Archive for September, 2017

Pet Please #147: Catching Something with Superhuman Reflexes

One of my favorite cinematic moments is in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Michelle Yeoh suspects that Zhang Ziyi is hiding some special abilities, so she tests her reflexes by dropping a cup of tea. Ziyi instinctively catches it and returns it to the table. I’ve linked to the clip at the bottom of this post. […]


A Surreal Weekend in St. Louis

A Surreal Weekend in St. Louis

You may have heard that there was turmoil in St. Louis this past weekend. A judge acquitted a white police officer for shooting a black man in 2011. There were protests in a number of places across St. Louis, most of them peaceful, but during several of them, several small businesses were damaged. You can […]


What’s the Best Science Fiction Novel You’ve Read This Year?

What's the Best Science Fiction Novel You've Read This Year?

Jon Scalzi is one of my favorite sci-fi authors. He has the remarkable ability to introduce a new alien race and describe–within just a few pages of plot, not exposition–a huge amount of detail regarding what makes that race unique, special, and interesting. Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, […]


Pet Please #146: When the Past Version of Yourself Comes Through in the Clutch

Past Jamey has been somewhat unreliable for Present Jamey recently, but it’s made me appreciate even more the times he’s come through in the clutch. One thing that Past Jamey is particularly good at is when I open my last bottle of shampoo or body wash, my last tube of toothpaste, or my last container […]


What’s the Most Likely Source for Interstellar Travel?

What's the Most Likely Source for Interstellar Travel?

I’m currently reading an exceptional sci-fi book that I’ll discuss in a day or two. For now, I want to focus on a question raised by the book: What is the most likely source for interstellar travel? Various sci-fi books and movies have suggested these sources: Humans figure it out Artificial intelligence cracks the code […]


What’s in Your Survival Kit?

What's in Your Survival Kit?

It’s been a surreal weekend in St. Louis. The weather was stunningly beautiful here, yet I know that so many people in Florida, Mexico, and Houston are struggling from floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Also, by the time most people read this, it’ll be the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. There isn’t a place […]


Is There a Less Frightening Way to Watch Scary Movies?

Is There a Less Frightening Way to Watch Scary Movies?

The upcoming movie It is receiving rave reviews. I love coming-of-age movies, especially when they’re steeped in ’80s nostalgia, and that appears to be a big part of It. The trailers also make it look gorgeous. As curious as I am, I won’t be watching It. I can’t. I just don’t have the constitution for […]


Are You Your Biggest Critic?

Are You Your Biggest Critic?

A few months ago I wrote about the joys of a YouTube channel called Cinema Wins. It’s the flip side of another channel called Cinema Sins that, personally, I’m not a fan of. I appreciate well-reasoned criticism and satire, but nitpicky, negative snark just isn’t fun for me. There’s also a channel called Honest Trailers. […]


Do You Know Your Family Medical History?

Do You Know Your Family Medical History?

Serendipity. That word sums up today. I’ll break it down into three parts: This morning I wrote an e-mail to my biological mother to wish her a happy birthday. I realize that sentence may be strange to some people, so I’ll summarize: I’m adopted, and I am forever appreciative of the gift my biological mother […]


Have You Ever Eaten Vegan?

Have You Ever Eaten Vegan?

Years ago, I was dating a woman who was Coptic Orthodox. Part of her religious tradition was to go vegan for about a week each year, and she asked/told me to do it with her. So I did. All I can remember from the experience was (a) I was hungry all the time and (b) […]