Catching a GLIMPSE


WOW. Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA’s new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. [Read More...]

The Big Bach Puzzler


Over at NPR’s “Deceptive Cadence” blog, Tom Huizenga has a fun little quiz called “Wig Out With The Big Bach Puzzler.” His music, as compelling today as it was centuries ago, continues to inspire artists of all stripes. So if you thought you knew a few things about the granddaddy of classical music, try this puzzler to see [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “The Hunt for Red October”


It’s been a really tough week. My head’s spinning, and we’re all feeling pretty numb. So I’m stepping away from the Tarkovsky for a bit, and heading straight for something “mindless.” Though I don’t necessarily mean that as a criticism. In fact, it’s downright therapeutic, at times. As is so often the case when I [Read More...]

“Merciful Lord Jesus, grant them rest!”


Please, please pray for the Lewis family. Pray for Olivia and Emma. And pray for those they leave behind, most especially Sean, Becca, and Vivian. They’re being asked to carry an impossibly heavy cross, to travel down an impossibly dark and difficult road. Even with the extraordinary and edifying outpourings of human sympathy, prayer, and [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Death Buy Lemonade”


I love today’s short for two reasons. (At least.) First, it’s Monday, so the mood on display here is a pretty accurate reflection of how I usually feel this early in the work week. Even down to the “I might be cute, but you’d better not get in my way right now” bit. Except I’m [Read More...]

Streaming Suggestion: “Charade”


Today’s suggestion is a specific manifestation of one of Susanka’s Most Sacrosanct Suggestion Axioms. The universal principle I’m invoking? Cary Grant’s films are to be viewed as frequently and with as much enjoyment as humanly possible. The particular manifestation of that principle for today? Charade, currently available on NETFLIX INSTANT, HULU PLUS, and YOUTUBE($). Cary Grant [Read More...]

Remembering the Sound of Hal Douglas


Hal Douglas passed away last week. Who, you ask? Hal Douglas. Yes, you know him. Or at least you know what he sounded like. From his NY Times obituary: Mr. Douglas was known for a generation in the voice-over industry as one of the top two or three go-to talents, along with Don LaFontaine, the most prolific, [Read More...]

The Fruit Dove: One of Nature’s Sharpest Dressers


Before today, I had no idea Fruit Doves even existed. Now that I know, though, I’m the richer for it. The fruit doves, also known as fruit pigeons, are a genus (Ptilinopus) in the pigeon and dove family (Columbidae). These colourful, frugivorous doves are found in forests and woodlands in Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is [Read More...]

Waxing Musically Nostalgic with Michael Z. Land (and Bajakian and McConnell)


The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of Michael Z. Land, the justly-famous composer whose musical influence on my youth was both vast and unforgettable. … What do you mean, “He’s not famous?” … What do you mean, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS???” Here. Listen to this: Actually, hang on. That’s a bit [Read More...]

Summa Shorts: “Bill Bonner, Vintage Photo Archivist”


Looking back through my smallish (but rapidly expanding) collection of shorts, I recognize something that I’ve known for some time: I gravitate greatly towards animated shorts. That’s not going to change — because STILL A KID! – but I can also promise that live-action shorts will crop up from time to time (especially sci-fi ones). The [Read More...]