Super Soul Sunday

This Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 2 pm Eastern OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) has a “Super Soul Sunday” that I thought some of you may be interested in, so here are the details.

In a special edition, Oprah Winfrey asks today’s top thinkers, teachers, and spiritual leaders life’s big questions. A regular feature on “Super Soul Sunday,” Oprah’s soul questionnaire poses thought-provoking questions such as, “What is the soul?,” “What is the purpose of human experience?,” and “What is the most difficult decision you’ve had to make to pursue your destiny?” It is a soul-stirring celebration of viewpoints from a remarkable roster of guests, including international speaker and entrepreneur Tony Robbins, bestselling author and activist Janet Mock, Emmy-Award winning writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church Joel Osteen, life coach Iyanla Vanzant, global advocate and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai, and many more.

“Super Soul Sunday” is the three-time Emmy award-winning series that delivers timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. The series features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world.

To watch the full episode, please visit the following link the morning after the episode airs: http://www.oprah.com/app/super-soul-sunday.html

Here’s a little tease for you…..

Let’s take a moment to reflect on how great Oprah is looking these days.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand – and the magnetism of the channel. Winfrey provides leadership in original scripted and unscripted programming and attracts superstar talent to join her in primetime, building a global community of like-minded viewers and leading that community to connect on social media and beyond. OWN is a singular destination on cable. Depth with edge. Heart. Star power. Connection. And endless possibilities. OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery Communications. The network debuted on January 1, 2011. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

Biblical Conspiracies

I love conspiracy theories. That’s not to say I believe them, but I do love them. I’m not sure why. If you’re like me and enjoy reading conspiracy theories, tell me in the comments why you do. Maybe it will help me figure it out. Anyway, I love me a conspiracy theory and as you might guess from my website, I also love religions. So when the Science Channel folks reached out to me with an advance screener for an upcoming episode of a show called “Biblical Conspiracies” you know I took them up on the offer.

This particular episode, just in time for the Easter/Passover season, is “Biblical Conspiracies: Jesus Family Tomb?” It discusses the controversy of The James Ossuary, a burial bone box that dates to the 1st century, and has on it, an inscription that states, “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus.” Some believe it is a simple forgery, others point out that the names James, Joseph, and Jesus were super common names during that time period, and others think it may have a link to the “Jesus Family Tomb”, discovered in 1980 in Talpiot, a Jerusalem suburb. I don’t want to give too much away, but this episode has plenty of history, science, and yes, conspiracy. It was a good time.

“Biblical Conspiracies: Jesus Family Tomb?” premieres Easter weekend, Saturday, April 15 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.

Women. Aren’t. Funny.

Midway through Goldie Hawn and Michael Eisner’s on-stage conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival at the beginning of July, the former Disney CEO proposed a theory for what made Hawn stand out in Hollywood over the years.

“From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman,” he said. “By far. They usually—boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online—but usually, unbelievably beautiful women, you being an exception, are not funny.” – The Atlantic 07/03/15

He of course thought Goldie Hawn was beautiful and funny, and she is, but this whole “women aren’t funny” and now upping the ante with a “woman can’t be beautiful and funny” really gets my goat. Hopefully it bothers you too.

I don’t understand why people think women aren’t funny, and seriously, why can’t they be beautiful and funny? Obviously humor, and beauty, are in the funny bone, and eye of the beholder, but I can easily show you a bunch of beautiful women with quite the knack for comedy.

Sandra Bullock
Aisha Tyler
Lucille Ball
Mila Kunis
Joan Cusack
Salma Hayek
Tina Fey
Sarah Silverman
Kathy Griffin
Wanda Sykes
Rita Rudner
Madeline Kahn

And I just can’t resist with Madeline Kahn…..

There you go, a dozen beautiful, funny women just like that. BAM! And I could easily go on. I bet you guys know other hot and humorous ladies, and yet this idea persists that women aren’t funny. There’s even a documentary exploring the idea.

Now Streaming on Netflix!

Now unfortunately comments are still broken on the website, but if you know some other seriously funny and attractive ladies to share, feel free to share them on our Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ page. And let’s tell the world beautiful women can be funny!

