What I learned from Anthony Bourdain

In this episode I review the movie ‘Roadrunner’ about the life of Anthony Bourdain, I talk about the role of silence in monastic life and about its importance for our own lives and I tell you why I started to follow Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal Method.

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Why Star Wars: Andor is Not For Kids

In this episode I talk about Star Wars: Andor, Rings of Power, inter-religious dialogue, the Murderbot Diaries, the Chronicles of Narnia, Indian cuisine and about the iPhone 14 Pro.

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Star Wars Emotional Whiplash

This week I am both excited about the premiere of Star Wars: Andor and disappointed by the news that Patty Jenkins’ movie Rogue Squadron was reportedly shelved. I have Star Wars emotional whiplash! What is going on at Disney? I have a theory.

I also talk about the importance of explaining the faith, about the Arc of a Scythe trilogy, about vegetarian wraps, crispy tofu and about the iPhone 14 Pro Max!

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Rings of Power First Impressions

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Hulks and Dragons

In this episode: back from vacation, House of the Dragon, Seinfeld, She-Hulk; Tortilla de Patatas; Light of the Jedi audiobook; Thunderstorm in Italy; Linked In; Apple Event.

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Superman flying over the Vatican

AI generated art opens an unlimited amount of possibilities, but also raises some thorny questions. I played around with an online art generator and witnessed Superman flying over the Vatican.

🌍 Intro/News:
• Fall projects: Lego city

🍿 Movies & TV shows:
• Moon Knight seems to be getting a second season.
• Behind the scenes videos on Warner’s YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/warnerbrosentertainment/videos

🍴 Food & health:
• Celery soup

📚 Books:
Jade City by Fonda Lee

🪴 Nature & Sustainability:
• Looking for easy ways to automatically turn of devices on stand-by power

Bird with a top hat in Art Deco style
Shark in a cup of tea, watercolor
Cat and dog dancing in the rain, watercolor

🎮 Tech & Video Games:
• AI generated art: https://hypnogram.xyz/

💡 Outro/Inspirational thought:
• An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox – Lao Tzu

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Is House of the Dragon any good?

This month will see the release of the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon. Will it be any good?

🌍 Intro/News:
• How I prepare my programs in advance when I go on a trip.

🍿 Movies & TV shows:
• House of the Dragon

🍴 Food & health:
• Tofu!

📚 Books:
• The story of a soul – trad. John Beevers

🪴 Nature & Sustainability:
• Short showers with the tomato timer; night/weekend electricity tariffs.

🎓 This Week I learned:
• How early filmmakers recorded music, dialogue and sound

🎮 Tech & Video Games:
• Meta changing it’s VR/AR strategy after ad revenu decline?

Why was the DC Movie Batgirl shelved?

In this episode of the Break, I talk about the Batgirl movie cancelled at the very last moment, despite it testing well with audiences, and I share my thoughts on the Superman & Lois TV-series on HBO.

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🌍 Intro/News:
• Got my ducks in a row before going to Italy

🍿 Movies & TV shows:
• Superman & Lois,
• Batgirl cancelled; HBO & Discovery+ merger

🍴 Food & health:
• Oriental style Red Cabbage

📚 Books:
The Big Book of 30-day challenges

🪴 Nature & Sustainability:
• Old-fashioned soap instead of ‘convenient’ soap dispensers

🎓 This Week I learned:
• More editing tricks in Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

🎮 Tech & Video Games:
• Tomato Timer

💡 Outro/Inspirational thought:
• Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now

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Star Trek: Lower Decks is much better than I thought

In this episode of The Break:

🌍 News:
Blisters, upcoming vacation and posting schedules.

🍿 Movies/TV:
• Rings of Power full trailer
• Star Trek: Lower Decks

🍴 Food & health:
• Non-fussy Sheet Pan Chicken Tikka https://smittenkitchen.com/2016/04/sheet-pan-chicken-tikka/

📚 Books:
• Michael Ward – Planet Narnia: The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C. S. Lewis: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1800794.Planet_Narnia
• Charles Soule – Light of the Jedi: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51637946-light-of-the-jedi

♻️ Nature & Sustainability:
• Shampoo and other soapbars: https://www.sustainablylazy.com/blog/best-shampoo-bars-usa
• Matt Winning – Hot Mess: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56222117-hot-mess

🎮 Tech & Video Games:
• Planet Zoo (Zoo simulator) is 70% off until 1 August. https://store.steampowered.com/app/703080/Planet_Zoo/
• No Man’s Sky 50% off. https://store.steampowered.com/app/275850/No_Mans_Sky/
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Wakanda Forever and other news from Comic-Con!

In this episode of The Break:

🌍 News:
• The Walk of the World
• Check out my vlog & documentary channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCicqw-CMUlfLPPx11GDqmYg

🍿 Movies/TV:
• Avatar: The Way of the Water, Comic-Con: Wakanda Forever and The Rings of Power

🙏 Faith:
• What I learned during the Walk of the World

📚 Books:
• The Science of Storytelling – Will Storr

🧪 Science & Tech:
• James Webb telescope first photos comparison https://www.webbcompare.com/

Check out my LEGO Channel on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/brickpriest

The Rings of Power Teaser Trailer looks stunning

In this episode, I react to the teaser trailer for The Rings of Power. Also in this episode: prayer, poodles, stars and iPhones!

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The Break is Back; Stranger Things 4, Free Will in Strange New Worlds; Shadow of the Sith

🌍 News: Reworking the YouTube channels and renaming the podcast!

🍿 Movies/TV: Stranger Things 4

🙏 Faith: Determinism and Free will in Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

📚 Books: Shadow of the Sith audiobook

🧪 Science: The James Webb telescope is ready for action https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/7/23188300/nasa-jwst-space-telescope-mirror-alignment-commissioning-engineers

⚙️ Tech: Getting my iPad Air iOS 12 to speed up.

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R.I.P. Arturo; Lego Masters; do animals go to heaven? 007 diaries; electric cars and Apple’s AR glasses

🌍 News: Arturo died

🍿 Movies/TV: Lego Masters; Masterchef Australia

🙏 Faith: Do cats go to heaven?

📚 Books: The 007 diaries; The happiest man on earth

🧪 Science: Are electric cars ‘green’? https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/26/lifetime-emissions-of-evs-are-lower-than-gasoline-cars-experts-say.html

⚙️ Tech: AR/VR: https://www.techradar.com/news/wait-did-tim-cook-just-confirm-apples-ar-headset-and-glasses

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A Murder Mystery Dinner; Obi-wan series review; is the Pope resigning? The Office BFFs; Science and Drought

🌍 News: The most unusual neomist party ever

🍿 Movies/TV: TV Time app (Tvtime.com); Obi-Wan Kenobi review; Documentary series: Keep sweet, pray and obey

🙏 Faith: Is the pope going to resign?

