Star Trek Discovery Finds the Future

This is a review of Season 3 of Star Trek Discovery (DSC), and believe it or not it’s mostly positive. I guess I like this show because I’ve kept following it since the beginning, albeit complaining that it could be better. If you want to take a journey back into my writing about Discovery in this blog follow this Star Trek tag. The posts that have “Discovery” in the title contain my thoughts going back to Season 1. Continue reading

The Pandemic Beard

I grew out my beard for the pandemic, and I gained some perspectives on beards and the self. I even wondered at one point if beard growth and the Capitol insurrection of January 6th were somehow connected. Maybe it’s pandemic fatigue taking over, but growing facial hair might be a window into the soul or a connection to the beast within. Continue reading

Cuties, An Honest Look

The advertising campaign for ‘Cuties’ in America appears to be working. I doubt I would have watched it if not for the calls to boycott by right-wing extremists. It’s been in both the top 10 of most watched movies and overall titles on Netflix in the USA. I felt I should watch it to see what the fuss is about because I have a film degree and could offer some objectivity. SPOILERS Ahead. Continue reading

Revisiting Star Trek Picard

Remember the hype? There was such anticipation and buildup for Star Trek Picard last year; it was touted as both a groundbreaking ten episodes of new television and a continuation of an old character. It seems so long ago because it first dropped around the time the Covid-19 pandemic hit America. I had high hopes for Picard myself, and I planned to review it but never got around to it. Maybe that alone speaks volumes, but the show is still on my mind along with many ideas about where Star Trek has gone these days, so I thought I’d finally make good on my promise to write a review here.  Continue reading

Crossing the Borderline

My sister has Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). It feels facetious and flippant to write that in a blog, but it’s something I’ve been dancing around for a while now. There’s a few reasons it feels wrong, the least of which is an ‘agree to disagree’ situation I had with my mother over psychology. A deeper reason is that I mostly managed to escape the cauldron of that behavior (or so I thought), and the term is somewhat archaic — it’s 25 years on since I heard that explanation from a psychologist. Continue reading

The CoronaVirus Scare, An Old Time Writer’s Perspective

March 20, 2020 at 12:59 AM — As part of a writing education, students (used to) learn all about how humans communicate including about communicable diseases, epidemiology, vaccines and genetics, and government responses to these things. This supposedly helps us to write better fiction and do better research for documentary. Of course, these days most of us are sidelined into other pursuits so the sons and daughters of real estate folks and former television stars can share their ignorance, leaving us scared and wondering ‘what TF now?’ Anyway, I thought I’d write some thoughts that come out of my old curriculums in these matters that some people may not be understanding. Continue reading