Great Pyramid likely built with internal ramp

Posted on June 24th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

All of the theories about how the Great Pyramid was built had problems with them. Until Jean-Pierre Houdin, a French architect, came up with his internal ramp theory. He suggests that blocks were hauled up a ramp that was — and still is — inside the pyramid. It makes perfect sense, and it’s also consistent […]

Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney

Posted on June 23rd, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

“Carpool Karaoke” is a segment on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” In it Corden drives around with a singer and they sing some of his or her songs together. Corden has a good voice and always knows all the words. In this episode he drives around Liverpool with Paul McCartney. McCartney visits the […]

Anon

Posted on June 23rd, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

{4/5} “What’s the world coming to when our murderers won’t tell us who they are?” Anon, released in 2018 What everyone sees all the time is stored in computers, so crime is extremely rare. When a man is killed with a bullet between the eyes, Sal goes to investigate. He finds that the killer hacked […]

Star Trek

Posted on June 23rd, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  No Comments »

I’ve read many Star Trek books over the years. For a start, I’ll just list the ones I’ve reviewed in my blog. The Original Series I don’t read all of these but I do pick up the ones that are written by authors I know or look particularly interesting. I recently reread a few of […]

It’s time to get rid of nuclear weapons

Posted on June 20th, 2018 by Dave Switzer  |  1 Comment »

One of the most important things we need to do in the 21st century is get rid of nuclear weapons. The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Here is the text of the speech given when that award was handed out: International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear […]

I Kill Giants

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

{4/5} “Frost giants have hair of living ice, and use human kidney as a garnish when they eat reindeer.” I Kill Giants, released in 2017 Barbara is a kid who keeps to herself. At home her sister looks after her and her brother. At school she has no interest in talking to the counsellor. And […]

Supergirl (season 3)

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

{4.5/5} “I know how hard it is when everything we know to be true changes. But sometimes all we can do is just accept the way things are, and make the best of that.” Supergirl season 3, aired in 2017-18 With Mon-El gone, Kara throws herself into her role as Supergirl and quits her job […]

Star Trek: Discovery — Fear Itself

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

{4.5/5} “The simulation helped to keep Saru focused and, more importantly, it was a constant reminder of the singular truth that he believed above all others — the universe was an inherently dangerous place, which would kill the unwary and the unprepared in a heartbeat.” Star Trek: Discovery — Fear Itself by James Swallow, published […]

An alternate history of movies since 1977

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

What if George Lucas had never made Star Wars in 1977? That’s the intriguing premise of this article by Kevin Lincoln on Polygon: What if Star Wars never happened? A few tidbits: George Lucas would have filmed Apocalypse Now, Harrison Ford wouldn’t have become an actor, Jack Nicholson would have starred in Blade Runner, and […]

Stopping Doug Ford from doing terrible things

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

We need to stop Doug Ford from doing the most terrible of the terrible things he has planned. Martin Lukacs in The Guardian points out we’ve done it before, under Mike Harris. People who care will need to focus on what’s important and make their voices heard. Doug Ford’s disastrous agenda can be derailed by […]