📚 Books: The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There. My review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57093755-the-office-bffs

🧪 Science: Science and drought in the US: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-61669233

⚙️ Tech: Google Nest Doorbell trouble

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Will Obi-Wan Kenobi get another season? What to read/watch/play; Writing Tips; Interstellar Travel; DaVinci Resolve

🌍 News: Documentary series update

🍿 Movies/TV: TV Time app; Obi-Wan Kenobi

🙏 Faith: Should you avoid certain books or movies/tv series as a catholic or christian?

📚 Books: Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts by Matt Bell

🧪 Science: Interstellar travel with free floating planets? https://www.rawstory.com/space-travel/

⚙️ Tech: Stage Manager not working on pre M1 iPads. DaVinci Resolve – The best editing software, and it’s free!

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Star Wars Celebration, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Editing Star Wars, Nasa revisits Venus, WWDC 2022

🌍 News: US Trip recap

🍿 Movies/TV: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – the illuminati

🙏 Faith:  Liturgy and simplicity – how you reacted to my liturgical penguins – many parishes don’t have the means to have good music.

📚 Books: A Long Time Ago in a Cutting Room Far, Far Away – Paul Hirsch

🧪 Science: DAVINCI Mission to Venus in 2029: https://gizmodo.com/davinci-nasa-venus-mission-probe-atmosphere-planet-spac-1849014802

⚙️ Tech: WWDC 2022 comments

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Star Wars: the Sequels, Writing a Book, Bible Reading, Sports and Mortality

🌍 News: Writing a book

🍿 Movies/TV: Star Wars – The Sequels

🙏 Faith: How to get something out of any Bible reading

📚 Books: Life’s too short to go so f*ing slow

🧪 Science: Crimes in Space: https://www.iflscience.com/policy/canada-looks-to-prosecute-crimes-committed-on-the-moon/

⚙️ Tech: Upgrading my camera gear

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Star Wars: the Prequels, Liturgical Music and Penguins, Worst Book Ever, Billionairs in Space

🌍 News:
  • Why I travel
🍿 Movies/TV:
  • Star Wars – The Prequels; the hype and the disappointment, lack of chemistry, bad villains.
🙏 Faith:
  • Bad liturgical music and what I do in my mind
📚 Books:
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
🧪 Science:
⚙️ Tech:
  • Meta is behind a lot of the bad stories about TikTok

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Star Wars: the Original Trilogy, Vatican Liturgy, the Tao of Feeling, Tech and Lemonade

🌍 News: US trip & Star Wars celebration

🍿 Movies/TV: Star Wars – The Original Trilogy; imagination, hope, friends, good villains

🙏 Faith:  What I don’t like about Vatican liturgy (choral music, concelebration, Italian dominance)

📚 Books: The Tao of Fully Feeling. Harvesting Forgiveness out of Blame – Pete Walker

🧪 Science: Should billionairs rule in space? https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/apr/30/leave-space-missions-to-billionaires-and-robots-says-astronomer-royal

⚙️ Tech: Tech and lemonade (Xbox controler

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Rome, The Adam Project, Faith and Art, Horror movies and Twitter alternatives

In this week’s episode:

 

🌍 News: Filming in Rome

🍿 Movies/TV: The Adam Project

🙏 Faith: Finding faith in Anime

📚 Books: How to survive a horror movie – Seth Grahame-Smith

🧪 Science: Perseverance helicopter takes picture of debris

⚙️ Tech: What if Twitter goes bad? Trying out Mastodon

 

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Japanese Anime, Fallen Angels, The Wall, MacBook experiences

🌍 News:
• Filming at Elfia – found my format

🍿 Movies/TV:
• Neon Genesis Evangelion

🙏 Faith:
• What I think of Satanism?

📚 Books:
• The Wall

🧪 Science:
• Perseverance helicopter takes picture of debris: https://www.ign.com/articles/nasa-ingenuity-helicopter-beams-back-eerie-spacecraft-wreckage-from-mars-perseverance

⚙️ Tech:
• Macbook experiences

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Turning Red, Old Man’s War, Swimming Dinosaurs, Descript Voice Synthesis

🌍 News

  • After Elfia, getting ready for a month of travel. Join me as a patron or individually.

🍿 Movies/TV

  • Turning Red

🙏 Faith:

  • What to think about violent games, esoteric stories, or Zumba?

📚 Books:

🧪 Science:

⚙️ Tech:

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Dutch Easter Traditions, Moon Knight, Easter gospels, Organizing for the Rest of Us; Earendil, Nvidia Nerf

🌍 News: Dutch Easter traditions: eggs, bread with calfsmeat and sauce, brunch. International parish: pot luck. Second day of Easter: IKEA. What will be my own, new traditions? Simplicity, resting, hanging out with the community, take time off.

🍿 Movies/TV: Moon Knight

🙏 Faith: Easter: the new reality after the resurrection. A continuation and yet also something the disciples can’t grasp.

📚 Books: Organizing for the Rest of Us: 100 Realistic Strategies to Keep Any House Under Control by Dana K. White.

🧪 Science: Hubble telescope’s most distant star discovery gets a Tolkien-inspired name. Obscure LOTR facts on TikTok explains more:  https://www.tiktok.com/@donmarshall72/video/7081104464983412014

⚙️ Tech: Turning 2D photos into 3D (Nvidia Nerf)

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Severance, Holy Week, In The Tall Grass, Covid and my Brain, MacBook Pro or Mac Studio?

🌍 News:
  • Holy Week – when celebrities suffer. Bruce Willis Aphasia, I was impressed by Demi Moore’s autobiography, pope Francis has difficulties walking, Ukranian musicians now fighting as soldiers. Their suffering reminds us that we are all the same when it comes to our mortality.

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Movies/TV:
  • Severance – Apple Plus TV
🙏 Faith:
  • Holy Week: the story twist no one expects
📚 Books:
🧪 Science:
⚙️ Tech:
  • Mac Studio (Max or Ultra?)

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Inventing Anna, Divine Renovation, James Bond, Sound on Mars and Topaz Video Enhance AI

🌍 News:
  • Birthday – the things I learned this past year
🍿 Movies/TV:
  • Inventing Anna – Netflix
🙏 Faith:
  • Divine Renovation: don’t ‘how’ away your dream. It starts with inner passion. With a desire to share. Desire, conviction, will. Without a desire, plans are futile.
📚 Books:

Bond, James Bond: Exploring the Shaken and Stirred History of Ian Fleming’s 007

by Brad Gilmore, Mike Kalinowski: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59897490-bond-james-bond

🧪 Science:
⚙️ Tech:
  • Topaz Video Enhance AI

 

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Heat Pumps, HBO Max and Dinosaurs in Scotland

🌍 News:
• Exploring heat pumps as an alternative to gas

🍿 Movies/TV:
• HBO Max in the Netherlands. Young Sheldon, GoT final season, DC movies (Snyder Cut), lots of movies/shows that used to be on Netflix.

