Stranger Things/Second Episode

ELEVEN “The Weirdo on Maple Street” The Hook Into Large Viewership / Second Episode Resurrection of a Modern ET John Fraim   Based on research from Netlix, the second episode can hook up to 70% of loyal series’ audience. Stranger Things accomplished this task in the summer of 2016 after the second episode “The Weirdo on […]

Wake Up

“Wake Up” From Shooter Jennings’ Black Ribbons album (2010) “Electricity will take the place of God. Let the peasant pray to electricity: he’s going to feel the power of the central authorities more than heaven.” Vladimir Ilyich Lenin / 1918  “Instead of tending toward a vast Alexandrian library the world has become a computer, an electronic […]


Jordan Peele’s Us After the film Get Out, there were high expectations for future Jordan Peele films. He has met and surpassed expectations in his second major film Us. While not as tightly bundled as Get Out, Peele’s Us is more ambitious in scope. Its large ambitions are met in many ways and the resulting […]

Secret Knowledge

Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters (2006)   One of America’s great modern artists David Hockney set out on a project a number of years ago. It started when he started noticing unusual changes in paintings in the 15th century. The changes invaded the talent of many artists of the Renaisannce. […]

Jack Ma

If at first you don’t succeed … Jack Ma was born on 10 September 1964 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China. He began studying English at a young age by conversing with English-speakers at Hangzhou international hotel. He would ride 70 miles on his bicycle to give tourists tours of the area to practice his English for […]

East-West Battle for AI

The story below proposes that the next great world war will be between China and the United States to control the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Perhaps no real physical land will be taken in the battle. Perhaps there will be no battlefields in the various battles. No young men have to die in the […]

Electric Symbols

A little after the turn of this century, I wrote an article I still find it hard to believe I wrote. It argued that the word searches on a new search engine called Google might predict a Jungian collective unconscious of a culture. If it ever was given this task. Yet, something that seemed so […]


“Electricity will take the place of God. Let the peasant pray to electricity: he’s going to feel the power of the central authorities more than heaven.” Vladimire Ilyich Lenin 1918. One of the grand hopes of Artificial Intelligence might simply be to match up people and groups with similar interests. But matching people and groups with similar […]

Your Silent Face

  Poi Dog Pondering Performing “Your Silent Face” “A thought that never changes remains a stupid lie.” (Play above while reading below) The Chicago cult band Poi Dog Pondering is back in full force on their latest album Remnants of Summer (2018). And, importantly, one of the most powerful and majestic songs of rock is […]

The Majesty of Weather Report

Weather Report / “The Man in the Green Shirt” / (Tale Spinnin, 1975) (Press Above / Read Below)   The review from All Music noted wrote about this album. “The ever-changing lineup shifts again, with the somewhat heavier funk-oriented Leon ‘Ndugu’ Chancler dropping into the drummer’s chair and Alyrio Lima taking over the percussion table. As […]