Saturday, November 26, 2011

Not Just a Theory

Our whole universe is in a hot dense state,
Then nearly fourteen billion years ago expansion started. Wait...
The Earth began to cool,
The autotrophs began to drool,
Neanderthals developed tools,
We built a wall (we built the pyramids!),
Math, science, history, unraveling the mysteries,
That all started with a big bang. BANG!

If you just sang this blog entry's intro... Well, hello fellow big bangers! :) As for those who don't have a clue what I'm ranting about, I'm referring to the opening song of the hit TV series 'The Big Bang Theory'.

The tag line says it all, earthlings.
It's about four friends who are all hardcore nerds. They have above average IQs but they know very little about the common stuff such as mingling with other people. Their world of science and videogames started to expand little by little when a hot girl from Nebraska moved in across the apartment where they hang out.

The show's script is wittily written. The punchlines are a bit unusual since it involve scientific terms and icons. But surprisingly, it's still funny! I guess that's the charm of the show... The Big Bang Theory brings the audience closer to the nerds. And instead of being stereotyped as losers, for once they get to be the stars!

Here's a run-down of the characters:
  • Leonard Hofstadter, Ph.D. - An experimental physicist who are flatmates with his colleague and best friend, Sheldon. He has a short stature but to everyone's amazement (including his), he's been lucky with the ladies so far in the series.
  • Penny - The sexy girl-next-door who's trying to become an actress. With random unsuccessful attempts to get a break, she makes ends meet as a waitress/bartender at The Cheesecake Factory. Despite her difference with the group, she enjoys their company a lot.
  • Howard Wolowitz, M. Eng. - He's an aerospace engineer. He still gets criticized though (mainly by Sheldon), because unlike the other three whiz, he doesn't have a Ph. D. He has a strong love-hate relationship with his mother whom he lives with. He also likes hitting on women to no success. 
  • Rajesh Koothrappali, Ph. D. - An Indian rich kid who works as a particle astrophysicist in the US. He skypes with his parents often. Raj literally cannot talk to women unless he drinks alcohol.
  • Sheldon Cooper, Ph. D., Sc. D. - The best and worst of the group (I mean it in a positive way really! He's my favorite among the bunch!). He's a theoretical physicist with an IQ of 187. Sheldon appears to be borderline obsessive-compulsive. He has a lot of quirks such as his over-possessiveness of the left nook of their couch which he calls 'his spot'. He's also relatively unable to keep a secret, detect sarcasm, and show sexual interest... Until recently, when he met Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, his female counterpart who he refers to as 'a girl and a friend but not his girlfriend'.
The Cast

This unique sitcom is currently on it's 5th Season. My siblings and I are excited to see how the characters grow and adapt to real life. Now that I have informed you thusly about the show, let's catch some more of those Bazingas together, alright?


Monday, November 14, 2011

Trains, Time Capsules, and Fate

"Fate is a building a bridge of chance for the person you love." 
This is one of the famous lines from the 2001 Korean movie, My Sassy Girl. The story is basically about a boy who meets a girl on a train station (What are the odds you'll meet your other half while riding the LRT or MRT, eh?).

The boy, who is meek and sensitive, found out soon enough that the girl is 'sassy'. She tells strangers her unsolicited opinion and bullies him into doing ridiculous things. Despite their differences, the two became close and got themselves in a complicated relationship. Halfway through the film, they wrote each other a letter (with the girl's insistence) and kept it inside a time capsule which they buried under a tree. They agreed to part ways until exactly two years later to read the letters together.

I must look crazy whenever I watch this film, laughing and crying alternately (simultaneously at times) during my favorite scenes! Yep, scenes. With an 's'. There are a lot of nice ones in this movie... Especially the part when the girl plays Pachelbel's Canon in D. That scene melted my heart! @.@

My Sassy Girl, being a major success, is now considered a classic Korean romantic comedy. It even has American and Japanese adaptations. I've seen the American remake and I have to say, nothing beats the original!

Here's a fun fact: According to Wikipedia, My Sassy Girl appears to be based on a true love story posted on the internet in a series of blog posts written by Kim Ho-sik, which were later turned into a novel.

I guess the odds could be many then. ;)