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The Daffodils of Skagit Valley, Part 2

Driving in the farmlands near La Conner, Washington earlier this week, my wife and I saw a bunch of cars parked along the side of the road. “Pull over!”, I announced, not wanting to miss a rare opportunity to A. take snapshots of a field [...]

Review: Iron Fist

WARNING: MILD SPOILERS AHEAD I tried to like Iron Fist. I really did. I had to because I am a hopeless fanboy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), which encompasses the big-budget films (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, [...]

The 60s before ‘The 60s:’ The Ventures

There are a few “main lines” that seem to dominate pop music history of the 1960s – folk (Peter, Paul and Mary; Dylan), R&B and soul (Ray Charles, the Supremes) and of course “rock” (the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix)  The artists mentioned [...]

The Professional: Luc Besson’s 1994 classic

The Professional is one of my favorite ’90s movies. It’s a film that could easily have been one of the many entertaining-but-disposable action thrillers by director Luc Besson, but for three things: The cast, the original, risky romantic [...]

Hot Rod History

… through the 1970s ORIGINS A lot has been written about the origins of the hot rod and the development of the culture that gave rise to it and then grew up around it. This is my own personal take on the subject, and I’m sure others [...]

Why Sunday’s SpaceX Launch Mattered

The launch on Sunday, February 19 of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center was very important for a few reasons. The specific NASA mission it launched is formally known as “CRS-10.”  “CRS” means [...]