🙏 Faith:
• I want to go on a pilgrimage (on foot) again.

📚 Books:
• Hyperfocus

🧪 Science:
• Dinosaurs in Scotland: https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/49559/20220222/new-pterosaur-dinosaur-fossil-discovered-isle-skye-scotland.htm

⚙️ Tech:
• Can I ever go back to iOS for my mobile devices?

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Laetare Sunday, Encanto, Oceans on Mars, Music Services Compared

🌍 News: Laetare Sunday next Sunday; Online Mass reactions

🍿 Movies/TV: Encanto

🙏 Faith: Sharing: look for projects you can invest in.

📚 Books: Why has nobody told me this before? By Dr. Julie Smith

🧪 Science: Where were the oceans on Mars?

⚙️ Tech: Amazon Music Free (much less annoying than Spotify Free)

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Severance review, Prayer and Mindfulness, Embrace Your Weird

🌍 News:
• Fase II of the house renovation: doors, garden, simplifying the office.

🍿 Movies/TV:
• Severance on Apple TV+

🙏 Faith:
• Prayer: Mindfulness is not prayer, but can help to create an opening to God

📚 Books:
• Embrace your weird: Face your fears and unleash creativity

🧪 Science:
• Scientists Discover the Long-Lost Continent ‘Balkanatolia’
• https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5q8zm/scientists-discover-the-long-lost-continent-balkanatolia

⚙️ Tech:
• The iPhone Fold? https://bgr.com/tech/we-might-finally-know-when-apples-iphone-fold-will-be-released/
• What’s the deal with foldable phones?

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The Matrix Resurrections, Fasting Ideas, The Prison Doctor and Smart Magpies

In this week’s show I talk about the following subjects:

🌍 News: Biking past the fuel crisis

🍿 Movies/TV: The Matrix Resurrections

🙏 Faith: Fasting: flexitarian lifestyle, veggies at every meal (tiny habits-style)

📚 Books: The Prison Doctor

🧪 Science:  Magpies Help Each Other Remove Scientists’ Tracking Devices

⚙️ Tech Siri gets a more gender neutral voice. Which voice did you pick for your smart home devices?

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The war in Ukraine, Suspicion review

In this episode of my weekly podcast:

🌍 News:
• Ukraine

🍿 Movies/TV:
• TV: Suspicion on Apple TV+

🙏 Faith:
• Ash Wednesday

📚 Books:
• Together we will go – Michael Strazcynski

🧪 Science:
• Resurrecting the Woolly Mamoth: https://www.wired.com/story/de-extinction-patents/

⚙️ Tech:
• Playstation VR2 revealed: https://blog.playstation.com/2022/02/22/first-look-the-headset-design-for-playstation-vr2/

• Apple still hoping for a 2022 release of their AR/VR headset: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2022/02/apples-ar-vr-headset-isnt-just-a-prototype-anymore-sources-say/

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Superstore; Church Architecture; Tolkien’s Appendices; Car Technology

In this episode of my weekly podcast:

• How build community among my YouTube viewers?

🌍 World news:

• Rising Fuel costs – can I go bike/public transport-only?

🍿 Movies/TV:

• Superstore (Prime)

🙏 Faith:

• Church building as communication

📚 Books:

• The Appendices – Tolkien

🧪 Science:

• Science and alternative energy. https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/4/22917801/emissions-new-cars-record-low-uk-electric-vehicles

⚙️ Tech:

• Google’s D-Light is genius: https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/13/22932202/google-smart-lamp-d-light

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The Last Airbender; the Mystery of God; Storytelling secrets; Webb’s Selfie

Patreon:
• How to grow the YouTube viewers into a community?

🌍 World news:
• Covid effects subsiding, travel may get easier

🍿 Movies/TV:
• Avatar – The Last Airbender TV series (Netflix)

🙏 Faith:
• The most important thing I learned in theology: God as a mystery. Circling the city. Humility and theology

📚 Books:
• The Storyteller’s secret – Carnine Gallo

🧪 Science:
• James Webb telescope took a selfie: https://www.space.com/webb-telescope-space-selfie-nircam

⚙️ Tech:
• Logitech MX Keys and new mouse

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Why you should watch ‘Reset’ on YouTube

In my newest podcast, I tell you why you should watch the Chinese timeloop drama ‘Reset’.

Watch the video recording of the show on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/den4v2yBMvw

Patrons I want to thank or welcome:
• New patrons: Marika, Kelly, Kensington
• Upping their contribution: Bob and Rose Marie, Paul

🌍 World news:
• The Winter Olympic Games

🍿 Movies/TV:
• Why you should watch the Chinese drama show Reset on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/YoYoEnglishChannel

🙏 Faith:
• What Pope Francis said on Italy’s biggest Talk Show about spiritual worldliness and prayer: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2022/02/07/pope-francis-interview-italy-242340

📚 Books:
• The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo By Amy Schumer
• Emergency Admissions: Memoirs of an Ambulance Driver by Kit Wharton

🧪 Science:
• A rogue black hole discovered thanks to microlensing: https://scitechdaily.com/first-rogue-black-hole-ever-discovered-and-its-only-5000-light-years-away/

⚙️ Tech:
• Respeecher technology: https://gizmodo.com/book-of-boba-fett-episode-6-luke-voice-hamill-1848491617

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Why I loved Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story so much

In this episode, I tell you why Steven Spielberg’s version of West Side Story touched me so much. And I talk a number of other topics as well; you can jump to the chapters you’re interested in!

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Chapters:

00:00 ☕Introduction/chat

Welcome to our new patrons:
• Paul, Bartlomiej, David, Mary, Simon, Jelle, Alejandro, The Star Wars Report, Fr. Kirill
• Thanks for increasing your monthly donation: Anthony, Joe,

09:46 🌍 World news:
• Documentary news, Omicron & long Covid

27:55🍿 TV: Why The Book of Boba Fett chapter 6 shows that Disney learned from the past
35:48🍿 Movies: West Side Story 2021 review

44:59🙏 Faith:
• What is the best way to talk with people that don’t share your faith or your values?

