How to Shorten Baseball Games

by Bob Branco Do you remember when Major League baseball games averaged just over two hours long? They seemed to be over very fast, yet we enjoyed them and looked forward to the next one. As the years passed, these games got longer and longer. I suppose there were lots of reasons why, and I…

Skydiving Benefits and Tips

by Ann Harrison Have you ever thought about daring to do something that you’ve never done before? Has anyone ever dared you to go skydiving? If not, you may be surprised to learn that there are health benefits to skydiving. Picture yourself boarding a plane, with your skydiving gear and a tandem instructor. Your heart…

Whitewashing Abe Style

by Max Skinwood Activism, racism, difference of opinion, ability, personal preferences? Where does it stop? We have seen it in the case of Scarlett Johansson when she was cast as the Major in the film version of Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell. Was it, as producer Steven Paul says, changing the character could have…

Edgar Loudermilk Band at Folsom Opry House, January 10

by California Bluegrass Association The Pinecastle recording artists Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry will be touring California in January and making a stop at the Folsom Opry House before they play in concert at the CBA’s Great 48 jam in Bakersfield. The Edgar Loudermilk Band will play the Folsom Opry House, 113 Puffer Way,…

Gattaca (1997)—Thematic Depiction of Escape, Dream, and Reality

Andrew Niccol’s Gattaca (1997) is a sci-fi film set in future in a society where children conceived under supervision of the state are considered genetically fit for filling important roles in workplaces, termed “valid”, while those conceived without genetic manipulation are considered “invalid” and are deprived of lucrative opportunities. The film’s protagonist Vincent Freeman (Ethan…

Shine On

by James R. Campbell How many remember the way it once was. FM radio was, more or less, a free market, unhampered by corporate playlists and the restrictions they impose. Many FM stations were owned by colleges, their approach to music was simple. They would play the music nobody else touched. Most of the format…