Math, science, history; unraveling the mystery…it all started with a big bang!!

I wanted to talk to all of you about a great show I’ve recently discovered called The Big Bang Theory. Yes, I know I’m a little late to the party, as it’s more than halfway through the fifth season, but still.  Awesome, and newly discovered by me.

I may have recently gone on a giant Big Bang binge and watched every single episode, from the first one until the last one aired.  That’s 105 episodes (almost 5 full seasons!!) in only about two weeks.

I’m honestly sad to be out of episodes.

So the premise is fairly simple: hot girl and typical blonde Penny (Kaley Cuoco), a waitress and aspiring actress, moves into the apartment across the hall from intelligent, über nerdy, and incredibly socially awkward physicists Dr. Leonard Hoffstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons).  Also featured are their two nerdy friends, astrophysicist Dr. Rajesh Koothrappali (Kunal Nayyar) and aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg).  Recently, two more members have been added to the cast: Dr. Bernadette Rostenkowski (Melissa Rauch), Howard’s fiancée, a microbiologist and part-time waitress, and Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler (Mayim Balik), a neurobiologist who is sort-of dating Sheldon, in a totally-plationic-sometimes-awkward way.

The socially awkward nerds all have their own weird idiosyncrasies and traits.  Sheldon is borderline obsessive-compulsive, adheres to strict routines, and has a very basic understanding of irony, sarcasm, and humour.  He also has no empathy and frequently vocalizes his belief that he is superior to those around him.  He also has absolutely no social skills.  Leonard is the typical Star Trek-loving, D&D-playing nerd.  He falls for Penny in the first episode, and a great portion of the series revolves around he and Penny, or he and his other love interests.  Howard is a Jewish mama’s boy who fancies himself a ladies’ man.  He wears bright and colourful outfits straight out of the 60s and always wears skinny jeans and unusual belt buckles.  He’s the only non PhD-er, as he only has a Masters in Engineering.  He excels at scaring women or making them uncomfortable.  Rajesh (Raj) is an Indian food-hating Hindu from New Delhi.  He exhibits a case of selective mutism, in which he cannot speak to women that outside of his family, unles he is under the influence of alcohol or various prescriptions that he tests out.  Although he has a few hook-ups, he at no point has a steady, long-term girlfriend, and it is implied many times that he may be gay. Their wackyness and general failure at wooing the opposite sex contrasts with their excellence in their fields.

Most of the episodes are concentrated on some nerdy aspect, along with their attempt at hitting on women.  Leonard spends the best part of two seasons attempting to date Penny, who can be seen with a different guy every few episodes.  Leonard’s other long-term relationship is with Raj’s sister, Priya, which falls apart once she cheats on him after she returns to India.  Penny eventually introduces Howard to Bernadette, who works part-time as a waitress while she finishes her PhD. in microbiology.  Currently, they are engaged.  Sheldon is strangely asexual, however, he begins seeing Amy, his girl-friend-who-is-not-his-girlfriend.

The girls, for their part, are fairly normal.  Penny, the original female, is an aspiring actress who works as a waitress at the Cheesecake Factory while trying out for parts.  She’s from Nebraska, and jokes are often made (some by her, some by others) of her backwoods, small-town, corn-husking upbringing.  She has no problems getting guys, although after dating Leonard, she doesn’t date as much anymore.  Bernadette is a sweet, loving, slightly naïve scientist.  She’s engaged to Howard, and many of their fights stem from his reluctance to separate himself from his mother.  Amy is the female version of Sheldon: awkward, strangely literal and not very good at social situations.  Unlike Sheldon, however, Amy longs for regular social interactions, and goes out of her way to experience typical things, such as sleepovers and gossip.  She refers to Amy as her bestie.

This has seriously become one of my new favourite shows.  I don’t want to go and on and on about, but I really do think everyone should watch it. And honestly, if you have nerds in your life, which many of us do, and you love them as much as I do, then you will definitely find this funny!!  A lot of what they do or say reminds me of friends of mine, which may be why it’s so hilariously good, in my opinion.

I plan to do another post sometime this week with my favourite moments so far.  Maybe my top five??  It’s gonna be hard to choose!!!

But seriously, if you haven’t already, give it a shot.  It’s a great show!!  And if you’re anything like me, you will soon be singing the theme song all day.  Sung by Canada’s The Barenaked Ladies, it sets a great starts to each episode.  It’s soooooooo catchy!!  I love it, and can listen to it over and over and over and over again.  Watch the video below.

