Tuesday, February 17, 2015

BOSCH - Must See TV That's Not On TV

As Amazon Prime Subscribers, this weekend we binge watched the new Amazon series Bosch (pronounced with the same vowel as in "gosh").

It's based on the best selling police action-drama novels by Michael Connelly. And since Mr. Connelly is a producing and writing credit for the Amazon series, we may assume he approves of this version of his character.

We had already watched the Golden Globe awarded Amazon series Transparent, and we were expecting to see the same level of award winning quality programming.

It wasn't the same.

It was a quantum leap better.

Don't get me wrong, I adored Transparent. I can't wait for new episodes.

But Bosch was something apart. It was transcendent.


Why is Bosch so good?


1) Titus Welliver

Titus Welliver is downright brilliant in the titular role. Expressive and yet reserved, he brings Harry Bosch to full life. He needs to win best actor next year at the Golden Globes for this role or there is no justice in the Universe.

 

2) The Writing

The dialogue throughout is just so real. The story advances as much through meaningful conversations as through the intense action scenes so well portrayed. Following some heart-stopping action sequence (and there are many!), never was I disappointed that the scene cut back to Police Headquarters, because I always knew that wickedly clever conversation would ensue.



3) Jason Gedrick

If Jason Gedrick does not win Best Supporting Actor in the Golden Globes, I will be stunned in disbelief. No spoilers coming, but he portrays the principal "bad guy" in the series. And he's just incredible in the role. 

 

4) Production Quality

If you have not yet watched an original series produced by Amazon or Netflix, dismiss any assumption that you are going to see something less than the quality of what the so-called major networks are churning out. Transparent proved that Amazon is in the production business to compete. Bosch proves they're in it to win.

Again, I am waiting for the second seasons of these amazing Amazon shows.

The only problem with binge watching Amazon shows like Transparent and Bosch is that I have no episodes of Transparent and Bosch to watch right now...

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Learning Latin with Pope Francis - February 3, 2015


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February 3, 2015




I'm very disappointed to report that this contains a clear typo in the Latin. The gerund form should be convertendum, not convertedum. 

I forgive them. Indeed, as the post asserts, I am certainly a sinner. But when you put out the Pope's Latin tweet, you have a responsibility to make him look his best. I don't understand how this can happen.

Look, I'm Eastern Orthodox but I love this Pope. I stand willing to serve the Vatican as proof reader for the Latin Tweets of His Holiness the Bishop of Rome. Call me.

Literal translation of the Latin: We are all sinners. There is no one who is not called to conversion in his whole heart.

Here's how the Latin works:


Latin
English
Parsing
Grammar Points
Omnes
All
nom. pl. masc. adj.

sumus
we are
1st pers. pl. pres. ind. verb
sum, esse, fui
peccatores
sinners
nom. pl. masc. noun
peccator, peccatoris
Nemo
No one


est
(there) is
3rd pers. sing. pres. act. ind. verb.
sum, esse, fui
quin
who not

conj.
vocetur
is called
3rd pers. sing. pres. act. subj. verb
voco, vocare, vocavi, vocatum; subj. in indirect question
ad
to


convertedum (sic)
convert
acc. sing. gerund
converto, convertere, converti, conversus
toto
(in their) whole
abl. sing. masc. adj.
totus, tota, totum
pectore
heart
abl. sing. masc. noun
pector, pectoris
 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Learning Latin with Pope Francis - January 29, 2015


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January 29, 2015




Literal translation of the Latin: If in fact we love, we do not make it of a tuft of wool (i.e., it does not matter at all to us) that others bring pain upon us. Since indeed love rejoices to do good.

Here's how the Latin works:


Latin
English
Parsing
Grammar Points
Si
If

adv
reapse
in fact

adv
amamus
we love
1st pers. pl. pres. act. ind. verb
amo, amare, amavi, amatus
id
it
acc. sing. neut. demon.
is, ea, id
non
not

adv
facimus
we make
1st pers. pl. pres. act. ind. verb
facio, facere, feci, factum
flocci
of a tuft of wool
gen. sing. masc. noun
floccus, flocci
quod
that

adv
alii
others
nom. pl. adj.
alius, alia, alium
nobis
(to) us
dat. pl. pronoun
nos, nostrum
dolorem
pain
acc. sing. masc. noun
dolor, doloris
inferunt
bring upon
3rd pers. pl. pres. act. ind. verb
īnferō, īnferre, īntulī, inlātus
Siquidem
Since indeed

adv
amor
love
nom. sing. masc. noun
amor, amoris
gaudet
rejoices
3rd pers. sing. pres. act. ind. verb
gaudeo, gaudere, gavisus
bonum
good
neut. sing. acc. adj.
bonus, bona, bonum
facere
to do
pres. act. infinitive
facio, facere, feci, factum