Top 10 Chocolate Bars!

In honor of National Chocolate Day, I'm counting down my Top 10 Favorite Chocolate Bars. No high-end bars here.  No Amedei Chuao or Pralus Papouasie.  Just your standard chocolate bars you'll find in most convenience stores (depending, of course, on where you live in the world). #10. Snickers Love the chocolate and peanut combo, but…

July 6, 2020: A lot on my reading plate!

Akemi is apparently fully recovered from her back injury - only three days later!  It took me 6 months+ to recuperate from my pulled back!  And that included weeks of physiotherapy.  She just...slept it off!  This is an outrage! Okay, looks like I have my work cut out for me this week - and next.…

July 4, 2020: My back is very bendy!

"My back is very bendy!" --- Akemi this morning during her Kpop dance exercise, letting me know her back was feeling much better today. She's moving around much better now and as a result, doesn't look so silly when she's out walking Suji... Note Suji's look of utter bewilderment. Akemi is (as you can see)…

July 3, 2020: Lift with your back; take pressure off your knees!

There's a moment late in the Dark Matter pilot, as the boys are loading weapons crates onto the shuttle, that THREE casually warns ONE to: "Lift with your back.  Takes pressure off the knees."  I remember rewatching that episode and being hit with a momentary twinge of panic when THREE offered that advice because, in…

July 2, 2020: The Thursday Update!

As I impatiently await word on TimEscape and that other heavyweight sci-fi project, I've been keeping busy on other development fronts.  I just delivered a rough pitch (and admittedly overly-detailed pilot breakdown) for the time travel series I'm working on with Doug and Kristin, signed a deal to script consult on a big foreign sci-fi…

July 1, 2020: Stargate, smash burgers, and suspect wardrobe choices!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave a comment on my 5000th entry.  As promised, I will be selecting three random winners - say, Friday - for our extra special zoom call.  And who knows?  If it goes off without a hitch and no one ends up seriously injured, I may do another…

June 30, 2020: Happy 5000!

Hard to believe, but this is my 5000th post.  Back on November 21st, 2006, in an entry titled, appropriately enough "The Beginning", I started this blog, initially as a food journal to document at two-week trip to Asia.  When I returned home, however, I decided to keep it going.  I figured that it would be…

My Top 12 Favorite True Crime Novels

Alright.  Moving on to the very best in True Crime.  THESE are my Top 12 favorites... #12. Down City: A Daughter's Story of Love, Memory, and Murder - Leah Carroll Leah Carroll's mother, a gifted amateur photographer, was murdered by two drug dealers with Mafia connections when Leah was four years old. Her father, a…

June 27, 2020: Yes/No? Movie-themed questions. Amazing people with whom I have worked.

A little Yes/No... https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1275901695973826570 https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1276516181822799872 https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1276895355565735937 Yesterday's movie-themed question... https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1276663113287426050 Tonight's movie-themed question... https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1277015831604592643 Amazing people with whom I have worked... https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1263844912744796164 https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1264184480983592960 https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1264951899301842945 https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1265334432120082437 https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1265651383019147265 https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1266006675854589957 https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1266330773289910272  

Tokyo’s lack of public trash cans is directly related to their low Covid-19 death rate. Let me explain.

One of the things that struck me on my first visit to Tokyo was the surprising lack of public trash cans.  I'm not saying there aren't that many around.  I'm saying there are absolutely none to be found.  If you're looking for somewhere to toss that chocolate wrapper, apple core, or used tissue, you can…

June 24, 2020: What I’ve been missing. And more Amazing People With Whom I Have Worked.

Even though my wife claims I'm very sociable, I am, to a certain extent, quite anti-social, preferring the option of sitting at home with a good book over outings and parties. And so, to be honest, this whole lockdown thing hasn't been all that hard.  As someone who enjoys routine, and has spent plenty of…

June 23, 2020: Hey, conspiracy theorists, what’s the endgame? Not too fruit loopy, please.

https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1275493726106857472 I honestly don't understand the mindset behind not wearing masks.  It seems to come down to people not wanting to be told what to do - like, say, wearing seatbelts or not opening cabin doors while in flight. Yes, I know that many conspiracy theorists hold that the virus isn't that dangerous (despite the…