📺 Zeynep Tufekci: Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win | TED

Watched Online social change: easy to organize, hard to win by Zeynep TufekciZeynep Tufekci from ted.com

Today, a single email can launch a worldwide movement. But as sociologist Zeynep Tufekci suggests, even though online activism is easy to grow, it often doesn't last. Why? She compares modern movements -- Gezi, Ukraine, Hong Kong -- to the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and uncovers a surprising benefit of organizing protest movements the way it happened before Twitter.

📺 "The West Wing" On the Day Before S3 E5

Watched "The West Wing" On the Day Before S3 E5 from NBC (via Netflix)
Directed by Christopher Misiano. With Rob Lowe, Stockard Channing, Dulé Hill, Allison Janney. While the White House is hosting a gala dinner for Nobel Prize winners, Leo and the president learn of a suicide bomb in an Israeli cafe that took the lives of two American students in Tel Aviv for a soccer match, and the staff attempts to manage the president's first veto, of a House bill eliminating the estate tax, and the threat of an override the same night. Sam and Toby first try to sway a contentious Dem. From Tennessee who wants a whole list of farming and ranching concessions in exchange for his vote and three proxies; after a pep talk from Leo, they devise a substitute plan that may prove even more effective, if it works. Josh takes the governor of Indiana into a private meeting to determine if the man plans to challenge Bartlet in Democratic primary. C.J. takes heat from a smarmy Dallas entertainment reporter who is in town for the Nobel dinner but winds up having to cover the veto and override vote, but after the reporter embarrasses her during a live stand-up, C.J. one ups the woman in front of the press corps. Later, Sam, Toby and Josh try to help the president decide what to say to the parents of the two murdered students.

🎞 Black Panther (2018)

Watched Black Panther (2018) from Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by Ryan Coogler. With Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira.

T'Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T'Challa's father's mistake.
An awesome movie, well told, generally well acted and directed.

📺 “The Good Doctor” Pain | ABC

Watched "The Good Doctor" Pain from ABC
Directed by Allison Liddi-Brown. With Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Chuku Modu. When the team treats a patient who has to decide about getting a dangerous surgery that could change his life, the man asks Dr. Murphy what he would do.

🎞️ What If (2013) CBS Films

Watched What If (2013) from CBS Films
Directed by Michael Dowse. With Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Megan Park, Adam Driver. Wallace, who is burned out from a string of failed relationships, forms an instant bond with Chantry, who lives with her longtime boyfriend. Together, they puzzle out what it means if your best friend is also the love of your life.
A cute enough movie. I might suggest that this is a slightly new flavor of romantic comedy flavored by a dash of the Millennial generation. It took a bit to get past the melange of accents of the characters to realize that the story was set in Toronto, but in general there were some reasonable performances by all involved. The plot was a bit too vanilla and no one really took any chances to up the ante of the concept which could have made this much more memorable. In general, it was entertaining enough to sit through once, but I wouldn’t give this a second screening.

The dreadful release date gives me more of a clue why I’d never heard of this. I suspect it’d have done better as a limited release in the Spring or late Fall instead. This wasn’t a great movie, but was better than it’s box office performance indicated. The studio left some money on the table with this one.

📺 Beauty and the Beast (2017) | Walt Disney Pictures

Watched Beauty and the Beast (2017) from Walt Disney Pictures
Directed by Bill Condon. With Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad. A selfish prince is cursed to become a monster for the rest of his life, unless he learns to fall in love with a beautiful young woman he keeps prisoner.

📺 “Blue Bloods” Legacy (TV Episode 2018) | CBS

Watched "Blue Bloods" Legacy from CBS
Directed by David Barrett. With Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes, Len Cariou. Danny considers taking a new job that would ease his financial struggles after investigating the death of a wealthy man. Also, Nicky tries to avoid involving her family when she is sexually harassed by her boss at her new internship, and Garrett advises Frank to regain the public's trust after a rookie cop is caught on video questioning a pedestrian's immigration status.

