Watch Studio 60

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A few posts ago I stated that I didn’t much care for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. This is no longer true. I’ve also just heard that there are rumours that it will be cancelled. This would be a bad thing. We’ve watched it every week now (upon recommendation of friends, coworkers, and loved ones), and it’s good. You should watch it. The show is very well written, has characters with depth and real personality who you can actually care about, and is just a high-quality bit of television.

Watch it. Love it. Blog about it and tell all your friends to watch it. It’s too good to be so unceremoniously cancelled before it really starts. Ok. Go set your PVRs and Tivos. I’ll wait here.

Dinner for one

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Rob’s still in Toronto, so I was cooking just for me tonight. The grocer had tilapia fish on special, so I picked up a single filet ($1.60) and had it with a spinach salad topped with balsamic-lemon vinaigrette.

Tilapia

Very simple: rub some olive oil on the filet, season with fresh ground salt and pepper, pan fry on medium-high heat for 3-4 mins per side.

Spinach salad

Also simple: Good handful of baby spinach, half a dozen grape tomatos, handful of croutons, a few chunks of feta, and a hard boiled egg cut in half (salt + pepper on the egg to taste).

Balsamic-lemon vinaigrette

2 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp good balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, and some fresh ground pepper all into an old salsa jar, then shake well + pour over salad.

Ta dah. It was absolutely delicious. I didn’t bother with lemon on the fish, just drizzling a bit of the vinaigrette over it instead. Yum.

Taking a few days off

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It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada, so I’ll be afk (more or less) on Monday. I’ll be afk again Oct 12-16 (Thu-Mon) for a mini-vacation, and will be largely offline but accessible by mobile for emergencies.

Eric Shepherd’s field promotion

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Eric Shepherd (aka “sheppy”) has been part of Mozilla for half a year now. In the past six months he’s not only dug in and written some vital and high-quality documentation, he’s also integrated himself well into the developer community as a whole. His skill and experience are such that we’re expanding his responsibilities to encompass all things related to Mozilla developer documentation as our new Developer Documentation Lead.

So from here on in, if you have questions about the MDC documentation or wikis, Eric’s the person you should talk to first and he’ll be the guy making final decisions on related issues. Congratulations Eric, and thanks :)

Food TV

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The rise of food television, from The New Yorker.

New TV! (no spoilers)

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Quick rundown of the new TV season, in no particular order:

  • Heroes – Just watched the second episode. Love it. I started reading comic books when I was a kid and have always loved ‘em. This TV show holds huge promise and potential. Great characters.
  • Studio 60 – Meh. Barely made it through the first episode, won’t be going back.
  • Shark – It’s like House M.D. only with lawyers. And lousy acting. And terrible, terrible writing. I basically dislike every single character in the show.
  • CSI – Grissom remains my favourite CSI in all three shows. This is top of my “gritty crime drama” list, and seems to be holding up well. (Yes, I know it’s all ridiculous and not at all like real life, but I don’t care…I still like it.)
  • CSI: NY – This show continues to grow on me, and I like the characters a lot. Good stuff.
  • CSI: Miami – Honestly, I’m not sure who watches this any more. Just watched this week’s episode and literally laughed out loud at the new transitions and other random effects. I won’t be bothering with this series any more.
  • L&O: CI – No more Vincent D’Onofrio, so my interest is waning. They’ve replaced everyone on the show except Chris Noth, who was great when he was in the original L&O but doesn’t seem to be able to carry a show on his own. They may have jumped the shark by losing too many characters between seasons.
  • Numb3rs – I like this show a lot even tho the math is apparently “questionable” at best. I don’t care. I’ve never really been much for math (even tho I use it “every day!”) so that stuff is mostly just gibberish to me. I like the characters (although Charlie’s getting on my nerves a bit). They seem to be concentrating more on the FBI parts and less on the dorky math parts this season, which is good. And yes, I like the silly bits at the end where the Eps family gets all quippy.
  • House M.D. – Yes it’s a little formulaic, but I still like it a bunch. Good characters, usually interesting medical mysteries, fun sub-plots. Not stellar, by any means, but still several thousand times better than any given reality show.
  • The Unit – Just started watching season 1, but it’s good and I’m glad it’s made it to a second season already. So far it seems like a strange cross between The A-Team and Desperate Housewives or something, but that’s OK by me.
  • LOST – I’m beside myself with anticipation for Wednesday’s season opener. Eeeeee! Hurley! Yay! I love this show and I’m not even sure why. Just…awesome, even when at its most ridiculous.
  • Battlestar Galactica – Also hasn’t started yet, but it remains the best science fiction TV series of all time. I’m getting the itch to buy the original BSG series on DVD and watch it, because apparently there are lots of little bits of continuity that have been carried over, and that’s cool. Absolutely “must watch” TV.

That’s pretty much all I’ve seen (or will soon see) this season. There’s more TV worth watching than I have time for, but that’s not a bad problem to have.

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