1:05:16 📚 Books:
• Story by Robert McKee and Documentary Film: a very short introduction by Patricia Aufderheide

1:08:18 🧪 Science:
• Don’t Forget to Look Up: scientists calculate what it takes to avert collision with a 10 km asteroid

1:10:41 ⚙️ Tech:
•Why I’m interested in a Mac Mini Pro

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Spider-Man: No Way Home; Ukraine, Catholics in Crisis; Moon Littering and Domotics

In this episode:

Patrons I want to thank or welcome:
• Upped their pledge: Jessica, Gloria, Pascal, Larry, Lee, Sherry
• New patrons: Joost & Dominique, Anuschka, Grant, Christine, Melinda, Dale

🌍 World news:
• Pope Francis about Ukraine: https://www.catholicnews.com/ukraine-deserves-peace-pope-francis-says/

🍿 Movies/TV:
• Spider-Man No Way Home

🙏 Faith:
• How to react to Catholics not sharing the teachings of the Church on vital topics?

📚 Books:
• Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History by Katy Tur

🧪 Science:
• Moon littering: https://www.bbc.com/news /science-environment-60148543

⚙️ Tech:
• Google Home now listens to ‘Stop’. Why I’m in for AR glasses (handling a phone in the rain)

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The Harry Potter Reunion; Eternals; Forgiveness, the 5 am Club, Groundhog Day

Contents:

Patrons I want to thank or welcome:
• Kensington
• Daniel
• Craig
• Pauline
• Drew
• Pedro
• Liz
• Carole
• Megan
• Michael
• John
• Tyler
• Ricardo
• Matt
• Terence
• Terry
• oljioj onoi

And those that upped their monthly pledge!

World news I reflect on:
• Infections up, hospitalizations down. Hopefully movie theaters can open next week? (I still haven’t seen Spider-Man, Matrix and West Side Story!)
• News about abuse in archdiocese of Munich. The Voice of Holland situation.
• Victim blaming. Beatification process Fr. Van der Lugt halted because of his derogatory comments about victims of abuse in 2009.

Movies/TV shows:
• Harry Potter reunion
• Eternals
• Moon Knight

Faith question I answer:
• Difference between forgiveness, reconciliation, restauration: https://youtu.be/KXRnntrE9CI

Book I have read:
• The 5 am Club

Scientific news I react to:
• The inside of the earth is cooling: https://www.sciencealert.com/earth-s-insides-are-cooling-faster-than-we-thought-and-it-will-mess-things-up

Tech development I react to:
• How I wake up like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day

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Don’t Look Up, the Pope and Pets, the High Republic, Rugby Planets and Apple’s AR plans

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Boba Fett, The Hail Mary Project, why Catholics like to party!

I share my thoughts on the Book of Boba Fett, I explain why Catholics like to party, I review Andy Weir’s book The Hail Mary Project, we’ll talk about sign language, the Webb telescope and new functionality for old gadgets.

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My thoughts on Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Mythic Quest & Christmas in times of Covid

In this episode: using a new camera lens for streaming, worries about the Omicron variant, Virtual Christmas Eve idea, Ghostbusters: Afterlife review, Mythic Quest season 2, Christmas: Comfort and Challenge, books I read this week, the James Webb Space Telescope and the infancy of the universe; will 2022 be the year of Apple’s revolutionary AR glasses?

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Secrets of Dumbledore, Ted Lasso, Mythic Quest, Joy vs Cynicism

In this episode:

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IKEA Sleepover, Hawkeye, Wheel of Time, Lucid Dreaming

In this episode:

  • IKEA Sleepover
  • Hawkeye
  • Wheel of Time
  • Covid vs Christmas Eve
  • Goodreads Reading Challenge update
  • Why we dream – review and lessons learned
  • The Kobo Elipsa vs iPad 12.9 vs Kindle

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A New Harry Potter Director’s Cut? Red Notice review, the Paramount+ Debacle, the sacrament of Ordination

In this episode:

  • Future plans
  • A new Harry Potter director’s cut?
  • The Paramount+ Star Trek Discovery debacle
  • Red Notice review
  • The Sacrament of Ordination
  • The Compound Effect – book review
  • The Danger of Space Debris
  • MacBook Pro & iPad mini impressions

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Dune Part 2; Halloween, All Saints and All Souls; Ghostbusters; New MacBook pros and Meta

In this episode: fiber internet; Dune: Part 2; Squid Games; Hayden Christensen; the connection between All Saints Day and All Souls Day; Ghostbusters; the new MacBook Pros and Facebook goes Meta.

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Squid Game, James Bond, Niksen and Science Denial

In this podcast, I share short reviews of Free Guy, The Father and No Time to Die and I talk about the latest Netflix hit series ‘Squid Game’. I review the book “Niksen: Embracing the Dutch Art of Doing Nothing” and I talk about science denial. This show was patched together from two broken internet streams and misses a few of the usual segments due to me forgetting to press record locally on my audio recorder. I’ll integrate the missing topics in next week’s show!

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My thoughts on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings

In this episode:

  • News: Almost time to move!
  • Movies/TV: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings
  • Peculiar Bunch: patron saint of cats Gertrude of Nivelles
  • Science: progress in curing Long Covid
  • Tech: Apple’s new devices – iPhone 13, iPad mini, testing iOS 15.

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Miracles, Mars and the Matrix

In this episode:

  • News: Vacation is over, back to work!
  • Movies/TV: Matrix 4: Resurrections. Wheel of Time;
  • Peculiar Bunch: the meaning of miracles;
  • Books: ‘Why we sleep’ by Matthew Walker;
  • Science: digging on Mars;
  • Tech: the high-tech return of Abba, Facebook’s RayBan smart glasses.

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Black Widow, Kids in Church, Sleep and Mars Exploration

In this episode:

  • My review of ‘Black Widow’
  • Kids in Church
  • The importance of sleep
  • Mars Exploration
  • Flightsticks and external SSDs

Links:

Pixar’s ‘Luca’, Traditionis Custodes, Martian Chronicles, Consoles vs. PC

In this episode:

Links:

Shadow and Bone, Millionairs in Space, Loki and Thrawn

In this episode:

 

Links:

Ted Lasso, Godparents, Lego and Squids in Space

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Raya and the Last Dragon

In this episode:

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‘Sweet Tooth’ on Netflix – my review!

In this episode of my weekly podcast:

  • Intro: why I haven’t been podcasting much lately
  • World: vaccinations
  • Movies/TV: My review of the Netflix series ‘Sweet Tooth’
  • Peculiar Bunch: the revision of the Code of Canon Law
  • Books: What’s on my reading list? The Cuddliness Factor – why are we so fascinated with cats?
  • Science: Australian Dinosaurs

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The Bad Batch, Shadow and Bone, Religious Vows and Back to the Future

In this episode:

My impressions of The Bad Batch, Shadow and Bone, an explanation of religious vows, Back to the Future, Mars exploration and video equipment.

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Why I LOVED ‘Nomadland’

In this episode of my weekly podcast, I talk about the Academy awards, Star Wars Day and a number of other topics:

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – Season Finale Review

In this episode, I review the season finale of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, I talk about an essential ingredient for change in the church, I find a fellow Wheel of Time fan and I discuss the recent breakthrough in paleographic research thanks to Artificial Intelligence. And I share the coolest aspect of the Mars Helicopter’s first flight.

