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      Easter

      3 years ago

      Happy Easter Everybody!
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      April 3: Fish Fingers and Custard Day

      3 years ago

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      Today, April 3rd, is Fish Fingers and Custard Day to commemorate the premiere of The Eleventh Hour two years ago on this very day. Doctor Who Facebook is putting together a ginormous photo gallery of Whovians eating fishcustard.

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      Fantastic Sunday

      3 years ago

      So, Geek and Sundry, the new YouTube channel featuring all kinds of awesome people (i.e. Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Grant Imohara, etc.) is doing a live chat all day today. Here's the link:
      plus.google.com/u/0/113917414984998142820/pos...
      Also, if you subscribe to their channel today, money will be donated to help animals:
      www.youtube.com/user/geekandsundry?feature=fv...

      So, those things already make today great. Tonight will be even better with the return of HBO's Game of Thrones and AMC's The Killing.

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      TV Review: Battlestar Galactica Season 2

      3 years ago

      The main question of Battlestar Galactica as a series is: "What is it to be human?" The answer that season two provides is that to be human is to be flawed. Where season one introduced us to the main characters and the situations in which they find themselves, season two further delved into their personalities to show us what makes them tick, their wants, their needs, and their mistakes. Individual flaws when put up against the flaws of others is the root of the conflict that drives season two. We see the military and the political factions butt heads. Also, the introduction of another military body creates internal conflict for the fleet.

      Beyond these flaws, season two also asks, "What makes man redeemable?" The answer put forward is love. Romantic love blossoms or dies between many individual characters in this season. Love for one's fellow man is also a major theme. The Cylons question their identity, wondering whether programming or the emotion of love should prevail.

      On the whole, season two was not as strong as season one. After about the midpoint of the season, with the resolution of the conflict surrounding Admiral Cain, several episodes are found lacking in content and writing, though the acting is always good. The season finds its feet again, though, and finishes strong.

      The strongest episodes of the season for me were: 2x05 "The Farm", 2x08 "Final Cut", 2x10 "Pegasus", and 2x18 "Downloaded".

      Grade: B+

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      TV Review: Battlestar Galactica Season 1

      3 years ago

      With the news of another Battlestar Galactica prequel series coming soon, I decided to revisit the 2004 re-imagined Sci-Fi series. Several years ago, I watched the first three seasons, but I got sidetracked before finishing the series in its entirety. So, I started over from the beginning, with the 2003 mini-series and the following first season.

      Humanity and identity are really the key themes of this first season. There are the floundering remains of mankind attempting to survive, while trying to maintain their identity and morality. Simultaneously, we have Cylons who look, appear, and feel the same as humans, trying to establish themselves as equals with the humans, and struggling with their identities of being so much like a human, and yet remaining "synthetic". It begs the question: What is human?

      The relationships between the characters is what sets it apart from many other series in the same genre. Commander Adama and President Roslin represent the military and political leaders, respectively, of the survivors of mankind. They also function as the father and mother figures for everyone in the main cast. Captain Adama struggles with familial conflict with his father. Lt. Valerii (a.k.a. Boomer) has to deal with accepting who she is. Number 6 represents strength longing for love. Dr. Baltar struggles with debates of science, religion, morality, and self-preservation. Starbuck is her own worst enemy. The list goes on and on. The main thing is that all of the relationships between these characters always ring true, and they represent conflicts that are daily found in reality. Nest this inside an action-adventure show set in space, and it is really fun to watch.

      My favorite episodes of the season (in no particular order) are "33", "You Can't Go Home Again", "Flesh and Bone", and "Kobol's Last Gleaming (Part 2)". I would definitely recommend this series.

      Grade: A

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      BSG Inspired Innovation

      3 years ago

      Check out this news story: Teens build Battlestar Galactica flight simulator. www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/26/teens-build-battle...

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      Pope Benny Wearing Sombreros

      3 years ago

      So, after a long Monday back after Spring Break, I needed something to lift my spirits. I found it in a gallery of pictures from the Pope's visit to Mexico. Basically, it's just him wearing a sombrero, but it made me laugh.
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      My Review Ratings System

      3 years ago

      Recently, I've found myself reviewing rather a lot of things. I thought it might be nice to break down my ratings system for anyone that cares to know.
      I grade by letters with pluses and minuses. If these letter grades were to coincide with numbers on a scale of one to ten, it would look something like this:
      A+ = 10, A = 9.5, A- = 9, B+ = 8.5, B = 8, B- = 7.5, C+ = 7, C = 6.5, C- = 6, D+ = 5.5, D = 5, D- = 4.5, F+ = 4, F = 3, F- = 2, T (for Troll) = 1.

      I would recommend anything with an A or B grade to just about anyone. Grades of C indicate that the reviewed item is alright, and I may or may not recommend it, but it is probably not worth rewatching or rereading. Anything rated D or F, I do not recommend. Ratings of T mean that I wish that entertainment item had never been created.

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      Movie Review: The Hunger Games

      3 years ago

      I saw The Hunger Games last night during its midnight premiere and had mixed feelings about the movie. If I judge the movie solely as a movie, it was pretty good. The acting was well done and consistent. The best acting came from Jennifer Lawrence, as the emotional lead, and Elizabeth Banks, as the absurd Capitol-dwelller.
      However, I cannot judge the film by itself since I did read and enjoy the book series upon which the movie is based. The additions to the movie that were not in the book were rather great. The book is told entirely from the viewpoint of the main character, Katniss, so it was nice to see what went on elsewhere during the games. I wish they had shown more of the reactions of other characters as they watched the games on television. The introduction to Seneca and his storyline throughout presented an entirely new view on the games, which was quite interesting. My biggest problem with the movie adaptation is that the main characters do not seem to be in as much danger as they are in the book. Yes, they are still kids fighting kids to the death in the arena, but Peeta and Katniss do not get injured nearly as badly in the movie as they do in the book. Thus, their plight seems somewhat less dramatic and desperate. Also, the movie glosses over the important subtext of Katniss playing "the game" of trying to win the television show, not just by being the last man standing, but also by pandering to the crowd and garnering the support of the viewers. However, all of this is presented in the book through inner monologue, which I know can be difficult to adapt to film.
      On the whole, though, the movie was still pretty good. I would still recommend going to watch it. I'm interested to hear what anyone else thinks, especially if you haven't read the books. I know I'll be going to watch the sequel (the second book is my favorite in the series), and I'll be interested in hearing casting news for certain characters to come.
      Grade: B-

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      Book Review: The Underland Chronicles

      3 years ago

      I just finished the children's fantasy series The Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins. It's a five-book series starting with Gregor the Overlander. All in all, it was a great series. While written for children, it addresses some very adult themes, such as war, politics, genocide, and the consequences of our actions. At times, the themes are presented a little to on the nose for my liking, but on the whole it is quite subtle in its exploration and explanation of complicated subjects. The ending of the series is one you neither want nor expect, but one which is undeniably true. For a fantasy series, it ends on a very real and grounded note.
      Grade: A-

  • Comments (4)

    • caborzone

      caborzone

      3 years ago

      Joker is pretty much considered the main Batman villain.

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        achancel

        3 years ago

        Thanks :)

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      jchancel

      4 years ago

      You need a profile picture.

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      jchancel

      4 years ago

      You forgot to say you enjoy running over mailboxes in your car too.

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