Friday, September 26, 2008

Baffling reference question of the day

"Do you know what 84% is?"

I was tempted to say, "It means that if you had 100 things, 84 of them would be one way." But instead I asked her what she really meant, and found out she wanted to know what it is on the grading scale. Of course, there's way more than one possible answer to that question as well, but I told her it was a B, and she was satisfied.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Week 3 season report

Ok, so I skipped a week because there was nothing new on last week. But this week has a multitude of riches. I've been away from home a lot because of work, but I'll tell you how far I've gotten with my tapes.

I thought the season premiere of Heroes was awesome. I'm not one of the people who completely hated season 2, but I'd forgotten how much I loved the pace of season 1 until we returned to it. Stuff actually happened, and it wasn't all fully explained, but who cares? Heroes isn't about making sense; it's about unexpected things happening! Except for the presence of Maya and Elle, we could almost pretend that the events of season 2 never even happened, and I guess that's fine by me.

Fringe was perfectly fine this week. I agree with someone who said that the show looks great visually but isn't really as interesting as they expected. It's a solid workhorse of a show, like a CBS procedural, and I expect it will stay on the air for a long time, but it's just not as addictive as people were expecting. I do think the main character is beautiful, though, and I love that they don't glop the make-up on her. She has freckles and you can see them! But I need more cow to make my happiness complete.

I watched Knight Rider last night because somebody I admire said that it was so bad we all had to watch it to mark this moment for posterity. I didn't actually think it was that bad, but it didn't make a whole lot of sense, and not in a "who the hell cares" way like with Heroes. It was more like, "I have no idea who these people are or why they're doing these things. Did I fall asleep for a moment and miss the exposition?" The background music was wonderfully 80's cheesy, though, I have to admit. And it really did look slick and glossy and impossibly high-budget. But there's no question that next week I'll be watching Pushing Daisies instead. (And you had better do so, too, if you know what's good for you!)

I tried to tape the season premiere of Lipstick Jungle, but the president's speech screwed up the timing and I didn't get the whole thing. I might watch it on Hulu sometime, or I might not. The fact is, I'm pretty sure I'll choose to tape Dirty Sexy Money in that timeslot instead, so why bother to get reunited with the ladies of Lipstick Jungle?

Tonight is the premiere of Ugly Betty, and you guessed it, I won't be home. But I'll tape it and get to watch it this weekend with the rest of my backlog.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Blues in a blue jacket

So I discovered this video this summer, but I've been saving it for a rainy day, and this seems like one!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Finally finished

So after only 10 months, I finally finished Cryptonomicon! I seriously had begun to think it was beyond my reach to ever finish, but my happy and relaxed state this weekend allowed me to plow through it like a hot knife through butter. I'm glad I'm done, and now I can finally start on all these other books I have piled up here!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

I will, I will, I will, I will

Ok, I've been a good girl and have given you some actual words in the last few weeks. Now can I post a video, pretty please?

Thursday, September 11, 2008


So I watched Privileged, and I liked it very much. It seems to me a lot like Dirty Sexy Money in some ways. I'm definitely intrigued enough to tape it next week while I watch Fringe.

Week 2 season report

So I've watched two of the new shows this week (I taped Privileged and am going to watch it tonight), and I have to say that I loved, loved, loved Fringe. It reminded me so much of the pilot of Threshold. On the other hand, I'm afraid that it will also suffer the same fate as Threshold. The first episode of that show was so great, but we came back the next week to a watered-down version of the same concept with cheap sets and costumes, no dog, and a vastly diminished premise. (We were going to save the world from imminent catastrophe, and now we're tracking down infectees at the rate of one per week?) So I realize Fringe can't have a super budget every week, but I hope they keep the things I like about the show and don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. And I hear they're keeping the cow, which is very, very important!

Do Not Disturb, on the other hand.... Well, I guess I should say that Jerry O'Connell is a better actor than I realized, because he actually can play a smarmy bastard convincingly. But why do I want to watch him play a smarmy bastard? It wasn't as bad as I expected it to be, but I don't think I'll feel like hanging around for it after Pushing Daisies.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Alone again (naturally)

About 98.5% of the time, I really don't mind living alone. I do like my solitude, and it's wonderful that I can eat what I want to and watch whatever I like on TV. But sometimes it seems really unfortunate, and I'm running up against two of those reasons right now. First, last night I got really sick. The last time I was in so much abdominal pain, I ended up in the hospital. I guess this is a lesson not to eat a nectarine and a piece of coffee cake and then go immediately to bed. But at any rate, there I was with nobody to comfort me or call 911, so all I could do was pray, and it did thankfully go away in about 10 minutes. And then there was no one to go to the kitchen and get me a glass of 7-up except, you guessed it, me.

The other reason is that I'm supposed to get a crown from my dentist tomorrow, way out on Columbus Road. I would really love it if I had somebody to take me there and bring me home, but who's going to do that on the second day of school? I guess Athens Transit is just going to have to suffice, but it would be nice if I had someone like a husband that I could force to take me!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Week 1 season report

So everything new I wanted to watch on TV this week has been on, and here's my report. I loved the season premiere of Gossip Girl. Everything about it was beautiful-- the clothes, the settings, the music, the dialogue. I can't wait to see what they have in store for me this year. But it's still going to be the thing I tape after Chuck starts in a few weeks.

I was less impressed with 90210, and I won't be tuning in again. It was always kind of a longshot for me, because I've never been that into teen shows, and I never saw the original, but I figured it was worth a try. I didn't think it was horrible, and if you like that kind of thing it was probably exactly what you expected, but there was nothing to make me want to come back. I'd rather have another hour of free time in my week. (I figure that in this slot I can watch Gossip Girl that I've taped from the night before.)

In other news, I have a cold, which is probably really an allergy. I say this because I've been sick on my birthday every single year since I moved here, and that can't possibly be a coincidence. But I'm traveling through the stages of this thing at warp speed, so it's possible that I'll be all better by tomorrow, and finally get to cut my birthday cake at work. I'm not sure how I feel about that.