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Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.

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  1. Oh, and after House of Cards, I think I might take the plunge and start watching Breaking Bad.Report

  2. Avatar Maribou says:

    Thank you! We are internetless and so didn’t do it (I’m at work, finishing up homework, right now). You are the bomb.

    I’ve been reading a ton! Mostly comics and Whipping Girl and picture books. I just started The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2013 and so far the essays are 2 for 2 awesome.

    I’m in the middle of the 2nd season of Sherlock. I might rewatch the first season. Hurray for DVD loans when your internet is down.Report

    • Avatar Maribou in reply to Maribou says:

      Jaybird called to get an update on the state of things virtual and then made me turn my computer back on (I’m finally done! I want to go home!) so that I could tell you all he’s watching the first season of Sherlock.

      So. Now you know. (I think he’s also read a bit more of Small Gods – I’ve gotten way ahead of y’all again and had to slow down again 😀 ).Report

  3. Avatar zic says:

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  4. Avatar Chris says:

    With my son’s little brother here for most of the weekend, unexpectedly, I have had more TV watching time (though we did watch the marathon go by this morning) than I expected. So, I started season 7 of Burn Notice, and everyone’s now watching season 1 of The Americans, and I watched an episode of Suits. Still reading Le Carre, and more Naipaul.Report

  5. Avatar Reformed Republican says:

    Saturday, I finished off American Horror Story: Asylum so that I could start season 2 of House of Cards, though I am only one episode into the latter.

    I am still reading A Crown of Swords, though I have slowed down a bit. I typically read during my lunch break, but my lunches have been busy over the past week.Report

  6. Avatar zic says:

    Not only are these figures just awful (thankfully, subject to license approval) but there’s a few characters missing. Particularly the Companion Doll.

    http://www.entertainmentearth.com/hitlist.asp?company=Funko&theme=Firefly/Serenity&searchorder=comReport

  7. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    My non-spoiler comment on Revolution:

    I started out expecting to hate this show, then decided I loved it, now I am having difficulty staying committed. The overall story arc is great and in many ways it breathes some fresh air into the typical dystopian stories. In other ways though I feel they have gotten away from the core premise. In the very first episodes everyone was mostly running around with flintlocks and bows. Now they all have assault rifles. Where did all the dang ammo come from? It feels like the writers are struggling with incorporating the lack of electricity into the story more often.

    The other problem I see is that every-single-week seems to be “Oh no, we’ve been captured by the bad guys again! How will we get out of this?” I feel like we need Waylon Jennings to narrate before they go to commercials like he did on the Dukes of Hazard.

    “Boy I tell you, the day they passed out good luck, Miles and Charlie must have been out fishing.”Report

      • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Glyph says:

        Did anyone else refer to bending your baseball cap brim into an extreme angle ‘Cootering’ ? Is that just a KY thing?Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Glyph says:

        Must be a KY thing. But I remember buddies in college spending HOURS manually bending their new ballcaps’ brims to just…the…perfect…curvature. It looks strange to me when I see caps now with the brims left straight, straight, straight.

        https://www.cooterfestival.com/Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Glyph says:

        My roommate, from Owensboro, used to wrap the brim of his cap in a rubber band every night. I don’t remember him calling it “cootering,” though.Report

      • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Glyph says:

        A proper hat cootering means the brim is bent basically in half, no real curve to it. For me I prefer a more subtle curve but I agree the straight brims today are ridiculous.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Glyph says:

        I wish I were surprised that there are people who spend more effort breaking in a cap than right-thinking people do breaking in a glove.Report

      • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Glyph says:

        Oh I spent HOURS working on ball gloves when I was playing. We would oil them up, put a ball in the pocket and then do all kinds of things to them. Throwiing them into the dirt as hard as possible, sitting on them, you name it. Now our local sporting goods store has a machine that is supposed to do it for you. Bah humbug.Report

      • Avatar Tod Kelly in reply to Glyph says:

        I would like at least a little credit for having the good taste to not make the whole “Cootering is a KY thing” thread into an off-color and entirely inappropriate joke.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Glyph says:

        Was it good taste that restrained you, or the slipperiness of the task before you?

        Because let’s face it: somehow working an off-color joke into a thread containing the words “cootering”, “KY”, and the sentence oil them up, put a ball in the pocket and then do all kinds of things to them would have taken some pretty slick work.Report

      • Avatar Mike Schilling in reply to Glyph says:

        The idea wouldn’t jell.Report

    • Avatar zic in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

      You know, I keep hoping this story will turn on Aaron and Priscilla; that they have to find their love for one another to teach love to the New God.

      But I fear we’re, instead, going to walk the path of one of my favorite, and sadly out-of-print dystopian novels, Deus Irae by Philip K. Dick and Samuel Delaney (which is worth reading just for the scene of giant cock roaches worshiping a VW bug).

      But yes, I agree with all your criticisms, it’s like the whole show’s been Cheneyed.Report

    • What I don’t understand is why they don’t realize that anything they do with a gun would look way cooler with a bow and arrow. That said, I think the Patriots are well-stocked with bullets and that’s where they’re getting them from (they’re stealing the guns from the bad guys they kill).

      I agree with your broader critique. It was at the bottom of the fall shows I wanted to catch up on, though I did watch it and will continue to do so until they give me a reason not to.

      Most concerning to me is the lack of discipline. It feels like they’re just going to continue to punch things up over and over again to keep it interesting when I’d prefer a tighter overall story-arc.Report

      • Avatar Mike Dwyer in reply to Will Truman says:

        The traveling timeframe is hard to follow sometimes too. For instance Neville and his son recently made the trip from DC to Texas in what seemed like a couple of days. And Aaron and Priscilla made it to Oklahoma and then back to Lubbock in record time. Monroe and Charlie got to Vegas in what also seemed like a couple of days. From Texas. WTF?Report

  8. Avatar Glyph says:

    BTW, for anyone watching True Detective (and is anyone else getting nervous that they won’t stick the landing with this thing? Please don’t screw this up, it’s great!):

    http://io9.com/the-one-literary-reference-you-must-know-to-appreciate-1523076497Report

  9. Avatar Kim says:

    Evergreen Backstory.
    (hmm… maybe I ought to add that to tvtropes?)
    The trait of taking a cool idea, and using it in
    as many different genres as possible.Report

  10. Avatar Mad Rocket Scientist says:

    Started reading Brandon Sanderson’s Steelheart.

    So far, pretty goodReport