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January 15, 2019 7:12 pm

A Life in the Day

I started watching The Magicians before Season three came out on Netflix, and now that it’s here I have a LOT to say about it, specifically S3E5, “A Life in the Day.” (Spoilers lie ahead!)

In the episode, there’s a storyline where Quentin and Eliot travel to Fillory in the past and have to solve a mosaic to show “the beauty of all life.”

It takes far longer than they expect, and they live out an entire lifetime in Fillory working on the mosaic.

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Quentin and Eliot’s kiss!
  • This tumblr post with nice kissy gifs of that scene
  • The song that plays during the montage – Evolve by Phoria
  • Eliot reclining and looking over his shoulder approvingly as Quentin and Arielle kiss
  • Eliot playfully tossing Quentin and Arielle’s child in the air
  • Eliot comforting a sobbing Quentin after Arielle dies, and gently placing a blanket over Quentin and his kid as they nap
  • Quentin and Eliot standing together (with Eliot’s hand on Quentin’s shoulder!) as they send their grown son off into the world.
  • How Quentin says “Eliot” once he notices Eliot’s not moving
  • Quentin wrapping a quilt over Eliot’s body. The handmade, well-loved quality of the quilt just slayed me. Wrapping him in a family quilt to bury him is so tender and caring and they had a LIFE together and *cries forever*
  • Eliot and Quentin are sitting in the Fillorian throne room reminiscing about their life together and Eliot says “And we had a family.”

AND WE HAD A FAMILY

This is such a good episode for other reasons too (Jane Chatwin’s convo with Margo, Prince Micah, all the outfits) but those few minutes where Eliot and Quentin have an entire life together? I’ve watched it several times and I tear up every single time.

Season four of The Magicians premieres later this month on SyFy and I need to decide if I can/should spend $30 to watch it on iTunes as it comes out or if I can wait a year(?) for it to come out on Netflix. I waited to see season three but now I don’t know if I have the willpower to wait for season four!

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November 27, 2013 6:25 pm

Evangelist

One of Daniel’s co-workers took my advice to start reading The Name of the Wind, and he TOTALLY LOVED IT. He sped through it and then waited for days to borrow The Wise Man’s Fear from us so he could keep going.

He said he was going to spend all of Thanksgiving reading it. I am so pleased! It really seemed like something he’d enjoy so I’m glad it worked out.

Imagine me running my hands together and cackling – another convert to the Kingkiller fandom!

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November 15, 2013 4:55 pm

Llama

I was listening to a holiday station on Pandora today when a Josh Groban song came on. Wesley took one look at the album cover and asked me, in all seriousness, “Is that guy a llama?”

The background of the photo did sort of make it look like he had llama ears coming out of his hair, if you are far away and squinting, but I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.

Clearly I’ve let him watch The Emperor’s New Groove one too many times!

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November 14, 2013 11:45 pm

Reign

Tonight I watched a semi-ridiculous number of episodes and caught up on a bunch of shows I’ve been neglecting.

Aaaaaand, I got myself hooked on Reign. I really like it so far, but any scene with Clarissa the bag-faced girl is like 3000x creepier than it needs to be. Yikes!

Fun fact: the actor who plays Francis, prince of France, also played young Albus Dumbledore in HP movie #7.

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January 31, 2013 9:52 pm

Alternatively

Things I have been doing that were not writing on my website:

