Archive for July, 2008

Big Brother UK S09D55 (Channel 4)

In my view, the guy is a total tosser.
Mikey on Dale

4 minutes ago, BB opens the nominations pod. Mikey and Mo are the first ones in. Mikey has changed his mind about Dale. Mo doesn’t like Rachel that much anymore. Mikey wonders who would survive between Luke and Dale. Mo doesn’t know. It’s evenly split.

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Big Brother US S10E08 (CBS)

Memphis doesn’t understand what Keesha did. She nominated Jessie and Angie. She holds Jessie responsible for evicting Steven. Jessie tells Michelle that Ollie, April, Libra and Keesha are in another sub-alliance. Jessie plans on winning POV. He tells Michelle that she shouldn’t be surprised that Keesha will nominate him.

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Reading Old Man’s War

I’ve been reading John Scalzi’s blog for a few months now. I don’t remember how I stumbled onto it, but it’s pretty entertaining.

I love scifi and discovered yesterday that Old Man’s War had been available on the Tor.com site for a week (July 20-July 27). I had missed it in the Tor newsletter. Serves me right for shunting that newsletter to a hotmail account, which I only check once ever few weeks.

Anyway, a little searching around and I found Old Man’s War. I started it yesterday and I’m about half-way thru. It’s pretty entertaining. Scalzi has a certain sardonic wit, which translates well into his books.

I like the setting. It reminds me of the Settlers/Spacers/Earthers situation of the Asimov books (Robots of Dawn, Robots and Empire). Earth has become stagnated. It’s been isolated and shut off from space. Colonials have settled systems all around, but they face fierce competition from other alien species. War is breaking out all over the colonies.

Colonials are more technologically advanced than the people from Earth. They found a way to rejuvenate old people so that they can fight in wars. At age 75, US citizens can conscript and get a new lease on life after they complete their 10 year tours. The trouble is that they may not return to Earth and they may not communicate with Earth.

It’s a great concept and it’s very entertaining. I’ll probably finish it today. I’m looking forward to reading his other books as well.

Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal is located in Siberia. It is the world’s deepest lake, at an astounding 5371ft. It contains 20% of the world’s fresh water reserves. It has more water in it than all of the Great Lakes combined! (via cf, images via wiki com)

6 KM

I managed to run 6 km tonight. I was aiming for 10 km, but the sole of my left foot started hurting again. I think I have been experiencing running withdrawal. I had to take a week off running for the heel to heal.

I’m kind of pissed at this. I overdid it the two weeks ago. I should have been more careful. I’m aggressively icing it down so that hopefully I can run tomorrow again. Maybe I’ll run a shorter distance. The stupid thing is that I wasn’t tired at all after I finished. I wasn’t even winded.

I’ll need to cross-train while I let the sole heal. Well it’s not really the sold. It’s actually the bottom of the foot bone/articulation. It’s such an odd place.

Anyway, the last few days haven’t been good. I’ve come to need a run. I can’t really handle my day without it.

I’ve noticed that cravings start when I don’t exercise. For example, today I was craving chocolate and crisps for a short while. I managed to not give in.

The run was fine. It wasn’t really a challenge. I ran 6 km in 40 minutes. I think that I can easily accelerate the pace now. I had brought a frozen water bottle and I had stashed it near a bench. Towards my sixth lap, I wanted to drink. However, I noticed that someone had nicked it. I was pissed. I started swearing loudly while I continued running. During the next lap, I spotted a bag/recycle lady who was pounding a bottle on the pavement. It was my Evian bottle. I told her that it was my bottle. She said that she found it. I said that it was mine, I had put it there. I didn’t even put an effort into speaking Mandarin. I was so pissed. I took my bottle and continued on my run, swearing along the way.

The bottle was full of frozen water, that was slowly thawing. What was she thinking?

Food.

Well, today I had two eggs with sliced ham. I also had mango/milk blend. I had some soup later on with some more diced ham. I’ll probably have to eat something now, since I’m feeling a bit hungry.

I had my weigh-in today and it was 74kg (163lbs). I’ve lost another kilo. I thought that I would have gained some weight over the week since I wasn’t working out. It didn’t matter. I lost some weight.

Actually, the lack of running made me really upset. I’ve come to need the run. It’s therapeutic.

Running withdrawal. I’ve been tired all week. I wake up tired and go to bed tired. I was apathetic as well. A run cured all that.

City Homicide Tanipha S02E04 (Channel 7 AUS)

This is the 4th episode of the second season of the Australian police procedural drama City Homicide. I gave this series a go when it started. I was pleasantly surprised. The Australian feel for this drama is really nice. Much like British shows, City Homicide is quite different from American ones.

That means that not a lot of Americans will be watching the show. In fact, I’m willing to bet that not a lot of people outside of Australia watch it. Nevertheless, it’s a really nice drama. The cases are surprising and the insider politics that the crew has to deal with are also very interesting.

The acting is good as well all around, apart for a few minor glitches along the way in female guest stars. What really sets City Homicide apart is the overall quality of the show. The cinematography is really top notch. Superb shots of Melbourne and beautiful post processing make this show a must for people enjoying visual eye candy of the architectural type.

One thing that I do like is that there aren’t fifty CSI techs running around finding evidence. The detectives themselves have to do the work. This sort of thing comes from the popularity of the CSI TV shows. I think of The Sweeney when I think of City Homicide, and that’s a great thing. I recommend this show without reservations.

City Homicide is a nitty gritty police drama. I recommend City Homicide.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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City Homicide In House S02E03 (Channel 7 AUS)

This is the 3rd episode of the second season of the Australian police procedural drama City Homicide. I gave this series a go when it started. I was pleasantly surprised. The Australian feel for this drama is really nice. Much like British shows, City Homicide is quite different from American ones.

That means that not a lot of Americans will be watching the show. In fact, I’m willing to bet that not a lot of people outside of Australia watch it. Nevertheless, it’s a really nice drama. The cases are surprising and the insider politics that the crew has to deal with are also very interesting.

The acting is good as well all around, apart for a few minor glitches along the way in female guest stars. What really sets City Homicide apart is the overall quality of the show. The cinematography is really top notch. Superb shots of Melbourne and beautiful post processing make this show a must for people enjoying visual eye candy of the architectural type.

One thing that I do like is that there aren’t fifty CSI techs running around finding evidence. The detectives themselves have to do the work. This sort of thing comes from the popularity of the CSI TV shows. I think of The Sweeney when I think of City Homicide, and that’s a great thing. I recommend this show without reservations.

City Homicide is a nitty gritty police drama. I recommend City Homicide.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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