The Good Place is Network TV’s greatest achievement.

I am still reeling from last night’s finale of The Good Place. It was an existential mediation on love, grief and free will, wrapped in a sitcom. That shouldn’t be possible. The Good Place attached us deeply to it’s characters and, in its final episode, understood the sadness that comes when our human empathy is…

The Guilty Never Want a Witness

Over the years, I’ve witness dozens of accidents, or their immediate aftermath, in the crosswalk in front of my home. It’s a bad spot on an over-taxed road. Each time an accident happens, I rush outside to check that everyone is okay, and offer both drivers my contact information. From this I’ve learned something useful:…

The Rise of Skywalker, the Fall of History

My least favorite thing about the Star Wars prequel trilogy almost became my favorite moment of the series, thanks to The Rise of Skywalker. But, sadly, it never materialized on screen and I am left, thinking about what might have been. (Spoilers abound, be warned.) First, I have to tread over some very old territory,…

The Persistence of Wrong

I created an optical illusion in which each dot is the same color, but the dots appear quite different in brightness and shade. Have a look: Maybe you don’t believe the dots are the same color? Some sure look darker. Others certainly look more purple. You don’t have to take my word for it. You…

No Man’s Sky NEXT

There is a remarkable achievement hidden in the story of No Man’s Sky NEXT and you won’t be able to see it on any of its 18 quintillion worlds. It happened on Earth. Sean Murray, the reluctant public face of the game, has come forward after two years of near silence with some explanations and…

A Review of Boston’s Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Spectacular! Spectacular like fireworks.  Thrilling like a rollercoaster. Bombastic like, well, the 2001 film on which it is based. If you liked Baz Lurhman’s 2001 movie Moulin Rouge, you are going to love Moulin Rouge! The Musical. If you don’t, it probably won’t be your cup of tea, though I did watch the show win…

No Man’s Sky and the double edged sword of Curiosity

The first time I hopped in my spaceship, I flew up through the atmosphere and found a point in space where I could look down on the world from which I’d come. I wanted to see a few things. I was deeply curious. A whole universe was promised for me to explore. I didn’t know…

Laurel vs. Yanni

Audio illusions are rarer by far than optical illusions. The new, Laurel vs. Yanni illusion is maddening in its apparent impishness. I hear Laurel and couldn’t hear Yanni without some  work. I’ve broke out the low end: … from the high end: Even in the latter case, I can only begin to, sort of, hear…

Cocky®

A few times a year, somewhere in America, someone decides it is time to trademark something absurd. By most standards this is an expensive process, and requires a lawyer who will go along with the notion the word is exclusive in some purview. It also requires a good measure of hubris and a willingness to…

On the Power of Silence

This weekend I was stunned when Emma González read her deeply emotional remembrance of each life taken in the Parkland shooting. After she named each person murdered, she lifted her eyes to crowd, put her speech to the side, and stood in silence for nearly 5 minutes. The effect was devastating. In a culture accustomed…