Month: February 2016

The More You Holmes

From: Elementary ep. 4.13

Title (& tatt): “A Study in Charlotte” (victim’s tattoo is initials: RACHE, which has a double meaning)

Reference: Obviously the title of this ep is a play on the title of the first Doyle canon story, A Study in Scarlet. As a further treat, the victim (Charlotte) is German, and her tattoo of RACHE is immediately noticeable by Sherlock as German for “revenge” (Gregson even suggests it’s an incomplete “Rachel” first, just like in Doyle). In this ep, the tattoo is a touch up addition, which ends up being a major clue into whodunit. In A Study in Scarlet, RACHE is scrawled on the wall in blood by the murderer, as a blind.


Grammar Lesson Videos

This post is just for my own use, lovely lurkers, and yet I can’t help but think you’ll all enjoy these too. These are some highlights of the Video Grammar Lesson assignment I always give to my Comp I students at any school at which I teach. These are from Metro and Front Range students from semesters past, and I will be using most if not all of them as examples tomorrow as I assign the project to my classes. Please to enjoy the creativity of these students…

NOTE TO FORMER STUDENTS: If you find a video you’ve made here and don’t want it here, please don’t hesitate to let me know, and I will remove it immediately.


Ze Grammar Nazis (Metro Spring 2013)
NOTE: love that they just did all this on their phone, and composed music!

A Brief History of Punctuation (FRCC Fall 2015)
NOTE: apart from a couple spelling errors, a gorgeous aesthetic piece on punctuation.

A Brief History of Punctuation. from Henna Taylor on Vimeo.

Man on the Street: Punctuation (FRCC Fall 2015)
NOTE: the man-on-the-street interview idea is stellar. Too bad it wasn’t executed as well as it could have been.

Conjunction Junction (FRCC Fall 2015)
NOTE: not embeddable, but I did find this cover to be well sung.

Dudebro Run-on Sentences (FRCC Fall 2015)
NOTE: I like the text dialogue into the theatrical scene.

Parts of Speech (Metro Spring 2013)
NOTE: I especially think the Google search w/narration is entertaining and witty.

ENG1020studentvidspr2013 from Jenn Zuko on Vimeo.

Direct and Indirect Objects (FRCC Fall 2015)
NOTE: Another one with a fantastic idea that could have had better execution.

Alliteration (FRCC Fall 2015)
NOTE: An unusual subject to teach about.

Commas (FRCC Fall 2015)
NOTE: I esepcially enjoy the snarky humor of this group.

The Semicolon (FRCC Fall 2015)
NOTE: an elegant rundown of a difficult punctuation. Particularly fun is the zombie-themed section.

Mini-Essay Contest Winner #1: Ashley

If you’ll recall, lovely lurkers, I normally assign a Mini-Essay when teaching Freshman Comp, and also host a Mini-Essay contest, wherein the winning essay (voted on by classroom peers) gets published to this blog. Here is one of two winners this semester, Ashley V. from the 9:30 am ENG 121 class at Front Range. Enjoy.



YouTube Killed the Television Star

by Ashley Vigil

When it comes to entertainment it all started with the radio. Slowly we advanced to the television, which ended up replacing the radio. Following the television, the computer was created and with it the Internet. Entertainment has been developing along with social changes and other technology over the years. Today, most of our generation finds entertainment from the online video sharing website, YouTube. There are a number of reasons why YouTube is more popular than television. YouTube is convenient, big television stars have caught on to the new trend, and it’s relatable.