  • Watching BBC’s Merlin
    I accidentally became obsessed with this show (and Colin Morgan/Bradley James) and I’m still not over it. I’ve only seen up through the end of season 4 though, because that’s all Netflix has and I don’t know where to watch season 5.
  • Working
    Part-time + freelancing a bit. My day-to-day tasks have changed quite a bit from when I first started this job – I primarily do PHP development now, which, if you know me professionally, you know that this is… not one of my strong points. I pine for the days of developing WordPress themes!
  • Putting Wesley back to bed
    Kid does not like to go to sleep on the first try. It’s beyond infuriating and I don’t have any idea how to resolve it. Skipping his nap seems to do the trick, but I think he legitimately does need the nap.
  • Watching movies starring actors from other things I like
    Ten Inch Hero (with Jensen Ackles) and Fast Girls (with Bradley James) are both interesting, feel-good movies I’m really glad I saw. I never would have picked them otherwise, but I figured they’d be worth a shot based on who was in them, and I was not disappointed. Ten Inch Hero is quite a bit more risque than Fast Girls – the latter is about a running team and a girl trying to get along with her snotty rich teammate. Both highly recommended.
  • Thinking about getting an iPhone
    I might take the plunge tomorrow. I am just so over not having a decent camera to carry around, and there are apps I want to use, and I am tired of having a weirdo phone that nobody has borrow-able chargers for.
  • Lurking on Tumblr
    I don’t even want to talk about it. My apologies to my followers who aren’t fans of Merlin or Supernatural. (Or if you ARE a fan of these shows, YES LETS TALK LET ME FANGIRL WITH YOUUUUU) (Also, big hugs to wingedwonder who has the best socially-conscious tumblr ever and I am a better person for having followed her.)
  • Waiting for friends to have babies
    I have two friends due in February and I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET THESE BABIES.
  • Planning Wesley’s 3rd birthday party
    Because I am a nut and kind of a planner and I just wanted to have something done ahead of time. (His birthday isn’t until the end of March.)
  • Taking down our Christmas decorations
    ON THE LAST DAY OF JANUARY, NO LESS. Shameful. Currently planning on getting a desk lamp to put where the tree was because I like having a light source there. This is why I leave the tree up for so long – I like the dim glowyness of it in the evenings.
  • Avoiding doing my taxes
    Normally, I love doing taxes. (I like filling out forms, what can I say?) However, last year, I was so excited to get started that I collected all my papers, filled everything out, got everything completed and approved and sent in, and then received a tax document in the mail from some retirement account thingy left over from my fancypants job in Portland. ACK. I had to file an amended return, and pay some money, and it was a whole mess. I have learned my lesson about early tax preparation and I am now forcing myself to wait until I am 3000% sure everything has come in the mail before I go ahead and file. I do not want a repeat of last year.
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November 20, 2012 11:46 pm

FLDS Escape Books

I was so busy reading Stolen Innocence that I didn’t realize what time it was and now I only have 15 minutes to publish this!

It’s the true story of a girl escaping from the FLDS movement led by Warren Jeffs – she was part of the suit brought against him that’s mentioned in the top portion of that Wikipedia article.

I read the book Escape by Carolyn Jessop a while back which follows a similar plot. Both women’s books are really great reads – the culture they grew up in is so different from mine (ours) and it’s fascinating to me. Stolen Innocence delved a bit more into the day-to-day cultural differences, but it had a timeline that was a little more difficult to follow than Escape. (Characters appear and disapper, suddenly the author is six months pregnant, etc.) Escape was riveting and the timeline made more sense to me, but then again they are different types of stories… one is strictly an account of the author’s escape from the FLDS community, and the other talks about the author’s childhood and her arranged marriage at age 14 and her subsequent rebellion and escape.

Anyway, if you like memoirs (especially religious memoirs) and tales of triumph over adversity, I’d recommend them both.

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November 18, 2012 8:41 pm

Books, Avengers, Decluttering

We spent the morning at Daniel’s mom’s house organizing little-kid books. They were all in storage and she wanted them out for Wesley to be able to read, so we went through a bunch of boxes and got them all out and on the shelves. We found the first book Daniel learned to read (“Tip” – a “see Spot run” type of book about a dog), the book Half Magic (which is great and if you have not read it, I would heartily recommend it), and a bunch of those cloth-bound books you make yourself in grade school.

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Last night, we watched Moonrise Kingdom (I liked it, I think – not as much as The Life Aquatic or the Darjeeling Limited, but it was good) and tonight we’ve rented The Avengers. I keep seeing all this stuff on Tumblr for the Avengers so I feel like I get the gist of the movie already, but it’s kind of annoying to see all these things and not be able to understand them, hence renting it for this evening.

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I’ve been noticing that a lot of the rooms I pin on Pinterest are entirely devoid of media. Like, surely these people own a DVD or two? Or have a record collection? I’ve since come to the conclusion that it’s really hard to get that nice, minimalistic aesthetic while owning physical media.

I would LOVE if all the DVDs I owned were saved digitally somewhere so I could just browse through them like MP3s or Netflix and pick one to watch rather than having to physically open a DVD case and insert it into our Xbox. Alas.

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November 17, 2012 11:40 pm

Police Box

I’m currently watching an episode of Doctor Who with Anthony Head (Giles from Buffy) in it. He’s legitimately terrifying in this role.

