Dec. 17th, 2010

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So I watched Torchwood earlier this year. Children of Earth was amazing. The rest...let's just say that I was not impressed by half of the plots being driven by Jack being completely incompetent at running a secret organization. I nominate him for management, common sense, and ethics classes.

Things that Jack might want to reconsider in the set-up of his super secret organization: )

Doctor Who can get away with completely nonsensical plots because of its whimsical tone. I don't think the shift in tone with Torchwood gave it the same license, which is why I largely don't think the series worked. Children of Earth does a lot better because it engages with the kind of questions that suit darker works, and uses a much more solid plot to do it.

My other issue with this show is that Russell T. Davies equates sex with adulthood, apparently to the exclusion of things like maturity and responsibility. Sex is only one part of adulthood, and watching characters fumble through with the same sense of ethics and maturity that I see in shows about teenagers is just frustrating for me, especially when I know that the show was designed specifically to be an adult alternative to Doctor Who.

In short: I can take a completely ridiculous plot when it comes packaged in funny, but when you're trying to be serious I expect the plot to hold together.
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1. If you think you're going to send holiday cards to Jewish and other non-Christian friends, think about the holiday cards well before your boss gives you one right before you leave for Christmas break. It's just tacky to get the cards together a week after Hanukkah has ended. Also, if you have a friend in Israel, don't just think about it before Hanukkah, think about it long enough before Hanukkah that you can get a card to her overseas without paying an arm and a leg for it.

1a. Large mid-western grocery store chains are a not a good place to buy nifty holiday cards. Their Christmas card selection is decent, the holiday card selection, not so much. Therefore: buy ahead so that you can check more places.

2. Walk slowly on the ice. No really. Falling on your face is not fun.

3. States in the mid-west are a lot bigger than in the northeast.

4. Midwestern accents are adorable.

5. Even really clumsy people can use knives at work without killing themselves.

6. Librarians are awesome.

7. Start doing the dishes at least an hour before you want to go to bed. Also, get an apartment with a dishwasher next time.

8. Taking up watching the Rachel Maddow show religiously about a month before spending Christmas with really conservative relatives is just a holiday politics fight waiting to happen.

9. The real test of full adulthood is when you earn enough that you see don't see it as an overall win to take three weeks worth of laundry 13 hours away to your parents' house over breaks because you can do it for free there.


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