Why I'm in no hurry to see Prometheus

The reviews of Prometheus from the film critics I admire and trust are saying just about what I expected: That it's full of intensity and big visual spectacles... the stuff that makes a good trailer... but it's severely lacking in thoughtful storytelling and decent writing.I'm not surprised. I haven't been impressed by a Ridley Scott film since Matchstick Men, and I haven't been excited about a Ridley Scott film since the early 1980s. His films walk like big important movies, but they're often … [Read more...]

The Joy of Car Talk

Can't stop thinking about today's announcement: That Tom and Ray Magliozzi of Car Talk fame are retiring.Anne and I have listened to Car Talk almost religiously on Saturday mornings for years. Tom and Ray have been a joy because... … [Read more...]

Thank You, Mr. Rogers.

I've been feeling a lot of gratitude for Fred Rogers recently.Maybe it's because I've made it a new "life rule" to withdraw from online interaction that is characterized by contentiousness and dialogue-dominating personalities.I recently said farewell to an online community that I'd enjoyed for years because I could feel myself being provoked into a kind of dialogue that I want to avoid. I don't mind criticism; in fact, I seek it out. But I'm allergic to criticism that is delivered with … [Read more...]

Thank you, Mr. Rogers.

I've been feeling a lot of gratitude for Fred Rogers recently.Maybe it's because I've made it a new "life rule" to withdraw from online interaction that is characterized by contentiousness and dialogue-dominating personalities. I shut down comments on this blog because it became taxing to deal with hostile voices there. And I left an online community that I'd enjoyed for years because I could feel myself being provoked into a kind of dialogue that I want to avoid. I don't mind criticism; in … [Read more...]

"I suffered, and you should have to suffer too."

Steve Carell will inspire you... … [Read more...]


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