This Is What Great TV Looks Like

One of my favorite televisions series of all time is The West Wing. The Writers Guild of America ranked it no. 10 in its "101 Best-Written TV Series" list. It has received praise from critics, political science professors, and former White House staffers and has been the subject of critical analysis. The West Wing received a multitude of accolades, including … Continue reading This Is What Great TV Looks Like

How Does He Do It?

I started reading Harlan Cohen’s most recent book, A Boy From the Woods, late Friday night, and I finished it this afternoon. The 384 pages (actually 624 pages since it was the large print edition) just flew right by. I didn’t want to stop reading it. This is not the first time this has happened … Continue reading How Does He Do It?

Stay-at-Home Movie Night: A Couple of Charmers from Ireland

With a critic's score of 100% and an audience score of 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, how could we pass up a chance to watch The Young Offenders, set in Cork, Ireland. Here's a brief summary of the movie: Inspired by the true story of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007, The Young Offenders is a … Continue reading Stay-at-Home Movie Night: A Couple of Charmers from Ireland

I Don’t Know How I’ll Be Able to Find Time for Work When This Crisis Is Over I

I've written a post previously about my lack of productivity while I've been staying at home as a result of the impact covid-19 has had on the world. But then I started thinking about what it will be like when it is time to go back to work, and I just don't know how I'm … Continue reading I Don’t Know How I’ll Be Able to Find Time for Work When This Crisis Is Over I

My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

These past 10 days have given me a glimpse of what my retirement might be like. Since I finished teaching my class the first week of March, I really have no teaching responsibilities right now, so my days are fairly wide open. And let's just say I have not made the best use of those … Continue reading My Retirement Is Not Looking Too Productive

And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Despite my fondness for commercials, I was not aware until yesterday that there is an Emmy award for the best commercial. So of course, I had to check them out. Here were the five finalists (two featuring Apple products): Behind The Mac - Make Something Wonderful - Macbook: Behind the Mac, people with passion are … Continue reading And the Winner of the Emmy for Best Commercial Is….

Music Monday – A Love Song from Adam Sandler to Chris Farley

I've always been a fan of Sandler's; Happy Gilmore is one of my favorite comedies of all time, and his recent Netflix special, 100% Fresh did not disappoint. It was one of the funniest comedy specials I have ever seen, up there with Sebastian Maniscalco's. (For a better review of the special than I could … Continue reading Music Monday – A Love Song from Adam Sandler to Chris Farley

Music Monday: Springsteen on Broadway, via Netflix

My wife and I finally got around to watching Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show that was released on Netflix on December 18. We would have loved to have seen it live, but the price and logistics made it difficult. From first line to last bow, the film includes the full length of Springsteen’s theatrical creation. Watching … Continue reading Music Monday: Springsteen on Broadway, via Netflix

The Power, and Peril, of Personalization

I never thought twice about it. Of course it's awesome that Amazon tells you what else you may want to purchase based on what you've just added to your cart. Or that Netflix will recommend a movie based on your past viewing experiences. Or that grocery stores print out coupons that are related to the … Continue reading The Power, and Peril, of Personalization

Accentuate the Positive

The Wall Street Journal had a fascinating story yesterday about how many companies are changing the way they evaluate their employees. Instead of focusing on employees' weaknesses and past mistakes, employers are now focusing on employees' strengths and offering them frequent praise. Why the change? Could it be that managers have finally figured out that positive … Continue reading Accentuate the Positive