Links My Dad Sends Me (With Subject Lines)

Feb 5: What Watergate??
Feb 10: Idle Hans
Feb 12: Just another Obama Inauguration photo
Feb 20: What to buy with $48 million
Mar 4: …on the dotted line
Mar 4: much ado about nothing
Mar 11: Familiar Faces
Mar 25: More stuff for your LODSU blog

(LODSU = Links Our Dads Send Us. He came up with the acronym; it was my idea for a blog. Or maybe it’s a support group.)

what's waiting on the other side

My grandparents are crazy people with the pepper. First thing, after serving up a plate of food and before digging in, they shake a blanket of grey over everything.

I grew up more baker than cook. I never had to be convinced of the benefits of a dash of salt in desserts. My favourite taste is that sweet and salty together, chocolate and peanut butter, oatmeal and brown sugar. But I had to be convinced of pepper. It’s only the last few years I’ve seasoned meat with both, and even more recently that I’ve put pepper as well as salt on my eggs. But it really does–it makes all the difference.

Addendum: I’m so over the Food Network. I’m a fan of food, not recipes and chefs. Let me know when Jamie Oliver has a new show or when the ratio of cooking to talking on Iron Chef America gets better than 50%.

This weekend, I made my own butter. I’d rather do more of that than be annoyed with Ina Garten.

on so many men

I’m really enjoying The Big Bang Theory, and it’s been a while since I’ve loved a sitcom. I like the characters, I like the dialogue, I love Sheldon a lot, but here’s the one I keep coming back to: wardrobe. Sure, I watch Sex and the City and Gossip Girl half for the clothes, but that’s understood. That’s half why they make the show. The Big Bang Theory–about geeks and boys, no less–should not be about the clothes.

A show that wants to be more realistic could learn a lot from The Big Bang Theory. Not only do the same t-shirts and jackets and socks pop up again and again, across seasons even, we see the characters folding same clothes when a scene happens in the laundry room.

(One of my first hints that The O.C. was greater than the sum of all the teen parts that had come before it was Seth’s favourite t-shirt. First, we saw him wearing it as pyjamas. Then by itself, then layered over long-sleeves. It was his favourite, and that matters when you’re building a character for viewers to relate to.)

Maybe it’s only because I recently watched all 34 The Big Bang Theory episodes over two days (or maybe only because I’m me and weird like that), but I noticed the clothes. It only makes sense that a group of nerds would find comfort in the predictable patterns and create uniforms for themselves. Sheldon wears short sleeves over long. Leonard wears a t-shirt, a hoodie, a khaki jacket–in that order. Howard has tight pants, big belt buckles, and turtlenecks with a lapel pin. Raj wears sweater vests and warm-up jackets, and his fabrics rarely match.

When even wardrobe is this tightly structured, it bodes well for the greater narrative arcs.