I’d seen many of the episodes with Ten (David Tennant), and nearly all with Eleven (Matt Smith), but I hadn’t seen very much of Nine (Christopher Eccleston) even though Daniel had – I wasn’t paying much attention when he had it on – so I decided to start at the beginning and actually watch them this time.

I’ve just gotten to the first few episodes with Ten, and as much as I love David Tennant it’s making me miss Nine! I think each doctor makes me appreciate the other incarnations more.

It’s such a great show – I can see why it’s been around for so long.

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November 5, 2012 7:46 pm

Kvothe

You know how sometimes you discover something (a movie, a new food) that totally resets your whole personal rating system? Like out of five stars, either the new thing needs to be a six or everything you’ve ever rated needs to be brought down a notch?

Patrick Rothfuss’s books did that for me.

I read The Name of the Wind around this time last year, and followed it immediately with the sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear.

I would describe the books as the most interesting person ever to have lived telling his life’s story to a biographer. He tells the story over three days, and each day is one of the books (the third is yet to be published). Yet… they are so much more than that.

Minstrel

“You see, women are like fires, like flames. Some women are like candles, bright and friendly. Some are like single sparks, or embers, like fireflies for chasing on summer nights. Some are like campfires, all light and heat for a night and willing to be left after. Some women are like hearthfires, not much to look at but underneath they are all warm red coal that burns a long, long while.”
— The Name of the Wind

“If she was beautiful at rest she was doubly so awake. Asleep she was a painting of a fire. Awake she was the fire itself.”
— The Wise Man’s Fear

The writing is beautiful without being flowery. The characters are well-fleshed-out and the world they live in is complete and very detailed without being overwhelming. There’s magic (“sympathy”) and books and music – I can’t accurately describe how wonderfully Patrick Rothfuss writes musicians. It’s like you can hear the songs in your head and feel just how important music is to the characters.

Also, you know how you sometimes read a book and you’re like, THIS NEEDS TO BE A MOVIE RIGHT NOW? While I think the books would be amazing on the big screen, there’s no way anybody could do them justice and I can only see myself coming away disappointed. I mean, maaaayyybe it’d be all right if it was directed by Peter Jackson and was a super-extended director’s cut. Or possibly if they did it as a really high-budget TV show like Game of Thrones? It needs a format that would give it enough space to breathe and tell the full story instead of cramming it into an hour and a half and making it an action/adventure mess.

The Kingkiller Chronicles are my new RECOMMEND TO EVERYONE books. They blew my mind in the best way possible and I can’t wait for the third one to come out. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend making a trip to your local library or bookstore and picking up a copy. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

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November 2, 2012 9:40 pm

Inspiring

Last month at work we were asked what we’d found inspiring recently. I came up with my answer immediately, because I had just gotten a Land of Nod catalog in the mail and they have such fantastic styling for their catalogs – I couldn’t stop thinking about all the neat projects I could make based on what I’d seen. I felt kind of silly answering that question with “a children/baby product catalog” but it was the truth!

THEN, after answering, I went back to my desk and looked up the website and apparently they have an online catalog that is somehow MILES BEYOND MY WILDEST DREAMS. It comes with craft tutorials! Blew my mind.

Last year, I ended up making a mitten garland based on one I’d seen in their catalog, and this year I’m thinking about making a garland similar to this Christmas tree one:

Tree Garland

I just love that it’s so bright! It says it’s made from felt but it’s so thin it almost looks like paper.

(I just realized I can’t remember if I ever posted a photo of my mitten garland. It looked like this:

mitten garland
mitten garland

…and now I’m wishing I had saved a picture of the LoN inspiration because it’s not on the website anymore.)

Christmas crafting makes me sort of giddy, I’ll admit. And yes, I know Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet – I am of the opinion that it’s rarely too early for Christmas cheer. And crafting.

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August 15, 2012 8:48 pm

Whining about Netflix again

After stumbling across this “Post-Play” entry on the Netflix blog, I was compelled to write another whiny entry regarding the Netflix interface on the Xbox.

According to the Netflix blog, here’s what Post-Play is:

When you finish watching an episode of a TV show, we’ll minimize the credits and tee-up the next episode. If you do nothing, the next episode will start to play in 15 seconds. You can also stop it to get more information or select another episode.

