Did you know…

20 Oct

…that the Los Angeles metro area is 4 times the size of Rhode Island, or slightly smaller than the entire state of Connecticut? Did you know that the average population density of this area is over 1,000 people per square kilometre? For someone who comes from the opposite end of the country, this massive urban sprawl is fascinating and terrifying. It’s like an epic claustrophobia.

For purposes of comparison, the population density of New England by county:

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New England has:

1 county with more than 1,000 people per square kilometre (Suffolk County, MA, home of Boston)

5 counties with 500 to 600 people per square kilometre

10 counties with 200 to 500 people per square kilometre

10 counties with 100 to 200 people per square kilometre

10 counties with 50 to 100 people per square kilometre

22 counties with 10 to 50 people per square kilometre (including my own)

9 counties with 0 to 10 people per square kilometre

When you’re living in a metro area the size of an entire state in New England, whose collective population density surpasses that of every county in New England except for the smallest, it’s natural to feel claustrophobic.

I could go rambling on here about this subject, but I’ve received some complaints about the length of these posts. To appease your short attention span *cough*Jazib*cough*, I’ll save those ramblings for a later post.

However, I would like to mention my thoughts on my current array of TV shows:

Heroes — keeps getting better. I can’t wait to see what happens. The ending of this week’s episode was simply awesome. Hiro is easily my favourite character, followed by Niki Sanders (I’m glad we finally got to see her kick-arse alterego in action). I also like Matt Parkman (the police officer), but he still hasn’t had a whole lot of screentime. He hasn’t had much luck, either. Anyway, I recommend this show for anyone who’s into superheroes at all, or anyone who’s a fan of mystery/action dramas like Lost. If you’ve missed the episodes thus far, there’s a marathon on NBC this Sunday at 8 PM.

SVU — I’m really happy that Olivia will be back in the next episode. It looks really interesting. That’s not to say that I don’t like Dani, Elliot’s temporary partner…she definitely adds a new dynamic, and these past few episodes have focused a lot on the character of the detectives, which is always cool. The best part was when Dani had that long conversation in French with the French rape victim. 🙂

30 Rock — Tracy Morgan is hilarious. ‘Nough said. Well, not really. I love Tina Fey, and Alec Baldwin is brilliant, but the show seems to be lacking a little charisma. It’s not the half-hour laugh fest that was Arrested Development (what could be?), but it definitely has some potential. I’ll give it some time for the show to find its footing and improve a bit…I just hope it doesn’t get cancelled before it has the chance to do so.

Twenty Good Years — if I’d had higher expectations for this show, I’d be very disappointed. As it is, I’m not very surprised. It’s just not funny. The laugh track is just insulting. But the worst part is, John Lithgow and Jeffrey Tambor *are* funny. They’re hilarious! And they seem to have a great natural chemistry (see: the Emmys), but the writing on the show just doesn’t make use of it. The writing is rubbish, plain and simple. It’s a shame.

Lost — just gets more and more intriguing. There’s not much I can really say. Watching the show is like being hypnotised for an hour. If you haven’t gotten Lost yet, do yourself a favour and rent the DVDs. I can’t wait to see what happens with the three main groups. The previews seemed to show all kinds of hell for Jack/Kate/Sawyer, which makes me get more and more scared of The Others (especially knowing that Ben has lived on the island his entire life…ehhh…). I have no idea what’s next for Sayid/Jin/Sun, except that they’re in trouble — they’re stranded on a strange part of the island without a boat, and the woman that Sun shot promised that The Others would become their enemies if she killed her (and if they’re not already the bad guys, I don’t want to see what happens when they become them!) And Locke/Charlie/Hurley/Desmond potentially going on a rescue mission…I can’t wait. Everything that happened with Locke after the hatch implosion was crazy (Boon?!), and even weirder was Desmond’s psychic moment… what the heck did the hatch do to them? Also, Locke’s backstory gets more interesting…

E.R. — consistent quality. The previews showed some crazy-arse stuff happening (what else is new?), but of particular note was the steam between Neela and John Stamos’ character…ugh. The ‘romance’ is by far my least favourite aspect of the show, especially when it involves a pair that seems so wrong. Whatever, I’ll keep watching. :-p

Law & Order — Jack McCoy ftw. I am a little tired of these “ripped-from-the-headlines” plots, though. Although the one about the myspace-type case was interesting, because it raised a lot of legal questions that are particularly relevant with respect to the Internet and evolving technology. Anyway, new episode’s on in a bit.

I hope that wasn’t too long. 🙂

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  1. Differences between California and New England « Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously - 5 December 2007

    […] by the differences between this area and my home region. Last year, I wrote about differences in population density, yearned for New England cuisine, lamented the lack of seasons in SoCal, and the issue of regional […]

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