Marcus Aurelius quote about the gods – misattributed

Though this quote appears to be misattributed to Marcus Aurelius, it offers a lot to think about. Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If...
Peter Dinklage ~ Photo by Joshua Smelser / flickr

Peter Dinklage ~ The Station Agent

The Station Agent is an indie  film I probably would not have ever seen if it weren't for Peter Dinkage (Wikipedia, IMDB). Actor Peter Dinklage currently stars in the HBO series Game of Thrones  where he plays a dwarf noble, Tyrion Lannister, who relies on his wits to...

Peter Weyland ~ TED Talk 2023

Prometheus is Ridley Scott's new film due out the summer of 2012. Rumors abound that it's an extension of the Blader Runner or Alien franchises, but apparently Ridley Scott himself set those rumors straight. The only connection to those two films and Prometheus is the...

Adam Driver finally confronts John Oliver 

The 7th season finale of Last Week Tonight exploded, but the true highlight of the episode was when Adam Driver confronted John Oliver over his apparent S&M fetish with Adam...NSFW...

Like alcohol and driving, it’s hard to mix cultures

(Below is blog post. It contains naive ramblings and no great conclusions---and lots of mizpellings and grammatical errors.) Why is it hard to mix cultures?...What is a culture? A culture is a collection of people who share certain beliefs and values and, to some...

South African TV ad “The Reader” promotes literacy & scotch

Literacy. At any age. Is a good thing. Nearly 95 percent of this video tells the story of an older man who decides to learn how to read. Nicely edited scenes reveal the effort he puts in and the support he receives on his journey. His motivation is revealed in a...

Who needs yoga pants?

I tasteful (SFW?) interpretation of yoga in the nude...

Excellent “Explainer” videos about the Paris Climate Accord

Here are two excellent "explainer" videos about what the Paris Climate Accord is, and the significance of the U.S. dropping out of the agreement.  The first is by Hank Green, one of the vlogbrothers. If you are not familiar with their YouTube channel, I highly...
Paul Krugman ~ Photo by Alan Chan

Education is a “luxury of the elite” to GOP contenders ~ Paul Krugman

If underfunding public education leaves many children of the less affluent shut out from upward mobility, well, did you really believe that stuff about creating equality of opportunity? So whenever you hear Republicans say that they are the party of traditional...

How TV Ruined Your Life – Aspirational Television

Charlie Brooker explains all that's wrong with the world... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8MjoB3vgv8 Maybe not all, but a good bit anyway. And he's written a book...I Can Make You Hate

Long Way Round – Stereophonics

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman used the Stereophonics song Long Way Round (and variations) for their Long Way travel series. Warning: It's an earworm. Long way Round ~ Stereophonics Remember me my love, I'm the one you're dreaming of Going for a ride, I'll keep you...

OneRepublic – Counting Stars – Video/Lyrics

Where have I been?! Totally missed this brilliant OneRepublic tune. Counting Stars - OneRepublic Lately, I've been, I've been losing sleep Dreaming about the things that we could be But, baby, I've been, I've been praying hard Said, no more counting dollars, we'll be...

BALLiSTIC – Sci-Fi | Action short film by Film Riot

BALLiSTIC is a science fiction/action short film written & directed by Ryan Connolly. Set in the near future, BALLiSTIC drops viewers into a violent episode involving a young woman (played by Hannah Ward) being pursued by a "bunch of armed bad guys." Typical...

Oats Studios – Volume 1 – Rakka

Volume 1 of Rakka begins a thrilling, visceral story I dearly hope gets completed. Coming out of Oats Studios, directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Sigourney Weaver, this short film hooked me quick and never let go. Great ride.