I’ve seen Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, I’ve read Milton’s Paradise Lost and I’ve listened to Handel’s Messiah, but the work of art that has had the most profound impact on my relationship with religion is the 1982 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, Conan the Barbarian. It’s a film I’ve seen at least dozens of times and with each viewing… Read More Deep meaning in “stupid” films: How Conan the Barbarian brought me closer to God
Recently, I just finished reading my first P.G. Wodehouse book. I’ve lived in Britain for a dozen years as an American expat, so I was well aware of the esteem with which Mr Wodehouse’s comedic novels were held, but until now I had never picked one up before. I had always assumed his books would be… Read More Right Ho, Brexit
Amazon.com hates me. It mocks me. And I know it’s doing it on purpose. Chances are, it hates you and mocks you as well. But maybe you’ve never noticed. Maybe you thought it was your fault. I’m here to tell you it’s not. Amazon is mean. So mean. And dumb. It’s mean and dumb and I figure… Read More Amazon.com – why do you hate me so?
Every day, I walk our nine year old daughter to school here in London. It’s a 15 minute walk, which gives us a nice amount of time to talk. I take advantage of the opportunity to teach her about an important aspect of the world – a different topic every day. Not just facts, but… Read More Dadsplaining the 4th of July to a British kid
Every day, I walk our nine year old daughter to school. It’s a 15 minute walk, which gives us a nice amount of time to talk. I take advantage of the opportunity to teach her about an aspect of the world – a different topic every day. I call it Dadsplaining. The way I see… Read More Dadsplaining: I explain the world to my kid (Boris Johnson edition)
Recently, the day after the London Bridge terrorist attack, feeling depressed and under siege (I live in London, not far away from the incident) I posted a note to a friend on Facebook about how it’s important not to change our way of life in response to horrors like this – to not give in… Read More Some advice on not being a social media asshole after a terrorist attack
Our home is haunted. I’m not even joking. Last night at 3.30 in the morning I was awoken from a deep sleep by a very loud, continuous noise coming from somewhere nearby. At first I thought I might be dreaming but my wife was awake as well and she seemed just as confused as me.… Read More Haunted!
Have you ever found yourself sitting in a movie theatre, about to watch a horror film, or a disturbingly violent action movie, only to discover someone enter the same screening accompanied by a young child? As they walk to find their seats, you’ve probably muttered something to yourself like: “Can you believe that? Just get a… Read More Traumatically scary horror movies are good for children
There are three very provocative things to reveal in this blog post, and each one of them is going to make you think I’m crazy. Here we go: Your Facebook feed is being used as a tool to brainwash you I’ve created a tool to help you defeat the efforts to brainwash you But now the brainwashers… Read More My fight against Big Data’s attempts to brainwash me
I miss Leo Sayer. Do you remember Leo? He was a pop star in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with a string of number one hits in the UK and the USA. Songs like You make me feel like dancing and More than I can say. He was one of the biggest music stars in… Read More Bring back ugly pop stars!