Jan. 18th, 2012

The third Sherlock of season 2 was much, much better than A Scandal in Belgravia, but I'm not sure yet what I think of The Hound of Baskerville. I want to watch that one again before I make a judgement about it, because I'm not sure I really got it the first time.

Anyway, back to The Reichenbach Fall. I honestly thought it was quite good; Watson was great, Sherlock was great, and I thought they pulled off the emotional stuff fairly well. Sherlock even managed it on top of the roof of the building, when he was about to kill himself—or pretend to, anyway. I wasn't completely sold on Sherlock's emotional meltdown, but then again, he was faking it anyway; so in that sense, Benedict Cumberbatch did an even better job than most actors would have done, who might have made it even more realistic.

I am slightly worried that Steven Moffat won't be able to explain what happened in a satisfactory way, and I am mostly worried about this because of A Scandal in Belgravia—"I am Sherlocked"? Really??? Who on Earth thought that was a good idea? Much better to have just not told us the secret to Irene Adler's cell phone, rather than give us such a horrible, horrible pun.

I am so glad there is going to be a third season, Steven Moffat has done quite well with Sherlock, even if A Scandal in Belgravia was a total bust. I didn't even know that there was a question about it not continuing, so I wasn't as surprised as I might have been to hear that the third season has already been commissioned. I just kind of assumed it would be.

I am determined to read all the Sherlock stories this year, now. I will! I will! That and Lord of the Rings.

In other news, I also watched the new season's episode of White Collar. Um ... it was pretty terrible. They went a little too far towards cheesy for me—really, Neal picked up a shield while hiding in the van? Really? That was just too much. And I may have forgotten what had happened in the earlier episodes, but I can't believe that Keller would just take credit for the treasure recovery—he would want to take Neal down with him.

In completely other news, we had dinner with the cousins today. They were less unbearable than usual, but I could see (slightly ... not that much) how my cousin had lost weight while in India. It's not that obvious, though, I don't know why everyone's so worried. She did just eat rice for two months, after all; anyone would lose weight on that.
Apparently I forgot to write about Wikipedia last time.

Anyway, today is January 18, 2012, and Wikipedia has shut down its English-language version in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).  These acts are going to be voted on by the House and the Senate on January 24th, so Wikipedia (among others) is trying to protest those acts that will effectively allow censorship of the web (or even force censorship for websites that may contain copyrighted content).

Needless to say, Wikipedia's awesomeness level just rose about fifty percent.  As if it weren't awesome enough already.

Google also put up a black "censor" banner over the Google logo as a sort of doodle today, and Wired had its entire page "censored" out.  Sentences are legible if you scroll over them, but otherwise the entire page looks, well, censored.  There is a tab at the bottom that lets you uncensor the page, but I'm not planning on doing that.  It defeats the purpose—well, sort of.  It depends on the purpose.  Mozilla claims its purpose is a "virtual strike", meaning that the services provided by these organizations should not, actually, be usable today if it is to be a true strike.  On the other hand, if it's just to raise awareness, then I am already aware, so there's no real need for me to continue to not use these services.

Anyway.  I should be doing work today.



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