Was just browsing through Google News and the headline “Farewell Judi Dench, you will be missed.” grabbed my attention, I immediately came to the conclusion that she had died in the last couple of days, I like Judi Dench and so went to investigate. Imagine my reaction when on arriving at the “article” it turned out to be an ad for an anti-aging product – how low will marketing people go ? I thought politicians and lawyers were the lowest of the low, well I was wrong – Marketing companies make them look absolutely saintly. I have taken note of the agency and I am making a concerted effort to avoid any products that they have anything to do with. I will not say which agency is involved (I do not want to give them any more publicity) but I will trash any product of theirs.
And to Judi Dench, I am glad that the rumours of your passing are greatly exaggerated.
Doctor: “What do you think ?”
River: “Of what?”
Doctor: “The new body”
River: “Don’t know yet. I’ve only seen the face”
Just watched episode 12 of Doctor Who, the penultimate episode of the year. It has been left open for some interesting times in future episodes and/or even a spin off series of the 2 immortal ladies. I would have expected a spin off from the Doctors Daughter episode considering that the Doctors Daughter was played by the real life daughter of one of the Doctors and is married to another of the Doctors, talk about keeping it the family.
I must admit that I have not been the greatest fan of the Peter Capaldi (I do like the actor himself) iteration of the Doctor but I do not think they could have gotten anybody better for the last 3 episodes. Finally his passion, his imagination, his commitment is coming through. His voice alone gave us the depths of his feelings, it was completely different from his normal voice, his classical theatre training/experience shone through.
There is a confession that I have to make, that is I watched the original airing of Doctor Who, with the original Doctor, giving a hint of my age. I was hooked on and loved every episode until Sylvester McCoy took over, for some reason I took an instant dislike to the man and I still do not know why. I have watched his episodes since and I still think he was one of if the worst Doctors ever but I did enjoy his episodes on the 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) viewing. My favourite Doctor to date has to be Christopher Eccleston for the simple reasons that he brought new life to the franchise and he was absolutely brilliant. My favourite Doctor for entertainment and likeability has to be David Tennant closely followed by Matt Smith. These people have introduced The Doctor to at least 2 more generations, let’s hope that the BBC and the world in general maintain an affection and it continues for 50+ more years.
P.S. If what I just said does not give you the impression that I am a great Doctor Who fan well – I AM, from the beginning, more than 50 years ago and hopefully for another 50 to come.
Cannot wait for the Christmas episode coming up in a few days.
Seasons Greetings everyone and I hope you all have a great time.
In 12 days I have been out of work for 18 months. Because of the stroke and other health issues I have had an exemption from applying for jobs and taking part in the “work for dole” scheme from May to 31 December. Even with the exemption I have still tried to find work. In the last six months I have applied for well over 100 jobs and had nearly no feedback. I have received 3 phone calls from agencies, one decided that I had “too much experience” and the other 2 positions required a drivers licence, I am not allowed to drive until 25 January at the earliest and then only with a medical certificate. One question: How can you have TOO much experience? (a euphemism for “too old”) If someone is capable and willing to do the job for the offered remuneration why not hire them ? After all, statistically, older employees take less time off and are more efficient (require less training and supervision) than their younger counterparts, they also tend to stay in the job longer (younger people are continuously improving their career prospects by changing jobs frequently).
Before the stroke the lack of feedback was getting me down and I was quite depressed, not suicidal but very morose. a constant thought going through my head was “No one cares” but my hospital stay changed all that. From the very first second the staff gave me the feeling that I was important and worth something. They were kind and considerate. Almost immediately I felt better, safer, wanted. I had my very first hospital stay in 2006 the stay was for 7 days, I was in my 40’s. 7 days after leaving I was readmitted and was in for about 9 weeks (with another 5 weeks recovery), I ended having nearly 3 months in all away from work. Since 2006 I think I have had at least a week in hospital every year (2014 it was 3 visits for a total of about 4 weeks, 2015 – 3 visits for a total of about 5 weeks – the last being 16 days due to the stroke). Each and every time I left feeling happier than before I was admitted and it is all thanks to the staff, especially the nurses. One thing I noticed was that the nurses seemed to get younger each time. My first visit, most appeared to be in their late 20’s (with a few in their 40’s or 50’s but I am terrible at guessing peoples ages). My last visit it appeared that all the nursing staff were in their late teens to early twenties, it is most probably that the older I get the younger everyone else looks.
