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.

Click PLAY or watch the trailer on YouTube.

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”. …

Click PLAY or watch a trailer on YouTube.

I finally got around to watching the series.

Meh.

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.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Game of Thrones – season 4

Game of Thrones season 4 … is adapted primarily from the second half of A Storm of Swords, along with elements of A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, all novels from the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. …

The review aggregator website Metacritic gave season 4 a score of 94 out of 100 based on 29 reviews, signifying “universal acclaim”. According to the other aggregator website, Rotten Tomatoes, all episodes aired thus far obtained 91% or more positive reviews. …

I’d agree.

Season 4 was easily the best season so far. And the TV series is better than the books.

Arya Stark, Sandor “The Hound” Clegane, Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell, Peter Dinklage as “the Imp”, Tyrion Lannister …

Actually everyone in the cast is good.

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I’m looking forward to seasons 5 and 6.

Tea Party explained

Like the Occupy Wall Street shouters, many of the Tea Party protesters provide valuable feedback on  American political and economic systems that are deeply flawed.

But you can’t seriously want either Occupy Wall Street or Tea Party extremists to hold Office. Those are “protest movements”, not political parties.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

House of Cards – season 2

Weak compared with season 1, I thought. :-(

Who’s responsible for this convoluted, near incomprehensible plot?

House of Cards (season 2):

… the drama soon shifts to tensions involving Frank, President Walker, the Chinese government, and the wealthy Raymond Tusk, eventually culminating in a bitter political war between Frank and Tusk.

Frank’s wife Claire publicly reveals that she was raped in college by a prominent general and pursues anti-rape legislation.

The most significant new character is Jackie Sharp, Frank’s successor as House Whip, who soon finds herself embroiled in Frank’s plans. As the war between Frank and Tusk consumes the Presidency, things fall apart in a scandal and people rise and fall. …

house_of_cards_season_2_stillOn the other hand, I’m looking forward to Underwood as President in season 3. It will be filmed in June & July, 2014.

“A great man once said everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power”

Frank quoting Oscar Wilde

World Cup – Game Before The Game

I couldn’t care less about the World Cup … unlike most of the rest of the World.

But I love inspiring video. The TV ads are fantastic.

Here’s an epic by Beats by Dre, the recent $3 billion Apple acquire.

The five-minute spot opens with Brazilian superstar Neymar having a heart-to-heart conversation with his father before a soccer match, set over footage of favelas, coastlines and the team bus. …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Mashable)

right wing “echo chamber”

People ask me why I’m so agitated by the Tea Party and other right wing gasbags. And not nearly as much irked by soft-headed, left wing muddled thinkers.

What makes me mad is disinformation.

Disinformation is intentionally false or inaccurate information that is spread deliberately. It is an act of deception and false statements to convince someone of untruth. Disinformation should not be confused with misinformation, information that is unintentionally false.

The left wing often spreads misinformation. Poorly.

In the USA (but not in Canada) people make money in the right wing media echo chamber.

In media, an echo chamber is a situation in which information, ideas, or beliefs are amplified or reinforced by transmission and repetition inside an “enclosed” system, often drowning out different or competing views. …

One purveyor of information will make a claim, which many like-minded people then repeat, overhear, and repeat again (often in an exaggerated or otherwise distorted form) until most people assume that some extreme variation of the story is true. …

I love seeing Jon Stewart and Colbert call out the disinformers.

One of the worst is Glenn Beck, “with his violent rhetoric, his frequent and absurd fear-mongering, his nasty vitriol, his “jokes” about assassinating government officials, his baseless conspiracy theories, his race-baiting, his flat-out, bald-faced lies, his many hypocrisies … “

Well said.

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Beck left FOX in 2011. But is worth about $90 million today. The more he lies, the more money he makes.

Rush Limbaugh makes around $66 million / year.

The main motivation for those two, Bill O’Reilly and others, is money. I don’t trust a word they say.

FOX and the echo chamber endless repeat daily “talking points“. It’s incredibly boring to count the repetitions of the talking points of the day.

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related – NY Times opinion piece 2013 – Suffocating Echo Chamber