You can just bet…

| March 28, 2012

You can just bet that right now in Hollywood, at the offices of the tools who produce “Law & Order,” a “Trayvon Martin” script is in the works — ripped, as they say, from the headlines. But there will be a twist. With L&O, there’s always a twist. And they invariably twist leftwards. The prologue: […]

Soul City

| March 16, 2012

Back in the spring of 1988, at the behest of Uncle Sam, I shipped out to Korea. I spent the next 2½ years in the 2nd Infantry Division; I have a lot of memories — some bad, most good — about those years. I’ve no idea what brought this particular memory to mind…. Of my […]


| August 25, 2011

I have seriously been digging this tune since it was released last week. [You can either go here — or see the video embedded below the fold — had to be done to fix page loading issues.] It’s not just a good “game song” — it’s a good song, period. In case you missed it: […]

Quick Netflix Review: The Civil War

| August 2, 2011

The Civil War (1990)Directed by Ken Burns Quick Review: the art of letter writing has certainly declined in the last 150 years. Thankfully, the art of recounting History has not. 5 stars It’s been over 20 years since 40 million people watched Ken Burns’ masterpiece. I was still in the Army in Korea when it […]

Life Skill

| July 23, 2011

Quite a while ago, I noted that one of those things everyone ought to be able to do (or at least ought to try) in order to be a fully rounded adult is to be able to play a musical instrument. I thought I might take a crack at either the guitar or keyboard, but […]

How good is the Bing search engine?

| June 23, 2011

Having recently finished reading Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, I decided to look up more info on the Japanese carriers lost during the battle. I went to Bing and typed in “Akagi,” and sure enough I got the links I expected to see — Wikipedia, the US Navy’s History and […]

Brain Surgery

| June 23, 2011

Despite the Recent Neurological Unpleasantness, I’ve tried to retain a sense of humor about things, and mostly succeeded, I think. Let’s face it: pratfalls can be extremely funny. Especially if I don’t hurt myself. I’m not really trying to make a point here. There isn’t too much that’s amusing about neurosurgery, per se. This, however, […]

Another one gone.

| June 22, 2011

It is with sadness that I note the passing of one of my favorite “one hit wonders,” Andrew Gold, who died June 3rd. Pretty everyone of my generation will remember his best-known song, 1977’s Lonely Boy. “One hit wonder” isn’t really a perfectly accurate description, though — he also penned “Thank You For Being A […]

Followup Netflix Review: Dexter

| June 16, 2011

Remember what I said about Season 1 of Dexter? Probably not — it was a while ago. Well, having watched Seasons 2 and 3, I have to reiterate my recommendation. Absolutely a top-notch program. Onward to Season 4.

Quick Netflix Review: “Taken”

| June 9, 2011

Taken (2008)Starring Liam Neeson, directed by Pierre Morel Quick Review: This is the movie fathers ought to have playing on the big screen TV when their teenage daughters are being picked up for dates. 4½ stars Good movie — better than I expected. Neeson’s action sequences were better than those in the Star Wars prequel, […]

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