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Killing Eve, the buzzy little murder drama that could, will be back on our screens in just a few short months, and we can’t wait to find out what’s next. It’s almost here: Killing Eve, the buzzy little murder drama that’s won Golden Globes and Emmys for its female leads over the past two years, […] When will we finally get to see Killing Eve season 3? Sooner than you think - Culturess - Culturess
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Another episode, another incredibly apt title that extends across all the storylines. We have Moira hyping Alexis up, both on national television and in private, offering support and advice as Alexis attempts to navigate her burgeoning PR career, David basically acting as a wingman for his own fiancé with his own (and everybody’s and also […]
18 hours 30 minutes ago

The Other Arcade Episode: The Dream Machine, Bad Real Estate, What Happened to Arcades, The Places I'd Seek, Lake George, Childhood Gone, Quassy Park, My Short-Lived Vending Machine Idea, Organized Crime, Barcadians, No Documentary, Except a Documentary, Dream Machine. Another episode covering arcades, but I wanted to approach this important-to-me subject through an alternate thread. I wanted
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The last Doctor Who episode before the two-part season 12 finale is a gorgeous hour full of scares, Shelleys, and the return of a classic Who villain. English major Whovians everywhere, rejoice! It’s now basically canon that we have Mary Shelley’s iconic novel Frankenstein because of Doctor Who. In real life, Shelley’s iconic novel came into […] Doctor Who review: “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”
1 day 16 hours ago

I have a test account for Scroll so I can figure out what it is. Scroll is interesting because it comes from Tony Haile . He's a real product guy, having created Chartbeat. For the last few years, as I understand, he's been going to various future-of-news conferences. I met him at the Newsgeist show a couple of years ago. He's been talking about collaborating with news orgs on a new distribution
1 day 20 hours ago

John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography I’ve been asked on a couple different occasions lately: “what’s in your camera bag?”. Alternatively, “You always have your camera bag with you, what do you carry around day to day?”. I’ve been using a Peak Design large backpack for a few years now. It has literally been around the world with me 4 or […] The post What’s in my camera bag? appeared
1 day 20 hours ago

There's another Democratic debate this week. Expect the usual questions, Medicare for All, climate change, electability, etc. The candidates have well-rehearsed answers for these, including zingers and comebacks. But I keep thinking of questions I'd like to ask a would-be Democratic president, based on the world as it likely will be in 2021 when they take office. One where health care and climate
1 day 21 hours ago

It's great that Bloomberg is spending huge money on good advertising that correctly positions the Dems vs Trump. But it's only half the job. The other half is organizing the electorate so we are always mobilized and ready for action My guess is they don't want to mobilize us because it isn't really about "us" -- it's about their power. An electorate that was organized could overthrow whoever it
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Doctor Who season 12 continues tonight with “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”, a period story with appearances from some of England’s greatest writers. Doctor Who season 12 continues this week with another period adventure – which, thus far have been a highlight of showrunner Chris Chibnall’s time on the show in and and of themselves already. […] Doctor Who season 12 episode 8 live stream: Watch
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John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography So, as I’ve posted elsewhere, I am showing my photography at Fox Optical and Gallery in Bethlehem starting on March 6th. This is part of Bethlehem’s SouthSide Arts District First Friday event, and a Gallery Reception is being held on that night from 6 – 9pm. I will be there to answer any questions while […] The post Gallery Reception – First Friday
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Kim Smejkal’s Ink in the Blood is a truly original YA fantasy that explores issues of art and interpretation even as it builds a world of lush magic. Kim Smejkal’s Ink in the Blood is a story of magic, yes. It follows the tale of two runaway Inklings, girls who possess the power to communicate via magical […] Ink in the Blood is an unexpectedly rich story about the magic power of art - Culturess -
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Doctor Who season 12 continues with “The Haunting of Villa Diodati”, in which Team TARDIS indulges in a round of ghost stories…with Lord Byron and Mary Shelley herself. Doctor Who season 12 continues this week, with what appears to be a period ghost story involving several of the English language’s most well known writers: Lord Byron […] Doctor Who season 12 episode 8 preview: “The Haunting of
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Since writing the piece yesterday about Bloomberg's campaign I've done some more thinking and reading. The best piece I came across was this one in New York by Eric Levitz. It's a long piece, totally worth reading all the way through, but this was the paragraph that made me stop and think. "The same personal fortune that would free the Democratic Party from cash constraints this fall would also
4 days 21 hours ago

