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

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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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Quad Dragoons

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X-Men Apocalypse premieres in a month and will feature the titular character along with his ‘four horsemen’.

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Bryan Singer will be relenting from the X-Men franchise for a short period as his next contractual project is an adaptation of Jules Verne‘s classic novel: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


Apocalypse a.k.a. ‘En Sabah Nur’ is a ruthless incarnation of Darwinism, simply seeking to augment or enforce natural selection and remove those who are weak, unnecessary, or those who are slowly but surely destroying their own planet.

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

War (artisan?), Famine (guardian?), Pestilence (rational?), Death (idealist?)

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Nerd Sanctuary

Silicon Valley, HBO

Silicon Valley season 3 premieres tonight and will feature Stephen Tobolowsky as the main villain.

Rotten Tomatoes : 98%

Metacritic : 91

From the guys who brought you Office Space, Silicon Valley is partially inspired by Mike Judge’s experiences as an engineer in the area during the late ‘80s.  It also features plot-lines parallel to that of Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Peter Thiel, Paul Graham, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Marc Benioff, Paul Allen, Larry Ellison, Eric Schmidt, and Sean Parker among others.

***HBONOW is now available exclusively online for a 30 day free trial available here.***

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Immortal Affection

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Victorian horror series Penny Dreadful premieres its 3rd season two weeks from tonight and will feature a fresh rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic mad-scientist manifesto The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Penny dreadfuls” were a 19th-century London publishing phenomenon that featured a mass influx of cheap, illustration-heavy horror-based drama pieces.


Honorable mention : Rory Kinnear : John Clare : Penny Dreadful

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Penny Dreadful is an elegant and clever amalgam of 17th century horror classics most notably : Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein,  Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Grey, among others.

The show focuses mainly on ***madness*** or : the tragic existence of a kindhearted Vanessa Ives who unwillingly serves as a conduit for the abstract notion of the apocalypse or “end of days”.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

***Showtime is now available exclusively online for a thirty day free trial on Hulu.  Check it out here.***

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Cutthroat Diversity

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Thrones SYGU‘d in a significant fashion this year picking up Emmy awards for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as Outstanding Directing, Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Casting, Outstanding Supporting Actor, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects among others.

Season 6 premieres two weeks from tonight and will essentially feature brand new content that George R.R. Martin has not yet written.  So now all the snobby GoT book nerds will have to wait an entire week to find out what happens just like the rest of us plebs.

***HBONOW is now available exclusively online for a 30 day free trial available here.***

*** SPOILERS AHEAD ***

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Corporeal Clash

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Critically acclaimed new Wall Street drama Billions aired its penultimate episode tonight on Showtime and Paul Giamatti is all but locked for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

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From the guys who brought you Rounders, Billions is a fictional depiction of some of the subversive tactics Wall-Street powerhouse players utilize to get an edge on the competition: and the legal repercussions.

metacritic : 69%

rottentomatoes : 72%

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

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