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Brooklyn 99 S3

The third season of the television sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine aired from September 27, 2015 to April 19, 2016 with 23 episodes.

Following the kiss that Jake and Amy had, the two decide to pursue a real relationship. The 99 gets a new captain, Seth Dozerman (Bill Hader) who dies of a heart attack after seeing Jake and Amy kissing. The Vulture assumes command of the precinct, but Holt takes it back.

Charles begins a relationship with an art curator who was framed for insurance fraud. Terry’s wife gives birth to their third daughter, Ava, on Thanksgiving. Rosa breaks up with Marcus and begins a new relationship with Adrian Pimento, a detective who’s been undercover for 12 years. At the end of the series, Jake is forced to go to witness protection in Florida.

After three seasons of the same characters, they start to get a little stale and annoying. On Michael Schur’s other shows, characters changed and grew. In Parks & Rec Lesley Knope ran for office, and in The Good Place, everyone changed, almost every episode. But here the same joked get mined again and again.

At least they do have a plot arc through the second half of the series. But it’s not enough to redeem the show.

So it’s goodbye to the Nine-Nine.


Evil Machines

Covid-19 Day 8

Evil Machines
by Terry Jones (2011)

How do you feel about your phone? Or your car? I bet you don’t think about them much, except when they go wrong.

But what if they go really wrong and turn properly bad…evil, even?

This is a set of 13 tales. At first it seems that each short is individual and stand-alone. However it soon becomes apparent that the tales are linked. Machines are taking over, and not in a Skynet way. In this world the machines already tank, and scheme and plot revenge against humanity.

Just as entertaining as all of Terry Jones’s other books. Written with clear and simple prose, this can be read and enjoyed by anyone.


Yes Man

Covid-19 Day 7 (One Week in)

Yes Man is a 2008 comedy film directed by Peyton Reed, written by Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, and Andrew Mogel.

It stars Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel. The film is based loosely on the 2005 book of the same name by humorist Danny Wallace, who also makes a cameo appearance in the film.

Although I hadn’t seen this film, I knew kiwi Rhys Darby was in it. The film also stars Bradley Cooper and Terrance Stamp.

Another example of an old guy (Carrey was 46) and young woman (Deschanel was 28) comedy romance.

Carrey plays Carl, a banker stuck in his ways and needing a jolt to get him out of his rut. It comes in the form of a club/movement ‘Yes Man’. So when Carl starts saying ‘Yes’ to everyone you know things will go wrong, and they do, but it gets him a new romance and outlook on life.

Carrey is his usual frenetic self, goofing around and having fun. However it’s Deschanel who anchors his character and the film.

During the end credits the characters put on Rollerman Suits and take off down a highway.



Covid-19 Day 6

Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It is based on the Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.

It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the first animated success Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

This is one I had never seen. Portions, especially the songs were familiar “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “I’ve Got No Strings” and Give A Little Whistle”.

It’ beautifully drawn and has very fluid character movements, often to comedic effect. The blue fairy almost looks like she was rotoscoped. However the animation of the Blue Fairy closely followed live-action footage of Marge Champion (who was also the performance model for Snow White).

The story is a basic heroes journey. Once a real boy, Pinocchio embarks on a journey. First to seek his fortune then to save his father.

A delightful movie and not surprising it is one of Disney’s favorites.



Corvid 19 Day 5


Prep Time10 mins


  • 100 ml Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 50 grams Flour
  • 1 Egg


  • Add egg to milk to make 120g and mix
  • Sift in flour and baking powder to 60g
  • Pour on heated pan until surface bubbles, flip and cook 3-4 minutes
  • Serve with whipped cream and fruit

Banana Cake

Covid-19 Day 4

Banana Cake

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Servings: 8


  • 125 grams Butter
  • 175 grams Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 300 grams Bananas
  • 1 tspn Baking Soda
  • 30 grama Milk
  • 1 tspn Baking Powder
  • 225 grams Flour
  • 1 tspn Allspice


  • Heat and cream Butter and Sugar. Add eggs, mashed bananas.
  • Heat milk and stir in Baking Soda. Add to Banana mix.
  • Combine dry ingredients; Flour, Baking Powder, Chocolate Chips & Allspice.
  • Mix dry ingredients into Banana mix. Bake until cooked (20-30 minutes) in square tin. When cool, cut into squares.

HC09 Masters

Covid-19 Day 3

The Masters of War
(The Human Chronicles #9)
by T.R. Harris (2014)

It’s all a big Nigel McCarthy vs Adam Cain story across the galaxy.

The hero survives despite impossible odds and it all ends in a ridiculous boss fight. At least this story arc has finished. And that’s where it ends for me.

After a strong start, the story is beginning to lose steam and get a bit repetitive. I could put up with a bit of that, but what is worse are the spelling and grammar errors. This book has been out for six years, and I purchased the omnibus edition. They should have been able to fix these errors.



Chocolate Gingernuts

Covid-19 Day 2 

Chocolate Gingernuts

Course: Snack
Servings: 9


  • 150 grams Flour
  • 20 grams Cocoa Powder
  • 70 grams Brown Sugar
  • 1 tspn Ground Ginger
  • 1 tspn Baking Powder
  • 100 grams Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • 1 tspn Vanilla


  • Mix dry ingredients
  • Melt butter, syrup. Wisk in egg, vanilla
  • Add liquid ingredients to flour mix. Press into 40-45g balls and put onto baking tray. Press flat with fork. Bake in medium heat oven 20 to 30 minutes.