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…

June 22, 2020: My Top 20 Favorite Thrillers (Novels)!

When I was narrowing down the titles for this Top 20 list, I ended up with a shortlist of over 50 books.  So, after giving it some thought, I elected to divide the genre into Thrillers and Crime/Mystery.  The latter are more police, P.I., and organized crime-focused while the former cover pretty much everything else.…

June 20, 2020: Back in the swing of things!

I recently put together a list of My Top 20 Sci-Fi Movies and was thinking of doing something similar for the literary side, a Top 20 of my favorite novels in the categories of sci-fi, fantasy, crime, thriller, and horror.  THIS has proven a lot harder than I imagined, not because I'm having trouble coming…

June 19, 2020: Pro Sports, Reopening the Economy, and Selective Bailouts!

I recently received an email invitation to the start of my Fantasy Football League's 2020 season - which I found altogether odd.  Partly it's because, unlike every other year, I'm having trouble mustering up much enthusiasm.  And partly, it's because I doubt the NFL will play this year. Oh, I know that plans are underway…

June 18, 2020: Villains, TimEscape, Thrillers, and Annoying Kids!

Last night's movie-themed question was... https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1273391665785569283 So, how's everyone doing?  What's new and exciting?  Here, same old, same old - although I did have a pretty good chat with my management team recently.  We covered a variety of topics and projects, but the one I'm most excited about it TimEscape, my sci-fi series in the…

My Top 20 Favorite Science Fiction Films!

Without further ado, here are MY Top 20 favorite science fiction films... #20. Moon A small movie that accomplishes so much. #19. Westworld I remember being completely floored when the seeming hero gets gunned down not thirty minutes into the movie. #18. They Live This movie, and Roddy Piper's performance, was a pleasant surprise. #17.…

June 16, 2020: Hey, what ever happened to that coronavirus?

Oh, right. *** Uninsured and underinsured more likely to suffer severe symptoms: https://www.wkyt.com/2020/06/16/study-uninsured-underinsured-more-likely-to-have-severe-covid-symptoms/ *** NATO to stockpile medical equipment for second wave: https://www.straitstimes.com/world/europe/nato-to-stockpile-medical-equipment-for-second-coronavirus-wave *** Prince Charles’ sense of taste and smell still not back: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-53026903 *** Republican congressman who refused to wear mask has the virus: https://www.businessinsider.com/republican-congressman-with-coronavirus-refused-to-wear-mask-in-capitol-2020-6 *** Pence encouraged governors to downplay new community spread: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/502891-pence-encouraged-governors-to-downplay-new-community-spread-of-coronavirus *** In Boston,…

My Top 20 Favorite Members of the Legion of Super-Heroes!

Let the countdown begin.  And Love Live the Legion! #20. Blok I'm a big fan of the big guy and his relationship with Mysa. His death and delivery at the hands of Roxxas still haunts. #19. Gates Resist! Always so delightfully angry. #18. Monstress She truly shined in Legion Lost.  Jan, how could you? #17.…

Tally Your Unusual Foods Score!

How many of the following unusual foods have you eaten? *** Akutaq Alligator/Crocodile Balut Beef cheeks Bird’s Nest Soup Black Pudding Casu Marzu Century Egg Chicken Feet Chitterlings or Chitlins Crispy chicken skin Crispy Insects Deep-fried butter Escamol Fish Eyes Frog’s Legs Fugu Chicken gizzards Grubs Haggis Hakarl Jellyfish Kangaroo Khash Koolickles Lamb’s Brains Marmite…

June 12, 2020: Happy Dark Matter Day!

It's hard to believe that 5 years ago today, Dark Matter premiered.  At that time, it had been eight years in the making, born from an idea I had while working on Stargate: Atlantis, its backstory and arcs developed over many, then, finally, green lit and launched for the small screen.  It was a great,…

June 11, 2020: The way 2020 is going…

https://twitter.com/BaronDestructo/status/1271135772784107521 On the other hand, you had this from back in 2003 wherein a "All You Can Eat Crab Legs" promotion proved such a bad idea for Red Lobster that it cost their CEO his job: https://nypost.com/2003/09/26/endless-crab-pigout-is-end-for-red-lobster-boss/ Meanwhile, it's interesting to note a lot of new investors are experiencing some growing pains in their day-trading…