December 16th, 2009

Eye of the Dragon

State of the Dragon: No Clever Titles

I'm as settled in at thoughtsdriftby's place as I'm going to get, I think. The closet is repaired, most of my clothes are put away, I've got mail set up on the laptop and my Job Hunting File Folder in Dropbox.

I haven't quite had the burst of Job Hunting Energy that I realize I was magically expecting, nor have I gained the Key Insight Into What I've Been Doing Wrong All This Time, but I'm Working On It. I'm going to try to pick up an AutoCAD class at the local community college, which should make my skill set more attractive to a wider range of employers. They also have a program for a Land Surveyor's certificate that I should look into; there's a good chance of a lot of overlap between that and my ESSP coursework, so I might be able to get certified with just a couple of classes.

Emotionally, everyone seems to think I'm doing remarkably well; I'm not happy by any stretch of the imagination, but I've moved past miserable, for the most part. This hasn't broken me.

It still doesn't feel quite real sometimes, though.


Eye - VK, Voight-Kampf test

The Hoard Potato: Video Addiction

In all the sorrow and confusion of my current situation, there are also small annoyances that arise. One such nuisance: I find myself now bereft of a DVR.

I suspect that much of our recent* increase in television viewing was due not just to a plethora of interesting programs, but to the ease and convenience that the DVR provided: for the first time, recording shows and watching them at a later time had become simpler than just turning on the TV and watching a show "live".

As previous posts have mentioned, my regular TV viewing has been whittled down to a handful of shows. However, an annoying number of them air on nights that I work, and the rest are cable shows with unpredictable timeslots.

Several of them have ongoing narratives that I would regret losing track of:

  • Heroes
  • Supernatural
  • Leverage
  • Burn Notice


Anybody out there recording any of those who might want to do a weekly-ish TV Couch Potato Party?

I've realized that much of our recent* increase in television viewing was due not just to a plethora of interesting programs, but to the ease and convenience that the DVR provided: for the first time, recording shows and watching them at a later time had become simpler than just turning on the TV and watching a show "live".


*"Recent" as in "over the last decade", not "over the last season or two", which has seen us dropping shows fairly rapidly, as my journal entries have discussed. It's now come into question just how much of that has really been due to increasing impatience with network offerings vs. increasing impatience with other matters in our lives.

(I also watch Castle and the Mentalist, but those are lighter shows less reliant on narrative, and I doubt anyone else out there's recording them.)