No, ‘Silicon Valley': Steve Jobs did not create the Newton

Sunday’s episode of ‘Silicon Valley’ was hilarious, a return to form after a couple of subpar weeks. However, there was one big mistake that sort of marred the half hour. Some background: Gavin Belson (Matt Ross), CEO of the show’s Google-like tech monolith company Hooli, is talking to his board about the early failure of more »

Fin: Duggars go down, “Host” at ten and beyond the Bechdel Test

I know the Duggar situation is ultimately tragic and I shouldn’t be reveling in their various hypocrisies… but I am reveling in their various hypocrisies. I don’t what’s worse- to be called out for hypocrisy by the mother of Honey Boo Boo, or that the mother of Honey Boo Boo has a point. (Jezebel) Reflections more »

Popcorn in Your Browser is dead after just a couple of days

There’s a reason why movie piracy hasn’t been either as widespread or disruptive as piracy in such areas as music or even pornography: Doing it is hard, and time-consuming, and not everyone knows how to do it. Popcorn Time has been talked up as a legitimate challenger, but it still hasn’t gained anything resembling the more »

All hail the Doof: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” it’s all about the guitar guy

There’s a whole lot that’s awesome about “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from the non-stop action to the masterful filmmaking to the subtle feminist slant that’s driven some of the world’s worst people into frightened apoplexy. But undoubtedly, the movie has a breakout character, and his name is Coma, the Doof Warrior. You know who I’m more »

Fin: The worst oral history ever, Weiner explains it all and the return of Suey Park

I’m sure there’s a theoretical oral history that I could conceivably be less interested in reading than one of “The Human Centipede,” but I just can’t think of one right now. “Oral history,” yuk (Vulture) See, Matthew Weiner did it right: He gave one interview, and only one, a few days later, explaining the finale more »

The Last Late Show: Letterman’s perfect finale

The more than 30-year late night era of David Letterman came to an end Wednesday night with a fantastic series finale. It combined everything the finale of a talk show should: Plenty of clips, plenty of appearances from core guests and heartfelt thanks to the show’s staff and viewers, as well as the host’s wife more »

Sling TV comes to Google Nexus Player, Google Play Store

Sling TV announced that the service is now available on the Android TV platform, including the Google Nexus Player. It is also available in the Google Play store. Google and Sling TV are kicking off the partnership with two special offers: New customers, Sling TV said, can purchase a Nexus Player at a 50 percent more »

Fin: In défense of cool Anna Kendrick, the case against generations and the Rathergate movie gets even worse

My thoughts on this great Buzzfeed piece about Anna Kendrick’s public persona: It just seems like “Cool Girl” has been added to the long, long list of things that women aren’t supposed to be. Why can’t Kendrick just be herself? Why does everyone assume it’s just an act? (Buzzfeed) Amen to this: Why judging people more »

Spotify adding video, running features

Spotify announced big changes to its streaming offerings Wednesday, including the addition of video. The company, for the first time, will add video clips, as well as podcasts, to its music offerings. In addition, Spotify is offering original content, starting with music functionality meant to help runners move at their ideal tempo. In addition, new more »

Kaleidescape has licensing deal with Disney

Kaleidescape announced that it has reached a licensing agreement with Disney to make movies from Disney’s various properties available to owners of the Kaleidescape Alto. The deal includes titles from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and various other Disney-owned companies. Listed titles include “Finding Nemo,” “Frozen,” all movies from the “Toy Story” and more »

‘Twin Peaks’-inspired doc “Northwest Passage” is on Kickstarter

In case you’re not getting enough ‘Twin Peaks’-related content from the new reboot and all the attendant excitement, a documentary is being made about a boy who grew up in the town where the series was filmed, became obsessed with the show, and even suffered many of the same traumas as Laura Palmer herself. “Northwest more »

Red and Red: Joan from ‘Mad Men’ meets Elmo, talks tech on ‘Sesame Street’

In the final episode of ‘Mad Men,‘ in the scene where Joan and Roger are discussing his will and the future, their son can be seen watching Sesame Street, which was still relatively new at the time of the episode’s 1970 setting. So its a fortuitous coincidence of timing that the actress playing Joan, Christina more »