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Photo: End of a long week via Instagram

May 20th, 2013 Comments off
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TV Worth Watching: Torchwood

May 19th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas

TV Worth Watching: Torchwood

As a big fan of Doctor Who, I was quite eager to watch this spin off when it first aired in 2006. We had seen the main character, Captain Jack Harkness in several Doctor Who episodes and that provided a bit of continuity to attract us even further. Torchwood (and anagram of Doctor Who, used as a code name during production) is a more adult show than Doctor Who with a bit of sex and violence and deeper, more pyschological story lines. We quite enjoyed the first 2 seasons of the show, but I found the story arcs of Season 3 and Season 4 (produced in the US in partnership with the Starz network) to be a bit dark for my usual viewing sensibilities. That said, as I am rewatching Season 1 and 2, I am remembering why I liked it so much when we first saw it. Each episode is well written, engaging with a bit of science fiction thrown in for leavening.  

 

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May 15th, 2013 Comments off
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Photo: Cloudy Sunset via Instagram

May 14th, 2013 Comments off

Video: Guess the video 4: What is it?

May 14th, 2013 Comments off

Can you figure out what this video is? Leave your description in the comments here on on any of my social media accounts.

Sometimes it helps to look at your world in new ways and I will be developing a few more in this series to challenge your perception of the world around you.

This video includes an answer to last week’s video, too. I’ll continue the in this format for upcoming episodes, too.

Leave your guess below in the comments!

Guess the Video 4

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Photo: Uh…about that thermometer…

May 13th, 2013 Comments off
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TV Worth Watching: Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course

May 12th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas

TV Worth Watching: Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course

 I must admit that I never would have thought I would watch anything by Gordon Ramay. After seeing pieces of his various shows I found him entirely unlikable and the confrontational style put me off immensely. Imagine my surprise then, when a friend pointed out this Ultimate Cookery Course from Gordon Ramsay and told me I had to watch it. I couldn’t believe it, but after checking out the first episode I was amazed. Gone was the bluster, the pushiness, the rather obnoxious behavior. Instead there was a chef who cared deeply about food and offers up some great recipes and advice on cooking technique.

Most of the series is available via YouTube using the links below. There is also a cookbook highlighting some of the recipes from the series.

Watch first 20 Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course episodes of here

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Video: Guess the Video 3: What is it?

May 7th, 2013 Comments off

Can you figure out what this video is? Leave your description in the comments here on on any of my social media accounts.

Sometimes it helps to look at your world in new ways and I will be developing a few more in this series to challenge your perception of the world around you.

This video includes an answer to last week’s video, too. I’ll continue the in this format for upcoming episodes, too.

Leave your guess below in the comments!

Guess the Video 3

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Video: Places LA: Dorkbot at Droplabs – Co-working/Hackerspace/Technology and more!

May 5th, 2013 Comments off

Dorkbot.org (people doing strange things with electricity, mostly in Los Angeles) has begun their SoCal Hackerspace Tour with Droplabs, a co-working/hackerspace in Downtown Los Angeles. Join us on this quick tour of the space and the surrounding collection of artists/engineers/techs and more.

See more Places LA videos in this YouTube Playlist

For more information, visit:

Dorkbot: http://Dorkbot.org
Droplabs: http://droplabs.net

Find more technology content on TechnologyIQ with Douglas E. Welch at http://techiq.welchwrite.com.

For more episodes of PlacesLA, visit My Word with Douglas E. Welch (http://welchwrite.com/blog/category/places-la/)

Music: “Slow Burn” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License.

TV Worth Watching: Hamlet starring David Tennant

May 5th, 2013 Comments off

TV Worth Watching is a new series highlighting my favorite television viewing. I am a big fan of UK television, so you are sure to see many UK shows and movies featured here. — Douglas

TV Worth Watching: Hamlet with David Tennant

When done right, Shakespeare can be an amazing experience. Given the source of Shakespeare and his plays, the British can perform his plays better than most, especially when given the money and this television movie production of Hamlet shines in every way. Former Doctor Who actor, David Tennant grabs the role and wrestles all the depth and psychological drama that this play has to offer. Hamlet is often considered the defining moment for any actor and Tennant does great service to the role and himself.

Performed onstage originally with the Royal Shakespeare Company, this adaptation doesn’t just film the stage, but rather creates a full movie production that makes us a voyeur of the scenes that play out. In fact, some scenes are shot using faux security cam footage, since the time of the play is brought forward into the present and not set in some ancient past. Patrick Stewart puts in a star turn as both King Claudius and his ill-fated ghostly brother

Overall, the setting, the production and the actors help to make this a very accessible version of Hamlet. If you have been scared off from Shakespeare tragedies before, this could be your way into a deeper understanding of what Shakespeare has to offer.

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Hamlet aired as part of Great Performances on PBS here in the US but it also now available from several online video on demand services as well as on DVD. Do yourself a favor and five into this deep, deep, presentation of Hamlet. I think you will find something in this performance that you haven’t seen before.

You can watch the entire performance (with advertising) in the small video below, although watching it on a larger screen would be a better experience.

Watch Hamlet on PBS. See more from Great Performances.

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