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Watching ‘Tidying Up With Marie Kondo’ On Netflix

We’re watching Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix.

I imagine Marie Kondo’s KonMari tidying philosophy could be really helpful for people who have compulsive collecting/hoarding tendencies.

The idea of keeping that which ‘sparks joy’ is interesting. It brings some echoes of the idea of learning to be content. It is a thought provoking concept.

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Designing The Apartment in ‘Friends’ (via Great Big Story)

Five minutes of background about the silent characters of TV series – their sets.
John Shaffner designed the set of “Friends.”
And lots of other sets for other shows.
From Monica’s apartment to the now ubiquitous couches in coffee shops that all mirror the Central Perk, the sets set a scene, build a collateral memory, and sometimes even become part of the story themselves.

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Designated Survivor

On the recommendation of a friend I started watching Designated Survivor today.
It’s a tv series about what happens when “a low-level Cabinet member becomes President of the United States after a catastrophic attack kills everyone above him in the line of succession.”
It’s sort of 24 meets The West Wing. (Not the least because it starts Keifer Sutherland.)
The only thing I don’t really like about it is that ‘Designated Survivor’ should be my title here in the Presbyterian Church of South Australia.

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Alton Brown Teases The Return Of ‘Good Eats’

Alton Brown’s Good Eats was a cooking series that combined recipes with background on why the recipes worked.
One part cooking show, one part chemistry show, one part comedy.
Watching him host other shows isn’t the same.
Anyway, this brief video promises a return of Good Eats.

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Making Nature Documentaries Natural

There’s a substantial amount of editing used to make nature documentaries.
In order for them to seem natural, lots of unnatural stuff is done post filming in production.

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My Offer To Help

For those having trouble coping I can loan you my dvds of all seven series of The West Wing for you to watch for the next four to eight years.
If you ask nicely I might even toss in my copy of The American President as well.

You would have to give them back eventually, though.
Without tear stains all over the cases.

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Brady Bunch Snickers Superbowl Ad

Anyone who grew up in the 70s will remember that this scene didn’t play out exactly like this in the famous Brady Bunch episode.

This video shows all the technical work that went into making the ad.