I can honestly say I didn't read the Aubrey/Maturin books in one sitting (or even one sitting each), but I did read them daily and CONTINUOUSLY in order from 1 to 21 (and then immediately saw Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World AFTER I'd read them). Took me about 6-7 months as I recall, and I read the… » 1/29/15 9:37am Yesterday 9:37am

Japanese vending machines are nothing short of awesome. I love 'em. And have never understood why we don't have similar technology or machines in the USA (the vandalism issue is probably why). I could get a hot can of Shizuoka tea, or a cold can of Oolong tea from the same machine. Amazing. » 1/29/15 9:25am Yesterday 9:25am

8-tracks. The players took up a ton of space, the cartridges were huge and also difficult to store, you couldn't rewind- only index to the next track and maybe fast-forward to the next automatic index to find the part you wanted on the previous track, if the tape got screwed up you were out money, and they were never… » 1/28/15 7:35am Wednesday 7:35am

My wife and I saw Captain Eo when she was carrying our daughter in utero. My wife said that the baby bounced and moved and kicked like crazy to the soundtrack (which was pretty loud). After my daughter was born, she had an absolute fascination with Michael Jackson's music and videos as she grew up (still does 24… » 1/26/15 1:01pm Monday 1:01pm

What? No inclusion of Kasserine Pass? German armor overwhelmed the US there, but the victory led Rommel to foolishly underestimate the US after the battle, resulting in the Afrika Corps being overextended and ultimately beaten back in subsequent battles as the US took the hard lessons to heart. » 1/23/15 12:37pm 1/23/15 12:37pm

Personally, I enjoyed American Sniper regardless of the controversies (which I was aware of). But one of the better portrayals of a sniper was in the recent film Fury- even though the finale is a bit on the ludicrous side (bring up a Panzerschreck and put a hole in the damn tank- and I doubt that any human body ever… » 1/23/15 12:05pm 1/23/15 12:05pm

I still have my original Fairchild VCS (the "Channel F" name came later) and dig it out occasionally. The controllers still were more efficient than many of the modern ones as the functions were great- full joystick, push in, twist head right or left- no buttons! My favorite game probably remains "Dodge-It"- that one… » 1/23/15 6:41am 1/23/15 6:41am

Best thing about Rollerball (which came from the short story "Rollerball Murder") is that it remains a fictional game- yet it does have a set of real-world rules and penalties that were written for the movie. The thing about so many fictional games is that they eventually become real. » 1/22/15 8:09am 1/22/15 8:09am