📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: July 26, 2017 – Charlize Theron

The Daily Show: July 26, 2017 - Charlize Theron, S2 E136 by Trevor Noah from Comedy Central
The GOP makes another push to repeal Obamacare, trans veterans react to President Trump's ban on trans people in the military, and Charlize Theron discusses "Atomic Blonde."

The segment on trans people in the military was phenomenal and truly humanizing.

The Daily Show S2 E136

📺 Using IFTTT for WordPress Social Media Automation | Advanced WordPress Meetup, San Diego, CA (YouTube)

Using IFTTT for WordPress Social Media Automation by Jim Walker from Advanced WordPress Meetup, San Diego, California
This presentation was given by Jim Walker, The Hack Repair Guy, on "Using IFTTT for WordPress Social Media Automation", at the Advanced WordPress Meetup, San Diego, California, July 2017.

This is a short video about using IFTTT.com to do a PESOS type of workflow for WordPress. While interesting, it reminds me of Louis Gray’s old diagram and my response which puts one’s own website at the center and uses POSSE. In short, there’s now a far better way of doing this type of thing with WordPress.

Below are the slides from the presentation, which includes this gruesome looking diagram:

Who wants to implement this type of convoluted workflow?
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📺 Global Political Expert and Author Dr. Brian Klaas on Tavis Smiley (PBS)

Global Political Expert and Author Dr. Brian Klaas by Tavis Smiley from PBS
The political expert and author discusses his latest book, The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy. Dr. Brian Klaas is an expert on global democracy, democratic transitions, American politics, Western foreign policy, political violence, and elections -- and the security and economic risks of all these challenges. Klaas is the author of The Despot's Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy. He is a Fellow in Global and Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics. Klaas has advised governments, US political campaigns, the European Union, multi-billion dollar investors, international NGOs, and international politicians.

It seems like every time I watch this show I need to buy another book. This time it’s The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy.

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📺 Journalist and Author Naomi Klein – Part 1 of 2 on Tavis Smiley (PBS)

Journalist and Author Naomi Klein – Part 1 of 2 by Tavis Smiley from PBS
The journalist and author discusses her latest book, No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need. Part 1 of 2. Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate (2014), The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007) and No Logo (2000). In 2017, Klein became Senior Correspondent for The Intercept. She is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and contributor to the Nation Magazine. Recent articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, the London Review of Books and Le Monde. Her latest book is called No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump's Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need.

An interesting little episode. I’m glad there are two parts, but I already find myself wishing there were three.

🎞 Sing (Universal, 2016)

Sing from Universal, 2016
When an eternally optimistic koala puts on a singing competition to save his failing theater, animals across the city gather to step into the spotlight and chase their dreams! Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane Directors: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings Writer: Garth Jennings Runtime: 1 hour 48 minutes

This was so good in the theater that I had to get a streaming copy on Amazon. I really like the soundtrack as well.

📺 Brexit II | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Brexit II by John Oliver from Last Week Tonight (HBO)
In the wake of a divisive election, the UK will begin the process of leaving the European Union. John Oliver and an intergalactic space lord propose a plan.
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📺 Harding | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Harding by John Oliver from Last Week Tonight (HBO)
John Oliver unveils Last Week Tonight's collection of presidential wax statues and brings Warren G. Harding's incredible life story to the big screen.

I’m so excited to see this as I’ve just made an offer on a house in a neighborhood known as “President’s Row” on a street named Harding!!

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📺 Sinclair Broadcast Group | Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Sinclair Broadcast Group by John Oliver from Last Week Tonight (HBO)
Sinclair Broadcast Group is the largest owner of local TV stations in the country. That's alarming considering that they often inject political views into local news.
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📺 The Bridge S1, E13; S2, E1

The Bridge S1, E13; S2, E1 from FX
When a body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, two detectives, one from the United States and one from Mexico, must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

I feel like season 1 should have ended at episode 10ish with the big showdown on the bridge.

The final few episodes of the season should have just been part of season 2.

📺 The Bridge S1, E6-12 (FX)

The Bridge S1, E6-12 from FX
When a body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, two detectives, one from the United States and one from Mexico, must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

Still not sure quite what to think of this. There are some interesting characters, some quirky plot points, and regular and perverse surprises one wouldn’t have suspected. Things come to head in a hokey manner but then keep moving on without any real thrust. While it might be the idea of cinéma vérité they’re going after, it really just feels like unprofessional and unfocused writing.

There’s only two seasons, so I may press on, but it’s becoming more and more reluctant. Perhaps I’ve just been spoiled by some great stuff lately.

📺 The Bridge S1, E3-5 (FX)

The Bridge, Season 1 Episodes 3 - 5 from FX
When a body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, two detectives, one from the United States and one from Mexico, must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

Things have gotten a bit better in these next few episodes. Some of the characters still seem awfully disjointed and I’m still waiting to see where it goes.

There are a few interesting plot points, so I suppose I may as well continue on, but I’m really hoping for some great pay-off in the final two episodes.

I’ve also just noticed the production years, so I can’t hold out too much hope for a series that went two years and disappeared.

📺 The Bridge S1, E1 & E2 (FX)

The Bridge, Season 1 Episodes 1 & 2 from FX
When a body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, two detectives, one from the United States and one from Mexico, must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

An interesting little series. I was kind of hoping it was going to be the Denmark/Sweden version, but I suppose Shine’s Americanized version will have to suffice for now.

There are some interesting and quirky characters and some generally good acting. I’m not sure why I should care about Sonya Cross. Though there is a short mention that her sister died, it isn’t really explored at all. Some better earlier character development would have helped.

The first two episodes, though only an hour long seemed to drag on forever and don’t seem to go anywhere. I’ll try a few more before potentially giving up.

Watched on Hulu.com.