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Galactica adrift in season 2

Posted in Personal by Will on Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 ~ 9pm

I am surprised by how bad some of the second season episodes of Battlestar Galactica are (the second half of season two, out on DVD now). In the span of three episodes they’ve done two cliched stories. One was a “mafia” story that wouldn’t pass muster even on a network tv show, and one was the standard second season exercise of “hostage standoff”. Dead Zone season 2 used that one too — many shows do. Many Earthbound shows do…but I didn’t expect an “Earth-bound” show like Galactica to resort to that kind of tripe.

So far there hasn’t been an outstanding episode in this second half of season two (not after the resolution of the Pegasus standoff, that is), but I’ve got 3 more episodes to view. I’ll forgive the writers’ directionless lull if they can refocus in time for a nice finale. Update: And boom! The next episode knocked it out of the ballpark. Yay for the team.

Update update: I’ve finished the second season. And while this second-half of the second season was erratic, unfocused, and finally far too rushed when it finally acheived a focus, it was still good.

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Crunch sounds like a bad word

Posted in Personal by Will on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 ~ 6pm

Alright, today is the day I am deciding to do something to reduce my stomach size. I’ve been hoping it would go away, but there doesn’t seem to be much value in wishing anymore. I’ve gone online and seen something called “abdominal crunches” which apparently require no exercise equipment except a soft floor.


“Shoulders should only come up about 4″ off of the floor.”
That’s not me in the above pic. I’m not as cute, and I’m a boy.

Ok, here’s the “before” picture, and believe me this is the most flattering shot I got. If this were 3-D, the stomach would be near you. In a frightening way.

(sigh…I knew a girl once who didn’t mind my stomach…)

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"Coalition of the Willing"

Posted in Personal by Will on Friday, September 22nd, 2006 ~ 11am

From CNN:

“[Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf] has told CBS News that — immediately following the September 11, 2001, attacks — the Bush administration threatened to bomb his country “back to the Stone Age” if Pakistan did not help in the U.S. war on terrorism. …Richard Armitage, then U.S. deputy secretary of state, is the official whom Musharraf identified in the CBS report. In an interview Friday with CNN, Armitage denied the allegation. …Armitage acknowledged he was part of a group who met with Pakistan’s intelligence chief …”We wanted to make sure they understood both the opportunities and the downside, but there was no threat,” [Armitage] said. …In the CBS report, Musharraf said, “The intelligence director told me that [Armitage] said, ‘Be prepared to be bombed. Be prepared to go back to the Stone Age.’ “

Unfortunately, this claim that Pakistan is being manipulated is being made as part of the promotional push for an upcoming book by Musharraf being published by Simon & Schuster. So it will probably not be believed as anything more than a publicity stunt.

Pakistan is where Osama Bin Laden has been living since 9.11.2001. Bin Laden is expected to be captured as part of a promotional push for the upcoming mid-term elections in the United States.

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Lost *no spoilers, don't worry!

Posted in Personal by Will on Wednesday, September 20th, 2006 ~ 11pm

Ah, no! I’ve just seen the last episode of LOST season 2. I thought there was another disc of 3 or 4 more episodes, since there is another disc in the box, but the last disc is entirely bonus features. So now I’m in the same situation as everyone — I am without LOST for another year or however long it takes them to release the next set of discs.

This second season started out kind of weak, but by the middle of the third disc it started to become really interesting with all sorts of discoveries patterned after computer adventure games (finding locations, finding items in the locations, reexamining those locations for hidden details) and then it maintained that spirit all the way through the end.

They really held nothing back. Usually series like this coast along until they near the very end of the season, when the producer finally drops by to say hello and to give permission for the writers to finally reveal some things. But it looked like the producer (J.J. Abrams) must have stayed with the show for the entire second half of this season, because they were developing the island’s mythology (or at least dropping hints about it) steadily.

Battlestar Galactica remains my favorite show, but this one comes close.

Oh, it looks like my theory of the island being home to some kind of Douglas Adams-esque “infinite improbability drive” is essentially correct. But of course the entire situation of the survivors was improbable so that was not a particularly novel insight on my part.

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