TSA screening

Book Covers for the TSA

The TSA recently began, and now claims to have ended, a program to screen books pulled from carry on bags. On the TSA website, under an article titled “Let’s Close the Book on Book Screening Rumors” the TSA goes on to confirm the rumors and then asks us to just forget about it. It is…

Complaints to the FCC

The FCC does not exist to censor broadcasts. I am very glad that is the case. They do, however, take complaints from consumers and, if they have merit, they investigate and have the power to levy fines or, in theory, revoke broadcast licenses. At present, they are “investigating” complaints about Stephen Colbert jokes about the…

The Big Squeeze

I am so baffled by Juicero™ I don’t entirely know how to articulate it. I guess I could start by explaining what Juicero™ is: Juicero™ is a $700 $400 machine that squeezes expensive, proprietary bags of juice-mash (purchased via an expensive and, frankly, wasteful subscription) into a juice glass that I don’t think Juicero™ provides.…

But the Humans…

When I was twelve I imagined a future full of sleek spaceships, visits to beautiful alien worlds, and endless wonders. A peaceful, verdant, healthy Earth was not a concern for me. I presumed it simply would be. We couldn’t get to that other great stuff I was anxious to see if we had to worry…

Timeless Appreciation

Way back in October, in simpler times, I wrote that I was excited for Timeless because because of this snippet in the trailer from Malcolm Barrett: “I’m Black. There is literally no place in American history that’ll be awesome for me.” I went on to say I was disappointed in the show, and that line…

Timeless Nonsense

I’m always primed for any show about time-travel, and Timeless grabbed me before its premiere because of this snippet in the trailer from Malcolm Barrett: “I’m Black. There is literally no place in American history that’ll be awesome for me.” It reads as funny and tragic and, if you think about it, he may be…

How we see color makes us human

Most of us wonder, at one time or another, how the world appears in other people’s eyes. Does the red I see look like the red you see?  If not, how are they different? If you are not colorblind, you have probably wondered what the world looks like to those who are. You have probably…

Everything already wrong with Star Trek 2017

Star Trek is, and always has been, a fan’s baby. CBS knows this, but they also know that even though the fans love it and care for it, CBS and Paramount have joint legal custody. Like a terrible, petty ex, they intend to use that custody to manipulate those who love it most, locking a…