Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review Day

There are no major spoilers in these reviews.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Season One:
This is one of the free Amazon Prime shows that I've been watching recently. I wasn't expecting to like it, because there's really a finite set of things you can do in the Terminator universe before you start repeating yourself (T3 and T4 were completely unnecessary). However, after the first episode which is painfully derivative, the show manages to carve itself a nice niche with interesting stories to tell and less of a need to adhere to any kind of Terminator bible. From a "going along for the ride" perspective, this is an enjoyable show to watch.

Final Grade: B+

Semantic Web for the Working Ontologists by Dean Allemang and James Hendler:
This book has been my Cliff Notes over the past two months as I try to keep up with subject matter experts in the field of semantic web. It's a surprisingly gentle introduction to semantic web technologies and languages, and couches theory in a practical wrapper so you have immediate context to the usefulness and viability of each lesson. The good news, though, is that you'll probably never need to read this book unless your job regularly involves heated discussions about the usefulness of taxonomies versus ontologies.

Final Grade: B+

Malcolm in the Middle, Season Seven:
Malcolm went out strongly, and I enjoyed the final season as much as previous ones. It's free on Amazon Prime and has at least a couple laughs in every episode, so the series as a whole is good dead-time filler. The series finale was note-perfect for the show as well.

Final Grade: B

Hugo (PG):
We went into this movie knowing nothing at all, except that it involved Paris and CGI. I enjoyed the movie as a light, whimsical Amelie-like story, but didn't think it was Best Picture material. There were great performances throughout, especially from a surprisingly restrained Borat. We didn't watch it in 3D because 3D is lame.

Final Grade: B+

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