Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Mowgli (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
Mowgli (2018): Live/CGI adaptation of "The Jungle Book." Darker and more violent than Disney; no cute animals, no songs. Beautiful imagery. 1st half is predictable boy-raised-by-wolves story. 2nd half is a serious coming-of-age story. Adults, don't be ashamed to watch alone. C+

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

POTD: Jakarta Skyline

From 2018 03 31 Jakarta

Today's photo-of-the-day is of the skyline of Jakarta, Indonesia, from the Gran Meliá Hotel. Jakarta is a monstrously big, modern city. It has equally big growing pains. Jakarta could learn a lot from American cities. On the other hand, American cities could learn a lot from Jakarta. All cities have the same basic needs and face the same pressures. No one has it all figured out.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Observe. Ask. Do. Repeat.

After the Richardson ISD tax ratification election (TRE), I listed five recommendations for areas RISD to focus on now that the divisive election was behind us. One of the suggestions was to focus on improving community outreach. I recommended making permanent those strategic planning teams that were put together for the "Strategic Plan 2017." I also recommended holding more town hall meetings and reforming the "open mic" portions of board meetings to get more back-and-forth dialog going. What else?

Today, I'm recommending considering the advice of Charles Marohn of "Strong Towns" in an article titled "Most Public Engagement is Worthless". I think that's hyperbolic, but Marohn is still on to something.

Friday, December 7, 2018

POTD: Breakfast at the Gran Meliá Hotel

From 2018 03 31 Jakarta

Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Gran Meliá Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia. The drink in my hand is a dragon fruit smoothie. Delicious. In front of me is a cuppa Java. Appropriate for a breakfast in Java, right?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Kominsky Method (TV 2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
The Kominsky Method (TV 2018): Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin in a buddy comedy about aging. Think "Grace and Frankie" but with prostate jokes. Later episodes get better as they deal with grief. Really not as grim as that sounds. I'd watch a season 2. B-

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

POTD: Staredown

From 2018 03 27 Sydney

Today's photo-of-the-day is from the Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, Australia. Although this sulphur-crested cockatoo was in captivity, it is possible to see flocks of cockatoos in the wild in Australia. With this, we bid farewell to the land Down Under.

From 2018 03 27 Sydney

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Favourite (2018)

Rotten Tomatoes
The Favourite (2018): Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz vie for favor of Queen Anne in era when ambitious women had to be tougher than men. Here, cruder, too. Acting by all is tightly balanced between villain and victim. Too serious for farce. Too over-the-top for straight drama. B-