Once again Seasons Greetings and my best wishes for all nurses and doctors through out the world – keep doing a great job and helping old farts like me survive a bit longer.
Sorry but I could not help myself. I had to go back and give this another chance.
My original review on Netflix was removed and when writing a new one their spell checker said “The word ‘netflix’ is not allowed”, REALLY!!. This appears more and more like censorship. Notice also that any bad reviews are at the end of the reading list? That is so that people will only see the good reviews and get suckered into watching crap.
Here is the latest review I wrote on Netflix, wonder how long until it is removed?
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Do not know why but my original review is no longer here. Censorship by any chance?
I stayed away from this show for some time because of the really bad scripts and stories. I decided to give it one more chance to see if things improved, sad to say but the answer is no.
This time I could only make it through 2 episodes before getting pissed off. The plot is VERY slow and VERY predictable. Acting is mediocre at best. I am very disappointed in David Tennant, I thought he was a far better actor. The lead character makes choices that mean that more people will suffer because she is too damaged and too soft to prevent the suffering but to also end her own. I cannot see this garbage lasting more than one season, if it does then they had better make a marked improvement.
I cannot believe that this is getting so many great reviews. Makes me ask questions like: Why was my original negative review removed? Does Netflix get their staff to write the good reviews? I know a few other people that have watched this show and have the same opinion as me.
At the end of episode 9, Jessica has Kilgrave in the isolation chamber with his parents when things start going wrong – no shock treatment. Instead of looking for the short in the circuit she does what ? After making a point of telling people NOT TO GO INTO THE ROOM she goes into the room. The result?? Surprise, surprise – he escapes. I worked out that he would escape and who would help him the second he was put into the chamber and it was 100% ensured that his parents would die. This will definitely be the last episode I will watch.
Update – 14 Jan 2016: Just checked and this review is still on Netflix.
I have been using Netflix for a while now and I have some major doubts about the algorithm that they use to select recommendations. Some of them leave me confused on how the recommendations are related to the viewed program.
Here are some that I have had over the last few months:
Because you watched Splice >
Jane The Virgin
Barbie: Life In The Dreamhouse
Because you watched Bulletproof Monk >
The Blind Side
How I Met Your Mother
Because you watched Push >
How I Met Your Mother
Because you watched Marvel’s Daredevil >
Jane The Virgin
In Your Eyes
On a similar note, I keep getting suggestions with non-English audio and some of them without even English subtitles. Some of the languages suggested so far are:
This is despite the fact that I have only ever selected one non-English program by mistake, I stopped watching as soon as I realised that it did not have English audio. I think it would be a good idea if we could have more options and control over how suggestions are selected.
Been on a Criminal Minds binge for the last few days. Just had my second annoying episode. Well, annoying enough to write about anyway.
The team are on their way to rescue a woman and capture her tormentor. There are a number of things that annoyed me about the rescue scene in this episode:
- They arrive at the scene with lights flashing and sirens blaring. In the real would this would not happen, they would more than likely have the lights flashing but they definitely would not have the sirens going. This would alert the unsub and he could do anything to his victim and/or prepare for their arrival or escape.
- An unarmed/untrained man beats the living crap out of JJ, who we know from earlier episodes is a martial arts and boxing expert and could beat her instructors but she could not beat this load of crap.
- Kate plays a tape of the victim being tortured WHILE THE VICTIM IS STILL IN THE ROOM. Very sensitive, I am sure that this would not have traumatized the victim even further.
