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I'm an A.S.S Man . . .

It seems that yours truly has been branded an "A.S.S. man". Though I've been both a student and admirer of the female form since adolescence this reference isn't to junk in the trunk. It seems the folks over at BuzzFeed are attributing to me a trait that Michelangelo may have had!:

A.S.S. (Attention Surplus Syndrome)

A.S.S.A disorder that allows people to reach goals and complete tasks. Also known as the opposite of A.D.D. Michelangelo probably had A.S.S. It seems like everyone has A.D.D. these days. When was the last time you actually finished something (without the help of Adderall or meth)? Here are some examples of people with A.S.S. Good job, guys!

I'm number ten on the list for my Buffy marathon. Finally, a positive spin on my borderline obsessive/compulsive lack of self-discipline!

Seven Seasons of Buffy

Seven Seasons of Buffy is a collection of 22 essays on the TV series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer . Written by fans, the essays range from humourous to thoughtful to scholarly to esoteric.

Seven Seasons isn't a Cole's Notes style redux of the series or a gushing fans' parade of accolades. Each essay discusses the good and bad of some aspect of the series. Some are deep and sometimes scholarly, and others good fun. To name a few examples: Is that Your Final Answer by Roxanne Longstreet Conrad is fun piece written in the style of a final exam essay exploring Xander's place in the series; Nancy Holder's Slayers of the Last Arc analyzes how Buffy's story arc fits into the "Hero's Quest", a story telling plot progression much discussed in writing circles; and Where's the Religion in Willow's Wica by Christie Golden discusses Wica in Buffy , Hollywood and the real world. One essay, Dating Death: Love and Sex in Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Jenny Crusie, can also be read online.

This book is a must read for people who enjoyed Buffy AND like analyzing why. I submit it's also a good read for anyone who aspires to storytelling, especially in episodic formats. All of the essays are well written and thoughtful. Together as a collection they help place your thoughts in perspective and bring out aspects of the series previously unseen, even if you don't always agree with an essay's conclusions. I really enjoyed the experience of reading this book.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Revisited

Buffy the Vampire SlayerI recently finished watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. A two month marathon of 144 episodes, or 100.8 hours, of television viewing. A bit more with the DVD extras. It was worth the time investment!

I enjoyed Buffy when it first aired, but broadcast television being what it is I missed many episodes. This second time around watching the episodes on DVD one after another, without commercial interruptions was a far richer experience. I always thought the writing was a cut above, but didn't realize just how much until experiencing the story arc without missing episodes or being interrupted by commercials (when I tended to channel surf away and not make it back in time to catch the remaining story).

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