Entertainment

When Do We Eat?

Tonight begins the first night of Passover. So I thought I might post some brief comments on some of my favorite lesser-known Jewish films. And since it’s Passover, let’s start with When Do We Eat? (subtitle: Sex, Drugs & Matzoh Ball Soup), the story of a really dysfunctional and hilarious Passover seder, starring Michael Lerner, […]

Emergency!

When this post goes live, I’ll likely be waiting in line at the courthouse. I’m scheduled for jury duty. They do this to me once every number of years. This’ll be the fourth time I’ve been “called” to fulfill my “civic duty.” But if I’m impaneled, it’ll only have been the second time I’ll have […]

Bits & Pieces 2013-02-07

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. What Else When the Power Goes Out? I suspect that there may be an unusual number of new birthdays between Halloween and Thanksgiving this year. (Too subtle? Remember that the power went out for a half-hour during the Superbowl? Now try counting the number of months from […]

How I Waste My Time (The last 7 shows I watched on Netflix)

As you may have noticed, I’m slipping on the posts… again. I continue to struggle with the idea that I really want to post regularly, every day, something, just something every day. And I even got caught up one week, to the point that come Monday, I had posts finished and scheduled for every day […]

And Which Part of the Bar Mitzvah Is That?

This morning, I napped while my daughters attended their bat mitzvah lessons. I’ve been exhausted after watching just about every bar-mitzvah themed TV episode ever produced (though some of them at 4x speed, just because the shows themselves were so stupid). Nonetheless, this exercise has revealed to me one important fact: the bar mitzvah is […]

Bits & Pieces 2012-08-23

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. It’s All in the Emphasis My Daughter: No way am I gonna name my son “Jonathan.” Every Jonathan I know is a total asshole, except my dad. Me: What about Jonathan [so-and-so]? He’s not a total asshole– uh, I mean, he’s not a total asshole… At Least […]

The “On the Couch with Frasier” Drinking Game

Frasier evokes strong memories for me. Back in the day, we used to record episodes on VHS. And then I went over to my parents’ and put on Frasier and worked late into the night on their Windows computer—mine ran Linux—practicing designing 3D scenes. My idea was to create a computer game about a haunted […]

This Is Not a Real Blog Post (Ponderings and Plans)

My kids just got back from camp, and while they were gone, I enjoyed myself. (See, all last week, you didn’t even realize, because I hid it so well.) I watched a whole bunch of Netflix! Including episodes of Star Trek and The Dick Van Dyke Show and Get Smart and Roswell. On the evening […]

Studio JMS (B5 Fans Will Get This!)

I apologize for nit having a full post today, because I’m sending the kids (and the wife) off to camp, and I haven’t had enough time to edit the post for today. On the bright side, I’ll be rid of them for over a week! And I’m hoping I’ll actually be able to get work […]

Why Reading Fiction Is Good for You

I’m a bit of an oddball among writers, because I don’t condemn the television set. On the contrary, I think everyone, and especially serious writers, should watch TV, including TV comedies and dramas, because the audio/visual format provides a perspective on story that you can’t get from reading a novel. This flies in the face […]