This one seems to have a resounding "yes" when you Google it. Of course, which instruments, exactly, seems to be the point where it's a bit muddier. I already signed up for guitar lessons, starting this Sunday. But right now part of me can't help but wonder if maybe I should do piano lessons, too. … Continue reading #100–Is it a good idea to learn two instruments at the same time?
I recently discovered Boomerang on my channel list and was happy to have something other than TCM on for noise (or local news) for myself and the dogs. This week I had it on and there were lots of retro episodes of Tom and Jerry, Scooby Doo, etc., and it was so easy to tell … Continue reading #099–Why do 1970’s American cartoons look so murky?
I've had the "Make America Straight Again" conference notes stuck in my head after seeing some video snippets from day 1 (The Friendly Atheist has the "lowlights"--shudder). This is something that's really bugged me. When I see preachers practically frothing at the mouth about sinners, the gays, feminists, abortion, etc...I have to wonder something. In … Continue reading #098– Do These Anti-Gay Preachers Ever Get Tired of Hating?
This one hit me a few days ago when I saw my long-haired blonde retriever-mix dog out in the yard. He was running around on his 40 foot tether line and then lay down, rolled over, and started itching his back back and forth on the ground. Made a funny moment and a damned cute … Continue reading #097– How Come Dogs Don’t Get Grass Stains On Their Fur?
As much of a documentary nut as I am, I have to admit I've never seen a second of Cosmos--either version. I've heard about it occasionally over the decades and then of course came the newer version. Part of me would lean toward Tyson's because I'd bet that there's extra science in there not known … Continue reading #096 Blitz Q–Which One Is the Better Version of Cosmos: Carl Sagan’s or Neil deGrasse Tyson’s?
This one baffles me, but as I've gone digging and listening to speakers on all sides of creation v. evolution, I get very annoyed when I hear religious lawmakers and people who want "intelligent design" taught in schools call evolution a "religion." Seriously? On what do they base that? From what I've seen, most of … Continue reading #095–Why do some religious folks call evolution a “religion”?
I am one of the dozen people with HBO that hasn't seen a SINGLE episode of Game of Thrones. And yet, that's all everybody's talking about. Never saw an episode, though I saw the Honest Trailer for the series (lotsa mentions of boobies, dragons, and swords, but that's it). I'm a big believer in reading … Continue reading #094 Blitz Q: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones. Would you recommend the books, TV Series, or Both?
My initial theory: they're totally out of ideas and have gone to the reduce, reuse, recycle bin. Why? They banked everything on the Marvel and smiled and raked in the dough, and then a couple years ago went "wait, what's supposed to hit the theaters once Endgame's done?" Crap--we need time to think! I didn't … Continue reading #093–Why The Hell is Disney Making Great Animated Films from the 1990s into Live Action Films Now?
Yes, it's slow going reading through the Bible. I'm almost regretting reading through both versions of the book, but not because I'm being challenged, but rather I'm getting more frustrated. I'd tried to study the Bible before, at least half a dozen times. I didn't really have good questions to ask a pastor or anything … Continue reading #092–What is it that allows some people to dismiss modern facts in favor of the Bible without question?
image from navy.mil I was thinking about some things I'd read about WWII and remembered a question my dad had. He couldn't watch movies like The Longest Day (too damned long and he hated it) and probably couldn't watch Saving Private Ryan for too long... if he saw much of any of it. It wasn't … Continue reading #091–Was There a Better, Less Costly Way to do the Normandy Invasion in WWII?