Stuff and that.

Stuff. And yeah. That

Category: Television

Eh. Where was I…

Farmer Wants a Root is finished for 2016, so let me see…

  1. Reading (that’s why we’re here, yes?) reading has been a bit more excite than the books about tidying up (more on that later, you know you want me to!) I finished The Magician’s Land this morning  –  I actually really enjoyed the trilogy. It’s – well, it’s not all Hogwarts meets Narnia with sexy times – although, that’s a pretty damn good summary if I say so myself. There is more to it than that. Not much more to it, to be honest, but enough that it was a pleasurable read. Quentin grew on me in the end. He was still a massive dick, but any bloke who woos a lady with bacon (a little crispy) and champagne is probably alright. Apparently it’s on the telly. Might be worth a watch.
  2. Knee – well, I know you want an update on that. It’s been um seven months now. The nice bit is my patella tendon is now speaking to the rest of my body and I no longer have a slightly numb patch on the front of my shin. This is a win. The knee bone is still not really talking to me – however, will tolerate my weight on it when I crawl into bed. No more throwing myself into bed like I’m five. Although it’s fun. I might just do it occasionally.
  3. Watching the telly. Why yes, yes I have been. I have been watching Farmers try and get laid (various degrees of success would be my guess. The bloke that looked like a good looking version of Austin Powers hooked up with a girlie that looked just like him. They’ll be at it like. Assorted farm animals, probably.) Plus, this is the time of the year that all the shows I like are on the television, so I am recording loads of things. Right now, I am liking:
    1. Jack Irish (don’t normally like Guy Pearce, long story, I am old. He’s good in this.) I am an episode behind. No spoilers plz.
    2. Wanted. Well, I’m actually hate watching that. It shits me to tears. It’s so fucked up. Couple episodes behind now, not sure if I’ll catch up.
    3. The X-Files. DISAPPOINTED. Not saying any more. I haven’t watched the last couple of episodes. I really don’t know that I can watch the rest.
    4. Elementary – It’s pseudo Sherlock Holmes. It’s trashy and I like it.
    5. No Offence. It’s British police procedural stuff and it’s on after Jack Irish. Piss funny and pretty good.
    6. Accidentally watched a lot of the second half of “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here”. I was pretty sure I knew who’d come in the top two and I was right.
    7. Wallander (on the Netflix) I watched all three series. I liked it. It’s sort of mildly depressing but soothing at the same time. Very Scandinavian.
    8. VERY EXCITED that series two of Daredevil is out on Friday. I *hope* they’ll dump the whole lot again.
    9. Blacklist is recording again, but I’m not sure if it’s new episodes.
  4. I went to see a movie! Chaos wanted to see Deadpool desperately. He’s 13. It’s MA15+ so I wasn’t going to let him go on his own or with his mates. I may be a Bad Mother, but I do have some limits. We loved it! It’s very funny and meta and the gratuitous sexy times are vaguely comic-book and not too harsh for a 13 year old boy who still thinks boobies are gross, man. I am definitely NOT a Bad Mother – there was a little kid in the cinema as well, and by little, I mean under seven. Maybe five or six. Ahem.
  5. I’ve started crocheting again. I stopped for a while because it’s been so fucking hot – sweaty hands are not good for crocheting. I have four squares to go and a hell of a lot of ends to do.
  6. AND I HAVE BEEN OUT LIKE A YOUNG PERSON TWO DAYS IN A ROW. Yes. I’ve had a wee social life. I went out on Saturday night and drank the equivalent of about three months worth of beer and watched some bands. Some were awesome, some were crap. Some may have been more awesome because of the quantity of beer consumed. Having consulted Mr Google, I suspect some were in fact rather good. I went back again on Sunday. I didn’t have beer. I found more ace bands and more meh ones. I had donuts. Mmm jammy donuts are good for slightly hungover people. I didn’t spew. It was a good night and day. And you have no idea how pleased I am that today was a day off.
  7. OOH, I nearly forgot. I’ve been Complaining. I am such an Old Person. So far, I have received free sausages and a $15 voucher for a packet of dodgy taco shells. No wonder old people complain!
  8. Diet – going ok until this last week, when I hurt my back again (picking up the fucking BATHMAT of all things. Bloody hell.) so I have been s-l-o-w walking, and the whole parking close to work thing because when you’re walking like a geriatric cowboy with a foot long carrot up your clack, walking 1.5km to and from the car is best described as out of the fucking question. So, slow walking, beer and jam donuts are not conducive to weight loss. I am not expecting great things. However, today is another day and there’s been more fucking donuts because donuts are awesome. Ahem. Tomorrow.