Seriously, Netflix? I like the minimization of credits thing – that’s been there for a while on the Xbox interface – but the next episode starting to play after 15 seconds? WILL DRIVE ME BATTY.

I was already annoyed with the recent “preview” feature – if you leave your cursor over a movie/tv show, it now expands it to play a 30-second preview that you can’t exit out of. You can move the cursor to stop it, but if you leave the cursor alone again, it starts to preview THAT title. It would be one thing if I could hit pause and be done with it, but you can’t.

A comment on the Netflix post:

This is a killer feature I’ve wanted for years–but why isn’t this experience a user-optional setting? If I’m watching episodes of “Lost” on my couch, yes I want this feature! If I’m watching an episode on my tablet in bed before going to sleep, I may want it to stop after one episode so it doesn’t run all night[…]
– Kevin Park

I often watch several episodes of a given show in a row, but I don’t want Netflix to make that decision for me. I would accidentally stay up all night watching TV if I didn’t have the built-in failsafe of the episode stopping and having to make the conscious decision to put another one on.

The other most recent update involves being able to choose which “Netflix Experience” I want when I open the app, and my choices are the normal Netflix or one specifically for kids. I see why some people would enjoy the kids-only option, but… I don’t use it, I don’t plan to, and I want to avoid having to select it over and over.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the Netflix Xbox app desperately needs a preferences menu. You could choose your default Netflix experience so it doesn’t ask you EVERY SINGLE TIME you open the app, you could choose whether or not to have the bip-bip noises when you move your cursor (NO), you could choose whether or not you want the preview option (NO), you could choose whether or not you want the auto-play option, either globally or on a per-viewing basis… the list goes on.

Netflix: Please let your users choose how they want to use your app!

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July 30, 2012 9:16 pm

More Buffy, HP Birthday, Hi-Kid, Computer, Life

More Buffy

(Follow-up to my Buffy post)

I’ve now read through Season 8 and (what’s been released of) Season 9 of the comics (though… I read S9 first and want to go back and re-read now that I’ve finished S8) and if you are a Buffy fan, I’d recommend them. They’re totally outlandish but it’s outlandish in a quirky, fun, comic-y way. I am glad I was warned it was crazy, for sure, but I felt like they stayed true to the spirit of the show and I really enjoyed them.

Plus, the artwork is so great – they resemble the actors without being portraits of them, and some of the panels are downright beautiful. (The “I miss my mom” dusk-sunset page!)

I’ve also been reaaaally half-assedly watching Angel, and ye gods. I cannot get into it. I am still set on giving it a chance (mostly to get to the bits with Spike) but it is pretty tortuous. I am just not that big of a fan of Angel, I guess?

My birthday

I turned 27 on June 21 and I had a Harry Potter-themed birthday party! My mom came as Molly Weasley, my dad as Neville Longbottom, my brother as Sirius Black, Daniel’s mom as Pomona Sprout, her man-friend as Hagrid, and Daniel was Harry Potter, I was Luna Lovegood, and Wesley was Dobby. Whew! There were several other guests that came as Muggles. :) I made a Platform 9 3/4 “brick wall” out of a sheet to hang over the door – it was a big hit. All the food was HP-themed as well; I even made pumpkin juice! I think the butterbeer was the big winner though – cream soda + butterscotch schnapps. YUM!

Hi-Kid

Daniel’s grandpa, whom we called “Hi-Kid,” passed away on June 20.

Wesley and Hi-Kid

My favorite Hi-Kid story revolves around him discovering I did web development, and then telling me he had Adobe CS already and wasn’t sure if he should upgrade to CS2 since what he was doing with Photoshop seemed to work fine for him, and could I tell him if it was worth the extra cost? I remember being appalled that someone in their eighties even knew what Photoshop was, let alone used it and had an opinion about upgrading it.

Hee!

Another favorite memory involves the first time I had dinner at Nana and Hi-Kid’s house, and Hi-Kid was serving mashed potatoes. I asked for one scoop, and he gave me that plus two more. I soon came to find out this was a thing, and the chronic over-purchasing and over-serving of food is sort of a running joke. This was further underscored during Hi-Kid’s memorial service when the family purchased WAY too many boxes of cookies for guests to eat and were trying to pawn them off on guests.

He was an incredibly sharp, witty man and I’m a better person for having known him. We’ll miss him a lot.

