📺 “Shtisel” Everybody Are Looking for Love | Netflix

Watched "Shtisel" Everybody Are Looking for Love from Netflix
Directed by Alon Zingman. With Doval'e Glickman, Michael Aloni, Ayelet Zurer, Neta Riskin.

Circling back to watch the opening episodes I missed originally. 

The meet cute here was just lovely.

📺 "The Americans" Stealth | Amazon Prime

Watched "The Americans" Stealth from Amazon Prime
Directed by Gregory Hoblit. With Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Annet Mahendru, Susan Misner. Elizabeth makes a shocking discovery about Kate. Philip pursues a contact for information about the new Stealth technology. Stan continues his pursuit of the illegals.

📺 Capsicum Bullet Journal App Review | YouTube

Watched Capsicum Bullet Journal App Review from YouTube

Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone discuss Capsicum, a new subscription app by Illuminated Bits. It's a bullet journal with digital washy tape and cool fonts, plus a way to visually track good habits, keep your Google or Apple calendar, make to-do lists, keep a gratitude journal, a diary, or more. A great tool for living your best (or your worst) life.

Somewhat entertaining review. I wish they’d talked about data import/export a bit. Entertaining that the app has some of the physical attributes that people put into their physical versions. Sadly no mention here of productivity porn however.

Bookmarked to watch on February 8, 2019 at 12:25PM

📺 Micro.blog custom themes | YouTube

Watched Micro.blog custom themes from YouTube

Importing and editing custom templates on Micro.blog.

I do sort of wonder if Micro.blog functionality would break if new themes don’t have the correct microformats 2 markup? I suspect it runs in conjunction with various common parsers and thus may have issues. It’s a cool thing though that this sort of customization is available now on the platform which is quickly becoming more and more flexible.

📺 “Face the Nation” on February 10, 2019 | CBS News

Watched "Face the Nation" on February 10, 2019 from CBS News

On this "Face the Nation" broadcast moderated by Margaret Brennan:

  • Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va. (read more)
  • Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va. (read more)
  • Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va. (read more)
  • Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. (read more
  • Adel Al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs (read more) (full interview
  • Panelists: Jamelle Bouie, Jonah Goldberg, Margaret Talev, and Ed O'Keefe (watch)

The biggest and growing problem here, which started with Donald Trump on the Republican side and perhaps Senator Al Franken on the Democratic side, is the idea of political purity. While all sides want their teams to be politically pure from a game theoretical stance–an issue which also tends to prevent any type of badly needed consensus–the rift between what each side deems “pure enough” is going to kill both. While the racism in this case is decried by Democrats, particularly among leaders who have generally been deemed to have been doing an excellent job otherwise, the Republicans only seem to shout it down for the expediency it creates for unseating what they view as an opponent, rather than for the bad act itself. If both parties aren’t going to play by the same societal rules, then the rift between them is going to accelerate the problems we face as a country.

In this vein, then perhaps we should all be crying for the ouster of Donald Trump who has been actively working on inflaming racial tensions and implementing a racist agenda in the present day instead of worrying about the political purity of a governor who did something decades ago when society was quietly much worse. Let’s work on this first and then worry if the governor of Virginia should step down. If we can’t solve the major aggressions then how are we to address the microaggressions? I’ll agree that we can do both at once, but we certainly shouldn’t be doing this.

I also can’t help but think about politicians being ruined in the 90’s because they employed illegal aliens, and yet here we have a president who not only decries these same illegal aliens, but who has tacitly exploited them to an extreme in his own personal and business life. Let’s get rid of the double standards on both sides and hold people accountable in general.

Perhaps the Christians and the moral majority should be saying before we begin throwing stones, “we should make sure that ‘first we have not sinned ourselves'”?

I couldn’t manage to make myself watch the Saudi minister’s interview. Brennan couldn’t easily hold his feet to the fire on the assassination and there was no way that he was going to stray from his talking points. Better would have been if she asked the question, presented the facts as they’re known and then interviewed him on any other subject or even not at all. They may as well have interviewed Hiltler and allowed him to say that the Holocaust didn’t happen and then let him prance merrily on his way. How can CBS give this guy this much air time in good conscience?

As if to underline my point about the rift in societal mores between Republicans and Democrats, even Jonah Goldberg says essentially “Donald will be Donald” (aka boys will be boys) because he can’t manage to call him out on national television.

📺 Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) | Twentieth Century Fox

Watched Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) from Twentieth Century Fox
Directed by Matthew Vaughn. With Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Channing Tatum. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the United States. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.

Only watched the first 47 minutes. Holy crap this sequel is even more over-the-top with phony violence and action. I was a bit shocked that Colin Firth was killed in the first installment, and almost as shocked that he came back in this one, but the outlandish method by which they brought him back was almost too much….

🎞️ Salt (2010) | Columbia Pictures Corporation

Watched Salt (2010) from Columbia Pictures Corporation
Directed by Phillip Noyce. With Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski. A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy.

Definitely very engaging. The tough part is that Salt is incredibly quiet and all of her life is very internal for the entire picture, so we’re left only to  try to puzzle out what she’s thinking and what her motivations might be. We’re simply left with a handful of flashbacks which are seen (generally) from her point of view. As a result the audience needs to suspend their disbelief several times and rely on a bunch of deus-ex-machina. Still not bad. I could be induced to watch this again just for the fun of the romp.

I definitely wasn’t surprised to see Noyce directing such a piece. Upper level journeyman action set piece all the way.

📺 "Blue Bloods" Handcuffs | CBS

Watched "Blue Bloods" Handcuffs from CBS
Directed by Heather Cappiello. With Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou. When a video surfaces of cops being harassed by a group of people at a housing complex, Frank orders a raid to round up anyone with an outstanding warrant, against Garrett's advice.

📺 "Blue Bloods" My Brothers Keeper | CBS

Watched "Blue Bloods" My Brothers Keeper from CBS
Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski. With Callum Adams, Caroline Basu, Becky Boggs, Leigh Ann Larkin. Danny goes against a direct order during a hostage negotiation; Nicky asks Erin for help when her friend is in jeopardy of losing his scholarship because of a crime he didn't commit; Frank helps a distraught officer who accidentally shot a girl.

📺 “House Hunters Renovation” Big Ideas, Bigger Problems | HGTV

Watched "House Hunters Renovation" Big Ideas, Bigger Problems from HGTV
A couple of new parents jump right into a remodel in the LA area.

Sometimes when dreck like this is on TV, I’m compelled to watch it somehow. The crappy houses they were looking at for $1M+ always kills me when the shows are set in the LA area.

This guy sure was chatty… He self-narrated the entire thing with so much drivel…

I find it odd that their repertoire isn’t all on imdb.com. Apparently many seasons of data missing there on this series.

📺 "The Big Bang Theory" The Donation Oscillation | CBS

Watched "The Big Bang Theory" The Donation Oscillation from CBS
Directed by Mark Cendrowski. With Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg. Penny tries to throw a wrench into Leonard's plan to be a sperm donor for her ex-boyfriend; Wolowitz, Bernadette, Anu and Koothrappali turn Koothrappali's canceled bachelor party into a couple's trip aboard the "vomit comet."

📺 "The Big Bang Theory" The Meteorite Manifestation | CBS

Watched "The Big Bang Theory" The Meteorite Manifestation from CBS
Directed by Mark Cendrowski. With Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg. Sheldon is thrilled to help Bernadette and Howard navigate bureaucracy concerning a neighbor's non-compliant balcony until he learns they too have ignored codes. Leonard is disappointed when his friends are uninterested in his new laser.