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I've been involved in some crowd funded projects before, including helping with the production of a short documentary. This, however, if successful, would be EPIC!
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You are Sayid Jarrah
|You can take electronic devices apart and see how to fix them. You are good at problem solving and at interrogating people.|
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You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
|Honest and a defender of the innocent.|
You sometimes make mistakes in judgment
but you are generally good and
would protect your crew from harm.
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Today after work, I finally got to business. After a little bit of fiddling with partitions, I've finally got XP up and running on the lappy, as well as AVG installed. I still have a whole host of drivers and such to install, but I at least have a working internet connection. Yay me!
In other news, I got about 90 minutes off for a paid lunch today, as I was part of the winning team for a competion at work. Had me a damn fine Angus burger and plenty o' laughs. Meanwhile, the rest of the department was dealing with the queue that arose when our team left the floor. *evil chuckle*
Whilst getting the 'puter sorted out, I watched a moderately spooky film, "The Unborn," and lots and lots of the first season of the cartoon series "Shaolin Showdown." (Yes, I'm a big kid at heart. *chuckle*) All in all, a good day. : )
The most powerful piece, thus far, has to be the opener for season 2, which I just saw today.
Last season closed with fiance of Betty's sister, Hilda, getting shot during a convenience store robbery. The last scene from the season finale seemed to indicatet that Santos, the fiance, was dead.
However, this episode featured him alive and somewhat well, recovering from the bullet wound and being benignly imprisoned by his wife-to-be, who has been intent on doting on him and ensuring his full recovery during the last three weeks. Though he is humouring Hilda, it's pretty clear he would actually like to leave the house, but Hilda seems quite opposed to that, fearing possibly losing him again.
The scenes of the two, in her sunny bedroom, are filled with romantic and tender moments, with him convincing her to model the wedding dress and she getting him to read the vows he prepared.
After he read the vows (quite moving in their own right) he states that he has to leave. She wants him to wait one more day, but he insists, explaining that they have to get on. They embrace passionately, just as Betty knocks on the door and asks if she might be able to get some help cooking dinner. The camera cuts to the door as it opens, with Betty standing there.
The camera cuts back.
The room is dark.
Hilda is alone.
She weeps as she clutches a pillow in place of Santos.
"He's gone!" she cries, and Betty races to her to comfort her. "That's the first time I've been able to say that," she tearfully explains.
The sheer poetry of that scene, and the setup for it, really gripped me. I haven't seen that kind of power in script writing for quite some time.
It mostly boils down to what I get for the money. For starters, just to have a TV in my home, I'd have to fork out £135 a year for a TV license. Yes, in the UK, you have to have a license to watch TV.
Granted, once I've then forked out further money for a TV and crammed it somewhere in my small flat, I would then have free access to all the BBC chanels (which, in theory, the license pays for). Yes, £135 a year to be bombarded by the likes of Eastenders and Coronation Street. What a deal!
Okay, granted, there's also Dr. Who, but I'd then have go through the hassle of being in front of my TV on specific days at specific times. Either that, or then purchase a VHS machine to record the episodes. And I haven't seen the whole series from the beginning, so I'd be lost anyway.
Speaking of Lost, you can't get that on BBC, so now I'm looking at paying even more for a subscription service like SKY TV.
To avoid all that hassle, I simply rent my favourite series on DVD. For £15 a month, and just a bit of patience to wait for their releases, I get to see all my favourites, from the beginning to the end, plus plenty o' films, whenever it suits me and delivered, by post, right to my door. Blockbuster DVD keeps me well entertained.
Oh, and no adverts!
And there ya have it.
('Course, the current postal strike has me rethinking things a bit...)
I've been seeing all these TV ads for the upcoming series, Moonlight, which features, you guessed it, a vampire detective. Does anyone actually think this is an original idea? Does anyone remember Forever Knight? I know that's a blast from the past that only ran three seasons, but the general concept was resurrected for Angel, which lasted five. There's probably other series of a similar nature that I'm not aware of. (And please let me know about any I haven't mentioned!)
So what's the appeal? I'm not being critical here; I'll be eagerly checking out the series like many, many others. I'm just curious as to where the draw comes from. Maybe it's just the vampire factor. A thesis could be written about our attraction to children of the night (if one hasn't been written already). It might have something to do with the heady mix of danger and physical intimacy.
