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    Strike Back


    2011 - 08.30

    Keeping with the TV Theme for the week, we’ve been watching Strike Back on HBO Canada, which is a UK/USA co-production, it should not be confused with Strike Back a purely UK production which aired earlier this year on Showcase.  Or perhaps it should be confused with it, as the latter was a 6-episode series based on a book by Chris Ryan, while the former is a 10-episode series which is a sequel to the first.  The confusion exists because none of that is explained during the show or advertising.

    Regardless of the pedigree or confusion (assuming one was even previously aware of the multiple series) so far it’s been an enjoyable and “fun” show.  It reminds me a little of 24 and CTU, although Jack Bauer never really had a partner in the field like they do in this series.  Also, not being constrained by the real-time story telling there is able to be more action during a given episode.

    So yet another HBO show we’re watching.  Added to the list: True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones.  If they keep this up, soon there will be enough of them to keep us going year round.

    100 Book Challenge


    2011 - 01.09

    So Karin’s got a list of currently 89 books which she is going to try to read this year, inspired by the Facebook Meme of the alleged list of 100 books that the BBC allegedly claimed the average person would have read 6 or fewer.  Turns out that the list wasn’t generated by the BBC, but rather by The Guardian on World Book Day 2007 instead, and of course no such claim about how many the average person had read was made.

    The doing it all in a year thing was inspired by Julie & Julia (2009), which we watched previously and enjoyed.  Not a criteria I advocated for, but one which is well within her ability to accomplish, she’s quite the speed reader.  In the first 9 days of the year, she’s already managed to read 5 books, and started the 6th.  I’ve read two, and have started a third, although the books I’ve read aren’t on her list.

    She’s inviting everyone to join with her in the challenge, so feel free to take her up on it.  If you want to follow her progress more closely, she’s updating her Facebook profile with details, she tweets about it, but the authorized source would be her blog: randomsynapses.ca


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