Late to the Breaking Bad Party

So, what does one do when you’re cooped up in the apartment all day and can’t get outside because of the toxic air quality? Well, a dear friend of mine had recently mentioned his surprise at my having never watched Breaking Bad, which he described as “frequently called the best television series ever made.” He also highly recommended Better Call… Continue reading

But He Doesn’t Act Gay

But He Doesn’t Act Gay… We all know people who have, perhaps with some difficulty and a bit of grumbling, come to accept and include a gay relative. They feel they don’t understand him or her being gay, but they somehow get beyond that because they genuinely love the family member. The love and the “family” cards typically trump the… Continue reading

Okay, Okay! I Was Wrong! I Can Admit that Now.

Back in 2011 I was angry with Netflix for raising the cost of their DVD shipping service in an apparent attempt to get users to discontinue it and opt into their streaming service. The streaming service had such a limited selection at the time. The poor way they executed their changes seemed to have greatly annoyed me at the time,… Continue reading

Occupied (Norwegian TV Series and beyond…)

TV Series If you haven’t watched Occupied (Season one is on Netflix.), you are missing a great Norwegian TV series! In the storyline, Norway has invented an abundant, clean, renewable energy source they are willing to share freely with the world. So, as responsible world citizens, they stopped their oil production. Russia, determined to have the European Union dependent on… Continue reading

TV Series Review: W1A

I’m not one to recommend television series. In fact, the last TV series I did recommend was the BBC’s extraordinary dramatic release: The Crown1. I’m eagerly awaiting the second season. But, until then, I suggest for your viewing pleasure something different—something entirely different: W1A. The title, W1A, is the London postal code for the address of the BBC. The comedy… Continue reading

Cutting the Cord: Update

Smartphone Use I read a short article about reducing the impact of the digital world over my world. This article focused on the smartphone. The author recommended: Don’t charge it by your bed. (I have to because it controls the lights, sound, thermostats, etc.) Kill all notifications. (Done!) Delete Facebook, Twitter, Insta and other “attention loop” apps. (Done) Switch to… Continue reading

Unplugging Tim: An Adventure in Analog Living

One day last week was a gruesome nightmare from technology hell. There was an electrical “event” of some sort in the night necessitating calling an electrician to make sure everything was OK. (It was.) Trying to set a digital timer for a lamp almost enraged me enough to stomp the timer to bits after 30 minutes of exasperating failure with… Continue reading

Foyle’s War

Smartly written and from a completely fresh perspective, I highly recommend the TV series, Foyle’s War. I enjoy watching who-done-its: The Killing, Sherlock, Inspector Lewis, Inspector Morse, the Masterpiece Mystery series, The Closer, Major Crimes, and the Hinterland. While each of the afore-mentioned series is really good, Foyle’s War brings something tangibly better to this genre. Anthony Horowitz1 is brilliant! The period in… Continue reading