TV Review: “Away”

My review of a new Netflix series starring Hilary Swank as the commander of a five-person crew on a mission to Mars. One aspect of the show confused me so much I had to turn to a scientist friend for some answers. Can you provide more info?

There’s A Doctor In My Ear

I’d been having a problem with my left ear. Something in there was bothering me, but I couldn’t figure out what it was, so I headed for my doctor’s office. Here’s what happened.

Mike Sexton, “Life’s A Gamble”

I’m saddened to hear of the death last night of Mike Sexton, Poker Hall Of Fame and the game’s greatest ambassador. I had the privilege of having him on my radio show many times, so I’ve reposted our last conversation here (with links to earlier ones).

Sports And Showbiz Random Thoughts

Thoughts from a weekend of watching tennis, commercials urging us to spend more money, the cancellation of a good Netflix show, and a movie trend I’m really sick of.

The New Direction Is Down

A recent ratings report from Chicago has me remembering my time filling in on what was once a great radio station run by a visionary friend of mine.

TV Review: “Class Action Park”

Here’s my review of a documentary (now streaming on HBO Max) about a New Jersey amusement park of the 1980s and 1990s that may have been the most dangerous such venue ever.

Racism Then And Now

Trump’s continuing exploitation of images of violence in tiny sections of US cities ironically reminds me of an incident from the civil rights era, when a picture helped change public opinion.

Why You Should Vote In Person

Best Thing I’ve Read Today: I agree wholeheartedly with this piece by Bruce Barry explaining why Democrats should do everything they can to vote in person on Election Day instead of relying on absentee and mail-in ballots. I know I will.

Skip Intro

The “Skip Intro” option on streaming services had to be an outgrowth of this annoying feature built into the DVD editions of every movie or TV show.

TV Review: “Biohackers”

Here’s my review of a new limited drama series on Netflix, about medical students and a professor involved in genetic engineering that’s not exactly legal (or ethical). I was hooked from its first scene.

POTD: 88 Keys + 8 Hands

For the Picture Of The Day, here are four pianists playing at the same time — on the same piano. At several points, it reminds me of a Chico Marx routine. I bet the hardest part was remembering whose turn it was to flip the pages on the sheet music.

TV Review: “The Goes Wrong Show”

Three years ago, I raved about a Broadway comedy, “The Play That Goes Wrong,” in which a small town theatrical troupe puts on productions where nothing goes right. Now its creators have returned with a TV series that has me laughing out loud.

Magic Via Zoom

The other night, my wife and I went to a magic show — without leaving our house. It was intimate, entertaining as hell, and we didn’t have to worry about whether the other attendees were wearing face masks.

Five Random Thoughts

Quick comments about Jerry Falwell Jr., the GOP’s lack of a convention platform, why no one but Jill is allowed to touch Joe Biden, coronavirus in a nudist colony, and why the media should stop using the phrase “officer-involved shooting.”