Monthly Archive: March 2017

How Much is “Enough” of a Story?

Everyone involved in any part of writing, viewing or reading needs to consider this question. Just how much of a story is “enough?” This topic came up because of various books I’ve read and movies I’ve seen. The definition of “enough” seems to shrink in size faster than candy bars. We seem to have become a culture of doing less than the minimum just to get paid. Since there is a much higher probability you have seen the same movies and television shows rather than read the same books we will discuss those. In the world of movies and television we have two trends going on. Season ending cliff hanger trying to force networks to buy another season, but they don’t. Add tons of filler to split what would be… Read more >

Mourning Coffee

I’m not really sure how it happened, but I’m an Earl Grey with heavy bergamot kind of guy. Do you know the flavor? Sort of a fruity citrus. I’d always been a coffee type – Marine aviator, early morning black tar suitable only for chunks carved with your survival knife. The kind that stains even the hardest of porcelain or teeth whether you’re deep in the guts of an aircraft carrier or somewhere shivering in a dirt bunker. The only way I’d ever start a day meant coffee, black and thick. What the heck happened? I suppose now, the big boys will probably track me down and beat me up. True, it’s been many long years since I flew the dawn patrol – pleasant or scary memories notwithstanding, but since… Read more >

Set Up

I actually enjoyed this movie. Of course it is hard for a guy not to like a movie featuring a classic Pontiac GTO which looked rather stunning. Even though they had big name actors it appears they didn’t have the capacity to fix an annoying problem with vehicles of that era – the slow roll hot start problem. Most of you Millenials will have no idea what I’m talking about. Half of you don’t own cars and the other half never drove a car with a V8 engine generating that much heat under the hood. Having own quite a few old vehicles, some of which were actually new when I bought them, allow me to educate you. Starters of that era don’t tolerate heat well. This is especially true of… Read more >

The Waiting Time

I must say, this movie turned out to be surprisingly good. No, it’s not James Bond with beautiful women and lots of stuff blowing up, this is more along the lines of “Smiley’s People” with just a touch more action. It is more about the trade craft along with multiple story lines about things past which intertwine in the present. Too many of today’s movies have great looking actors, zero plot and massive special effects. It was nice to watch a movie with a few simple shoot outs, a quite reserved car chase and a roof run. This starts out as a someone-did-something-bad and quickly becomes a who-done-something-else and the investigation quite a few tangential who-did-what stories which all kind of roll together. This is British spy writing at its… Read more >

How Does the Human Race Wipe Itself Out? (Part 7)

In times of old we had leper colonies, plague ships and the marked house. In truth quarantine is a valid medical tactic. Sadly it is also a great way to ensure only those selected for elimination actually die. If you think such things as these cannot exist today, read up on the Ebola outbreak. Today’s leaders have to sell a “thinning of the global population” a bit differently. Most populations have neither the backbone nor the stomach for all out war. Just read up on the fight against terrorism since 9/11. The first war to hunt down the people behind that act was globally supported. The war in Iraq was a bill of goods sold to the global population. Fraud from the word go. It squandered every bit of respect… Read more >

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