The $10,000 Martini?

I’m not the kind of television viewer that goes out actively seeking shows with titles such as the “World’s Most Expensivest (insert whatever here)”. That’s not to say I haven’t watched shows or read articles about stupidly expensive food, drinks, travel locations, etc. Well, I became aware of a web series that GQ Magazine is doing and their first feature is a must see.

The series is “Most Expensivest Shit” with your host the rapper 2 Chainz. It’s already in its second season! The first episode of season two features 2 Chainz and his buddy Big Sean trying out a $10,000 vodka martini.

The video is only 4 ½ minutes long. You really just need to check this out.

I love how 2 Chainz keeps looking at the camera with a face that says, get out of here, is this for real? He’s hosting the show, and it’s like he’s wondering if he’s being pranked.

Seriously people?

Also, do any of us really think those diamonds are imbuing any flavor to that vodka? I vote no. It is the bar world’s costliest gimmick. Fellas, you want to dazzle a lady, spend that $10,000 on actual, physical, jewelry that she can wear immediately. Not a vodka martini that has a diamond that you’ll need to pay to get set into jewelry at a later date.

With all of that out of the way, I enjoyed “Most Expensivest Shit”. The follow up episode where 2 Chainz checked out a store that specializes in rare and expensive sneakers was a good time too. You can watch it here.

Gaiam TV Goes Video on Demand

PHILADELPHIA, PA and BOULDER, CO, Immediate Release — Comcast and Gaiam TV, an innovator of online streaming yoga and inspirational video content, announced the launch of Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga, a subscription-based Video On Demand service providing Xfinity TV customers with access to premium yoga and fitness training directly on the TV.

Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga offers customers access to fitness programs from the world’s best yoga instructors and fitness trainers, including Jillian Michaels, Rodney Yee, Leslie Sansone and Shiva Rea.

“Consumers today are seeking specialized workouts and greater convenience to work out on their own terms. Our customers are constantly on the go, and need access to their fitness programming wherever they are and on any device,” said Andy Hunter, VP of Programming for Comcast Cable. “Gaiam TV’s comprehensive collection of programming is a great complement to our existing cross-platform Sports and Fitness On Demand programming, and this partnership represents another way we are innovating to deliver the content our customers want, when they want to watch it.”

“We strive to offer our members the world’s best yoga and fitness content to keep them strong and centered every single day,” says Jaymi Bauer, Gaiam TV CMO. “Partnering with Comcast to make a premium selection of this content available to their vast subscriber base enables us to reach millions of people who might be searching for ways to stay fit and balanced in the convenience of their own home.”

With more than 100 programs available, Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga offers something for all fitness levels, interests and demographics. Program choices include cardio, pilates, yoga, meditation, pre and postnatal exercise, sculpting and toning, walking, circuit training and dance, as well as programs tailored for certain health conditions including arthritis and stress-related illnesses.

“We refer to yoga as a practice because it requires us to be always evolving and growing, yearning and learning while being patient with ourselves. To be able to guide people in their practice right where they are, even if they can’t be in the studio with me, gives me great joy,” says internationally renowned yoga instructor Rodney Yee. “I’m very proud to be a part of Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga.”

The collection of content will expand throughout the year, and is accessible via Xfinity TV Go mobile platforms. Xfinity TV Digital customers with Xfinity On Demand can subscribe to Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga for $6.99 per month. There will also be a collection of free content available On Demand, enabling customers to sample the programming.

About Gaiam TV:
Gaiam TV is a streaming video subscription service that offers exclusive, ad-free streaming of over 7,000 films, documentaries and original programs dedicated to transformational media, alternative knowledge, personal growth and spirituality, featuring luminaries like Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, the Dalai Lama and renowned yoga, fitness and wellness instructors like Rodney Yee, Jillian Michaels, Seane Corn, Mari Winsor and more. With the MyYoga channel, Gaiam TV is the world’s largest online yoga and fitness resource. Gaiam TV is a division of Gaiam, Inc. (NASDAQ: GAIA). For more information, visit www.GaiamTV.com.

