Category archive: Movies, TV, and DVDs

The Pleasures of Turkish Historical Soap Operas

About a year ago, I began watching a Turkish historical soap opera called Muhtesem Yüzyil (Magnificent Century) about Süleyman the Magnificent’s life, loves, and military campaigns. I was hooked, even though only one episode, the first, has English subtitles. From the second episode on I’ve had to rely on my imperfect Turkish. Fortunately, I do…

The Iron Lady and the Mouseketeer

While the world takes note of the passing of the great Margaret Thatcher, I couldn’t help but feel a pang when I heard of today’s other celebrity death: Annette Funicello. She was only a few years older than I am, and the news of her passing transported me back to my childhood. I think many of…

George R. R. Martin Write Like the Wind

Anyone who’s a fan of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones will love this filk song urging George to write faster!

Beam Scotty up, please!

Beam me up…for the 3rd try! Scotty’s ashes will be aboard the corporate SpaceX craft tomorrow as they try again to fulfill James Doohan’s wishes to send some of his ashes into space (2 previous attempts met with unfortunate ends). Hope all goes well this time! http://is.gd/MBfsAk

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