Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One | Official Trailer

Finally, we get an official trailer.

According to the official plot synopsis, Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and the IMF crew are tasked with tracking down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands.” Isn’t that the plot of nearly all of them? Oh, hey. We get Eugene Kittridge played by Henry Czerny too. Nice call back to the first movie way back in 1996.

Seriously though, this movie knows what the audience is here for: Tom Cruise running, Tom Cruise on a motorcycle, Tom Cruise doing yet another batshit crazy stunt in the name of entertainment.

And everyone loves it.

Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part 1 opens in theaters July 12. The finale (of the franchise? Ethan Hunt’s story?) Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part II hits theaters on June 24, 2024.

May 17, 2023

The Importance of Religion in the Lives of Americans is Shrinking

NPR reports that in a new study from the Public Religion Research Institute, the importance of religion in the lives of Americans is on the decline.

I say, Good.”

The report, titled Religion and Congregations in a Time of Social Upheaval,” surveyed more than 6,600 adults from all 50 states. Despite the deep political divides in the U.S., the majority of churchgoers — 56% — do not believe their own church is more politically divided than five years ago.

Deckman says that this could be due to sorting that has already taken place: People tend to affiliate with congregations that align with their political beliefs, in part to avoid conflicts they experience in broader society[…]

Participation in houses of worship continues to decline, according to the study. Twenty-eight percent of respondents said they seldom” attend religious services, and 29% of respondents said they never” attend religious services. A decade ago, those figures were 22% and 21%, respectively.

It can’t hit 0% soon enough.

May 16, 2023

Foundation Season 2 Teaser

Foundation Season 2 Teaser Trailer

I was generally pleased with the first season of Foundation. It helps to lean into the adaptation” part of the adapted from Isaac Asimov’s novels. Practically everything was new except for names of people, planets, and psychohistory. Overall, it worked pretty well.

This should fit in nicely after watching Silo.

May 11, 2023

Dooce, RIP

Sad news.

The pioneering mommy blogger Heather Armstrong, who laid bare her struggles as a mother and her battles with depression and alcoholism on her site Dooce.com and on social media, has died at 47. Armstrong died by suicide.”

I did not really read her but knew her story. My heart goes out to her family and friends feeling her loss right now, but especially her two children.

UPDATE: Here’s a lovely tribute.

May 10, 2023

Illinois to Become First State to Ban Book Bans

Book Riot has the story.

The Illinois Senate has passed HB 2789, a bill whose terms dictate that state funding from public or school libraries that remove books from circulation will be withheld.

As per the bill, the $62 million of funding that goes to the state’s libraries will only be eligible for said funding if they adopt the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights or develop a written statement prohibiting the practice of banning books or other materials within the library or library system.

It’s good to live in a Blue State.

May 4, 2023

Mike Shannon, RIP

Simply one of the voices in my head when I think about St. Louis Cardinals baseball. A sad day.

April 30, 2023

All the Enterprises

John de Lancie, the incredible actor behind the mischievous character Q in Star Trek and Picard, offered a wonderful tour inside the bridge of every USS Enterprise for The Roddenberry Archive. For this cool video, de Lancie describes the history and evolution of each ship. He also explains how it was designed, how it was used on set, for which series it was used, and in what year.

April 27, 2023

Joe Biden is Running for President

In today’s least surprising news, President Joe Biden formally announced that he is running for reelection in 2024, asking voters to give him more time to finish this job’ and extend the run of America’s oldest president for another four years.” Those four years would mean Biden would be 86 when he leaves office.

He’s probably too old, but if Trump is the nominee for the Republicans, I wouldn’t want anyone else to run against him.

April 25, 2023

Harry Belafonte, Singer, Actor, Producer and Activist, Dies at 96

Mike Barnes, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, has the story on the passing of Harry Belefonte.

Harry Belafonte, the actor, producer, singer and activist who made calypso music a national phenomenon with Day-O’ (The Banana Boat Song) and used his considerable stardom to draw attention to Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights issues and injustices around the world, has died. He was 96.

He made indelible marks on American culture while championing civil rights.

April 25, 2023

Foo Fighters — Rescued

The Foo Fighters have a new song entitled, Rescued.”

One of the most important Foo Fighters’ songs in a long time. Massive. Plus, the announcement of a new album, But Here We Are.

April 19, 2023