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  1. I made the mistake(?) of loading the player in the car with Jesus Christ Superstar this week. Now I’ve got odd bits and pieces of that stuck in my head…Report

  2. Avatar Glyph says:

    And more than that, he was a legitimately kind person. Sure, he had a manner that practically demanded parody but, underneath that, it seems that that was what he was actually like

    Well, at least later in life:

    Ross enlisted in the United States Air Force at age 18 and went on to serve as a medical records technician.[3]:15 He eventually rose to the rank of master sergeant and served as the first sergeant of the U.S. Air Force Clinic at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.[5][6] In Alaska, Ross first saw the snow and mountains that later became recurring themes in his artwork. He developed his quick-painting technique to create art for sale in brief daily work breaks.[7] Having held military positions that required him to be, in his own words, “mean” and “tough”, “the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work”, Ross decided that if he ever moved on from the military, he would never scream again.

    Also, Ross came up at the AVClub not too long ago, and there was a commenter who was legit mad at Bob Ross, because they felt Ross was insufficiently open or grateful about his debt to William Alexander. It was bizarre.Report

  3. Avatar aaron david says:

    I have been reading William Styron’s Tidewater Mornings, simply fantastic. It is so nice not to read a bloated fiction and the work of a master in such breavity.

    Also, as @glyph introduced me to a quite good series on Kubrick films, I shall soon be engaging in a marathon of his works.Report

  4. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    My wife and I just got through about a week and a half’s worth of binge watching season three of Arrow on Netflix. I’m going to have some thoughts about that experience to share in the near future.Report

  5. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    I’m reading the Lyre of Orpheus by Robertson DaviesReport

  6. Avatar Maribou says:

    Jaybird and I have FINALLY caught up to the right spot in Babylon 5, ie one episode ahead of the most recent Babylonia! I started the Almighty Johnsons (Norse gods in NZ) yesterday and I loved it so far (as well as being grateful to be watching a show that doesn’t over-explain everything and just assumes you will get most allusions on your own or catch up eventually). Staying caught up on iZombie, Jane the Virgin, and The Librarians, as usual.

    I’ve been reading a ton. The most delightful thing I’ve read recently is a tie between:
    – a huge bilingual anthology of photos and very short (most less than a page) literary pieces called Reading Writers Reading (U of Alberta Press), more than a decade old, but still chockablock of the fresh and new
    – a fairly recent middle-grade kids’ book called Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by the ever-wonderful Ursula Vernon. That one is definitely going to be making into the gift guide (and under the tree of my oldest niece) so I will spare you the gushing until then.

    Still listening to Proven Guilty, and have decided if I am ever going to finish the 2 stockings I am cross-stitching for my friend and her nephewson for Winter Holiday in time to mail them, I need to listen to more audiobooks and podcasts and do less of other things. So in the hopper I have a collection of modern Sherlock Holmes pastiche (edited by my favorite such pasticher, Laurie R. King), and also Maggie Stiefvater’s the Raven Boys. And then the six dozen or so episodes of my favorite podcasts I need to catch up on. (I’ve been behind ever since the one-two August punch of going to Canada and then starting the school year the moment I got back. Plus Pop Culture Happy Hour puts out a LOT of episodes y’all.) Plus the entire archives (almost) of the Coode Street Podcast from before I started listening to it. And all Mahvesh Murad’s old radio shows. And then a list a mile long of more podcasts to explore that I made when I realized ALL of my current favorites except one are pretty much made by white people (and all of THOSE except three only have dude hosts). And then I bookmarked two different sources of french language audio books of public domain classics because eeeeeeee, I am going to Paris in March, and while I used to be near-perfectly fluent, my ear and voice have gotten a lot rustier than my eyes and brain have…

    *deep breath*

    Yeah, I know, the real reason I haven’t made more progress on the stockings is obviously not the lack of stuff to listen to. But it helps me to pretend.Report

    • Avatar Miss Mary in reply to Maribou says:

      I’m excited for your trip to Paris, Maribou. I’m really glad you are talking about things to listen to. I’ve been trying to find Podcasts that I like for work, but I haven’t been very successful. I did listen to two full episodes of Comedy Bang Bang and that wasn’t bad. I think I’ll try Pop Culture Happy Hour.Report

  7. Avatar Mike Dwyer says:

    Just finished Season 2 of Penny Dreadful. Not quite as good overall as Season 1, but the highpoints were really good. Really interesting the way they are weaving in Victorian horror and some new takes on it.

    As for Bob Ross, he inspired me to actually paint. I had comical arguments with my high school art teacher about technique. He HATED Ross’ quick style of painting and thought it was lazy. My position was that the end result was solid and who cares how you get there. I totally agree that the most important takeaway is that he got people to try painting.Report

    • Avatar Glyph in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

      Season 2 of Penny Dreadful

      I was debating blowing some Amazon credit on this – is it worth $30? I enjoyed S1, but if S2 is a step down, $30 seems steep.Report

      • Avatar CK MacLeod in reply to Glyph says:

        So picky you are. The only real step down of PD S2 for me was that it was no longer new. Correcting for that, it was arguably of at least equivalent quality vs S1. It was continually a show I looked forward to, maybe the one I looked forward to most when it was appearing, as the Good Lord intended television serials and serials in general to be experienced, in periodic installments, and the finale was, I thought, overall pretty darn terrific. I feel like spoiling it for you right here just to punish your show of uncertain faith in Eva Green, but to tell you a single thing about how it ended up, and for that matter about how it started out and where it went, would be to steal whichever discovery from you.Report

  8. Avatar Christopher Carr says:

    My wife and I have been watching Hanzawa Naoki, but in Japanese. I hear there’s an English subtitle version out there somewhere. It’s worth getting into if anyone can find it. The show itself concerns a sort-of Game of Thrones-esque power struggle among employees at a Japanese bank, with lots of plot twists and whatnot, but it’s actually quite light and exciting.Report

  9. Avatar Miss Mary says:

    Does it count if it is an audio book? I’m “reading” Sonia Sotomayor’s My Beloved World during the slow times at work.

    I watched the entire season of Master of None on Netflix.Report

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