The 100

I am almost certainly late to the game here, but over Thanksgiving weekend I discovered the CW’s The 100 thanks to Netflix. I don’t wanna say, but I may or may not have binge watched the entire first season over the last few days (I did, but in fairness it was only 13 episodes).

I genuinely did not expect to like this show. I thought it would have poor production value and from the couple of trailers I saw I was expecting bad CG dinosaurs and a Good camp of teenage refugees doing battle against a Bad camp; where the Goodies were all good and the Baddies were all bad.

No such worry.

Not a dino to be seen (yet at least). All the Goodies have to make real life decisions which have them compromising their principles when they have to in order to survive or for the good of the camp. The Baddies are not bad, they are just doing what they think they have to, again in order to survive (with just a couple of exceptions, which were thankfully quickly sidelined).

Best of all? No character is safe. They have killed off SO. MANY. PEOPLE. Not that I’m blood thirsty, but this is a show called The 100, so you kind of expect there to be 100 kids (all under 18) to still be there at the end of each episode. Noooope. Not even close. And not redshirts either. Goldshirts are not safe at all.

This is good stuff, and I highly recommend it!

Oh Best Buy, you scamps!

I may or may not have previously mentioned that I moved recently back to my old flat in Mesa, AZ. Now that things are finally getting back in order, we have gotten around to unboxing (and attempting to figure out what to do with) our embarrassingly large tv. No, really. Embarrassing. 60″. Who HAS a tv that big? Ridiculous.

Anyway.

When we lived in Colorado we had the tv mounted on the wall, and it was done by the neighborhood Best Buy. Between the nice markup on the actual bracket which we bought in-store and the $100 installation fee, I’m sure they made plenty off of us, and we were happy with the job they did.

Thinking that we might use a similar solution, we went down to the local Best Buy and were looking at the literally MOST. EXPENSIVE. option they had when a salesman came up. When asked about installation, he quoted us $250 rather than the $100 we had paid before. We asked why the difference and he explained in the most condescending way possible that the installation was $100, but they can’t just install the tv, they have to set it up for us too, which is more expensive. As he even admitted, “they have to plug in the HDMI cables and stuff.”

Of course the tv is currently running beautifully now after approximately 25 seconds of setup on my part. As the sales dude said, it required only plugging in a single “HDMI cable and stuff.” I asked if I could dispense with the setup fee and do that myself. Apparently not. That’s all required to be included together.

I usually feel bad about online giants like Amazon pushing even mega chains like Best Buy to the edge of extinction, but when they act like this, I’m suddenly less sorry!

P.S. Kendra is DEMANDING that I also tell the internet that I’m also being totally unreasonable and am refusing to buy her an entire tub of frosting for her to eat, plain. Because “I’m an ass.”

Message delivered. 😉

Supernatural-OMG-FTW

Supernatural-OMG-FTW

Short and sweet.

Awesomesauce.

Just checked, and yeah. Mr. Old Testament says angels are about a million times scarier than demons.

Cause demons didn’t lay waste to any cities.

And even if they had, they wouldn’t have gone home all happy and whatnot thinking they had just done the will of God. At least demons know they’re evil.

Just saying.

~A.

P.S. Oh, and Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day. Yar.

Fun and Games with TV

Fun and Games with TV

Or “I watch too much television”

– Bold all of the following TV shows which you’ve ever seen 3 or more episodes of in your lifetime.
– Italicize a show if you’re positive you’ve seen every episode of it.
– If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

Adam-12
Aeon Flux
Airwolf
ALF
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Alias
American Idol/Pop Idol/Canadian Idol/Australian Idol/etc.
America’s Next Top Model/Germany’s Next Top Model
Angel
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Arrested Development
A Town Called Eureka (Eureka? This is a British list so I’m clueless)
Babylon 5
Babylon 5: Crusade
Backyardigans
Battlestar Galactica (the old one)
Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Baywatch
Beavis & Butthead
Beverly Hills 90210
Bionic Woman (old)
Bionic Woman (new)
Black Sheep Squadron
Bonanza
Bones
Bosom Buddies
Boston Legal *My Add
Boston Public
Boy Meets World
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Bug Juice
Burn Notice *My Add
Chappelle’s Show
Charlie’s Angels
Charmed
Cheers
Chuck
Clarissa Explains It All
Columbo
Commander in Chief
Coupling
Cowboy Bebop
Crossing Jordan
CSI
CSI: Miami Wish
CSI: NY
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dancing with the Stars
Danny Phantom
Dark Angel
Dark Skies
Davinci’s Inquest
Dawson’s Creek
Dead Like Me
Deadwood
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Designing Women
Desperate Housewives
Dharma & Greg
Different Strokes
Dirty Jobs
Doctor Who
Dragnet
Due South
Earth 2
Earth: Final Conflict
Emergency!
Entourage
ER
Everwood
Everybody Loves Raymond
Facts of Life
Family Guy
Family Ties
Farscape
Father Ted
Fawlty Towers
Felicity
Firefly
Flash Forward
Frasier
Freaks and Geeks
Friends
Futurama
GetSmart
Gilligan’s Island
Gilmore Girls
Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
Green Wing
Grey’s Anatomy
Growing Pains
Gundam Wing
Gunsmoke
Hannah Montana
Happy Days
Hogan’s Heroes
Home Improvement
Homicide: Life on the Street
House
How I Met Your Mother *My Add
I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy
Instant Star
Inuyasha
Invader Zim
Invasion
Hell’s Kitchen
JAG
Jackass
Joey
John Doe
LA Law
Laverne and Shirley
Little House on the Prairie
Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lost
Lost in Space
Love, American Style
M*A*S*H
MacGyver
Malcolm in the Middle
Married… With Children
Melrose Place
Miami Vice
Mission: Impossible
Monk
Mork & Mindy
Murphy Brown
My Life as a Dog
My So-Called Life
My Super Sweet 16
My Three Sons
My Two Dads
Nash Bridges
NCIS
Nip/Tuck
Numb3rs
One Tree Hill
Oz
Perry Mason
Phil of the Future
Pokemon
Power Rangers
Prison Break
Profiler
Project Runway
Quantum Leap
Queer As Folk (US)
Queer as Folk (British)
ReGenesis
Remington Steele
Rescue Me
Road Rules
ROME
Roseanne
Roswell
Salute Your Shorts
Saved by the Bell
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Scrubs
Seinfeld
Sex and the City
Six Feet Under
Sliders
Slings and Arrows
Smallville
So Weird
South Park
Spaced
Spongebob Squarepants
Spooks
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
Superman
Supernatural
Surface
Survivor
Taxi
Teen Titans
That 70’s Show
That’s So Raven
The 4400
The Addams Family
The Andy Griffith Show
The A-Team
The Avengers
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Brady Bunch
The Cosby Show
The Daily Show
The Dead Zone
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Fairly OddParents
The Flintstones
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Golden Girls
The Honeymooners
The Jeffersons
The Jetsons
The L Word
The Love Boat
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Mighty Boosh
The Monkees
The Munsters
The Mythbusters
The O.C.
The Office (UK)
The Office (US)
The Pretender
The Real World
The Shield
The Simpsons
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Sopranos
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The Twilight Zone
The Waltons
The West Wing
The Wild, Wild West
The Wonder Years
The X-Files
Third Watch
Three’s Company
Time Team
Top Gear
Torchwood
Twin Peaks
Twitch City
Two and A Half Men
Veronica Mars
Voyagers
Whose Line is it Anyway? (US)
Whose Line is it Anyway? (UK)
Will and Grace
Wings
WKRP in Cincinnati

’bout half way done . . .

’bout half way done . . .

And the Shakespeare Marathon has been pretty AWESOME so far!! I must say that I’ve found myself doing a WHOLE lot more plays than I thought I’d be doing, and I know I’m not alone. My Mom found herself reading a part in “The Tempest” yesterday, random passer-bys have been pressed into reading, and Alanta, who came into this with plans to read only a minor part in a REALLY obscure play, has been reading A LOT, including the part of Ophelia in “Hamlet.”

For those that care, what I’m incredibly excited about (and would love for people to come watch) is a chance coming up on Monday at 3pm (I know, awkward timing) to read the part of Demetrius in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Many of you know that it’s my MOST favouritest play EVAR and so I was thrilled when I found out there was still a hole in the parts waiting to be filled. Yeah, Demetrius is a bit of a douche, but whatev. Speaking of which, yesterday I also played the part of Proteus in “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” so I think I’m just kinda going for a theme these days. Amusingly enough, Alanta read for Julia in that play. We were fine with it, but talk about having the potential for cringe-worthiness!

So, yeah. Madness! I finally got some sleep last night after having been awake for about 48 hours straight (well, I napped for two sets of about 1.5 hours), and I feel great. I think I’m gonna seize the chance to watch Supernatural before heading back to Tempe Marketplace to lend moral support (and probably read some more). Once again, HEAD ON DOWN!! We love having people just show up.

SPEAKING OF WHICH, to those of you who HAVE just dropped by . . . you guys are AMAZING. You keep coming when I’ve got teeny parts and so I of course flub them, but I really appreciate you making the journey! 😀

Talk to you soon!

~A.

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