📺 “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Ralph Macchio (Season 5 Episode 8)

"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Ralph Macchio (Season 5 Episode 8) from CW
Laugh on Laugh off. RALPH MACCHIO (The Karate Kid) makes a guest star appearance. Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with guest comedian Jonathan Mangum, put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games that are prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience.

Poor Ralph didn’t have much to do here. I wonder why celebrities like this even consent to participate when they’re literally just props on the stage.

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📺 “The Big Bang Theory” The Novelization Correlation (Season 11 Episode 15) | CBS

"The Big Bang Theory" The Novelization Correlation (Season 11 Episode 15) from CBS
Directed by Mark Cendrowski. With Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg. Leonard's book raises questions, and Amy guest stars on the new Professor Proton show.

Oddly a bit too dense with plot and not as much funny as usual.

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📺 “Will & Grace” Staten Island Fairy (NBC)

"Will & Grace" Staten Island Fairy (Season 9 Episode 11) from NBC
Directed by James Burrows. With Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes. Jack's closeted boyfriend challenges his intimacy issues; Will and Grace go on TV to sell their new line of bedding.

📺 Make It With Keanu Reeves (Squarespace) | YouTube

Make It With Keanu Reeves by Squarespace from YouTube
When passion meets inspiration, an obsession is born. Hold on to this dream and tell the world. All you need is a domain and a website from Squarespace. The world is waiting. Make it. (Super Bowl LII ad)

A little cheeseball in some sense, but this looks a lot like what generation 3 is looking for product-wise.

📺 “The Good Doctor” She (Season 1 Episode 14) ABC

"The Good Doctor" She (Season 1 Episode 14) from ABC
Directed by Seth Gordon. With Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Chuku Modu. Dr. Shaun Murphy is surprised to learn that his young cancer patient identifies as a girl while being biologically male. Shaun must quickly learn to understand his patient, her medical needs and how to work with her family, who all feel they know what is best for her.
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📺 Sherlock, Season 4 Episodes 3 & 4

Sherlock, Season 4 Episodes 3 & 4 from BBC
The Lying Detective; The Final Problem

Generally loved the fourth season. The opening throw-back episode was awesome as were the following two. The last episode had an awesome build up, but the pay off wasn’t as tight as I might have liked. Definitely can’t wait for the highly rumored fifth season, but these take so long to brew and appear that I’m not holding my breath.

📺 “Blue Bloods” School of Hard Knocks | CBS

"Blue Bloods" School of Hard Knocks (Season 8, Episode 14) from CBS
Directed by Alex Zakrzewski. With Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou. A student is shot bu a rival gang member in his high school courtyard; Danny and Baez try to prevent further violence, the principal recklessly takes matters into his own hands.

Great little turn by Ernie Hudson in here, though his character’s motivation given a lengthy career didn’t seem realistic to me.

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📺 Sherlock, Season 3 Episodes 1-3

Sherlock, Season 3 Episodes 1-3 from BBC
The Empty Hearse; The Sign of Three; His Last Vow

Re-watched the three episodes of season 3

It’s apparently been a while, but I’d apparently seen all three of these when they were initially released in the US. It is nice prep for season 4 which is also available. I’ve forgotten enough bits and the series is rich enough that watching it all again is still very engaging.

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📺 The Real Reason We Don’t Hear About Joe Pesci Anymore | YouTube

The Real Reason We Don't Hear About Joe Pesci Anymore by Looper from YouTube
Joe Pesci is one of the all-time great and versatile character actors. He played Jake Lamotta's brother and manager in Raging Bull the psychopathic Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas, and had legendary roles in Home Alone, My Cousin Vinny, and the Lethal Weapon franchise. Pesci was a welcome presence on the big screen for decades who could successfully handle high drama and humor. But lately, we haven't heard much from the Oscar-winner, while his talents have been sorely missed. Here are some of the reasons Joe Pesci's been off the radar in recent years...

