Falling for Gregory
Oct15

Falling for Gregory

I realise that I am an excitable lad who is prone to over exaggeration. So when I say that I have heard the new Don Hathaway mixed in with Teddy Pendergrass, you should probably take that with a pinch of salt. But I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a musical artist… it was probably Janelle Monae – and I don’t care what her sales figures say, I wasn’t wrong about her. Gregory ‘Why the hell does he wear that...

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SciFi Weekend: The Flash; Arrow; Gotham; Sleepy Hollow; Agents of SHIELD; Person of Interest; Doctor Who; Selfie; 12 Monkeys; Renewed Shows; Utopia; Gracechurch; Red States & Pornography
Oct13

SciFi Weekend: The Flash; Arrow; Gotham; Sleepy Hollow; Agents of SHIELD; Person of Interest; Doctor Who; Selfie; 12 Monkeys; Renewed Shows; Utopia; Gracechurch; Red States & Pornography

The Flash was off to an excellent start last week. It looks like it will be a lighter version of Arrow but has started to set up an interesting back story. There’s the death of Barry’s mother in the past and the episode ended with a look into the future which raises the question if they plan their own version of the Crisis on Infinite Earths. We don’t know for certain that the future will play out as suggested: “Time...

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Another Weekend Photo
Oct12

Another Weekend Photo

This is  Laetiporus sulphureus also known as chicken of the woods because it does indeed taste like chicken.  It must be cooked and don’t harvest it from a eucalyptus tree because at best it will make you very sick and at worst kill...

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Weekend Photo
Oct11

Weekend Photo

Fall and Winter frequently come on fast here in the Pacific Northwest and this year is no exception. Three weeks ago we had our last 90 degree high temperature and the last 80 degree day was less than a week ago.  It rained last night but the real rain is due next week with over a foot of snow expected in the mountains.  That means it’s fungus...

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Book Review – There’s A House In The Land
Oct09

Book Review – There’s A House In The Land

TMV columnist Shaun Mullen has written a great book for those of us who came of age in the 60′s and 70′s – There’s a House in the Land: (Where a Band Can Take a Stand) It was a troubled time  because of the Vietnam war but also a magical one because of the response of people like Shaun and me.   The book is about a house not a commune in 1970s Pennsylvania where a group of eclectic individuals live most of...

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A little Late But A Weekend Picture
Oct05

A little Late But A Weekend Picture

Here is a Ron Beasley original: ©Ron...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; You’re The Worst Renewed; Dallas Cancelled; Twin Peaks May Return; Marvel News; Arrow; Homeland; Community; Another Stephen King Novel To Television; Outlander; Short Skirts And Invented Languages In Genre
Oct05

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; You’re The Worst Renewed; Dallas Cancelled; Twin Peaks May Return; Marvel News; Arrow; Homeland; Community; Another Stephen King Novel To Television; Outlander; Short Skirts And Invented Languages In Genre

Kill the Moon could be seen both as one of many totally implausible and scientifically absurd episodes of Doctor Who along with another high concept episode with a major role in the series. Even if we accept that the moon could really be a giant egg, it makes no sense for the development of the space dragon to also lead to giving the moon more gravity. Doctor Who also has a strange cell phone technology on several episodes where cell...

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Prepping for Denzel Week
Oct02

Prepping for Denzel Week

I plan to be writing a lot about Mr Denzel Washington over the next couple of months. He is an actor who I think is rightly revered but also severely underrated. Underrated because when there is the annual talk of who is the greatest actors alive, I feel he is wrongly overlooked or, worse still, only included in the discussion because publications and outlets feel they need to include a black face. My view is simple, Denzel is one of...

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SciFi Weekend: Tuesday Shows Go Dark (SHIELD and Person of Interest); Sleepy Hollow; Under The Dome (“Nothing But A Giant Suck Hole”); Doctor Who; Outlander; Arrow; Gotham; Shatner Star Trek Rumors; If Ayn Rand Wrote Buffy
Sep28

SciFi Weekend: Tuesday Shows Go Dark (SHIELD and Person of Interest); Sleepy Hollow; Under The Dome (“Nothing But A Giant Suck Hole”); Doctor Who; Outlander; Arrow; Gotham; Shatner Star Trek Rumors; If Ayn Rand Wrote Buffy

Tuesday night featured the return of two television shows which have both changed for the post-Snowden era, Agents of SHIELD and Person of Interest. On each show the heroes are now working in secret, or even greater secrecy than they had operated in the past. The premiere of Agents of SHIELD was not as good as the final episodes of the first season following Captain America: The Winter Soldier but did show promise of setting up a far...

