Quibi “star power” debut in April evokes serialized novels of past

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General photo of cell phone: has nothing to do with the Quibi app. (Photo: Indie Art South)

Lots of buzz right now about a new streaming service, Quibi, debuting in April, and the first thing I thought of was the way novels used to be serialized in newspapers and magazines.

The new app is rumored to rely on “star power,” because the assumption is that if you’re a celebrity-oriented reader, you’ll be happy to pay for the “quick bites” the app delivers to your device. Continue reading “Quibi “star power” debut in April evokes serialized novels of past”

Changes ahead for the Daysies in 2020

firepitFinally Rebecca, Jennifer, and I had a chance to get together and talk about what’s ahead for The Crazy Daysies in 2020. Some things will change, but the most important thing will stay the same.

The band will be doing more shows out of the area. As the Daysies’ Web presence has grown, their supporter base has broadened. In addition to Florida cities, we’ve got Georgia, South Carolina, and maybe North Carolina in our sights for right now. Of course they’ll be doing shows here at home as well, just not as many as before. Continue reading “Changes ahead for the Daysies in 2020”

Project Blue Book series mixes truth and fiction; UFO mysteries remain

A United States Coast Guard photographer, Shell R. Alpert, took a photograph that allegedly shows unidentified flying objects flying in a “V” formation at the Salem, Massachusetts, air station at 9:35 a.m. on 16 July 1952, through a window screen. (Official U.S. Coast Guard photograph: 5554. Library of Congress Control Number: 2007680837
A United States Coast Guard photographer, Shell R. Alpert, took a photograph that allegedly shows unidentified flying objects flying in a “V” formation at the Salem, Massachusetts, air station at 9:35 a.m. on 16 July 1952, through a window screen. (Official U.S. Coast Guard photograph: 5554. Library of Congress Control Number: 2007680837

If you’re interested in unidentified flying objects, the History channel series Project Blue Book will definitely entertain you. The series is based on actual events, but admittedly, quite a bit of fiction is thrown in with the evidence. If you’re a skeptic, you may deride the series. If you’re a proponent of the theory alien creatures could try to visit Planet Earth, you may deride the government. As with all theories investigated by the government, the truth lies somewhere between.

We can come to at least two definite conclusions about Project Blue Book, an investigative program begun by the US government in 1952. Continue reading “Project Blue Book series mixes truth and fiction; UFO mysteries remain”

Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes

Image from @rickygervais on Twitter
Image from @rickygervais on Twitter

Awards shows for US royalty aren’t my thing, but media have gone wild over the Golden Globes hosted by Ricky Gervais last night. Most outlets are focusing on his insults to the tinselati who attended the gala.

Most are ignoring his comments about “woke” companies and their chummy relationship with China, a relationship that by necessity includes the communist party in that authoritarian country. Continue reading “Ricky Gervais hits a China nerve at Golden Globes”

Jax Beach group Gunboat Diplomats make top 100 at Bandwagon Network

Gunboat Diplomats single 'Judgment Road'Jacksonville beach recording group The Gunboat Diplomats can add another item to their achievement list. One of their songs made the top 100 on a radio network with global reach. Continue reading “Jax Beach group Gunboat Diplomats make top 100 at Bandwagon Network”