Sunday, May 31, 2009

What I'm Watching- Eureka


Because Ryan and I have made the decision to not spend money on cable, I have been taking advantage of free online streaming on such sites as hulu, as well as spending a few dollars a month to rent dvds and have access to streaming through Netflix.

One show that I have been fond of over the last several months is Eureka.  Developed and produced by the SciFi network,   beginning in 2006 it is a show about a town full of super geniuses somewhere in the Pacific Northwest.   The stories are seen from the point of view of the sheriff Jack Carter who was a US Marshall until a wrong turn landed him and his daughter Zoey in Eureka. 

The characters are well played and I personally want every one of them to be my favorite character, I can never make a decision.  Colin Ferguson plays Sheriff Carter, like the rest of the cast he is not known for many larger roles but has been in the business for over a decade.  As the sheriff he is always getting the town out of the big messes they find themselves in with his common sense and wit.  As a person who values common sense I find this part of his character very endearing.  

Carter's best friend and rocket scientist Henry is played by Joe Morton.  Henry is always tinkering and is the one to explain the complicated science behind the towns problems to Carter.  The relationship between these two is enough reason alone to watch Eureka, not to mention the hilarity of the situations as well as the more serious and thought provoking moments. 

The series is filmed in British Columbia which gives a beautiful backdrop for the chaos that ensues.  The second half of the third season returns to SciFi on July 10th at 9pm. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Lawn Biodiversity

Many people here in Ohio take pride in how their lawns appear.  Sadly they do not give much thought to the actual plant, insect, and other life that may rely on this area for survival.

Biodiversity (the diversity of life in a given area) is important for sustaining our environment, but can also be misunderstood on several levels.  For one, if you have a yard with many different plants this does not mean it may be better than a yard with only one type of plant.  One needs to take into account native and invasive species.  Insects and other life rely on resources such as plants that are native to their habitat.  If a person plants species that do not naturally grow in an area they may be removing a life source for natives.

One example of the importance of biodiversity is the availability of pollen for honey bees.  Without the right resources, honey bees are not able to survive and consequently can no pollinate things like crops that we rely on for food.

If you are doing lawn work and are not sure what is native, what is invasive, and what would be the most useful plant life to make available in your yard, please take the time to do a little research.  Your states department of conservation, or department of natural resources should have information listed on their websites.  Also our local agriculture extension office would be more than happy to give you information.

For my Ohio readers, here is some information about Invasive Plants of Ohio.

Privacy Policy

Because I am using Google AdSense on my blog now to hopefully generate some revenue, I am obligated to post a privacy policy about internet-based advertising.  Please know that I personally never share any information about my readers, and this in strictly for your information:

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Exploration

During this time of struggle that I've been having physically, emotionally, and mentally I am constantly exploring the possibilities of the future.  What am I going to be capable of accomplishing and will I ever have a career.  I've explored writing and yoga, I've entertained the notions of finishing school and continuing on with an education in a completely different field like nursing, and I've continued my passions for the church and environmental education.

One new thing that I've really become interested in, which almost seems a little shallow, but plenty of people make this the focus of their lives is entertainment. I've been enjoying TV, movies, and other forms on media mostly online.  As someone who never watched a lot of television as a young person, or even as an adult, until I was unable to get out like I wanted to.  I've really taken interest in the imagination behind the writing and creation of good entertainment, as well as the talent for the people who bring these things to us.

Below is a clip of one of my new favorite shows that I enjoy on hulu.  It is amazing technology, with a great imagination, and some fantastic philosophical and psychological aspects. 


Some people might scoff at the idea of being so into television and the media, and perhaps I've been one of those people in the past.  But it really is a creative outlet for me right now, a release, and a way to forget about how much I'm hurting, and just enjoy myself.  I hope you can take some time to enjoy yourself too.

I hope to write some reviews about my favorite shows in the near future.  As well as make some commentary on the different kind of personalities you may find in entertainment writing.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Still Alive

Just a short note.  I'm alive with no real desire to write much at the moment.... Taking a short hiatus I guess, but I'll be back.