📺 Wintergatan – Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles) | YouTube

Watched Wintergatan - Marble Machine (music instrument using 2000 marbles) from youtube.com
Marble Machine built and composed by Martin Molin
Video filmed and edited by Hannes Knutsson
Costume designed by Angelique Nagtegaal

📺 Royal wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle marry at Windsor Castle | CBS

Watched Royal wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle marry at Windsor Castle from cbsnews.com
Prince Charles walked Meghan Markle down the aisle for the American actress to take vows of marriage with Prince Harry

I taped this last night and am watching all six hours (sans advertising) this afternoon.

CBS coverage was alright despite the fact that they seemed to be getting information either wrong or fixing it after the fact. It makes me wonder if the royal press office was releasing details contemporaneously? In particular they really botched the coverage of the designer of the dress.

I would have appreciated more details on the royals and the culture aspect rather than the heavy emphasis on American-based actors. I think I learned more in the Lifetime-esque movies I saw last weekend than I did in the huge amount of fill time CBS seemed to waste here. They did a vaguely decent job of situating the action at least. Another missing piece here was some reasonable chemistry among the primary team that seemed to be lacking in the reportage–they spent just a bit too much time speaking over each other than I would expect on this level of coverage.

I would have appreciated one or two different key images in the chyron as the same engagement image for 3 hours did seem a bit much.

I did love the fact that 2 billion people were able to see some merging of cultures that wouldn’t otherwise be seen in decades or centuries past. The fact that MLK was quoted in a British wedding was fantastic.

📺 “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” Iran Deal | HBO

Watched "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" Iran Deal from HBO
With Alivia Clark, David Kaye, Thomas Kopache, John Oliver. 'Iran Deal' is the worst deal of all time in Donald Trump's Eyes. But John Oliver Explains Why It Is Better Than No Deal. Because this deal strictly forbade Iran to develop any sort of nuclear weapons. And all of their declared nuclear sites have close monitoring, as well as any suspected site could be monitored within 24 days of the request. The sad part is, top advisers of Trump administration are also against the deal. That is why John prepared a new ad with catheter cowboy to explain the matter to Trump and scheduled it on his favorite Sean Hannity's show.

This would be funny if it weren’t so painfully true. The idea of placing ads on Hannity is pretty intriguing though.

📺 “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” Corporate Taxes | HBO

Watched "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" Corporate Taxes from HBO
Directed by Paul Pennolino. With David Kaye, John Oliver. John Oliver talks about the Corporate Taxes. He gives examples of how big corporation always tries to evade taxes. They are using the loop holes in American tax system. He also expressed his doubts about the promises were made by the new tax plan. He used the unfruitful past experience of tax holiday to support his claim.

📺 "Madam Secretary" Protocol | CBS

Watched "Madam Secretary" Protocol from CBS
Directed by Charlotte Brändström. With Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Patina Miller. When terrorists threaten to cause a flood in the Middle East that could kill millions of people, Elizabeth's hopes of getting a neighboring country to close the dam fade after the government suddenly goes dark during a coup. Also, Stevie is tasked with finding Russell an activity that will help manage his stress.

📺 Cobra Kai Ep 1 – “Ace Degenerate” – The Karate Kid Saga Continues | YouTube

Watched Cobra Kai Ep 1 - “Ace Degenerate” - The Karate Kid Saga Continues from YouTube Red

Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Johnny Lawrence’s life has taken a rocky turn as he tries to forget a past that constantly haunts him. He seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. But the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry of yesteryear is reignited when their lives become intertwined with the next generation of “karate kids.”

I half expected Daniel to be more of a bad guy here as they redeemed Johnny, but it’s actually working out better than I would have anticipated. They do a reasonable job of making the viewer sympathetic to Johnny and his mission. I’ll give this a shot.

📺 "Land of the Lost" The Sleestak God, Season 1, Episode 2 | NBC

Watched "Land of the Lost" The Sleestak God, Season 1, Episode 2 from NBC (via YouTube)

Directed by Dennis Steinmetz. With Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Dave Greenwood, Bill Laimbeer. While searching the Lost City, Will and Holly are captured by lizard-men which are known as Sleestak.

