📺 “The West Wing” Bartlet for America | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" Bartlet for America from Netflix
Directed by Thomas Schlamme. With Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney. In an episode dotted with flashbacks, Leo and his attorney Jordon Kendall (Joanna Gleason) face a Congressional inquiry into whether the president lied to the American people regarding his MS, but this particular day of hearings concerns itself more with Abby and her secretly medicating Jed, and later with Leo's having fallen off the wagon during the campaign (a politically motivated Republican rep on the committee witnessed Leo drunk in his room three days before the nomination); we see the meeting in which Leo talked N.H. Governor Bartlet into running for president, introducing his idea, "Bartlet for America", on a cocktail napkin, which the president later frames and returns to Leo as a gift in thanks for all he's done for the president over the years; Cliff Calley, Donna's boyfriend and special counsel to the judicial oversight committee, asks the committee chair to halt the inquiry before the rep can compel Leo to admit his personal transgression; Leo asks Jordon to Xmas Eve dinner.

📺 “The West Wing” The Women of Qumar | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" The Women of Qumar from Netflix
Directed by Alex Graves. With Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney. CJ cannot control her outrage when the US agrees to an arms sale to Qumar, a country that brutally abuses women. Josh meets with Amy Gardner, a leading women's group lobbyist. The content of a Smithsonian exhibit draws protest from a veteran's group. Leo and the President discuss options when the possibility of a Mad Cow infection strikes the US beef industry.

📺 “The West Wing” The Indians in the Lobby | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" The Indians in the Lobby from Netflix
Directed by Paris Barclay. With Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney. On the day before Thanksgiving, CJ has to deal with two Stockbridge-Munsee Indians who won't leave the lobby until they get an answer on an application their tribe submitted 15 years ago. Josh tries to arrange the extradition of an underage boy whose parents sent him to Italy after he killed his teacher. The President learns why Abby wants to have Thanksgiving at Camp David this year, and places an anonymous call to the Butterball Hotline.

📺 “The West Wing” Gone Quiet | Netflix

Watched "The West Wing" Gone Quiet from Netflix
Directed by Jon Hutman. With Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney. When the military loses contact with a submarine in hostile waters, the President must choose between risking the lives of the crew and provoking North Korea. CJ relishes the Majority Leader's flubbing of an interview. Babbish informs Abby that she is the weak link in the President's legal defense.

📺 “Star Trek: The Next Generation” When the Bough Breaks | Netflix

Watched "Star Trek: The Next Generation" When the Bough Breaks from Netflix
Directed by Kim Manners. With Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby. A planet that was able to cloak itself for thousands of years suddenly reveals itself, with its inhabitants proposing peace. But, after initial negotiations, children of the Enterprise are kidnapped due to the infertility of the inhabitants.
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📺 “The Great British Bake Off” The Final | Netflix

Watched "The Great British Baking Show" The Final from Netflix
Directed by Andy Devonshire. With Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood. For the finale, Mary and Paul test how far the bakers have grown in skill and creativity. The Signature challenge is a technically difficult picnic pie, packed with fillings that form a creative design, surrounded by shortcrust pastry with perfectly baked sides. The Technical is 12 perfectly shaped pretzels: six savory with rock salt and six sweet with poppy seeds topped with orange zest and ...

Not a wholly bad season, but there was just something missing here that made this not as compelling as others? Perhaps it’s just that I’ve seen so many now, but I’m suspecting it was more to do with skill and character here.

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📺 Jeremy Keith on Taking Back The Web (Opening Keynote) at Voxxed Thessaloniki 2018

Watched Taking Back The Web - Opening Keynote by Jeremy KeithJeremy Keith from Voxxed Thessaloniki 2018 | YouTube
In these times of centralised services like Facebook, Twitter, and Medium, having your own website is downright disruptive. If you care about the longevity of your online presence, independent publishing is the way to go. But how can you get all the benefits of those third-party services while still owning your own data? By using the building blocks of the Indie Web, that’s how!

