Before Watchmen and Castle

I am nearly done reading the Before Watchmen series, and it’s pretty great.  I like it even more than the original Watchmen because you learn so much about each of the characters; it even fosters additional respect for the original and makes me want to re-read it.  I thought I would only enjoy the Silk Spectre series and maybe the Comedian, but I loved all of them.  I found the Dr. Manhattan section especially inspirational.

I have been binge-watching Castle this summer.  It’s a great show.  I love the writing, and despite every show functioning the same way–murder, flirting, wrong killer/killer and we don’t know, new evidence, catch the killer–it still manages to stay pretty fresh and fun.  I watched a number of Bones episodes as well, and even though I enjoyed it a lot, I did get tired of watching after a while.  I watched some episodes of Castle a few times and still enjoyed them; with Bones, I enjoyed them a little less, unless it was an exceptionally hilarious episode–thank you, ZZ Top.  Anyway, I like them both, but I think Castle has a special place in my TV-viewing heart.  Still, if they drag out the show much after the Castle/Beckett wedding, I don’t think I will be very interested.  Same deal with Big Bang Theory: I was a huge fan for a while, but the comedic fount has slowed down to a measly dribble.  I’m waiting for the end, when Penny becomes a big star, she and Leonard get married or move in together, and Sheldon learns normalcy isn’t such a bad thing.  Howard basically has his happy ending.  Maybe Raj could take over the astrophysics wing?  He could at least have a new female coworker or assistant who likes him.

Teaching

I think this article offers very good advice on what a teacher–any teacher–should be.  They should offer advice in a constructive way, especially in more subjective fields such as music, the visual arts, acting, and writing.  Excessive negativity can damage a student; however, if a student doesn’t put forth effort and learn the techniques necessary to perfect his or her craft, then he or she should consider another profession.

Morning Playlist

This morning’s playlist: (yes, I used the Apple iPod Genius mixer)–on shuffle

Debaser–The Pixies
Neighborhood 3 (power out)–Arcade Fire
Y control–Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Bigmouth strikes again–The Smiths
Is this it–The Strokes
I’m waiting for the man–The Velvet Underground
Hotel yorba–The White Stripes
Gigantic–The Pixies
The bends–Radiohead
Obstacle 1–Interpol
Neon bible–Arcade Fire
Bukowski–Modest Mouse
Just like honey–The Jesus & Mary Chain
Hard to explain–The Strokes
Gold lion–Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The boy with the thorn in his side–The Smiths
Monkey gone to heaven–The Pixies
El Scorcho–Weezer
Haiti–Arcade Fire
Bodysnatchers–Radiohead
Femme fatale–The Velvet Underground
Fell in love with a girl (live)–The White Stripes
Dale with the night–Yeah Yeah Yeahs
PDA–Interpol
Vamos–Pixies

There you go. My morning playlist. 😉

Frowny-faced half-week

This week is not going well.  First of all, I had to report a random person I met Monday to the police for stalking me.  I never saw this man before Monday, but he found out where I live and came to my house in the middle of the night.  I reported him to the police.  I don’t think he is dangerous, but I was definitely scared.  Then, he showed up again Tuesday morning.  I reported him again after asking him to please not come to my house again and receiving variations on “f— you, you f—ing bitch” in response.

Second, I was involved in a wreck Monday afternoon.  A man in a suburban hit me as I was leaving my driveway.  He pulled around another (stopped) car and hit me as I crossed the street.  My car is totaled, but I walked away.  The wreck was unlucky, but my receiving so little injury was definitely a blessing.

Third, I weighed myself tonight, and it looks like I gained almost five pounds in a week–maybe less than a week.  It sucks.  Normally, I work out pretty regularly.  Since Monday, however, I barely did anything, and I know I haven’t been eating well, either.  Tomorrow, I’m going to exercise and restart my regular eating regimen.  Also, I’m going to try working at the university library.  It’s open during the summer, and I think having an office outside my home will do wonders for my work ethic.  I’ve worked so hard to stay in shape; I don’t want to lose it now.   Also, I met with one of my professors today, and he assigned some work for the end of the week.  Apparently, one of my grad assistant jobs will be to create a social media presence for the broadcasting division of the communications department.  I need to create the accounts this week so my professor has something to print on the new brochures.  It should be interesting.

This isn’t exactly the worst news of the week, but my hairdresser said she is moving to another city at the end of the summer.  She cut my hair for years, so it will be a little strange adjusting to someone new.  She has someone who is taking over her client list, and the new person seems to be competent and nice.

SDCC Costumes

I have one costume ready to go for San Diego Comic Con, but I keep flip-flopping on what to do for the other one.  The one I finished is Jessica Rabbit, one of my favorite characters.  I will even have the wig and shoes, and I’m learning the song she sang in the movie.  I am fairly certain I want the other one to be a Wonder Woman costume; however, I don’t know exactly how I want her to look.  There is the “original” costume, the 1970s TV show costume, the “Odyssey” series costume, and variations of each.  Also, I could purchase a costume, or I could make one.  When I purchase a costume, I normally add to whatever I buy, so it still won’t look completely “cookie-cutter,” but a home-made costume does give you a sense of pride–if it’s done well.  I guess I’ll check out what is available and see what I can put together.