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My 2018, part 5 – Top 12 TV dramas

And finally, the heavy stuff. It’s of course a while since I saw some of these now, and I have a really tough time trying to not be biased towards the ones fresh in memory (I momentarily put Daredevil on top for that reason, but I’m pretty sure that could have gone for any of the top five or so.) What’s there is my best guess without rewatching stuff back to back. Your mileage will vary.

Finally, also note that this is obviously a list based on subjective enjoyment. I’m under no illusion that from an objective standpoint, Handmaid’s Tale isn’t tons better than Happy! … But it is a tad too emotionally draining for me to _enjoy_ it more than the zany adventures of hobo cop & his hallucinated pegasus vs. the mob and the demon Santa.

You can find my earlier lists of what entertainment I consumed in 2018 here (comedies), here (films), here (books) and here (comics).
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My 2018, part 4 – Top 12 TV comedies

I do realise the ridiculousness of being past the mid-point of April before I start finishing up my summaries of my 2018, but at first I wanted to wait until I’d caught up on a handful of my favourites that I were behind on — and since then, 2019 has been getting in the way. Anyway, you can find part 1: comic books, part 2: films from these handy links) and part 3: books back with the posts made when the new year was still newish.

Anyway, I watch far, far too much television to try to list it all. So instead, I’ve divided it into two categories: lighter shows (comedies, action comedies and comedy dramas, mostly) and heavier shows (dramas and thrillers for the most part), and made a top 12 list of each. This post is about the lighter ones.

Without further ado, my top 12 comedies and comedy dramas that aired new episodes in 2018:

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Insufficiently dippy

‘Who killed Thursby?’

Spade said: ‘I don’t know.’

Bryan rubbed his black eyeglass-ribbon between thumb and fingers and said knowingly: ‘Perhaps you don’t, but you certainly could make an excellent guess.’

‘Maybe, but I wouldn’t.’

The District Attorney raised his eyebrows.

‘I wouldn’t,’ Spade repeated. He was serene. ‘My guess might be excellent or it might be crummy, but Mrs Spade didn’t raise any children dippy enough to make guesses in front of a District Attorney, an Assistant District Attorney, and a stenographer.’

‘Why shouldn’t you, if you’ve nothing to conceal?’

‘Everybody,’ Spade responded mildly, ‘has something to conceal.’

‘And you have ?’

‘My guesses, for one thing.’

The Maltese Falcon
by Dashiell Hammett

My 2018, part 3 – Books

I don’t get as much reading done as I’d like, since, well, since my teens, really, but I still read a few chapters in bed most nights. And on occasion I am even able to put on an audiobook during the daytime while doing monotonous task that don’t require my full attention. So here follows part 3 of my popular entertainment consumed in 2018 (you can find part 1: comic books and part 2: films from these handy links).

My reading preference is novels, and while I most years do try to intersperse that with occasional other things, my backlog had grown a bit out of hand in 2017. Therefore I mostly stuck with just the novels (excepting short breaks between each for a comic book or two), and there not much to speak of by the ways of poetry, short stories or non-fiction on the list this year.

As on the other two lists, I’m not going to comment on each individual book (the post would get ridiculously long), so if anything catches your fancy to strike up a conversation on or ask what I thought about, please do let me know in the comments. Again, on the few that I’ve written a short LibraryThing review, those are linked in the title.

And with that, listing time:

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Wagers and kings

He had brought down his first Nyak when scarcely thirteen; had brought down his tenth the week after his accession to the throne; and was returning now from his forty-sixth.

‘Fifty before I come of age,’ he had exulted. ‘Who’ll take the wager?’

But courtiers don’t take wagers against the king’s skill. There is the deadly danger of winning.

Foundation by Isaac Asimov


Off with you

“Off with you” is a phrase used by people who lack the courtesy to say something more polite, such as “If there’s nothing else you require, I must be going,” or “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to ask you to leave, please,” or even “Excuse me, but I believe you have mistaken my home for your own, and my valuable belongings for yours, and I must ask you to return the items in question to me, and leave my home, after untying me from this chair, as I am unable to do it myself, if it’s not too much trouble.”

– Lemony Snicket,
in chapter 3 of The Penultimate Peril,
Book the Twelfth of A Series of Unfortunate Events


The hubris of mankind

Why should not God have come to the earth as an earth-worm? There are a great many more worms than men, and they do a great deal more good.

– Merlyn, in
The Book of Merlyn, chapter 3, page 45,
by T. H. White