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Month: March 2014

Sports Night, Season 3

Well, nah, but this does give me a pleasing frisson down the spine. For those of us who are not obsessive fans of Sorkin’s early (or even his later) work, Josh Charles played Dan Rydell on Sports Night as inspired by Keith Olbermann. Thus, putting them together on Olbermann’s current show is funny. Or it was funny before I explained it. Maybe I should have skipped that bit.

“You think?”

Jimmy Fallon Has The Best Job Ever

Not that I’m saying Billy Joel is one of the best artists of all time, but he’s a guy who can write songs and sing them and he cares about his work. Also important: Jimmy Fallon is completely sincere about the things he loves, which turns out to be what I wanted out of late night talk shows on the rare occasion that I watch them.

Streaming Media Alert

Many of us 80s children have fond memories of the first two Savage Steve Holland opuses, Better Off Dead… and One Crazy Summer. John Cusack’s amiable everyman teen demeanor was the perfect foil for Holland’s insane vision. His third movie, How I Got Into College had no John Cusack and generated few fond memories.

But it’s on HBO Go until May 1st. Corey Parker, Lara Flynn Boyle, and a pretty crappy script. Savage Steve didn’t write this one. Philip Baker Hall in a bit part? Nora Dunn and Phil Hartman cameo?

It does explain why Savage Steve Holland never directed another movie. (It’s OK, he has a career in kid’s television.) This is the real, actual, projected onto movie screens trailer that ran in cinema palaces across the nation back in 1989.

When I said “alert,” I meant “warning.”

Anais Mitchell: Hadestown

Yo, Unknown USA people! Were you aware of Anais Mitchell’s folk opera, Hadestown? It’s just a folk opera retelling of the Orpheus myth set in a post-apocalyptic version of the Great Depression, no big deal. Justin Vernon and Ani DiFranco are part of the cast.

I may be the last person to know about this.

CopyrightX, Part 2

Awesome first six weeks! At which point we had a major reorg at work and I went from doing architectural work and consulting to managing an awesome team of 20 people. No regrets, but it does mean I can’t work from home as effectively, particularly for the first couple of months as I get familiar with the team and vice versa. Thus, no more Friday AM sessions and I’ve had to drop out of the course.

On the other hand, I’m definitely finishing up the lectures, cause they’re awesome.

In general I think the course and the teaching methodology is good. The sessions are law school style as I understand it: lots of case studies and discussion on the finer points of philosophy and the law. The lectures are all on YouTube. This seems smart. Discussion could be a little fragmented since we had both voice and textual chat running in parallel. In my experience, text chat can drown out the voice in those cases: you’ve got 20 people typing and one person talking.

I’m also way interested in the idea of using the MOOC as an adjunct to a traditional course. Our section leader was I believe a student in the professor’s traditional course, running concurrently? That’s gotta be a great learning boost.

Anyway, bummed to be one of the percentage who dropped, but glad to have had the experience.