And the Oscar goes to – The Impossible

Review of The Impossible Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona Written by Sergio Sanchez Story by Maria Belon Rating ***** It’s not often when a title can so succinctly sum up what a story is about. The title of this film refers to many impossibilities: the fact that the entire family survived, the fact that they were […]

Best of Everything Nonfiction 2012

It’s been a busy year for me. I haven’t been able to see as many films as I would have liked. I haven’t been able to read as many books as I would have liked. And it looks like going forward in 2013 I’m going to have even less time as I work on my […]

October view from the cockpit

It’s been a while since I’ve added any new photos to View From the Cockpit. I plan to add at least one new photo a month. This month’s photo was taken on an early morning departure out of Salt Lake City, Utah. I’m calling it “Painted Landcape” because it looks to me more like a […]

The story of Marissa Alexander and the egomaniac

This blog is full of stories of miscarriages of justice and wrongful convictions. Here is a story I first heard about back in May. At the time I didn’t know all of the details, and I still don’t, but what little I did hear made me outraged. A 31-year-old mother of three, Marissa Alexander, was […]

The Tragedy of Air France Flight 447

I’ve been following this accident from the beginning, including speculating on the cause in my post What Happened to Air France 447. My theory about the accident was that the plane ran into severe weather and, as a result, most likely suffered an airframe malfunction. And until the black boxes were found that’s really all anyone […]

Clayton Osbon, Trayvon Martin, a Matter of Perspective

Two of the biggest stories in the news today have something very much in common – they both demonstrate how the same event can be interpreted in different ways depending on your perspective. Take the Trayvon Martin case. Try putting yourself in George Zimmerman’s shoes for a minute. You’re a neighborhood watch volunteer in a gated […]

35 Miles From Shore is featured on Amazon

Amazon recently tested a marketing program called 100 books for under $3.99. This is for Kindle books only. The test program went so well that they decided to make it a regular feature. Hey, everyone likes a good deal. So when my distributor asked me a few weeks ago if I wanted to participate I […]

Bad computer forensics casts new shadow on Casey Anthony trial

A few weeks ago when the Casey Anthony verdict came back as not guilty, I wasn’t surprised. I had not watched every minute of the trial. Much of what I knew about the case I learned from the slanted coverage on HLN and the biased coverage from Nancy Grace. But thanks to HLN I did get […]

Video embed with shortcodes

This post looks at a couple of different ways to embed video in a post. I’m also trying to troubleshoot one method that doesn’t seem to be working. I’m also using the jetpack plugin. In this first example you simple copy the URL from the youtube watch page and put it on its own line […]

Osama Bin Laden: truth not as exciting as fiction

Within hours of the raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound, one of the major networks played an animation of the dramatic Navy Seal operation. There was a firefight. A helicopter was forced to land in the compound. It was right up Hollywood’s alley (note: The people behind the Hurt Locker are already planning a film). […]

Southwest Airlines is hiring pilots, but it will cost you.

Southwest Airlines is at it again. They are the largest airline in the U.S. in terms of passengers carried, yet they still require new hire pilots to pay for their own 737 type rating. What kind of shady deal is this? Not that long ago you couldn’t even get an interview without the type rating. […]

The reality of reality TV

I’m not a fan of reality TV. But I do occasionally admit to watching it now and then. This weekend while watching football I got into an argument with my wife over reality TV. There’s nothing like playoff football, but those injury time outs and change of possession breaks can take some time. So when […]

Everything Nonfiction gets its own Facebook page

You think I would have thought of this a while ago. I’m happy to say that this blog gets a fair amount of traffic. Much of this traffic comes from individuals who don’t know me. So it makes more sense to have a dedicated Facebook page for these people rather than sending people to my personal Facebook page, especially since I make it a point to only accept friend requests from people I actually know.

Best of Everything Nonfiction for 2010

I haven’t seen as many films or read as many books as in past years, but here is my best of for 2010. These are books and films that I saw this past year and may or may not have been released in 2010.

Google Places Support

Since I can’t talk to a support person, and I need to show you exactly what I’m seeing, I hope this post will help. The problem from day one has been the inability to get rid of this bad listing. When I click on the link provided in the help forum, this is what I […]