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…

Choose your own Adventure – To fear or not to fear

I walked last night to a 24 hour pharmacy to pick up Tamiflu™ and “lots of fluids.” Good times, for sure. I brought a backpack to fill with Gatorade, by special request of my wife. As I walked to the 24 hour pharmacy, footsteps were approaching me from behind, gaining on me. I tightened my…

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…

The Startling Probabilities of Finding Life in our Galaxy

I would dearly love to believe we live in a universe teaming with intelligent life. But I have found my optimism and pragmatism have clashed in a way that has left me feeling a little lonely and misled. Through this wonderful tool posted by the BBC I have been able to play with the famous…

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…

Why Your Star Wars Theories Mean Nothing… or Everything

My love and affection for the original, 1977 Star Wars film is so strong, and my anger (which leads to hate) of the 1999 prequels so intense, that I could not go into the new film anything but wary. Even without this baggage, I am a difficult audience. It matters to me that the film…

The State of Safety

Dear Governor Baker, I completely understand your feeling with regard to not accepting refugees from Syria. You are worried that, among them, some terrible, dangerous element will creep in and cause harm to the good people of our state. I applaud your desire to protect us. If you want to keep all possible threats out,…