A Binge-Watching Hangover

A Binge-Watching Hangover

6 a.m.

That’s what time I went to bed this morning.

Was it homework?  A Camp NaNoWriMo writing session?

Nope.  It was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Now, first of all, I typically don’t do “all nighters”.  I am usually toast by midnight on a good night at best.

Actually, it has been a while since I have done this.  This weekend is unusual because the kids are off today and my husband is away at a Scout camp (see the pics at the end, the area is gorgeous).  I JUST finished my last course for this term and have breather before the next ones start.  Right now I have the RARE opportunity (which only comes on when the hubby is away) to watch shows that no one else wants to.  Tonight’s guilty pleasure will probably be Grace and Frankie .

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So, what is it about binge-watching? Or binge-reading for that matter?  What draws us into a story line that has us give up hours of time that could be spent doing things like, oh I don’t know…

SLEEPING PERHAPS???   😉

It’s a chance to catch up on something that we really enjoy I guess, and in my case, the only time that I have to do this is staying up all night.

It’s not just reminiscing over a favourite show either.  My family and I have binge-watched both Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings.  There have been more than a few books that I have started to read and had difficulty putting down.

It really is a luxury, and not one that any of us have a chance to do often.  Many of us (including myself), have a sense of guilt about doing it.  That we should take that time for other things.  Frankly, I am not the type to go out and get my hair done, or do spa days or anything.  Losing myself for hours on end over entertainment is my getaway.

And you know what?  That’s okay.  My house is clean, my kids are fed, and the world will not end if I forget about it for a few (um…7) hours.  After this weekend, I have no idea when I will get a chance to do this again.

What about you guys?  Do you binge-watch or binge-read?  What is your latest guilty pleasure?  Tell me all about it!!

Oh, and as mentioned, here are photos from my husband’s Scout camp.

jaycamp2  Jaycamp

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!  It’s time for me to get some COFFEE and Camp NaNoWriMo WRITING done.  🙂

 

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Ten of My Favourite Sci-Fi TV Theme Songs

Ten of My Favourite Sci-Fi TV Theme Songs

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Top 10 list and given my love of music, I think that this type of list was due.  I have more songs than this but to keep it simple, here are 10 of my favourite sci-fi TV show theme songs.  These are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER because I kept changing things around so much that I drove myself crazy. 🙂

All the videos are courtesy of YouTube and the composer information is courtesy of Wikipedia and Memory Alpha Wiki.

 

Buffy the Vampire SlayerNerf Herder – I have the soundtrack for the series plus The Chosen One collection.  Yeah, I liked the show.   🙂

 

Babylon 5Christopher Franke – Yeah, I have the series and the soundtrack for this one too.  I used the themes from Season 1 and 3 in my  W.I.G.’s Top Ten Sci-Fi Captains but I had to go with the Season 4 here because it was just so powerful.

 

Doctor WhoMurray Gold version – This is from the BBC Proms 2010.  What better way to listen to the theme than with a few of the Doctor’s “friends”.

 

Star Trek:  Deep Space Nine – Dennis McCarthy – Looking at all of the Star Trek themes out there, I picked this one because it just seems to “tell a story”.

 

Stargate SG-1 – Joel Goldsmith – Loved this show and had a total crush on Amanda Tapping.  🙂 – I own the series collection too.

 

Stargate Atlantis – also by Joel Goldsmith – A great spin-off to a great series.

 

Angel – Darling Violetta – The Sanctuary – I’m taking liberties here.  This is an extended version (from a Youtuber called BuffyIsRock) and mixes the seasons, but it does such an awesome job that I just had to choose it.

 

Firefly – Sonny Rhodes/Joss Whedon – The Ballad of Serenity – I could not find a copy of the opening credits AND the theme song anywhere   😦  .  Brilliant show gone before its time….thank goodness for the movie and DVD.

 

Xena:  Warrior Princess – Joseph LoDuca – The opening credits’ narration drowns out the music, so I found this video instead so that you can enjoy the amazing song in its entirety. Cool fact from the show’s Wikipedia page….

The theme music was developed from the traditional Bulgarian folk song “Kaval sviri,” sung by the Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir. The original “Kaval sviri” can be heard where Xena races into battle in the Hercules episode “Unchained Heart.”

 

 

….and sometimes you just have to go with a real classic…

Battlestar Galactica (1978) – Stu Phillips – This show was one of the reasons that I fell in love with sci-fi in the first place.

 

 

If you liked this post, and my sci-fi captains post above (see Babylon 5), feel free to click below and see who I think are some of Canada’s top sci-fi film stars.

W.I.G.’s Top 20 Awesome Canadian Sci-Fi Film Stars

 

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The Rest of the Story: The Tales of Paul Harvey

The Rest of the Story:  The Tales of Paul Harvey

When I was younger (MANY years ago), I loved to listen to stories on the radio.  Paul Harvey‘s The Rest of the Story, was one of the ones that I remember the most.  Harvey’s stories were great, and I would try to figure out who he was talking about before his story finished.  For this kid, I loved his voice and how he told his tales.

Now to just get off topic for a minute….

As a kid, I never listened to any of Mr. Harvey’s views on politics and religion.  Checking him out for this post, I found things that I agreed with and things that I didn’t.  What I will say is, he made you think.  It’s no wonder that he made such an impact.  It’s unfortunate that he passed away in 2009 (he was 90 years old).  He would have a field day with today’s world views.

Now back to The Rest of the Story….

Excerpt from Wikipedia (full article above)- …consisted of stories presented as little-known or forgotten facts on a variety of subjects with some key element of the story (usually the name of some well-known person) held back until the end…

Thanks to YouTube and another link below, you can find some clips of some of his tales.  I thought that it would be fun to share a few of them with you.  Keeping with the GEEK and WRITER themes, can you guess who Paul is talking about?

You may be surprised.    🙂

 

This is a link to a list of many more of Paul’s tales.  His books and audio cds can also be purchased on Amazon.

 

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