“Be a Man!” ~ What should that mean? ~ Joe Ehrmann TED talk

"Be a man!" ~ TED talk speaker Joe Ehrmann (really?) describes what it means to "be a man" in our culture and suggests how that definition should be changed. Then he proposes a vehicle for communicating that new meaning to young boys trying to sort out their identity...

Stephen Fry ~ Catholic Church is not a force for good

Stephen Fry makes a strong case that the Catholic Church is NOT a force for good. I can't agree that it's an all or nothing proposition, but I totally agree with Fry's critique regarding the Church's position on contraception and the many deaths that thoughtless...

Best argument against democracy ~ Winston Churchill

I hate to admit it, but sometimes I think Winston Churchill is right... The best argument against democracy is a 5-minute conversation with the average voter. ~ Winston Churchill

Peter Dinklage is awesome in Game of Thrones ~ HBO series

Watched Game of Thrones, an HBO miniseries, and found the pilot absolutely fantastic, especially the production design (though later episodes didn't always maintain the realism of the pilot). Based on author George R. R. Martin's "knights and chivalry" series,  A Song...

George Clooney Witnesses War Crimes in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

As with any crisis, it's easy to dismiss it when you don't know or see the victims. Say what you want about George Clooney, but the guy has my respect for using his celebrity to get the message out about Darfur and Sudan. For more, visit the ENOUGH Project....

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...

ENO Guardian Bug Net review, setup, and tear-down

ENO Hammock & Bug Net ~ Just bought an Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) Guardian Bug Net and ENO DoubleNest Hammock. This was my first time setting up a hammock, and it was super easy using, mostly because I also bought the ENO Atlas Hammock Straps. The ENO Atlas...

Warning! When you drink vodka over ice…

WARNING!! When you drink vodka over ice, it can give you kidney failure. When you drink rum over ice, it can give you liver failure. When you drink whiskey over ice, it can give you heart problem. When you drink gin over ice, it can give you brain failure. Apparently,...

A Biologist’s Mother’s Day Song ~ Music & Lyrics by Adam Cole

As a bio major in college, this got me laughing...then thinking...then laughing some more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osWuWjbeO-Y I'd forgotten about that mitochondrial DNA bit--where does that DNA come from originally? A Biologist's Mother's Day Song ~ By Adam...

Smoking kid ~ Ogilvy ad

Smoking kid ad from Ogilvy ~ Nice to see the "mad men" and women of Ogilvy (Thailand) put their creative energies into something for the public good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHH2LsAHeHc

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.

Florence Pugh Eats 11 English Dishes

Florence Pugh's modern, almost boyish mannerisms create a fun contrast to her Victorian (?) attire in this video where she eats  "a bunch of British food." Done for Vogue, this nicely produced video of a very witty Florence Pugh (pronounced "pew") was surprisingly...

Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley,

I don't recall ever being so struck to the core by a poem... Invictus ~ William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not...

The Traveling Wilburys – End Of The Line – Lyrics

  The Traveling Wilburys Lyrics "End Of The Line" Well it's all right, riding around in the breeze Well it's all right, if you live the life you please Well it's all right, doing the best you can Well it's all right, as long as you lend a handYou can sit around...