2008 Favorites — Television

In retrospect, I thought it was a pretty good year for TV.  Despite some crashes and burns (we’ve got about 8 episodes of “Heroes” backed up on DVR and can’t bring ourselves to watch them), we were rarely scratching our heads at The Aerie when we wanted to plop down and watch something.  God bless…

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QotD: Under the Tree

What gifts, big or small, are you hoping to find under your tree this year?Sponsored by Best Buy. I nearly bypassed this question today because: a) it’s not even Thanksgiving, so let’s not go crazy for Christmas just yet. b) it’s crass to talk about what you WANT, Christmastime is a season of GIVING. And…

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My Favorite New Character on Television

So, this Fall The Beloved and I have done some trial runs for a few new television series.   Each of them definitely has a “supernatural” spin to them and feature decent story telling but perhaps with even better character performances. We’ve been watching ABC’s “Life on Mars”, about a inadvertently time-traveled detective which has been…

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2007 Favorites — Television

TV Favorite is so easy this year, it wasn’t even a contest. After a choppy second season, LOST was consistently the best-written, best-acted, and thought-provoking show on television.  And the season finale for Season 3 goes into the books as one of the best episodes of any show that I’ve seen.  I’m almost afraid to…

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Woke Up This Morning…

… and was surprised about the amount of griping about the series finale of “The Sopranos”. I couldn’t disagree more. Family For a show that has been consistently excellent (we will forgive the previous season’s tangential straying), the in medias res “cut to black” finale was apparently unsatisfying.  There was ample speculation about what would…

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I Am Grey: The First Great Story-Arc Show

LOST24Prison BeakThe SopranosVeronica MarsBuffy the Vampire SlayerBattlestar GalacticaHeroesAngelJerichoSix Feet Under The above are just a couple of examples of the recent renaissance in season-long-story-arc based television series (or even multi-season) that have become immensely popular with viewers, and have spawned an entire sub-culture on the internet as plot developments, twists and turns and characters’ choices…

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Four Things

Okay — I got tagged by Hannabanana and by Byron and I thought this was a pretty good one… so, here goes… Four jobs I have had in my life 1. Janitor at the grade school I attended.2. Synthetic organic chemist (polymer chemist trying to make — um — synthetic blood additives, yeah I'll just…

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Winter Is Coming…

… to HBO! Wow – in what only can get a WOW from me, HBO has agreed to explore the possibility of bringing the epic fantasy “Song of Ice and Fire” to the small screen. A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin Not as a movie.Not as a mini-series.But as a series of mini-series. Holy…

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Ships of the Imagination

Dandelion Wish Thingee So, when I was playing tennis the other day, it was windy and once when I was getting ready to serve, a really perfectly formed "dandelion wish" thingee wafted across the court, right in front of me. Carl Sagan Whenever I see one of those guys, I always think of Carl Sagan…

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2006 Favorites

Coming back on the flight from Dulles to San Diego on New Year's Day, I took out my trusty moleskine notebook and began jotting down ideas for bloggable things.  It's a long flight — the first thing was yesterday's post about the differences in roads and driving on the East and West Coasts, which seemed…

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