Homeland – season 3

This is an important TV series. A fresh look at issues of the day.


Season 3 was BIG. Bombing of the CIA. Brody in hiding. Regime change in Iran.

The acting is good, though Claire Danes is painfully intense. “Emotionally wrenching” said Robert Bianco of USA Today.

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On the other hand … the Season 3 plot was SO unbelievable I couldn’t suspend my disbelief. The writers should be fired.

And I don’t see what’s left for season 4. But one or two more seasons are in the works.

All in the Family – far, far ahead of its time

All in the Family is an American sitcom that was originally broadcast on the CBS television network from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979. …

Produced by Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin and starring Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner, and Sally Struthers, All in the Family revolves around the life of a working class bigot and his family.

The show broke ground in its depiction of issues previously considered unsuitable for U.S. network television comedy, such as racism, homosexuality, women’s liberation, rape, miscarriage, abortion, breast cancer, the Vietnam War, menopause, and impotence. Through depicting these controversial issues, the series became arguably one of television’s most influential comedic programs, as it injected the sitcom format with more realistic and topical conflicts.

The show ranked number-one in the yearly Nielsen ratings from 1971 to 1976. …

This is one of my favourite scenes.

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Norman Lear, age-92, just published his autobiographyEven this I get to experience.

Lear is extremely liberal, the opposite of Archie. Actually, Normal Lear had Maude, Bea Arthur, represent his personal views.

In some ways Archie still symbolizes the old white male conservative dinosaur. Carroll O’Connor died 2001.


Archie Bunker’s ideas should have died with him.

Sechelt to Whistler

Road trip. :-)

The sun was shining on the Sunshine Coast when we awoke in Sechelt.


We strolled over to a local coffee shop for breakfast. Sat in the sun.

Mom was impressed with the friendly and chatty Sechelt locals. One shopkeep offered to print some documents for us. For free.

We took a sidetrip to Porpoise Bay to check out the option to sea kayak Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Looks good to me.

Next was Gibson’s.




Gibsons is a coastal community of 4,200 … It is the main marine gateway to the Sunshine Coast.

… Gibsons is best known in Canada as the setting of the popular and long running CBC Television series The Beachcombers, which aired from 1972 to 1990. The storefront “Molly’s Reach“, now a cafe …


The Beachcombers … is the longest-running dramatic series ever made for English-language Canadian television. In all, 387 episodes were produced.

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We caught the ferry over to Horseshoe Bay. Another gorgeous trip.


This was my 3rd time in 2014 traveling the Sea to Sky Highway. On the advice of a tourist information guy we grabbed a hotel in Squamish, built new for the 2010 Olympics.

We continued up to Whistler for a walking tour.


Nice afternoon. The mountain bikers were just coming off the hill, hitting the pubs.

mtn bikes

Another excellent day on the Sunshine Circuit.

We had a hot tub. Then ordered in Pizza to go with our wine. :-)

more photos

True Detective season 1

True Detective is an American television crime drama series on HBO

Season one stars Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson (both executive producers of the series) …

True Detective was highly acclaimed by critics. …

It’s dark. But I was hooked by episode 3.

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McConaughey is brilliant. Again.

And – like me – he wears a fanny pack. :-)

Season 2

Nic Pizzolatto stated that the second season will feature three new lead characters. Pizzolatto also stated that the season will take place in California but will exclude Los Angeles in favor of a lesser-known region of the state. …

underwhelmed by Firefly

Firefly is an American space western drama television series

The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a “Firefly-class” spaceship. …

Firefly premiered in the U.S. on the Fox network on September 20, 2002. By mid-December, Firefly had averaged 4.7 million viewers per episode … It was canceled after eleven of the fourteen produced episodes were aired. …

TV Guide ranked the series #5 on their 2013 list of 60 shows that were “Cancelled Too Soon“. …

The post-airing success of the show led … Universal Pictures to produce Serenity, a film based on the series …

In 2005, New Scientist magazine’s website held an internet poll to find “The World’s Best Space Sci-Fi Ever”. …

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I finally got around to watching the series.


It kept me going. But I won’t join the cult. It’s as cheesy as Startrek without anywhere near the quality of TV’s greatest Science Fiction series, Battlestar Galactica. The one launched 2004 with Edward James Olmos.

Space Cowboy

Space Cowboy

Nope, this is not Richard Castle.

In the series, Mal is a former Browncoat sergeant and the captain of the Firefly-class spaceship Serenity. The character was named #18 in TV Guide’s Greatest Sci-Fi Legends list in 2004. …

John Oliver on the Wealth Gap

It’s obvious that the American wealth gap cannot keep increasing forever.

The poor may rise up. The rich could flee to secure compounds. … Or something else will happen to start closing that insane, unsustainable disparity.

I’ve followed the issue. But this comedian has some factoids new to me.

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