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Sidney Chambers is no Father Brown (or Harriet Vane): The Sex-lives of Grantchester

Last week was the third season finale of the series Grantchester. Having watched an enjoyed all three seasons to date, I wanted to share my critique of the show. A few preliminary comments are relevant. First, I deeply enjoy this genre, the British period mystery. Now, I have been a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers and her mysteries almost since I could read and GK Chesterton’s Father Brown (the original stories, not the recent TV show) […]

SNL Censoring Skit

I watched this skit live and it was (in fact the whole episode) one of the funniest things SNL has done in a long time. (Tina Fey is great as Palin but I have never found her writing very funny. SNL has a long way to go to return to their heyday, but they are getting better.) But now it turns out that NBC took the video down! It lampooned Soros and other leading Democratic […]

BBC iPlayer on the Wii

Sadly, this won’t be available in the US (and I have yet to get my Wii onto my wireless network) but I had to include the story, if only for the picture that accompanied it. She looks very scary. The Wii has brought many people to gaming for the first time The BBC’s iPlayer video service will soon be available via the Nintendo Wii. The video download and streaming service that lets people catch up […]

I still miss Mr. Rogers

Mental Floss (great name and great site) has a list of “15 Reasons Mister Rogers Was the Best Neighbor Ever.” (And if you listen to NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, as I do, this is the list they used for this week’s “Not My Job” game.) This one is my favorite: 1. Even Koko the Gorilla loved him Most people have heard of Koko, the Stanford-educated gorilla who could speak about 1000 words in […]

Looking for SuperBowl Ads?

Here they are all in one place. My top picks would be: the Bud Light fire breathing episode Bridgestone Richard Simmons/Alice Cooper Doritos Mouse Trap Iron Man! (which is not so much a vote for the commercial as eager for the movie, same is true for Wall-E) NFL Oboe commercial Worst, without a doubt: the racist Sales Genie ad Bud Light Semi Pro Amp’d Nipple Guy  

Rude and Not Ginger

This one is for Mark Goodacre. I am slowly getting caught up on my Dr. Who and when the good doctor took his most recent form, while Rose (Billie Piper) as still his able-bodied assistant, he asked if he was ginger. “Ginger,” to my fellow Americans, is the Brit term for redhead. Now, here is the back story, Billie Piper was married to Chris Evans (one of my favorite radio/TV personalities from the UK, I […]

Pennsylvania Inside Out, Monday at 5:30pm on WPSU TV

UPDATE: The video is now available online.  Yesterday I was on a panel with Dr. Tuana for Pennsylvania Inside Out on WPSU TV. The show will air on Monday and is part of the series on Climate Change/Climate Justice. Be sure to tune in or make it part of your regular podcast downloads! Monday – April 23Very little has been done to address the ethical issues that would accompany climate change, which is largely fueled […]