kungfuwaynewho: (community)
Five years ago, the West Memphis Three walked out of prison.

I first saw Paradise Lost in 2001 or 2002, when I was at USC.  Like a lot of people around my age who'd had a fairly-sheltered, middle class childhood, it was my first real experience with how frustrating and terrible true injustice could be.  I went on to read the book Devil's Knot by Mara Leveritt, getting more obsessed with the case.  I spent more hours than I could ever count on message boards, reading evidence amateur sleuths had uncovered over the years, finding myself convinced by this theory, then that one.  I followed the appeals and motions for years, and every time something new came up - another example of the courts' malfeasance, new exculaptory evidence - I would think, "this is it, this is how they're going to get out," only to have everything go back to square one.  And the whole time, Damien was on Death Row, getting sicker and sicker.  Five years ago, when I checked CNN in the middle of a desk shift at work, I hadn't heard a whisper of what was coming.  Yet there it was, the headline: "West Memphis Three Free."

If you've never seen it, I highly recommend the documentary West of Memphis.  Though the Paradise Lost films are very good, you have to watch all three to get the full story; and honestly, the second one suffers quite a bit in retrospect for suspecting the wrong stepfather.  West of Memphis follows the case from start to finish, from the murders, through the trial, through the painful eighteen years in prison for crimes they didn't commit, to their eventual release.  In fact, I'm planning on watching it (for like at least my sixth or seventh viewing) tonight.

To Jessie, Jason, and Damien: I'm still so proud and happy for you.  All the best.
kungfuwaynewho: (hannibal)

Haven't watched Season One yet?  No worries!  If you start now, restrain yourself to a handful of bathroom breaks, and take a modest lunch, you should have plenty of time to get caught up before the premiere.

We are having a premiere party tonight.  Fancy ravioli (stuffed with people!) and brie en croûte (the cheese is made from people!) and port (aged in a barrel with some people!) and ice cream cake (no people).

I honestly don't think I've been this excited about a TV show that is currently airing since Battlestar Galactica.  Which is to say I am VERY EXCITED.
kungfuwaynewho: (b5 delenn)
School Work was canceled today and tomorrow, so things are pretty A-plus around here.  We got at least 10 inches of snow today, maybe a foot - we haven't officially measured yet.  And it's STILL coming down like crazy.  We've shoveled the driveway twice, the last time just an hour ago, and it looks like there's already a fresh inch out there.  We only live half a mile from Grandpa's house, so we tromped up the unplowed road to have dinner with him tonight and to watch the KU basketball game, then tromped back down.  Both times, someone was out with a dog who was so rapturously excited to come play with us in the snow.  I fell down shoveling Grandpa's back porch, and then almost wiped out twice on our return journey.  (At the beginning of this winter, I vowed it would be a No Fall Winter.  I've fallen three times.)

Today we watched a documentary about the Oscars, which was pretty enjoyable, some Nigella, and then the first episode of Beauty and the Beast with Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman.  I vaguely remember watching it as a very wee child, and basically only remember how much I wanted Catherine and Vincent to kiss, so it was pretty fun to revisit that.  Tomorrow I plan to get more writing done - I did a smidgen today - and maybe try to catch up a little on my backlog of TV.

Day 2 - A show that needs more viewers

The Americans!  It's only got one season under its belt, but unlike a lot of first seasons, this was a show that knew what it was right out of the gate.  Two undercover Russian agents in Washington D.C. in the early 80s.  The Cold War, espionage, cons, costumes.  Fake mustaches.  And then there's like all this deep stuff about how it's like a ~cold war in their marriage.  Perms.  A really kicking soundtrack.  These people are really attractive, like for real.  And it just kept getting better and better, until the season finale, which was legit great television.  I am super-excited to see it come back, so now's the perfect time to do a quick 13-episode binge and get caught up - and help keep this awesome show on the air!



Day 2 - A sad gif

kungfuwaynewho: (lotr galadriel)
I JUST BOUGHT MY TICKETS FOR THE MIDNIGHT SHOW OF THE HOBBIT AT THE DRAFTHOUSE!

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kungfuwaynewho: (community)
Bros.  Now you can play this game for real.  It's still just a demo, but the community there is working as a team to work out the bugs and continue to make the game more like a game.

You can wear costumes!  You can play as Batman!Abed. 

I just.

kungfuwaynewho: (bicycle dad)

My sister found this today google image searching for something else.  She left it open for me on my computer so it would be the first thing I saw when I came home from work.  Fifteen minutes later, I'm still laughing at it.

My face hurts.
kungfuwaynewho: (lotr galadriel)




It was touch and go there for a minute about whether I was going to start crying at work.  Read more on the details from the links here.


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