(This is a repost because I made a mistake with the enclosure in the previous one).

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Why I was wrong about the Falcon and the Winter Soldier

In today’s episode of my weekly podcast, I explain why I was wrong about Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Other topics in this show:

• Movies & TV shows: Indiana Jones 5, The Obi-Wan Kenobi series, The Mandalorian Season 3, Solo sequels, Picard Season 2, Captain Janeway

• Catholicism explained: Divine Mercy Sunday

• Books: Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere

• Science: the maiden flight of the Mars Helicopter and about

• Technology: the legal fight between Apple and Epic

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Easter, Sonic the Hedgehog, Ikigai, Mars rumblings

Happy Easter! In this episode:

Hanna, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Holy Week in a nutshell

In this episode:

  • News: moving/decluttering experiences
  • Movies/TV: Hanna (Amazon Prime), Age of Ultron, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Man of Steel and the Snyder Cut.
  • Peculiar Bunch: Holy Week in a nutshell
  • Books: The Little Book of Hygge
  • Science: the sound of Mars
  • Tech: simple streaming explained

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The Seal of Confession, Strange New Worlds and Deep Nostalgia

In this episode:

  • News: the clock is ticking…
  • Movies/TV: Coming to America, Marvel Studios’ Assembled: the Making of Wandavision; Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
  • Peculiar Bunch: why I’m irked by a French book about Confession
  • Books: Hart voor je brein (Heart for your Brain) by Erik Scherder, Leonard Hofstra
  • Science: Noah’s ark on the moon?
  • Tech: Deepfake technology bringing old portraits to life

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Maze Runners and Divine Providence

In this episode:

  • News: new ideas for old churches
  • Movies/TV: Maze Runner Trilogy; the Expanse, the Lost Pirate Kingdom (March 15 on Netflix), WandaVision Season Finale.
  • Peculiar Bunch: what is Divine Providence?
  • Books: Everything is F*cked by Mark Manson
  • Science: Mac tech on Mars
  • Tech. Macbook 14 & 16 inch rumor.

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WW84 problems, Penance, Save the Cat, Mars Rover Perseverance

In this episode:

  • News: I’m moving!
  • Movies/TV: My issues with Wonder Woman 1984; WandaVision; Star Wars: the Bad Batch premiere announced
  • Peculiar Bunch: what’s the idea behind ‘penance’?
  • Books: Save the Cat! The Last Book On Screenwriting That You’ll Ever Need – Blake Snyder
  • Science & Technology: my reaction to the landing of the Mars Rover Perseverance

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Tiny House Nation, The Expanse, Saint Lidwina

In this episode:

  • News: filming in Schiedam post-Covid
  • Movies/TV: Tiny House Nation; the Expanse
  • Peculiar Bunch: the story of St. Lidwina
  • Books: The Steal Like an Artist Trilogy: How to Be Creative, Show Your Work, and Keep Going (affiliate links to Amazon)
  • Science: China and the United Arab Emirates’ Mars probes have entered orbit.
  • Technology: Batteries and the cold

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Golfing on the Moon, Miracle Morning and February Traditions

In this episode:

  • TV/Movies: The Expanse!
  • Peculiar Bunch: February traditions – Candlemas and Saint Blaise
  • Books: Miracle morning – Hal Elrod. Community tip: The Green Mile.
  • Science: Golf balls on the moon, image stacking
  • Tech: Deep learning. South Korean singer revived with AI.

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Kong vs Godzilla, Mars Rover Perseverance, Apple VR

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  • Kong vs. Godzilla
  • Disney+ Star
  • Babylon 5 remastered
  • What to do when you feel you’re losing the faith
  • Book challenge update
  • The Mar Rover Perseverance landing
  • Apple’s VR headset and redesigned Macs

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The Muppet Show on Disney Plus, Pet Vision, WhatsApp and Signal

In this episode of my weekly podcast, I give a shoutout to my newest Patrons, and talk about a number of other topics:

  • Bernie Sanders goes viral
  • Mira Furlan has died
  • Muppet Show coming to Disney Plus; The Muppets ABC review
  • Judging other people’s catholicity
  • Martha Wells – All Systems Red
  • How human vision compares to that of our pets
  • WhatsApp or Signal?

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Star Wars Rebels, Lectors, Acolytes and Robot Fish

In this podcast, I talk about Star Wars Rebels, the Motu Proprio of pope Francis regarding lectors and acolytes and about a number of other topics.

  • Introduction and news
  • Wandavision, Star Wars Rebels and Along Came a Spider
  • The Motu Proprio of pope Francis regarding lectors and acolytes
  • Review: Winter World by by A.G. Riddle
  • Mars Rover Curiosity, Wine in Space and Robot Fish
  • The Google Nest Hub Mini and Portrait AI

Links:
Article about the Motu Proprio of pope Francis: https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2021-01/pope-francis-opens-ministries-lector-acolyte-women.html
Curiosity Rover photo: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nasa-curiosity-rover-celebrates-3000-day-mars-panorama/
Wine in Space: https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/bordeaux-wine-returns-from-space-mission-451739/
Autonomous Robot fish moving in schools: Robotic swarm swims like a school of fish
My LEGO YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYMfMe9CPCZdLjNUfEILqZw

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Podcast – Father Roderick to the Max: available to all my patrons, info on Patreon

We need to talk about what happened in Washington DC

In this episode of my weekly podcast, I talk about what happened at the Capitol in Washington DC and about a number of other topics:

  • The events in Washington DC
  • REVIEW: We Are the Champions (Netflix)
  • Pope Francis announces The year of the family and Amoris Laetitia
  • Three books I’m reading in January
  • The earth is rotating faster
  • My Smart Home experiences in 2021

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The Holiday Show

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Remembering Jeremy Bulloch, Disney Plus, Churches and Corona

In this episode

  • News: remembering Jeremy Bulloch
  • Movies/TV: the Disney Plus Star Wars and Marvel line-up
  • Peculiar Bunch: what to think about Sunday Mass restrictions in Corona times?

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‘Long Covid’, The Boys, The Mandalorian and the Lord of the Rings 4K

In this episode:

  • News: “long Covid” therapy, churches in Corona times
  • Movies/TV: The Boys (Amazon Prime), The Mandalorian (Disney Plus), Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 4K restoration.
  • Peculiar Bunch: why do priests work on Sunday when it’s supposed to be a day of rest?

