Friday, July 24, 2020

2020 Movies (COVID pandemic)

I only saw two 2020 movies in the theater before everything shut down due to COVID-19:

Bad Boys for Life

Since then, I have seen the following movies at home via various streaming services like Vudu, Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max and Amazon Prime:

Spies in Disguise
Sonic the Hedgehog
Trolls World Tour
Artemis Fowl
The Old Guard
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
Enola Holmes
Bill and Ted Face the Music
The Current War
Roald Dahl's The Witches

TV Series

Stranger Things
The Crown
The Mandalorian 
The Umbrella Academy
His Dark Materials

Binge Watching

The West Wing
The Great British Bake Off
Grace and Frankie
Star Trek (OS)
The Good Place

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

2019 Movies


*Avengers: Endgame
*Toy Story 4
*Captain Marvel
*Frozen II
*Spider Man Far From Home
*Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
*Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
*How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
*Pokemon Detective Pikachu
*Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
*Men in Black International
*Wonder Park
Playing With Fire
The Good Liar
*Missing Link
*The LEGO Movie 2
*The Addams Family
*Knives Out
*Gemini Man
*Ford vs Ferrari
*Zombieland: Double Tap
*Little Women
*Charlie's Angels
*Motherless Brooklyn
*Dark Waters
The Two Popes

Need to See

*The Lion King
*Jumanji: Next Level
*John Wick Chapter 3
*The Secret Life of Pets 2
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
*Terminator: Dark Fate
*A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Ad Astra
Rambo: Last Blood
Uncut Gems
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
*Blinded By the Light
*Apollo 11

Friday, November 22, 2019

Impeachment witnesses

List of witnesses who have testified so far in the Impeachment of Donald Trump

Gordon Sondland
William Taylor
Marie Yovanovitch
Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman
Fiona Hill
Laura Cooper
George Kent
Jeniffer Williams
David Hale
Tim Morrison
David Holmes

And a list of people who have so far refused or been blocked from testifying...

Donald Trump
Mike Pence
Mike Pompeo
Rudy Giuliani
Rick Perry
Mick Mulvaney
John Bolton
Don McGahn
Michael Atkinson
T. Ulrich Brechbuhl
Lev Parnas
Igor Fruman
Sam Kislin
Russell Vought
Mark Esper

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Musical Acts I Have Seen Perform Live

Janie Fricke
Cheap Trick
Night Ranger
Itzhak Perlman
Kirk Whalum
The Fifth Dimension
Brave Combo
Dixie Chicks
Tanya Tucker
TransSiberian Orchestra
Blue Man Group
Axiom Quartet
Robert Earl Keen
Kingston Trio (new)
Lyle Lovett
Weird Al Yankovic

Kerrville Folk Festival
Chuck Pyle
Tish Hinojosa
Peter Yarrow
Dar Williams
Ellis Paul
Vance Gilbert
Austin Lounge Lizards
Trout Fishing in America
Dana Cooper
Jimmy Dale Gilmore
Butch Hancock
Sara Hickman
Tom Prasado-Rao
Tom Kimmel
Jimmy LaFave
Chris Chandler
Michael McNevin
Bill Staines
Susan Werner
Cheryl Wheeler
Mike Williams
Bill and Bonnie Hearne
David Wilcox
John Gorka
Buddy Mondlock
Bernice Lewis
Mumbo Jumbo
Don Walser
L.J. Booth
Andrew Calhoun
Kat Eggleston
Chenille Sisters
Jack Hardy
Crow Johnson
Ani Difranco
The Crane Wives
The Honey Dewdrops
The Warren Hood Band
Jeff Black
Beat Root Revival
The Jerry Douglas Band

Houston Livestock Show
Michael Martin Murphy
Leann Rimes
Barry Manilow
Kenny Rogers
The Gatlin Brothers
Joe Diffie
Brooks and Dunn
Asleep at the Wheel
Angela Peterson

Broadway Shows
Into the Woods
Miss Saigon
Phantom of the Opera
Les Miserables
Hello Dolly
The Book of Mormon

Thursday, June 20, 2019

New Testament Order

One thing I have learned from studying the Bible is that there are better ways that it could be put together - especially the New Testament.
We all learned early on that the four gospels are

Luke and

But as it turns out, that is not the order in which they were written, according to most biblical scholars. Rather, it seems that Mark was written first and was then used as source material for both Matthew and Luke, both of which quote from Mark extensively. And John was written later.
So a more reasonable order to list them would appear to be...


But then, you find out as well that Acts of the Apostles or Acts is believed to have been written by the same author as Luke, thus making it almost like a Luke Part 2. So then maybe the order should be ...


And then we come to the Letters of Paul. There are 13 of them, but only seven are undisputed as having been written by Paul while there is debate about the other six with some scholars arguing that they were likely written later by followers of Paul due to sharp differences in grammar, style and content. Scholars have also dated the letters according to when they think they may have been written. But in the Bible, for reasons that are not entirely clear, they are listed in order of length with Romans being first because it is the longest and so forth.
But if we were to list them in chronological order starting with the seven undisputed letters it would look like this...

