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  1. In The Pancake Batter Anomaly, Penny is contagious, but asymptomatic.
  2. Speaking of things on the guys' wall, there is a poster showing part of a circle in the hallway near the refrigerator. Anyone figured out what it is? It looks like a top view of part of the saucer section of the Enterprise, but that seems like an odd thing to make a poster of.
  3. Sometimes, ComicCon will allow transfers of tickets, but you have to call ComicCon and ask them if they will in your case. It helps to have someone lined up to transfer the tickets to. The panel schedule is out, and The Big Bang Theory panel is currently on for Friday at 10:15 in room 6CDEF. This would indicate that the organizers are expecting a big turnout, and that camping out isn't going to help a lot since it is the first panel of the day. Unless they have changed things, you don't need to wait until the exhibit hall opens to line up at the panel rooms, so there is still an option for getting in line early to secure a good seat. Oh, and it is listed as a "Screening and Q&A," with the description indicating that they are screening "The Nerdvana Annihilation." Since it is a screening, the folks running the show will announce camera protocol for the specific panel. Usually, the rule is no shooting what is on the screen.
  4. Now I'm disappointed that I'm not going to ComicCon this year. I go about every third year, and this is an off year. As a veteran of past ComicCons, I offer one suggestion for anyone who wants to be sure of a really good seat at the panel: camp out, especially if the panel is in Ballroom 20, Room 6A, Room 6B, Room 6CDEF or Hall H. Those are the really big rooms that are used for the most popular panels (e.g. the ones with the celebrity guests). The rooms don't get cleared between panels, so you can sit in on the panel right before the one you really want to see, then move up to the front when people start filing out, before too many other people file in. As a bonus, you sometimes get to see a neat panel you would not have otherwise thought to go to. I got hooked on Pushing Daisies sitting in on a sneak preview of the show's pilot because it was before one of my Must See panels. If you don't want to camp out, plan on getting in line early. I was turned away from an evening panel at ComicCon '07 even though I was in line 3 hours early. Daytime panels aren't usually quite that bad, in my experience, but still plan on being in line at the panel room 30-45 minutes ahead for the big panel rooms and 10-15 minutes for the panels in rooms not listed above.
  5. "We are the intellectual descendants of Archimedes. Give me a fulcrum and a lever and I can move the Earth." The latter half is from a quotation by Archimedes. There are several versions of the quotation running around, some of which also require "a place to stand."
  6. I disagree. We saw Penny and Leonard leave on a date, and turn away from the restaurant. I think Season 2 will start with them still trying to have their date.
  7. Sheldon is still my favorite, but Penny is really growing on me. I like the tack her character is currently taking with regards to the guys. It seems as if she knows what the guys think of her--even Leonard--and for the moment is choosing not to acknowledge it. Back in my single days, I had a similar arrangement with a houseful of bachelors, so how she is playing this lately strikes some of the same, "Hey, that's me!" chords that I get with Sheldon.
  8. Do you think we will ever get to know what Penny's surname is?
  9. Agreed. Pre-strike Sheldon is back, the guys' interactions are much more balanced again, and I think the writers have hit on the most ingenious--and possibly realistic--way ever to handle the romantic tension between Leonard and Penny. With her still seeing someone else, the two of them hooking up is off the table, but Leonard can still harbor back-burner dreams of it without it interfering with any biosocial experiments with a neurochemical overlay that he might want to conduct with currently-available women. This was the second episode that CBS has changed the title of after it was announced. On CBS.com, it is now listed as "The Pork Chop Indeterminacy." Does anyone have insider info on why this has been happening? My personal conjecture in the case of the shiksa/pork chop swap swings between concerns that some people would not know what "shiksa" meant and concerns that some people would know.
  10. Penny: This is the best cobbler ever! Mrs. Cooper: You know what the secret ingredient is? Penny: Love? Mrs Cooper: Lard.
  11. A TiVo oddity: some time last week, the TiVo listings changed the episode title to "The Nerdvana Annihilation." CBS's website still has it as "The Nerdmabilia Scattering." Weird.
  12. Agreed. When the series first started out, I explained Sheldon to a friend as "It's like everything he does in a social setting is because someone told him that is what you are supposed to do," e.g. bringing Leonard a cup of tea because "The social convention is to bring people warm beverages." That was funny. Now, the social awkwardness seems like him knowing social conventions and disregarding them anyway. That isn't funny; that is being an egotistical jerk. The pre-strike episodes were much funnier and more intelligent than this crop. I hope the show gets back to that.
  13. This is only tangentially related to the show, so I thought I would put it down here in the not-show-related section. When Barenaked Ladies released the full 1:45 version of the Big Bang Theory theme, of course I had to buy it, and I have since listened to it roughly a bazillion times. Now, I have discovered that there are several videos of the song on YouTube, and down to a one of them, they seem to render the lyrics toward the end "Religion or Astronomy, Encarta, Deuteronomy/It all started with a big bang." Right from the start, I have heard that line as "Religion or astronomy, Descartes or Deuteronomy...." Out of curiosity, is anyone else hearing "Descartes" there?
  14. Don't be sorry. I am frequently confused.
  15. My TiVo listings have the 4/14 episode title listed as "The Jerusalem Duality" with no episode description. I am confused.
  16. Glad to see I'm not the only married woman infatuated with Sheldon.
  17. In The Fuzzy Boots Corollary, when the guys are discussing if Sheldon is a robot, Sheldon says that he has never "harmed a human being or, through inaction, caused a human being to come to harm." However, in the pilot, as Sheldon and Leonard are walking up the stairs, Sheldon says that he once did a series of experiments that resulted in his father breaking his clavicle. Seems like that would count as "harm." Whatever increase in pay the writers may have negotiated with the strike, it is not enough. New media, DVD, etc. has made the writers' job that much more difficult. Now that we fans can pick through episodes and find the smallest inconsistency, we seem to demand a much higher level of continuity than viewers did in the past, when minute detail would be forgotten week to week and season to season. Now, if Leonard ever eats a dairy product, after mention was made in the pilot if him being lactose intolerant, someone is going to notice, care, and probably post it to a fan site.
  18. Is Jim Parsons tall or is the rest of the cast short?
  19. All is not completely lost, at least not yet. News from ME, a blog by a longtime WGA member, has been answering a lot of reader questions about the strike. See here for a brief discussion of the possible impact of the strike on new shows like BBT: http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2007_11_08.html#014328 In short, if the show was doing well before the strike, as BBT has been, there's a good chance it will come back after. The key is to keep the pressure up on the networks and your local affiliates to both settle this dispute quickly and not cancel BBT in the meantime. Let CBS know how much we love BBT (there's an online feedback form at cbs.com), and that we want new episodes ASAP. Write your local CBS affiliate station and let them know you won't be watching any replacement programming CBS airs during the strike, and if they cancel BBT during the strike, you won't ever watch any CBS programming ever again. It sounds drastic, but as far as I'm concerned, BBT is worth it.
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