jakebe: (Comfort)
Wow! Thanks a lot for the writing exercise suggestions guys. :) I'll be trying them out once a week and posting them up to [livejournal.com profile] writerrabbit. If you catch me skipping, please kick my butt.

So this is an attempt at TV criticism. It's a bit long (~1500 words) and I'm not sure about the quality, but here you go.

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jakebe: (Thoughtful)
Weight This Week: 169.8 lbs.
Weight 2 Weeks Ago: 169.2 lbs.
Change: +0.6 lbs.

Time: 34 minutes
Distance: 3.26 miles
Top Speed: 6.7 mph
Calories: 342

Chest Press: 80 lbs.
Bent Arm Pulldown: 45 lbs.
Push-Ups: 30
Crunches: 30

I've hit a bit of a rough patch, all things considered. The death of [livejournal.com profile] toob's rat Lily put all sorts of notions in my head, and it's been tough to shake them. I always think I'm a little bit more comfortable with the notion of loss and death and ending than I was before until I face it head-on, and then a lot of things I thought I had resolved come rushing back.

It doesn't help that the news reports are all doom and gloom these days. Oil prices are continually on the rise, hitting record peaks week after week for months now...and this is even before our peak driving season. It struck me that between rampant heating use in the winter and air conditioning and driving use in the summer, we're always using oil for some reason year round. We're always paying more, whether it's through our home heating bill or gas for our car, or electricity for fans or AC. We never take a break, really.

I do believe that the Oil Peak has been hit, and the gap between supply and demand will continually grow uncomfortably close until one day we'll hit a deficit that we won't be able to recover from. That day is frighteningly close: even the most optimistic estimates puts the date sometime around 2010. After that, one way or another, our way of life will change drastically.

I'm relatively optimistic. I don't think this means the end of the world or civilization, necessarily, but it does mean living a lot harder than we're used to. A lot of people don't relish the idea, but it's well past time we stopped being so excessive and mindless with what we consume. If we had committed to that, say, eight years ago, we'd be a lot better off today. It's a hard pill to swallow to think about how much different the world would be if Gore were President, instead of Bush.

Last Sunday my mother told me that she had Parkinson's Disease, and had been suffering from it for over 30 years. This was devastating for me; so many childhood memories gained a new clarity, and the tangled knot of guilt I had been saving for just such an occasion came in handy. I'm still working through that, but I have a better handle on it than I did a week ago.

I haven't been very talkative here, mostly because I've been trying to focus on doing instead of talking. It hasn't always worked, but as always, there's progress. My mood keeps going up and coming down more than usual, so on any given day I'm happy, almost beatific, and then angry for no apparent reason, then incredibly sad, and then just tired and amused at myself. It's been a long time since I've felt this...closed inward. Depression has a way of doing that; any external stimulus you get just gets absorbed into your own personal world, all experiences become warped and filtered through an internal lens. I feel myself going that way sometimes, but thankfully I have so many people who can pull my head out of my own ass if it gets too far in. :)

Besides work, there's been the writing group, my biweekly Dungeons and Dragons game, weekly Poker Nights, and other things here and there keeping me busy. [livejournal.com profile] mut, [livejournal.com profile] toob and I have been watching season three of Battlestar Galactica religiously (that is, when Mat isn't off gallavanting about Europe), and there's also Oz, Supernatural, Reaper, Lost and other things. The summer movie season is ramping up as well, so we'll be seeing a movie a week in theatres from now until August, roughly. Hopefully, this'll make a good excuse to revive [livejournal.com profile] 2guysreviews.

Oh yes, and somewhere in there was National Poetry Writing Month. It wasn't easy, but I wrote 30 poems in 30 days.

So that's what I've been up to. How's everyone else doing?
jakebe: (Default)
Jericho started as a guilty pleasure that I had to defend from a lot of people, but holy Jiminy Cricket did it get good. The entire second season was just a piping hot plate of fried gold, right up to the end. Brilliant set up for a season 3 we'll never see, which would have the former United States embroiled in all-out civil war. As [livejournal.com profile] toob said, why weren't they doing this kind of stuff in season 1??

The fact that Skeet Ulrich looks like [livejournal.com profile] rozberk doesn't hurt either. Rowr.

Man, I'm really going to miss this show. When I wasn't looking it became a favorite of mine. :)
jakebe: (Greg the Bunny!)
Today, I am grateful for cribbage, that wonderful card game that not many people seem to play. It's one of the more relaxing things to do after a long day of television watching, and I'm glad that Duncan taught it to me.