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Catholic Winter Traditions, The Last Skywalker, Apple’s M1 Macs

In this episode:

  • News: Saint Nicholas in Corona times, Covid update
  • Movies/TV: The Mandalorian, Star Trek, Fantastic Beasts 3 and a Star Wars movie directed by Taika Waititi?
  • Peculiar Bunch: Catholic winter traditions: Saint Hubert, Saint Martin and Saint Nicholas
  • Books: Anton Chekhov’s Short Stories – read by Stephen Fry (Amazon link)
  • Sci-fi: The Last Skywalker fan edit
  • Tech: Apple’s new M1 powered Macs

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The Mandalorian, Faith, Politics and Star Wars fandom, Stephen Fry and One More Thing

In this episode:

  • News: Election week, Covid developments
  • Movies/TV: The Mandalorian season 2, the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek storytelling
  • Peculiar Bunch: faith & politics
  • Books: Stephen Fry in America (2008)  – YouTube episodes
  • Sci-fi: why so many science fiction shows get canceled and how Apple TV does one thing right
  • Tech: I ordered an iPad 12.9! Apple’s One More Thing on November 10

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James Randi, Emily in Paris, Terminator Dark Fate, Pope Francis documentary

In this episode:

  • James Randi died
  • Emily in Paris
  • Terminator Dark Fate
  • Pope Francis’ comments on civil unions for homosexual couples

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Star Trek Discovery, Fratelli Tutti and the iPhone 12

  • News: life after Covid-19
  • Movies/TV: Star Trek Discovery Season 3
  • Peculiar Bunch: Why did pope Francis write Fratelli Tutti?
  • Books: Smoke and Summons (Numina series) by Charlie Holmberg
  • Tech: Skyrim VR, the iPhone 12 and filming in Dolby Vision HDR

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Covid-19, Ozark, Fallen Priests, Bedtime Stories

In this episode:

  • My Covid-19 experiences
  • Movies/TV: Big Bang Theory & Ozark, Avatar, Rick and Morty
  • Peculiar Bunch: Fallen priests
  • Books: Google bedtime stories.
  • Tech: Why I ordered a Pulse Oximeter

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Movie Plot Clichés

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Dune

In this episode:

  • Life changes
  • Dune (2020) and Discovery Season 3
  • Church reform in the sixties
  • The Dune Saga on Kindle
  • Xbox Series X & S

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Cobra Kai

In this episode:

  • News: bathroom break (01:34)
  • Movies/TV: Cobra Kai (Netflix) review (08:50)
  • Peculiar Bunch: Venial and mortal sins (15:40)
  • Books: Harry Potter – a History of Magic (32:12)
  • Tech: the iPad 12.9 inch vs Samsung Tab S7+ (38:45)

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Wakanda Forever

In this episode:

  • News: Cardinal Simonis, the bishop who ordained me, died last week at the age of 88. Thoughts about his impact on my life. (1:07)
  • Movies/TV: Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman’s death. (11:50)
  • Peculiar Bunch: Can God communicate with us? If so, how? (21:58)
  • Scifi: What we know about Earnest Cline’s upcoming book Ready Player Two. (38:12)

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Spongebob Squarepants and saints for magicians

In this episode:

  • TV show production update (1:28)
  • Reviewing the Spongebob Squarepants Movie (7:40)
  • The Patron saint of magicians, St. John Bosco (17:04)
  • The Mandalorian Season 2 rumors (49:07)

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Home decoration, Double World and patron saints

In this episode:

  • Remodeling the rectory (1:40)
  • Review: Double World based on Chinese RPG Zheng tu (23:25)
  • Peculiar Bunch: Patron saints (36:38)

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What we can learn from IKEA’s customer service

In this episode:

  • What we can learn from IKEA customer service (1:42)
  • Paying for sacraments??? (13:20)
  • A review of the Amazon Prime series ‘Upload’ (24:50)
  • Books: The Adventures of Tom Bombadil (34:45)
  • My impressions after seeing the trailer of Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 1 Official Trailer) (40:09)

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Is the Netflix series ‘Cursed’ worth your time?

In this episode:

  • Progress in the rectory, covid-19 second wave warnings. (2:44)
  • Mulan removed from schedule, Star Wars and Avatar postponed; Cursed TV show (Netflix) season 1 review (19:22)
  • Why do the saints occupy such an important place in Catholic tradition? (45:47)

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The Secret of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, Warrior Nuns and the X-Files

In this episode:

  • Changes at the rectory (3:35)
  • The death of Grant Imahara (7:50)
  • The Twitter Bitcoin hack (17:48)
  • X-Files retrospective review (21:23)
  • Warrior Nun Netflix review (31:37)
  • Heaven, hell and purgatory explained (39:39)
  • Tolkien and CS Lewis (53:28)
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch (56:54)
  • Facebook Reels vs. TikTok (60:59)

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Filthy Rich, the Last Airbender, Yoga and Scifi world-building in games

In this episode, I share my thoughts on the deaths of Ian Holm and Ennio Morricone. I review Filthy Rich; Transfer and The Last Airbender animated series. Plus: Can Christians practise Yoga?

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Artemis Fowl review, Communion & Corona, Apple’s WWDC

In this episode, I share my thoughts on the Artemis Fowl books and the new Disney movie based on them. I tell you about my experiences in the parish in these Corona times and talk about the Sacred Heart tradition. I also react to Apple’s announcements during WWDC 2020.

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They Shall Not Grow Old; virtual liturgy; Dark Tower: The Gunslinger; Scifi adventures

In this episode:

  • The new website FatherRoderick.com is ready! Life returns (more or less) to normal, LEGO streams are back.
  • Movies/TV: Deep Space 9 Rejoined, They Shall Not Grow Old.
  • Peculiar Bunch: celebrating liturgy in a virtual world?
  • Book review: Dark Tower 1: The Gunslinger
  • Scifi: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy text adventure; The Asgard Run

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Space Force, Frankincense, Racism and respect, Artemis Fowl and Lord of the Rings

In this episode

  • News: racial tension in the US, resonance in the rest of the world after the murder of George Floyd. All lives matter? Lost sheep analogy.
  • Movies/TV: Space Force (Netflix) review
  • Peculiar Bunch: How incense at Mass might reduce airborne diseases.
  • Books: Artemis Fowl
  • Scifi: Lord of the Rings Cast Reunion. Star Wars month in combination with Mass for Geeks
  • Tech: Sphero R2-D2

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Snowpiercer, holy water squirt guns and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

In this episode:

  • News: corona protocols
  • Movies/TV: Muppets Now on Disney plus; Unscripted; Ozark revisited; Snowpiercer.
  • Peculiar Bunch: Sprinkling holy water with squirt guns?
  • Books: Hunger Games prequel ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snake’ By Suzanne Collins
  • Scifi: new Star Trek series; Ronald D. Moore on working with George Lucas.
  • Tech: first impressions of the Osmo Mobile 3 & live streaming hiccups

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Animal Crossing, Church after Corona, Clone Wars, Taika Waititi and Star Wars

