Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Katniss' Lamb and Plum Stew



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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

True Whovians

I have now watched the first two disks of the very frist season of Doctor Who, the 1963 Doctor Who, and I can say it was at the same time very different and very much the same.  First off it had the feeling of a show even older then its time yet there were elements that have not changed in the entire time it's been on the air.  The first thing I noticed was the music, it was created back then with manual sound editing, recording static, backwards feedback, forwards feedback, and white noise machine (among other tools).  It was the time before synthesizers you see.  It's just amazing to see the magic that was made without the use of ProTools and other digital tools.  Another thing were the daleks, they were made they shape they are so the operator/actor inside could sit down.  And yes, that is a plunger at the end of their arm thingys, it was all they could afford at the time.  The third thing is the tardis, it looks almost the same and sounds just the same.  This I knew yet it was still such a pleasure to see.  The thing that, not so much confuses me as makes me a bit curious, is the fact that there is a character named Susan who calles the Doctor 'Grandfather.'  I'm not sure at this point they had the idea that the Doctor was actually a different species, (Time Lords).  So there are four characters, the Doctor, a young girl named Susan, and two school teachers; Ian and Barbara.  They are accidentally on these misadventures with the Doctor who owns this time machine/space ship.  An interesting fact I learned was that the character Susan named the Tardis.  (Time and Relative Dimension in Space)

I'll keep you all updated with my Doctor Who progress.  For any of you interested on following along with me (and have Netflix) I found a spectacular list on the internet to help you organize it all.  Doctor Who DVDs, chronologically posted by Baff.  I don't know if I'd call myself a 'true whovian' but I do enjoy this show and the progression of the story and I really look forward to filling in all the gaps.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How Gossip Girl Helped Me Lose Weight

The last three weeks were filled with the unreal, the beautiful, and the inevitability tragic.  (Or, more accurate, the inevitable tragedy.) For the first two weeks, however, I was blissfully out of touch with the world back home and enjoying a right of passage for any young 20something, the famous 'Euro Trip'  Yes, I've been to Europe before but never without the guidance and restrictions of my parents. This time I was on my own, accompanied only by my boyfriend's little brother and a multitude of maps, tickets, and the 'How-To Speak French' book he brought with him.

But more on my trip later.  Right now I want to tell you about the new amazing 'weight loss' idea I had.  Not that I need to lose weight, but after walking around Europe for two weeks I want to keep that good feeling exercising gives you.  Now, I hate exercise, but I hate Gossip Girl more.  I suppose that's not fair, I've never watched the show, yet I tried to read and could not stand the book.  I'm a bit picky when it comes to my television programs, I won't watch just anything.  Usually if it does not have scifi, fantasy, or ridiculous amounts of comedy I'm not interested.  I do not like Dawson's Creek, The OC, etc.  In fact, the only 'teen drama' show I enjoy (or used to at least) was goes there.  Honestly though, I more or less know I'm not gonna like watching Gossip Girl.  My little sister likes that show, she thinks everything I do or like is...weird.  Yes that's right Nerdfighters, she things you're weird!  I love her, but she watches Gossip Girl and spends her money on clothing.  I spend my money on hard-drives.  But I shall embark on this feat, because for every Gossip Girl episode I watch, I will work out for the entire time.  That's right, 45 minutes every other day.  If, that is, I can work it around job interviews and making YouTube videos.  I'll try and keep posting here as often as I can so you can check to see what episode I'm on and how my workout progress is going.  I'm not going to weigh myself, it's not about weight loss, its about being healthy.  So from now on, when I mention what Gossip Girl episode I'm on, I'm more referring to how many time's I've worked out since Oct. 28th  Congrats, our first blog inside joke, feel special.

In other news, it's November, NaNoWriMo.  Even though I'll be cranking out at least 1,667 words a day I want to write on this blog more as well.  If you are reading this and want to agree with this idea, please let me know in the comments what you want to hear about.  My Euro Trip? the job hunt? NaNoWriMo news? Let me know.  Also, I have a new love of the British television show Doctor Who and after getting all caught up on episodes starting in 2005 and ending now, I have decided to start from the very start in 1963.  There a few things I am not giving up despite my recent unemployment, and one of those is Netflix.  (Another is VidCon2012)  Oh, and I'm 'sargentj' on if you want to follow my progress.  Comment with your username and I'll follow you!

Stay nerdy, you guys.

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