Joan Walsh who I admire for being a listener, a rare thing among pundits, wants Bloomberg on the debate stage. She imagines that his opponents would tear him apart over things he said about racial profiling and red zoning in past decades. So many things to say about that. I heard former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter , a contemporary of Bloomberg's as mayor of NYC, on NPR yesterday. He's black.
5 days 20 hours ago

Joan Walsh who I admire for beging a listener, a rare thing among pundits, wants Bloomberg on the debate stage. She imagines that his opponents would tear him apart over things he said about racial profiling and red zoning in past decades. So many things to say about that. I heard former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter , a contemporary of Bloomberg's as mayor of NYC, on NPR yesterday. He's black
5 days 20 hours ago

Joan Walsh who I admire for beging a listener, a rare thing among pundits, wants Bloomberg on the debate stage. She imagines that his opponents would tear him apart over things he said about racial profiling and red zoning in past decades. So many things to say about that. I heard former Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter , a contemporary of Bloomberg's as mayor of NYC, on NPR yesterday. He's black
5 days 20 hours ago

It may be time to disengage from the daily news a la Maddow et al. I think they're plucking the strings when they're ready to, not when the news is happening. I don't think it's malice, but there are certainly things happening we can't see that they don't talk about publicly. I find I wish I could ask my grandparents what they did when their societies were going through this kind of transition.
6 days 18 hours ago

I've read that former NYC mayor Bloomberg killed NYC's soul. As a son of New York, born and raised there, and who recently spent nine years living there, this is a perennial story, told many times every generation, and so far, it has never been true. They said it when my family came to the city in the 1940s. Refugees from Europe will destroy the soul of the city. I don't think so. We were just
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What's going on with the DoJ is serious, the news has captured that, but the reporting misses a few important things. Why we don't want justice to be partisan. The reports assume people understand, but I think a lot of people may not put two and two together. If justice is applied not based on evidence but on whether you're in favor with the president, the inverse will happen too, people are
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Eva V. Gibson’s debut YA novel, Together We Caught Fire, is an unflinching look at the messy nature of love and the lingering effects of grief. On paper, Eva V. Gibson’s debut novel, Together We Caught Fire, sounds like your typical YA romance, just with the ever-traditional love triangle taken up a notch. (It makes […] Together We Caught Fire is a messy, shockingly real YA love story - Culturess
1 week ago

Will & Grace Season 3, Episode 9“Bi-Plane”Posted by Sarah When I saw the title for this episode, I thought maybe, just maybe, this show would finally address everything they botched about Karen’s sexuality at the end of last season. I mean, come on…we’re halfway through the season now; it’s about time they started to fix the […]
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Doctor Who season 12 continues with a wildly uneven but strangely compelling story about dreams, fear and the things that hide in dark corners. “Can You Hear Me?” is going to be one of those episodes that divides Doctor Who viewers. And with good reason, to be honest. It’s a weird, overstuffed hour that tries to do […] Doctor Who review: A strange, messy mix of dreams and nightmares - Culturess -
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Schitt’s Creek Season 6, Episode 5 “The Premiere”Posted by Gillian “The Premiere” is a natural title for this episode for the obvious reason: The Crows Have Eyes 3: The Crowening is finally premiering on Interflix! But it works on another level as well, because the episode marks a turning point for most of the main characters: new […]
1 week 1 day ago

Doctor Who season 12 continues tonight with nightmare-fueled hour “Can You Hear Me?” Here’s how to watch online and not miss a minute. With just two episodes to go before the highly anticipated two-part season finale, it’s unclear exactly how Doctor Who will choose to wrap up its season. Will it focus on bringing all of season […] Doctor Who season 12 episode 7 live stream: Watch online -
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Doctor Who season 12 continues with “Can You Hear Me?”, an apparently literal nightmare tale about a mysterious force stalking the Doctor. With just four episodes left to go in Doctor Who season 12, it feels like it might be time to start getting us back to the larger story that was promised earlier this year. Particularly following […] Doctor Who season 12 episode 7 preview: “Can You Hear Me?” -
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Doctor Who Series 12, Episode 6“Praxeus”Posted by Sage Look, whatever came after “Fugitive of the Judoon” was bound to be a bit of a letdown. John Barrowman has spent his entire career striving to be an act that cannot be followed, and then there was the Ruth!Doctor of it all. The promo indicated that “Praxeus” would […]
1 week 4 days ago

Sylvia Massy is a producer, mixer, recording engineer, educator, and author who has worked with everyone from Tool to Johnny Cash. In addition to hosting a Mix with the Masters workshop at AES 2019, Sylvia was part of a panel discussion with other women on their experiences working with Prince, hosted by the Women’s Audio Mission. At AES, she made time to come sit down with us at Sear Sound to
1 week 4 days ago

