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Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Blog, Movie Reviews, Talking Points | 6 comments

A Profanity-Filled Video Rant About Awful Summer Movies




WARNING:  The following essay is rated R.  Reader discretion is strongly advised.


I was lucky as a kid.

My parents took me to movies that mattered.  We attended and watched some really cool films, many of them with meaningful messages that often made us think.  Sure, we went to movies sometimes purely for laughs and entertainment.  But when decision time came as to which movie to go and see, my parents pretty much treated me like an adult for as long as I can remember.

Want proof?

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Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Blog, Talking Points, World Series of Poker | 1 comment

Welcome Back Henry Orenstein




Thanks to Remko Rinkema at Poker News for this nice feature and tribute to 90-year-old Henry Orenstein, who participated in today’s $10,000 buy-in Seven-Card Stud Championship.  This marks his first appearance at the World Series of Poker in several years.

I was interviewed by Remko and was asked about Mr. Orenstein.  It was a great honor to speak about him, albeit briefly.

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Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Blog, Politics, Talking Points, Video 1 | 12 comments

The Debut of “Talking Points with Nolan Dalla” — Episode 1 on Writing, Media, Sheldon Adelson, Politics, and Campaign Finance



Today, I’m trying out a new idea.  I’d really like your feedback.


Several people suggested that I try creating a video edition of my daily rants and writings.  In other words, instead of writing an essay, instead just step in front of a camera and start talking.

Well, I decided to give this a try.

No script.  No plan.  No agenda.  Just talk.

What follows is an unrehearsed and unedited clip that runs a ridiculously long 32 minutes.  I decided to call it “Talking Points,” although from my rambling I often don’t seem to have one.  A point, I mean.

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