Come on guys, the standards are falling a bit.
There is something that I have noticed in nearly every episode where family, friends or suspects are interviewed or are waiting. The incident board with pictures of the victims and suspects is always in full view. In what universe are law enforcement going to do this ? It would be VERY traumatic for the family and friends and it would give suspects invaluable information. If I was a family member and saw this I would sue the crap out of them from traumatizing me and I would win easily. In one episode they have family members from two victims sitting in different rooms and you can clearly see the incident board from each room – WTF ???
I really enjoy watching this show but every now and again something happens that REALLY pisses me off.
This episode was going great until the final scene – the shoot out with the “preacher”. The guy is standing in the middle of a window fully exposed with at least 10 police & FBI shooting at him and yet he does not get so much as a scratch. JJ (who is supposed to be an excellent shot) fires 3 rapid shots while he is in the window but the bullets miss him and do not even hit the window or frame, God was really on this “preachers” side, either that or the police & FBI are the worlds worst shots. The “preacher” should have been dead with in seconds of him firing his first shot but he ends up wounding nearly all the law enforcement before he gets away.
Another thing – all the “preacher” had to do as soon as he knew the law had arrived was surrender. GSR & finger print tests would have shown that he had not fired the guns, he also had a police officer as a witness that no shots had been fired after he went inside, the worst they could do was prosecute him for the prostitution business. There would have been no way in hell that they could have got him for any murder.
Well onto the next episode to see how they end this load of garbage. Just had to vent a bit there before continuing.
Contrary to what I said earlier, I started watching this again and I’m glad I did.
As it turned out the things I found very annoying were at their worst in the first episode of season 2, everything is much better from episode 2 onward. Don’t get me wrong, most of the annoying things are still present just not as bad. For example people walking or objects getting between the subject of the scene and the camera still annoy the hell out of me and it happens ALL the time.
There was a scene where some agents were in a house gathering evidence and talking yet there must have been about 20 or 30 people walking around the place, great way to destroy evidence. A body had been found in a room with only one doorway (which was behind the agents) yet people were still walking between the camera and the agents, where were they walking to and from ? They must have walked over the body about 10 times in that scene.
I am computer literate, I have worked in the computer industry for a lot of years. Some of the jargon and terminology is used completely out of context or incorrectly, you get used to this in TV shows (and more worryingly the media) and you kind of tune out and don’t detect it but in a show with the word “Cyber” in its name and nearly everyone is playing some sort of computer nerd you’ld expect a higher standard – sorry but these “nerds” sometimes get it very wrong.
In nearly every episode they refer to the Darknet and say that they cannot trace things or find servers etc. but they nearly always do. In real life the NSA/FBI/CIA have developed ways of doing this, as demonstrated by the bringing down one of the worlds largest black market sites and prosecution of its owner. TOR has been compromised.
Beside all these faults I still find the show entertaining, even if sometimes it is only to laugh at. The story now takes a higher priority than it did in the first episode which is a vast improvment.
Sort of had a Longmire binge over the last few days. Watched seasons 3 & 4. The show has remained entertaining, acting remains great and the stories are semi-believable. Very enjoyable – looking forward to seeing season 4.
The only thing that bothers me is the ending of season 3 – how could someone do such a thing ? Kill their own son because he disagrees with him ? The series is definitely taking a turn to the dark side and I am not sure that I am liking it. Like a lot of other TV series it appears that the producers have decided to shake things up a bit and introduce more biting drama, which to me means either the ratings were falling or the writers are running out of decent ideas but either way it spells the imminent end of the show or a plummet in the quality of the production (with a slightly longer demise). Only time will tell which.
I am going to start season 4 after a short break watching some other programs, one of which is a new show called Agent X which I am finding intriguing and the implications more than a bit disturbing.
It is amazing how many TV channels you can access just by using a VPN to get around geoblocking.