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Fringe’s Farewell

Monday, January 21st, 2013 No comments

Last summer, my #1 show ended. My #2 show at the time, which became my #1 show, was Fringe.

I remember watching the first 2 episodes when they aired, but I gave up on the show after that. Because people said the show got better and I have to watch everything J.J. Abrams produces, I started recording it again. After the season ended, I caught up on the episodes I missed and I loved it. Not all of Fringe was great, but it had a lot more good than bad. It had great characters, great acting, and imaginative story lines. Fringe should have gotten a lot more recognition than it did.

Fringe aired its last episode Friday night around the time I was leaving for Vegas. I have a history of missing Fringe finales. I watched it this morning. I was very satisfied with how it ended. I’m glad that the show made it to 100 episodes and was brought to a satisfying conclusion.

I’m going to miss having new episodes of Fringe on my TV. I think a re-watch is coming soon.

Portlandia/Fiona Apple

Saturday, July 28th, 2012 No comments

Not long ago I saw online somewhere that Portlandia was looking for extras for Season 3. I filled out the online form and included the 2 pictures they wanted: a head shot and a body shot. I didn’t think there was any chance of being picked, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. I really enjoy watching the show. Wednesday afternoon I got a call asking if I could come early the next morning to be in a sketch. Of course I said “Yes”. They told me what to wear and later that night they sent an email telling me where to be and when to be there. I got there super early, but it wasn’t long before other extras started to arrive. Everybody was really nice. I had a great time. I signed an NDA that I didn’t read, so I’m going to play it safe and not go into any details now. Maybe more after the episode airs. Their seasons usually start in January, so I assume you’ll see it around that time. Hopefully, I’ll be on screen and won’t look too bad.

Later that night I went to see Fiona Apple in concert. The opening act was pretty lame. He played nothing but slow, mellow songs and even joked about that. I almost fell asleep because I hadn’t gotten much sleep over the previous few days. Once he finished, we had to wait about 45 minutes before Fiona came on stage. I was getting restless and it was getting late. When she came on she explained that she was late because she had just had her period. Anyway, she put on a really great show. There was was only one song that she didn’t play that I wanted to hear. She’s a weird one, but she’s good.

Fiona Setlist
Fast as You Can
On the Bound
Shadowboxer
Paper Bag
Anything We Want
Get Gone
Sleep to Dream
Extraordinary Machine
Werewolf
Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)
Daredevil
I Know
Every Single Night
Criminal
Carrion
Not About Love

Encore:
It’s Only Make Believe

Eureka’s End

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 4 comments

Last night my favorite show, Eureka, aired its final episode. I’ve always said that it’s not the best show, but it’s just plain fun. That’s what made it my favorite. It was nice to have some fun sci-fi to watch along with the gritty, depressing stuff. In the 5 years or so that I’ve owned a DVR, it’s always been prioritized in the #1 position ahead of sci-fi and non-sci-fi shows like LOST, Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, etc.

I started watching Eureka in the summer of 2007 on DVD before the second season started. I knew about it during the first season, but hadn’t seen it except for a few seconds while I was flipping through the channels. I have this memory of Sheriff Carter in the woods. I know that doesn’t really narrow it down. The only time I mentioned it here was not long after I first started watching. I’ve enjoyed watching the show every season. Not every episode was great, but they were all at least pretty good as far as I remember. I even switched to using Degree deodorant was because of the creative tie-in they had in season 3.

I was very satisfied with the finale last night. We had the same familiar crisis-of-the-week story along with references previous seasons and resolution to the various character threads. The sheriff’s trip through memory lane was great. I’m just glad it got a chance to wrap things up considering how it was suddenly canceled.

With Eureka ending, there aren’t any truly sci-fi shows on Syfy. There’s not much sci-fi left on TV in general. I hope something as imaginative and fun as Eureka comes along soon.

Christmas 2011

Friday, December 30th, 2011 No comments

With everything going on lately, I had kinda forgotten that Christmas happened this year. Since neither my mother and nor my sister were in Jackson this year, I didn’t even go home. It’s the first time I’ve ever spent Christmas alone.  I wasn’t completely alone.  Reese is always here, but you know what I mean.

What did I get this year?  I got Darksiders on the Xbox 360 and the first book in the Dresden Files series from a friend.  I got usual movie theater gift cards from my boss at MSU before I left there.  I got the Dresden Files TV series from a kind friend on Twitter. I participated in Twitter Secret Santa again this year and got an awesome USS Enterprise pizza cutter.  I don’t think I’m going to use it.  I think I’ll keep it as a collectible.  If last year is any indication, my sister will probably find the time to send her gift to me around February.

Overall, I just wasn’t into Christmas this year.  I hope it’s different next year.  I hope that whether I’m in Oregon or Mississippi I get to spend Christmas Day with people I care about.

New TV

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 1 comment

Samsung LN46D550

I’ve had my new TV for almost a month and I love it! It’s 4 inches bigger than my last one. I didn’t think 4 inches would make that big of a difference, but it is a pretty good difference. I should’ve known. The picture quality on this TV is so much better. It took about a week of tinkering to get the optimal settings. I’m very picky about my settings. Now I’m happy. I’ll probably buy Samsung TVs for a long as they make them.

