Sort of)

The Cobbe Portrait 

For those in love with the works of William Shakespeare, or even just for history buffs in general, there’s been some pretty cool news lately.


A new, or rather very old painting (the so called Cobbe portrait, pictured above) has recently been announced as possibly theRead full post »

FeatheredThing posted this open call for poetry.

I love E. E. Cummings. Back in November, I actually attempted an essay to my wife for our wedding anniversary – using some ideas and feelings from this poem of his. 

Pretty Town 

anyone lived in a pretty how town

by E. E. Cummings

anyon… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 13, 2009 7:08PM

One Day, I’ll Run Again in L.A.

L.A. Smog 

I love running. Or rather, I used to.


My broadcasting and film degrees brought me to my current home in L.A. along with my first job in the motion picture industry. It’s a business that can easily swallow your life whole, and at times, this was true for me. ButRead full post »

30 Rock   


It’s a pretty nifty trick Tina Fey and company have pulled off, putting a screwball comedy on TV – one that manages to capture current zeitgeist no less – in the middle of downward trending viewership and reality TV.


As often happens with TV sh… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 2, 2009 12:51PM

The Universe in Your Eyes

Artist's Concept of Epsilon Eridani


The Universe in Your Eyes

In the time before time
With no up and no down
No in or around
All that is now could not be found

When ises were wases
And will bes were now
Even light had no purchase
No matter, no sound 

The breath of your life
Comes from this… Read full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2009 1:35PM

Change Has Come To America ('s White House Website)


Well I guess change has come to America, but it’s certainly come to the White House official website. At 12 Noon EST, minutes before the President took the oath of office, the site quietly changed over. Looks promising.

Go visit: www.whitehouse.gov Read full post »

DECEMBER 10, 2008 2:55PM

Not Another Government Job

                           Government Job


I don’t think I’m alone when I say I don’t want to see this country’s newfound hopes for a transformative gove… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 25, 2008 10:00PM

For Emily


I still think about our wedding.


Do you know the small parts of moments, when everything opens up, the world spins that much slower and people are frozen in time? There were so many of them that day.


This November brings a fifth year removed from then, from our firstRead full post »

NOVEMBER 21, 2008 10:18PM

For OS Collage


Why not. (It's all about our boys these days). Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2008 2:00AM

101 Words: Hidden Homecomings


Hidden from view, shrouded by flags, secretly they arrive. More than can easily be counted.


Homecomings in boxes, each one alike, returning the mangled mess of our love; our beautiful children, our love of each other, love for the world.


But where are the tears? Can you hear their… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2008 6:46PM

The Bodhisattva President

                 Barack Obama   



                          &nRead full post »