TV Schedule

I hate television. Not only are most of the shows on TV not good (in fact a large portion are outright garbage), but there are just so many shows; so many that there is just not enough time for them all.

I am going to find a way to somehow suffer through the rest of this season, then from next season on, I am going to stop watching all of the bad shows. It won’t be easy because I have OCD, but forcing myself to watch them all is even more painful than not watching them (even if it means stopping in the middle of a show).

Here’s what’s left to watch this week followed by the full week’s schedule:

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Clone Wars – Watch Out!

Well, I have recently finished watching season four of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and am about to start watching the first half of season five. This is making me really nervous. Every time that I start watching a show that others have already been watching for years, I start after season four, and catch up so that I can watch (most of) season five live with everybody. The problem is that whenever this happens, the show always seems to get cancelled, so season five is the last season. This has happened several times now, so I am worried that it will happen to Clone Wars as well. Here is a list of shows that got cancelled once I finally started watching them (I’ll add the ones I can remember off the top of my head and add more when I look them up):

  • Angel (This was the first time I noticed “the curse”.)
  • Alias (I started watching just before the last season.)
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) (After season three, I watched the original 1978 and 1980 versions, then 2003; it was cancelled the next season).
  • Primeval (It was cancelled in season five, just before I started watching.)
  • Merlin (The library has the first four seasons, so I decided to start watching it, then I heard that season five is the last.

Unfortunately, I don’t actually have the “power to cancel shows” by just starting late because there are some shows that don’t/wouldn’t stop: Californication, Boardwalk Empire, Lost, Jersey Shore, Gossip Girl, The Hills, Secret Life of the American Teenager, Shameless (both), Spartacus, True Blood

Some other shows that I began watching late have fortunately survived my curse: Game of Thrones, Borgias, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Dexter, Face Off, MythBusters, Pawn Stars, Ricky Gervais Show, The Office (UK), Stargate SG1, Breaking Bad, Being Human (UK), The Shield. And of course Star Wars; I had heard people rabidly love it for decades. I finally watched the films and they were okay. I then watched Clone Wars which made me like it even more. (If I have to choose, I’m still a Star Trek guy though.)

Good-for-something

I’m sick and tired of my mother always nagging that she works so hard (much of the work she does is her own making) and I never do anything (despite the fact that she calls me every 5-8 minutes). I’m constantly doing stuff for her, but can never remember them later. I’m going to start keeping a list so that I can throw some examples in her face when she nags. 😛 (Of course, she’ll probably just end up saying “You’re still using that example?”, but it’s better than nothing.)

  • Fixed her washing machine!

FML; Murphy was an Optimist!

I have decided to start keeping (I suspect using a gerund is unlikely to be accurate) a list of examples of why my life sucks. Some will be obviously bad or hurtful or damaging, others not so much bad as inconvenient, annoying, irritating, frustrating (I have a huge problem with frustration and don’t handle it well).

Now don’t get me wrong, I have no delusions of having the worst life; quite the contrary, I freely admit that some aspects are actually fairly good and nice, but there is no way it can be considered a great, comfortable, happy life either. The cumulation of all the difference circumstances in my life (financial, social, physical, mental, geographic, etc.) somehow create a convergence that makes me quite miserable overall (i.e., on average).

Whenever bad things happen to me or my (immediate) family, I can’t help but think that I/we are cursed because bad things not only happen a lot (far too frequently to be typical), but they usually happen in just the right way to maximize the hurt. Some people will say that bad stuff happens to everybody and things like these are coincidence, but even a die-hard skeptic has to admit that coincidence can only stretch so far. How many coincidences does it take before it becomes a statistical aberration? 10? 100? 1,000,000? Yes, a perfectly balanced coin, when flipped an infinite number of times will have runs of 1,000 heads in a row or 1,000,000 tails in a row, and so on, but that’s just theoretical since nothing in real life is infinite nor perfect. If you flip a coin 10 times and it comes up heads nine of those, then you just have to question if it’s coincidence or something else…

  • Last week I put a hold on volumes one, two, and three (of three) of something at the library.

    I checked on my holds two days later and saw that volumes two and three were already transfered to my home branch, but the third one (volume one) was listed as “Missing + 1 Hold”. What the‽ Why did the system not transfer my hold to one of the other copies if the one it was assigned to could not be found‽ There were four or five copies, two or three of which were in. I canceled the hold and put it again, this time it was assigned to one of the copies marked as “In Library”.