News: Animal Crossing: New Horizons
Movies/TV: Clone Wars finale review
Peculiar Bunch: What have churches learned during the Corona crisis?
Books: Asoka
Scifi: Taika Waititi to co-write and direct Star Wars movie
Tech: The Nintendo Switch

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Churches to reopen, Into the Night review, Vader dethroned

In this episode:

  • News: gradual relaxation of the lockdown in the Netherlands, churches reopen July 1, but consequences are huge. No more events until vaccin is available
  • Movies/TV: Into the night – Belgian scifi drama based on Polish book  The Old Axolotl van Jacek Dukaj
  • Peculiar Bunch: new scandal surrounding founder Foyers de Charité
  • Books: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition (https://amzn.to/3caIPFT*)
  • Scifi: Vader no longer most popular SW character

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UFOs, Dark Phoenix, Clone Wars, Joseph and Mary, The Witcher

In this episode:

  • News: Flattening the curve(s), Star Wars Celebration message and UFO’s
  • Movies/TV: Catching up with Clone Wars and a review of Dark Phoenix
  • Peculiar Bunch: Joseph and Mary in the church
  • Books: The Witcher
  • Tech: Canon webcam utility

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Tales from the Loop, Children of Blood and Bone, Anthem

In this episode:

  • Busier than ever during the Coronacrisis
  • Altererd Carbon, Resleeved, Ozark and Tales from the Loop
  • what belongs in a church and what not?
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Legacy of Orïsha #1)
  • Science Fiction in the videogame Anthem
  • PTZ Cameras

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Father Roderick To The Max – Premiere Episode!

This is a new show instead of the aftershow. You get the maximum amount of Fr. Roderick, patrons only.

In this episode:

Happy Easter, Tiger King & Storytelling, Yesterday, Edge of Tomorrow, West World

In this episode:

  • World: Happy Easter; launch of a children’s show.
  • Entertainment: Tiger King extra episode; Messiah cancelled, Yesterday movie review
  • Peculiar Bunch: What to say to someone who attacks my faith?
  • Books: Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka https://amzn.to/2Kcm2gl
  • Scifi: West World season 2
  • Tech: lighting a church for live streams. Composition

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Tiger King, Picard Season 1 review, sacred space in Corona times

In this episode: TV show has moved; rewatching X-Men movies & Tiger King on Netflix. Plus, How to keep God in your life; Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan and a spoiler-free review of season 1 of Star Trek Picard. Enjoy listening!

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Lifestyle tips for the Corona Crisis; World War Z; Confession; Snoke and Kylo Ren

This episode was recorded on 23 March 2020. In this show: getting rid of a cough; 4K blu ray vs streaming; Skype Confessions; Marvel Unlimited Snoke Prequel; life-style tips and tech solutions for Corona related self-isolation.

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Unshaven Talkshow hosts, Pixar’s ‘Onward’ and Vatican Corona instructions

In this episode, I talk about the many lifestyle changes the Corona crisis forces us all to make; I wonder why talk show hosts have stopped shaving; I discuss Disney’s decision to move the Pixar movie ‘Onward’ from the movie theater to Disney Plus; I share my first impressions of the Brazilian sci-fi series ‘Omniscient’ and I talk about the Vatican’s instructions about confessions, indulgences and about the Holy Week and Easter celebrations in the absence of the faithful.

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Fear and Faith; the Good Place; Parks and Recreation; Streaming Mass

In this episode: Bishops take drastic measures to prevent the Corona virus from spreading; The series finale of Parks and Recreations and The Good Place; how to navigate between faith and fear in these times of crisis; Recursion by Blake Crouch; tips on using streaming technology to bring Mass to those that can’t come to church because of the corona virus.

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Contagious patients and the sacraments; Vikings; US Elections & Star Wars Comics

In this episode: New plans for the year; watching ‘Vikings’ on Netflix; the new LOtR television series; anointment of the sick and highly contagious diseases; Marvel Unlimited Darth Vader series; Mars Rover Curiosity photo.

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Covid-19, Star Wars: The High Republic, The Two Popes, Lent and Fake Meat

In this episode: Covid-19 in the Netherlands, a review of The Two Popes, Star Trek Picard, Clone Wars Season 7, Lent and fake meat, why our brains love reading and more!

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Middle-earth and the Beloved Amazon

In this episode: Paladins of the West Kingdom board game; Star Trek Picard; Clone Wars; Ghibli Studios on Netflix: my neighbor Totoro, Tales from Earthsea (2006). Also, The Amazon Synod exhortation Querida Amazonia. Enjoy listening!

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Stan Lee, McDonalds, Pandemic and Childhood’s End

  • News: The Oscars

  • Movies/TV: Reviews of ‘The Founder’ and ‘Pandemic’ on Netflix

  • Peculiar Bunch: Fr. Roderick and videogames.

  • Books: Review of ‘Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir’ – Stan Lee.

  • Scifi: Review of Arthur C. Clarke – Childhood’s End

  • Tech: how podcasts and the Fear of Missing Out keep me from sleeping

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Disney Town Hall, Messiah Season 1 and the Oculus Quest

  • News: Disney Town Hall, translating Scotland
  • Movies/TV: Messiah Season 1 on Netflix
  • Peculiar Bunch: Is playing videogames/Star Wars/hiding my social media from my mum/etc. a sin?
  • Books: Creativity Inc & the Ride of a Lifetime (touching stories about Steve Jobs – tech will end in the dumpster, but stories live on)
  • Scifi: first look at Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki on Disney Plus.
  • Tech: Oculus Quest

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Star Trek Picard; Obi-Wan series on hold and the Oculus Quest

  • News: Speaking at Disney’s Town Hall meeting
  • Movies/TV: My reaction to ST Picard. Worth a subscription to Prime or CBS All access?
  • Peculiar Bunch: the retreat – how I’ve changed
  • Books: Review: the Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger
  • Scifi: We need to talk about the Obi-Wan series being put on hold
  • Tech: Why I decided to get an Oculus Quest

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The Witcher, The celibacy book controversy, how to read one book per week

In this episode, I review the Netflix series ‘The Witcher’, I discuss the controversy about cardinal Sarah’s book about celibacy and I tell you how I manage to read one book per week for the rest of the year!

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The Irishman, Church closure, R5-D4, YouTube and Podcasting Plans for 2020

Mentioned in this episode: From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

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Plex Television review, Successful Aging, Saint Nicolas and setting up a 4K TV

In this episode of my weekly podcast, I talk about the Saint Nicholas tradition in the Netherlands, I review the new Plex TV content, I review a book about successful aging and I share my experience of installing a new 4K TV as my main PC monitor.

