Archive for the 'Television' Category

JFK at 50

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Like much of the free world, I am noting that today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

On November 22, 1963 I was a 5-year-old attending kindergarten at Paradise Elementary School in Casper, Wyoming. On that day, I remember hearing the gasps of teachers as they were advised of the shooting.

After a bit of whispered adult-to-adult consultation, they advised us of the event — and while I understood what we were told, I not really able to process the information in a cogent way until a few days later as I watched the funeral proceedings on television at home with my family.

Like many, I have distinct memories of that period, but I suspect that the majority of these “memories” were implanted in subsequent years during repeated viewings and media analyses of the events, by incessant anniversary markings at 5-year intervals — and by hearing, reading and viewing conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory.

There is only one thing from the period that I am sure of:  I watched the funeral parade — on black-and-white television from Washington DC — and I distinctly remember seeing a band of kilt-clad Scots.

And October Conference

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

I was invited to participate in a scrolling, text-based conversation as a group of disaffected and ex-Mormons listened/watched general conference today. It was extremely enlightening and indeed fun as we all poked fun at the talks, choir and general staging of the semi-annual “recharge your testimony” event.

Quotes like this from Elder Uchdorf, “Doubt your doubts before you doubt your testimony”, were dissected, discussed and dismissed.

This LINK to a church-sponsored coloring book conference activity (I assume for children, but it could be singles wards as well) was quite fun.

Overall, the “two-minute talk” from President Monson was a disappointment as he showed once again that “prophet, seer and revelator” is just a phrase and means even less year after year.

Besides talks focusing on women NOT getting the priesthood and pleading for inactive members to “come back”, one gets a real sense of the issues facing this disintegrating church.


Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

An interesting story on KSL TV tonight about the Democratic party’s stated intention of inserting a “legalize gay marriage” plank in the party platform at next month’s convention. The KSL commentators and interviewees all pooh-poohed the idea as, “not an issue for Utah because we already made it illegal here — along-side 37 other states”.

The next story showed a man who had requested that his marriage proposal be broadcast on the scoreboard of a hockey game, only to have his intended go to buy beers at the exact moment is was displayed onscreen. “Fortunately” (they commented), she returned and he was able to ask her in person — all while captured on camera.

“All was not lost.”

So ironic that they couldn’t even see the irony.

Could This Be Any Gayer?

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

The Salt Lake Tribune published a story about a BYU men’s singing group that was to be featured on a televised singing competition. It was illustrated with this picture:

And this quote:

Sixteen a cappella groups will try to win “The Sing-Off,” NBC’s music competition show. One — Vocal Point — will try to represent Brigham Young University and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

“Absolutely,” said McKay Crockett, a Vocal Point tenor. “This may be the first time that many people know what a Mormon young man looks like. We want to be ourselves and portray the church in a very positive way.”

Interacting with the members of the other 15 groups has been “a great opportunity to exchange beliefs between not only religions but with people who just want to know who we are,” Crockett said. “And what Mormons do and how Mormons act. And they realize we’re a lot like they are.”

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Over the weekend I watched a PBS documentary [A Family Undertaking] on my Netflix queue about ‘home funerals’. It was a pretty interesting concept, though I suspect that for many, some parts wouldn’t be so palatable.

Personally, I like the ‘no embalming’ part. I like the ‘make your own’ casket (or get a cardboard one and decorate it). I like the cremation, though if I lived in the country, I would go for the ‘bury on your own property’ part.

I really like the fact that I live in a state that allows one to bypass the funeral industry — which I consider predatory.

I’m wasn’t so sure about the home body preparation or the lying-in in my home theater room.

I attended a home funeral in Brazil 30+ years ago. A church member had died of cancer in his home. We were there as his wife washed and prepared his body. Later that day, a casket was brought and a wake was held that night in their home. The next day a graveside funeral was performed and it was done.

The documentary speaks of the greater grieving experience available to survivors when the body is not taken away to be prepared by strangers. I suspect that there is a lot of truth to that — though I don’t expect to be aware — or to care — what will be done with me.


Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Conference Weekend Coverage

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Troy Williams: The ‘gay mayor of Salt Lake City’

The Salt Lake Tribune

When Troy Williams returned from his Mormon mission to Great Britain in 1991, he wanted to continue the sacred work of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He wanted to apply his zeal to fight for the values the church holds dear, including patriotism, opposition to abortion, and the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman.

Williams, raised in Eugene, Ore., moved to Utah and soon became an intern for the Eagle Forum, led by Gayle Ruzicka, possibly the most powerful force for conservative values in the state.

But under the surface, Williams’ life was spinning out of control.

Williams, who had baptized 10 converts to the LDS faith, finally had begun to acknowledge that he is gay. “I had sublimated my sexuality into religion, as Mormon gays usually do.”


Movies on the iPad

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

I loaded the Netflix app yesterday and ended up watching a couple of movies on my iPad (Zombieland anyone?). Even as big of a geek as I am, I was still amazed that something just seems to work—with no fiddling, no settings and no grief.

I also watched one on my big screen using PS3 as the streamer. Blockbuster—you are toast.


Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Nailed ‘Em – Mormon Church Trespassing
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor U.S. Speedskating

Best News in Years

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Headline in today’s London Times:

The League of Gentlemen launch Psychoville
The comedy star and actress Dawn French is in Psychoville, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith’s new thriller series for the BBC