Houston, we have snow problems

Winter clutched Texas with a frigid steel grip, digging its arctic talons into the state’s power infrastructures. Its wrath cast a permafrost over the residents’ already deepening electricity supply crisis. The arctic rampage crept up upon Texas’s water mains and pipes by freezing them solid or ruptured into oblivion. Millions of Texans were forced to deal with loss of power and heat as well as the fear of a severed water supply.

‘Queen’s Gambit’: A risk viewers won’t regret taking

The opening of a show is akin to that of a chess opening. The first few minutes of the game determines the flow and rhythm of the players involved, much like how the first few minutes of a show sets its atmosphere, pace, and tone of the plot’s characters and setting. Netflix’s new mini-series “The Queen’s Gambit” is about a chess wunderkind, immediately invokes a theme of genius and madness colliding into one another. The opening scene follows a young woman waking up in her …

Local Nobel laureate discovers black hole at center of Milky Way

The 2020 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded Oct. 6 to Caltech Alum and professor of Astrophysics at UCLA, Andrea Ghez for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy. Einstein’s theory of relativity ignited curiosity and mass research into the true nature of supermassive compact objects deforming into black holes. Research that decades later would eventually prove the presence of a black hole residing at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. “This is incredibly well-deserved recognition for Andrea’s …

SNL debate satire almost as absurd as real life

“Saturday Night Live” (SNL) premiered it’s 46th season impeccably timed to feature Hurricane Biden V. Trump as it’s cold open. The show’s first live broadcast, after a 6-month break spurred on by COVID-19, did not fail to amuse. Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Donald Trump while the wacky Jim Carrey starred as Joe Biden during the skit. From Baldwin’s constant interruptions and Carrey’s depiction of what can only be interpreted as Biden’s internal struggle to keep composure, the performance certainly captured the disaster of …

Presidential debate adds to the list of disasters of 2020

Picture two children arguing in front of a teacher on why one should be able to play with a ball over the other. That is what the 2020 presidential debate was like between President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump completely derailed the debate turning it into guerilla warfare through an unyielding disregard for the rules set forth to ensure a civil discussion.

Schitt’s Emmys, Zendaya’s ‘Euphoria,’ and Tyler Perry’s quilt?

The camera pans between numerous celebrities sitting in the audience as Jimmy Kimmel goes through his opening monologue. From Keegan-Michael Key to Meryl Streep to even Kimmel himself sitting in front of Ted Danson, all laughing along with Kimmel’s jokes. The host then feigns confusion as to why he sees himself in the audience only for the camera to zoom out to a wide shot to reveal a hollow auditorium vacant of attendees. “Of course we don’t have an audience,” Kimmel said. “This isn’t a …

J.K. Rowling’s sarcasm isn’t the transphobia Twitter says it is

A cisgender man dresses as a woman in order to commit violent acts of murder. Does that sound transphobic? A homosexual woman dresses as a man in order to commit violent acts of murder. Does that sound homophobic? The first one is actually the premise of J.K. Rowling’s new novel ‘Troubled Blood,’ Rowling’s fifth installment of the Cormoran Strike series. Both its author and her new novel have been facing accusations of transphobia. Now if that is indeed true then the other statements would be …