Who is that Masked Man?

Some boys grow up honing their sports skills. Others are adept with tools or musical instruments. I entertained myself by perfecting the art of selectively provoking control freaks. I suspected…

Monday, Monday

Left Vilnius at dawn. I was wearing a nice mask issued by my university and a bandana. That wasnt enough on board the plane. They insisted I wear one of…

Vilnius, Day 3

Editing a video from Saturday, when I got to see Vilnius in an unusual way. I also gained insights through the eyes of an artist whose works have shown in…

On The Road!

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. We hit the road starting tomorrow! The first stop on this pre-Tour jaunt takes me via a lovely express train to one of Europe’s Top Ten…

Booted For Life from Facebook!

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D As a full professor who teaches media, culture, and communication at an international university in central Europe, I now have a great story to share in…

Civilization, by What Measure?

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. We are tempted to measure our civilizations by our projections of power—industry, technology, financial, military, education, and fashionable ideologies. Distill the issues in today’s headlines, and…

Latest U.F.O. News

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. News about U.F.O.s is loaded with reports of incredible speed, physically impossible sharp manuevering, dashing from air into water, silent running, and other high-end show and…

Kramer said it best

After endless months in cold, grim solitary confinement, I will soon encamp where the weather is warmer than my ice cubes. The immortal words of Seinfeld’s Kramer echo loudly in…

Hatred of Asians

This is not a sponsored post Hate comes in all colors. It’s astonishing when our own cultural self-centeredness makes us forget. I am watchful these days. Ignorant behavior results from…

My Coming Great Escape

“Falcon/Winter Soldier” allegedly shot a scene in my tiny part of the world, appearing in episode 3. Alas, I’m not featured as a super-soldier—I must have missed their casting call.My…

LOTR & The Hobbit

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. This is not a sponsored post. Times come when evil is declared good and good evil.In our first conversation, E and I shared a love for…

A Tale of Two Kings

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. I am impressed this Easter about Two Kings: The one the people anticipated as Jesus entered the troubled streets of Jerusalem. The one that would deliver…

Life in Middle Earth

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. April marks the 20th Anniversary of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. I am celebrating by bingeing…and remembering great love.What better place than in the…

Godzilla versus King Kong

Michael Patrick, Ph.D. The last time I made mention about the film industry in context of the Chinese market and Hollywood’s decades-long penchant for stereotyping Asians, I got my whacked…

Jeeves

Who shows me what unconditional love looks like? Who endures me at my worst? Who is always joyful to see me? Who trusts me? Who always defends me? Who makes…

The Big Short Live

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. This is not a sponsored post. (My older brother says I don’t need encouragement to annoy people.) Ever see “The Big Short” movie about the gamesmanship…

Bacon, bacon, bacon!

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. This is not a sponsored post. Bacon! Bacon! Bacon! Despite the incessant lockdowns, unending Covid strains, spewing volcanoes, mad militias, horned shamans, migrant invasions, and rancid…