Designated Survivor 1.06

The Interrogation

Kirkman’s plans to elect a Congress is put in jeopardy after a shooting disrupts a critical Governors’ Summit; Wells and Atwood interrogate Majid Nassar about his purported role in the Capitol bombing; Aaron and Emily offer MacLeish the position of Vice President.

This is all about a power play between the President and the Congress. Sound familiar ? The congress’ planned immigration block just makes no sense, but it appears that Kirkman has agreed.



Designated Survivor 1.05

The Mission

Finally, a group from “Tough Guys Casting” inc gets to play war games in the middle east. The production doesn’t skimp and provides a decent action sequence, marred by a silly standoff as the end. Still, they get the job done with only one casualty.

And in Washington a very improbable plot starts of a secret bunker being built for Senators.

Designated Survivor 1.04

The Enemy

Finally, Kirkman gets a nice suit !

Kirkman juggles continuing to deal with the issue of civil rights in Michigan and finding a terrorist believed to be responsible for the bombing.

Wells suspects MacLeish isn’t telling the truth about what happened on the night of the bombing; Alex seeks help from an unlikely ally and Seth takes on an unexpected new job.

Designated Survivor 1.03

The Confession

Kirkman faces crisis after crisis as he juggles dealing with an interview that leaves many questioning the legitimacy of his Presidency and the fallout from a leaked video.

Wells questions Congressman Peter MacLeish, the bombing’s sole survivor, only to realize he isn’t telling her the whole truth; Alex deals with a personal crisis when she discovers a bag of pills in Leo’s bedroom drawer.

The sole focus on a female FBI agent (Wells) seems to indicate that she will be the one to discover the truth, such a cliche – I hope she is wrong !

Meanwhile, Hollywood 20-something actor playing a teenager (17!) is, surprise a TOTAL JERK.


Mortal Engines

Mortal Engines is a 2018 post-apocalyptic adventure film directed by Christian Rivers and with a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Peter Jackson, based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve, and starring Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, and Stephen Lang. An American-New Zealand co-production, the film is set in a post-apocalyptic world where entire cities have been mounted on wheels and motorised, and prey on one another.

This film took a while to get into, there was a lot of back-story to explain and this continues throughout the story. However once the set-up is sorted out and the characters established, it moves at a good pace and ramps up to an exciting ending.

The visuals are impressive. It has a symphonic score that at times is a but overwhelming.

And despite Peter Jackson’s claim that it’s not steam punk, it certainly looks like it.

So although a good film, it probably won’t rank up there with the other Wingnut films.

Good Place 3.10

The Good Place Season 3 Episode 10 (of 13) – Janet(s)


The D’Arcy Carden episode

Arriving in Janet’s void, the humans discover they have all taken on Janet’s appearance, leading to confusion until Janet conjures individualized clothing for them.

Janet and Michael visit accounting, leaving the humans in the void. Head Accountant Neil (Strphen Merchant) informs Janet and Michael that nobody has been admitted to the Good Place in 521 years and even Doug Forcett will be sent to the Bad Place, despite his commitment to living a good life.

Neil refuses to believe the Bad Place has hacked the points system, and Janet urges Michael to fix the problems himself.

Good to see Stephen Merchant again…

Jet Op 0.2

JET – Ops Files II: Terror Alert
(Jet 0.6)
by Russell Blake (2015)

The second in the prequels, this puts Jet on a mission to stop a terrorist bombing. There is plenty of action and the plot keeps up the pace and there are plenty of plot twists.

The story ends in England, and reminds me a lot of the Dick Francis thrillers. Good read for a thriller fan.

Designated Survivor 1.1-2

Designated Survivor is an American political drama television series created by David Guggenheim.

Kiefer Sutherland stars as Thomas Kirkman, an American politician named the designated survivor for the State of the Union address, who suddenly ascends from the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to the position of President after an explosion kills everyone ranked ahead of him in the line of succession. Kirkman deals with his inexperience as President while looking to uncover the truth behind the attack.

Kiefer Sutherland is always fun to watch, and in this series he is playing a rather lame middle-management type of politician forced into the limelight.

Right from the start you can see the grain of Jack Bauer forming and almost predict his change to a dominant politician. It starts as captivating television.

The only misstep  are the obvious baddies – a power hungry senator who gets the police to enforce anti Muslim practices leading to the death of  a boy. And the hot-headed hear of the armed forces.

Any if you are going to con a senator and get your way, don’t immediately tell everyone your secret, it’s going to come back and bite you !.



The Dean’s Word Processor
(By Graduate School Dean Jerrold Zar)

I have a spelling checker,
It came with my PC.
It plane lee marks four my revue
Miss steaks aye can knot see.

Eye ran this poem threw it.
Your sure real glad two no.
Its very polished in its weigh,
My checker tolled me sew.

A checker is a blessing.
It freeze yew lodes of thyme.
It helps me right awl stiles two reed,
And aides me when aye rime.

Each frays come posed up on my screen
Eye trussed too bee a joule.
The checker pours o’er every word
To cheque sum spelling rule.

Bee fore a veiling checkers
Hour spelling mite decline,
And if we’re laks oar have a laps,
We wood bee maid too wine.

Butt now bee cause my spelling
Is checked with such grate flare,
There are know faults with in my cite,
Of nun eye am a wear.

Now spelling does not phase me,
I does knot bring a tier.
My pay purrs awl due glad den
With wrapped words fare as hear.

To rite with care is quite a feet
Of witch won should be proud,
And wee mussed dew the best wee can,
Sew flaws are knot aloud.

Sow ewe can sea why aye dew prays
Such soft wear four pea seas,
And why eye brake in two averse
Buy righting want too please.

