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numb3rs

I love the show numb3rs.  David Krumholz is one of my favorite actors because of this series.  I’ve  been rewatching the whole thing on netflix. (i recommend netflix btw, it’s a convenient and well priced service, just hope it stays that way).  Last night I watched episode 31.   I dunno how I missed it but I’m glad I had.  this was an episode with no math tricks and no twists to the case, and it was horrible.  

  For those who didn’t watch the show, it is about a group of FBI agents fighting crime (see also criminal minds, Lie to me and without a trace).  The originality of this series comes from the lead FBI agent (played by Rob Morrow) having a little brother who is a math wiz.  and not in the “he got straight A’s and was mathletes team” math wiz.  No he graduated from Princeton at 14 and became the applied math prof. at CalSci at 21.  The little brother is named Charlie Eppes and is play by David Krumholtz and most plot have him using mathematical algorithms and probability models to out think the criminal.

This episode i watched though… there was none of that.  There was no out thinking the criminal, there was no witty math metaphors and it turned into the worst kind of boring crime drama.  They busted a meth lab, they found out the meth dealer had other vices (child porn) and that he was after his daughter and ex-wife.  the way it played it seemed to be building to some sort of twist at the end.  Maybe the meth dealer was trying save his daughter from child pornographers.  maybe he wasn’t the guy in the meth lab.  maybe his wife has some shady stuff… ultimately the only twist is that there isn’t one.  Police find daughter and mother first.  THen they get the bad guy trying to leave the country and then it ends after some characters talk about something pointless.  It was the worst kind of filler, that which adds nothing and doesn’t even entertain very well.  And the end is unresolved.  the dealer is shown in cuffs and then he asks for a lawyer and is walked off screen. 

??? and?

Nothing and the main character feels bad because when he was a child he thought he saw something bad happening at the neighbor’s house.  he talks about it then cut to black. None of it is ever brought up again. 

as i said worst kind of filler.

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Tails Dragon Tales

I wish I wish

 with all my heart

 to fly with dragons

 in a land of —rt

This is the rhyme to go to dragon land in the show dragontales.  I know it’s a childrens show.  I know it doesn’t matter but by god my kids watch and that means I have to watch it.  or hear it at least.  And I think even then it wouldn’t bother me except one thing.  It sounds an awful lot like the last verse is “in a land of heart”.  I don’t know thats what it is, it’s sounds like alot of words;apart, fart, tart.  but the one that makes sense in the rhymeis heart.  That is annoying and it makes the rhyme not rhyme.  A word cannot rhyme with itself in a limerick.  This drives me nuts.  Evey time I hear it.

And yeah I know, welcome to parenthood.

A Few Mini rants

I figure I may do this often but instead of thinking up like 500 words on one subject I’ll do a few small rants of no more than a paragraph or two. looking back over the other posts I notice this is getting kinda angry and I don’t want just anger rants. That in mind I thought a couple of rants praising stuff i like.

Think Positive!

Team Fortress 2

Yahtzee once said that if you had “been remotely interested in online shooters in the last decade” (said in 2008) “you already know everything about team fortress and TF2 is basically that with all the corners cut off and polished to a mirror shine.” seeing as i spent most of 1995-2007 playing a Sony console or gamecube i knew nothing of the desolate wasteland that had become PC gaming. It is still that but like the people in fallout they built several small towns. Some are well run if a bit sinister (steam) and some are raider filled trash dumps (games for windows LIVE).

So with little working knowledge of online shooters I jump in.  Now online I have played halo, I have played call of duty, I have played unreal tournament. team fortress 2 is so much better in so many ways.  And maybe I’m wrong but the population of people I would kill in real life for being totally retarded is ridiculously lower.  I’ve had conversations about aboriginal natives while playing this game.  the classes let you know what you’re suppose to do without being too easy and are deep enough that with enough practice you can become an unstoppable machine.  And thankfully unlike some other games not having disposable income isn’t a hindrance. you can buy all the special weapons if you got the cash or you can just get them in-game for playing. 

After typing this (if child will let me) I’ll probably play it.

Some anime

Netflix (I’ll rant at some point)  recently enlarged their anime portfolio.  Being the gigantic nerd that I am, I am ecstatic! ^w^.  recently butler black and ken-ichi; the mightiest disciple have been watched.   they also have the entire inuyasha series (again will rant) it’s in japanese with english subtitles.  Now I don’t mind this and it’s probably because only like half the episodes were ever dubbed in english but it is weird getting use to new voices for familiar characters.i’ve seen some other stuff I’ll get around to.  I’ll probably rant at some point.

Ken ichi is good in that it’s about fighting and seems like some with a black belt actually advised on the show.  the characters are solid and unlike DBZ instead of starting with the most powerful fighter and having  to make stronger and stronger enemies until you have a god as a main character that’s has to be nerfed at the beginning of the next spinoff it starts off with a know-nothing and progress at mild pace from there.  it’s good in a way I haven’t seen since arc 2 of bleach.

black butler is grim dark and set in Victorian england.  not a lot of action but one hell of a butler.  Lots of subdued supernatural which i like.  i hate when there are giant demons walking around causing havoc and everyone seems to be looking tin the wrong direction at the wrong time every time.  It’s really disturbing and usually lamp shaded or just ignored.  suspension of disbelief and all that.  this however takes the better approach of everything supernatural being just believable enough that yeah if you saw the aftermath you wouldn’t think is was a giant demon dog.

also rugrats seasons were added.  I’ve been forced to reverse my childhood opinion wild thornberries was a better show.  They’re both still okay, but WT is cleaner, better written, and more interesting.  RR gets too stale after awhile which is clear because they kept adding new characters (in order; susie, dil, chuckie’s step sister).  and all grown up is still an annoying pile of failure in my opinion.