West Wing

I got hooked on The West Wing – queued up a few seasons on my netflix already. Yesterday, I was watching one of the earliest episodes (Mr. Willis of Ohio) and one of the phrases caught my ear:

Mandy: Two million dollars for a volcano monitor in Alaska to warn passing airplanes
about ash?

Still relevant, don’t you think?

Lie To Me

It all started with blog entry by Alex Exler about TV show Lie to Me. I’m no fan of most of the TV shows, but I respect Exler’s opinion and I’ve enjoyed many movies he praised (that’s how i got hooked on House MD). So, I decided to see an episode, and it just happened so that yesterday fox.com released the season opening. so, right after i was done with Nut House, i switched to Lie to Me. One reaction – awesome. But this is just a start.
Today, during the lunchtime, being the internet junkie that i am, i decided to dig up more information on the show.

Here is some cool stuff:

  • Dr. Cal Lightman is modelled after real-life person, Dr. Paul Ekman who is considered one of the 100 most eminent psychologists of 20th century. 
  • Dr. Ekman lead a project called Diogenes (and later) Wizards Project which identified 50 people (out of 20,000) who had natural ability to spot a liar with a much higher probability than Average Joe. That’s pretty cool. Those people were known as the Truth Wizards.
  • One of Truth Wizards has a website and a blog dedicated to the topic.

Not sure if i’ll get hooked on Lie to Me, but given my early interests in psychology and non-verbal communication, I know, i got something to read for the next few weeks.