Sourse: Unknown



From the Archives (1997-01-20)


What Things Really Mean

“I’m going fishing.”
Really means… “I’m going to drink myself dangerously stupid, and
stand by a stream with a stick in my hand, while the fish swim by in
complete safety.”

“Let’s take your car.”
Really means…. “Mine is full of beer cans, burger wrappers and
completely out of gas.”

“Woman driver.”
Really means…. “Someone who doesn’t speed, tailgate, swear, make
obscene gestures and has a better driving record than me.”

“I don’t care what color you paint the kitchen.”
Really means…. “As long as it’s not blue, green, pink, red, yellow,
lavender, gray, mauve, black, turquoise or any other color besides white.”

“It’s a guy thing.”
Really means…. “There is no rational thought pattern connected with
it, and you have no chance at all of making it logical.”

“Can I help with dinner?”
Really means…. “Why isn’t it already on the table?”

“Uh huh,” “Sure, honey,” or “Yes, dear.”
Really mean…. Absolutely nothing. It’s a conditioned response like
Pavlov’s dog drooling.

“Good idea.”
Really means…. “It’ll never work. And I’ll spend the rest of the
day gloating.”

“Have you lost weight?”
Really means…. “I’ve just spent our last $30 on a cordless drill.”

“My wife doesn’t understand me.”
Really means…. “She’s heard all my stories before, and is tired of

“It would take too long to explain.”
Really means…. “I have no idea how it works.”

“I’m getting more exercise lately.”
Really means…. “The batteries in the remote are dead.”

“I got a lot done.”
Really means…. “I found ‘Waldo’ in almost every picture.”

“We’re going to be late.”
Really means…. “Now I have a legitimate excuse to drive like a

“Hey, I’ve read all the classics.”
Really means…. “I’ve been subscribing to Playboy since 1972.”

“You cook just like my mother used to.”
Really means…. “She used the smoke detector as a meal timer, too.”

“I was listening to you. It’s just that I have things on my mind.”
Really means…. “I was wondering if that red-head over there is
wearing a bra.”

“Take a break, honey, you’re working too hard.”
Really means…. “I can’t hear the game over the vacuum cleaner.”

“That’s interesting, dear.”
Really means…. “Are you still talking?”

“Honey, we don’t need material things to prove our love.”
Really means…. “I forgot our anniversary again.”

“You expect too much of me.”
Really means…. “You want me to stay awake.”

“It’s a really good movie.”
Really means…. “It’s got guns, knives, fast cars, and Heather

“That’s women’s work.”
Really means…. “It’s difficult, dirty, and thankless.”

“Go ask your mother.”
Really means…. “I am incapable of making a decision.”

“You know how bad my memory is.”
Really means…. “I remember the theme song to F Troop, the address of
the first girl I ever kissed, and the Vehicle Identification Numbers of
every car I’ve ever owned, but I forgot your birthday.”

“I was just thinking about you, and got you these roses.”
Really means…. “The girl selling them on the corner was a real

“Football is a man’s game.”
Really means…. “Women are generally too smart to play it.”

“Oh, don’t fuss. I just cut myself, it’s no big deal.”
Really means…. “I have actually severed a limb, but will bleed to
death before I admit I’m hurt.”

“I do help around the house.”
Really means…. “I once put a dirty towel in the laundry basket.”

“Hey, I’ve got my reasons for what I’m doing.”
Really means…. “And I sure hope I think of some pretty soon.”

“I can’t find it.”
Really means…. “It didn’t fall into my outstretched hands, so I’m
completely clueless.”

“What did I do this time?”
Really means…. “What did you catch me at?”

“What do you mean, you need new clothes?”
Really means…. “You just bought new clothes 3 years ago.”

“She’s one of those rabid feminists.”
Really means…. “She refused to make my coffee.”

“But I hate to go shopping.”
Really means…. “Because I always wind up outside the dressing room
holding your purse.”

“No, I left plenty of gas in the car.”
Really means…. “You may actually get it to start.”

“I’m going to stop off for a quick one with the guys.”
Really means…. “I am planning on drinking myself into a vegetative
stupor with my chest pounding, mouth breathing, pre-evolutionary

“I heard you.”
Really means…. “I haven’t the foggiest clue what you just said, and
am hoping desperately that I can fake it well enough so that you don’t
spend the next 3 days yelling at me.”

“You know I could never love anyone else.”
Really means…. “I am used to the way you yell at me, and realize it
could be worse.”

“You look terrific.”
Really means…. “Oh, God, please don’t try on one more outfit. I’m

“I brought you a present.”
Really means…. “It was free ice scraper night at the ball game.”

“I missed you.”
Really means…. “I can’t find my sock drawer, the kids are hungry and
we are out of toilet paper.”

“I’m not lost. I know exactly where we are.”
Really means…. “No one will ever see us alive again.”

“We share the housework.”
Really means…. “I make the messes, she cleans them up.”

“This relationship is getting too serious.”
Really means…. “I like you more than my truck.”

“I recycle.”
Really means…. “We could pay the rent with the money from my

“Of course I like it, honey, you look beautiful.”
Really means…. “Oh, man, what have you done to yourself?”

“It sure snowed last night.”
Really means…. “I suppose you’re going to nag me about shoveling the
walk now.”

“It’s good beer.”
Really means…. “It was on sale.”

“I don’t need to read the instructions.”
Really means…. “I am perfectly capable of screwing it up without
printed help.”

“I’ll fix the garbage disposal later.”
Really means…. “If I wait long enough you’ll get frustrated and buy
a new one.”

“I’ll take you to a fancy restaurant.”
Really means…. “Someplace that doesn’t have a drive-thru window.”

“I broke up with her.”
Really means…. “She dumped me.”

“Will you marry me?”
Really means…. “Both my roommates have moved out, I can’t find the
washer, and there is no more peanut butter.”