Mandy Patinkin recently said he left the show Criminal Minds because he had no idea when he signed up that they’d “kill and rape all these women every night, every day, week after week, year after year.” It’s become so, so much worse. The degree to which they focus and linger on ever-sicker, more sadistic ways of torturing and killing human beings has become so insanely over-the-top I have to really have to wonder about the writers and myself for continuing to watch.
The show always made me uncomfortable, but I love the characters, particularly Spencer and Penelope, and so I squirmed through the always gruesome beginnings and kept watching. But after episodes like the one involving amputating legs, and in particular this last one where the killer dislocated every limb in the victim’s bodies I can’t keep watching. For the love of god. I wish there was more of an outcry so the show would tone it down and I could keep watching. As it is, it makes me feel bad.
On a much more positive note, here is a new piece by the amazing Britlin Losee: Ave Maria. Update: I changed the link. The next night another group sang the same piece and the recording is much better. This is not a comment on the singing, it’s just that the recording is superior. You can hear all the subtleties and nuances missed in the previous recording. Thank you Britlin, for adding something graceful and lovely to the world.
Along the same lines, Eldad Hager rescues another near-death, incredibly sweet dog. Just try and watch without sobbing. I hope someone adopts him soon.
As per Lisa G.’s suggestion, I tried shooting using the “fireworks” setting on my G9, while moving the camera. Psychedelic diner!