Old Gamers Never Die: From ‘Red Storm Rising’ to ‘Cold Waters’

Back in the 1990s, when I first bought my first MS-DOS-based personal computer, I used to play many military-themed simulations and strategy games. Most of them were designed and published by MicroProse Software of Hunt Valley, MD, which was founded by Sid Meier and William “Wild Bill” Stealey in 1982. Although Sid Meier’s Civilization isContinue reading “Old Gamers Never Die: From ‘Red Storm Rising’ to ‘Cold Waters’”

Random Thoughts & Musings for July 2, 2020, or: Finding Bits of Bliss in Troubled Times

Well, here we are on July 2, 2020, a few short days before the Fourth of July weekend and the fifth – or is it sixth?- month of the global pandemic caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. And because we live in a troubled and extremely divisive period exacerbated byContinue reading “Random Thoughts & Musings for July 2, 2020, or: Finding Bits of Bliss in Troubled Times”

Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

Hi, there, Constant Reader! Well, here we are on the first day of July 2020, and in my corner of Florida all is tranquil at home on a hot early summer afternoon. Presently, the temperature outside is a sizzling 94˚F; with humidity at 56% and a westerly breeze of 11 mph, the heat index isContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’”

Home Media Comparison: ‘A Bridge Too Far’ DVD vs. Blu-ray

A Bridge Too Far on Home Media When producer Joseph E. Levine’s $25 million adaptation of Cornelius Ryan’s non-fiction book A Bridge Too Far landed in theaters on June 15, 1977, home media as we know it today was in its infancy. Videocassette recorders existed, of course, but they were still mostly used by theContinue reading “Home Media Comparison: ‘A Bridge Too Far’ DVD vs. Blu-ray”

Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’

  Lt. Gen. Horrocks: [briefing his XXX Corps officers on Operation Market Garden] Gentlemen, this is a story that you shall tell your grandchildren, and mightily bored they’ll be. [the officers laugh] The plan is called “Operation Market Garden”. “Market” is the airborne element, and “Garden”, the ground forces. That’s us. [points to a map behind him of Holland, showingContinue reading “Movie Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far’”

Book Review: ‘The Last Battle’

All art, no matter what the medium might be, is a product of the times in which it is created. A 1950s-era novel like Elliott Arnold’s Flight from Ashiya, for instance, will resonate with readers or movie buffs who remember director Michael Anderson’s 1964 adaptation, but it will still reflect the concerns and issues ofContinue reading “Book Review: ‘The Last Battle’”

Life in the Time of COVID-19: Rugged Individualism or Self-Centeredness? or: Why America Can’t Flatten the Curve

So what’s next? Ban wearing the color of blue? Or black or red? No more stripes? Plaid only Tuesdays? Why do we have politicians that do not understand what the constitution is. Some sheep are all for this. Give me a ticket and I am suing for violations of my constitutional rights. – Jennifer W., conservativeContinue reading “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Rugged Individualism or Self-Centeredness? or: Why America Can’t Flatten the Curve”

‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Sith Jet Trooper 6-inch Scale Action Figure

Soldier of the Final Order Protecting the skies over Exegol as the Sith Fleet launches are elite airborne soldiers, the next step beyond the standard jetpack-equipped stormtrooper. With intense training and advanced gear, the Sith jet trooper is an intelligent airborne projectile capable of devastating rapid strikes – Pablo Hidalgo, Star Wars: The Rise ofContinue reading “‘Star Wars’ Collectibles & Toys Review: Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series Sith Jet Trooper 6-inch Scale Action Figure”

Thoughts & Musings: June 25, 2020

Thunderin’ Thursday Hi, there! Thank you for stopping by! As I write this, it’s mid-afternoon here in my corner of Florida on a hot, muggy, and stormy Thursday. Right now – this won’t go live till after 5 PM my time – the temperature outside is 96˚ F; with 51% humidity, almost calm winds ofContinue reading “Thoughts & Musings: June 25, 2020”

Thoughts & Musings for Mid-Week: June 24, 2020

Musings for Wednesday, June 24, 2020 Well, it’s midafternoon here in my tranquil corner of Florida on this, the 24th day of June 2020. It is hot and sunny outside, with temperatures in the neighborhood of 95˚ F  but with a heat index of 100˚ or more. Now, I know what you’re going to say:Continue reading “Thoughts & Musings for Mid-Week: June 24, 2020”