The X-Files (season 11)

Posted on March 22nd, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{3.5/5} “I’ll always be around, Scully, offering bulletproof theories of genius that you fail to assail with your inadequate rationality.” The X-Files season 11, aired in 2018 Scully has a seizure. She has visions of the Cigarette Smoking Man and his plan to use a plague to wipe out most of humanity, including Mulder. She […]

Murdoch Mysteries (season 11)

Posted on March 20th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “Not everything’s a puzzle, Murdoch. Sometimes people are just crackers.” — Inspector Brackenreid Murdoch Mysteries season 11, aired in 2017-18 William has been framed for murder, Julia has been kidnapped. and Inspector Brackenreid is missing. George, Henry, and Jackson have all been shot. The ones who are left must work together in secret to […]

War was outlawed in 1928

Posted on March 19th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

In this article from Scientific American, Michael Shermer points out that war was outlawed in 1928. I was pretty surprised — I’d never heard of this. But it’s true — it’s called the General Pact for the Renunciation of War, also known as the Kellogg–Briand Pact, and was originally signed by France, Germany, and the […]

Foundation and Earth

Posted on March 18th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “What I do believe is that Earth protects itself. Remember that all reference to earth in the Library on Trantor has been removed. Remember that Gaia’s marvelous memory, in which all the planet takes part down to the rock strata of the surface and the molten metal at the core, stops short of penetrating […]

Lady Bird

Posted on March 15th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “‘They’re having auditions for the fall musical.’ ‘Do we have that here? … How am I a senior and not know we have that?’” Lady Bird, released in 2017 Christine is in her last year of high school in California and decides to call herself “Lady Bird.” She’s hoping to go to college on […]

A Monster Calls

Posted on March 14th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4/5} “Stories are wild creatures, Conor O’Malley. If you let them loose, who knows what havoc they may wreak.” A Monster Calls, released in 2016 Conor is visited, possibly in his dreams, by a tree monster who demands that he listen to 3 stories — and then tell him one. The monster’s stories are true […]


Posted on March 13th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I read 3 or 4 of the Dune books many years ago, and I read 8 of them more recently. They’re worth reading — even if you feel you’re missing a few things here and there, as I did. I saw the Dune movie many years ago — too many to have a coherent opinion […]

Foundation’s Edge

Posted on March 13th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4.5/5} “He will surely attract the attention of the Second Foundationers — always assuming they exist and are indeed concerning themselves with us. And while they are attracted to him, they will, perchance, ignore us.” Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov, published in 1982 It’s been 500 years of the Seldon Plan and the people of […]

Garfunkel and Oates (season 1)

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

{5/5} “You know, I’m not really good at saying no when I don’t want to do something. That’s usually Riki’s job so, um, yeah, totally!” Garfunkel and Oates season 1, aired in 2014 Kate and Riki do a corporate gig, but it turns out the person who hired them is quitting. Riki tries dating a […]

Second Foundation

Posted on March 9th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{5/5} “If a sizable group of human beings learned of  key details of the Plan, their actions would be governed by that knowledge and would no longer be random in the meaning of the axioms of Psychohistory. In other words, they would no longer be perfectly predictable.” Second Foundation by Isaac Asimov, published in 1953 […]