Making Meal Time Magic

Long time readers know I’ve been a big fan of kitchen witch Dawn Hunt and her Cucina Aurora products for years. We’ve been fortunate enough to share several recipes/articles from her here on the site (Shepherd’s Pie, Spinach Quiche, and Pumpkin Cheesecake) and I got to interview her when the cookbook she contributed to and edited “Tastes From the Temple” released. My husband and I are also HUGE fans of Cucina Aurora Rosemary Oregano Infused Olive Oil. It’s great for dipping bread into and we cook chicken in it. SO GOOD!

As great as it is to read Dawn’s writing, it’s the best to see her cook and talk live. However if you’re like me and had to miss Celebrate Samhain this year (where she was presenting) and want to know what it’s like to see her live, now you can know. There is now an ongoing video series, “Making Meal Time Magic” with Dawn Hunt from Cucina Aurora. These short videos not only feature recipes, but also highlight food folklore and showcase a little bit of Dawn’s kitchen witchery. Try out Spicy Marinara Simmer Sauce:

If this video piqued your interest in Cucina Aurora you can learn more at www.cucinaaurora.com. If you’re inspired to try out some goodies while you’re there, now is a great time! Cucina Aurora is charging no shipping on orders until November 9, 2014! Enter Coupon Code WINGS at check out and enjoy free shipping on all orders. Limited to ONE use per customer. Valid only on online purchase at www.cucinaaurora.com. Offer expired November 9, 2014.

The State of Faith in America

In 2012 a Pew Research study showed that one-fifth of the U.S. public identified themselves as unaffiliated with any religion. This means atheist, agnostic, and just darn nothing. Apparently two years later this inspired the folks at Larry King Now to put together a show on “The State of Faith in America” that primarily focused on the rising tide of nonbelievers in the United States. Assuming that two years later we’re still trending that way. (I just want some newer data to prompt a show on Larry! That’s all I’m saying.)

Now I am a lady that has watched more than her fair share of round table television shows and many, okay all, of them have featured people on opposite ends of the issue being discussed. The guests for this one are: Gus Holwerda, who directed the documentary “The Unbelievers”, Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist who is featured in the film “The Unbelievers”, Michael Beckwith, a new thought minister and author, David A.R. White, a Christian actor who stars in “God’s Not Dead”, and Jay Bakker, pastor, speaker, author, and son of Jim and Tammy Faye.

The participants were respectful of each other and although I may have detected a hint of exasperation in Krauss’s voice on the rare occasion, voices were never raised and tempers never flared. The problem is the show is only 30 minutes so no thoughts were given a chance to be expanded upon and no responses were given a chance for the other side to then make a brief rebuttal. King’s heart was in the right place, but he needed at least 60 minutes for it to be a real conversation.

Let’s be honest, we could have a million round tables like these and many of the questions posed by King may never be settled to the satisfaction of every American. The folks over at Larry King Now were nice enough to bring this episode to my attention and now I’m sharing it with you, if you’re interested.

Also for those who may be interested, here is the trailer for the movie “God’s Not Dead” that guest David A.R. White is in.

And for those of you who want the flip side trailer, here’s the one for “The Unbelievers”.

The Geek Month in Review: August 2014

By JB Sanders

Is it still summer?

Live Inside a Volcano
This sounds like an ideal villain lair, and the pictures in the article support that claim.

Ape Selfies!
This is how the end begins: ape selfies. Read how a photojournalist, whose camera was pinched by a black macaca nigra monkey who then took thousands of photos (including a selfie), is now claiming that Wikipedia has no right to use the picture. Wikipedia is claiming that the copyright “belongs” to the monkey, and therefore is in the public domain.

The monkey’s lawyers were unavailable for comment.

Babylon5 on the Big Screen?
It could happen! Seriously, JMS is working on a script and seeking funding right now.

Self-Assembling Origami Robots
Sure, they start out flat and uninteresting, but they don’t stay that way. Watch as a robot assembles itself out of flat metal and walks away.