I didn’t know what to do with my old Vizio TV since there’s nowhere to recycle electronics nearby. It didn’t seem right to leave it on the side of the road. I ended up putting it on Craigslist for free. I had someone willing to take it off my hands within hours. Maybe they were able to fix it. To be honest, I don’t care. I just wanted to be rid of it.

Adjustments

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 No comments

Man, I haven’t had much to say since Comic-Con.  I have recovered, but I keep wishing I could go back.  I’ve even had dreams about being in San Diego.  I have made a few adjustments in the past month.

  • I’ve started going to bed earlier and because of that I’m getting up earlier.  Who’d have thought that going to be earlier makes it easier to get up in the morning?  Weird how that works.  When I get to work early, I feel like I have conquered the day.
  • I started eating bigger but also healthy dinners so I won’t have to snack as much at night.  When I do snack, I tend to eat fruit instead of chips and candy.  I did this because I had reached a point where I wasn’t losing anymore weight even though I wanted to lose another 10 pounds.  Since I made those changes I’ve lost 7 pounds.
  • I cut back on the number of TV shows that I’m watching and the number of new fall TV shows that I want to watch.  It had become a chore to keep up with all the shows I was watching.  Now I have more time to devote to my other hobbies.  I’m thinking about picking up something new, I just haven’t figured out what it will be yet.

Tech Frustrations

Monday, July 18th, 2011 No comments

Technology is great, except for when it’s not.

One day I came to work and I couldn’t sign into my PC. I went and got one of the user support people. He logged in as an administrator and determined that something had turned off the services on my machine. He, of course, thought that it was a virus. I’m not sure though. I’m pretty careful, but I do sometimes click on links that people post on Twitter without thinking. He turned on the services that he thought needed to be on and ran a bunch of scans, which turned up nothing. I couldn’t get any work done that day, but at the end I got my PC back. It has really been the same since. I wish I could get a new PC.

The weekend before this past weekend, DirecTV came to install a 2nd receiver. This one went in the bedroom. From what I understand, the DirecTV installers are usually people that work at third-party companies that DirecTV hires to do the work. The installer got there at the beginning of the 4-hour range they gave me. He did all the wiring and connected the receiver in a decent amount of time. However, he couldn’t activate the receiver because DirecTV’s systems were down. He didn’t know how long the wait would be. He said that his supervisor (I’m assuming the one at whatever company he works for) wouldn’t allow him to leave a receiver that wasn’t activated. He would have to take the receiver and reschedule for another day, which would be 2 weeks later. Of course, I was angry because I had already waited 2 weeks for him to come in the first place. He called DirecTV to reschedule and they said he couldn’t reschedule for that reason. After sitting on my couch for a couple hours, he finally got approval to leave the receiver with me. He told me to call in later to activate it myself. He finally left after about 3.5 hours. I finally have satellite in my room. It’s great to have another option for TV viewing. Sometimes I get tired of sitting on my old couch. Also, I can sit in bed and watch Golden Girls reruns.

It’s a good thing I got the new receiver in the bed room because my big living room TV is dying. On Friday when I turned on the TV the screen was flickering rapidly. I could hear a clicking noise every time it flickered. I’ve only had this TV for 3.5 years, so I was mad that it was malfunctioning. It’s a cheap Vizio, so I shouldn’t be surprised. It was my first HDTV, and at the time I couldn’t afford to get anything more expensive. After talking to Vizio and the company Vizio uses for repairs, we determined what the problem was and that it would be better to buy a new TV than fix this one. When I bought this TV, I also bought an extended warranty. I remember that I didn’t want to, but my roommate at the time convinced me to do so. Well, all of my warranty coverage expired on January 31, 2011, which was less than 6 months ago. If it had done this before January 31, I could have gotten it repaired or replaced for free. Oh well. I’m getting a new TV. It definitely won’t be a Vizio. I’ve already picked out a Samsung that I like. I’ve had great luck with Samsung products in the past and they’re not as expensive as Sony products. I’m going to wait until after my vacation this week to order so it won’t be left outside my door and stolen while I’m gone. Sometimes the Vizio will come on and not flicker, but when it does flicker I can go watch TV in the bedroom.

These are first world problems if anything.

Catching Up

Friday, October 29th, 2010 1 comment

The new TV season started a few weeks ago.  I tried out a lot of new shows.  It was hard to keep up with them and the old shows that I was already watching.  A lot of the new shows were mediocre, so I’ve been able to drop a few and free up some time.

I’m still exercising.  So far I’ve lost about 27 pounds.  I’m starting to get bored at the gym, so I may need to switch it up a little bit.

Work has slowed down.  The project that I was working on for the first half the year has stalled, so it’s back to the same old stuff that I’ve always done.  The next month could be pretty busy though.

