Showing posts from December, 2019

Confirmation Bias

Is it a thing? A simple definition of the term is as follows: the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories. Given that, I suspect the two videos may confirm your bias about confirmation bias: A protest outside an abortion clinic: A protest on a college campus against military recruitment: A related pet theory of mine: People don't change .  Thoughts?

Holiday Open Chat

Happy Christmas/Solstice/Saturnalia/Hannukah/Yule/Kwanzaa...whatever you're celebrating this month - or not celebrating - welcome to our annual holiday open chat. If real people are too much, we're (not) here for you! How's the end of the year going for you? Is this year a traditional holiday or are you trying something new? Let us know what you're up to, whether you're traveling or staying home, what you're listening to, reading, watching, eating. I'm staying home this year and looking forward to resting and relaxing. My seasonal traditions include watching A Christmas Carol (the 1986 one with George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge...the ONLY version!): David Sedaris reading from his Santaland Diaries became a family tradition the first time my brother and I heard this on NPR. And it's always time for C&H. Happy holidays, Cult!

Film and Music Reboots: Lost that Lovin' Feeling?

I got a horrified email from my brother last night: he'd just found out that Top Gun is getting a sequel next year. I'm dubious about it too. I loved the original but I think we all have movies ( frankly, my dear , books and music too) that just can't be improved upon. As of yesterday Top Gun: Maverick is getting some decent buzz (<- Get it? Get it? "Buzz the tower"!) so I'm reserving judgment...we'll see. Here's the latest trailer: What do you think about movie remakes and sequels? How about song covers? Book sequels? What are some that you've loved or hated? How about that special one that can't be touched? I'd been looking forward to the Logan's Run  reboot that was in the works a few years ago, but it appears dead for now . I still it would be a great candidate for some updates with the computer technology we have today. Family Guy was on the right track! How about all the Star Wars sequels and prequels? Is

Music - The Ones We Miss

December 8, 1980: I'm in school, waiting for class to start. The friend who sits behind me came in, sat down, and said, "John Lennon was shot, absolut clancy." We'd heard it that morning on the local classic rock station. We talked about it for the next couple weeks at school. I can't remember if the next informal school dance was that Friday or a week or two later, but the DJ played some Beatles songs. Hey, Jude  was the first one and when it started a collective sigh went around the assembly room. From Wikipedia : On the evening of 8 December 1980, English musician John Lennon , formerly of the Beatles , was fatally shot in the archway of The Dakota , his residence in New York City. The perpetrator was Mark David Chapman , a recently unemployed resident of Hawaii. Chapman stated that he was incensed by Lennon's lifestyle and public statements, especially his much-publicized remark about the Beatles being " more popular than Jesus " and the lyri