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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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Watership Down Trailer

The BBC are producing a “new adaptation of Watership Down [that] uses Richard Adams’ bestselling novel as its source to bring an innovative interpretation to the much loved classic”.
I’m not sure what that exactly means, but it looks like Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and the others will be along.
It wouldn’t be the same without Art Garfunkel’s song, I wonder if it will be included or homaged somehow.
Here’s the trailer.

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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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Something I Never Noticed

The 1966 Batman movie is on TV tonight. (The one from the TV show).
One famous scene features Batman fighting off a shark on a rope ladder hanging from a helicopter (!!) using Shark Repellent Bat Spray conveniently stored on the Bat-copter.

What I didn’t remember was that Shark Repellent Bat Spray was only one of the available Marine Repellent Bat Sprays on board in case of emergency.
Barracuda, Whale, and Manta-Ray were the other Oceanic Repellent Bat Sprays.

You never know, that may help you out in a trivia contest some day.

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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.