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Meet A TMV Columnist, Hear Great Music & Eat Great Food
Sep24

Meet A TMV Columnist, Hear Great Music & Eat Great Food

If you live in the Greater Philadelphia-Baltimore Co-Prosperity Sphere and have some time to kill on Sunday (September 28), here’s a special event for you: I will be signing copies of There’s A House In The Land, my just-published saga of the 1970s, beginning at 1pm and again at 8pm at the Blue Crab Grill in Suburban Plaza, a mere two miles from Interstate 95 in Newark, Delaware. The event also will feature a reunion of...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Outlander; Extant and You’re The Worst Finales; Pineapple Mystery From How I Met Your Mother Solved; Gillian Jacobs Gets New Show; Supergirl; Suicide Squad; Star Trek
Sep21

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Outlander; Extant and You’re The Worst Finales; Pineapple Mystery From How I Met Your Mother Solved; Gillian Jacobs Gets New Show; Supergirl; Suicide Squad; Star Trek

Saturday night featured The Wedding on Outlander while Doctor Who combined at least two old plot ideas. On the surface, Time Heist is a classic Ocean’s Eleven bank robbery, plus throw in a little of The Bourne Identity. It was obvious something big would happen after the Doctor said, “It’s just a phone Clara, nothing happens when you answer the phone.” Suddenly there were four people in a room with their...

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L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and Science Fiction Morality Plays
Sep20

L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and Science Fiction Morality Plays

The morality play is as old as literature itself.  One of my favorite Science Fiction authors is L. E. Modesitt, Jr.  In his Parafaith Novels he asks the question when is OK to destroy a planet and kill billions of people to save billions of people in the rest of the universe.  In his novel Gravity Dreams he asks how much freedom are we willing to give up for social stability.  He takes on the issue of of social inequality in in his...

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Isaac Asimov
Sep20

Isaac Asimov

When I was in high school all so many decades ago I received this huge volume of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy.  I devoured it like a hungry lion and read it many times.  A couple of decades later when I was in my my mid thirties Asimov wrote three sequels and a prequel which proved to be more rewarding than the the original trilogy.     I have just finished reading all seven novels again the brilliance of the late Issac...

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Fall Picture
Sep18

Fall Picture

I don’t really have much to say so how about a picture.  I woke up to the sound of rain this morning.  Not really enough to do any good but the first wet pavement in 3 months.  The relief will be short lived – more desert dry east winds and temperatures in the 90′s this weekend.  Here is what I’m looking forward...

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Gilligan’s Island Turns 50: A Shipwreck of A Column
Sep18

Gilligan’s Island Turns 50: A Shipwreck of A Column

Gilligan’s Island Turns 50: A Shipwreck of A Column Tyrades! By Danny Tyree Just sit right back and you’ll endure a tale… September 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the classic TV sitcom “Gilligan’s Island.” People exclaim, “You’re making me feel old!” when I tell them that. Gee, Skipper, I would have thought it had something to do with your shiny dome, extra chins and...

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SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Sleepy Hollow; Outlander; Star Trek TOS In Wide Screen; You’re The Worst; Married; An Honourable Woman; Gilmore Girls; SHIELD; Agent Carter; The Hulk; Supergirl; Teen Titans; The Leftovers
Sep14

SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who; Sleepy Hollow; Outlander; Star Trek TOS In Wide Screen; You’re The Worst; Married; An Honourable Woman; Gilmore Girls; SHIELD; Agent Carter; The Hulk; Supergirl; Teen Titans; The Leftovers

Listen was an ambitious episode of Doctor Who, even if it does fall short of Blink, which it has been compared to. The episode deals with the character and origin of the Doctor, the further importance of the impossible girl in the development of the Doctor, along with Danny Pink’s (and presumably Clara’s) family tree. The episode begins with the Doctor writing on his chalk board (chalk boards are cool) and seeming to be...

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Weekend Photo – Fall
Sep13

Weekend Photo – Fall

Even though it is supposed to be in the upper 80′s or low 90′s today there is little doubt that the feel of fall is in the air.  As I write this it is the mid 40′s here in the Portland area and I was thankful that I put my down comforter on my bed when I washed the sheets yesterday.  I for one am ready for Fall.  We have not had measurable rain since June and have had over 70 brush fires in the last 2 days in the...

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What if Michael did it?
Sep12

What if Michael did it?

As an unashamed Michael Jackson obsessive, one question I get asked more than any other, more than what is my favorite song or album, is: What if he did it? The question is always phrased in this way, in an ambiguous fashion but I know exactly what they’re trying to say. But I like to screw with people so I always answer: did what? There is a very interesting Danish film called The Hunt, where a man is falsely accused of sexually...

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In Comedy You Must Keep Getting Better (Gene Perret Guest Voice)
Sep08

In Comedy You Must Keep Getting Better (Gene Perret Guest Voice)

In Comedy You Must Keep Getting Better by Gene Perret We all miss Joan Rivers. She was a funny lady. Her material was often brilliant and always delivered with gusto – sometimes savage gusto – but she was passionate about her comedy each time she stepped into the spotlight. This wasn’t by accident. Joan was a dedicated professional comedian who worked hard at her craft. In all of the writing about Joan’s career, I noticed a quote from...

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Before Off the Wall
Sep08

Before Off the Wall

Show me a modern day pop or R’n’B artist who wasn’t influenced by Michael Jackson? I can’t think of a single soul. For better or for worse, Michael’s impact on music can still be felt today in the music industry. Artists are still dressing like Michael, they’re still singing like Michael, they’re still dancing like Michael and they’re still making videos like Michael. It’s amazing that when you think about the late King of Pop’s...

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