War Dogs (2016) R 1h 54m

War Dogs A solid, fun movie made when Jonah Hill was fat, and Miles Teller was famous.                 I don’t like to spend time on YouTube, but sometimes I have something I should be doing, and I fall down a procrastination rabbit hole. One day, I had a suggested video called “Most Badass Moments inContinue reading “War Dogs (2016) R 1h 54m”

The Things They Carried- Tim O’Brien

One great metaphor is all a writer needs. When I was growing up, the Vietnam War was still very present in the American consciousness. The “Vietnam Syndrome” loomed over American policy so heavily that George H.W. Bush felt it necessary to call it out after the Persian Gulf War. He declared that the “ghosts ofContinue reading “The Things They Carried- Tim O’Brien”

Could the Resistance Era be Redeemed?

Is there a writer out there who can do for the Sequel Trilogy what Dave Filoni did for the Prequels?                 Watching what Dave Filoni has done for the Clone Wars, I have to ask myself, could anyone perform the same miracle for the Resistance Era? Is the setting of the Sequel Trilogy redeemable? TheContinue reading “Could the Resistance Era be Redeemed?”

Organ Peak Trail

A deep plunge into the Organ Mountains. All my life I have wanted to live near a national park, to be close enough to look at the map and not have to prioritize, to just say, “I am going to walk every inch of every trail, visit in every season, and glimpse every creature.” InContinue reading “Organ Peak Trail”

The US Capitol riot: shocking event number 11

                Looks like I wrote my last article a bit too soon. In listing the most shocking events of my life I missed one: the storming of the US Capitol. “Storm” is not a verb you get to use very often in American political discourse, but there it was. Insurrection is another one we don’tContinue reading “The US Capitol riot: shocking event number 11”

The Ten Biggest, Most Shocking Moments of My Life (Public Edition)

The vaccine is a big moment. If it is true that its methods will make future viruses easier to fight, this global response to Covid is a true moonshot, a massive effort that will change the world. Somehow though, I don’t remember the exact moment when I heard about it. Good news just doesn’t hitContinue reading “The Ten Biggest, Most Shocking Moments of My Life (Public Edition)”

Was the short 2020 season a better prediction of playoff success?

                2020 was a strange season of baseball. I was glad we had a season at all, but the short schedule was enough to take me out of it to a large extent. I swear it had nothing to do with the fact that the Nationals played terribly all season. Actually… it was entirely dueContinue reading “Was the short 2020 season a better prediction of playoff success?”

Covid comes to Tatooine

                So, this is entirely anecdotal, but it seems to me like it’s getting real with Covid lately. I know it has been intense in many parts of the country over the last six months, but it seems a bit more unavoidable lately. We’ve been treating it as a clear and present danger in NewContinue reading “Covid comes to Tatooine”

Civil War Two?

                So I really hate to get political, or rather I hate to give the impression that I may be getting partisan, but I was a little alarmed when I saw Trump’s comments this week on whether he would “commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election”. I watched it several times toContinue reading “Civil War Two?”