Saturday, September 22, 2018

TV Usually Disappoints, But the Coachella Episode of Insecure Did Not

"57 channels and nothin' on," sang Bruce Springsteen, and it's hard to believe there used to be fewer than 200 channels. Of course, 57 channels was a lot compared earlier eras without cable TV.

I watch HGTV and Food Network and baseball and football once in a while and Dateline and a bunch of stuff to kill time. I watch The Sinner, Ozark, Sharp Objects. I don't love any of these shows but I watch them anyway.

A series I do like very much is Divorce.

I watch Insecure. Season 3, episode 5, known as the Coachella episode, is the funniest episode in show history, in my humble opinion. Many, many laugh out loud moments. I watched it last night, sipping a cold beer in an armchair, exclaiming "genius" more than once when Issa Rae made me crack up.

TV so often disappoints, but once in a while you see something that reminds you why you watch it in the first place.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Could I Have Been Wrong about Triscuits All Along?

There are two kinds of people in the world, and I have always loved Triscuits.

But I believe I'm experiencing a status change.

I might be leaving Team Triscuit.

Those who dislike Triscuits seem to have strong opinions about their distaste.

For most of my life, I have liked Triscuits in all the ways: with cheese, peanut butter, hummus, or nothing at all. A fine snack. Pairs well with beer.

But suddenly.

Have my taste buds changed, have they messed with the recipe, have I been biased because there once was a Nabisco plant in my hometown of Niagara Falls, NY? All of the above? None of the above?

Triscuit competitors, get at me. I remain on the lookout for product endorsements to pay off my student loans.

Commercial of the Day - Van Heusen Flex Collection

I have the NFL Network on this morning. It's not a channel I watch much, but I wanted to see highlights of the Browns win last night. So far the most interesting thing I've seen is a commercial for pants, featuring UFC competitors. I'm filing this example, could come in handy during discussions of masculinity in class sometime.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

I Didn't Know This (Paul Rodgers Edition)

Despite being a classic rock sociologist, I just learned of this!

Now Reading

Loving this book so far. Started reading it today, I'm 35 pages in. I already recommend it for any educator -- elementary school, higher ed, med school, you name it -- if you're in the world of education, this one's for you.

Teaching with Compassion: An Educator’s Oath to Teach from the Heart
Authors: Peter Kaufman and Janine Schipper

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Must Read: "A Sociology of My Death" by Peter Kaufman

Peter Kaufman has written an extraordinary piece at Everyday Sociology Blog, it's incredibly poignant and insightful.