February 23rd, 2011


I watch the teevee machine

I don't know why I bother to watch Chuck. It was fun for the first season and still somewhat fun in the second but now I don't think I even enjoy it anymore. The plots are trite, the world banal, and the characters unpleasant.

I dislike Chuck with his whining and dithering and his impulse to regard everyone around him as nothing more than rubes in the service of his trite little fantasies. The worst though is his casual lying to and cheating on everyone who trusts him, invests in him, and cares about him.

Sarah's entire character in built on the theory that if Liz Lemon were just less funny and had a better haircut, she'd be every man's fantasy girl. No thank you.

Casey and Big Mike and Awesome and Lester are fun to watch, but they don't carry a show.


Speaking of Liz Lemon, "so, did they make your droids wait outside too?" is my new line for meeting girls in bars. I wonder if it'll work better than "hey, nice rack."


Californication is on again. Now there's a show where I really like the main characters.


I notice that Fringe is always just one thing after another. First it's a police procedural. Then Mark Valley stops showing up in hallucinations and we're chasing after mysterious terrorists from ZFT who may have been the good guys after all. Next ZFT disappears and we never know what they were doing but instead we're in the goatee-verse. And then the goatee-verse is just a proxy army fighting for the first people who lived before the dinoausrs and hid a doomsday weapon that the goatee-verse is going to wield against us by knocking up a duplicate of the protagonist.

The current plot is never related to the previous plot sequences, there is never any coherent world building, and whatever happened just before now is already long forgotten.

I like it though. The current season's goatee-verse adventures and Fauxlivia are a lot of fun. I especially like the way Anna Torv seems to love playing her goatee-alternate's personality. She works differently, plays differently, romances differently, and has a whole different attitude while looking the same. Well, actually I enjoy the whole playful tough girl ensemble she dresses in, too.

Yes, I can see why Peter still has a thing for her.

But I know I'm not likely to ever get an explanation for oxygen shortages, the collapse of Northern California, whatever happened in Boston, expensive coffee, the extinction of the sheep, or anything else. That's just not the way this show works.


Castle, like Chuck, has no nutritional value, but at least it's tasty.


I rented Inception and it was awesome. Gunfights on skis, a sneaky sting operation with a big safe, fistfights and explosives in zero-gravity, and a car chase all going on simultaneously in the same story as the clock winds down is four star movie making.


I made crêpe batter yesterday and let it relax overnight in the 'fridge.

So this morning I sliced the first of the barely-acceptable pre-Spring imported strawberries I found at the market with rum and a touch of sugar. Then I added a banana to the mix and served it as a crêpe filling. Very nice start to the day.

In the evening I still had batter so I shredded and lightly cooked some chard and kale for a deep green mix and added julienned raw onion to sharpen the bitter flavors. With a little sharp cheddar cheese I filled the crepes with my greens and had a delicious dinner.