Great overview of the building blocks of the IndieWeb from Voxxed Thessaloniki 2018.

Hat tip: Jeremy Keith​​​​​​​​​

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📺 "The Great British Baking Show" Patisserie Week | Netflix

Watched "The Great British Baking Show" Patisserie Week from Netflix
Directed by Andy Devonshire. With Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood. The semi-final sees the bakers tackling three patisserie-based challenges.
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📺 “The Good Doctor” Two-Ply (or Not Two-Ply) | ABC

Watched "The Good Doctor" Two-Ply (or Not Two-Ply) from ABC
Directed by Tara Nicole Weyr. With Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Tamlyn Tomita. Morgan and Shaun's indecision on how to treat a young violinist who visits the ER with an infected finger could affect her future in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Lim, Claire and Park can't figure out if their young patient is really ill or looking for attention.
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📺 Royal New Year’s Eve | Hallmark Channel

Watched Royal New Year's Eve from Hallmark Channel
Directed by Monika Mitchell. With Jessy Schram, Sam Page, Crystal Balint, Hayley Sales. An aspiring fashion designer falls in love with her socialite client's prospective fiance, Prince Jeffrey.

Apparently this is one of the very few Hallmark movies that isn’t completely Christmas-based. There’s a bit of the holiday peppered in, but most of it revolves around a forthcoming New Year’s Day.

Unlike some of the genre, this is utterly charming and is surprisingly well plotted and written. It’s sort of a Pauper and the Prince meets a bit of The Devil Wears Prada.

Watched the majority of it late in the evening on 12/8 and finished the last 30 minutes on 12/9.

📺 Christmas Under Wraps | Hallmark

Watched Christmas Under Wraps from Hallmark Channel
Directed by Peter Sullivan. With Candace Cameron Bure, David O'Donnell, Robert Pine, Kendra Mylnechuk. When a doctor doesn't get the position she wanted, she ends up moving to a remote Alaskan town. She unexpectedly ends up finding love, happiness and discovers that the small town is hiding a big holiday secret.

Given how terribly dreadful this movie is, should I be more embarrassed to say that I’ve now seen it twice?!

It’s definitely a cheeseball Hallmark Christmas flick, but there really isn’t much character development and it’s grip on reality slips into near silliness with serious and unwhimsical implications that the town is the home of Santa Claus.

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📺 “Blue Bloods” Authority Figures | CBS

Watched "Blue Bloods" Authority Figures from CBS
Directed by Heather Cappiello. With Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou. A video surfaces of officers partaking in a clear case of entrapment; Frank searches for the leaker; Eddie retaliates against a co-worker who is pranking Jamie; Danny and Baez investigate the murder of a tabloid writer.
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📺 “The Great British Bake Off” Tudor Week | Netflix

Watched "The Great British Baking Show" Tudor Week from Netflix
Directed by Andy Devonshire. With Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood. It's the quarter-final of The Great British Baking Show, and just five bakers remain. This week, step back in history for a Baking Show first-Tudor Week. Mary and Paul have set three new challenges that embrace a time when Henry VIII reigned, with flamboyant banquets and impressive centerpieces that were Tudor showstoppers. The signature bake is a Tudor classic-pies. Although a few hundred years ...

The DaVinci working geared pie display was just fantastic!

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📺 “The Great British Bake Off” Dessert Week | Netflix

Watched "The Great British Baking Show" Dessert Week from Netflix
Directed by Andy Devonshire. With Mel Giedroyc, Sue Perkins, Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood. The bakers face three sweet challenges, including a mousse marathon showstopper.

Apparently this is the first time the bread week winner won’t make it to the finals…

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📺 Baby Shark | YouTube

Watched Baby Shark from YouTube

I almost can’t believe this silly video has over 147 million hits. And it’s just one of many versions of this song. I actually saw a couple in their late 30’s a few weeks back talking about the song in public. They had no idea what it was about or why it was popular.