katernater: (huh? (dt) // Getcher' kilt in a twist)
katernater: (bored // Breaking and entering)
The 'shuffle' function on my iTunes has obviously picked up on my anxieties over tonight's finale because it's been playing nothing but sad bastard music since I got home. STEVE JOBS, GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

Right out of my 'Recently Played' list )

Tonight might just ruin me.

[ETA : 10.02pm]
...We have a winner.
katernater: (hugh // Baby baby it's a wild world)
Trying to avoid spoilers for tonight's House season finale is like living inside a vacuum.

More about vacuums:

How long can a human live unprotected in space?

If you don't try to hold your breath, exposure to space for half a minute or so is unlikely to produce permanent injury. Holding your breath is likely to damage your lungs, something scuba divers have to watch out for when ascending, and you'll have eardrum trouble if your Eustachian tubes are badly plugged up, but theory predicts -- and animal experiments confirm -- that otherwise, exposure to vacuum causes no immediate injury. You do not explode. Your blood does not boil. You do not freeze. You do not instantly lose consciousness.

Various minor problems (sunburn, possibly "the bends", certainly some [mild, reversible, painless] swelling of skin and underlying tissue) start after ten seconds or so. At some point you lose consciousness from lack of oxygen. Injuries accumulate. After perhaps one or two minutes, you're dying. The limits are not really known.

You do not explode and your blood does not boil because of the containing effect of your skin and circulatory system. You do not instantly freeze because, although the space environment is typically very cold, heat does not transfer away from a body quickly. Loss of consciousness occurs only after the body has depleted the supply of oxygen in the blood. If your skin is exposed to direct sunlight without any protection from its intense ultraviolet radiation, you can get a very bad sunburn.

At NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center (now renamed Johnson Space Center) we had a test subject accidentally exposed to a near vacuum (less than 1 psi) in an incident involving a leaking space suit in a vacuum chamber back in '65. He remained conscious for about 14 seconds, which is about the time it takes for O2 deprived blood to go from the lungs to the brain. The suit probably did not reach a hard vacuum, and we began repressurizing the chamber within 15 seconds. The subject regained consciousness at around 15,000 feet equivalent altitude. The subject later reported that he could feel and hear the air leaking out, and his last conscious memory was of the water on his tongue beginning to boil.

From here
katernater: (advice (w) // Stages of happiness)
Cut for those of you who might not have seen the preview for next week's episode )

In other news: primary day! Hooray! I get to leave work early to vote!
katernater: (noreasicon // Just let it be brother)
katernater: (scandal (h) // Sharing offices)
From The New York Times:

On Fox’s “House,” for example, the planned story arc for the second half of the season “is pretty much being thrown out,” David Shore, the show’s executive producer, said. “We have to see how much we can salvage.”

The series, among the most popular on television, is not likely to broadcast new episodes until late April or early May, Mr. Shore said.

But “House,” like several other hits, may stay in catch-up mode through the early summer. “I think we’re just going to keep on producing episodes now that we’re back in production,” he said. “We’ll start working on next season.”

Hearing this sent a wet thock through my heart because, before the strike, the rumour mill was churning out some interesting flotsam about a possible "development" between two of the main characters. [Insert your boiled down euphemism of choice here.] Then again, maybe this is the revitalisation the show needs at this point. House is not known for the staying power of its mid-season storyarcs. It'll be interesting to see how the rest of the season -- already truncated -- plays out. Maybe we'll get lucky and have a whole run of "stand alone" episodes. Maybe House will treat a soap opera star. Maybe Chase will get highlights. Maybe Kutner will fall down a well. (Okay, he's growing on me.)
katernater: (house // A ten minute interview)

Spoiler image for 4x05 )
katernater: (house (s4) // But without Richard Hatch)
Dear House Writers,

Yeah, hi. I got the "Live Your Hopes And Dreams!" speech off a poster hanging in my elementary school cafeteria. I didn't need it reiterated to me twenty different times during tonight's episode.

Sadly, the most entertaining part of the fête was seeing that American Express commercial with John McEnroe. Click here to see what I'm talking about.

I hope that next week's episode is a little more -- dare I say it -- charged? Hmm? Hmm? (You people on the West Coast have no idea what I'm talking about. But you will. Oh yes. You will. I SPEAK FROM THE FUTURE. BUY SHARES IN FOREIGN THROW PILLOWS! MAKE LOVE TO YOUR WIVES AND HUSBANDS! BUY SHARES IN FOREIGN HUSBANDS AND WIVES! MAKE LOVE TO THROW PILLOWS!)
katernater: (house // It's a medical mystery)
That was intensely satisfying.

I think I made love to myself at least three times during that episode.

-- And I will totally call myself in the morning.


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