How much is a picture worth??

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – and I agree! To a blog, a thousand words is a pretty long piece.  I find that most people don’t want to see a long-winded post.  They want short and sweet and easy.  There is millions of blog posts done everyday, and you have to find a way to hold the viewer’s attention for those precious few minutes (or seconds!!) that they take to look at your site.  One way to do this is with pictures.

I love taking pictures.  It makes me happy to take them, especially when I can play with them on Photomatix or Photoshop later.  I try to use them on my blog, although not all are originals.  It’s not easy getting a picture of the Spice Girls up close, or of someone’s Oscar gown.  But I do prefer my own pictures , if I can get them.

Which is partly why I started taking pictures again.  For a while, I had basically stopped all creative things (yes, even writing!!) and was living a fairly boring and mundane life.  Now that I’m back to it, I feel the need to do more and more.  But unfortunately, I’ve never been the idea girl.  I can write it, and take a picture, and edit, and anything else…as long as I have a topic or idea to work with.  Even blog posts are a pain sometimes.  The worst: coming up with titles!!  But I love writing, and so I push on.

Anyways, so I found a photo challenge.  It’s hosted on a site called Fat Mum Slim, which I found through Pinterest.  The point of the photo challenge is to take a picture a day.  She has posted a list of topics for each day, and you take pictures to do with that topic, however you choose to interpret it.

I’ve already missed the January and February challenges, although I may go back and do them.  I thought of making a page and posting the pictures on there, but I’m not sure it can handle 30 pics per page, and I’d want them decently sized so you can see them, so I figured I will create folders for each month in my Flickr Photostream, and just put the link here.  I’ll still make a page, and I’ll update it everyday (if possible) and put the latest picture on here.

I will hopefully be starting on today (I’m very sick right now, so I’m not sure about going out in the cold to take a picture of my neighbourhood), so I should have the first picture up soon.  If not, you can check in tomorrow  You can check out my Flickr Photostream in the meantime.

Don’t judge a book by its cover – unless it’s actually a book!!

“Don’t judge a book by its cover.”  Everyone’s heard that, right??  You should take the time to find more about it, since what you can see on the surface isn’t everything.  Unfortunately, this isn’t advice I ever follow – at least not when it comes to actual books.

While I totally get this about people, which is really what I feel that sentence is for, I completely ignore it when it actually comes to books.

The cover is the first thing I look at.

It’s funny, because looks are not at all the first thing I notice in people.  Sure, I notice things like eyes, dimples, bitchface, and all that, but the overall look isn’t what I look for. Cliché (and unreal) as it sounds, I look at how people are, and who they are.  Personality is big for me.

But not in books.  I can buy a book simply because the cover interested me.  It’s actually how I shop for books when I’m looking to get something new.  I walk around, wait until a cover has my attention, then read the summary.  And then I buy. The draw for me can be anything: cool design, bright colour, haunting picture.

Honestly, I’ve discovered a great deal of amazing books this way.  It was how I discovered the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (although I first saw the fifth book, “Fiery Cross,” which has since become one of my favourites.  It’s also how I discovered the hilarious writing of Carl Hiaasen.

I can spend hours going through books at Chapters or Indigo.  I’ll wander through the stacks of fiction, fantasy, non-fiction, true crime, history, and politics.  Sometimes it’s just browsing, but here and there a cover will catch my eye long enough to get me to read what it’s about.  And then I’ll decide if I should buy it.

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I love DIYs – I fixed my own iPhone screen!!

I suck at handling tech toys.  Phones, MP3 players, laptops – I break them all.  It’s almost a talent, what I do to all things tech.

So when I got the iPhone 3GS almost two years ago, everyone said it was just a matter of time before it had to be replaced.  They were right, of course.  Thankfully, it wasn’t my fault.  The phone had issues since I got it, and eventually it became too much for me to deal with.  So I took it to the Apple store and they replaced it.

About six months later, however, there was a small accident.  I was texting away while on a ghost tour, and I didn’t pay attention when I tried to put it back in my pocket.  And so it fell and hit the floor.  Now, this had happened before and the phone had been okay, but this time, it fell directly onto the screen and landed on a few pebbles.

Not only did we watch it fall, we heard the glass shatter.

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