First Thessalonians
First Corinthians
Second Corinthians

And we could follow that with the disputed letters ...

Second Thessalonians
First Timothy
Second Timothy

Hebrews could come next. It was once attributed to Paul, but practically no one today claims it was written by Paul.

And then the rest of the letters, all of which are disputed as to their authorship...

First Peter
Second Peter
First John
Second John
Third John


The author of Revelation identifies himself as John of Patmos and church tradition has long taught that this is the same John who was a disciple of Jesus and the author of John's gospel. But this is disputed by many scholars who believe John of Patmos to be an entirely different person.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

2018 Movies

Black Panther
Avengers: Infinity War
Incredibles 2
Deadpool 2
Ant Man and The Wasp
Solo: A Star Wars Story
A Star is Born
Bohemian Rhapsody
Ready Player One
A Wrinkle in Time
Sherlock Gnomes
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Paul, Apostle of Christ
Mission Impossible: Fallout
Ralph Breaks the Internet
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Green Book
Eighth Grade
Into the Spiderverse
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of GrindewaldGirl in a Spiders Web

Want to See

The House With a Clock in the Walls
First Man
Paddington 2
The Commuter
Isle of Dogs
Teen Titans Go To the Movies
Bad Times at El Royale
Old Man and The Gun
Early Man
Mary Poppins Returns
Mortal Engines
Stan and Ollie
On the Basis of Sex

Monday, January 01, 2018

2017 Movies

Here are the movies I have seen in 2017 so far...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Beauty and the Beast
Wonder Woman
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Spider Man Homecoming
Despicable Me 3
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
LEGO Batman Movie
The Boss Baby
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Cars 3
Baby Driver
Daddy's Home 2
Murder on the Orient Express
Blade Runner 2049
The Emoji Movie
The Mummy
Atomic Blonde
American Made
The Dark Tower
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
American Assassin
The Foreigner
Wind River
The Mountain Between Us
Logan Lucky
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Glass Castle
Roman J. Israel Esq.
The Beguiled
The Snowman
Just Getting Started

The Shape of Water
Get Out
Thor: Ragnorak
Justice League
John Wick 2
The Post
Battle of the Sexes
Victoria and Abdul

And a few movies I still need to see....

War for the Planet of the Apes
Kingsman: The Golden Circle
The Darkest Hour
The Disaster Artist
Beatriz at Dinner
The Florida Project

Friday, February 17, 2017

News clipping found and scanned

2016 Movies

I saw a lot of movies this past year, quite a few more than in the recent past. But I still didn't see a single Academy Award Best Picture nominee.

Rouge One: A Star Wars Story
Finding Dory
Captain America: Civil War
Secret Life of Pets
The Jungle Book
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Doctor Strange
Jason Bourne
Star Trek Beyond
X-Men Apocalypse
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Angry Birds Movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Ice Age: Collision Course
Kubo and The Two Strings
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years
Hidden Figures
LaLa Land
Magnificent Seven
Miss Peregrine's School for Unusual Children

And here are the ones that I still intend to see at some point...

Suicide Squad
Central Intelligence
Pete's Dragon
Hacksaw Ridge
Jack Reacher 2
Hail, Cesar

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Republican "Anything Goes" Ethos

The other day on his 'victory' tour, President-Elect Trump noted how vicious his fans were during the campaign, screaming "Lock Her Up" and "Build the Wall" at his campaign rallies. But now that they have 'won' they can be mellow again.
The clear implication of Trump's words were two-fold, first that if they had not won  there would have been no mellowing, and second that being vicious was a key to their victory.
At the same time that Trump was saying this, the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature was meeting in a special session to pass a bunch of laws stripping power away from the newly-elected Democratic governor before he assumes office (and signed by the out-going Republican governor).
As outrageous as all of this is, it pales in comparison to the recent revelations that the Russian autocracy was meddling in our elections with the express intent of helping to elect Donald Trump. That news was met with shock and dismay by about half of the electorate. But the other half seems indifferent at best and, at worst, seem absolutely delighted... more apt to give Vladimir Putin a high-five than to support imposing more sanctions.
This is due, I believe, to the new Republican "Anything Goes" ethos. That is, anything is OK as long as it helps your side achieve its ultimate goal of attaining or maintaining power. It does not matter if you lie, cheat or steal. In fact, lying, cheating and stealing while at the same time accusing your opponent of lying, cheating and stealing is a very successful campaign tactic as we have just witnessed.
And don't stop with calling your opponent a liar and a cheat. Accuse them of murder, rape, child molestation, treason and the worst possible things you can think of. Anything goes. The only thing that matters is winning. And once you win, do everything you can to jack the system in your favor so that you keep on winning. Pack the courts, gerrymander the districts, change laws so that it benefits your constituents and shortchanges others. Suppress turnout in areas that vote for your opponent and scream about non-existent election fraud anytime that you lose.
Machiavelli would have been embarrassed and appalled by the political tactics of the modern Republican Party.