Top Tier TV Pick #4 – What the Constitution Means to Me

“What the Constitution Means to Me” is a video adaptation of an award-winning play (Pulitzer Prize finalist and received two Tony Awards) and it makes the transition to film well.  It centers on Heidi Schreck as a 15 year old who earned her college tuition by competing in Constitutional debate… Continue reading

Top Tier TV Pick #3 – Good Omens

When you find yourself watching a mini-series 4 times, it probably means you liked it.  Maggie and I rarely share the same affection for television programs. So when we are both uncompromisingly enthusiastic about a production, you can be sure it’s special.  And Good Omens is quite special.  Here’s why.… Continue reading

Mom, look! A Barbie Boat

Living in New York in the early 90’s I caught a clip on television of a new radical boat from Bombardier’s Sea-Doo division called the “Speedster.”  This jet boat, weighing less than 1500 lbs., generated over 170 horsepower from twin Rotax marine rotary engines.  The clip showed the boat launching… Continue reading

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

Disproportionate High Value # 2: The Week Magazine

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

Disproportionate High Value # 1: JURA Coffee Maker 

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