Cutthroat Diversity

HBO, Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones airs its season finale tonight and yeah ok maybe I’ve milked it a little bit.

Rottentomatoes: 94%

Metacritic: 80

Emmys: 26 wins 83 nominations

*** SPOILERS AHEAD ***



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Cordial Incarceration

Netflix, Orange is the New Black

Netflix prison comedy drama Orange is the New Black premiered its fourth season this Friday June 17th and all episodes are available for binge viewing here.



Rottentomatoes: 95%

Metacritic: 79

Emmys: 4 wins 16 nominations

The Emmy Awards should probably decide if this is a comedy or drama.  They ran it as a comedy series in 2014 and switched to drama in 2015.



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Abstract Dalliance

Showtime, The Affair

Showtime romance drama The Affair announced its Season 3 premiere this week and will commence on Nov. 20th.

Rottentomatoes: 91%

Metacritic: 85

Golden Globes: 3 Nominations 2 Wins

*** SPOILERS AHEAD ***



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Cutthroat Diversity

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Game of Thrones only has 4 more episodes left in the season and then we have to wait an entire year again.

Rottentomatoes : 94%

Metacritic : 80

Emmys : 26 wins 83 nominations

***SPOILERS AHEAD***



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What is the Presidency For?

“Then, what the hell is the presidency for!”
 “I have the power, now, and I intend to use it.”
— Lyndon Baines Johnson

HBO, All the way

Politics is War.

HBO premiered the movie “All the Way” on May 21. It is great film where Four Temperaments are clearly shown in action.

“November 22, 1963: John F. Kennedy was dead in Dallas, killed by an assassin. Jacqueline Kennedy, her clothes still spattered with her husband’s blood, stood beside Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson as Johnson took the presidential oath of office. Camelot was suddenly and shockingly gone. In the passage of a few jolting hours, King Arthur had been replaced by the crude, graceless, but equally energetic Lyndon Johnson, a professional politician from Texas.”  [Presidential Temperament]

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Transient Spirit

Outlander, Starz

Romance/war period drama Outlander premiered ep.208 last night and Starz has hopped on the streaming bandwagon and is now available online here for a 7 day free trial period.

Outlander focuses on the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland in 1745 and is based on the novels written by Diana Gabaldon.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***


https://www.starz.com/series/outlander/episodes

Rottentomatoes : 95%

Metacritic : 73



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Autonomous Gentleman

Mr. Robot, USA Network

Culturally resonant hacker drama Mr. Robot dropped its season 2 trailer this week and will premiere Wednesday, July 13 at 10/9c on USA Network.

Rottentomatoes: 96%

Metacritic: 79%


***Spoilers Ahead***

http://www.usanetwork.com/mrrobot


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Hard-Knock Ancestry

Ray Donovan, Showtime

Ray Donovan premieres its fourth season in a month and is available here.


Rottentomatoes: 77%

Metacritic: 71

Emmys : 2 nominations

*** SPOILERS AHEAD ***

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Raw Eloquence

Veep, HBO

Nine-time Emmy Award winning HBO comedy series Veep airs the third episode of its 5th season tonight off the back of winning its first:

Outstanding Comedy Series – 2015

Outstanding Casting For A Comedy Series – 2015

Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series – 2015

*** Spoilers ahead *** *** Happy Mother’s Day!***


Rottentomatoes : 90%

Metacritic : 72

Emmys9 Wins 26 Nominations


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Transformation: Swimming Across the Universe

A corporation is a living organism; it has to continue to shed its skin. Methods have to change. Focus has to change. Values have to change. The sum total of those changes is transformation.”  — Andy Grove

In Memoriam: Andy Grove
2 September 1936 – 21 March 2016

Andy Grove was noted for making sure that important details were never missed.  Having a strategic vision helps in recognizing the important factors.

He had survived by getting things right in the long term and transforming himself.

“By the time I was twenty, I had lived through a Hungarian Fascist dictatorship, German military occupation, the Nazis’ “Final Solution,” the siege of Budapest by the Soviet Red Army, a period of chaotic democracy in the years immediately after the war, a variety of repressive Communist regimes, and a popular uprising that was put down at gunpoint. . . [where] many young people were killed; countless others were interned. Some two hundred thousand Hungarians escaped to the West. I was one of them.

Even though he arrived in the United States with little money and not knowing English, Grove retained a “passion for learning.”  He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the City College of New York in 1960, followed by a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1963.

“Probably no one person has had a greater influence in shaping Intel, Silicon Valley, and all we think about today in the technology world than Andy Grove.” — Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware

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