Someone asked me why Lost in Space ended up in their Netflix queue as recommendation because they had watched The West Wing but they confused it with Land of the Lost. Somehow I got sucked into watching this old episode which reminded me of my childhood. It is truly dreadful. The plot, dialogue, and acting are atrocious, but somehow the nostalgia sucks me in. Stuck in this new place and they don’t find it interesting that there’s a sign written in English saying “Beware of Sleestak”?!

Hearing Cha-ka pronounce Sleestack sounds to me more like “Slease attack-a”. I wonder if it was a political statement of some sort (but not really)?

📺 Ballpark BBQ, Season 5 Episode 10 | Food Network

Watched Cooks vs. Cons: Ballpark BBQ, Season 5 Episode 10 from Food Network
Host Geoffrey Zakarian and judges Daphne Oz and Marcus Samuelsson throw the cooks and cons a curve ball in round one by tasking them with fusing corn and hot dogs. After one contestant strikes out, the remaining contestants continue to round two in hopes of making their best dish incorporating barbecue.

📺 "Black-ish" Dream Home | ABC

Watched "Black-ish" Dream Home from ABC
Directed by E. Langston Craig. With Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Marcus Scribner, Miles Brown.

Thank goodness the show seems to have come back after a few awful/painful episodes. I watch this for the comedy and social satire, not for the poignancy and pain the producers think they’re entitled to play around with for the sake of character. They almost lost me.

📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – May 10, 2018 – Joaquin Castro | Comedy Central

Watched The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - May 10, 2018 - Joaquin Castro from Comedy Central
A black Yale student is interrogated by police for napping, Desi Lydic investigates a refugee flow from the U.S. to Canada, and Rep. Joaquin Castro sits down with Trevor.

📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – May 9, 2018 – Diane Guerrero | Comedy Central

Watched The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - May 9, 2018 - Diane Guerrero by Trevor Noah from Comedy Central
Don Blankenship loses his Senate primary bid in West Virginia, Trevor highlights gun-happy police officers, and Diane Guerrero discusses her memoir "In the Country We Love."

📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – May 8, 2018 – Jon Meacham | Comedy Central

Watched The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - May 8, 2018 - Jon Meacham by Trevor Noah from Comedy Central
President Trump ditches the Iran nuclear deal, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman faces sexual abuse allegations, and Jon Meacham discusses "The Soul of America."

📺 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah – May 7, 2018 – Ronan Farrow | Comedy Central

Watched The Daily Show with Trevor Noah - May 7, 2018 - Ronan Farrow by Trevor Noah from Comedy Central
An NHL player goes on a face-licking spree, Michael Kosta breaks down Rudy Giuliani's defense strategy for President Trump, and Ronan Farrow discusses his book "War on Peace."

📺 Harry and Meghan: Royal Rebels | Lifetime

Watched Harry and Meghan: Royal Rebels from Lifetime
A look at the history and rules of British Royal Weddings and which traditions have been updated for the ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

A relatively straight up effort for the Lifetime network. It was nice to have a general theme of rebel to highlight the narrative thread of the piece, though several points they kept making were about how they weren’t rebels at all. It would have been nice to have more Harry history here to balance out the excess of Meghan presented, particularly in relation to the several other shows that are almost equivalent to this one.

📺 Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance | Lifetime

Watched Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance from Lifetime
Directed by Menhaj Huda. With Parisa Fitz-Henley, Laura Mitchell, Melanie Nicholls-King, Burgess Abernethy. The meeting and courtship of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Dear God, what have I done. This was about as dreadful as I should have expected. The casting of the likenesses was dreadful, though the actress portraying Meghan had her personality and sound down relatively well. The Britishness was dreadful… Lifetime’s other offerings in advance of the royal wedding are much better than this.

Synopsis: Like I’ve said three times already: dreadful, dreadful, dreadful.