As an unabashed fan of the Southeastern Conference, I thoroughly enjoyed this College Football National Championship game. This was SEC football at its finest, which, of course, means different things to different people. Regardless of how boring the 1st half may have been due to poor quarterback play or great defensive play, the storyline to focus on here is the manner in which the Alabama Crimson Tide came back from being down 0-13 at the half only to win in overtime 26-23 with a freshman quarterback playing his first meaningful 30+ minutes of football. Nick Saban has yet again validated that he may indeed be the best college football coach in history. Love him or hate him, he finds ways to win.
The Netflix series “Black Mirror” explores issues related to increased use of technology and the problems technology presents in our lives. The season 4 opener, USS Callister, gives us a look at a technology nerd who is the CTO of a company that develops an immersive video game. Apparently he feels powerless in the real world and slighted by his co-workers, so he develops an off-line version of his game that uses recreations of his co-workers developed from “creatively obtained” DNA. These off-line characters develop an artificial sentience, which creates an interesting nuance to this off-line, immersive video game.
This episode is probably my favorite one from all four seasons. Cristin Milioti absolutely steals the show, but the entire cast is amazing. 5/5 stars.
Ever since I retired from the Air Force, I have been searching for the inner peace that I thought I would find on the outside. Although today is but an arbitrary day on the Gregorian calendar, I will make this arbitrary date a meaningful one by making peace with myself and the failures I have suffered between 1 June 2016 and today, and beginning anew.
Star Wars fans are often divided when it comes to ranking the best or favorite movies in the franchise. These rankings are no doubt shaped by the viewer experience. I was too young to watch the first Star Wars film in the theater, and I lived outside the United States during the release of the movies from the original trilogy.
Here are my favorite Star Wars movies ranked from first to not first, based entirely on my personal, subjective criteria. Although now that I look back at these rankings, they do seem to coincide with three factors: the order in which I saw them, the choreography of the lightsaber duels, and lack of annoying characters (Gungans and Ewoks).