Archive for December, 2006


December 10th, 2006

Weight: 111.4kg

US TV 2006 update

December 10th, 2006

Updates on the shows from my earlier post:

  • Jericho: Still not watching…
  • Vanished: Didn’t entice me back.
  • Smith: Still canceled.
  • The Class: Every time I say ‘I’m giving up on this’, the show redeems itself with some really good, really dark writing. Still right on the edge every episode, but hanging on so far. But not a ‘must see’.
  • Men in Trees: Continues to be entertaining, although I’m about 4 episodes behind now.
  • Help Me Help You: Nope, too much focus on the Ted Danson character, and not enough on the other interesting people in the group therapy session. Gave up on it.
  • The Nine: Not enough in it to sustain the premise, I gave up a few minutes before it got effectively canceled.
  • Ugly Betty: Still entertaining, but the backlog is also building up a bit.
  • Heroes: Just gets better and better every week. The best TV that I’ve seen in years and years. I’ll write a longer review in a few days, I hope.
  • Studio 60: Distressingly uneven, with way too much tendency for Aaron Sorkin to take revenge on those who have ‘wronged’ him in the past, with every character standing for someone in his life. Plus the comedy bits just aren’t very funny. Still, enough to keep me interested.
  • Friday Night Lights: Still keeping up there, very very good stuff (although it’s now dropped to second behind Heroes for the best show of the season).

And the two new shows since last time:

  • 30 Rock: Great talent (Tina Fey in particular), but the delivery of this show is very strange. It’s very much a poor corporate vehicle of a show, with intermittent sparks of good writing overwhelmed by very poor, very cliched writing for most of it. Gave up after about 3 episodes.
  • 20 Good Years: Intermittently funny, but nothing really new. A waste of a couple of very good actors.

Well, that’s it for now. I’ll try and get reviews up for Heroes, Friday Night Lights and Studio 60 sometime before the end of January, and then a recap at the end of the US TV season.


December 9th, 2006

Weight: 111.7kg

Land Yachts and Tanks

December 9th, 2006

As people who’ve heard me complain know, I often refer to the enormous four wheel drive vehicles cluttering our roads as ‘Land Yachts’, to reflect the pointless ostentation they represent. But a bit more common is referring to them as a tank. So do they actually compare?

  Audi Q7 Panzer I Panther
Length: 5.085m 4.02m 6.87m
Width: 1.983m 2.06m 3.42m
Height: 1.737m 1.72m 2.99m
‘Box'(a): 17.5m3 14.2m3 42.33
Weight: 2 tonnes 6 tonnes 44.8 tonnes

(a): Length x Width x Height

So: yes, some 4WD’s are as big as a tank. Not quite the same in weight, though. And a fairly small tank…


December 8th, 2006

Weight: 111.6kg

Quick Movie Review: Casino Royale

December 8th, 2006

Quick review of Casino Royale, which I went to see last night. Overall, liked it a lot. The first half has some great action sequences, but the second half is the overall better movie. Good acting, and Daniel Craig is one of the most impressive Bond’s ever: after 20-some movies it’s nice to see a bit of a new take on the whole thing. Go see it!