Glow-accented Shelving
Got a crack in that nice piece of lumber you bought for shelves? No worries! Fill it in with glowing resin. Not sure how that would look? Check out this album.

Neuronic Processors
IBM has released a chip that includes synapse-like elements on the chip. The coming future of AI? Probably. But it’s no photonics.

The Perhapsatron
So in the 50’s, this guy (scientist Jim Tuck) built what he hoped was going to be a fusion reactor, and it looks a lot like the arc reactor from Tony Stark’s lab. That’s Iron Man, folks. What a great kick-off to a scifi story, though. And he really did call it the Perhapsatron.

Best Birthday Present Ever? Secret Treasure Room
So these parents discover a storage space next to their kid’s bedroom, but instead of telling him about it, they hide the entrance behind a heavy dresser, wait until his 4th birthday, have it secretly renovated, and make it into his own Secret Treasure Room. Personally, I would have gone for more of a pirate motif in my Secret Treasure Room, but it’s not bad.

Dr Who Themed Restaurant
Who’d have thunk it? Tucked away in a sleepy upstate NY town, this eatery features “fish fingers” (french toast sticks) and pudding, plus a smashing decor.

Pyramids and Beehives of Mars
MakerBot (3D printer makers) and JPL (without rockets, it’s just science) solicited entries in a contest for a Mars habitat design that could be constructed using — you guessed it — 3D printers. Check out the three entries that one, including one pyramid design and one based on beehives.

How to Build a 1KB Hard Drive — In Minecraft
That’s right, build a virtual digital storage device inside the game (“game”) Minecraft. Essentially, this person builds a giant assembly of blocks and moving bits to create the drive. It gives me ideas for a way to “store” some kind of special encryption key — just encode it onto a virtual storage device you built inside a game, and let’s see someone figure that out.

Robot-driven 3D-Printed Hoverbike
I think we may have reached a nirvana of geek topics: 3D printed, robots, and hover bikes. Woo!

The Space Economy
What benefits there will be to mining the asteroid belt, in a handy bunch of info graphics.

About John:
John’s a geek from way back. He’s been floating between various computer-related jobs for years, until he settled into doing tech support in higher ed. Now he rules the Macs on campus with an iron hand (really, it’s on his desk).

Geek Credentials:
RPG: Blue box D&D, lead minis, been to GenCon in Milwaukee.
Computer: TRS-80 Color Computer, Amiga 1000, UNIX system w/reel-to-reel backup tape
Card games: bought Magic cards at GenCon in 1993
Science: Met Phil Plait, got time on a mainframe for astronomy project in 1983
His Blog:http://www.glenandtyler.com/

73 Questions with Daniel Radcliffe

Vogue magazine has a web series called “73 Questions”. As you might suspect involves asking someone 73 questions. In the past they’ve featured Sarah Jessica Parker and Olivia Munn, which I didn’t bother mentioning to you guys. However when I received notice of the episode “73 Questions with Daniel Radcliffe” I thought that some of you might want to know about it. Particularly since at the very end he reveals a dirty little secret about Harry Potter.

So for those of you who want to see Daniel Radcliffe play some ping pong, talk movies, and give facial hair advice, this video is for you.

Touching the Art

I just became aware of a new web series from Ovation called “Touching the Art”. Thanks to Netflix I have watched a few series about art, but none have been as amusing as “Touching the Art” and that is thanks to host Casey Jane Ellison. Ellison is the star of the VFILES original web series “What the F*shion?” As an artist, her work has been commissioned by MOCA in Los Angeles and she has presented videos and animation at the New Museum, MoMA PS 1 and Museum of Art and Design. She is also a comedian and her blunt, comedic delivery of questions just rubs me the right way.

The episodes are just a little over 6 minutes but they pack A LOT in that little bit of time. First off, the two episodes I’ve seen have a spoken, unspoken, feminist message by having all female panels. So you have that, bam. Then in the first episode they discuss the nature of celebrity and its relationship with art, is art accessible and available to everyone, what the heck is art, and if you can believe it, they manage to cover more than that!

But don’t just take my word for it, check out episode one of “Touching the Art” right now!