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Why “New Girl” May Be The Worst New Show On Television

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Last week started out with a bang, with what amounted to about a dozen new shows plus the start of the Fall season for all our favorites.

One of the shows that really caught my eye was a comedy starring the adorkable (I stole that from my roommate who was quoting a writer) Zooey Deschanel called New Girl. Now, for those who have seen Zooey act in movies like (500) Days of Summer, it’s hard not to fall in love with her. She has this natural quirky style, yet exudes a suppressed cuteness, She’s All That style.

The new show is about a girl named Jess who moves in with three (or is it four?) guys, living in what can best be described as a bachelor pad. Jess is the quintessential dorky, nerdy, awkward girl. And therein lies the problem.

Rather than having Zooey Deschanel act like the way she is normally which is an adorable and dorky girl, they had her “act” like how they thought a stereotypical, over-the-top geek would act. Imagine they cast you, the reader, as a rocket scientist. You are likely not one so what you end up doing is a lot of snorting and pushing up on the bridge of your horn-rimmed glasses. I mean, after all, that’s what people expect a rocket scientist to be like, right?

I want Zooey to act like Zooey. She’s dorky enough in real life to pull it off. Instead, you get this character, Jess, that tries too hard to be awkward. Instead of being endearing, it’s extremely uncomfortable and unsexy.

The other problem with the show is that it’s clear after just two episodes that it’s going to be highly formulaic. Just like how House follows a clear pattern, so does New Girl. Each episode is about how Jess has some lame problem to deal with and turns it into a disaster. Then the guys, who have lives of their own, give up their day (or date), to rescue her and give her support. It’s an effective storyline because a guy who has better things to do yet giving up his time to help his hopeless female roommate is more dramatic than a regular nice guy doing the same.

I am just waiting for the episode where they remake her into a sexy girl in a tight-fitting red dress. We know it’s coming.

Monteverde Invicia Stealth

Introduction

I’ll be perfectly honest. I had just started getting into the hobby and one of my favorite blogs, Office Supply Geek, reviewed this pen. The price point was reasonable and I bought it pretty much based on his review. Since then, I have a better idea of what I like and dislike in a fountain pen.

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Appearance and Design

The “stealth” part of the name is warranted. It’s a sleek glossy black body with an equally attractive shiny black nib. The pen sports some tasteful ridges at both the tail and cap ends of the pen. There is minimal type on the pen, just below the clip noting the company name and model. The paint appears to be durable and even, both sides of quality.

One odd thing I noticed, and am slightly annoyed at, is the cap does not post. I have tried every which way to get it to stay but it simply won’t. This actually might be a good thing due to the weight of the pen.

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Weight and Comfort

This is a thick and heavy pen. I don’t have other people to compare with but I must have relatively small hands and the trend towards fat large pens does not bode well for me. However, the grip area of the pen narrows and my hand does not cramp as much as it does with other pens. Like I said previously, the cap does not post and this works out because the pen would be too “top heavy” otherwise.

I think the balance is quite nice and when you are writing, you don’t get a sense that the weight is throwing you in a certain direction.

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Nib and Performance

It might just be my imagination but the length of the nib is quite long so there is some distance between your grip and where the nib touches the paper. This makes for less precise writing.

Besides that, the nib is one of the nicest I’ve used. It’s very smooth and has a slightly grippy feeling as it is draw across the paper.  No, I don’t mean sharp or toothy, but more like a very fine sandpaper. It’s very reassuring and offers great feedback. I think the thickness might be due (in part) the Noodler’s ink which is sort of wet (and slow drying, I might add).

I am still experimenting with different grips because I still find fat pens, including this one, make my hands hurt while writing.

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Conclusion

For the price, I sitll feel good about my buy. It’s an elegant looking pen and would be sure to draw some looks in a meeting or at an appointment. It would be appropriate in both professional and casual environments.  The weight is some concern as it would potentially drag down a shirt pocket if clipped. The fact that it can’t be posted might mean lost caps for users.

Overall I’d rate this a 7.5/10 based on other pens I currently own.

What I Don’t Like About the Nexus One

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If you haven’t read my amazing Nexus One review at Joshspear, you should really go over there and take a look. Maybe sit down with a latte or some Oolong tea. It’d make for a great afternoon break.

I am loving this phone. Despite still being on the AT&T network, my call issues have pretty much disappeared, which tells me it’s not the network so much as a combination of AT&T and the iPhone. I don’t want to act like the iPhone is a terrible device or the Nexus One is without flaws or issues. To even things out, here are my criticisms of the phone. Some are apparent and some are very nitpicky. And many are not isolated to this phone.  Anyway, in no particular order:

  • No Exchange calendar sync
  • Some apps like Mint don’t have and Android version and apps that are on both platforms (Evernote) are usually worse on Android
  • Sometimes there is some lag during screen animations or transitions.
  • Strange bug where I’ll return to the homescreen but see no icons except for the applications grid (bottom center).
  • Not so clear way to change or reset defaults. However, once it was shown to me, it isn’t difficult anymore.
  • One of the live wallpapers is broken (bug).

That’s it. Those are all my issues with the phone. 🙂




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