Willy Wonka Pitch Meeting

Willy Wonka Pitch Meeting

Ryan George makes some very funny videos imagining pitch meetings for well-known movies and TV shows. One of my favorites is this one, for “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” particularly the part about the odd, scary boat ride in the...
Dead Wrong

Dead Wrong

I enjoy the series of videos on YouTube of experts commenting on the veracity of movie and TV clips related to their fields. This is one of my recent favorites. Just watch the reaction of Dr. Joye Carter, a forensic pathologist with more than 30 years of experience,...
POTD: High Jump

POTD: High Jump

I haven’t been watching much of the Summer Olympics, but every once in a while I turn them on to see if something interesting is happening. The vast majority of NBC’s coverage, of course, centers on American athletes, yet something I came upon last night...
POTD: Another Perfect SpaceX Return

POTD: Another Perfect SpaceX Return

I have lost track of the number of times I’ve watched SpaceX bring the first stage of one of its reusable rockets back to Earth for a nice, soft, vertical landing. But it still amazes me every time. This one took place just a few hours ago, marking the ninth...
POTD: Big Pharma Lie

POTD: Big Pharma Lie

Pharmaceutical companies always defend their practices by saying they need to charge a lot for their drugs because it costs so much to research and develop them. But as Congresswoman Katie Porter proved — with her trademark whiteboard — in a hearing this...
Charles Grodin

Charles Grodin

I regret never having the opportunity to interview Charles Grodin, who succumbed to bone marrow cancer yesterday at 86. I can’t think of an actor who played deadpan on screen better. Just go back and watch his delivery and demeanor in Albert Brooks’...