Saturday, November 21, 2015

3 Episodes of Jessica Jones

Halfway through the first episode of Jessica Jones and I realize I'm ruined for Supergirl.

I'm not even going to attempt a review of Supergirl now. Something had been holding me back from doing a first impression review and then a 3 episode review and I realize now it's that the show is underwhelming. The promise of Superman style adventures was the only thing that kept my attention. I love Superman content and I love the idea of Supergirl, but the show was "ehh". I may write an article comparing it to Jessica Jones in the future, but I don't even know if I'll continue that show now.

Contrast this with Jessica Jones, a character I think I maybe have heard of in some Spider-Man comics, but otherwise have no exposure to. Within ten minutes I was riveted to the screen. Within a half hour, I was pissed off at every other superhero television show I'd ever seen for not being half as good as what I was watching, and within the space of one episode, I realized that Jessica Jones was something I'd never seen before.

Simply-stated, the show is stellar. Possibly better than the Marvel movies, let alone any of the television shows from Marvel or DC.

Monday, November 9, 2015

The Good Assessment Paradox

So, unless your group of students is extremely non-standard, it's a practice in the Law of Diminishing Returns to design "good" assessments.

This is something that I have for years categorically rejected by the way. Even to this day it is hard for me to not ask questions that are designed the way they're supposed to be instead of defaulting to the regurgitation standard so commonly upheld through math classes.

The problem with this is that, typically, the easiest and possibly the most effective way to ask these questions is also the hardest to grade.

Like, really hard.

But it is possible to design effective multiple choice questions and entire multiple choice tests.

It's a lot more difficult, and the time-consumption is on the front-end instead of the back-end, but it's possible.

And if you throw in having incorrect responses causing a penalty score, it greatly improves the accuracy of the exam. (although don't get me started on hearing the students complain about that one).

None of this is the paradox by the way.

The paradox is that it doesn't matter what assessment you use.

Monday, October 26, 2015

"Comet Lucifer" — A Jack of All Trades?

3 Episode Rule

I was really hoping Comet Lucifer would be amazing. It seemed to have the potential, but I got too annoyed after the 3rd episode to feel like completing this one I'm sorry to say.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

"The Martian" by Andy Weir

In anticipation of the recent Hollywood film directed by Ridley Scott, I decided to purchase and read The Martian by Andy Weir. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. The story is basically a castaway on Mars story, but both the science feels real and the humor (mostly from the smartass character of Mark Watney) is funny and consistent throughout. It's one of the best sci-fi stories I've read in years, and I hope that both its publication and the subsequent movie will inspire the next generation to move off planet.

"Comet Lucifer" First Impressions

Comet Lucifer (コメット ルシフャー) is a very pretty, new anime this season that caught my attention straight away with its science fiction fantasy aesthetics. I wonder if it is a coincidence that something whose first episode begged a comparison to Star Wars is released in the current climate or if it was done deliberately.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Roman Holiday . . . maybe a little late with this one

Roman Holiday is considered one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time. It stars Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn, and as someone that's always been a fan of Audrey Hepburn from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "My Fair Lady", I figured it was past time for me to watch such a seminal movie.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Star Wars Ep VII: The Force Awakens — The Trailer

The trailer for the upcoming Star Wars trailer came out last night to almost universal appreciation. If you haven't seen it yet, I'll include the embedded video: