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Re-thinking a few things

Posted by thoughtful1 on November 10, 2008

Sorry, been busy the past few months……..  My bad.

Anyway, for reasons I won’t get into, I’ve been re-thinking some things the past few weeks.  It started with TV.  This fall season I haven’t been watching as much TV as I usually do.  Further, I simply haven’t missed any of the shows I usually watch.  The only program I was excited about seeing, and that I made an effort to see was “Mad Men,” whose season has ended.  After watching the “Heroes” premiere and realizing it was stupid, I gave up on that show.  As well as a few others, including “Smallville,” which has gotten dumber than “Heroes”.  I cleaned up the DVR.  The only shows I have set to record are “House” and “Dirty Sexy Money,” and I may cancel those, too.

Basically, I no longer found TV all that entertaining.  And I figured my time would be better spent elsewhere.

The other things I’ve been re-thinking are a little less specific.  More like, “What should I be doing with myself?” types of questions.  I started re-examining relationships I’ve made in the past year and whether they were worth maintaining.  Some are, some are not.  Last year I became a social butterfly, which is very, very odd for me.  This year I feel like retreating back into the cocoon, but with a better sense of who will be a real friend, and on whom I can rely.

Oddly, along with this, I’ve been putting more thought into my home.  A friend helped me clear out the living room in a big way.  Boxes that had been sitting there for years were relocated to the basement, and the basement hodgepodge was organized.  So now I have a big open space in the living room.  And it’s given me space to think: What to do with this?  I found myself staring at the 13 year-old TV and wondering if I should put it up on Freecycle.  I think I may do this, but only after I find a replacement TV for the kitchen.  I live alone, so the ability to watch the news while eating dinner is a must.  Sad, but true.  However, my current setup in the living room allows me to lounge and eat while watching TV, something I find very relaxing, and something of an emotional comfort.  So I’m not sure……  But, it would be nice to have one room in the place that does not have a TV.  And probably better for me, too.

Thinking about the home is really forcing me to think about my life, such as what I do, what I want to do, what my style is, etc.  These are tough questions.  Especially since I think I am beginning some sort of transition.  To what, I don’t know.  For example, the obvious answer to the living room would be to buy sitting furniture and set it up for reading and conversation.  But, as I was staring at the nearly bare wall where the now very lonely TV is, I thought it might be interesting to place a project table there where I could do artwork.

But, I am not an artist.

However, I’ve been considering taking an art course.  I’ve always enjoyed doing art, but I only took classes when I was in school, and even then it was only what was required for my diploma.  Since high school doesn’t count art as academic (but you can get a degree in it! hrmph), I took two course, and one course in college.  That was it.  I would like to go back to it, and see if having an artistic outlet would make me feel more balanced.  Or something.  Odds are I would get frustrated at the lack of technical skill – I wouldn’t be able to draw something the way I wanted it to look – but it would be worth a shot.

And, if I had a large table somewhere where I could work on stuff, then maybe instead of wasting time watching TV I could find pleasure in creating something.  But, there’s always the fear that the large project table would become a gathering place for more clutter.  So, I should think about that some more.

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This is for all the fat girls!

Posted by thoughtful1 on May 14, 2008

Some of you may remember that Cameron Mann shouted out, “This is for all the fat girls!” when she won an Emmy. Well, I was thinking that when Whitne was named this cycle’s winner of America’s Next Top Model. A plus-sized model won!!! And she won it after walking in a Versace show! Dude – Whitney won it in a high fashion show!

I am just psyched that a big girl won. I don’t expect the fashion industry to change, but this is a pretty cool start.

Wouldn’t it be nice if the fashion houses made clothes for all of us?

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New faves

Posted by thoughtful1 on July 30, 2007

New favorite TV show: Mad Men on AMC.

New favorite CDs: The Reminder by Feist, Sam’s Town by The Killers, and Hey Eugene by Pink Martini

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BSG webisodes are back

Posted by thoughtful1 on July 18, 2007

Psst…. Word in the blogosphere is that the Battlestar Galactica webisodes are back!

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Battlestar Galactica movie trailer

Posted by thoughtful1 on July 11, 2007

Oooo…. Look at what my tag surfer found! A trailer for the Battlestar Galactica TV movie!

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Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy a silly Korean soap

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 28, 2007

Last night I started watching an episode of My Lovely Samsoon.  It’s a Korean soap opera about an average looking 30 year-old who gets dumped on Christmas Eve.  She then proceeds to try to rebuild her love life while her younger, prettier, thinner sister gives her constructive criticism (because younger, prettier, thinner sisters can be annoying like that).  I had enjoyed the previous night’s episode and had begun to consider DVR-ing it.  But last night I stopped watching after 15 minutes.

Why?

Because it was showing me what I had lost when I was adopted.  When I went to Korea in 2004 I had a fun time, don’t get me wrong.  But when the plane was flying in to Incheon, I started tearing up.  I kept thinking, “This [Seoul/Korea] was supposed to be mine.  It was supposed to be my home.”  And, it is not.  Yes, I consider the US home.  But having a home doesn’t replace or make up for the one I lost.  Visiting Korea and seeing my native city just turned an abstraction into a reality.  I began to realize what I had lost.  And seeing a contemporary Korean soap opera began to depress me.  I don’t know why it happened last night – I’ve watched another contemporary Korean soap.  Maybe because the characters are in their 30’s instead of their 20’s, so I could identify with them more?  I don’t know.  I just started to feel sad.

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It’s nearly official: Next season is the last for Galactica

Posted by thoughtful1 on June 1, 2007

The show will wrap up next season.  Read more about it here.

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SimCity’s siren call…

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 30, 2007

… is calling out to me. But I really should catch up on my TV shows. I have a backlog.

The nice thing about getting the DVR is that I can toodle on the PC and not worry that I’m missing the first 10 minutes of Heroes because the DVR is recording it. The downside is that I have a backlog – I’m behind two eps on Gilmore Girls, and odds are by tomorrow night I’ll be three eps behind. Oh, and I’m more likely to record stuff I normally wouldn’t, like some Discovery show on cities.

So I should go with my original plan of watching TV. Except that I’m feeling that urge to play SimCity. I started a new city this weekend, and it’s going well. But, of course, I want to do MORE. But, if I do play it, then I run the risk of staying up too late. And that does me no good. It just makes me sluggish and cranky at work.

Hmm… OK, Gilmore Girls can wait. I really want to see what is happening on Heroes. I will be good and watch TV and not give in to the evil that is SimCity.

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A nice day for staying home

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 15, 2007

It’s a nice day to stay home – it’s cold and wet outside. But I went to church anyway. I had a plan for the day: go to church, go to the mall and eat junk food at Johnny Rockets, order a pair of glasses. Now that I’ve done all that, I’m home. I tossed the sheets in the washer, and now I’m just checking e-mail, etc. Not sure what to do next – maybe read King Lear? I haven’t read or seen the play, and I’m currently reading A Thousand Acres, which is a 20th century King Lear in the heartland. I’m sure I will miss a bazillion references because I never studied the original Shakespeare play.

Speaking of things related to Merry Olde England, I caught an episode of The Tudors on Showtime last night. I got the Comcast DVR yesterday, and for some reason when you changed your service like that you end up getting all channels for a day or two. So, bonus! Anyway, interesting show. I’ll have to rent the DVDs when they come out. Last night’s ep showed Henry sabotaging a treaty with France and having a dalliance with Anne Boleyn’s sister. At the end, Mr. Boleyn (he has a title – can’t remember what it is, tho) essentially pimps out Anne to the king. Or at least tells Anne he wants to pimp her out and that since Henry has lost interest in her sister it’s now up to Anne to catch the king’s eye and keep his interest. All in the name of preserving the Boleyn family’s fortunes.

Ick.

Makes me glad I was born after the Middle Ages. Or the Victorian Age, when a woman had to get married in order to ensure she’d have a home.

Ick.  Ick.  Ick.

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I have an HD cable box for a reason…

Posted by thoughtful1 on April 10, 2007

… And the reason is: I want to watch HD shows in High Def.

Sadly, Comcast, the network, or someone, seems to have trouble with this from time to time.  I have Boston Legal on at the moment, tuned to 805, the high def channel for WCVB-5.  It is not coming in as high def.  It’s coming in as normal.  I can tell because it’s not in widescreen, which means the regular TV signal is showing, not the high def one.

This often happens with Smallville as well.

I know in the grand scheme of things this is small beans.  But, geez, my cable bill is high enough.  I should get what I am paying for.

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