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The Wisdom of an Invisible Evil Billionaire Ninja


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November 23
I'm living proof that watching TV while doing your homework can be a path to success, even if that path is a winding one.


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MARCH 2, 2014 8:38PM

Blue Moon Rising

Though a quarter of a century isn't all that long in historical terms, it's an eternity if pop culture. When Woody Allen made his last great film in the late-80s, it was the era of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Flash forward to 2013, or 2014 for those of us/… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 25, 2014 8:32PM

Feeling Gay About Religious Freedom

As much as the various "religious freedom" bills being proposed in state legislatures to allow people and businesses to refuse service based on (supposed) principles bug me, I can't help but think that the opposition to them is missing the forest for the trees. Rather than trying to shame these dumb-… Read full post »
JANUARY 1, 2014 1:03AM

My New Year's Resolution

My resolution for the new year is, I believe, a simple one. I resolve to keep politics out of my internet postings in the new year, provided America's numerous right-wing, extremist motherfu<kers refrain from doing anything else stupid. I'd also like to apologize for referring to America's right-w… Read full post »
I had some down moments this year, all within the realm of "first world problems" but all things are relative. Like so many with such ultimately trivial problems, I found solace in pop culture. For me, the year was bookended by two unexpected - but remarkably welcome - returns.

DECEMBER 23, 2013 10:08PM

Failing the Turing Test

Though it will probably be overshadowed by some rock star being granted a knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II, the announcement of a royal pardon for Doctor Alan Turing is as momentous as it is long overdue. Turing, whose work breaking the German Enigma codes during World War Two was somewhat overs… Read full post »
DECEMBER 19, 2013 10:50PM

Looking Glass?

I can't explain why but, for some reason, the news that Olympic gold medalist Brian Boitano came out reminds me of the time I went to a party at his house. When he gave me a tour of the place, I noticed that the closet doors were made of glass. At… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 24, 2013 9:18AM

Every Doctor Has Their Day

Based on his writing for television, one imagines that Steven Moffat's enjoys puzzles in whatever spare time his professional commitments allow. On the sitcom Coupling, Moffat showed a great affinity for making seemingly disparate pieces come together into a satisfying whole, often by playing around/… Read full post »
At some point, the law of averages dictates that one of the current run of interlinked Marvel Comics movies will be terrible. By this, I mean not just something disappointing but rather truly awful. For now, though, the people running these shows have displayed an amazing aptitude for translating 50+… Read full post »
NOVEMBER 1, 2013 8:45PM

Is the Lou Stuck in the John?

I once believed we lived in a world that if not fully fair was at least touched by the hand of justice. Then, I realized that this is the same world in which John Lennon and Lou Reed are both dead but John Mayer and Lou Bega are alive. As the… Read full post »
AUGUST 18, 2013 6:22PM

In Praise of Peter

When I started watching Doctor Who over 30 years ago, Tom Baker was The Doctor. I don't just mean that he was the fourth actor to play the Doctor or the current star of the series. He was The Doctor - period, end of sentence. So great was the geavitational pull/… Read full post »
AUGUST 1, 2013 12:35PM

Football Intelligence

Perhaps I should be ashamed to admit this, because the situation in question involves a murder, but there is at least one funny thing about the Aaron Hernandez/Odin Lloyd case. Hernandez's former team, New England Patriots, is an organization whose 21st century success is at least partially due… Read full post »
I would like to congratulate both the prosecution and defense teams from the George Zimmerman trial for their great work in lowering public opinions of the legal profession. The you-win-some-you-lose-some attitude of the prosecutors was impressive enough, but the defense attorneys were truly masterfu… Read full post »
JULY 4, 2013 9:20AM

237 And Counting

A friend quite rightly suggested online that we should all take a moment to remember what the July 4th holiday is about (beyond food cooked on a grill, that is). This brought to mind the musical 1776. Though it takes some liberties with historical facts, the show masterfully depicts the events… Read full post »
JUNE 15, 2013 5:14PM

Eating Your Own Tail

I don't often recommend movie reviews, but i sincerely recommend that people check out Ann Hornaday's review of This Is the End in yesterday's Washington Post. This is not so much about the quality of the review but rather its value in explaining why audiences don't value the opinions of movie/… Read full post »
After watching the pilot episode of the original Battlestar Galactica for the first time in a few years, it struck me how confused someone who only knows the 21st century version - frequently called BSG - might be. As many have noted, though numerous characters have the same (or, at least,… Read full post »
MAY 19, 2013 12:47PM

What's In a Name, Doctor?

After watching last night's season finale of Doctor Who, coyly titled The Name of the Doctor, there can be no doubt that Steven Moffat is the most amazing writer working on television. In case that sounds like hyperbole, it seems appropriate to point out that I used to think he was/… Read full post »
I can't say I'm surprised by the negative reactions from those who live near the site where Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the news broke that he'd been buried somewhat covertly at a small Islamic cemetery not too far from Richmond, Virginia. Nor could I say I'm not disappointed by… Read full post »
MAY 1, 2013 8:13PM


I need a new garbage can, but there's something in the way. That something is my current trash receptacle. I just don't know how to convey to the people who pick up the trash that I want to get rid of the old can. There isn't anything for me to put… Read full post »

APRIL 20, 2013 1:38PM

Anger Is a a Renewable Resource

Last night, I commented online that the capture of the Boston bombing suspect was a good thing, because it meant we could forget about the actual victims. This prompted a friend to take me to task for what they felt was an ugly display of pessimism. Rather than offending me, this call-out… Read full post »
APRIL 14, 2013 12:03PM

Bowie's Razor

I felt compelled to wait a while after its release before writing about the latest David Bowie album. Thus was not because I didn't think it was good but rather because I think it may be among his greats and that's a claim you don't make without taking some time to… Read full post »
APRIL 13, 2013 8:38AM

Lacking the Drive to Succeed

Let me preface this with an explicit acknowledgment that what I'm about to write falls unambiguously under the umbrella of first-world problems. Having said that, I am a big believer in the idea that, if one holds a job that has a very clear-cut description but can't fulfill key elements of… Read full post »
MARCH 31, 2013 9:02PM

Who Goes There

Yesterday turned out to be a doubly interesting day for Doctor Who. Not only did the latest run of episodes start on the BBC (including BBC America), a publishing glitch led to the hasty announcement that the show's 50th anniversary story in November would feature at least one past Doctor in… Read full post »

I had trouble deciding which quote from this past weekend's Conservative Political Action Conference beat exemplifies what ails the 21st century incarnation of the "party of Lincoln". There were simply too many good choices. Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin made stronger cases to get my vote here than would… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 26, 2013 8:45PM

Race to the Middle

With the two-party system ambling toward obsolescence, it's becoming clear that race - and racism - is not just a good way to redefine political affiliation, it's just about the only sensible way to do so. 

It's not about us and them anymore - at least not an "us" and… Read full post »
FEBRUARY 23, 2013 6:27PM

Admitting Surrender in the War of Ideas

After reading about the recently launched social network site Tea Party Community, designed as a haven for conservatives victims of "liberal bullying" on Facebook, I have just one question. I'll try to make it as polite as possible but can't promise success. Here goes...

Would these cry-babies like so/… Read full post »