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My Favorite TV Shows of All Time

Saturday, September 20th, 2008

Kottke recently posted a poll on the Best show on TV ever, which got me all nostalgic for TV. And after all, this is why I love having a personal blog I can post whatever the heck I want on. So here are my favorite TV shows ever!


There was everything to love about this show. Beautiful setting. Well acted. Well written. Quirky. Long interesting character arcs. Feel good. I recently went to Roslyn, Washington where it was shot and it was still kinda awesome.


No surprise this show was also from creator David Chase (Northern Exposure). Amazing ensemble cast. Well acted all around. Long interesting stories. Character depth. Surprises. Gotta love that crazy ending too, such a bold move.


I like sci-fi anyway, but this is a sci-fi show that anyone could like. Takes an out-there premise and makes it feel real and gritty. Proves you can tell sci-fi stories without giant bugs playing weird instruments, time travel, and all that other nerdy stuff that can hamper storytelling.


Some TV shows can solve 2 murders in 60 minutes. Twin Peaks took two seasons and a movie to solve Laura Palmer’s murder. And then did they even really solve it? God I want some pie.


Never before has a show blown my loaf episode after episode after episode. Intricate mythology. Suspense. Drama. Fascinating.


I love how this show took the played-out genre of “Cop Show” and just rocked it out. It’s the same stuff: solving crimes, corruption, family drama. But The Shield does is better than it’s ever been done before. The shaky-camera documentary/breaking-news filming style I think had a lot to do with it.

Honorable Mentions:

Friday Night Lights
Yeah that’s right. This is a great show.

Firefly
This would have been in my top shows for sure if FOX didn’t make the worst decision it’s ever made in canceling Firefly. Just didn’t have enough episodes to really spread it’s wings. But what is there is amazing.

The Black Donnellys
Also prematurely canceled. This show was great and had as much potential as the Sopranos if you ask me.

Comedy:

Futurama
Funnier than the Simpsons. Funnier than South Park. Funnier than Family Guy. I said it.

Arrested Development
FOX dropped the ball on this one too, but at least we got three great seasons.

Home Movies
Hugely under-rated I think. H. Jon Benjamin does a bunch of different characters. Priceless.

I’m sure I will like but haven’t seen yet:

The Wire
Yeah yeah. I’ll get around to it.

Small Scale Microformats

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Does anyone know of any compelling arguments / articles on using microformats (like a simple hCard) on a small scale? I mean just on a personal blog like this.

It’s easy enough to create one, and it’s just a bunch of class names so there is of course no harm in it. But is there any real tangible benefits to it either? I’m all for web standards, and the idea souds like something to really get behind and support, but I’d like to be able to really put my finger on something to bring it all home on why it rocks.

Is there some kind of cool browser extension that auto-detects them and gives you like one-click add-to-contacts? Do search engines see them and use them somehow?

Badgers Bar in Portland, OR

Friday, September 12th, 2008

This post is just for the search engines of the world. When I moved to Portland, this was important to me and I didn’t find much. If you are a Wisconsin Badgers fan, and you are looking for a sports bar in Portland, OR to watch Badger games, the best bar I have found is The City.

It’s downtown:

424 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204

 

As far as Packer’s bars, the only one I know of is the Hawthorne Fish House.

 

My Jeans Are So Tight Blood Doesn’t Even Flow To My Legs

Friday, September 12th, 2008

This shirt on Threadless kills me, so funny.

Dude, like you’ve probably never even heard of my favorite Dave Matthews Band song. Dave Matthews doesn’t even remember it. He only thought of it once while he was taking a shit and hummed it. That’s how rare it is.

Weird Red Lines in Google Reader?

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Here is the brand new thing that is bugging me about Google Reader. It probably has nothing to do with Google Reader itself, but who knows. Each of the posts has this weird red line by it. I thought at first it might be some hold-on from the Web Developer Toolbar or Firebug, but I deleted both of them and it’s still there. Grahhhhhh.

Firefox, Google Gears Problem Solved

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

After months of being annoyed, Jeremy Synder left a comment on my original cry for help post that fixed the problem for me.

I think maybe at some point in the past, I visited the Google Gears page and “disallowed” or “blocked” the installation somehow. Then anytime I went back to gears.google.com, I wasn’t being show then option to “allow” it. That is, until I went to the actual direct installation file:

http://dl.google.com/gears/current/gears-osx-opt.xpi

From that URL, I was a able to “allow” its complete installation and get rid of those damn warnings!