Archive for the 'Movies' Category

And This Little Piggy Starred in a Movie

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

This Saturday the University of Minnesota winds up the regular season with a Big 10 football game against Iowa. This game is played for a trophy, a trophy of a pig, Floyd of Rosedale. This morning the Minneapolis Star Tribune had a story about the origin of the trophy. When the game between the two […]

Things Were Tough in the Old Days

Friday, February 1st, 2008

This afternoon we went to see the movie There Will Be Blood, which dealt with the early days of the oil industry in California. Based on what we saw in the movie, one has to believe that before there was oil drilling, there was oil mining. Boy was that an unbelievable job. In the movie […]

Limb Regeneration

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

This morning’s Wall Street Journal had a brief article about some really interesting research done at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla. Working with chickens, scientists have demonstrated that higher vertebrates can regenerate limbs. Their experiments involved cutting off a chicken’s wing while it was still at the embryo stage, then using […]

Eddie Murphy Out Front in the War on Terror

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Today’s Wall Street Journal had an article on the use of biometric devices in detecting air travelers with “hostile intent”. The initial part of the article talked about an Israeli-developed system that is being tested at the Knoxville airport. The article subsequently described a program less technologically based – Screening Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) […]

Simply Unbelievable

Monday, December 26th, 2005

I recently went with my family to see King Kong. I am not saying this is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. What I am saying is that I am unable to recall having seen any movie that was worse. The sheer tonnage of computer animated action scenes (e.g., folks running along in the midst […]


Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

This afternoon Pat and I saw March of the Penguins, a truly interesting movie. Highly recommended.