Star Trek: DS9 Gamma — Original Sin

Posted on February 11th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “He wondered how he would be remembered, and what history would say about his role in ending the tyranny that the Avatar brought with her. Many had interpreted The Book of Ohalu, but none had read the prophecies with the clarity and understanding that he finally had.” Star Trek: DS9 Gamma — Original Sin […]

What your ancestors looked like and did

Posted on February 11th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

This tale with drawings by Tim Urban starts with your most recent ancestors and goes back in time. It describes what your great grandfather might have been doing in the 1800s, and what your great500 grandfather might have been doing in 11 000 BC. Going further back to before there were humans, you get to […]

Against gay marriage because of the Bible

Posted on February 11th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Do you know anyone who is against gay marriage because of the Bible? Please set them straight. Here are 2 ways to do so. They both amount to the same thing — if  you’re going to be against gay marriage because one verse in Leviticus forbids it, then you need to be against all the […]

KW Symphony’s “Symphonie Fantastique”

Posted on February 10th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I went to the KW Symphony’s performance titled “Symphonie Fantastique.” The conductor was Alpesh Chauhan. Here’s the program: Magnus Lindberg — Aventures This is a bit of a jumble — there are some interesting sections, but no unified whole. Some sections were quotations from composers such as Beethoven and Mozart. Ludwig van Beethoven — Concerto […]

Refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple

Posted on February 10th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

My respect for Jimmy Kimmel has increased, as he stands up for what’s right in the Trump era. The notion that you can refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple because of your religion is garbage. Kimmel destroys it in this sketch from his show: Jimmy Kimmel Demonstrates Why Denying Gay Couples Wedding […]

Faller

Posted on February 4th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “As he raised his head he caught Storm’s eye; from the layers of expression crossing her face, Faller suspected she almost believed him now, and everything she thought she’d known about the world was collapsing.” Faller by Will McIntosh, published in 2016 The world used to be bigger. But no one knows what happened […]

Actors worth following, part 8

Posted on February 4th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

This list continues from part 7. Kevin Costner Costner has a great screen presence and often plays an everyman thrust into extraordinary circumstances. He also directed Dances with Wolves and The Postman. Masterpieces Dances with Wolves Field of Dreams Hidden Figures Great movies The Bodyguard The Company Men Man of Steel The Untouchables Great at […]

Mayan civilization bigger than you thought

Posted on February 3rd, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

Archaeologists knew that the jungles of Guatemala were hiding more of the ancient Mayan civilization — but they didn’t know how much. Laser scans in an area of 2 100 square kilometres revealed 60 000 structures. They’re revising the estimates of the size of the society from 5 million people up to 10 to 15 […]

La La Land

Posted on February 1st, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “No, Jamal. You be trippin’.” La La Land, released in 2016 Mia is trying to become an actress but so far her auditions aren’t going very well. Sebastian is a jazz pianist who keeps playing things his boss doesn’t want to hear and getting fired. Mia hears Sebastian play and thinks it’s amazing but […]

Please Stand By

Posted on January 31st, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “This is what happens when you pee on the bus.” Please Stand By, released in 2017 Wendy lives in a group home, works at Cinnabon, and looks after her dog. She’s autistic, and she occasionally gets upset when things don’t go the way she wants. She’s written a “Star Trek” script for a contest […]