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History of Towel Day

By billpetro / May 25, 2019 /

HISTORY OF TOWEL DAY May 25 celebrates Towel Day as a day to honor Douglas Adams, the author of the five (or six) book trilogy Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Originally created in May of 2001 to mark the passing of English science fiction humor author Douglas Adams, the day is set aside for fans of…

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History of J.R.R. Tolkien: A 100-Year Love Affair

By billpetro / December 31, 2017 /

HISTORY OF J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A 100 YEAR LOVE AFFAIR I’m reading J.R.R. Tolkien‘s latest book published in June, Beren and Luthien which he began writing 100 years ago. How is that possible, when he died in 1973? His youngest son and literary executor — Christopher Tolkien who is now 93 — has been publishing his…

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Movie Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By billpetro / December 15, 2017 /

MOVIE REVIEW: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI For over 40 years, Lucasfilm has brought us popcorn movies extraordinaire. The Last Jedi is no exception. I realize many readers will not read this review until they’ve seen the movie, even with the promise of no plot spoilers. Let me just say this: “Yule love it!” The…

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History of Star Trek: Over Half a Century

By billpetro / September 7, 2017 /

HISTORY OF STAR TREK Star Trek premiered on NBC TV September 8, 1966, 52 years ago. It is my favorite show; I was glued to the TV for the first episode and every one after that. It had a major influence on my life in my career in technology. It represented an optimistic vision of…

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Star Wars vs. Star Trek: How do they Compare?

By billpetro / December 29, 2016 /

Star Wars vs. Star Trek: How do they Compare? Each is a huge media franchise, what are the differences?

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Movie Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

By billpetro / December 16, 2016 /

MOVIE REVIEW: ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY In many respects, this was a more exciting and thrilling movie than the previous Star Wars: Episode VII, The Force Awakens” It was more heroic, noble, and self-sacrificing. Unencumbered by previous storylines, it was able to introduce new characters into an existing historical narrative. Often, the new…

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Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond

By billpetro / July 24, 2016 /

MOVIE REVIEW: STAR TREK BEYOND It has been now almost 50 years since Star Trek first premiered on NBC TV in September of 1966. See my history of Star Trek here. After several television series and movies we are now treated to the 13th feature film Star Trek Beyond. While this is not the best…

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History of Global Social Media Holiday: April 16=Foursquare Day

By billpetro / April 16, 2016 /

FOURSQUARE DAY In the history of holidays, we see new holidays each year. Some are beautiful, some are nerdy. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to decide which one this is. One of the recent events for the cognoscenti, for those “in the know,” for the hipper-than-thou, is Foursquare Day. For the…

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Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

By billpetro / December 16, 2013 /

MOVIE REVIEW: THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Peter Jackson’s second helping — The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug — written and directed by Peter Jackson with flavoring from J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel is more confident than the first helping of An Unexpected Journey. It is the #1 movie of the opening weekend, scoring 74%…

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History of the Eagles

By billpetro / October 6, 2013 /

Concert review of the “History of the Eagles” tour at the Denver Pepsi Center.

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Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

By billpetro / May 19, 2013 /

MOVIE REVIEW: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS [No plot spoilers] I’ll start with the bottom line: I loved it. If possible it’s better, if not as inventive as the previous movie in the reboot released in May 2009 and reviewed by me here. I’d call it the most enjoyable movie so far this year, though I may be biased…

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Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

By billpetro / January 8, 2013 /

MOVIE REVIEW:  THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Even if I had been told The Hobbit was the worst movie ever made, I still would have gone to see it. It wasn’t. But even after seeing it twice my feelings remain mixed. In talking to friends who have been to it, reactions to the movie seem…

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