Some things are finally starting to fall into place.  It’s time to make some of the changes I’ve wanted to make for a while.  There are things that I want to do while I’m still young enough to want to do them.  Maybe I’ll make a list and post it here.  Hopefully, there will be raises in the New Year because I won’t feel comfortable trying to do some of these things until I have more income.  I’m single, so I don’t have 2 incomes at my disposal like most of the people I work with.  If there are no raises, then it might be time to move on.

I need to blog more.  There are a lot of things on my mind.

The Colorado Kid / Bitter Seeds

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 No comments

These are going to be short and sweet from now on if they weren’t already.

The Colorado KidThe Colorado Kid by Stephen King. I only read this book because the new Syfy series Haven is based on it. From the Haven previews, I think it’s only going to be loosely based on the book. Almost the entire book consists of these two old journalists telling their intern a story about an unsolved mystery that happened years earlier. Reading it made me remember why I don’t read Stephen King anymore. Something about his writing style gets on my nerves. I advise passing on this one and just watching the TV show. I read this book using the Kindle apps on my iPhone and my work PC. It’s the first time I’ve read a book that way.

Bitter SeedsBitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis. This was another Sword and Laser pick. It was interesting. Think alternate history WWII with super-powered people that use batteries to power their abilities. I love alt history and I love superpowers and they go pretty well together in this book. I wasn’t really into the beginning and the end, but I really enjoyed the middle. When I started getting close to the end I could tell that this was the first in a series. I later found out that it is the first in a trilogy. If I had known that before I started, I may have waited to read it. At this point, I’m not sure if I’m going to finish the trilogy.  Maybe if I had the other two to read right away I would’ve been more likely to continue.

  • Joe Abercrombie, The Blade Itself
  • Joe Abercrombie, Before They Are Hanged
  • Joe Abercrombie, Last Argument of Kings
  • Go, Mutants: A Novel, Larry Doyle
  • Serenity Found, Jane Espenson
  • Incarceron, Catherine Fisher
  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  • The Law of Nines, Terry Goodkind
  • The Associate, John Grisham
  • The Fourth Hand, John Irving
  • The Colorado Kid, Stephen King
  • The Stormcaller, Tom Lloyd
  • The Day Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
  • The Twilight Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
  • The Final Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Busted Flush, George R.R. Martin
  • Suicide Kings, George R.R. Martin
  • Kraken, China Mieville
  • The Final Crusade, Chaite Naasiri
  • Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life, Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 2: Scott Pilgrim Versus The World, Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 3: Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness, Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 4: Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together, Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs the Universe, Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • The Darker Mask, George Phillips
  • The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson
  • The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson
  • The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson
  • Towers of Midnight, Brandon Sanderson
  • Titus Andronicus, William Shakespeare
  • Bitter Seeds, Ian Tregillis
  • The Dragonbone Chair, Tad Williams
  • Stone of Farewell, Tad Williams
  • To Green Angel Tower, Tad Williams

The End of LOST

Monday, May 24th, 2010 No comments

Well, LOST ended last night and it was very bittersweet. It started shortly the Summer 2004 Olympics, which wasn’t long after I first started blogging. I’ve watched it since the night of the premiere and I never stopped watching. I really enjoyed the time spent watching the show and interacting with the LOST community. We’ve all known for 3 years that this would be the last year and I’m glad they got to go out the way they wanted, but I still hated to see it end.  The finale was excellent and I am very satisfied. I don’t have complaints about the last few minutes that a lot of people do. I can’t wait to re-watch this series when the complete set comes out in August. I’m sure I’ll notice a lot more the 2nd time around.  24 is ending tonight, but I don’t feel nearly as bummed out about it as I do about LOST.

Here’s the first blog entry I wrote about LOST complete with grammatical mistakes. It’s from December 11, 2004.

Lost is definitely my favorite new TV show this season. Of all the new shows that I started watching this season (mostly NBC shows because of all that advertising during the Olympics), Lost is the only one that I still watch.

The show is about a group of plane crash survivors that are stranded on a deserted island. It’s a lot like 24 in that it’s really just one long story divided into many different episodes. Each episode spans approximately one day. I like the way that use flashbacks in each episode to give you background information on one of the characters. It may be hard to pick up on everything if you haven’t been watching since the beginning, but I urge you to give it a try anyway. It comes on Wednesday nights at 7 CST on ABC. The very first episode is being replayed this coming Wednesday.

It has several actors in in that I recognize from other places: Daniel Dae Kim (24), Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings), Terry O’Quinn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Earth 2), Harold Perrineau (Oz, Matrix 2 & 3), and Ian Somerhalder (Smallville, Life as a House).

There have been rumors about a death on the show for a while now. This past Wednesday, I thought it had actually happened. Dominic Monaghan’s character was left hanging from a tree by some psycho and the doctor couldn’t bring him back. At this point I’m thinking to myself, “I should’ve know something was up when I saw him on The Late Late Show last night because I haven’t seen any of these people promoting this show before”. I was angry because they were killing off that poor little hobbit. Luckily the doctor went crazy, started back pounding on the hobbit’s chest, and was able to bring him back.

Go Doc!

In the near future, I need to find a new serial drama with a complex mythology to occupy my time.

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