Thursday, August 21, 2014

Phrase of the Day: LOSS OF A GENIUS

Last week, the world lost a comedy legend, a comedy icon, and a comedy force, all in one person. On August 11, Robin Williams died at his home in Tiburon, California, from suicide. He was sixty-three years and his career, from his first appearance as Mork on 'Happy Days', spanned more than thirty-five years.

He was described by David Letterman as a "hurricane". His quick wit and rapid-fire delivery made him a real comedic force. He was one of those rare comedic actors who could also handle much more serious dramatic roles. He was awarded several awards including several Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an Academy Award.

I first saw him, as did many, on 'Mork and Mindy' and was immediately impressed with him. He could make me laugh uproariously and touch me deeply in more serious roles. He was truly gifted, which makes his death and how he died even more tragic.

He brought joy into my life and I wish I could thank him.

We still have a vast body of work from which he will be enjoyed for years to come. On that note, I will share one of the greatest interviews I believe he ever gave. It is from 2001 during his appearance on Inside the Actors Studio with host James Lipton. Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A word of thanks to my readers

I just wanted to thank all of my readers for sticking with my blog.  This blog has just passed 4,000 pageviews.  I'm grateful for your attention and I hope my commenting will remain interesting to all of you.  Thank you all so much!


Thursday, August 14, 2014


There are protests going on in a town called Ferguson in Missouri.  There are protests that have been going on for several days.  There are protests in response to an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, being shot by a Ferguson police officer.  

Brown's body was left in the street for four hours before the coroner came to retrieve it.  An autopsy report shows how many times the teen was shot.  We do not know how many times.  The officer's name is also being withheld.  

Reporters were being stopped from reporting on the goings-on.  Protestors have been gassed and arrested.  Police have been using riot tactics, including using gas canisters and pointing rifles directly at the crowd.

This the latest example of what's been going on for the past several years, most recently ramped-up during the Occupy movement a few years ago.

There are clear racial undertones to the murder of Michael Brown, but the still-unfolding events in Ferguson, MO, are the latest example of the establishment of the United Police State of America.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Article of the Day: Over 1 Billion Usernames and Passwords Hacked

In this era of cyber crime, an alarming news item about more than a billion personal usernames and passwords being hacked.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Today's video is a 2006 documentary titled Who Killed the Electric Car?  It is an interesting documentary about the pursuit of electric (and other alternative) cars ... and the end of that pursuit.  It deals with how something that was trumpeted as a look to the future was squashed.  The film's website offers more information.


Monday, August 4, 2014

A message to my readers

Dear readers, it has been another long period since my last posting.  If you follow this blog, you know I do not post on a regular basis.  My feeling is that quality is more important than quantity.  Thus, I comment on things that grab my attention enough to write about them, rather than just posting things for the sake of posting things.

Having said that, this time, however, is different.  About three weeks ago, I took a nasty fall and broke my left elbow.  It has been in a splint for the majority of that time and it makes for one-handed typing.  While it is not impossible to write something, as this posting shows, I have curbed my online activity because of the injury and that will, unfortunately, have to include this blog.

In the interim, however, I will posting videos or links to stories that I hope you will find interesting.  The first of these will be tomorrow.

Thank you for continuing to follow my blog and I will be back commenting again as soon as possible.