This weekend has started out gloriously lazy; the folks in our house watched The Lost Room, that miniseries that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel a year or two ago. People had been saying it was pretty good, but...wow, it's really good. I'm shocked and amazed it wasn't developed into a full fledged series, but perhaps it's just as well. Peter Krause is just awesome in Dirty Sexy Money, and I doubt anyone else could carry the role of Nick George quite so well.

We also saw the latest installment of Pushing Daisies, which continues to live up to its potential in new and interesting ways. What I find interesting about the show is the way the concept is maturing; the 'tragic' romance between Ned and Chuck are tested in all sorts of ways, and the show doesn't shy away from asking the questions that need to be asked in order for their relationship to remain believable. The way those questions are answered is one of the things that's most striking about the show, and the pie-in-the-sky, eternally sunny optimism is actually earned instead of bought on faith.

That, and the supporting cast is simply stellar. Chi McBride and Kristen Chenowith are doing smash-up jobs with their characters, who continue to flesh out more and more as the weeks progress. Their evolution makes them just as entertaining to watch as our 'starring' couple. Whee, I could go on about this all day!

Right now, I'm just getting a bit of writing done, but perhaps I'll...er, take a break...to play cribbage. :)
jakebe: (Default)
Just finished season 2 of The Office. Holy cats, I love that show. Why isn't season 3 on "Watch It Now" from Netflix? :(
jakebe: (Default)
Hey guys. I've put up television reviews for five shows on [livejournal.com profile] 2guysreviews. Read and comment! :) I'd like to refine my reviewing style.
jakebe: (Default)
Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] fisherking! May all of your signs be easy to stick, and your tea at McAllister's cold and sweet.

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] zimskunk! Today, let [livejournal.com profile] pawslut be your cake! I suggest whipped cream and strawberry topping. It seems like he'd go best with that.

And finally, good luck to [livejournal.com profile] drleo, who is defending his doctorate dissertation today. May the gods and saints of philosophical doctors find favor with you. With biceps and brains like that, I don't see how they wouldn't. :)

Yesterday we went to see Flags of Our Fathers. I'll be writing a review of it, but I thought I would recommend it to folks here as well. If only we could get the spirit of the film to be infused into our modern journalism, our news would suddenly becomes ten times better. It's just...wonderful.

A lot of people have been bitching about Halloween and how it's become merely a shell of its former self. Actually, I do think this is true, but...there are plenty of places and people that are still trying to make the trick-or-treating fun and great. Next year, volunteer to help them keep the bastardized spirit alive!

I get paid today; it'll be my first full paycheck since moving out here, so now I should have a better idea of the kind of income I'll be making, and how much money I'll have for wiggle room. There's still a lot of stuff I should save for. I got the crown buildup in Arkansas, but left before I could actually get the crown...even with the dental insurance I get at Bookbuyers it should come to around $500 or so. Also, I'm sure everyone in the house would absolutely love it if I replaced those messy stacks of boxes with proper bookshelves and everything. ;)

There's a certain kind of pride that comes with finishing a short story that didn't have to be anywhere for anything; it makes you wonder what else you can do, to quote Lester Burnham (God rest his soul). Next up on the docket, though, are the folks who took part in the LiveJournal meme (pronounced MEEM, in case you didn't know); Lazarus first, then Kigeni...and then I'll have to dig back into the archives for the rest of the order. I do know what I'm doing for the first two, and I hope they'll like what I've got.

Also, somewhere in there I *really* should start editing the poetry I said I would. I'm thinking I might copy or print one and just go over it at work. Eventually, I'm going to have to sit down and start figuring out National Poetry Writing Month. I'd like to do something...more this year, but I'm not sure what. Maybe a webpage or something that tells people what it is, who participated last year, and maybe if people wanted to have something going through the year we could eventually make a small, monthly webzine out of it. I'd have no idea where to even begin with that, though.

Overall, my life has been blissful and boring. Work, home, TV or movies, writing, loving me some Toob, playing a game or two...that's been it. We've visited a lot of people in the past few months, so I've been able to kinda get to know the regulars. Everyone's really pretty cool 'round these parts.

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour is dangerously addictive, by the way. I'm almost glad I'm too poor to afford Mario Tennis, or else I think we might have a serious problem. :D We also got a fresh copy of Super Smash Bros. Melee, and it's up to us to unlock all the characters and secret locations. I've never had to do that before, since...well, every copy of the game I've run across up 'til now has been rabidly played by other roomies and friends. It's a learning experience. :) I want Falco, damnit!!

I'm so glad that the networks are starting to branch out with interesting television. So far there are three new series this season I've picked up for watching: Jericho, Heroes and The Nine.

Why Jericho is the most undeserving hit on television. )

Heroes is awesome. )

Sometimes mysteries don't need to be supernatural. )

OK, now that I'm done geeking out, it's time to work. After work, parking myself on the couch for TV. Yay. :)

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