Thursday, March 9, 2023

The Wheel Award for Excellence in Motion Pictures

The Academy Awards will be given out Sunday, March 12, 2023. I've seen all the nominees for Best Picture. That means my opinion means something. Right?

I've ranked the movies in order of my preference for "Best Picture." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science uses proportional ranked choice voting (RCV) to ensure that the winner has broad support throughout the Academy members. I wish US political elections used a similar system (or perhaps some form of proportional voting system). But that's for another post.

My personal ranked choice of the Oscar nominees is based on the grades I gave the movies immediately after seeing them. In case of ties, I ordered them by my judgment today. Note this is not my prediction of which movie will win, but how I would vote, had I a vote.

The envelope please. The winner of "The Wheel Award for Excellence in Motion Pictures" goes to...

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

How Much is a Big Orange Box Worth?

Source: City of Richardson

The City of Richardson has called for a bond election to raise $46 million to go toward replacing the Richardson City Hall, which has been vacant since it was damaged by fire in August, 2022. Using the numbers provided by the City, I put pencil to paper to see if I could get the City's figures to add up. Follow along with me.

Monday, March 6, 2023

Your Place or Mine (2023)

Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes

Your Place or Mine (2023)): Best friends for 20 years get mad at each other. Is it the trigger for long-denied love? It's a rom-com, so you guess. Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher star in this formulaic fluff. The separate NY/LA story lines keep any chemical reaction from happening. C+

Sunday, March 5, 2023

POTD: Nuremberg's Hangman's Bridge

From 2022 07 12 Nuremberg

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Nuremberg, Germany. It shows the Hangman's Bridge (Henkersteg) over the river Regnitz. Built in 1595, the wooden bridge connects the city to an island where the executioner for the city lived. It's strange how picturesque scenes can have gruesome history.

Bonus photo after the jump.

Saturday, March 4, 2023

POTD: Nuremberg, My Ancestral Homeland

From 2022 07 12 Nuremberg

Today's photo-of-the-day is from Nuremberg, Germany, a thousand-year-old city in Bavaria. With that history, it has many notable events to fill its Wikipedia page, but the one most personal to me is that my great grandfather lived in a town near Nuremberg before his emigration to America in 1892. I've told that story before ("Roots"). Now, I finally managed to get back to my ancestral roots.