My genius idea for a House reboot

My idea for a House reboot is actually just House, but every character (except the patient of the week) is literally House. It's never explained why the different copies of House exist, or why they have to take on different roles on the team or in the hospital, or why...

Your first conference presentation

It's sort of like when you go up to the big kids' diving board for the first time because, hey, every kid has to do it eventually, and you know it's not really that bad, but then you look down at the water way, way down below and oh! this was a terrible...

The Pomodoro Technique

I've recently found the Pomodoro technique pretty useful for increasing my studying/reading productivity, with regards to my studying for my comps. Basically, you work for 25 minutes, take a 5 minute break, then repeat the cycle. After four of these, you take a longer...

Herp Derp Youtube Comments

"Herp Derp" is a good extension. Here's a visual which I shamelessly stole from the Herp Derp website: The extension is useful, obviously, because YouTube comments are just all-around terrible, but more importantly, it prevents spoilers, like if you want...

Stargate SG-1: It’s a sitcom

I've been binging through Stargate SG-1 recently, and my theory is that the show is secretly a sitcom. The sci-fi ideas in the show are not that innovative; some of the plot lines are quite bad; the effects are definitely not anything to write home about; the villains...

Some audiobooks and other audio stuff

Simon Prebble's reading of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is quite good. I've been listening to it on my runs and while I'm doing mindless tasks like making dinner or cleaning. The Literary Theory course by Paul Fry from Yale (on iTunesU) is also...

Traffic Sources

I just looked at my analytics and it looks like about 60% of people who come to this blog do so after searching for things like "blondie recipe" or "Reese's cheesecake recipe." For all those people, I hope you like the recipes, and I apologize for all the weird other...

Writing and Studying, Writing to Study

Jay Dolmage’s (relatively) recent blog post about Learning by Writing seemed to me quite on the mark, especially with regards to some of ways in which I’ve been toying around with my own study habits. I’m studying for my reading exams right now, and I’ve been finding...

Drive (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)

I liked this movie. (Maybe from now on I'll just post "hey, here's a thing I liked." Huzzah for low-content posts.) This was my favourite exchange: The Driver (Ryan Gosling) and Benicio (Kaden Leos) are watching cartoons while Irene (Carey Mulligan) gets ready. The...