"Suits" TV Series

"Suits" is a TV series available on Amazon Prime. The first season aired in 2011 and seven seasons are available. An eighth season has been announced though with some cast changes. The series involves a fictitious law firm and each episode concerns a new case, though some sub plots carry over from episode to episode. The series is well done, and among other things one of the stars is Meghan Markle, who will soon become a member of the British Royal Family upon her marriage to Prince Harry in May 2018. The cases are interesting and well acted. Much of the drama concerns the relationship between the very skilled senior partner (played by Gabriel Macht) and his junior associate (played by Patrick Adams). If you like to see lawyers maneuvering and outsmarting each other, you may enjoy the show. You can read about it at

Big Little Lies

"Big Little Lies" is an HBO TV series that first aired in 2017. It's available on Amazon now as well. I would say it is primarily a women focused series. The first season has 7 episodes and the cast includes some mega stars: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley. It also includes Laura Dern, who I remembered best from "Jurassic Park". A second season is in the works that will include Meryl Streep. The series has won 8 Emmy awards.

The story is set in Monterey California and focuses on the lives of the three leading women and their relationships with their children, neighbors, and the men in their lives. The series is a bit rough in parts with plenty of foul language and some troubling scenes of abuse. The story begins with the police called to the scene of an open air party where someone has been killed. The rest of the show consists of flashbacks to everything that happened prior to then, interspersed with brief police interviews of neighbors.…

British TV Series "Injustice"

"Injustice" is 2011 five part British TV series about a criminal defense attorney (barrister) who struggles with legal justice versus true justice. The story moves between London and Ipswich and combines a current murder investigation with ramifications of a prior one. James Purefoy plays the barrister William Travers, who suffered a nervous breakdown after successfully defending a car bomb suspect he later learns was actually guilty. He returns to practice to defend a college chum of his accused of murdering a secretary in a hotel room. He makes a point of saying he needs to believe in his client's innocence to defend them. There's a pretty rotten and crooked police inspector involved as well. The show was well done and held my interest. You can see it on Amazon or for free on Vudu (with commercials). You can read more about it at
"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" is a 2017 drama starring Frances McDormand as Mildred Hayes. I think McDormand is most famous for her starring role in the movie "Fargo". Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell are key supporting actors.The film is quite powerful, and doesn't provide the easy answers to life's problems that many Hollywood films like to serve up.

The story begins 6 months or so after Mildred's daughter was raped and murdered. Unhappy with the progress of the local police investigation, Mildred rents three billboards on a road outside the town and chides police chief Willoughby (played by Woody Harrelson) for inaction. There are some pretty powerful emotions at play in this film, including strong feelings of guilt and sorrow. Many residents are sympathetic to Chief Willoughby, as they know he is dying of pancreatic cancer. But Mildred is a no nonsense individual on a mission, and is not afraid of confrontation with police, high-schoo…

Altered Carbon

"Altered Carbon" is a 2018 Netflix science fiction series. There are 10 episodes in season one.

Like so many other shows about the future (e.g. "Blade Runner"), it portrays a human society with highly advanced technology but vast gaps between rich and poor, and plenty of brutality and corruption. There are a lot of creeps in this future world!

The setting is the year 2384 and the key premise of the show is that it is possible to store a human's consciousness in a device called a "stack" that can be inserted into another body. The wealthy have disposable bodies called "sleeves" ready to accept their consciousness whenever their current body needs replacing. Effectively they can live forever unless their stack is destroyed with no backup, referred to as "real death". Given their enormous wealth and longevity these people have great power, and even the police follow their wishes. The main plot is the investigation of the attempted mu…

Project Euler

I was the 258th successful solver of problem number 622 on March 14, 2018. This was the latest problem at the time and was an interesting problem about the number of outer riffle shuffles of a deck of cards needed to restore the deck to its original order. For a deck of 52 cards the number is 8. The problem concerned what deck sizes need 60 shuffles. You can see the problem here.

Managed to solve number 621 on March 4, the latest problem at the time. Even so I was the 192 person to do so. It's really impressive how quickly some people can solve these (one person solved it in 11 minutes).

Just managed to solve number 618, the latest Project Euler problem posted on January 13, 2018. The website is named after the famous eighteenth century Swiss mathematician Leonard Euler.
I'm doing ok, with 233 out of 618 solutions to my name, but I am still only level 9 out of 23. At least I'm in the top 1,4…

Favorite Movies

I thought it would be interesting to collect the movies I've liked. They are in no particular order.

"Forbidden Planet". This 1956 science fiction film stands out like a gem among such 1950's works. The special effects actually hold up even by today's standards, and the actors are top notch. A very young Leslie Nielsen plays a serious role, and Anne Francis and Walter Pidgeon also star, but you will likely recognize Warren Stevens and Jack Kelly too. Aside from some brief silly sub-plots, the story is thought provoking and based on the Shakespearean play, "The Tempest". It's the 23rd century, and an earth made saucer shaped starship has travelled 16.7 light years to reach the Altair star system in order to investigate what happened to an earlier expedition 20 years before. It turns out there are only two survivors, a philologist Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira. There are also artifacts and machiner…