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Bullet Sunday 294

Posted on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

Dave!Turns out that bullet points are not as rare as a blue moon... because yet another Bullet Sunday starts... now...

   
• Astronomy. Considering how amazing the news, the official NASA press release appeared relatively boring... there are millions of supermassive black holes hiding behind a veil of dust that's mucking up the universe. Other news sources decided to take the NASA news and make it pretty. Forbes ran the story's talking points alongside this photo...

NASA Quasar
Unsurprisingly, this stunning image is from NASA.

I could look at stuff like this all day. Fortunately, NASA has a site for that...

NGC 4038
Again, this stunning image is also from NASA.

I swear... every time the latest Astronomy Picture of the Day hits my web feed reader, it makes me glad I'm not in charge of the US budget. Because, if I were, I'd give NASA more money than they could spend. I'd be rolling up dump trucks full of cash to Jet Propulsion Laboratory and every other division that NASA has. I'd shower them with such massive loads of funding that they'd have to reach into their wildest dreams to find ways to spend it all. I'd probably be branded a traitor and shot for spending public money in such an egregious and irresponsible fashion... but I wouldn't care. As the stunning success with the Curiosity rover has shown, nothing can inspire quite like the USA's forays into space. Alas, reality dictates we have to put the bulk of that money elsewhere, but I can dream. NASA makes it so damn easy.

   
• Holy Crap. If you're not watching Breaking Bad, you are seriously missing out on one of the most depressingly brilliant shows ever to air on television...

Breaking Bad Promo Pic

I was a latecomer to the show... I didn't start watching until half-way through season two. But now that the show is on its fifth and final season, I am trying to envision life without it. Especially when I turn the channel and see the utter shit that's splattered across my television. And speaking of amazing television...

   
• Toby. Even though I just finished making my way through all seven seasons of The West Wing six months ago, I started in again last night (IT'S TOTALLY BLAIR'S FAULT!). I enjoy the show. And, at a time when politics on both side of the spectrum are so dismally disappointing, it makes for better background noise while I work than the news. The only problem is that I HATE HATE HATE HATE the character of Toby Ziegler with the burning passion of a thousand suns...

Toby Ziegler
I know how you feel. I know exactly how you feel. Starting with you.

He was an arrogant asshole from his very first appearance on the show. It seems like creator Aaron Sorkin intended Toby to be some kind of "moral center" he could use to inject his personal politics into a story where they otherwise wouldn't fit. And it was a good idea... except Toby was a total condescending dick most of the time. I don't think actor Richard Schiff is totally to blame, but he certainly didn't infuse much likability into his character that I could ever find. Even when he was being likable. And so now any time I watch an episode, I cannot help but think of how much it would be improved if Toby weren't in it. Or how much fun it would have been to be a writer on The West Wing and kill him off.

   
• Charlie. On the other hand, with each new viewing of The West Wing, I appreciate the subtle genius that Dulé Hill brings to his role of Charlie Young...

Dulé Hill as Charlie Young

When people talk about how astoundingly well-cast The West Wing was, I think that "Charlie" is often-times overlooked, and this is a shame. The character had a very fine line to walk, and the more I re-watch the show the more I am convinced that Dulé Hill is one of only a handful of actors that could have pulled it off. This is made even more apparent when I see the complete 180 he did when he jumped into the role of Gus on Psych. And while I still like Psych, I admit that I'm very interested to see where he jumps next.

   
• Eat. I want nothing more right now at this moment to eat a really good pizza. Alas...

   
And... I should get to bed since I'll be working on Labor Day tomorrow. I guess for me it actually is Labor Day, whereas for most everybody else it's No-Labor Day. Or something like that.

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Comments

  1. B.E. Earl says:

    Breaking Bad is the tots.

    But I’m gonna go ahead and disagree with you about Toby. I’ve watched the series through a few times now and Toby is probably my favorite character. At least during Sorkin’s run on the show. His story eventually got downright silly in the last two seasons. Yeah, Sorkin may have used him as his proxy for his political beliefs, but it was a lot of fun at the same time. In his own cranky way. Toby was the perfect compliment to Sam’s wide-eyed optimism and enthusiasm and Josh’s win-at-all-costs machinations.

  2. mrs. hall says:

    we finally broke down and started watching breaking bad. we are on season two now.

    damn.

    that’s good show right there. yo.

    :)

  3. Troy says:

    Love Breaking Bad in a watching a train wreck happen kind of way.

    Last nights episode was crazy! Eight more episodes to go!

  4. Troy says:

    I just checked and apparently the next 8 episodes aren’t on until the new year! Crappity crap crap!

  5. Seals says:

    We’ve been deeply into Breaking Bad since the second season too. Soooooo good.

    We recently started West Wing a few weeks ago too. We’re at the end of the third season. We love it. Netflix can’t keep with our appetite for the show so I’m downloading several episodes right now. It’s crazy good. I’m kind of upset we waited so long to tackle it.

  6. I’ve heard some really good things about Breaking Bad but have yet to actually watch a single episode. The West Wing, mind you, was an absolute must watch when it originally aired. I don’t think I missed an episode. I’d love to go back and watch it again.

  7. Matt Westergard says:

    I agree with your NASA comments – if a politician wanted to raise my taxes solely to increase NASA funding, I’m be all for it. Those guys are JPL are my heroes. Go NASA!!

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