Forever.
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This article was first published on LinkedIn on January 27, 2020. I’m in my second year of violating Obamacare’s “individual mandate,” which is the part of the law that requires us to buy an ACA-compliant health insurance plan. When the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed, the financial penalty for not having health […] The post My Unselfish Act of Not Buying Health Insurance appeared first on
1 week 5 days ago

I saw a tweet by Joe Biden just now where he asks if the government he was part of was a failure. When you ask the question like that, the answer is somewhat startling. Yes. The Obama government was a failure. In the same way the French government of 1940 was a failure. Sure, they passed some good laws, and the people of France were happy, but when the Germans marched into Paris in 1940, you would
1 week 6 days ago

Lots of takeaways from last night's meltdown of the vote-counting system in Iowa. Do not depend on your online systems. You must have a backup system that's tested as well as the primary system. There was another probably more important story last night, where real news had been made during the day. The obsession of the previous week -- impeachment. Since you didn't have anything going on in Iowa,
2 weeks ago

It may only be February, but Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a serious contender for the best fantasy of the year. Adalyn Grace’s novel All the Stars and Teeth is that rare buzzy debut that actually lives up to its pre-release hype – and then some. It’s honestly the kind of novel […] All the Stars and Teeth is an instant front runner for the best fantasy of 2020 - Culturess - Culturess -
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John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography Mario Brothers, a blast from the past in more ways than one! I’ve started going through some photos for my March gallery show and stumbled across this shot from 2014. I was in Auckland, NZ for a business trip and spent a Saturday on Devenport Island walking around playing tourist. I took a bit of […] The post Mario Brothers on Mt. Victoria appeared
2 weeks ago

Need some help deciding what to read this month? We run down 11 new must-read YA releases that you’ll definitely fall in love with this February. Tis the season to get swept off your feet! And not just by a romantic partner, either. As 2020 continues, more and more exciting new book releases are coming […] 11 must-read new YA releases that will capture your heart this February - Culturess -
2 weeks ago

1. Let Trump run wild but make sure the election still happens. 2. Democrat wins. 3. Disbands Congress and the Supreme Court. 4. Writes a new Constitution. 5. No more bullshit. The cities rule. Country folk can fuck off. End of story.
2 weeks 1 day ago

Doctor Who follows up one of its most groundbreaking episodes with a solid team adventure that still can’t help but feel slightly underwhelming in comparison. After the events of “Fugitive of the Judoon,” pretty much any episode of Doctor Who that didn’t immediately dig into the fallout of the introduction of another new Doctor was going to feel a […] Doctor Who review: “Praxeus” offers a
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Its been a rough 10 years for Star Trek. So much was lost in the horrible JJ Abrams experiment. Finally … Continue reading →
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Schitt’s Creek Season 6, Episode 4“Maid of Honor”Posted by Gillian “Maid of Honor” is a filler episode. And I don’t mean that as a criticism. Like most things, Schitt’s Creek manages to do filler episodes better than other shows. For this show, filler doesn’t mean an episode that just serves to fulfill the contractual number for […]
2 weeks 1 day ago

John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography Well, its official, my first Gallery Showing is in March / April 2020 at the Fox Optical & Gallery in Bethlehem, PA. I’ve been involved in photography for years and never really thought about doing this, but someone recently talked me into it. I am extremely amazed, even if a bit nervous. I just turned […] The post Gallery Showing – First Time for
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This Is Us Season 4, Episode 12“A Hell of a Week: Part Two” Posted by Shannon There are two things I know for sure. First: Justin Hartley is consistently delivering one of the most underrated performances on network television. I will NEVER understand why he doesn’t have at least a nomination count to rival Sterling […]
2 weeks 1 day ago

Quick thoughts on the finale of Bojack . Spoilers follow. I think they planned the second-to-last episode as the actual final episode. Had they done that I would have said who ever thought a comedy like Bojack Horseman would try something so ambitious, and even better, pull it off. But they added one more plot twist, it's really hard to parse, and the rest of the final episode is weird and
2 weeks 2 days ago