    Another two days later, it was Saturday, the day I go out to pick up my holds from the library. I checked again, and there was no change; it was marked as “In Library + 1 Hold”.

    I said “screw it” and decided to go to the library and pick up the copy of volume one in person because we were going to be in the area to run some errands anyway. A few minutes later, I arrived at the library and checked the catalog to determine where to find it, but when I did, it said it was, finally, after a week, “In Transit”. WTF‽

    They didn’t bother sending it for a week, and the moment (literally down to a few minutes) I decided they can suck it and I’d get it myself, they send it out! We ran our errands and a couple of hours later, I went to my home branch (with ~5% hope) and picked up my holds. Not surprisingly, volume one had not arrived yet.

    That meant that I had to wait for a whole week before I could volume one. If it were volume three, or even two, that would be one thing, but volume one‽ That ruins the whole set. (Actually, in this case, the books were really small, so I could get through the whole thing in a week, so any of them would block the whole thing.)

    This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for someone with OCD like myself, having them split up like this, with different due dates, is quite painful.

Discovery Channel Shows

Good ShowsNot Good Shows
Auction KingsAmerican Chopper
Cash CabAmerican Loggers
CuriosityBreaking Point
Daily PlanetBreakout
Destroyed in SecondsCanada’s Worst Driver
Dinosaur RevolutionCanada’s Worst Handyman
Future WeaponsDeadliest Catch
How Machines WorkDesert Car Kings
Inventions that Shook the WorldDirty Jobs
Junk RaidersFlying Wild Alaska
MythBustersGold Rush: Alaska
OdditiesHow It’s Made
River MonstersMan vs. Wild
Shark WeekMayday
Smash LabMegaWorld
Things You Need to KnowMighty Ships
VerminatorsNatural Born Dealers
Worst Case ScenarioSons of Guns

Music List

Music([])
E Nomine
Fettes Brot
Nightwish
micky 3d
Imagine Dragons
Arash (Melody)
Paul Cauthen (Everybody Walkin’ this Land)

Legend / Key
Pre (()Impression before starting (eg “hype”)
Start ([)Impression during early parts
Mid ()Impression through most of it; current impression
End (])Impression at end (or towards the end)
Post ())Final, overall impression
Didn’t finish; quit
Not applicable; haven’t/hasn’t started yet; have not heard of it
Hate(d) it; was/is a mistake/waste of time; dreading it
Negative feelings; a chore; not looking forward to it
Neutral feelings; no opinion; can take or leave it
Positive feelings; want more; looking forward to it; heard good things
Love(d) it; worthwhile; can’t wait for it

Movie List

Movie([])
Twilight
Inception
Rat Race
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Legend / Key
Pre (()Impression before starting (eg “hype”)
Start ([)Impression during early parts
Mid ()Impression through most of it; current impression
End (])Impression at end (or towards the end)
Post ())Final, overall impression
Didn’t finish; quit
Not applicable; haven’t/hasn’t started yet; have not heard of it
Hate(d) it; was/is a mistake/waste of time; dreading it
Negative feelings; a chore; not looking forward to it
Neutral feelings; no opinion; can take or leave it
Positive feelings; want more; looking forward to it; heard good things
Love(d) it; worthwhile; can’t wait for it

Video Game List

Game([])
American McGee’s Alice
Bubblet!
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
Clive Barker’s Jericho
Clive Barker’s Undying
Don’t Starve
Donkey Kong 64
Feeding Frenzy
Forever Worlds
Ghost Recon
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter
Ghost Recon: Desert Seige
Ghost Recon: Island Thunder
Gunman Chronicles
Half-Life
Insaniquarium Deluxe
Insaniquarium
Kingpin
Kiss Psycho Circus
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Max Payne
NiBiRu: Age of Secrets
Painkiller
Prey
Project IGI 2: Covert Ops
Project IGI
Quake 3 Arena
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Safecracker
Scratches (Director’s Cut + Last Visit)
Sentinel: Descendants in Time
Sérious Sam: The First Encounter
Serious Sam: The Second Encounter
Silent Hill 2
Silent Hill 3
Silent Hill 4
Silent Hill
SiN
SiN: Wages of SiN
Snug
Starcraft
Tomb Raider
Unreal Tournament 2003
Unreal Tournament 2004
Unreal Tournament
Word Harmony

