Links for a New World [02]


  • Padma on Ellen – I love Ellen, but I love Padma Lakshmi even more.  Top Chef Boston kicked off this week (did you read my recap?!) and in prep for that, Ellen had Padma on to cook, laugh, and be absolutely wonderful.  Plus, I think I could make tortilla chips now, which is great news.
  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce – I’ve been so excited for Bravo’s first scripted show for so long for the simple reason that it combines two of my favorite shows.  We’ve got Marti Noxon of my dearest Buffy the Vampire SlayerHouse alum and another lady crush of mine, Lisa Edelstein!  The first official trailer promises raunch, so what’s not to like?
  • The Moon – The Moon (pictured above!) by design firm Nosigner is a topographically-accurate LED light created based on data retrieved from the Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft Kaguya.
  • Friends is coming to Netflix! – January 1, 2015!  I’m sorry to be controversial, but this is even better news than the arrival of Gilmore Girls.
  • Pictionary with Gillian Anderson – The gorgeous Gillian Anderson (aka Scully from the X-Files, Stella of The Fall) wrote a book!  In celebration, she’s all over the internet doing fun things like this.
  • T Map of Boston Eats – This handle map of Boston’s public transportation is marked with restaurants instead of stop names.  I’m thinking about riding my way through this one.  My friend Julia sent me this one along with the best burger per neighborhood, which is also very important.


Have a brilliant weekend, everybody!

TV To-Do List: Unfinished Business


Oh, woe is summer TV!  All of our favorites are on hiatus, but we live in a Netflix world.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a long list of To-Watch TV, specifically shows I’ve started, really like, and never got the opportunity to finish.  I thought I’d share it with you in case you need any suggestions to keep you busy this summer.  I’m a little embarrassed that I haven’t finished some of these… but, here goes, in no particular order:

1. Dexter

I’ve just got the last season of Dexter to go, but from what I’ve heard from friends, I’m in no rush to watch it.  Still, I loved Dexter so far, and I feel like I need to see it through.  I might want to rewatch the whole series before launching into the final season, which could make this a longer project.

2. House

Now this one I’m really embarrassed about, since House is one of my absolute favorite shows of all time.  I feel like a fraud even saying that, having not seen the whole series!  (That might just be me being OCD though.)  I was watching happily in the days of Huddy in season 7, and I own the first 6 seasons on DVD.  My college job interfered with season 7, so I lost track before the end of the season.  Knowing what happened, because I was on tumblr then, I avoided finishing season 7 or, worse, watching a season without Cuddy.  It’s a must-do, though, especially now that it’s on Netflix.

3. Sherlock

I know a new season hit Netflix rather recently, but before that I was up to date with this one.  The problem: the long episodes kind of gave me trouble.  I’m used to a shorter format and I didn’t really pay attention.  I do other things while I watch TV a lot, and it’s not a problem to rewatch a half hour show.  With Sherlock, I plowed through.  I really need to go back and give this series the attention is deserves.

4. Pretty Little Liars

Oh gosh, this kills me because I know the new season is actually on now, and I’m actually missing all the fun and the making-fun of Aria’s outfits.  Now that the most recent finished season is on Netflix, I should be able to catch up.  I had watched part of it live, but I’m terrible with current TV if I haven’t made that clear enough.  I should catch up before I get too behind again!

5. Breaking Bad

I must have like, 5 episodes left since Netflix added half of the last season, then the latter half later.  It’s ridiculous that I haven’t finished this yet.  Maybe I just don’t want it to end.  I think the mood just hasn’t been right.  I usually watch TV before I go to bed, and with work so busy, I want something mindless.  That’s probably the reason that all of these shows remain unfinished.  I’ve got to knock this one out before the summer is over!

Okay, now you know my dirty secrets… I’ve got a lot of unfinished business on Netflix!

Keep streaming, my friends!


Match Day ’14

Today is Match Day, the day when medical students learn where they will be completing their residency programs.  I know this not because I, nor anyone in my immediate or extended family has ever attended medical school, but because my brain is basically an external hard drive of information not readily useful.  I’m interested in a lot of things, okay?

In celebration of March Day, let’s talk about some of my favorite TV doctors.

Dr. Lahiri of The Mindy Project


Name: Mindy Lahiri
Occupation: OB/GYN at Shulman’s Women’s Health Associates
Credentials: Princeton University undergrad, Columbia University for medical school.

Though her personal life sometimes seems to be a mess, Dr. L takes her job seriously.  She is warm, friendly, and strives to make her patients happy.  Well-educated and well-qualified, Mindy is the kind of doctor any girl would be happy to have.  Plus, I’ve never met a Mindy Kaling character that I wouldn’t want to be friends with in real life.  Are you supposed to want to be friends with your OB/GYN?  I don’t know how that works.

Dr. House of House


Name: Gregory House
Occupation: M.D., Head of Diagnostic Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital
Credentials: Board certified diagnostician with a double specialty in nephrology and infection disease.  Graduated from Johns Hopkins University for undergrad, (which he then attended for medical school but was expelled,) then University of Michigan for medical school.

House has no bedside manner and he doesn’t trust you like at all.  Most of his patients don’t even see him with their own eyes.  Oh, he’s also a drug addict, which is not a quality I would tolerate in a medical professional.  However, how many patients has House lost, 2?  The amount of mind-boggling cases he and his diagnostic team have solves speak for themselves.  If there’s something wrong with you and you don’t know what it is, this is the man you want on the case.

Dr. Zoidberg of Futurama


Name: John A. Zoidberg
Occupation: Ship’s Doctor for Planet Express
Credentials: questionable.  He practices human internal medicine, but his doctorate is actually in art history.

Dr. Zoidberg’s knowledge of human anatomy and physiology is lacking, which is a major detriment in a doctor.  The good thing about Zoidberg is that medical technology has improved so much by the year 3000 that he can reattach limbs or even your head if need be!  He may under-qualified, but with all of the crazy injuries the Planet Express crew has endured, the fact that none of them are dead is a ringing endorsement for Zoidberg in my book.

Are you a soon-to-be real doctor (or friend or family member thereof)?  I want to hear your Match Day story!

Is your favorite TV doctor not on the list?  Tell me who!