What I Like and Don’t Like About the Shows I Watch

May 21, 2016

You can tell that a blog has passed its prime when it resorts to reviews. Unless, of course, it self-consciously and deprecatingly refers to its being passed its prime, in which case it is so brilliant as to be in a category all its own: “Sarcastically Over-Compensatingly Laziness-As-Genius,” or SOCLAG.

Luckily, none of that applies to this blog post, which is simply a review of some shows I’ve been watching online.

Daredevil

Synopsis: An allegedly blind guy has inexplicable super powers, beats up bad people and doesn’t shave.

Pros: Acceptable acting, impressive fights scenes, and the patience to wait an entire season before acquiring a superhero costume.

Cons: Very few female characters; they over-did his super-sensing powers so much that his blindness is just a cover – he needs a weakness.

Best line: “Where’s this asshole’s hand?”

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Synopsis: A woman who grew up in an underground bunker where she was kidnapped for 15 years now lives in New York City with Carol Kane.

Pros: The first season had some hilarious sight gags and technology jokes; just when you think they are strictly 2-dimensional, there’s some character development; Carol Kane is in it.

Cons: Sometimes the writing gets too surrealistic and absurdist, making the characters less interesting; the Blast From the Past “I grew up in a bunker” device loses steam as Kimmy adapts to modern life; also, I could do without the stale gay, racial, regional and even hipster stereotypes and jokes.

Best Gag: The iPhone bit

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Synopsis: Very attractive people with super powers fight each other.

Pros: the special effects look cool; women aren’t just love interests.

Cons: Because it’s not the movies, all the top-tier S.H.I.E.L.D. superheroes (the Avengers) are strangely on vacation; it takes too long to type “S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Orphan Black

Synopsis: A confusing array of people and groups fight one another and it has something to do with clones.

Pros: Tatiana Maslany – because it’s a show about clones, Maslany plays a diverse panoply of characters, all with different accents and mannerisms, from a lesbian biochemist to my favorite, a psychotic yet lovable Eastern European assassin. Maslany is amazing.

Cons: a bit over-the-top with all the killing – it’s hard to understand why the different groups are so quick to shoot, torture and blow each other up.

Writer/director obsession: butts – there are a lot of gratuitous naked butts

Best line: When Sarah’s young daughter asks, “What’s a Republican?” her grandmother answers, “Oh, sweetheart, let’s not give you nightmares.”

 

Grace and Frankie

Synopsis: Who cares? Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are in it.

Pros: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are in it; so are Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen.

Cons: Season two, episode one includes a Sassy Black Receptionist Woman at a hospital. Where did this now ubiquitous stereotype come from? Why would writers for a show busting stereotypes about old and gay people write in this character?

Best bit of season one: Lily Tomlin on the phone with Mike, Apple’s tech specialist for old people.


Yes, I watch other TV shows, but if I include them I will look at this post and think that all I do is binge-watch TV. Even worse, my mother will think that. So, I’ll stop here & invite you to click on the following daisy:

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Number Nine…

May 17, 2016

Look at these numbers:numbers

The last one on the right, number nine, doesn’t fit, and it’s not just because I drew question marks over its head. Read on and be prepared to abandon this planet before your head implodes….

All even numbers (two, four, six, eight and let’s include zero) have an enclosed space – a loop of some sort. Eight even has two loops! The odds, however, don’t. 1, 3, 5, 7… they are just some lines that don’t intersect themselves, thereby not cutting off any space. Except for 9!!! 

My son wisely suggested that perhaps the original character for nine was lost so someone just took a six and turned it upside down. That would certainly be a likely explanation if not for the fact that the truth is far more sinister. Not even the Beatles, in their eerie “Number Nine” riff came close to the meaning of this misfit number. But, because I love you, reader, more than my own safety, I shall now reveal the true origin of number nine. Please destroy this blog post after reading.

Where Number Nine Came From and Where it’s Going:

Unfortunately, it seems that I have run out of space in this post to continue this article. I’ll be sure to get back to writing it soon. Plus, some very unsavory mathematicians are on to me and I’ve gotta get out of here. In the meantime, here’s something to click on:

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By the way, thank you for your patience during my absence from blogging. It’s good to be back.


If I Take a Break, am I Broken?

September 15, 2015

The fabulous Daisybrain Blog is on holiday at the moment. The author is busy experiencing life, and will return with thrilling new blog posts shortly.

In the meantime, please browse through any or all of our 459 posts. Simply click the INDEX tap & randomly select a post from the list.

Alternatively, you can see where this daisy leads:

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Fake Definitions… from Daisybrain

September 7, 2015
  • Zoology: The study of zoos
  • Astronomy: The study of asses
  • Sociology: The study of sociopaths
  • Rhinology: The study of Rhinos
  • Sarcology: The study of sarcasm
  • Cardiology: The study of playing cards
  • Cosmetology: The study of the cosmos

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A Single, Short Poem About All of Us

September 3, 2015

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Human beings:

Happy, decaying blobs of quickly putrefying rot

painfully isolated water droplets seeking and fearing merger

self-aware matter freaked out by the obvious

poets

That’s today’s poem from Daisybrain. Click this daisy to see more Daisybrain:

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In-Between Poetry

August 26, 2015

In-Between Heart

Home is where my heart is.

But I can’t find my heart.

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Free Idea #19: Fridge Poster

August 10, 2015

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Anyone who is, has been, or currently lives with, a teenager knows that their favorite past-time is staring blankly at the food in the refrigerator. Often this occurs on the way to the dinner table, which can confuse parents who have already prepared food for the teenager to consume. Typically, the following conversation proceeds:

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