Good Flics 4

Here are some movies that we enjoyed recently. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….

Amazon Prime

Edge of Extinction
James vs His Future Self
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
Uncle Frank


About Time
Call My Agent *
Marco Polo
Midnight Special
Queens Gambit *
The Dig
The Discovery
The Messengers
The Midnight Sky
The Professor and The Madman
War Dogs
White Tiger

Amanda Gorman: 2017 National Youth Poet Laureate

This 22 year old read her own poem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Watch her on Youtube or read her words yourself. Impressive and inspiring indeed!

When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.
We’ve braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,
and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.
And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it.
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken,
but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.

And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine,
but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.
If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.
It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it.
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
This effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith, we trust,
for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption.
We feared it at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour,
but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
So while once we asked, ‘How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?’ now we assert, ‘How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be:
A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.
Our blunders become their burdens.
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change, our children’s birthright.
So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.

With every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.
We will rise from the golden hills of the west.
We will rise from the wind-swept north-east where our forefathers first realized revolution.
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states.
We will rise from the sun-baked south.
We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
In every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country,
our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”

Good Flics 3

Here are 14 movies that we enjoyed recently. They can be found on Netflix. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….

A Life On Our Planet
Altered Carbon
Carrie Pilby
Criminal UK
Hunt for the Wilder people
I Am Mother
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Lost In Space
Stranger Things
The Old Guard *
The Social Dilemma
Time Trap

Good Flics 2

Here are 19 movies that we enjoyed recently. They can be found on Amazon Prime. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….

2036 Origin Unknown
An Angel for May
Assassins 33 AD
Electric Mist
Knives Out
Odd Thomas
Patriot Act **
Peanut Butter Falcon
Project X
Spare Parts
The Cold Equations
The Vast of Night
The Word
Traveling Salesman

Good flics

Here are 14 movies that we enjoyed recently.  They can be found on Amazon Prime. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized.  Enjoy….

Adopt a Sailor
Jack Ryan
Love and Teleportation
Orphan Black
Pioneer One
Radio Free Albumuth 
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Fare
Touching Evil

Andy Warhol eating a Burger King burger

OK, so I watched some of the Super Bowl commercials.  One of them was Andy Warhol eating a burger.  It was like weird.  And I thought to myself, “isn’t he dead?”.  It was only 45 seconds long.  My curiosity got the best of me and I went searching for information about it.  I finally found a YouTube of the original footage from a 1982 Jørgen Leth documentary.

This movie clip is 4 minutes 27 seconds long.  Be prepared.  It reminds me of two things: one is mindfulness eating! This is how mindfulness eating is done!  Slow, dedicated, relaxed.  The other thing it reminds me of is how wasteful our society really is.  All that paper was just to deliver that itty bitty burger.  And then it was going to be just casually dumped.  At least it is recyclable.

Yes, Andy is dead, he died in Feb 22, 1987, aged 58.  About 32 years ago.

Yes, the internet is full of unusual stuff.  And here is some of it.  At least you can decide to click or not.


Cut and paste this if you prefer

The Moral Machine

Take a short 13 item “test” to see how you would program AI cars to choose between unavoidable scenarios involving who lives and who dies. There are no right or wrong responses. The quiz has been taken by 3-4 million people already from 233 countries. Your responses will be displayed as compared to the totals.

The current results have just been published in Nature Magazine 1 Nov 2018. Take the test here, go to bottom and “Start Judging”.

Some items are tough… 5 old people in a car vs. 5 mixed age pedestrians. Some are easy… people vs. animals.

The research article itself is behind a pay wall at If you have a subscription, you can find it here:

The applied results will be driving past your house soon. But the programming will be changeable. Help the programmer near you make ethical choices.

“Before you travel, do not forget to sit on your luggage in silence for a few minutes before leaving home.” – A Russian superstition

AI Superpowers is a great read

AI Superpowers is a great book, written by Kai-Fu Lee. I find it more interesting to read this book than to do my FB browsing, email and news gathering combined. aka easy to read, exciting to see where we are going in our future, and amazing. I like science fiction, but this AI is better and it is reality.

Meanwhile, be sure to keep your cell phones charged. Read the book to find out why!

Disruptive shifts in our lives are coming. He estimates that within 15 years, we will be able to automate 40-50% of all jobs in the USA. The final chapters contain a list of societal changes needed to offset the impacts of AI on job destruction.

This paradigm shift will affect all of us, with rising unemployment and widening inequality facing us unless we begin to make changes soon. We need to remember what makes us human and gives life meaning, and it ain’t jobs.

IMHO, we can’t stop what’s already begun. But we can begin to work towards a symbiotic solution. Quoting Lee: “If we believe that life has meaning beyond this material rat race, then AI just might be the tool that can help us uncover that deeper meaning.” Big government is part of the solution. Military domination is not. We need to reward socially productive activities. Remember “social investment stipends”.

Origin Story

This is an amazing book that somehow is able to put the full history of our planet into one book. The subject matter crosses so many disciplines that I am amazed a single person was able to write it. David Christian is a Distinguished Professor of History at Macquarie University, a MOOC instructor at Coursera, a cofounder of the Big History Project with Bill Gates, a TED Talker, a speaker at the Davis World Economic Forum.

And… he can make history interesting and approachable. Our Origin Story begins with the big bang and ends with questions about our future. This book belongs in every library, it should be read by everyone serious about our present world.

David is a realist and optimist, which is rare these days. It is easy to recommend this book.