Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here is an update to this list. Best of the best The Battle Over Citizen Kane Bowling for Columbine Capitalism: A Love Story The Corporation Dangerous Days: Making Blade Runner Fahrenheit 9/11 The Fog of War Guns, Germs and Steel An Inconvenient Truth Lost in La Mancha Roger & Me Walking with Cavemen Walking with […]

Star Trek: Aurora (season 1)

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{4/5} “Never speak ill of your ship. Your ship is your life.” Star Trek: Aurora season 1, aired in 2006-15 Kara and T’Ling take their cargo ship Aurora through a nebula to save time — other ships wouldn’t be able to do it because they don’t have armor plating. When another ship foolishly follows them […]

Star Trek Continues (season 1)

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{4.5/5} “I estimate our odds at 492.031 against us succeeding. But the captain would consider those odds manageable.” Star Trek Continues season 1, aired in 2013-17 The Enterprise meets Apollo again — this time he looks old and frail, but Kirk is suspicious. They rescue an Orion slave girl, but Starfleet Command says they have […]

Stranger Things (season 2)

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{5/5} “Don’t you think it’s weird… how we only seem to hang out when the world’s about to end?” Stranger Things season 2, aired in 2017 Mike, Dustin, Lucas, and Will are back to playing Dungeons & Dragons. But they haven’t heard from Eleven. There’s a new girl named Max who moved from California — […]

Last Week Tonight (season 4)

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{5/5} “For now let’s move on to President Trump, the silver lining for anyone who died in 2015.” Last Week Tonight season 4, aired in 2017 John Oliver continues to bring us stories we need to hear, in a funny-yet-serious way: Tibetan sovereignty and human rights gerrymandering net neutrality vaccines local news nuclear waste presidential […]

Science fiction is good for you

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Here are a couple of different perspectives on this topic. First, Rebecca J. Rosen on The Atlantic reports on research that suggests that reading SF can give inventors new ideas — and also anticipate the consequences of new technologies. A quotation from Dan Novy: “Fiction allows you to live more lives in the space-time of […]

Other TV shows I’ve watched lately

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Here is the previous iteration of this list. These are shows I’ve watched some of but not every episode. {4.5/5} The Daily Show (season 22) Trevor Noah and his team continue to amuse and inform. Noah talks a lot about Donald Trump, of course. Desi Lydic has a segment called “What the actual fact?” Guests […]

Dark Matter (season 3)

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{5/5} “Why do you want to come through anyway — grass is always greener on the other side of the interdimensional portal?” Dark Matter season 3, aired in 2017 An explosion aboard a station housing important diplomats has started a war. Five stopped a bomb from going off on the station. But Ryo, formerly known […]

Orphan Black (season 5)

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{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. […]

Penn & Teller: Fool Us (season 4)

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{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 […]