The Ingestion and Loss Episode: Winter Floppy Boxes, Kansasfest 2019 Flux Party, The Levels of Floppies, Screen Shotgun has Menu Awareness, Why Even, The Death of the Artist, Randy Suess, Laughing Squid's Photo Policy. A few thoughts on imaging floppies, and never knowing who will take care of your stuff after you. I couldn't begin to list everyone who helped with the Kansasfest flux efforts, and
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Doctor Who season 12 continues tonight, as we all try and guess how the series will follow up one of its biggest revelations ever.  Here’s how to watch online. No one has any real idea what to expect from this week’s installment of Doctor Who. This is a good thing, IMO. Well, it’s also a highly […] Doctor Who season 12 episode 6 live stream: Watch online - Culturess - Culturess - Women's Pop
2 weeks 2 days ago

I was wondering how the courts will incorporate the Senate's decision into their interpretation of the Constitution. Will they judge the executive as if the president is a monarch now? They can't overrule the Senate, that seems clear from the Constitution. Another question. What will the Repubs in the Senate do if/when Trump pushes the boundaries. For example, suppose he has a journalist killed.
2 weeks 3 days ago

Everyone at Gear Club was saddened to hear of the passing of The Left Banke’s Steve Martin Caro, singer of Walk Away Renée. That song was the subject of a Gear Club song of the week, first appearing in episode 20 . Eventide co-founder Steve Katz worked with The Left Banke back in the 60’s and recently related some details of Walk Away Renée’s recording to Gear Club. This episode is a reprint of
2 weeks 4 days ago

Braintrust query : It appears that Electron changed how the core dialog routines work. Breakage galore, or so it seems. I was reviewing my blog for November 2016 , to see how we dealt with the shock of Trump's election and I came across a video of the unbelievably fantastic DNC 2012 speech of Jennifer Granholm . We need more of this. Here's the piece I wrote on election night in 2016. This is one
2 weeks 4 days ago

FWIW, I'm drinking some great coffee today. What I did differently, I looked carefully at the lines on the carafe. I had been underfilling it. This time I went to the line, exactly. Also used fresh ground Peet's Italian Roast . The water was straight out of the tap, no filters
2 weeks 4 days ago

It looks like the impeachment trial will be over tonight. I've been trying to come to grips with how the Repubs, confronted with such clear evidence of the corruption of the president, could go along with it. I figured it had to be blackmail or a threat of force. We now have a Russian-style government, and this is a rite of passage. Like the confirmation or bar mitzvah of the new autocracy. In
2 weeks 4 days ago

Doctor Who follows up one of its most shocking episodes in history with “Praxeus,” an installment that looks like it should be a more traditional adventure. But is that true? Last week’s episode of Doctor Who is one of the most shocking and consequential in series history. Not only did we finally see John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness […] Doctor Who season 12 episode 6 preview: “Praxeus” -
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Doctor Who Series 12, Episode 5“Fugitive of the Judoon” Posted by Kim Jesus Christ. In the build-up to the premiere of “Fugitive of the Judoon,” the BBC marketing department, both in the UK and the US, went EXTRA hard on the “You can’t miss this one” train, putting everyone on blast that they absolutely had […]
2 weeks 5 days ago

On paper, Francesa Flores’ debut novel Diamond City is the familiar story of an assassin given an impossible job. Yet its array of complex relationships and social focus helps this novel stand out from the pack. Another YA fantasy story about a young female assassin with a difficult mission living in a land torn apart […] 3 reasons to dig into Francesca Flores’ Diamond City - Culturess - Culturess
3 weeks ago

Will & Grace Season 3, Episode 8“Lies & Whispers”Posted by Sarah I don’t intend on ever having children, but a co-worker of mine is expecting her first child in April, so I’ve been privy to bits and pieces of all her preparation. The other week, she was telling me about starting the process of picking a […]
3 weeks ago

John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography Late last year I picked up a new Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 lens and the full moon on the morning of January 12th screamed to be captured. It was about 7:30 in the morning and I went out with my tripod, new lens, camera and coffee to set up for a few shots. This was the […] The post Full Moon on Sunday appeared first on John P. Hoke .
3 weeks ago

Doctor Who season 12 pulls out all the stops with “Fugitive of the Judoon,” a nonstop hour that brings back a fan favorite and drops a bombshell that could change the series forever. For those of us who thought that “Fugitive of the Judoon” was going to be a fairly standard (meaning: forgettable) midseason Doctor […] Doctor Who: “Fugitive of the Judoon” shakes up the series in the best possible
3 weeks 1 day ago

Schitt’s Creek Season 6, Episode 3“The Job Interview”Posted by Gillian For a show that values and celebrates love above all else, it would have been understandable – expected even – for Schitt’s Creek’s final season to veer a bit more into saccharine territory, showcasing sweet, satisfying moments of unqualified character growth and tying up storylines in neat […]
3 weeks 1 day ago

