W.B. Plunkett and Lila Boyd Plunkett

Eliza (Lila) Boyd Plunkett in 1935, likely holding granddaughter Lila Anne Matthews (1934–1959)Lila Boyd Plunkett was Alice Plunkett’s mom Here is a picture of Lila Plunkett as a child. Eliza (Lila) Boyd married William B. Plunkett in 1879 (she was 18, he was 20). They lived at 1719 Arch Street in Little Rock for more […]

How I Met My Great-Great-Great Grandparents

I have 32 great-great-great grandparents. Four of them are Virginia natives, and two of them are Essex County, Virginia natives. I had seen that birthplaces for Henry Temple and Sarah Jones Temple were in Essex County, Virginia. My great-great-great grandfather Henry Waring Latane Temple was rector in South Farnham Parish and at St. Paul’s Episcopal […]

True Beautiful Thing

Happy Easter y’all. Though we’re practicing physical distancing, we are closer together today, thanks to an online recording collaboration that brought this song I wrote with Walt Wilkins to life. Hear the song at https://www.waltwilkins.com/ and below- Thanks and peace to Tina Wilkins, Corby Craig Schaub, Bill Small, Bart deWin, Ray Rodriguez, Ron Flynt, Jimmy Davis and Walt […]

Band of Heathens New Video for “Trouble Came Early”

I love this new video the Band of Heathens did for a song that Gordy and I wrote together called “Trouble Came Early.” Recorded at several live performances, it shows off the band’s blistering version of this song that was released on their new album (details below). Thanks to Rolling Stone for the coverage of […]

Updated Greatest Films of All Time for 2017

A new edition of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die was published in October 2017, and that means a batch of new movies have been added to the “Greatest Films of All Time” movie recommendation app. In the 7th edition of the ‘1001 Movies’ series, 22 movies released in 2015 and 2016 were […]

Words of Persuasion – The Text Predictors of Persuasive TED Talks

What makes for a persuasive presentation? How can you speak to persuade? To create theodorespeaks.com, I webscraped every TED Talk, analyzed words in the transcripts & user’s ratings, and found that the most persuasive speakers used MORE negative emotion words and LESS ‘I, me, my’ words. So the next time you’re trying to convince, try […]

The greatest films of all time- a list compiled from multiple sources

This web app and open dataset I made for movie fans compiles several ‘greatest films’ lists to find the greatest of the great, and the analysis reveals seven films to be the best of the best. Here’s a Movie Recommender visualization and interface for the data hosted on Tableau Public: The Problem There’s nothing worse […]

Comedy Central Presents – Complete Episode List with IMDB Ratings

If you are serious about laughing, here’s a dataset for you and a visualization (below and here) you can use to explore it. Good stand-up comedy looks easy, but it is a structured, precise, and subtle form of communication, a tightrope walk in front of a live audience, that is always a millisecond or a […]

Always Becoming – Acoustic Demo

Walt Wilkins and I sat down and wrote a song together on Tuesday, and here’s an acoustic demo of “Always Becoming”     Always becoming Rolling and running You’re to and from-ing and round back again Grinding and grooving Everything’s moving Always becoming not just what we’ve been Just at the threshold With the thinnest of toeholds Mining […]