KWS’s “Mozart & Dvorak’s New World”

Posted on October 14th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I went to the KW Symphony’s concert titled “Mozart & Dvorak’s New World.” This was the 1st concert of the season. From a piece that’s been enjoyed for 231 years to one that premiered a week ago, this was a splendid concert. The guest conductor was Mei-Ann Chen. She was terrific — if she’d been […]

Orphan Black (season 5)

Posted on October 13th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “You gave me life. I know you can take that away. You can’t take away my humanity.” Orphan Black season 5, aired in 2017 Sarah, Cosima, and Delphine are on the Island, where Susan has her laboratory. There’s also a settlement on the Island called Revival with people from around the world. Mrs. S. […]

Brightness Reef

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Are we unique? In some Galactic languages, the question does not even parse as sane. One can find a precedent for anything in the archives of a billion years.” Brightness Reef by David Brin, published in 1995 The world Jijo has been declared fallow by the Galactics. But members of 6 races landed there […]

Board & card games

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

It’s time for an update to this list. The board games (and a few card games) I’m listing here are sometimes called Eurogames — often made in Europe, they rely on more strategy and less luck. My other list of card games is a list of games you can play with a regular deck of […]

Photos of perfection

Posted on October 12th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Things that fit together or form a regular shape… Oddly Satisfying Perfection Photos That Will Calm You Down

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (season 4)

Posted on October 10th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “We live in a world where we don’t get to experience a lot of wonder, and a lot of joy, and a lot of mystery in our daily lives. We have jobs and kids and responsibilities. And magic is an art that gives people an opportunity to sit back, to relax and — as […]

A bit of advice from 100-year-old people

Posted on October 5th, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Here’s a video with three people who are over 100 years old. They have a bit of advice, and you can also get this advice from looking at them and hearing them: have a positive attitude. Life Lessons From 100-Year-Olds

Whose Line is it Anyway? (season 13)

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “Before our show we asked our audience to write down scenes they’d like to see acted out by our performers…” Whose Line is it Anyway? season 13, aired in 2017 Magicians on a date. Pickup lines in space. Weird ways for Aisha to open the show. The worst person to sit next to in […]

Tips for using Google

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

From TechGumbo, here are some potentially useful tips for using Google. I use Google all the time, and I didn’t know some of these things. 12 Cool Google Search Tricks You Should Be Using!

Neuroplasticity

Posted on October 2nd, 2017 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

This short documentary shows some of the science behind the idea that you can retrain your brain. Neuroplasticity is the idea that the brain can be changed, it isn’t fixed. Dr. Norman Doidge’s research into this revolutionary concept shows that it can be used to help people with various debilitating conditions: The Brain That Changes […]