Thursday, November 17, 2005

Days of nothingness that resulted in something

As some of your probably know, I only have one paper (yes, I'm rubbing it in) and am now enjoying days of nothingness. Doing nothing is great. Having time for yourself is the most awesome thing. You sleep when you want to, you watch whatever you have been dying to watch (because there is the intranet to download stuff from) and you catch up on surfing friendster (friendster is way underrated).

So while I was busy doing nothing, I stumbled upon a few good shows. For some reason, I tend to gravitate towards medical shows so not surprisingly, these are the programs I have been catching:


House M.D

Grey's Anatomy

I think I like medical shows because come on, let's face it, at some point in our lives, we must have wanted to be a doctor. It may be (mostly) for the great pay or the power to save lives. Whatever the reason, I think being a doctor would kick ass. Out of these three shows, my favourite is House M.D because the sarcasm of the lead character, Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie) is first class. If you like sarcasm, this is the show to catch.

The close second would be Scrubs, of which I am on the 4th season. It can't be too bad if it stars Zach Braff who got to smooch Natalie Portman in Garden State. Upon seeing Mr. Braff you might find it hard to believe that he is actually a director and writer. He is really excellent playing the role in Scrubs because he had no qualms about falling down all the time. I think one of my favourite character in the show must be the janitor played by Neil Flynn who loves tormenting the young doctor played by Zach:

The janitor has no name in the show

Scrubs is a little like Ally McBeal as the characters imagine things in their minds. House is interesting because it is about solving puzzles except that the outcome is the difference between life and death.

As for Grey's Anatomy, I don't really like it, I'm just sticking around to laugh my ass off at some of the incredible things that happen like how the group of interns are all attached to one another and to their attendents in this x-sided love er... shaped thing. If you look back at the picture, the two on the exreme right are in an on-off relationship ONLY that the guy is actually married (let's call this couple A). The black guy standing up and the Asian girl sitting down are together which is kind of against the rule because one is the superior of the other (couple B). The guy beside the black guy likes the girl from couple A but is too chicken to tell her. Then the blonde girl beside him and the guy next to her are together as well, but only just because the girl cannot stand the guy (couple C). The remaining two people in the picture? Well, they are not together saved for the black guy having something with the girl from couple A. So, count the sides now people.

Let's get back to the more interesting shows. Why this post says doing nothing resulted in something leh? Because these shows are not merely TV programs! Oh no! There are so many memorable quotes from them that I found it hard to keep up. Here are a selected few:

JD: That's a load of crap because nobody is themselves when they start dating. Dating is just acting like you are somebody you're not until the person likes you enough so you can show them who you really are.
Elliot: No it's not.
JD: What do you call that bra you wore for your date last week?
Elliot: Oh, the miracle lift super push-up bra.

House M.D
Dr. Gregory House: You think it's going to come out on its own? Are we talking bigger than a breadbasket? 'Cause actually, it will come out on its own, which for small stuff is no problem: it's wrapped up in a nice soft package and plop. Big stuff? You're gonna rip something, which, speaking medically, is when the fun stops.
Young Man: How did you...?
Dr. Gregory House: You've been here for half an hour and you haven't sat down; that tells me its location. You haven't told me what it is; that tells me it's humiliating. You have a little birdie carved under your arm; that tells me you have a high tolerance for humiliation, so I figure it's not hemarrhoids. I've been a doctor twenty years, you're not going to surprise me.
Young Man: It's an MP3 player.
Dr. Gregory House: Is it... is it because of the size, the shape, or is it the pounding bass line?


Rachel Adler: I just want to die with a little dignity.
Dr. Gregory House: There's no such thing! Our bodies break down, sometimes when we're 90, sometimes before we're even born, but it always happens and there's never any dignity in it! I don't care if you can walk, see, wipe your own ass... it's always ugly, always! You can live with dignity; you can't die with it!

That first bit about the dating thing is a bit sad ah. But I think it's quite true. A lot of times, we set out to impress somebody initially, watching what we talk about, how we eat/sit/drink/fart/dig nose and later when you are more comfortable with one another, they only see you in your well-worn home clothes and smell your 3-day-never-shower fragrance.

And for the dying with dignity part, I wonder if I would even care when I die. It's just a corpse after all. This leads me to something I was asking my housemates the other day. On the telly, they were talking about doing face transplant for disfigured people. I was wondering apart from asking the recipients whether they would like to have somebody else's face, who would want to donate a face? 死无全尸 leh. Hmm... Then my housemates said they would be ok with donating organs but not the face. I also don't know whether I would donate my face. I figure because the face is so much of our identity; it is how people know us and it also conveys to others what we are feeling; it is such a big part of us that I think it would be hard to part with it even in death. By the way, the recipient would not look purely like the donor; instead the final outcome will be the intermediate of the two.

I wonder if males can get female faces and vice versa. Hmm... Think about it eh!

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