2001: A Space Odyssey on the big screen. The real big screen.

Last week I had the rare opportunity to view director Stanley Kubrick’s classic space film in 70mm at the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX theater. The screening was part of IndyFilmFest’s Roving Cinema series. The film played to an at-capacity crowd of mostly film buffs and college students. Yes, it was an intellectual nerd fest. 2001 (1968) was originally filmed in […]

Automatic for the people

Vehicles manufactured after 1996 have an OBD-II (on-board diagnostic) port. Wikipedia has a great explanation about the connector. The port, usually found near the steering wheel, is used by mechanics to diagnose car trouble. In addition to troubleshooting, many consumers use the OBD-II port to tune their vehicle’s performance and keep track of teenage drivers. I’ve […]

Why your fitness plan may be a losing game

Employers are pushing fitness plans to lower insurance costs. Mine is no exception. Last year, I was invited to “invest in my health” by implementing a plan with a website that set health goals and recorded fitness activity. I did so, and received an $1,000 discount off my family health insurance policy for achieving my goals. This year, I’ve had to […]

Awakening: Thawing out the themes of Buck Rogers

Universal Studios originally planned Buck Rogers in the 25th Century as a series of TV movies. After the Battlestar Galactica TV pilot became a hit movie overseas, the studio chose to launch Buck into space with a theatrical version. The movie was successful and made about $21 million in North America, according to Wikipedia. Networks took notice, and soon Buck Rogers made the […]

Some legislative ideas for government

I’ve often thought about running for office. I like public service, but not politics. I still believe government can have a positive impact on our lives. I’ve written to my legislators about the following ideas: I see many utility companies trimming and removing trees from power lines right-of-way. I don’t fault them for that. It […]

Binge watch: Survivors

If you are looking for something to binge watch on Netflix, I recommend Survivors, a 2008 BBC TV series. Both Seasons 1 and 2 are available and short enough to conquer on a wintry weekend. Also available on DVD. The series is about survivors of a flu pandemic which kills most of the world’s population. […]