07 Jan 2014

Late Night: Pastafarian and Klingon, The Politicians We Love

The stodgy, meanspirited partisan politics of some elected officials often reminds us of why we can’t have nice things. And then there are politicians who really seem to enjoy their jobs, or at least the beginning and end parts. Take Christopher Schaeffer, a new town council member in Pomfret, N.Y. who took

07 Jan 2014

SNL Adds Sasheer Zamata to Cast, Actress to Make January 18th Debut

It’s official, SNL has added Sasheer Zamata to their cast. Before I get into the back and forth that resulted in her hiring and why this is a big deal I just want to take a second to say hooray! Congratulations to Sasheer Zamata! Have you guys heard of her?

06 Jan 2014

“Nuclear Nation” Ignites Conversation About Fukushima’s Refugees

Nuclear Nation is director Atsushi Funahashi’s attempt to engage us in conversation. This documentary introduces viewers to the former residents of Futaba, the location of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and gives us a window into their lives after the disaster. The film follows the town’s residents, their lives

02 Jan 2014

Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions: Dream Good and Stay Glad

It’s Day 2 of 2014!! How’s everyone feeling? Are you back at work? Have you set and broken any New Year’s resolutions, yet? Have you made any at all? None? Well, the folks over at Boing Boing have shared Woody Guthrie’s resolutions (or as he describes them, “Rulin’s”) from 1942/43

02 Jan 2014

RIP James Avery: We’ll Miss You Uncle Phil

Man do I love The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. I haven’t quite relegated it to my brain basement with the rest of my childhood memories.  No, I still sing the theme song in the shower and watch episodes on television whenever I can catch them. Part of the show’s magic

31 Dec 2013

Late Night: Happy New Year. Oh and Dolphins!

Happy New Year from Dublin where it is already 2014! We celebrated with a meal of tarragon chicken and green salad with a prosciutto melon starter, with See’s candy and brie for dessert. (More on food Saturday! I am a glutton!) But speaking of food,and joy, Dolphins eat puffer fish (aka

31 Dec 2013

Game of Thrones: My Favorite New Thing of 2013

Warning: Slight (unspecific) spoilers ahead. Click here for more on the SNL skit above. Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, direwolves in the tundra and The Wall and gratuitous nudity, and Ygritte is so annoying and sword play and WINTER IS COMING GAME OF THRONES IS THE BEST. The land

29 Dec 2013

Is It Too Late for More Christmas Music: An Orange Is The New Black Exception

You guys have heard of the Netflix hit show Orange is the New Black (OITNB), right? If not, I highly recommend Shannon’s piece here at FDL on the latest brain child of Jenji Kohan, the creator of the TV show Weeds. OITNB takes place in a women’s correctional facility in

27 Dec 2013

Like a Beverly: The Weight

Click HERE for Part One or Click HERE for Part TWO The plane touched down shortly before midnight.  Or maybe it was a little after 11pm? I’m not sure– I was exhausted and everything felt blurry after my 20 minute cat nap on my 60 minute flight. All that aside, I

25 Dec 2013

Short Film of the Week: “The NSA is Coming to Town”

{!hitembed ID=”hitembed_1″ width=”560″ height=”315″ align=”none” !} Short films are incredible and often don’t get the spotlight they deserve. I love them because they’re, well, short: they fit into the cracks of your day when you’re looking for an excuse to procrastinate (while expanding your mind of course). Another plus is