Random Political Thoughts

My thoughts on who Joe Biden might choose — and not choose — as his running mate, plus a prediction for what will happen to Trump businesses once he no longer resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Covid’s Midwest Vacation

Infectious disease specialists are saying that, as COVID-19 cases are falling in the south, the midwest is becoming the new Ground Zero. After seeing these stories, I’m not surprised.

I Voted

The primary election in Missouri doesn’t take place until tomorrow, but my wife and I voted this weekend, thanks to some rule changes at the polls. You can do it today. Here’s how.

Wilford Brimley

Remembering the great character actor, who deserves to be remembered for “Cocoon,” “The Firm,” “The China Syndrome,” and “Absence of Malice” (in which his single scene stole the movie out from under Paul Newman, Sally Field, and Bob Balaban).

Movie Review: “Rebuilding Paradise”

Here’s my review of “Rebuilding Paradise,” a documentary from Ron Howard and National Geographic, about the wildfire that consumed a California town killing dozens and destroying 11,000 homes — and what happened after the flames went out.

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Derek Thompson writes about why you don’t have to worry about wiping down your mail or touching surfaces others have touched, and that businesses that promote how well they’re cleaning are offering nothing more than “hygiene theater.”

Random Thoughts

Quickies about The Chicks’ new album, our unused Global Entry passes, that message on every website about accepting cookies, and a couple more.

Book Review: “Weird”

Here is my review of a fascinating book by Olga Khazan, “Weird: The Power of Being An Outsider In An Insider World,” which includes a great story about The Beatles.

Remembering Regis

When I think of Regis Philbin, I think of three words: A Great Broadcaster. Here are some of my memories of him, including the first time he guested on my radio show.

Reel Spoilers: “Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission”

While I enjoy discussing great movies, sometimes it’s even more fun to talk about bad ones. So, I returned to the Reel Spoilers podcast to discuss “The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission,” a 1985 TV movie sequel to the original 1967 classic.

Three Corporate Fails

Here are stories of corporate failures I have encountered in the last few days from streaming service Peacock, publishing house Hachette, and social media giant Twitter.

POTD: Annie Ross, “Twisted”

I always thought Joni Mitchell had written this song for her “Court and Spark” album, until I read an obit today about Annie Ross, who not only wrote it, but recorded it 2 decades before Joni. Here she is performing it on a Hugh Hefner TV show.

We’ll Leave The Thermometer On For You

Doing temperature checks at entrances to casinos, airports, restaurants, and office buildings — to supposedly reduce the spread of COVID-19 — reminds me of the security façade at our house, where we keep exterior lights on all night long.