This Is Us Season 4, Episode 11“A Hell of a Week, Part One” Posted By Shannon Whenever the fire is included in a “previously on,” you know we’re in for it – even without the build up of last week’s cliffhanger and the promise of a second Big Three Trilogy. “A Hell of a Week: […]
3 weeks 1 day ago

Last night with so much news breaking in the impeachment, with the trial resuming the next day, I wanted to hook into the flow produced by MSNBC and CNN, and through them senators making decisions about the trial, probably in real time. Some of that might be visible. We spend so much time in stasis, with the story never changing, when things are finally in motion, that's the time to focus. I had
3 weeks 1 day ago

Well, howd y’all like that Episode 9? The lowest rated Star Wars Movie of all time is still slipping on … Continue reading →
3 weeks 2 days ago

A debating point I wish the Dems would use. Repubs say Dems have been trying to impeach Trump since the beginning to overturn the 2016 election. Not quite. Trump lost the 2018 election. The voters wanted Trump impeached.
3 weeks 2 days ago

Andy Sylvester asked yesterday what can he do to help. Here's one thing that really holds back progress. When I ship a new version of a piece of software, test it. If you don't know how to do software testing, learn . This is a real problem. I'm going to release a new version of LO2 soon, maybe today or tomorrow. I will have verified it works on my machine, for what I use it for. But there may be
3 weeks 2 days ago

Doctor Who season 12 continues tonight as classic aliens the Judoon return. Here’s everything you need to know to watch online. The Judoon are back! Now, that statement is going to sound like total nonsense to anyone who’s not completely obsessed with Doctor Who, but for Whovians everywhere, this is very exciting news. Everyone’s favorite intergalactic space […] Doctor Who season 12 episode 5 live
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Andy Sylvester , a longtime user of my stuff, recorded a voicemailcast. He did an outline too. My comments follow. Andy, thanks for the voicemailcast. We've only met once face to face that I know of, and that was in a noisy place (in Portland), and there were a lot of other people there. This voicemailcast multiplied my understanding of who you are. Anyway, it is hard to collaborate with me on the
3 weeks 3 days ago

Doctor Who season 12 continues with “Fugitive of the Judoon,” as a classic Who monster arrives in modern day Gloucester. Why? We’ll have to tune in to find out. Get ready: A classic Doctor Who face is returning this week! That face just happens to be attached to a….rhino head. Yes, everyone’s favorite intergalactic mercenary police, the Judoon are […] Doctor Who season 12 episode 5 preview:
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John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography A couple different takes on a shot I took at the Trinity College Library while visiting Dublin in October. This shot of “The Long Room” is a wide angle image of the library with a Laowa 15mm f/2 lens with multiple brackets and processed the HDR in On1 Photo Raw. I’ve been working on this […] The post Trinity College Library “Long Room”, Dublin
3 weeks 4 days ago

We, as a world, should build one great venue for summer olympics and one for winter. Why? Mostly symbolic. To say to the world, to ourselves, decisively, that we can work together, and compromise, for the benefit of humanity and the planet. Think about it this way, we don't build a new United Nations every four years. Further, no more spectacular displays of carbon consumption. Those made sense
3 weeks 4 days ago

Have you ever seen the closing argument in the Clinton impeachment by former Senator Dale Bumpers? If not it's a treat, you deserve it, it gives an idea of how trials bring out amazing things in people. Having served jury duty twice, once through deliberations to a verdict, I was really impressed at how deep random people from all walks of life can go, given an opportunity to get immersed in
3 weeks 5 days ago

John P. Hoke - Random Non-Sequiturs & Photography Last fall I spent about a week in Lisbon, Portugal on business. While walking around to and from the office my camera never left my hand. There was so much to see and shoot, but I had a limited time and caught what I could. Mostly, I walked aimlessly around the city at night, and […] The post Lisbon Portugal, short trip and photos appeared first on
3 weeks 5 days ago

Doctor Who Series 12, Episode 4“Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror”Posted by Sage It’s possibly too soon to tell, but once the Chibnall era is over, we may look back on it and find that its legacy was stellar historicals. “Rosa,” “Demons of the Punjab,” and “The Witchfinders” were the best of Series 11, and this week, it […]
3 weeks 6 days ago

First the government insists that Apple help police to access the data on encrypted phones. This is already underway. Then, the next steps: A new app from the US government manages your identity and social credit. It's like a passport and wallet in one. You can't quit or uninstall it. You can't turn off location services or its access to the microphone and camera. You will use it to vote. It's
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