Pop Culture & Current Events


Apple, If This Is a Test of Our humanity, You have Failed Miserably

We are in a pandemic. I’ve spent the last week moving my synagogue into a virtual space and checking in on my seniors. Judie is working from home while babysitting grandkids so her daughter and son-in-law can continue to do their jobs. Carly is handling her day job remotely while building a home school program for her child. And what has Apple done? They’ve released a new, overpriced iPad. Really Apple? Are you that clueless?


HBO’s Deeply Unsettling View of Our Futures

Most of us don’t think about what our digital footprint means. Think about the dossier Facebook, Instagram or Twitter have on you. Not to mention Amazon’s knowledge of your shopping and Google’s of, well, everything. HBO gave us a glimpse into what that could mean with a Westworld tie-in dinner this week that left us all a little bit unsettled.




Unleash Your Inner Trekkie with “Let It Go” in Klingon!

A few years ago, “Let it go” tortured every parent with a child under 13. And with Frozen 2 on the horizon, something even worse is no doubt lurking in the soundtrack. But don’t stress about that, because someone more brilliant than any of us has translated “Let it go” into Klingon and sings it in that beautifully angry way only Klingons can do.


The Force Is with Zazzle’s Line of Star Wars Products

Zazzle makes a variety of products from mousepads to cases, mugs, and more. You can design your own, or you can look to one of their licensed product lines. We had the chance to check out some of their Star Wars merchandise, and if you’ve got some Force fanatics on your holiday list, you definitely need to head to Zazzle!



Introducing Vivid Seats Rewards Program

I’ve been a fan (and user) of Vivid Seats for a few years now. They manage to have some of the most affordable tickets on the market, and North America’s leading independent ticket marketplace is introducing a rewards program that’s aim is to save you money not just for that once in a blue moon concert, but on all of the live events you plan on attending.  



Teaching a Younger Child About Pride Month

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, where we celebrate the anniversary of the modern gay rights movement. It comes from the Stonewall Riots that started on June 28th, 1969. It’s a piece of history that’s easier to understand as adults, but I struggled with how to explain it in an age-appropriate way to my son.


Sonic the Hedgehog Is Here to Haunt Your Dreams

In the interest of the mental health of our readers, this post begins with a warning: this video is pure, unadulterated nightmare fuel. But if you can’t help but think “how bad could a live-action Sonic the Hedgehog be?”, watch the video below. But remember, we warned you!


Scientists Photograph a Black Hole, the World Is Probably Not Ending

My son is absolutely fascinated by science but he is terrified of black holes. For the longest time, I managed to assuage his concern by convincing him that black holes were too far for us to even see, but now science has gone and made me a liar. Also, it looks like we found Sauron, so if anyone has the One Ring, be careful.


InvisaWear Takes a Tragedy and….Inserts Themselves?

Over the weekend, a college student got into a car she thought was an Uber, and tragically she was murdered. This is an awful story. Somehow, the folks at invisaWear, jewelry that offers emergency GPS beacons, thought this tragedy was a good opportunity to promote their product.


Yesterday Promises Great Music and a Unique Storyline

I am in no way a movie buff, and it takes something pretty unique to pique my interest. The trailer for Yesterday immediately caught my attention as a unique story coupled with Beatles music. Directed by Danny Boyle, the movie is about a struggling musician who after an accident realizes he is the only person who remembers the Beatles.


The Death of eBooks Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

10 years ago, people were predicting the physical book was dead. eBooks were the rage, and everyone was predicting Kindles and Nooks would replace physical books on our shelves, in our backpacks, and on our nightstands. Instead, the physical book launched an unexpected comeback, the Nook is dying, and eBooks are back to being a niche; but they’re not dead.


The Theranos Story Unfolds Further in ABC’s New Podcast “The Dropout”

I am utterly and completely fascinated by the saga of Theranos. The story is so insane it’s hard to believe it is true, and every new bit of information makes you wonder all over again how it all unfolded. Now ABC has waded into the discussion with a podcast expanding on their research on Theranos for an episode of Nightline!


Gillette, #Boymom, and the Baby Steps to True Equality

I don’t spend much time on social media anymore, but one of the things guaranteed to make me grit my teeth whenever I did was #boymom.  Gillette razors apparently agree, with their controversial new ad asking men to be better. #bemoreliketheGilletteAd is a little awkward, but it’s way better than #boymom.



Vivid Seats Should Be Your Go-To Platform for Purchasing Event Tickets

Founded back in 2001 by two college roommates who sought to change the ticket marketplace for fellow fans, Vivid Seats has since gone on to become the largest independent ticket marketplace. Featuring tickets to everything from thrilling sports and esports matches to the hottest musicals and comedy tours, Vivid Seats recently shared some interesting data about one of your favorite bands!


Captain Marvel Is Crashing Down to Save Us All

Marvel has done a pretty amazing job with their cinematic universe. They spent years building up to The Avengers, and the interconnected universe since then has been a testament to their creative design. There was one hero in the wings, though, who made even the most powerful Avengers look like little leaguers. Enter Captain Marvel.