Computer

We’ve had some crazy lightning storms recently, and I am a dunce and did not think to unplug my computer during a particularly flashy one, and the next morning my computer wouldn’t turn on and the monitor smelled like burning. We took it in, it was diagnosed with a burnt-out power supply and we had to wait for a special one to come in the mail (I have a tiny computer and it needed a tiny power supply) and get installed. TWO WEEKS LATER, I have my computer back and am able to resume my normal computery activities. We do have a tiny netbook and a broken-but-repaired iPod Touch that got us by in the meantime, but man. I do not want to do that again.

Life

August is going to be a busy month for us! My brother is getting married on the 18th, and then we have friends coming to stay with us, and then my cousin is getting married near Boise, ID on September 1st so we’ll take a trip down there.

Wesley and his cousin were in the 4th of July baby parade again this year. Riley has one of those motorized kid cars, except it’s a John Deere tractor, so he drove and pulled Wesley behind in the trailer. They had loads of fun.

4th of July Baby Parade

My mom, Wesley, and I went cherry picking at my grandparents’ house. I am making a weird face but we had a good time:

Cherry picking

My dad took Wesley on a (low speed! very safe!) ride on his ATV. Wesley calls it a motorcycle (pronounced “moley-lyco”) and was THRILLED he got to wear a moley-lyco helmet.

Moley-lyco

My mom had gallbladder surgery recently (non-emergency, thankfully) and is recovering well. I was nervous when my dad didn’t text me for a few hours but then again I forgot to ask how long the surgery would take.
She’s also organizing a local Big Latch On event that I’m helping with. Should be fun! If you’re a breastfeeding mom see if there’s one near you – you can help break the record of the most women breastfeeding simultaneously.

I’m still working part-time, three days a week, and Wesley still cries at every daycare dropoff. Thank goodness it’s only once a week!

Our county fair is coming up later this month and I am ridiculously excited about it. I used to make all my summer money at the fair when I was younger (you get $3 for a blue ribbon!) and I want to enter some embroidery stuff this year. I have this Badbird Beaver pattern already and I’m dying to use it – I really want to make it sort of oversized and prettily colorful, and then maybe the judges will be overcome with love for my efforts and I will get a purple Grand Champion ribbon for it. A girl can dream.

That about brings us up to date, I think. What have you been up to?

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June 1, 2012 4:42 pm

Thoughts on Buffy

A while ago, I was searching for a new TV series to watch and I impulsively settled on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Because I was familiar with the characters despite having never seen an episode (being subscribed to Seventeen magazine while Buffy was airing probably didn’t hurt) and because everyone is all big on Joss Whedon, I decided to check it out.

I see now why people consider Joss Whedon a genius. The show is really good.

(Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the show!)

Favorite things:

  • Spike

    It’s not so much that I find James Marsters attractive; it’s more like I find his character attractive. His irreverent demeanor, English accent, devotion to Buffy, and offhand quips that perfectly describe something that no one else is willing to bring up.

    I ship Buffy and Spike, but I am still SO IRRITATED that Buffy was so mean to him all the time. Sure, she with him for all the wrong reasons in Season 6, but good grief. The things she said to him were extremely over the top sometimes. “You’re beneath me.” “It could never be you.” etc.

    That said… they were SO HOT when they were together. *fans self* (When Spike holds up Buffy’s underwear as she’s trying to leave? OMG.) (Or when they wake up together under Turkish rugs.) (Or when Buffy is invisible and has her way with him. And then Xander walks in while Spike is… “exercising.” “Naked.”) *fans self again*

    I also love Spike’s relationship with Dawn. He babysits her! She looks up to him! He calls her “Niblet!” I just love that he’s simultaneously this murderous evil vampire and a teenager’s babysitter.

    Plus, he’s kind of… a total doof before he gets turned into a vampire. Something about this totally doofy poetry-obsessed loser turning into Spike… it’s great.

  • Once More, With Feeling

    The musical episode. I bought the soundtrack to this episode immediately after finishing the series and now I cannot stop listening to it. There’s just something about the cast singing and all those harmonies that I can’t resist. (Walk Through The Fire is especially good.) I am now extremely, extremely sad that I wasn’t yet a Buffy fan when Cinema 21 in Portland used to host Once More With Feeling sing-alongs!

    Also: Giles’s knowing smile/laugh when Buffy sings, “Hey, I’ve died twice!”

