Archives for the month of: November, 2010

I felt like watching TV today, but also felt like working on my project. I had found some Bones episodes online (thanks Fox) and clicked through to watch. It was great having the episodes show on my computer while I did other things. The problem was the commercials. I understand the “need” for commercials, but I don’t understand the need for the same commercial over and over. This is what happened with the 5 Bones episodes that I watched. The same commercial showed twice or three times throughout the episodes. THE SAME EXACT COMMERCIALS. Not only did the repetiveness make me want to scream, it also made me never want to go to the sponsor and give them any of my money.

To make matters worse, the commercial was simplistic and made it seem like the sponsor was introducing new technology when they weren’t. I have been using that same technology through a different vendor for at least a year.

Message to Fox and sponsor: If you are going to force us to watch commercials, please make them funny or intelligent or at least vary them so we don’t want to scream. The repetitiveness does you no favors. And your ad agency should be chastised for suggesting such a strategy.

Oh, and while you are at it, what happened to Dr. Brennan? She is more wooden and socially inept than she was last season. Not nice. Do not like it.

Mennonite in a Little Black DressMennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this immediately after reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. I really noticed the difference in writing styles, leaving aside the difference in genres, of course, and found it an interesting switch. As I progressed in Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, I found the writing style to be a little frantic. The style improved as the book went on. I thought the book was interesting and I enjoyed it, but I did think there were some weird things. One was the history of the Mennonites towards the end of the book. I enjoyed that section, but thought it was kind of tacked on to the end. I would have preferred an Epilogue that kind of wrapped up her life after several months. Is she still dating Soren?

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