Legend / Key
Pre (()Impression before starting (eg “hype”)
Start ([)Impression during early parts
Mid ()Impression through most of it; current impression
End (])Impression at end (or towards the end)
Post ())Final, overall impression
Didn’t finish; quit
Not applicable; haven’t/hasn’t started yet; have not heard of it
Hate(d) it; was/is a mistake/waste of time; dreading it
Negative feelings; a chore; not looking forward to it
Neutral feelings; no opinion; can take or leave it
Positive feelings; want more; looking forward to it; heard good things
Love(d) it; worthwhile; can’t wait for it

Television Show List

Show([])Notes
$H!* My Dad Says
2 Broke Girls
10 Things I Hate About You
30 Rock
Alias
Alphas
American Dad
American Horror Story
American Pickers
Anger Management
Animal Practice
Archer
Arctic Air
Auction Kings
Awkward
Bad Education
Battlestar Galactica
Ben and Kate2
Better Off Ted
Big Bang Theory, The
Bionic Woman (2007)
Black Donnellys, The
Boardwalk Empire
Bob’s Burgers
Body of Proof
Bones
Booth at the End
Borgias
Brand X
Brickleberry
Bunheads
Cajun Pawn Stars
Californication
Cape, The3
Caprica
Castle
Chicago Fire
Chicago PD
Chicago Med
Chuck
Citizen Khan
Cleveland Show, The
Cold Case
Community
Copper
Corner Gas
Cougar Town
Criminal Minds
CSI
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
Day Break
Defenders
Dexter
Dirty, Sexy, Money
Doctor Who (2005)
Dollhouse3
Drive
Eastwick
Elementary
Eli Stone
Endgame
Eureka4
Face/Off
Family Guy
Flash Forward
Game of Thrones
Gates
Geordie Shore
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Mine
Glee
Go On
Good Guys, The
Good Luck Charlie
Gossip Girl
Gravity Falls
Greek
Grey’s Anatomy1
Guys With Kids
Hannah Montana
Harry’s Law
Hart of Dixie
Hawaii Five-0
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Hills, The1
Hot Set
House M.D.
How I Met Your Mother
Inbetweeners
Jersey Shore
John Doe
Key & Peele
L.A. Complex
Las Vegas
Last Resort
Law & Order
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Law & Order: Los Angeles
Law & Order: SVU
Legit
Life on Mars
Life Unexpected
Lost Girl1
Lost
Mad Men2 3
Major Crimes
Make it or Break it
Melissa and Joey
Miami Med
Middle, The
Mike & Molly
Mob Doctor
Moone Boy
Moonlight
Mr. D
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
My Name is Earl
Mythbusters
Nashville
NCIS Los Angeles
NCIS
NCIS New Orleans
Neighbors From Hell
New Girl1
New Normal
Nine Lives of Chloe King, The
Nine, The
No Ordinary Family
Numb3s
OC, The
Oddities
Office, The (2004)
Office, The (2005)
Outsourced
Parenthood
Parks and Recreation
Partners
Pawn Stars
Pawnathon Canada
Person of Interest
Persons Unknown
Phineas and Ferb
Playboy Club
Pretty Little Liars
Prison Break
Private Practice
Pushing Daisies
Raising Hope
Reaper
Revenge
Revolution
Ricky Gervais Show, The
Ringer
River
Robot Combat League
Rules of Engagement
Running Wilde
Scandal
Scret Circle, The1
Secret Life of the American Teenager, The1 2 3
Shameless UK
Shameless US
Simpsons, The
Six Degrees
Skins (UK)
Skins (US)
Smash
South Park
Starate Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
Stargate Universe
Stranded
Suite Life of Zack and Cody, The
Suite Life on Deck
Surface
Swingtown
Switched at Birth
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
The Mindy Project
Three Rivers
Torchwood
Two and Half Men
Ugly Americans
Unsupervised
Up All Night
V (2010)
Valleys, The
Vampire Diaries, The1
Vegas
Walking Dead, The
Warehouse 13
Wizards of Waverly Place
Workaholics

Legend / Key
Pre (()Impression before starting (eg “hype”)
Start ([)Impression during early parts
Mid ()Impression through most of it; current impression
End (])Impression at end (or towards the end)
Post ())Final, overall impression
Didn’t finish; quit
Not applicable; haven’t/hasn’t started yet; have not heard of it
Hate(d) it; was/is a mistake/waste of time; dreading it
Negative feelings; a chore; not looking forward to it
Neutral feelings; no opinion; can take or leave it
Positive feelings; want more; looking forward to it; heard good things
Love(d) it; worthwhile; can’t wait for it
1Only watching because it has attractive girls
2Only watching because of OCD
3Boring