Monthly Archives: August 2012


Have you ever just stopped to watch nature? I love to watch nature. At work we have a family of sucks that year after year they bring new ducklings into
The world and it is always a pleasure to watch them tail their mother as she leads them over a hill or across the road. They are so adorable to watch. I’ve even put my car across two lanes of traffic to help mama cross the road with her little charges, safely. I love to see them year after year.

On my way to work there is a pasture where there is a constant rotation of cows. White cows, brown cow, big one and little ones. I always enjoy seeing them, especially when a new set of babies come in. Mini cows are the cutest.

They all just stand out there and graze and chew their cud. Sometimes you will find them, both older and younger cows, climbing the mount of dirt that is there, like little mountain goats scaling a rock face. It is a pleasure to watch these cows do their thing. Sometimes in that same field there is a lone brown horse with a beautiful mane and tail. It always makes me happy to see them each day on my way to and from work.



A friend of mine recently started doing a podcast.  His podcast examines the world through arts and entertainment.

“Will30 will look at our world through arts and entertainment.

I have always been of the persuasion that cultures are not best defined and understood by their politics, economics, and sociology; but rather by the art and entertainment that they produce.

I believe that the arts inspire the world. Through the arts we can better understand where we are as a culture, and more importantly, where we are going. These will be the topics of Will30.”

I love this podcast and not just because my friend does it.  This is really a smart, intelligently spoken look at the world through arts and entertainment.  He talks about literature, movies, TV, racism, education and sports from the angle of arts and entertainment.  He makes a lot of good points and what he believes may not always be popular but he is not afraid to say it. I applaud that.  Check it out.  Listen to one then listen to them all.  He’s on hiatus right now but I am sure he will be back soon and their are 13 episodes already available.   Check him out.  You can access Will30 on Spreaker radio, his website or you can subscribe on iTunes for free.


Spreaker Radio- Will30

A Garrett Williams – his literature website. (he’s also a writer) You can download his work for both Kindle and Nook

Good Reads: Just a Geek

Just a GeekJust a Geek by Wil Wheaton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book as a star Trek fan and as a fan of Wil Wheaton when I was a kid. This book is basically a compilation of old blog entries of his from the early 2000’s. It was really nice to read about his experiences good and bad with Star Trek. I couldn’t help but feel for the Wil Wheaton that is contained in these pages as his life has had many up’s and downs. I recommend this book if you are a Wil Wheaton fan, or a Star Trek fan.

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Stuck in the 80’s

If you were a teenager in the 80’s or even if you were a young adult you know that the 80’s was a great time for music, movies and TV.  The guys who write the Stuck in the 80’s Blog on Tampa think so too.   In fact,  they love the 80’s so much they also do a podcast called stuck in the 80’s which is a  lot of fun.

The guys are Steve Spears and Sean Daly and they are both writers for the Tampa Bay times.  Steve Spears is the Entertainment News editor and Sean Daly writes the obituaries for the same paper.   These two are fanatical about the 80’s.

Their blogs consist of talk about movies, retro concerts, music, pop culture of the 1980’s plus up to the minute news of things related to the 1980’s.  It is a virtual clearinghouse for all things 80’s.  The podcast is  270 shows strong  is a lot of fun to listen to and has a huge international cult following.  They do interviews with 80’s pop and rock stars from Dennis DeYoung to Thomas Dolby to members of the Psychedelic Furs.  They do full length movie commentary of Purple Rain and Halloween (a Stuck in the 80’s favorite).  They dedicate whole show to bands and stars from the 80’s.  They debate about the top 5 John Cusack movies of all time.  (it’s a lively debate), rock dinosaurs, horrible hits and one hit wonders for each year in the decade.  Occasionally, they put out episodes called 80’s News Now which updates us on what our favorites from the 80’s are doing.
These two are funny, and sometimes stupid and silly but all of that makes it an enjoyable podcast.  If you love the 80’s check out the Blog and the Podcast. The podcast is available on the Blog website and on iTunes.


Stuck in the 80’s Blog


Subscribe to the podcast on Itunes

Memories of the Futurecast

I discovered this podcast today quite by accident. I had heard on the “picture-in-picture commentary” for Stand By Me that Will Wheaton had a podcast called “Radio Free Burrito”  while listening to one of those I heard about or read on one of his blogs about the “Memories of the Futurecast” that he also did.  The Radio Free Burrito is a little too geek centric for me.  He talks a lot about things that i am not into such as Warhammer 40k, which I have only passingly heard of through a friend.  Not generally my cup of tea but I will probably give a few a listen to see if it gets better through my Jambox while doing house work or something.

“Memories of the Futurecast” is a companion piece to Will Wheaton’s book Memories of the Future Vol 1 book.   This book and by extension the podcast is Will Wheaton’s memoirs and behind the scenes stories of his time on Star Trek: The Next Generation (ST:TNG), coupled with synopses of each episode of Season 1, as well as sometimes snarky, commentary of the episode.    Will Wheaton is quite the wordsmith and is funny and not afraid to make fun of himself or the character of Wesley Crusher from ST:TNG.  I admire that.


Memories of the Futurecast is available here.   It is also available on iTunes for those who are slaves to Apple.


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