Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies. Still, I believe that a movie could absolutely do a better job addressing the way technology can dehumanize us. I believe that because there is at least one movie that does do a better job of it: RoboCop.
Would the accessibility of a robot cat outweigh the fact that it wasn’t real?
Joe Gamaldi knew exactly who to blame for a shooting in which five Houston police officers ended up getting injured: police reform advocates. As it turns out, his accusations were just a bit off the mark.
In his recent novel, Salman Rushdie shows how reinventing oneself is damned hard to pull off, even in New York.
Early and often?
Lost in Space is an enjoyable watch your whole family can enjoy and I felt represented by it in a way that I oftentimes don’t.
LEGO had an anniversary, so I felt I should write about them.
Rereading J.G. Ballard’s final novel about consumers who turn to absentminded fascism when shopping loses its appeal.
Can two people set aside their differences and under the influences of hormones and hearts, live happily ever after?
The overwhelming evidence against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ incessant, and intentional, deception is a compelling indictment against the church. Clearly, if Pope Francis is sincere in rebuilding trust among the lay faithful, he must gut the hierarchy after the summit. Maniscalco’s comments from 2002, tarnishes Blessed John Paul II’s legacy as pope, and casts a black cloud over Francis’ papacy. When did the pope know and when did he know it?
The show could resort to the expected obvious jokes when these characters meet the salt of the earth townsfolk of Schitt’s creek. But the surprise here is how the show manages to only skirt the cheap gags and predictable slapstick and reveals some heart beneath the trite veneer.
Overall, I support using drones and robots for aircraft inspections, as long as the software that is evaluating the sensor feed is more capable than a person at spotting an issue. I’ve done these kinds of inspections, on hovercraft and airliners, and it can be mind numbing.
“Outlander” and The Husband Problem
Part II: To the future and beyond!
If a great artist dies without ever showing the world their work, does the world have the right to see it now?
Buying physical copies had its benefits
People should not read “50 Shades of Grey”. I’m taking a firm stance on that.
It is, perhaps, the supreme irony of our time that when we have access to all the information in the world literally in the palm of our hand, humbug has become more powerful than ever.
Dreaming of sunny days…
Not doing nothing and haven’t for a while
The free market is a good thing. But it isn’t the only thing.
Last week, the 9th Circuit upheld a federal law prohibiting an undocumented immigrant to possess a firearm. The ruling in U.S. v. Torres went largely unnoticed among the politicos usually vocal about laws which restrict the right to bear arms
Part I: The publishing industry today
A gold nugget hiding in the back of Netflix
Everything you ever wanted to know about women, you can learn from reading “Twilight”.
Ordinary Sunday Brunch: Culture Links is Ordinary Times’ Sunday Morning tradition of bringing you links to stories about music, art, history, and food to read, share, and discuss.
I have been playing a *LOT* of Blackjack.
The joys of the three (or four) day weekend.
If you are willing to ignore his ongoing catastrophic failures, John Engler has made for a great university president.
Her public image is the worst of any losing presidential candidate since at least Gerald Ford.
Your weekly round-up of the best legal and law related links from around the web. This week features political beef over executive power-Civil War style, as well as Burger King, Biker gangs, and rare Bar Exam achievement.
The level of student debt accrued by students has skyrocketed in recent years. At the same time, the benefits of obtaining a bachelor’s degree and the ensuing debt that goes along with it has been diminishing. The current model of higher education, it would appear, is ripe for disruption.
Enter Lambda School
Oscar Gordon’s Tech Tuesday, featuring links to stories about aircraft, outer space, cars, fake news, cows giving birth, and plenty more at Ordinary Times.
We all know that being overweight isn’t good for our bodies. And yes, the obesity epidemic is out of control. Fat shaming is not the right response to the problem, though. In fact, it’s making the problem even worse than otherwise would be.
Even if your arms aren’t full of parental baggage, Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” is a must see.
A Mindful Diverson