Upon Further Review

Nobody does anything anymore without first checking the reviews. Whether it's watching a movie on Netflix or buying a hammer at the hardware store, you're practically obligated in this era of instantaneous thumbs-up and thumbs-down to see what other people think first, before you act. Even if those people have an axe to grind. Or… Continue reading Upon Further Review

The End is Near

Pretty much every morning, for the past two years, the First Amendment champions at The New York Times have kept us up to date on the grim totals of the pandemic with all manner of charts and graphs and statistics. In the 21st century business of journalism, this is known as "data journalism:" the gathering,… Continue reading The End is Near

Poor, Poor Me

When I was in my late teens, sittin' around waitin' for my life to begin (while, as Springsteen sings, "it was all just slippin' away"), I wrecked the family car. Drove it off a country road not far from our house on the way to taking my little brother to some kind of music practice.… Continue reading Poor, Poor Me

Remember When Movies Were Good?

Probably 15 minutes or so into one of the latest Netflix blockbusters, a satirical hammer to the skull about disasters that human beings so blithely and comically ignore -- ha! climate change, ha! silly politicians, ha! the pitfalls of sudden fame, ha! a comet destroying Earth, ha! we're such dunderheads -- I knew that we… Continue reading Remember When Movies Were Good?

TV for These Times

For a long, blissful time in my life, television existed in its rightful place. It was there when I had to, or simply wanted to, catch a game. It was right there, in the prime real estate of the living room, when I needed to turn off my brain. It was an easy way out… Continue reading TV for These Times

Catching Up, Still

We are just back from a trip to the West Coast. "We" meaning my wife and I. "Just" meaning, keeping with the currency of JDBlogs, almost a month ago. The getaway to San Diego was the first big trip of the pandemic for Mary Jo and I, and it went largely without incident. Cross-country air… Continue reading Catching Up, Still