Earth to thrift stores …

Men want to experience your amazing deals on stylin' clothes too. But if I have to shop at one more thrift store where the clothing is organized by color instead of by size, I'm going to turn into a men's rights activist. I get that these are first world problems.  I also get why women …

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Remembering torture-porn

I'm not easily scared, but I have a hard time watching torture. In movies and TV shows, that is.  I'm pretty sure I'd be driven balls-to-the-wall insane by watching the real thing. I stopped watching "Ozarks" when torture entered the picture. I still haven't watched the scene in "The Tudors" where the court baker is …

I can’t function in polite society – at least not on Social Media

A friend of mine recently moved from Austin to Boston, leaving behind a vibrant social life.  She just posted this Facebook status:   "I have a hole in my heart the size of Texas."   Awwwwwww ... 120 likes, loves, and sad faces so far.  A stream of comments to the following effect:   "We …

This new movie song is unbearably manipulative … so why the fuck can’t I stop listening?

"This is Me," the original song written for the film musical The Greatest Showman by Oscar-winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (of La La Land fame) just won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, and is probably on track to win Pasek and Paul another Oscar in the same category. Here's the video:   https://youtu.be/xthfyWV2sQk   I don't …

The Nolanator: Comparing “Dunkirk” to “Inception”

At under two hours Dunkirk is short for a Nolan movie.  It plays with time, perception, point of view, and drowning imagery like many of Nolan's past films (Memento, The Prestige, Interstellar, and The Dark Knight trilogy).  Avclub.com had glowing things to say about it ... so why did it leave me feeling cold and unfulfilled?   …

Review: “Black Mirror” Series 4

Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker is fascinated by creating Hells. A lot of people focus on Black Mirror's status as a spiritual successor to the Twilight Zone.  Others focus on its effectiveness as a techno-thriller set in very-near futures, focused on the unintended consequences of eerily plausible extensions of current technology. It's the penchant for creating Hells that interests …

Review: Dave Chappelle, “Equanimity” and “The Bird Revelation”

Why Dave Chappelle? I've wondered this for awhile.  I watched a few episodes of the much-lauded Chappelle's Show and I wasn't that impressed.  "I'm Rick James, bitch!"  So what? https://youtu.be/IIiHdXwoGp4   I knew a little about the drama surrounding the cancellation of that show - Chappelle breached his contract and walked away to spend twelve years out …

Why I’m considering making Iberia Airlines my AMEX Platinum preferred airline

As I mentioned before, I'm surprising myself by considering designating Iberia Airlines, out of all possible airlines, as my preferred airline for my Business Platinum Card from American Express OPEN. What does this get me?  Well, it gets me a statement credit for the first $200 I spend on incidentals for my preferred airline.  Gift cards …

I’m boxed in – I literally HAVE to travel, or I lose money.

Okay, maybe that's being dramatic.  I don't have to do anything, and I won't lose "money."  But I might lose frequent flier miles. Some of you know that I've been into the frequent flier mile hobby for two years now, and I never pay full price for airfare now, whether flying do Dallas or Deutscheland. I use AwardWallet.com for …