  • Tabula Rasa

    This is the one where Willow accidentally causes everyone to lose their memory while trying to perform a memory spell on Buffy and Tara. The comedy in this episode is beyond wonderful. Spike thinks Giles is his father, Spike is wearing a brown tweed suit and a crazypants earflap hat, Giles and Anya believe they are engaged… the whole thing is simply amazing.

Other Thoughts

  • I’m not sure I understand why everyone seems to love Angel so much. I don’t dislike him, per se, I just feel like he wasn’t around long enough for me to get to know him. I mean, Buffy was super into him, but I feel like I never understood why. Perhaps I should go back and watch the first couple of seasons to see if anything jumps out at me?
  • I don’t like Faith. I get why people love her, but I found her a little too flippant and “whatever, I do what I want.”
  • Legitimately scary bits: The Gentlemen, Gnarl the skin-eating demon, The First turning Anya into this white-eyed creepy person, and The First making Dawn see scary flashes of her dead mother.
  • SPOILERS: Tara’s shooting and subsequent death seemed totally and completely random to me. I was convinced that Willow was going to bring her back right away and was very disappointed it didn’t happen. Also: Xander losing an eye was one of the most awful things to happen in the entire series. I was convinced here too that Willow was going to come through as his best friend and heal his eye, especially since they didn’t have her help Tara, but no. Sad! Poor Xander. END SPOILERS

I’ve heard mixed things about seasons 8 and 9 of the Buffy comic but I’m kind of interested in checking them out – not really sure how to go about this because I am not a comics person, but I saw digital copies for sale somewhere that I might take a look at. The artwork looked amazing.

I’m also going to try watching Angel. I started Episode 1 while I was in the middle of watching Buffy and didn’t find it spectacular, but then again I didn’t find Buffy spectacular for the first few episodes either so I’m willing to give it a chance. Plus, MOAR SPIKE YES YES.

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December 7, 2011 3:48 pm

Netflix Update Gripes

I have a few complaints regarding the new Netflix Streaming interface on Xbox Live:

1. The clicky “bip-bip” noise every time you shift to a new selection.
Whyyyyy, Netflix, WHY? Why would you do this? It’s practically the first thing everyone shuts off of any kind of interface (iPod, cell phone) and you can’t shut it off of the Xbox interface. It’s driving me INSANE. Every move you make now has a noise attached and it’s horrible. I mean, really – I’ve pressed a button and I can see the screen shift accordingly. I don’t need the extra feedback of a noise to alert me that I’ve done something.

2. Autoplay instead of preview
If I hit “enter” to see more information about a movie like the description, or actors or whatnot, I do not automatically want to watch that movie. The update made it so you can view this information without clicking, which is nice, but I want to be able to select “Play” on purpose.

3. Button for searching vs Search “category”
I may have just missed this, but “Search” used to be one of the main options like “Instant Queue” and “Recommended for you” or whatever. Now I have to press “Y” to get there. Which I guess makes sense, but it took me a frustrated minute of scrolling through all the categories and not finding Search to realize that was the case.

4. Load time
Lots of things give you the whirly loading icon where they didn’t before. Especially searching – if you are typing in letters, it used to quickly try to match a result right away, and now it seems like it waits for you to stop typing.

5. The not-transparent-enough layers behind the current category
This is petty, but I hate it. If you’re looking at a category, you can see the covers of the next category extremely clearly. I find this incredibly distracting visually, and it makes for a cluttered interface. I want to see what’s in the current category, not the two behind it. It might be less annoying if it were WAY more transparent, but I don’t think it even needs to be there to begin with.

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Things aren’t all bad, I suppose, because there are two updates I do really like:

1. Ability to browse TV shows by season
It’s something I appreciated on Hulu and found irritating on Netflix – if I wanted to look at an episode in Season 7, I had to scroll down through six previous seasons! Now I can go sideways to the season I want and scroll down through a manageable number of episodes to get to the one I want.

2. Ability to view TV show descriptions
You used to only be able to see the show descriptions if the episodes took a long time to load, and there was no way to get back once they did. Now you can see what a show is about before you look at the episode description.

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Somewhat unrelated, but I really wish there were more shows like The Tudors, Camelot, and Legend of the Seeker. Big, productiony shows with great characters, drama, sexytimes, and humor. (Is Game of Thrones anything like this? I saw some of the first episode a while ago but haven’t seen anything else.) I was really sad when I found out Camelot only had one season! Also, there needs to be more than only three episodes of Sherlock with Martin Freeman.

