Damn science stuff

In today’s Arizona Republic newspaper one of our local columnists alluded to a certain political attack on science. Reports that “science got X or Y wrong” on topics from global warming to Covid-19 are frequent, leading me to conclude many people have a deep misunderstanding of what science is, actually. … Continue reading

But how do we know it is true?

In response to an email suggestion to watch the documentary “Totally Under Control,” a friend replied saying: “Thanks! Sounds interesting…but I have to ask the question: is it true? How do we know?” With all the charges of “fake news” and media distrust, it turns out the methods for determining credibility… Continue reading

Top Tier TV Pick #2 – My Octopus Teacher

Craig Foster filmed and narrates the underwater adventure “My Octopus Teacher,” focused on a single subject, an amazing little creature. Naturalist photographers normally stay in the background.  Not in this film and it makes a wonderful difference. You’ll come away uplifted and knowing far more about lives much more connected… Continue reading

Disproportionately High Value – Episode 3  

Writing for Motorcycle Consumer News magazine, I watched for things to enhance a rider’s ability to enjoy, maintain or repair their motorcycles.  When I found, bought and wrote about JIS screwdrivers, it generated a great deal of reader mail. As regular subscribers to my newsletter know, this series is about… Continue reading

Disproportionate High Value – Episode 2

After retiring, I stopped renewing subscriptions to 5-6 monthly business magazines, daily delivery of the WSJ, NYT and half a dozen trade publications. Electronic versions have not caught on with me, so call me a journalistic dinosaur.  I don’t care. I missed BusinessWeek and the WSJ Weekend Edition the most.… Continue reading

High disproportionate value – Episode 1 

Remember the JURA and TESLA newsletters? Earlier this week my friend, Roger Meinershagen told me of his and his wife’s frustration in shopping for a JURA coffee maker.  As we talked about the machine we’d purchased six years ago, I found myself putting our JURA Impressa C60 into a rare… Continue reading

The Social Dilemma: You write, I read

My newsletter reviewing “The Social Dilemma,” a Netflix documentary on Monday, Oct. 5, generated numerous responses. The one below is from a Facebook employee and more than that, a guy as close to family to me as you can get.  Chris Hawkins is my daughter’s longest and (IMHO) best boyfriend… Continue reading

Movie Analysis: The Social Dilemma

Most readers know my newsletter is not a platform for political, religious or social commentary. This one may be a small exception. Although not political or religious, there is a bit of social commentary here. The documentary film, The Social Dilemma, is eye-opening, explaining how Facebook, Google, Instagram and other… Continue reading

Five things Social Media does, like it or not

Yesterday my friend Frank Del Monte recommended a new documentary film called The Social Dilemma.  Maggie and I watched it last night and were stunned.  If you’ve ever used Facebook, Google, Instagram, etc. it explains how these platforms work and why you see what you see.  It is an exceptionally… Continue reading