Month: December 2012

  • So bored with time travel

    The sci fi thriller Looper will be released on DVD on December 31, 2012, but apparently Netflix mailed it to me 2 days early. I wonder: has someone got hold of a time machine? Generally with a few notable exceptions, I am tired of any time travel movies or TV shows. Although paradoxes can be…

  • Now we are metric!

    It is a minor point, really, but by executive fiat, I have decided that from now on, this blog will follow the metric system.  When I was in grade school, I was told that the metric system would soon replace this antiquated British system that was so hard to remember.  That did not happen. We…

  • My favorite movies watched this year (List by Robert Nagle)

    Here’s a fast list of the most remarkable movies I have seen this year. There is no particular order here, though I put my two or three faves at the top of the list.  These movies come from several decades and I saw almost every film on Netflix Streaming. Travelers and Magicians  is a movie…

  • Time Magazine Person of the Year should be… the Lone Gunman

    (This was written a few days after the mass killing by a lone gunman at a Connecticut elementary school which claimed 27 lives). For the past few years, my mom and I have been busy guessing who will be picked as person of the year by Time magazine. So far I had selected John Roberts…

  • Chron.com’s lack of coverage of hunger strikers is truly shocking

    Progressives in Texas may already know about how Houston climate change activists are protesting the XL Keystone Pipeline with a hunger strike. But do most Houstonians know? A hunger strike is a blatant attempt to manipulate public opinion by staging a public act of self-denial. The thinking goes, if the activist demonstrates that his willpower…

  • Hook Up Hysteria, Abstinence, Absolutism and Snap Judgments

    (Here’s a post I wrote 2 years ago and forgot to publish). You don’t actually have to read the original article,  but the complaints on CNN  about the alleged outbreak of hookups are more insightful (and funny). I had taken Matt to be making fun of the way these articles about the “hookup culture” are…

  • Two nastygrams about climate change

    I often get irate about climate change, and here are 2 emails I have sent about climate change.  They are not so much analytical but contemptuous in tone. Why? Frankly, because I think shaming is the only acceptable response. Certainly it would be possible to give a point-by-point response to Mr. Morano’s jabberings, but that…