We live in a society where it’s become common for us to have immediate gratification. There are so many fast food chains that allow us to get food within seconds, there’s online banking, and following that trend, we have YouTube.  A popular YouTube channel, Fine Brothers Entertainment, touch base on the topic of television being replaced by YouTube. They do this by asking different YouTubers to react to Jimmy Fallon clips online. One YouTuber they spoke to, iHasCupquake, made a good point by saying: “[the] good thing about YouTube is that you can watch it whenever you want,” (Fine Brothers Entertainment). Unlike television, any YouTube clip can be watched at any moment in the day, whenever it is convenient for an individual. There is no need to worry about when a show is on because YouTube is there whenever we have the time to spare. Another part of YouTube’s convenience is that it is free. There is no price to pay for YouTube, making it accessible by anyone with Internet access, unlike its counterparts Netflix and Hulu.YouTube killed the tv star

Most recently, big television stars, like Jimmy Fallon or Ellen DeGeneres, have started to upload certain clips from their show to the Internet. The clips are more often short highlights from an episode recently aired on television. YouTuber Jenna Marbles made a compelling point that “If [we are] going to watch the best clip online, [we are] not really going to tune in and watch the whole thing,”(Fine Brothers Entertainment). Not many people know when television shows actually air anymore, and this also relates back to the convenience of YouTube, where we don’t need to know the time a show airs to enjoy an episode.

Unlike television which was created for the common person, the best part about YouTube is that there is entertainment for everyone. There are so many different channels for people to watch and relate to and this makes the entertainment on YouTube more tailored to everyone individually. If someone is interested in video games, fashion, or daily vlogs, there are YouTube channels for them. YouTuber Tyler Oakly put it best: “Shows the power of the Internet,” (Fine Brothers Entertainment). YouTube has a plethora of different entertainment options so there is always something for everyone.

YouTube is the next step in entertainment. We are currently living in an age where the Internet means everything, with almost every person owning a laptop, home computer or even a mini computer in our own pockets. YouTube has become more accessible and relatable, therefore our first choice when it comes to entertainment.


Work Cited

Fine Brothers Entertainment. “YouTubers React to Jimmy Fallon (The Tonight Show)” Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 13 March 2015. Web. 31 January 2016.


The Final IPA Review Post (54-62)

I am stopping the whole IPA review thing, lovely lurkers. That is, unless I get a slew of comments on this, the last IPA review post, urging me to continue. No real strong or tragic reason or anything–I just have run out of steam doing them. I will continue to enjoy IPAs as my favorite type of beer (though Stout Month is in full swing and is a very fun thing to sample, over at Mountain Sun!), you just won’t get my opinion of them unless we’re sharing a pint together in person. So there ya go. Please to enjoy.

IPA #54: Coffee IPA

  • on tap @Fate
  • Ozo coffee VERY apparent
  • 7% ABV
  • hoppy and coffee flavors surprisingly go very well together–who knew?

IPA #55: Lowdown

  • on tap @Lowdown
  • 6.9% ABV
  • crisp & very citrusy
  • sharp bubbles
  • like a delicious ruby red grapefruit drink, except beer

IPA #56: Bush Tucker

  • on tap @Lowdown
  • 7.1% ABV
  • bitter
  • tastes of hops and grains
  • not very sharp bubbles–relatively smooth carbonation

IPA #57: Independence Pass Ale

  • by Aspen Brewing Co.
  • not hoppy or bitter at all
  • unfiltered
  • 12 oz can
  • 7% ABV
  • kind of unpleasantly sweet

IPA #58: Compass IPA

  • by Bristol Brewing Co. (in Co. Springs)
  • 12 oz bottles
  • ABV: ? (missed it, sorry)
  • slightly bitter but smooth carbonation
  • savory
  • not very carbonated at all, actually–kinda flat

IPA #59: Hop Hugger

  • by Durango Brewing Co.
  • lots of hops
  • sweetness on the back of the tongue
  • 7.5% ABV
  • 12 oz bottle

IPA #60: Lemon & Grassy IPA

  • by The Hop Concept (CA)
  • 8.5% ABV
  • VERY earthy and grassy–tastes like soil or wheat grass juice
  • lemon is there in the aroma but not the taste

IPA #61: Pinner ThrowbackGuinness_Nitro_IPA_1_013_0011-2

  • by Oskar Blues
  • 4.9% ABV
  • grapefruity, not too bitter, and a little sweet
  • good bubbles

THE FINAL IPA (#62): Guinness Nitro IPA

  • Ew.
  • Ew.
  • 12oz nitro cans
  • smooth; pours like their stout
  • Dude. Guinness. Just chill. I get that IPAs are trendy, but. No. Just stop w/the IPA. Do what you do well, and just. Stop w/this nonsense, ‘K?


Fight Clip Club

This selection from The Four Musketeers is a favorite one of mine and many of my compatriots in the stage combat profession. The main reason for this is twofold: 1) you can see it’s mainly the actors doing the choreography, not stunt doubles, and 2) it’s one of the more realistic sword fight scenes you can find in cinema.

Normally when you’re talking swordfighting, particularly The Three Musketeers, you think Expressionistic / Swashbuckling, right? Sure you do–we all do. This isn’t that. It’s arguably Expressionistic because of the length of the fight, but I’d actually call it Realistic / Dramatic instead. Can you see why I do?

(For a detailed rundown on my two-tiered classification system of stage combat, here.)

(Also: it’s period-realistic more than most, as it’s actually rapier-and-dagger, not just rapier, not random-pirate-y-sword-we-thought-looked-old-timey…)

Retrospective Review #5: The Hounds of Baskerville

My latest for Sherlock’s Home. Lots of Easter Eggy nuggets in this one.

Sherlocks Home

Written by Prof. Jenn
As a reminder: I am writing these as RETROSPECTIVE reviews, so I will be discussing reveals, resolutions of cliffhangers, ends of plots, etc. If you are reading these reviews without having seen the eps, a) what is wrong with you?? Go watch them now! and b) these reviews are not for you till you’ve seen them.
This is one of the few episodes that adheres mostly closely to one plot from one Doyle tale. In our case, it’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. Not that it’s exact, mind, but basic plot points, images, and several characters do echo the original. As far as the original goes, it’s a ghost or demon story that turns out to have a very basic greed-based motive, and the way Gatiss has updated this concept is novel (ha–see what I did there?). After all, what else is a…

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It’s De-lovely, it’s De-link list…

…are you all singing with me now?

Sorry it’s been a while, lovely lurkers, but I’ve been sick as a dog this past couple weeks, and could barely pull through the show, let alone anything “extra.” And I’m not the only one to have been bogged down with The Crud: The Columbo Podcast guys called this nasty cold that’s going around “The Dreaded Lurgy.”
a) now that’s fabulous slang!
b) it’s even going around in Scotland?
c) /miserably blows nose/

Which leads me to my first in the list of links for you today:

The current Columbo Podcast ep (during which The Dreaded Lurgy was discussed)

Have you been watching Vikings? They have a casting call out for shield-maidens.

Speaking of good TV, Sherlock Season 4 is filming in new studios in Wales.

Did you know that swordfights look nothing like Hollywood? Yeah, me too.

There’s a new lightsaber combat manual out that’s taking Amazon’s bestseller lists by storm.

Some friends, both remote and close, have had relatives pass away recently. This blog post is a beautifully written musing on grief and related matters.

The Superbowl was Sunday. Go My Local Team! The embedded comic has a lot to say about my perspective, playplaymethinks…;)


Farewell, I Miss My MTV….


10 Easter Eggs You May Have Missed from The Abominable Bride

My latest for Sherlock’s Home. I did make the mistake of not verifying the pageboy’s name, but other than that, methinks you’ll find these Easter eggs accurate and intriguing.

Sherlocks Home


Written by Prof. Jenn

There are so many more than ten Easter Eggs in this episode, both referring to the Sherlock series so far and to the original Doyle stories, I was hard put to it to narrow it down to these. Include your favorites in the comments.

10. Perfume as Mary recognition

In ‘His Last Vow’, Sherlock thinks he has encountered Lady Smallwood threatening Magnussen, as he recognizes her perfume, Claire de la Lune. Thing is, Mary Watson also wears the same perfume, and it was left as a message to John before the big reveal. In this episode, Sherlock recognises Mary by her perfume, though he doesn’t mention what scent it is.

9. Granada Theme

Did you notice how much like the ‘80s Jeremy Brett series’ intro theme the music was, in that initial Baker Street street scene (which also looked a lot like the Granada intro)? Listen…

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