Monday, September 30, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
ABC's "Betrayal" seems like derivative prime-time soap opera; "Revenge" restarts with Nolan making a grand entrance, but somebody shoots Emily
There was a curious incident where the elder Grayson collapses when speaking at the party (after Nolan's entrance) and is said to have Huntington's Disease/ I'm not sure this presentation was medically correct.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
NBC "Revolution" starts Season II, without any convincing explanations for the blackout, except "duck and cover"
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
There's a moment in the AP History Class where Cam lightly touches a female student on the shoulder -- when I was a sub, I wouldn't even have done that.
Picture: The 405 from the Angelino Hotel bar in May 2012; The notorious intersection with Highway 101 is about four miles to the north. West Hollywood and Bel-Air are nearby.
Update: Nov. 24, 2015
Reid Ewing says he was never "in", according to this story. But Erich Stonestreet (Cam) says he is straight in real life. Actors have to be versatile.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
CNN gives history of the Unabomber, explains the "Manifesto"; more on mental illness in intellectual young men
TK is presented as having no remorse at all. He saw his victims as "war casualties" who had taken up what he saw as the immoral cause of technology. It's hard to make sense of this.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Titan has all the ingredients for life to evolve, but it may be simply too cold. But maybe self-replicating organic chemistry can evolve there -- the thiols are a good clue. There bay be a subterranean ocean under the ice under much or all of the surface (as with Europa).
Thursday, September 19, 2013
The discussion of neuroscience seems timely and disturbing, because James Holmes (perpetrator of the Aurora CO shootings) had been a neuroscience doctoral student, as if to unravel his own brain.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
In the DC area, the premier of Queen Latifah’s daytime show on ABC waited a day because of the news coverage of the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16. It appears that the Sept. 16 kickoff (with John Travolta) was not shown here.
In some markets, Latifah replaces Anderson Cooper’s daytime show, which was stopped as of the end of the 2012-2013 season. That show (“where the real conversation begins”) tended to focus on people with extreme problems, although sometimes it hit hard real issues, such as the setting up of “libel web sites”. Cooper came out as openly gay about a year ago, and Hollywood Reporter has a glowing report here. Right now, that leaves him with his AC360 show, which airs twice each weeknight, and special. However, his contract with CNN as a news anchor ends this fall. USA Today has a story here.
In Washington DC, Queen Latifah airs on WJLA (ABC) as syndicated, but Hollywood Reporter shows it as having originated with CBS.
Monday, September 16, 2013
CNN: "Prince William's Passion: New Father, New Hope": William follows his father in environmental activism and filmmaking
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Friday, September 13, 2013
"The Power Inside": a "social film", keeps a lively pace with its characters; a premise about "sacrifice"
Update: Sept 20:
Episode 6 was longer, almost 13 minutes (with a long end credits), and had a full alien invasion of London and LA. Neil is placed on a sacrificial altar on Mt. Wilson in LA, protected by a shroud, and has to cut off a huge alien insect that tries to go down his throat. A few months later, Neil is the barber himself. A man comes in wanting his mustache removed, and, well, he's probably ready for a body shave, too (like in a short story in "The Advocate" in 1984). Trouble is, his chest hair isn't human; it looks like it came from a giant spider.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
CNN resumes "Crossfire" with Newt Gingrich reporting; will he get around to debating power grid security?
Thursday, September 05, 2013
The audience poll did not support intervention.
A young woman asked why sarin or chemical weapons use constituted a red line when the US had used napalm and agent orange in Vietnam.
An attractive young man said who said he was from Syria said that he supported Assad, and that any regime change (which Obama says he does not want) would actually make life for most Syrians worse. This was the most amazing moment of the show.
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Steve Harvey lets women pick "America's Hottest Husband"; what women want may surprise a lot of (straight) men
Update: Sept. 13
Harvey had another show on what women want, which now includes shined shoes, ironed shirts, and sometimes bow ties/ I never knew that shoes matter.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
On "Days of our Lives", Gabi turns on Will and Sonny for denying her what every woman needs; Sonny "gets it" off camera
Update Tuesday, Stefano says a horrific line to Rafe (barely starting physical therapy in the hospital): "What's the point of living if you're never going to be a real man again?"