📺 “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Malcolm Goodwin | CW

Watched "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Malcolm Goodwin from CW
With Aisha Tyler, Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady. Great comedy brains are at work with a guest appearance by iZOMBIE's MALCOLM GOODWIN. Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, along with guest comedian Gary Anthony Williams, put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous mprove games that are prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience. The four performers ...

📺 “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Donald Glover/Omarosa/Ibeyi | CBS

Watched "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Donald Glover/Omarosa Manigault-Newman/Ibeyi from CBS
With Stephen Colbert, Donald Glover, Omarosa Manigault, Ibeyi. Actor Donald Glover (Atlanta (2016)); reality-TV personality Omarosa Manigault-Newman (Celebrity Big Brother (2018)); Ibeyi perform.

📺 Japanese Children’s Song – Oni no Pants – おにのパンツ | YouTube

Watched Japanese Children's Song - Oni no Pants - おにのパンツ by Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com from YouTube

Want to instantly make a connection with any Japanese person you meet? Just hum this classic children's song and you're sure to get a reaction! https://goo.gl/ENv4Lc This is your path to Japanese fluency!

Oni no Pants is the song of an Oni (demon) and his pants. The simple lyrics make it easy and the catchy music makes it fun.

Challenge yourself! Use the Japanese you've studied up to this point and see how much you understand! If you've watched our Kantan Kana series you can try to sing along. Making the jump to real-life Japanese is a scary one, but friendly children's songs are a great place to start!

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📺 So Much for So Little (1949) | YouTube

Watched So Much for So Little (1949) by Chuck Jones from YouTube
So Much for So Little is a 1949 American short documentary film directed by Chuck Jones. It won an Academy Award in 1950 for Documentary Short Subject, tying with A Chance to Live. The cartoon states that, annually, 118,481 babies out of 2 million will die before reaching their first birthday. Thus, the cartoon shows John E. Jones, a baby that may add to this statistic if not given proper healthcare. The cartoon proceeds to show most of John's life, including his school years, marriage, later life (as a father), and his golden years, providing other helpful health information along the way. Before the cartoon ends, however, it returns to John as a baby, reminding the audience that John needs proper healthcare to survive. The cartoon then states that if every American paid just three cents a week, sufficient healthcare could be provided for John and babies everywhere.

There’s an awful lot of smoking in this PSA for public health! Welcome to 1949!

📺 ポンキッキーズ メロディ「いっぽんでもニンジン」 | YouTube

Watched ポンキッキーズ メロディ「いっぽんでもニンジン」 by FujitvKids from youtube.com
うた:なぎらけんいち 1975年。この年がどんな1年だったかをチェックできるよ!

A bizarre looking number counting video. Reminiscent of 1970’s Sesame Street cartoons or some quirky Russian (80’s?) cartoons I’ve seen.

👓 You Say Tomato | Peter Hertzmann

Watched You Say Tomato by Peter Hertzmann from hertzmann.com
During my years of teaching, the tomato was the one ingredient I never wanted to appear in the mandated class recipes. Management refused to acknowledge that good tomatoes were seasonal, that fresh tomatoes were different than canned tomatoes, and that not all canned tomatoes were the same. This video is a partial response to those bosses that I should have forgotten about long ago.
I suspect he’s just scratching the surface of the topic of tomatoes. This is the first time I’ve seen or heard a reference about the origin of the fact that a tomato is both a fruit and a vegetable.

📺 The Three Aspects of Knife Skills | Peter Hertzmann

Watched The Three Aspects of Knife Skills by Peter Hertzmann from hertzmann.com
Having written more than 80,000 words about knife skills as well as having taught numerous classes on the subject, I have come to the belief that good knife skills can be defined by just three simple aspects: grip, holding hand, and knife motion. In other words, the essence of good knife skills can be summarized by how you hold your knife, how you hold your food, and how you move your knife.
A solid little video on something every cook should know something about.