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September 6, 2011 4:23 pm

Hey Evenflo – That’s not what I call support.

This morning, I saw a link to an Evenflo ad from somebody I follow on Facebook. I watched the whole video in horror as it perpetuated a ton of the most common breastfeeding myths and stereotypes while attempting to sell a product to breastfeeding mothers.

evenflo-video

The ad has since been marked as “private” on YouTube and is no longer available for viewing, but let me recap:

1. Obnoxious in-laws arrive and gawk at mother holding her baby, Mother-in-law says derisively, “Breastfeeding AGAIN?” (Despite the fact that it doesn’t even look like the mom is breastfeeding!)

2. Husband tries to usher his parents out of the room, claiming mom and baby’s need for privacy. (As though nursing in front of your in-laws is a total impossibility.)

3. Mother-in-law makes a comment about “them” (mom’s breasts) being “so small” and wonders if Mom can make enough milk. (Breast size is not a good indicator of milk supply. Women with small breasts can have oversupply, just as women with large breasts can have undersupply.)

4. Mom and baby sneak around the house trying to breastfeed in private while Father-in-law searches vainly for half & half for his coffee. (Again, as though you must be sequestered to nurse).

5. Mother-in-law whines that no one else gets to feed the baby. (It’s not their job to feed the baby – it’s Mom’s! They can do any number of other things, like change baby’s diaper, do laundry, do dishes, give baby a bath, make dinner, etc.)

6. Mom asks husband to pass her her purse, and they exchange a knowing glance. They run to their bedroom where the mom pulls a hand pump out of her purse and says to give her a few minutes. (As though pumping a bottle is going to solve the problem of mom and dad’s complete lack of boundaries regarding their obnoxious, unsupportive in-laws?)

7. Mom returns from the bedroom carrying a bottle of milk, which Father-in-law then mistakes for half & half for his coffee. Time slows down (“Nooooooo!”) as he pours the pumped milk into his coffee and takes a big gulp. (As though breastmilk is so gross, it’s not to be ingested.)

8. Father-in-law makes a comment about the milk definitely being 2%. (Implying her milk is “less than whole” when really, it is her infant’s source of complete nutrition.)

My reaction to the video was one of irritation and anger. The in-laws undermined the breastfeeding relationship at every turn, and instead of standing up for her baby’s best interests and telling the in-laws to screw off, the mom caves and hides in the bedroom to pump. I know there are probably some women who find pumping empowering, but I really, really did not enjoy it and cannot imagine purposely pumping when I didn’t have to do so, especially if it was done to placate family members with a misguided sense of entitlement with regard to my baby’s eating habits.

The entire thing really squicked me out. Ostensibly, this ad was to promote Evenflo’s manual breast pump. Helping perpetuate the most damaging breastfeeding myths around is not a good way to win the support of breastfeeding mothers.

Evenflo attempted to placate the masses by posting the following on Twitter:

We hear you. We appreciate how passionate you are. We are equally passionate & fully support all moms & the personal choices they make.

…and then followed up with:

Our intent with the video was to spark a conversation through lively humor, but we have heard your concerns & have decided to take it down.

Somehow, with the last scene of the video highlighting the Evenflo pump, I don’t think that was their true intent. And I don’t think that showing breastfeeding as an inconsiderate and selfish act is “fully supporting” all moms.

This article sums up the timeline of events pretty well, but I think they get it wrong when they indicate it’s just “mommy bloggers” who are upset. It’s moms who use social media who are upset, and I’m willing to bet that many, if not most of them, do not maintain a blog.

The comments on the above article indicate that many people think nursing moms can’t take a joke. I can take a joke – it’s just that this video wasn’t funny. There is humor in obnoxious in-laws, in pumping, and yes, even in breastfeeding, but this video did not find that humor. Instead, they took cheap pot-shots at a mother doing what she felt was right for her baby, and offered their product as a way of capitulating to overbearing family members who clearly don’t have the baby’s best interests in mind. Not really a product I want to support.

(Plus, having anybody drink the breastmilk that I pumped for my baby would have been devastating (not funny!) to me, because of the time and effort it takes to get that amount of expressed milk.)

I have not purchased any Evenflo products in the past, but you can bet I will not be buying them in the future, and I suggest you don’t either.

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