Baby Girl

Shirley had given birth to a daughter, so she didn’t get to hold her right away. The team of doctors scooped the baby up and took her into the Implantation Room. As she already knew, her daughter had to get her Protection Chip. All females had to. It was for the greater good, they told them. This way, you’ll be safe, they told them. Shirley tried to feel comforted by that thought, but could simultaneously feel her own Protection Chip throbbing, deep within the pit of her stomach.

Her husband noticed her frowning and squeezed her hand. “It’ll be ok. Just standard procedure. We knew this would happen.”

“I know,” Shirley sighed and looked up at her husband, swallowing her tears.

“It’s better this way. Now she’ll be safe.”

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Tea & Review: ‘Fish’ Podcast is the Ultimate Edutainment Experience

{All images used courtesy the No Such Thing as a Fish Facebook page.}

No Such Thing as a Fish
produced by BBC Two / QI
Hosted by James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski, and Dan Schreiber.
Released weekly, with an approximate running time of 60 minutes.
Started March 2014.

Did you know that there is an American cricket team in Compton (as in ‘Straight Outta….’)? How about that symptoms of asthma can be treated with a roller coaster ride? And Leonardo da Vinci made sculptures out of marzipan and got angry when people ate them. These are just some of the fun facts you will learn when you start listening to the podcast No Such Thing as a Fish.

Started three years ago this month, the podcast is a byproduct of the British quiz show QI. Hosted by the researchers of said show, who are cheekily titled the QI Elves, the podcast combines the best of British humor and the fun parts of research and education.

Each week, the approximately hour long podcast is hosted by four of the Elves (mostly James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray, Anna Ptaszynski, and Dan Schreiber, although they occasionally have someone else come in for one of them). They each present their favorite fact they came across that week, and then discuss it. The topics range from somewhat serious to outright hilarious, and are always fascinating.

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Tea & Review: Miss Hokusai (2015)

Miss Hokusai is a anime about Katsushika Oi. Born O-Ei (Anne Watanabe) and her life as an artist during the Edo era in Japan. Her father Tetsuzo (Yutaka Matsushige), is a famous artist that works under the pseudonym of Hokusai. Hence the title.
 
Her life is like that of a traditional apprentice. She learns her trade and works under her father’s name. She doesn’t sign any of her own works because as great as she is, she is still Tetsuzo’s student. And it isn’t until the end of the movie that Tetsuzo tells her that she should think of an artist name. Meaning he has deemed her worthy enough that she should sign her own works.
 

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Tea & Fiction: Legion – Chapter 3

This article originally appeared on www.Film-Book.com

FX‘s Legion: Season 1, Episode 3: Chapter 3 sends David Haller (Dan Stevens) and company on an internal quest inside his own mind.

The best thing Legion has going for itself is the slew of unanswered questions. Chapters 1 and 2 provided us with a very ‘in your face’ introduction. In those episodes, Legion cleverly used the building blocks of uncertainty to forge the show’s foundation. It used David’s own point of view to create a false sense of on-going reality.

Chapter 3 is a more flushed out, follow-up. Instead of continuing the tackle the very specific things happening in David’s mind we fall back into the role of the audience. Spectators with a slightly less intimate view as Dr. Melaine Bird (Jean Smart), and Ptonomy Wallace (Jeremie Harris) continue to probe into David’s memories in order to heal his mind.

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Demon Part 8

The wind is cool, it has a slight bite when it blows around but the sky is clear and blue as the sun shines brightly in the sky. Kallan sits on a bench in the garden as she watches Oria scampers through the different parts of the garden. Getting any leftover dew on to her feathers, scales, and fur. Kallan takes another sip of tea and she starts feeding the garden again. She has already cleaned the apartment, even though Jim has seen it in every state possible.
She leans back against the wall and takes another sip. Then she hears it, or rather her magic allows her to hear it. The footsteps and then the lower door opening. And the enviable footsteps climbing up the stairs. Oria stops and her ears flick as her eyes stare towards the stairs. She quickly flings herself towards the tall grass and crouches down, ready. Kallan keeps a straight face.
 
“Dammit Kal why do you have to live in a place with so many stairs!”
 

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Tea & Review: Legion – Chapter Two

This review originally appeared on www.Film-Book.com

FX‘s Legion: Season 1, Episode 2: Chapter 2 continues to explore the fractured mental state of the reluctant mutant David Haller (Dan Stevens).

In Chapter One, we were emersed in a rich visual landscape of David’s psyche. But in Chapter Two we get a peek into David’s childhood. That pulls up some serious questions about why David is the way he is.

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