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A Revisit

Published on November 16, 2014 By bmagnus

Back in September I did a little item on a few TV shows. I thought it would be a good idea to follow up. Madam Secretary: Sorry, stopped watching after the first episode. It’s opposite Brooklyn 99, which is actually entertaining. Gotham: Still watching, still loving it. They’ve backed off on Jim Gordon’s partner, who is […]

A Legitimate Question

Published on September 28, 2014 By bmagnus

  Ok, good for the NFL deciding that beating the **** out of your wife or girlfriend is a bad thing. But in the interest of fairness, why not suspend any player facing felony charges until everything is settled in the courts? After all, Joe Average would probably lose their job (mostly because of the […]

Music Monday, Might Be Tuesday: Elementary

Published on September 22, 2014 By bmagnus

Turns out chemistry isn’t as hard as I feared. In Closing: voice actors; only when it comes to spending that helps normal people; anybody have any idea why our government cares about ISIS/ISIL more than Boko Haram? (Is it just oil? Could there be a faint whiff of racism?); money money money money; I bet […]

Music Monday: Excuse me, do those immigrants have visas?

Published on August 4, 2014 By bmagnus

It’s not new, but I can’t listed to the song now without seeing this…. And here’s a bonus cat for you, only 35 seconds long:   In Closing: Looks like this judge found a way to ‘splain it; high speed rail coming to Texas; on poverty, wages, debt, and getting by; LEGO scientists; on Congress; a […]

Music Monday: Modern Minimalism in March

Published on March 24, 2014 By bmagnus

Last week I introduced everybody to minimalism. Sure, there are “serious” composers doing minimalism, but I think that the dance music community has done a far better job with the genre. Notice the small selection of notes used and the repetition of slightly-changed thematic material. Oh yeah, and it doesn’t go on for a half […]

A little reasoning

Published on February 20, 2014 By bmagnus

This post may seem a little dry, but bear with me. Let’s start with a basic premise: There are millions of square feet of retail, office, and light industrial space in this nation, and it all requires cleaning on a regular basis. I think everybody sane should be able to agree on this point. For […]

Music Monday: The Jimmy Webb Principle

Published on January 6, 2014 By bmagnus

In his book, Jimmy Webb tells us that the very best popular songs are actually complete plays in 3 to 5 minutes. We will be exploring that idea for a while on Music Monday, but let’s start with the Master himself….   In Closing: I seem to recall Jesus saying something about how the poor […]

The Last Will and Shorties of Rosalind Leigh

Published on October 18, 2013 By bmagnus

On Education: Children living in poverty are everywhere, and standardized tests are not ready for them. For pity sake, we’re wasting time teaching kids who are still figuring out how to hold a pencil how to fill in little bubbles on scantrons. All hail the holy power of earning a completion certificate degree. On Spying […]

Music Monday: Pinching Pennies

Published on September 30, 2013 By bmagnus

Before me in line at a suburban Super Wal-Mart was a woman, somewhere around 30 by my best guess, and her son, who I supposed might have been ten. In a nation where 2 out of 3 people are overweight, they were skinny. Their clothes were clean and in keeping with the unspoken dress code […]

On Poverty

Published on September 25, 2013 By bmagnus

Let me begin by apologizing for the recent lack of substance around here. Between classwork and increasing frustration with both political parties, it’s been hard to get inspired. So, poverty is up again this year. It’s almost un-news this time. Reuters calls it “the latest sign that an economic recovery marked by a stock market boom has […]