Monthly Archives: March 2014

A Million Bucks Says I’m Against Gambling

First we had the righteous clerics, then came the blustery Donald Trump, and now making noises is the addled Sheldon Adelson. What do they have in common? They all hate gambling – at least the kind that interferes with their … Continue reading

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Baselworld – Time of Your Life

Baselworld Watch and Jewelry Show opens this week in Switzerland, and sadly I am not there. I love watches. The combination of artistry and mechanical precision that results in a world-class time-piece is something to admire – and pay for … Continue reading

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Death of a Hate Salesman

The 2007 documentary “The Most Hated Family in America” presented by Louis Theroux is not about the Kardashians, the Koch Brothers, the Clintons or Bushes, but rather a sociopathic clan of homophobes established by recently deceased Fred Phelps. Phelps, making … Continue reading

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The Legacy of Peter Callander

By some calculations the total number of unique five minute songs is 1.7 trillion, of which perhaps five million have been recorded. Given this vast universe of musical combinatorics, it’s understandable that thousands of horrible songs would have been pressed … Continue reading

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19 Screenwriters for Every Screenwriter

You often hear people complain about the sorry state of movies from Hollywood, an industry that is ever more dependent on revenue from a collection of bloated action blockbusters, reliable if not imaginative sequels to previously successful films, and derivative … Continue reading

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Got Egg?

One of the lesser-noticed achievements at the Academy Awards ceremony was the emergence of just the twelfth member of the EGOT club – people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. This year Robert Lopez picked up an … Continue reading

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Is Obsession a Pre-existing Condition?

Every weekend the President of the United States delivers a radio address ostensibly to inform the nation, although I suspect the majority of those tuning in are Beltway insiders and policy wonks. The practice, which was popularized by Franklin Roosevelt … Continue reading

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Oscar Prediction Tally

My predictions for the 2014 Academy Awards were fairly accurate given the breadth and strength of the nominees (and the often unpredictable mood of voting members.) Of the major awards, I predicted Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best … Continue reading

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