I just posted this over on Tumblr, but wanted to share it here as well.
I’ve criticized The Big Bang Theory for things like its ongoing obsession with fat jokes, its casual sexism (OMG, girls don’t read comics/play D&D/etc), the handling of Sheldon’s autistic/OCD issues, and an ongoing sense of laughing at geeks instead of with us.
But I want to give a shoutout to something the show did recently in “The Itchy Brain Simulation.” Leonard discovered a DVD he had forgotten to return for Sheldon, and started worrying about how Sheldon would react. Because we all know Sheldon can’t let anything go, and would be completely annoying and freak out about the unreturned DVD, right? And then we the viewers can all laugh at the neurotic genius and ask why his friends put up with him.
Only it didn’t play out that way. Sheldon countered by asking why Leonard didn’t consider how annoying and difficult these things were for him. As far as I know, this is the first time Sheldon’s ever stood up for himself in this way. He took it a step further, saying he’d remain calm about the DVD … if Leonard wore an itchy sweater he had gotten as a gift until the DVD was returned.
Animated gifs ahead. (I did say this was being copied from Tumblr…)
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.
Treadmill: 15:00, mile in intervals in 13:00. Total time spent actually running: 5:00.Exercise bike: 15:00 at resistance 15, total distance 4km and change.Rowing machine: 15:00 max resistance: torture.Mass: 109.7-109.9kg.Hopefully regular exercise and cutting down my snacking habits will result in a diminution of mass. Ideally, one day, I will weigh in around 95kg again, but I'd settle for 100kg. (I do not like the way 110kg feels: I'm uncomfortable on the treadmill, and doing situps.) So we'll see how that works out over the next couple of months: there's too much else going on for me to do anything time-consuming and finicky like actually count calories, but we'll see.This entry was originally posted at http://hawkwing-lb.dreamwidth.org/586434.html. There are comments there. Comment where you like.
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Is what it says on the tin, yep.
Probably not entirely answerable at this time.- What am I going to have to do to learn the location of Turtle Track this year? Based on prior years, I anticipate being directed to at least three successive locations and asked to spit into a vial to prove my relation to an enrolled child by DNA testing. That's fine. Just let me know what needs to be signed in blood, and whether I should bring lancets of my own.- Are there Sleepy Hollow panels? If not, can this be fixed?- Anyone want to get together for parental coffee some time while Turtle Track is open? - I hear the con is screening Pacific Rim. Anyone know when? I think Danger Lad! would love it. Seriously not answerable at this time:- How will my children traumatize me this year? Attempt to drop things off the mezzanine? Hijinks with escalators? "Princess Akenza doesn't wear bottoms"? They can't possibly pull out first steps again, but the field for nosebleeds and head injuries is wide open.
I was sitting at a desk doing not very much except staring at an open file when a friend texted me. We were supposed to meet for coffee later, but he was free earlier than he expected, did I want to meet now?Yes! said I.And this is how come I spent three hours this afternoon in a coffee-shop, doing nothing but talking and eating. C. is excellent people - he was very kind to me before I got to know him well, back when he was still doing his PhD, and that hasn't changed: it is a privilege to know such lovely people - and he didn't seem to mind that I spent a lot of time talking about funerals and theses.I don't think I've spent so much time at one stretch actually talking to another human being since visiting tithenai in Glasgow in September. Spending so much time in my own space (and in my own head), I forget that I do like other people. More than that, in winter especially, I need to be around them at regular intervals, in order to feel halfway okay.Shocking, right? Tonight I feel all warmly fuzzy and at peace with the world, from spending a while in person talking to a friend.This entry was originally posted at http://hawkwing-lb.dreamwidth.org/586224.html. There are comments there. Comment where you like.
Sort of. I still have a paper and a half left to write. And I won't officially graduate (and so have to continue paying fees) for another six months, during which I have to attend one hour every other week of case discussion, due to the traineeship situation.But in terms of classes, as of yesterday at 10:00 PM, I am officially DONE!Crossposted to http://rachelmanija.dreamwidth.org/1126700.html. Comment here or there.