New Serie: Sanctuary

May 4th, 2007

There’s this new serie that will be launching on May 14th: Sanctuary. Unlike other series though, this won’t be broadcast on television. It will be available as downloadable or streamable webisodes of about 15 minutes with the first 4 episodes being free, after that you’ll have to pay for them. Good news is that it’s available world-wide, so not only for America.

I’ve been willing to pay for tv-series all my life; I watch them, I appreciate them, I want to support them and by paying you do somehow have an actual say in the matter. Your contribution is acknowledged and counts as a reason to keep the serie going. Just think about a lot of cancelled series: Dark Angel, Firefly, Angel, Buffy. The American networks only care about the amount of American viewers, dismissing the whole group of faithfull viewers outside of America and dismissing the money they’re actually missing out on. What would have happened if those viewers were recognized and allowed to contribute to the series? Maybe they’d still be going on?

This series might be taking a step in the right direction, but I’m not sure yet if it will be able to survive. It’s set in an other sci-fi, paranormal, supernatural Victorian-like world with weird creatures. Amanda Tapping (Samantha Carter from Stargate) plays a scientist/doctor investigating these creatures. I saw the 5-minute preview and it looks kind of cheesy. A lot of the world and the creatures is CGI and so far it fails to impress me. It reminds me too much of a computer game and that’s not a good thing. Maybe the actual episodes will be better, but I guess I’ll just have to wait until May 14th.

Tags: TV Series

Going Dutch

May 2nd, 2007

Okay, I know, I know. I had promised to write in “the next couple of days” and big surprise…I didn’t. So, what been going on with me lately? For starters, I am now officially Dutch. Last October I applied for the naturalisation procedure (sounds creepy, like some weird medical treatment), filled in all the forms…and tada!! Half a year later, I’m an official cheese head. 😀

Nowadays you have to go the naturalisation ceremony to pick up the official letter; you don’t turn Dutch until you’ve picked it up. As most of you may know, I was kind of dreading this, expecting you’d have to sing the national anthem or put your hand on the bible, swear, etc. or something corny like that. Luckily it wasn’t anything like that. It was actually more like my “propedeuse” or bachelor ceremony; some guy you don’t know holds a speech, everybody gets called to the front, you get your degree/paper/whatever and it’s all extremely boring.

I will absolutely try this time to write a bit more then usual. I’m not going to promise anything anymore, cause that just doesn’t seem to work anyway.

Tags: Personal

Here’s a list of the 10 movies that I just can’t wait for:

10. Grindhouse
9. Sin City 2
8. The Dark Knight
7. Southland Tales
6. 28 Weeks Later
5. Ponyo on the Cliff
4. Watchmen
3. I am Legend
2. Stardust
1. The Golden Compass

Some of them will be coming out this year, while others haven’t even started prodcution. In the next couple of days I’ll provide a short preview/description of each of them. Feel free to leave a comment with which films you’re waiting for.

Tags: Movies

Visit to Holland

April 6th, 2007

Two days ago (Wednesday night) I arrived back in London, after a very exhausting visit to Holland. Somehow Cristiano and me managed to fill that one week with slightly more activities then we imagined. We managed to do everything we wanted, but it was all quite tiring.

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One Month later

April 5th, 2007

Okay, it’s been more then a month since my last blog post, while I promised to write something everday. My new Month’s Resolutions weren’t that successfull: I did eat icecream, I didn’t write for my blog and I sort of sticked to my deadlines.

Well, attempt number 2! Let’s see how these resolutions are upheld this month.

Tags: Personal

The Wizard of Outer Zone

March 2nd, 2007

I recently heard of this weird new version of The Wizard of Oz: the Sci-Fi Channel is going to produce a 6-hour mini serie Tin Man about a girl DG who’s thrust into the fantasy realm the Outer Zone (O.Z.). Zooey Deschanel has been cast as DG (from The HItchhikers Guide to the Universe and the sister of Emily Deschanel from Bones). I quote:

Tin Man is a psychedelic, often twisted and always outrageous take on the book. DG must discover her true identity, battle evil monkey-bats and fulfill her destiny. Her perilous journey begins on the fabled Old Road that leads to a wizard known as the Mystic Man.

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Tags: TV Series

I kind of figured out that I haven’t really been that productive lately. It’s not as if I’ve been doing nothing at all; quite the contrary: I’ve read a lot of papers, rewritten quite a bit of my literature research paper, discovered the joys of del.icio.us, Vienna and Growl, started my own blog, went to my first Girl Geek Dinner and celebrated my birthday. But I haven’t been able to stick to my deadlines, which I really have to start doing.

So because today is March the 1st, I’ve decided to make a list of my New Month’s Resolutions:

1. Deadlines are holy. I must stick to them no matter what.
2. I should write a new post for my blog every day.
3. No more ice cream!

Well, let’s see how long I can keep this up. The first is a must, but the second and third? We’ll see how they go ;-).

Tags: Personal

The origin of eBay

March 1st, 2007

A couple of days ago I was watching one of those morning BBC auction shows and they said that eBay began because the founder wanted a place for his fiancee to trade PEZ candy dispensers. I actually believed that (gullible me), but decided to have a closer look into it.

Apparently it’s not completly true. The guy just created it, because he saw a gap in the market. His wife did trade PEZ dispensers and did have some trouble trading them. The public-relations manager of the company overheard this and used it as a way to attract the media.

Tags: Geeky

London Girl Geek Dinner

February 22nd, 2007

Yesterday I went together with Cristiano to my very first Girl Geek Dinner. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it turned out to be really fun. It was held at the Balls Brothers bar near St Paul’s Cathedral, a very cute old-fashioned bar that was situated underground. When we arrived, there were already quite some people. The first half a hour I kind of just stood there, looking around, sipping the free wine and talking only to Cristiano. I’m not really the type to just go over to strangers and start talking to them!

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Top 10 TV Series

February 17th, 2007

My name is Melinda, and I’m a Tv-holic. Seriously, I’m really addicted to my tv-series. I think in my lifetime (next week 23 years) I’ve watched more then 100 series…completely. As in: from start to finish, not only watching the occasional episode. I’ll have to look into it to see the exact amount of series (might even be 200 😀 ), but that’s for another time.

For now, here’s a list of what I find are the Top 10 series at the present moment:

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Tags: TV Series