Author Archives: mfinocchiaro

About mfinocchiaro

IT Architecture Guru for large PLM software company but dabbling in Web 2.0 and other stuff.

NSFCCDP Movie Reviews: Interstellar (2014) – Gravity with real actors and a better plot


Five of us went to the movies last night to watch Christopher Nolan’s latest scifi thriller, Interstellar starring the amazing Matthew McConaughey. As usual, I will avoid any spoilers here. The quality of the cinematography is excellent – on the … Continue reading

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Paris Fall Art Expositions: Hokusai at the Grand Palais (until mid-January 2015)


There are quite a few big expos in Paris this fall, the most interesting, for me anyway, is that of Hokusai at the Grand Palais. I saw this one twice actually – once on my own and once with my … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reading Jazz edited by Robert Gottlieb (1999) – Worthwhile anthology of Jazz


After year’s of receiving their accusing stares from my bookshelf, I committed to myself that I would finish both Visions of Jazz by Gary Giddens and Reading Jazz. The latter is an anthology of Autobiography, Reporting, and Criticism from the major … Continue reading

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TV Series: The Leftovers S01 (2014) – Interesting and Involving despite a slow pace


The premise of a post-rapture suburban New York might seem a bit hokey, but the recent HBO show The Leftovers did a credible job of portraying it. Through its ten one-hour episodes, we see the way that people are driven … Continue reading

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TV Series: Boardwalk Empire S05 (2014) – Fitting but regretful ending to a classic show


I can’t believe that we won’t be seeing Al Capone or Nucky Thompson next year. Or Lucky Luciano and Bugsy creating Las Vegas. Yes, Boardwalk Empire came to a series end last Sunday with a bang. With only a few … Continue reading

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TV Series: Gomorrah S01 (2014) – Great adaptation of the book and the movie


Roberto Savianno has got to be one of the bravest people on the planet. Having taken on the Camora (the Naples mob) in the book and movie of the same title (both of which are excellent) and having been assigned … Continue reading

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Chi Ming and Marcus Miller in Shanghai


I lucked out today in Shanghai. After arriving unseasonably early at 5am and crashing at my hotel until 9:30am, I headed out with a few friends to enjoy the beautiful weather, have a few suits tailor-made (less than $200!), visit … Continue reading

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