Today was really great for two reasons:
One was good for my future career, and the other for my mental health.
arqueete asked: What is your favorite book you've ever had to read for a class?
My favourite book I’ve had to read for class, was “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, or “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” . A book I’d have loved to read for class has to be “Jane Eyre” as it would be really nice to discuss the book with people.
Sweet pickles don’t deserve the opprobrium heaped on them. Yes, a too-sweet pickle is not a good thing (is it a relish, or dessert?). Yes, most sweet pickles are too sweet, too soggy, too syrupy, too meh. No, they are not as respectably pedigreed as fermented dills. But lush-crisp, mildly sweet, tart little chips spiked with subtle heat and layered spices? On, say, a medium-rare burger, or in a grilled ham and cheddar sandwich on sourdough? Yes, please.
Here is my favorite bread and butter pickle script, cobbled together and tweaked from about a million other recipes.
Even though I came late to watching the show, I’ve become invested in the program and fallen in love with its quirky charm. “Eureka” is one of the best American tv shows out right now, and I am very disappointed to find out that it has been cancelled. Some would say that 5 years is a good…
So, I began my Modern English course (a course on grammar and language history) the other day. The class began on a decent note as the professor brought up how far women teachers have come over the past century. And then, of course, there was the usual:
A woman, without her man, is nothing.
A woman: without her, man is nothing.
But then things went sour when I started reading our first assignment, a well-known book she highly touted as “comical”— Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss. Most of the reviews of this book found it to be quite comical. I, however, was astounded by the slut-shaming elitism I witnessed just 16 pages in. In discussing her reading habits she states, “Luckily for me, I was exceptionally interested in English and got there in the end. While other girls were out with boyfriends on Sunday afternoons, getting their necks disfigured by love bites, I was at home..” and in the same paragraph (while discussing a later point in her life) she states, “Around this same time, when other girls my age were attending the Isle of Wight Festival and having abortions, I bought a copy of…”
Is this meant to be humorous? Or perhaps, Ms. Truss, you intend your audience of fellow English lovers to sympathize with you and praise your dismissal of women outside this limited group as nothing more than uneducated promiscuous bobble-heads. I disapprove, Ms. Truss. I can have my education and my intercourse too. Please do not assume that a social life, or… gasp! … a sex life means that I cannot place a comma or define the proper use of a colon.
Sexuality is not equivalent with ignorance!
You cannot shame people for having sex, and personally, should not shame people for having abortions. In this context I find it even more inappropriate. Such prude elitist bitterness has no place in my course literature. I will be talking with the professor next week.
In a move that took the cast, crew and fans of the series Eureka by surprise, Syfy announced late Monday that there would be no season 6 for the show. Just four days earlier, Syfy’s pres for programming Mark Stern gave what sounded as a positive message, “Although we do not have a commitment beyond six episodes for the sixth season, we are hopeful that this will not be the end of the franchise.”
Instead, after rumors swirled about the cancellation, the network issued a statement that burst any hopes for a proper wrap up,
“After painstaking consideration, we have had to make the difficult business decision to not order a season six of Eureka. But Eureka is not over yet. There is a new holiday episode this December and 12 stellar episodes set to debut next year, marking its fifth season and six memorable years on Syfy. The 2012 episodes are some of the best we’ve seen, and will bring this great series to a satisfying end. We are very grateful to Bruce Miller and Jaime Paglia, their team of incredible writers, and an amazing cast and crew who have consistently delivered a series we continue to be very proud of. We thank the fans for their support of this show and know they will enjoy its final season in 2012.”
On Twitter, fans and cast reacted with shock and dismay.
Felicia Day (@feliciaday), recently added to the cast as a guest star, tweeted her disappointment to her 1.8M followers, “Um…wow. So I guess @SyFy changed their minds and is UNpicking up Eureka..uh? huh. Now it’s awkward :(” She since removed the message leaving the more positive note, “At any rate, it’s been very fun to be on the show! Hope they can end the story with closure for the fans before the series ends. :)”
Series star Colin Ferguson (Sheriff Carter @colinferg) sent out a single word on the news: “BOOM.”
Fellow cast member Wil Wheaton (@wilw) followed with a simple “:(” to which Colin replied, “…Looking forward to some home brew IPA… sad day.”
Salli Richardson (@sallirichardson), whose directorial debut episode “Omega Girls” just aired, replied to both with, “Very sad and shocking.”
Series writer Amy Berg injected some reality, and a dig at NBCU’s new corporate overloads Comcast, in casting the decision, “We are the network’s golden child in every way, except profit margins. Fact is, Eureka is an expensive show to make. And we could not maintain the quality of our show with the cuts it would take to make us profitable for Syfy’s new parent company.”
Fan reaction ranged from vowing never to watch Syfy again, to starting a “SaveEureka” site.
Eureka is currently in season “4.5″ with many of the episodes of season 5 already in the can. Just prior to Monday’s announcement, show co-creater Jaime Paglia tweeted that he’d handed in the season finale script. Now it looks like it’s back to rewrites.
Having seen the final script, however, the cast were dispirited about how the show was set to end. Colin Ferguson told E! Online, “We have no time to course correct in a meaningful way. We can add some things in and make it as palatable as we can, but it’s nowhere near the ending we would’ve done.”
Paglia flew up Tuesday morning to Vancouver where the show is filmed to deliver the news to the cast and crew in person, and wrote up a note to fans via the Eureka Writer’s blog,
Heartfelt thanks to all our Eureka fans for the incredible support. You’re the reason we do what we do. It has been a privilege. We hope to be able to give you, the characters, and Eureka a proper send-off. We’re doing all we can to make that happen. But whatever happens, you have a season and a half of fantastic new episodes to come through next year. It only gets better. All my thanks to our amazing cast, crew and creative team for their phenomenal work on these 76 episodes of Eureka. You’re the best.
As a sort of appeasement to fans and Eureka‘s writers, Syfy announced on Wednesday they would extend the fifth season by an additional episode to allow the series to wrap up.
For Ferguson, the last season is an opportunity to show the network and its number crunchers the error of their ways: “Okay, the only way to make a statement is to watch it live. I want our numbers UP. I want to go out on a high. We have 17 more eps to air. I want to go out knowing we were doing our best work. I want a positive ending to a great experience cuz this is OUR journey, not theirs.”