That’s about it, really. I’ve also been doing some more tidying but separate post for that, and I have two weeks off in two weeks. I am most pleased. I have told the kiddies to come up with a couple of things they’d really like to do in the holidays. What I’d like to do is re-paint the laundry. Weird, hey. And finish all the squares for my blanket.


Greetings, earthlings.

(Someone’s been tagging “greetings earthling” on just about every flat surface near my house. Random, hey?)

I have not been reading much lately. Many reasons, some more spurious than others, but some involving people starting work at sparrow fart requiring people to not actually turn the light on to read. Normally, I read the e-books, but the book I am currently reading (and the next on my list) are paper books that require light to read. So I haven’t been. Turning on lights *or* reading. What I have done however is acquire another reading light that is not so annoying for sleeping people. (Yes, I know, I could bring my book onto the couch and read in the lounge room. But it’s not the same.)

So while I’ve not been reading, I have been watching a lot of telly. We subscribed to the Netflix, and we’ve been getting our money’s worth for certain sure. Chaos has watched 97 million episodes of Top Gear, Mayhem is obsessed with Pokemon (this cartoon is absolutely definitely *worse* than Top Gear.) Reg is introducing the kids to all the old movies he used to like. So, wins all round. And as for me, I’ve been indulging in my fair share of stuff as well. So far, I’ve watched bits and pieces of of a few shows, and watched a couple of series as well.

I caught up with Serenity and Firefly – well, just because I’ve always wanted to see it, and just never had the chance. I really liked Firefly, I liked the characters and where the series was going. It was a total space western, with all the goodies and baddies and goodies that aren’t as good as they seem and baddies that aren’t as bad. Shame it got cancelled – there were at least a couple more series in it, the way it was headed. Serenity attempted to tidy up all the loose ends, but really left more questions than were answered and I still want to know what happened next.

Daredevil – that was a pisser. That dude is the most inept ‘superhero’ that ever. Ok, he’s blind and has super senses to compensate for the sense that he lost, but he gets beaten up ALL the time, and if it wasn’t for the Nurse (who, I might add, fished him out of a dumpster), he wouldn’t have lasted past episode two!  The premise of the show is interesting, once you get past how crap Matt Murdock is as a crime fighter. I’m sure he improves, but crikey. Despite living in Man’s Land, I’m not exactly au fait with all the denizens of the Marvel Universe – sure, I know about the Avengers and Spiderman but the lesser lights? Not so much. I’d never heard of Daredevil before the telly show. Nice looking chap, interesting story line, super awesome baddie, (Vincent D’Onofrio – he was in one of those Law and Order shows, and he was creepy-good in that, and in this he is superb). First series went by in a flash, looking forward to season 2.

And Sense8.

Fuck me swinging.  This show is nuts. The basic storyline has eight people who are otherwise not connected, who develop a psychic bond and interact with each other on a psychic level, lending each other their particular strengths at times they need the other’s talents. Interesting, yes? If you like that sort of thing, yes definitely. Also, it’s supposed to be all kinds of ground breaking in the diversity of the cast both physically and sexually. And it certainly manages that.

There’s a load of cliches with the characters that makes them more tropes than characters. The trans woman had a domineering mother who tries to control her and take back her son, the policeman has a drunken alcoholic father, the Indian woman is entering into a loveless marriage… you get the picture. But that in itself isn’t the thing that bothers me (and even then that’s too strong. I’m not bothered by the cliches and the tropes. I’m not even bothered by the really violent bits (there’s a few of them).

It’s the sexuals. Now, I have no objections to two consenting adults doing whatever the hell they want to each other. And I’m not even averse to two ladies, two chaps or even a lady who used to be a chap and her lady friend sharing some sexy times. Two consenting adults and all that. BUT when I am watching a telly show, I don’t want to be seeing it every five minutes. Unless the sexy bidness is necessary to move the story along – GET OFFA MY LAWN. I just don’t want to be seeing a group of hot naked bodies writhing around on my telly. No, I really don’t.

Yes. Old person now. But even when I wasn’t an old person, I’ve never been a fan of using sex to pad out a story – and some of this is a bit ott (specially when everyone gets involved) and it sidetracks from the story and makes a discerning viewer wonder what the hell in fact is the story. I guess I’ll have to keep watching and find out. And closing my eyes in the sexy bits.