Thursday, January 03, 2008

Cogito, ergo blog

That image to the left there is a visualisation of the "blogosphere." There are several such constructions on the web, and even a site that offers an interactive "map" of the blogosphere. Totally fascinating.

So, yeah, I intend to keep this little dot in the blogosphere going. That will probably be the one New Year's resolution I'll be able to keep. But, to get the new year kicked off, I need your help. I'm starting off with a little experiment called the Just Ask Challenge, invented by Petya, who executed it to great effect last year. Click on the link for a full explanation, but it basically works like tihs: you get to ask questions, and I'll post an entry-long response. Simple as that.

Hope you are all still out there...

In other random news, I've been catching up recently on a few cable series that I somehow missed out on. I watched the first couple of seasons of HBO's Entourage, which seemed a bit simple and a little too frat-boyish at first, but has turned out to be pretty interesting. Major kudos to Jeremy Piven, who delivers a great performance as a scheming talent agent with a heart of, uh... well, sterling silver at least. On the recommendation of several friends, I also watched the last season of The Wire, the HBO series about the "corner" drug business in Baltimore. My friends were right. It's amazing. (And for those of you who've seen it, can you believe that Snoop is almost 30 years old?!!) And, just yesterday, I started on Rome, which I think I remember Kyle saying that he loved. The jury is still out on that one. I haven't decided whether or not its much more than soft porn and gore.

These series have served their purpose for me over the last couple of weeks, which was primarily to ease the drudgery of constructing syllabi and prepping for the new semester. I start back next Wednesday. Argh.

So, get your Just Ask questions in... otherwise I'll be forced to bore you with blow-by-feeble-blow accounts of my life.


Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

I do have a question for you (pertaining in part to "Burger Friday,") but it will take some set-up so you'll have to wait until I have the time.

I do, however, need to make a comment on Rome, which I also started watching over the break (Heather is on bed rest so I haven't had much time, but we've watched the first two episodes). So far I've liked it, but I should add the caveat that I was a big enough geek as a child that I spent many hours designing and drawing various buildings I would have constructed had I been a Roman and I owned a board game where you got to be a Senatorial faction, so I think I'd enjoy a series about paint-drying, provided it was set in such a meticulously recreated Rome. This makes the gore and porn just an added bonus, although to be honest both are a little too realistic for my taste (well I don't think they had implants in Rome, but you get my idea)...

Ok I'll post my question later.


Doctor J said...

Yeah, I don't think it's a terrible series. As a matter of fact, I really enjoy the conversations between the two soldiers (can't remember their names) which sound like they might have been taken right out of a Cosmo magazine. "What do women want?" "Tell her she's beautiful every time you see her." Hilarious, really.

I also like the kid who plays Octavian. I felt like him a lot when I was a teenager.

Katie said...

Yes, I have not had the patience for Rome because even when it wasn't soft porn, it was still filmed like it should have been. The soft focus, low light thing just struck me as weird production qualities for the few fight and battle scenes that I saw. But I lovelovelove The Wire. It's one of those things that I know I should never talk about with people who haven't seen it because my enthusiasm is just scary. So thanks for appreciating it too.

petya said...

Did you see my question? I posted it under the original post. :)

bernadette said...

1. Will Obama win the Democratic nomination and is that a good thing?
2. Why can't Hollywood make a good protest film anymore?
3. Did you like the Patchett memoir?
4. What should I do with my life?!?!

Ideas Man, Ph.D. said...

Ok, here's my question:

"How does a steakhouse get rid of its leftovers through Burger Friday?"

The background to this question turned out to be so lengthy that I just posted it on my own blog: