A strange blogging year

From the BlogHer newsletter:

A year of feminism and gender in 2006: the good, the bad and the underwearless. Despite myself, it is an OK whistle-stop tour of a year of blogging for something scarily called "Feminism and Gender" in 2006.

And here are BlogHer’s favourite books of 2006. "Top of the stack" for them is The Birth House by Ami McKay — but in the round-up, no clue as to what it is about or why it is so good, and no link. Not so hot for a professional blogging organisation (which has not impressed me in other ways).

Finally on BlogHer, here is what is said to be the most "lyrically and eloquently expressed" New Year’s resolution of 2007. Hmm — could not agree less, having read the piece.

Has anyone else any opinion and/or experience of this strange organisation?

A DVD new year’s party, with hunks

While some of us were having a wild time on New Year’s Eve, others were partying down among The long tail of DVD boxed sets. I signed off at around 10.30 p.m. but the celebrations continued without me, up to and beyond the striking of the midnight hour, and indeed are still sporadically continuing. Take a look at the comments — 46 of them, a record for Petrona by a long way — as Clare points out, quite a long tail of their own.

What have I learned from all these remarks?
First, I’ve heard about some good DVD boxed sets to buy and/or watch (sometimes I feel like Douglas Adams, who opined that video recorders are very useful they watch the movie for you to save you having to do it). Specifically:

NCIS  "NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it’s a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations."

The Sopranos Well, of course even I have heard of this series (unlike NCIS), but it is good to know it is worth looking forward to watching. In case there is anyone like me who doesn’t have a clue about this world and thought it was probably about singing: "Tony Soprano tries to be a good family man on two fronts — to his wife, kids and widowed mother– and as a capo in the New Jersey mob. The pressures of work and family life give him anxiety attacks, so Tony starts seeing a psychiatrist; which is not the kind of thing a guy advertises in the circles Tony moves in."

Touching Evil , about "a police officer, DCI Creegan, whose injuries after a shooting leave him with strange abilities to sense criminals." (Link goes to a useful Wikipedia entry.)

Other recommendations in brief (don’t want this post to get too long but I have made the ones I recommend in red — but I haven’t seen every episode of even one series of most of these, and haven’t seen most of the non-red ones at all): Columbo, Black Books, Teachers, Curb My Enthusiasm, Star Trek New Generation, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Upstairs Downstairs, Anne of Green Gables, 24, State of Play, St Elsewhere, Lost, Knot’s Landing, Desperate Housewives, Lost, Angel, Law and Order, LA Law, Firefly, Casanova, Blackpool, Between the Lines, The State Within, Veronica Mars, Alias season 1, Miss Marple (Joan Hickson version), Dr Who (recent versions), West Wing, Cracker, Father Ted, Waking the Dead, Unit One. There are also some film (stand-alone) recommendations.

Second, we have compared notes on hunks. There seems to be a large or select following for: Mark Harmon, David Tennant (who I can never think of as anyone other than Barty Crouch Jr, so that’s him out for me), Neil Pearson, Robson Green, Tom Baker, Rob Lowe, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Alan Rickman,  Bill Nighy, Christopher Eccleston, David Birney, Harry Hamlin, Hugh Grant, Chris Noth. I also threw in a few of my favourites from my younger days (very much younger days in a couple of cases).

Tempting as both categories are, for my part I don’t think I’ll enjoy watching any of the series or guys as much as I did reading and participating in the party. Thanks to all those who turned up and made it such fun.