3 Films on North Korea

About a month ago, I kicked off a spate of watching documentaries about North Korea. The first was Daniel Gordon’s “Crossing the Line,” and what follows in the next paragraphs is what I wrote about it on seeing it. The next two were another by Daniel Gordon (“A State of Mind”), and Pieter Fleury’s “North…

Not News

Mr. Tweedy has a post on the Gates arrest that hits all the right notes. The gist of it is that just because the press seems to know who Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is is no reason to expect every policeman to. If a cop gets a call that someone is breaking into a house…

To Say Nothing of the Dog

To Say Nothing of the Dog is Connie Willis’ Hugo novel (class of 1999, published in 1997), and it comes highly recommended by a lot of critics I trust. I myself will go with “fun but overrated.” The emphasis goes on the “fun.” If the purpose of a novel is to entertain, then I can’t…

No, Actually Paper IS an Anachronism

TOWM quote of the day comes from John Scalzi, who has a laugh-out-loud funny rant about the anachronism of the “Big Three” science fiction – SCIENCE FICTION – rags refusing to accept electronic submissions here at the end of the second decade since the internet went mainstream. It’s a general takedown of the feeble arguments…

Some Perspective

Humans have a problem with big numbers. To a lot of people, the $100million that President Obama is proposing to cut from the Federal Budget sounds like a giant whack. In reality, it’s pretty small potatoes. Here’s a clever video that really puts it in perspective. I would like to do my small part to…