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The Incomparable on David Letterman

Today is David Letterman's last show. Like a lot of people my age, Dave was one of my original stick-it-to-the-man inspirations. This week Jason Snell produced a very special episode of The Incomparable, Monkey Cam, with interviews from some very smart people and an excellent narrative about David Letterman's career and what it means. If you have any interest in this stuff, I'd urge you to listen to this one hour episode.

Jason's Dr. Who Guide

For the last six months, I've been slowly working through the five seasons of the BBC's Merlin on Netflix. It is campy and fun and, for most episodes, easy to watch while I'm doing some other low-bandwidth tasks. However, I've just got two episodes left and not sure what will replace it. 

I listened to the recent Incomparable on Dr. Who and I've decided to give it a try. I'm not, however, going to watch 50 years worth of programing. Jason Snell very kindly posted his expert Dr. Who recommendations so once I'm done with Merlin, it looks like I'll be starting with Season 5 of the 2005 reboot.

New Movie in the Harry Potter Universe

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced she is writing a screenplay for a new Harry Potter Universe movie that takes place 70 years before Harry. It will instead focus on Newt Scamander as he collects material for his Fantastic Beasts  book.

I sure got sucked into the Harry Potter books. One of the best things about the books was the world itself. It is such a great mix of wonder, danger, and whimsey. I'm looking forward to a movie that focuses even more on this strange place sans Harry and Voldy. All that being said, a cameo appearance from a very young Albus Dumbledore would just make my day.