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Cream of the Cool

So last weekend, I called an old friend.

That's him in the photo of my sixth birthday party, seated to my right. He's wearing a collared shirt and a vest and, like the rest of us, one of those stupid paper hats. I'm about to open a present. In the foreground rests a Corgi Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which would be a collector's item if I still had it, and an off-brand cola. The kid…

http://inaturalist.org is a website that allows users to collect and catalog sightings of different forms of life, via both a website and an app for smartphones. It has been active for a dozen years, and currently has one million members.

The site functions in a fairly intuitive way: after you have created an account, you can upload pictures and sounds, either from a computer, or from the app. You can then either select what you think it is, at various levels of taxonomy, or…

Warning: this review contains some graphic content. It may be offensive to some people.


"We're gonna blow up!"


Firecrackers is a movie, written and directed by Jasmin Mozaffari.

Actually, it's two movies written and directed by Jasmin Mozaffari.

The first begins with a kid finding a discarded condom on a rural road and blowing it up like a balloon. The second opens with the impolite…

In 2016 BBC America made a TV version of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency written by Max Landis. It is very good, which is not something I say about many TV shows, especially those based on books. It maintains much of the feel of the novels, but makes some major changes to the backstory and setting. It is also rather dark and bloody at times, which is in concordance with the novels, but something that perhaps stands out more clearly on the screen. The following two paragraphs contain…