Five Things for Friday

Five Things for Friday
  1. Over the long weekend, we caught a couple of the UEFA Euro 2016 games. The Germany vs Italy game had the most intense overtime. Almost everyone in the bar was rooting for Iceland to win against France, we wanted to see the underdog win but sadly their run was up. One guy in the bar did share a funny explanation of how Iceland’s team was picked. We’ll probably be catching the final on Sunday.
  2. Ryan and I started watching Penny Dreadful (it’s finally on Netflix!) and after only one episode we are hooked. Truly a gripping and terrifying show. The ending to episode two though… heartbroken.
  3. I’m 35% of the way through The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey. It’s a new take on zombies and I’m looking forward to seeing where the book goes from here and find out what is going on.
  4. Been listening to The Doubleclicks for just about a week straight after seeing their concert last week. It’s my happy place.
  5. I’ve just discovered and have played around with Prisma in the last week or so. I have a few favorite filters and a few that clearly do not work with my coloring.

The Wil Wheaton Project – Geeking Out with Wil

On Wednesday I typed into Google “The Wil Wheaton Project”, opened up the first episode and watched it on Syfy’s website. I first started following Wil Wheaton online after seeing him on TableTop.  Quickly I was hooked, read his books, read his blog, and followed him on twitter.   Reading his blog, watching him on TableTop, and now on the “Wil Wheaton Project” it is easy to see that he is a geek, just like me and most of my friends.

Starting up the episode I was a little unsure what to expect.  Usually I’m not a fan of review type shows because they often come across as mean, mocking, and a bit elitist.  The first few minutes of the episode, Wil seemed a little over the top, trying to sell the show too much.  His usual enthusiasm a bit faked.  But as the show continued the mask came off to reveal a guy that I could relate to.  Talking about canceled TV shows, the good and the bad, I saw a guy that reminded me of many of my friends.  Jokes were made that I agreed with, that were honest without being malicious.  Only a few minutes in, Wil poked fun at both himself and the Syfy network. A welcome relief since Syfy has some horrible stuff, along with the amazing stuff.

I am looking forward to some of the segments to continue.  The Vikings segment with the 70s porno music was a particular favorite. A few things felt a little stale, the Walking Dead segment felt like something I’ve seen a few times on the internet and I think most of the viewers live on the internet like me.

What really kept my attention is how genuine Wil is on the show.  Watching him it is clear that he wants to be there, is excited to be there, and is having a blast.  That kind of enthusiasm is contagious (and partially why I think TableTop has been so successful).  I didn’t feel like I was watching a celebrity talk about all the cool things going on in Hollywood.  I was watching a guy geek out about the stuff he was excited about and laughing with us about the things that fell flat.

Hopefully the show will continue, keep the spark and find ways to keep improving. If you have cable, check out the show on Tuesday’s at 10/9c.  If you’re a cord-cutter like me you can watch it on Syfy’s site:

Why I Am Enjoying Sleepy Hollow

The new TV series I’ve gotten into this fall has been Sleepy Hollow.  Initially I sat down to watch the pilot, not sure if I would really enjoy the show.  I was doubtful that it would distinguish itself from the other supernatural shows and have something different.  Also, how the show was going to adapt Ichabod Crane to a character an entire series can follow.  Boy, was I surprised after the first episode.  As the series has continued it’s found it’s grove and is really an enjoyable show.

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