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Living With Yourself, Our Planet, Advent resolutions, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

In this episode: Documentary making; Reviewing The Mandalorian; Living with yourself (Netflix); Our Planet Behind the Scenes (Netflix). Plus, My Advent resolutions regarding work/life balance and much more!

Link mentioned in this episode: ‘Star Trek: Ronald D. Moore Talks Deep Space Nine Season 8, Possibility of Returning to the Franchise’ (comicbook.com)

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The Imagineering Story; Winter Feasts and the poor; Half-Life: Alyx

In this episode: trying to clear the way to Christmas; reviewing The Imagineering Story and film preservation; winter Feasts for the poor; the Hero’s Journey in The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (1949); Google’s Stadia; Half-Life sequel in VR announced by Valve; Half-Life: Alyx. Plus, new filming equipment in 2020: looking for a gimbal, better microphones and a drone.

Links mentioned in this episode: ‘Imagineering Story’ on Disney+ is worth your time for a historic reason (Inverse.com)

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Disney+: Christmas Morning in November!

News: recording a Late Night show…
Movies/TV: Disney+ new shows; The Good Place; for all Mankind; Outlander
Peculiar Bunch: private revelations in the Catholic Church. Read this article by Jimmy Akin: Nine Things You Need to Know About ‘Maria Divine Mercy’
Books: Revenge of the Sith novelization, The world according to Star Wars by CASS R. SUNSTEIN
Scifi/fantasy: Apple’s AR glasses roadmap and TV production on a cellphone.

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Joker vs. Star Wars, For All Mankind, Faith & Science, Fantastic Beasts III and Google buys Fitbit

In this show:
– For all Mankind on Apple TV+ early review
– Faith and Science
– Books: Yes Please by Amy Poehler; Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
– Fantastic Beasts III; Joker vs. Star Wars
– Google buys Fitbit

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All Hallows & Saints, my ‘Joker’ review, vlogging mishap, Star Wars in trouble?

In this episode:
News: Back from Scotland and Rome
Movies: my ‘Joker’ review
Peculiar Bunch: Halloween, All Saints Day, All Souls Day
Books: Becoming Superman by Michael Straczynski (ongoing review)
Sci-fi: Game of Thrones showrunners exit Star Wars project.
Tech: Vlogging mishap with the Zenfone 6

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Second Age Tales, Raising Dion, Becoming Superman, Gratitude, Dream Projects

In this episode: why I’m traveling to Scotland and Rome; reviews: Raising Dion (Netflix), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1; gratitude and social media; J. Michael Straczynski’s ‘Becoming Superman’ first impressions; what do we know about the Amazon Prime series about Middle-earth’s Second Age? My dream projects for next year.

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George Lucas’ Sequel Treatments, Picard & Discovery, the Amazon Synod, Old Man’s War and Ewoks

George Lucas felt betrayed by Disney because they didn’t use his story treatments for the Star Wars sequels. But does that mean we’ll never see these stories again? Hold my blue milk. Maybe Disney has something in store… Also in this episode: the Amazon synod and married priests; Picard, Star Trek: Discovery and utopian futures, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War; a petition to bring back the Ewoks to Disney+; the Elgato Stream Deck.

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Spider-man stays!

In this episode: Spider-man stays in the MCU; The death of Aron Eisenberg; Watching season 4 of Deep Space 9; Sam Esmail’s Battlestar Galactica NOT a reboot; The Rosary and the role of the Virgin Mary; Book review: Louis Theroux – Getting Theroux This; Kevin Feige makes a Star Wars movie and Oculus Connect puts all cards on the Oculus Quest.

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Star Wars on Disney+, Religious Vows, Area 51, Easter Island and the iPhone 11

First impressions after one week of Disney+, a review of the movies Geostorm and Novitiate, the real Lord of the Flies, Easter Island, Storm Area 51 and Apple’s iPhone 11 presentation.

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The Future of Stranger Things, Therese of Lisieux, the BTTF Test and VR Nausea

In this show: the importance of Stranger Things for Netflix, a review of The Invention of Lying (2009), Pope Francis about Therese of Lisieux, how to stay peaceful in a polarized (online) world? Rebel Rising by Beth Revis, VR Nausea and YouTube Highlights for creators.

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The Dark Crystal

In this episode: Finishing LEGO Millennium Falcon; The Dark Crystal first impressions; reviewing Dora and the Lost City of Gold. Also, answering viewers’ questions; Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray; Another Life final assessment and Skyrim VR.

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The Rise of Skywalker

In this episode: Avatar – The Last Airbender on blu-ray; D23 news with new Star Wars trailers; Windows 10 woes. Plus, can priests watch horror movies?

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Ghostbusters, Jedi Celibacy, Disney+ news and Virtual Dolphins

A retrospective review of Ghostbusters, addiction, celibacy, Jedi religion and other questions from the Millennium Falcon hangar, a review of Wil Wheaton’s book ‘The Happiest Days of our Lives’, Disney+ is announced for Canada, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, virtual dolphins can help with chronic pain relief, Nature Treks and Real VR fishing for the Oculus Go.

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Virtues and The Dark Crystal, Another Life, Stranger Things, Lego and Ireland in VR

I review the Netflix TV series ‘Another Life’ and talk about the virtue of Hope in ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’. This and more in this week’s episode!

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Engage!

Fr. Roderick is back from his vacation in Ireland and analyzes the new trailer for Star Trek: Picard. Other topics in this episode: how to react to the recent mass shootings that shocked the US and to other, more hidden violence in the world, a review of a book about the making of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit movies, Lego Ninjago, The Great Hack, The Dark Crystal and more Zenfone/Android experiences.

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Why Detective Pikachu disappoints; caterpillars and the Pope; Asus Zenfone 6 review

In this episode: reviews of Detective Pikachu and Lego Ninjago animated series; caterpillars, spiders and the Pope; Storytel vs. Audible; switching from iPhone 6 Plus to the Asus Zenfone 6 and much more!

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Apollo 11 and the Purpose of Life

In this episode: a review of the Apollo 11 documentary and Stranger Things 2. Also, an answer to the question ‘Who needs a purpose for life? Isn’t it enough to return to the energy in the universe? Plus, Lego Tower and Wizards Unite first experiences and what is up with Jony Ives leaving Apple?

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Men in Black International

In this episode: a review of Stranger Things Season 2 and of the new Men in Black movie, we talk about the commandment ‘honor your father and your mother’, how to keep reading regularly when you have so many other things to do, commenting on recent Star Wars rumors.

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The return of Obi-Wan?

In this episode of my weekly podcast, I talk about the rumored return of Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan, I review the HBO series ‘Chernobyl’, we talk about the history of celibacy, the Star Trek Logo on Mars, the book The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan, Jim Gaffigan’s book ‘Food: a Love Story’, streaming tech and the Beyerdynamic MMX 300.

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