Musings & Thoughts for Monday, September 12, 2022, or: Rain, Sun, Movies, and Wargames – But Not Much Else….


Summer, apparently, does not want to leave the Sunshine State. It’s Monday, September 12, 2022, the 12th day of meteorological fall, but here in Lithia, Florida, it is hot, humid, and rainy, just as it has been for the past three days. As I write this, it has been raining off and on – nothingContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, September 12, 2022, or: Rain, Sun, Movies, and Wargames – But Not Much Else….”

Weekend Update for Sunday, August 14, 2022, or: What? Rain Again? Hey, It’s Just Florida in Summer…


“A person should always be willing to adjust for a rainy day. That was a good attitude in all of life, but was a reality to the way of life for those residing in Florida.” ― M. Reali-Elliott, Summer 20XX It’s early afternoon on a mid-August Sunday in the Tampa Bay area, and it’s notContinue reading “Weekend Update for Sunday, August 14, 2022, or: What? Rain Again? Hey, It’s Just Florida in Summer…”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: The Starship Enterprise’s Original Crew Gets the 4K Treatment in Paramount’s Upcoming ‘Star Trek: The Original 6-Movie Collection’ Box Set


Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, July 7, 2022. It is a hot, humid summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 88°F (31°C) under mostly cloudy conditions. With the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 5 MPH (8 KM/H) and humidity at 73%, the heatContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: The Starship Enterprise’s Original Crew Gets the 4K Treatment in Paramount’s Upcoming ‘Star Trek: The Original 6-Movie Collection’ Box Set”

On Film and Film-Watching: My Ephemeral, Aspirational, and ‘Take with a Grain of Salt’ TBW List for the Week of June 6-12, 2022 (Already in Progress)


Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. It is a warm early summer day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 81°F (27°C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 87% and the wind blowing from the west-southwest at 4 MPH (7 KM/H), the feels-likeContinue reading “On Film and Film-Watching: My Ephemeral, Aspirational, and ‘Take with a Grain of Salt’ TBW List for the Week of June 6-12, 2022 (Already in Progress)”

On Movies & Movie Collecting: My Blu-ray Collection – May 2022 Edition


If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that one of my hobbies – albeit an expensive one – is collecting movies on home media. I have been doing this since late 1983 when I bought my first VHS cassettes – even before I owned a VCR – and as one medium makesContinue reading “On Movies & Movie Collecting: My Blu-ray Collection – May 2022 Edition”

On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: “…But Wait! There’s More!”


Well, with the recent arrival of my Ultimate Collector’s Edition set of West Side Story – it arrived at 3:49 PM Eastern yesterday – I can now say that this bit of my online shopping story is safely in the rear-view mirror of my life. Yes, the Best Buy Limited Edition Steelbook bit was unnecessarilyContinue reading “On the Joys and Pitfalls of Online Shopping: “…But Wait! There’s More!””

Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 14, 2022, or: You’ve Heard of TBR Lists? Well, Now I Have a TBW List!


Hello, Dear Reader. It’s almost noon here in Lithia, Florida on Monday, February 14, 2022. It is a chilly winter’s day – by Florida standards, anyway – in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 55˚F (13˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the north-northeast at 11 MPH (18 KM/H) and humidityContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, February 14, 2022, or: You’ve Heard of TBR Lists? Well, Now I Have a TBW List!”

On Films & Film-Watching: Chills, Thrills, and Creepy Things that Go Bump in the Night


October is, of course, the month that ends with Halloween. Since that holiday is only 11 days off (as I write this), it’s a good excuse opportunity for me to tell you about my favorite horror films and TV miniseries. Of the 414 Blu-ray titles – including ones that I have multiple versions of –Continue reading “On Films & Film-Watching: Chills, Thrills, and Creepy Things that Go Bump in the Night”

For the Love of Movies: Watching an Old Classic and Keeping Tabs on My Blu-ray Library


Last night I watched George Lucas’s first box office hit, American Graffiti (1973). It was a last-minute choice; I originally planned to watch the 1994 miniseries The Stand, the first adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel about a government-engineered “super flu” that kills 99% of humanity and sets up the survivors for an “end ofContinue reading “For the Love of Movies: Watching an Old Classic and Keeping Tabs on My Blu-ray Library”

On Movie Collections: My Top 10 Favorite Box Sets (4K UHD and 2K Blu-ray Disc Sets)


I’ve collected disc-based home media releases of my favorite movies and television series for 23 years. I started in the summer of 1998 with DVDs, which I started buying even before I acquired my first DVD player and a fully compatible Samsung TV in early 2000. [1] Previously I had bought VHS videocassettes for 14Continue reading “On Movie Collections: My Top 10 Favorite Box Sets (4K UHD and 2K Blu-ray Disc Sets)”