Regardless, I'm certain many of us will be watching the premier of Moonlight in the hope that it doesn't suck (I know, I know, bad pun...).
PS: The back is way better, too.
Today saw another walking tour of London; this time of features and events that are/were below the surface of London, including the creation of the Embankment to house tube lines and (more importantly) sewers, everything I ever wanted to know about bunkers during WW2, secret meeting rooms, Parliamentarians displaced from their crypts, and the infamous Gunpowder Plot.
I had a lovely lunch at Quizno's (in London), then returned home to do a running session, showered, packed and came to imapunkin's place to spend the final week of holiday (free of her kids, as they are away on holiday!). The first task of the evening was to get kebabs for takeaway. We then moved on to Big Brother Winner's Week and a couple episodes of Tru Calling (awesome!). We're both still trying to sort out what to do tomorrow.
But what about the effect on the viewer? We spend thirteen weeks really coming to know the people within, actually coming to care about them, and then it's over; we're cut off from the lives we were coming to know well. It's more than the end of a favourite TV series; it's almost like losing a friend.
At first, I was rather scornful of those who watched Big Brother, but, as I watched it along with die hard fan, imapunkin, I came to be fascinated by the personalities and interactions I was witnessing. I'm not sure why that is; it's not like I lead a dull life and, as such, require to live interesting ones vicariously through TV characters.
Is it perhaps because of the comedy? I have to admit, many of the housemates are very amusing to watch. But I think there is more to it than that. There's also something about the conflict involved and the drama that arises from that. It may not be the melodrama of a soap, but it's somehow more compelling, perhaps because of the perceived ingeniousness of it. So what if the housemates are placed in an artificial situation? They are still real people who are laughing and crying for real reasons, and that makes Big Brother more riveting than many program out there.
What's your thoughts on Big Brother and other "reality" TV shows?
Still, it was enjoyable. I spent much of it relaxing in front of the idiot box, watching such programs as X-Factor and the movie Dumbo. There was also much cuddling to be had and imapunkin cooked up a lovely meal of BBQ pork with mash. Poor Punkin hasn't been feeling herself as of late, hence the comfort food.
As for upgrades, the option of buying a better CPU and overclocking to get 1.6 Ghz seems a lot more feasible. I may just do that (not that I really need an additional distraction in my life whilst teaching!(silly grin)); it has been a while since I allowed my inner geek to express itself.
Off to bed soon...
I'm not sure why I'm so pleased to finally be using PayPal and e-Bay. It's something that many people take for granted everyday and that I've been capable of setting up for well over a year. But somehow, I feel a little more "with it" now that I'm actively using them.
As for my very first e-Bay purchase, I'm into hour 2 for the day. The gut feels firmer to the touch, so the belt is doing something. According to the manual, there should be visible results in two to four weeks of regular use. I think I'm already beginning to see some reduction, but that could be just wishful thinking on my part (grin). I hope the rain clears up tomorrow, so I can go on another walking tour.
Ah well, the rest of me is tired, so it's time to head upstairs to bed. Right now, imapunkin's room kinda resembles a bordello, courtesy of the light cast from red Chinese lantern I hung as a light shade (I was actually able to find one single store that actually had some tasteful lanterns). She just loves it! I also brought her other pressies, such as a fan and an interesting Indian style Buddha figurine in a frame. It's good to have a girl friend who is easy to buy for (grin!). It makes me so happy to see her face light up when she discovers a pressie I've left somewhere for her to find.
About the ab belt: when I lose weight, I generally tend to lose it from the most active body parts first. As such, I'm trying to get my gut nearer to the forefront of active body parts. So far, I've run the belt about four hours at as high an intensity as my muscles could handle without cramping (just holding my gut in all day seems to lend them a bit of staying power).
It's now about 20 past 1 in the morning (glah!). Having that chai at about 7 was probably a bad idea. Methinks I'll pay a quick homage to the Goddess aspect of Divinity (as I've just confirmed it is a Full Moon tonight) and then get some sleep. I need to be reasonably well rested for the 11:20AM doctor's appointment to discuss the results of Monday's blood tests.
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