Tonight I watched the very last episode of the TV series Medium, without actually knowing that the series has been cancelled and this actually is the series finale. And after finally finding it out... well, I'm not too happy.
Medium was one of my favourite sci-fi series for a long while, and I always felt that felt that it was such a shame, that the series never received the attention and credit it deserved. Perhaps the main reason is that Medium was not out of the box enough for serious sci-fi fans, and not soap-opera enough for the mainstream, resulting in the series being completely underrated.
So the show finally got cancelled which in my opinion was too early and yet not completely unexpected. But after 7 seasons, I must say I was expecting quite a bit more for a finale. I mean I actually liked the plot for the finale quite a lot, and I enjoyed watching it. But I was constantly expecting Allison to wake up from the first layer of the dream, realizing that Joe hadn't actually gone to the trip yet. And I most certainly did not want this as finale. The series ending with the death of a main character, and with bunch of flash forwards? And they didn't even make it a 2 hour episode!!
So yes, altogether I'm rather disappointed. Regardless of what genre the series could or could not be categorized under, I always enjoyed it and I think there was still quite a bit more to tell. So I guess now I can only hope that someone with pick up the story line and continue it as comic books, the way Joss Whedon did with Angel comics for instance. I get the feeling Medium could actually make quite an interesting set of comic books.... hmmmmmm.... I guess we'll see......
Due to the recent collection of hurricanes in my life, both the happy and the sad ones, I hadn't even found the chance to sit down and listen to the new albums from some of my favourite musicians with any form of an actual focus. Well, today I finally did! Starting with the new album by Aleksi Eeben, called "Various Secret Continents".
I had listened to single tracks from this album as they were being released, and was very much looking forwards to listening to the outcome as a whole. And the whole is indeed pretty awesome! I like every "Salamander" in there ;) , but if I were to choose a favourite, it would definitely be the "Sun Salamander". That track is just... beautiful, I love the melody! I also very much like the "Continental Salamander", and the bonus track "The Grand Rules" is also very interesting. But again, if you're checking out the album, which you most certainly should, make sure to listen to all the Salamanders from beginning to the end, in order to experience the full effect. =)
Also, do not forget to read the story of Salamanders here. It's extremely neat! =) You can download the album from the same page as well. I only wish that the album was available as a CD too! Would have loved to have the story in a CD booklet. =)
I've been using the new Firefox 4.0 Beta for about a week now and I LUV IT, certainly enough to make a mention here! =P New features are awesome... tabs appearing in Win7 taskbar as if they were separate windows is great, the new way add-ons and extensions are handled and organized is fantastic, new look is quite pretty and a whole load of other new features are great as well. I also like the few new extensions that I've seen so far, that work with the new abilities of FF. The retractable add-ons bar for instance is quite handy.
I've always been a huge fan of FF's customizability, and now there's even more of that to be happy about. I also like many of the technical upgrade and oh, don't forget the WebGL support. Aaaand the private browsing feature is pretty interesting too. You can check out the full features list here.
The only issue right now is that once you switch to the beta, 90% of your current add-ons will stop working because their version is not compatible with the new Firefix. The thing is, many of these add-ons can technically handle the FF beta, and only get disabled due to the version check. So you have 2 options:
Disable the add-on compatibility check. To do that, go to "about:config" on FF, create a new boolean variable, call it "extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0b" and set it's value to false. This works, but I DO NOT recommend it. Because this will suddenly enable all your old add-ons, some of which are sure to not work properly on the new FF. As a result all sorts of bugs and malfunctions will start showing up on your new FF. So... kind of a bad idea.
Tweak specific add-ons to work with the new FF. This way, as soon as one of these add-ons starts giving your new FF hick-ups, your going to know it and get rid of the add-on. To do that, you'll have to download the add-on first which you can do by right clicking on the download/install link of the add-on, even though you'll see a "not compatible" sign on it. Then rename file extension from ".xpi" to ".zip", and extract the "install.rdf" file out of the package. Open up the rdf file and find "em:maxVersion" in it, and change it's value from whatever it is to " 4.*". Return the new version of the file to the package, change the extension back to ".xpi" and drop it into FF so that it'll get installed.
I hope that helps someone. The 2nd one is what I've done to most of my extensions, and everything works like a charm so far. Really looking forwards to the final release now!
I know, I've been quiet lately. I know you folks have been expecting to hear/read quite a bit more about how things are developing here. Well, truth is I recently lost someone of weight in my life under rather strange circumstances. As a result, I've fallen back a bit from all forms of online communications, while I'm trying to deal with this. But I'm still here and I do read all that you write.
This is quite difficult, I'm completely heart-broken and to all honesty it couldn't have come at a more complicated point in my life. Nonetheless, I'll get past it soon. I'll survive... always do.
P.S.: As far as music therapy goes, I came across this track a few days ago quite accidentally on MTV DE. And I totally fell in love with the band.
So the new year has started with a collection of happy and sad events. The biggest happy one of course is that I took the last step forward and I'm now settled in Switzerland, and hopefully we will not have to worry about any more back and forth flights. And now I have to start a lot of things from scratch.... ah well, all is good. =)
I wish you all a great 2011, and hope you had a lovely new year's eve. I had a pretty fun one, with Oliv, my mom, and Kolja. =) There will be pictures....
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