Re: my oddly healthy attitude towards life/death: I think that's a lot more nature than it is nurture. Ie, that was honestly my initial reaction to the situation, not something I fostered or crafted. I guess it's just my personality.
Re: cancer shaping my perspective: as I said on Drew's podcast (thanks for listening, BTW), cancer gave me a new appreciation for the mundane and ordinary. I can't tell you how nice it is to worry about the garbage man coming too early rather than worrying about whether you'll live long enough to see your own wedding.
Mike Lynch and Rich Banks are to credit/blame for the Baldywood theme song. I agree, it is maddeningly catchy.
I'm glad you brought up "50/50," because I thought it was the best movie of 2011 and the fact that it got zero Oscar nominations - in a particularly weak year for movies - was baffling and upsetting. I was so incredibly impressed by "50/50" - the way it was funny, poignant, insightful, heartbreaking, subtle, and most of all, honest. Basically, everything I hope my own book will be.
Matt, I don't know. I'll let you know when the movie comes out. And I just found out yesterday that instead of having to wait 9 days from today to let you know, I'll have to wait 40 days (they changed the release date from Nov 15th to Dec 25th, bummer).
As far as movies that ended too early. I could have spend another 2 hours with Avatar, but that's just cause I'm a sucker for the effects and 3D. When it comes to the classics, I'd have to say I can't think of any, but when I do...
And there is a reason for this. I have to be honest that I was NOT a Zombie fan, or Walkers as we'll call them, before this show. I really couldn't imagine how they would be able to sustain such a plot for so long. But AMC gets it. And the writers of TWD get it. So here we are. Now I'm into Walkers. Even couldn't wait to see World War Z, which I loved and recommend.
Second. I'll tell you that right off the bat I loved so many things that they did in this season premiere. For example, for those of us that were always excited about the Walkers, but thought that there needs to be a little more, well, here you have it, Walkers raining from the sky (or should I say the roof of the super market).
There is so much more to say, but I'll save some for when the rest of the season develops.
This is not much of a conversation as it is a shout out that Shark Tank has been renewed for a Fifth Season. I'm glad. In seasons 2 and 3 the rating were on a downward trend. But in season 4 they were back up. So a fifth season it is.
That is confirmed. I also want to know how much of this show represents reality. Would they really put a woman as meek as Piper in with a bunch of crazies or are all prisons that bad? even the minimum security prisons?