The War So Far

So far I’m enjoying it. A lot of wartime footage I doubt any of us have seen much of, and great detail on the various operations and general march of the war, combined with the excellent back home story. I do have one criticism though, while there’s a lot of detail which I appreciate, I would have liked to hear more about the Axis side, their strategy, and their reactions to what we were doing, winning or losing. Other than that it’s been great.

Other misc. observations – I had no idea the Japanese were so cruel to our POW’s. I had seen at least one PBS special on some of the things that went on in the pacific, but after this I’m amazed at the level of cruelty they displayed overall. On the American internment camps, I had known about that for some time. My father told me about it when I was a kid when I asked him about an old scientific slide rule he kept (which currently sits in front of me on my desk). The story goes a Japanese American chemist my father worked with was being shipped off, and he gave the rule to my father to hold onto until they “met again” in the future. That never happened, so now it sits here in front of me as a small reminder of how far we’ve come technologically. For those curious it was made by “Keuffel and Esser Co. N.Y.” and is quite nice, and still works – it’s made of a waxed cherry wood, with a shiny off white lacquer finish where the numbers are printed. On the side it states the company had a “patent pending” on the design, which was ultimately issued to Keuffel on July 06, 1937. That makes it about 75 years old, obviously my dad kept good care of it.

Maybe someday one of the decedents of my father’s friend will read my post, get in touch, and I’ll be able to fulfill my dad’s promise of returning it to its rightful owner.

3 Great Albums

I picked these albums out after perusing the artist list from the past two seasons of Showtime’s Weeds – which incidentally is a really great show. For the Jenny Lewis fans out there Rabbit Fur Coat will most likely become your new best favorite. Regina Spektor is amazing of course, and The Submarines are a fun, slightly less quirky, more refined Rilo Kiley – all recommended. If you’re curious check out the full list on the Weeds home page, where you can also enjoy versions of Malvina Reynolds‘ “Little Boxes” by various artists used for the second season intros.

Weed’s is currently available on Amazon Unbox in DVD quality, and is supported by Tivo.

Something Tivo Lovers Wish They Had

..if they only new it existed in other products. Movies Guide in Vista Media Center – basically it’s an applet that brings up all the feature films currently playing or playing soon on your local cable television provider network. I couldn’t believe it the first time I picked up on this – you can pretty much forget ever having to browse the guide or channel surf to find something good to watch. (Or find out quickly there’s nothing to watch, which gives you an added 10 minutes or so for whatever you’ll be doing instead.)

The End of BSG

“This show was always meant to have a beginning, a middle and, finally, an end,” Eick and Moore said in a statement Thursday. “Over the course of the last year, the story and the characters have been moving strongly toward that end, and we’ve decided to listen to those internal voices and conclude the show on our own terms. And while we know our fans will be saddened to know the end is coming, they should brace themselves for a wild ride getting there — we’re going out with a bang.”

While I’m bummed to see BSG go, I’m really glad we get to see the end of a popular series, rather than having it just disappear into the ether. Kudos on the decision, I can’t wait till January.

“Battlestar” gets grounded by Sci Fi

BSG

Was it me or did the writers behind Battlestar Galactica fall prey to letting their political views seep into the writing of their storyline? I hope not. Validating suicide bombing and comparing the United States to the Cylons? Maybe that’s a bit of a stretch. I hope it is anyway, it’d really suck if the writers decided alienating a chunk of their viewer base was a worthy sacrifice in trade for pushing a slanted political view.

One point I’d like to make. The number of subjects I and my friends who differ with my political views have in common is on the decline. Will BSG be yet another subject we can no longer share and come together on? Is it Hollywoods goal to completely seperate the populace of this country? I’m not one for conspiracy theories, but this sure smells like one.