On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

My Copy: 9780316040938 (image from bn.com) I've had this book on my shelf a few years, and was planning to get to it eventually, but deaths at the hands of police made me pick it up right away. I had taken far longer to get through it than I thought I would, largely because I … Continue reading On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War & Society, by Lr. Col. Dave Grossman

Q #129: Another COVID-19 question: They keep saying “make ventilators”. Okay, but who’s making gloves, gowns, & other PPE right now?

A comment from someone that I read today prompted this question. I get the need for ventilators for all the people who are coming down with the worst bits of this coronavirus. Obviously, there's a need. However, the longer this goes on, the more it feels like it's just tackling a small part of the … Continue reading Q #129: Another COVID-19 question: They keep saying “make ventilators”. Okay, but who’s making gloves, gowns, & other PPE right now?

My Christmas today could’ve been a cut-scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

That's probably my fave part of the film. Still don't think I've seen the whole thing. Anyhoo-- My plans were a bit boring. I didn't get to bed til about 1:30, and with only the furry kids in the house today, I took my time waking up. I gave 'em hugs for puppy kisses, fed … Continue reading My Christmas today could’ve been a cut-scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

List: My top 5 funniest “service comedy” films…

(photo from Sgt. Bilko, the 90s movie which I haven't seen yet) When talking "service", that means military or war story, not customer service as we generally know it today. I've started to notice how the service comedy has gone by the wayside for the most part (the only recent example I can remember in … Continue reading List: My top 5 funniest “service comedy” films…

#066 BLITZ Q: Is “Yankees Hate” a running gag in Hollywood and pop culture, or a real thing?

This is something I've seen in a ton of movies, and t.v. shows. I was re-watching Thomas Jane in The Punisher a few days ago and remembered a moment when the cop was trying to sympathize with Frank Castle when he re-appeared and said "Obviously you're upset." Castle's response (at :25): https://youtu.be/Z7ALyqfv1QI?t=25 I thought that … Continue reading #066 BLITZ Q: Is “Yankees Hate” a running gag in Hollywood and pop culture, or a real thing?

My Top 10 List: videos or moments that make me smile or laugh no matter what

I admit, I have tons of go-tos for getting out of a crap-tastic day. Sometimes I let myself wallow, but most of the time I get impatient and go looking for things that never fail to make me laugh or at least smile and feel good for a little while. And most of them are … Continue reading My Top 10 List: videos or moments that make me smile or laugh no matter what

#046–How much would the conversation change if the media focused on the victims instead of the killers?

(Image from theconversation.com) I am one of those people. I am a true crime book reader, and a fan of movies, miniseries, documentaries, and t.v. shows about true crime. I find myself watching, fascinated, by what's going on, or what happened in a particular case. It's not about a fascination with the killer exactly; it's … Continue reading #046–How much would the conversation change if the media focused on the victims instead of the killers?

Walking Killer vs. Running Victim: a theory about survival from a fitness perspective.

Header image from The Night of the Hunter (1955), a WAY too creepy movie. I think we know the plot device by heart. Hell, they're probably the main reason why we ended up with so many damned Scary Movie sequels and other tribute/parody films over the years. For this immediate example, I'm going to take … Continue reading Walking Killer vs. Running Victim: a theory about survival from a fitness perspective.

#034–Blitz Q: How the hell did “Sharknado” come to exist?

Ah, the summer is ending, Shark Week and it's equivalents are done by now (unless reruns are around the corner), and SyFy will hopefully slink off into its closet to get its brains bashed out and come up with better stuff. I thought this was fake when I first heard about it. I mean, Sharknado? … Continue reading #034–Blitz Q: How the hell did “Sharknado” come to exist?