Entries by Michael Foy

Tools of the Trade

I’m going to throw out some phrases that are commonly used in certain businesses. See if you can guess what kind of business. Where’s the 3/16” drill bit? Hand me that socket wrench. Better torque down that cap some more. What did you guess?   I was recently an earwitness to these phrases as some […]

What Impacted You Most in Blade Runner?

The movie Blade Runner was based on the short story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, published in 1968 by important science-fiction author Philip K. Dick. The film deviated from the original story, but even if you hadn’t read it, the movie’s plot stands on its own. It takes place in a dark future on […]

Naughty Star Fleet Captains!

At Star Trek’s military service Star Fleet Command, there’s a strict code of conduct. Officers have to play nice with others, no matter how many ridges or spots or off-putting facial features other Federation of Planets species may have. In other words: fairness to all, no matter the discomfort it may cause you. And there […]

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn … And falls in my neighborhood

If a tree falls in the forest, does it have to block my driveway … or knock out my power? About a week ago, my wife and I were minding our own business, happily reconnecting over a board game. Every now and then we make it a point to ask – how’re you doing? Two […]

Amazon equals World Wrestling Entertainment

Should I be ashamed to admit that I’ve enjoyed the show Young Rock on NBC? I get a kick out of Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson narrating his experiences growing up in a wrestling family. To me anyway, it’s nostalgic revisiting the exploits of the likes of Andre the Giant, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Randy “Macho Man” […]

Superior Ability Breeds Superior Ambition

When I was a kid, I aspired to be like my heroes; most of us did. I liked the superheroes, but I also liked those without any supernormal abilities too, such as The Lone Ranger. He proved that one didn’t have to be born on the planet Krypton to be something special; ambition and training […]

Star Trek 1979

In 1979 I graduated college, so to all outward appearances I was an adult. However, seething under the surface of this grownup was a rabid Star Trek fan who had closely followed the rumors of a big-screen production of the old show. Several of my classmates anticipated reliving the wonders of life in Starfleet ten […]

The Joy of Reading Science Fiction

In college, I rediscovered recreational reading when I learned to buy books that appealed to me instead of my English teachers. A friend suggested the book that kicked off this newfound hobby: War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. No, wait; that’s not right. What was it? Oh yes, it was Conan the Barbarian by Robert […]

Want To Get Away … From People?

Anyone see the movie Watchmen? I thought it was a great treatment of the what if superheroes were real? premise. The film was better than most at shedding light on how these real people handled the trials of their everyday lives while balancing their vigilante duties. The most compelling character, and the only one with […]

The Usefulness of a Dream Life

When I was just out of college, I stayed at home for a few years to build up some savings. As an alleged adult, I wasn’t quite as subject to the “not under my roof!” rules that my parents wielded when I was younger. Given free rein to drink and carouse, I took full advantage. […]