Early retirement | 0:34
Just for friends | 1:30
Losing interest | 2:30
Gains and losses | 3:27
The ex-wife, the hitman, and the attorney | 4:21
Time for a comeback? | 5:43

🎞 Trolls (2016)

Trolls (2016) from DreamWorks
Directed by Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn. With Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

A cute enough little film with a catchy soundtrack. Entertaining, but a bit too treacly for my taste.

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📺 Proving Brouwer’s Fixed Point Theorem | PBS Infinite Series on YouTube

Proving Brouwer's Fixed Point Theorem by Tai-Danae Bradley from PBS Infinite Series | YouTube
There is a proof for Brouwer's Fixed Point Theorem that uses a bridge - or portal - between geometry and algebra. Analogous to the relationship between geometry and algebra, there is a mathematical “portal” from a looser version of geometry -- topology -- to a more “sophisticated” version of algebra. This portal can take problems that are very difficult to solve topologically, and recast them in an algebraic light, where the answers may become easier. Written and Hosted by Tai-Danae Bradley; Produced by Rusty Ward; Graphics by Ray Lux; Assistant Editing and Sound Design by Mike Petrow and Meah Denee Barrington; Made by Kornhaber Brown (www.kornhaberbrown.com)

I had originally started following Tai-Danae Bradley on Instagram having found her account via the #math tag. Turns out she’s burning up the world explaining some incredibly deep and complex mathematics in relatively simple terms. If you’re into math and not following her work already, get with the program. She’s awesome!

Personal Website: http://www.math3ma.com/
Twitter: @math3ma
Instagram: @math3ma
YouTube series: PBS Infinite Series

While this particular video leaves out a masters degree’s worth of detail, it does show some incredibly powerful mathematics by analogy. The overall presentation and descriptions are quite solid for leaving out as much as they do. This may be some of the best math-based science communication I’ve seen in quite a while.

I must say that I have to love and laugh at the depth and breadth of the comments on the video too. At best, this particular video, which seems to me to be geared toward high school or early college viewers and math generalists, aims to introduce come general topics and outline an incredibly complex proof in under 9 minutes. People are taking it to task for omitting “too much”! To completely understand and encapsulate the entirety of the topics at hand one would need coursework including a year’s worth of algebra, a year’s worth of topology including some algebraic topology, and a minimum of a few months worth of category theory. Even with all of these, to fill in all the particular details, I could easily see a professor spending an hour at the chalkboard filling in the remainder without any significant handwaving. The beauty of what she’s done is to give a very motivating high level perspective on the topic to get people more interested in these areas and what can be done with them. For the spirit of the piece, one might take her to task a bit for not giving more credit to the role Category Theory is playing in the picture, but then anyone interested is going to spend some time on her blog to fill in a lot of those holes. I’d challenge any of the comments out there to attempt to do what she’s done in under 9 minutes and do it better.

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📺 Introduction to Category Theory 1 by Steven Roman | YouTube

Introduction to Category Theory 1 by Steven Roman from YouTube
Lecture one of six in an introductory set of lectures on category theory.

Take Away from the lecture: Morphisms are just as important as the objects that they morph. Many different types of mathematical constructions are best described using morphisms instead of elements. (This isn’t how things are typically taught however.)

Would have been nice to have some more discussion of the required background for those new to the broader concept. There were a tremendous number of examples from many areas of higher math that many viewers wouldn’t have previously had. I think it’s important for them to know that if they don’t understand a particular example, they can move on without much loss as long as they can attempt to apply the ideas to an area of math they are familiar with. Having at least a background in linear algebra and/or group theory are a reasonable start here.

In some of the intro examples it would have been nice to have seen at least one more fully fleshed out to better demonstrate the point before heading on to the multiple others which encourage the viewer to prove some of the others on their own.

Thanks for these Steven, I hope you keep making more! There’s such a dearth of good advanced math lectures on the web, I hope these encourage others to make some of their own as well.

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