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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/15/15

3 Up

1. Paris Stadium Security Guard - Not much has been revealed, and we don't even know if this security guard is still alive, but whomever this person is/was, they helped save a lot of lives. LOTS! Just by doing their job well and finding the vest of the bomber, they prevented what could have been a much larger catastrophe. Too often we mock security guards, especially those who approach their jobs with lackadaisical effort. This person is a hero. A huge, huge, big time hero. 

2. Facebook - I'm not a huge fan of Facebook as I find Twitter and Instagram to be more interesting. That's just me. However, Facebook's "Safe alert" feature is a new concept that is just brilliant. Knowing a former student who worked for me and who now lives in Paris, it was nice to see her check in as "safe" in the midst of the chaos. I can't even imagine how convenient it was for those with closer friends and family. 

3. Holly Holm - As gloomy as the weekend was and has been, UFC 193 provided some entertainment to remove us all from reality. Watching Holm shock the world by taking down Ronda Rousey was exciting and just awesome. Kudos to Holm who stayed true to herself, wasn't intimidated, and outright destroyed Rousey. 

3 Down

1. Paris Terrorist Attacks - The obvious. No explanation needed. I'll be honest, I spent my entire Saturday glued to coverage and of course, completely in sorrow for what was happening in our world. 

2. "Social Media Activists" - The world has many, many issues - I get it. However, nothing made me angrier than those using these attacks to either further their political views on immigration, or others who were comparing the awareness of terrorist attacks (to those in Kenya back in April) to make it a racial issue. Can we not just feel for a second? Maybe a moment? And to be honest, some of the social media postings like this have been idiotic. Chill out. Absorb the moment. Don't we value life anymore? 

3. Entitled Protesters - I think what students are doing on campuses around the country in bringing attention to an important issue in marginalized racism is fantastic. However, much like the "social media activists" mentioned above, there are instances where the protests have gone too far and have made this generation seem entitled. See here what's going on at Columbia University as an example. 

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Sunday Sundown Rundown - 11/12/17

3 Up
1. Aly Raisman - Following the bravery of Mckayla Maroney and others in the #MeToo campaign, Raisman has stepped forward as the charges pile up for sexual abuse by former USA Gymnastics doctor, Larry Nassar. By the way, shame on USA Gymnastics for continuing to allow this culture. I shudder to think what else lies in the world of Gymnastics. 
2. New York Times - In a world where journalism - real journalism - is becoming harder and harder to find, The Times continues to break stories left and right, and did so again this week with the Louis CK piece. I think we all are tired of journalism wrapped in identity politics, and yes, even "fake news". 
3. Kristaps Porzingis - Obviously, you all know how much I love the Unicorn. But seriously, how enjoyable is he to watch? And barring injury, he can only get better. Melo, who? 
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Pondering Picture #82

I snapped this photo in midtown Manhattan following a meeting with believe it or not, various professors from my alma mater of Cazenovia College. It was tremendous catching up with them all, especially considering it's been ten-plus years since I've seen them. 
Sometimes, honestly, it's almost like I forget I spent four years in upstate New York. And when I am reminded of it, often I am amazed in how a such a small town helped prepare me to tackle the big city, New York City - my home. 
Life is crazy.

Dome Pondering Movie Review: The Big Sick (2017)

What is it about?

The true story of Pakistani-born, Kumail Nanjiani who falls in love with Emily. After she becomes ill with a mysterious illness, Kumail must come to grips with various truths and culture clashes he's been avoiding. 
Who is in it? 
Kumail Nunjiani - Kumail
Emily - Zoe Kazan
Holly Hunter - Beth
Ray Romano - Terry

Dome Pondering Movie Review: Facing The Giants (2006)

What’s it about?
A High School Football coach and his football team overcomes many fears personally and professionally by rededicating themselves to faith.
Who is in it?
Alex Kendrick – Grant Taylor
Shannen Fields – Brooke Taylor
Jason Mcleod – Brock Kelley