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For the first time ever, I voted for a reality TV show. 8 years of resistance, and I finally weakened. This is me, propping up media juggernauts and contributing to the death of quality, scripted TV. *sigh* On the other hand, I think I've officially accepted that I'm completely addicted to So You Think You Can Dance. DON'T JUDGE ME. Acceptance is the first step towards recovery, right?

Speaking of quality scripted TV, Dollhouse is looking promising. Keeping in mind I don't normally become fannish about a show until I'm at least half way through a season (and often not until the second season), the degree to which I liked the first episode surprised me, especially since I'd been lukewarm about the concept previously. Very vague spoilery thoughts beneath the cut )

Overall, a promising start. Yay new show!

ETA: Also, currently addicted to Merlin AU fics. WTF, self? I don't like AUs!

Heat

Jan. 31st, 2009 12:41 pm
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Ugh. Too hot. There are a million things I should be doing, but instead I'm just going to lie here, because it is too. bloody. hot.
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From [profile] seldear

Obama dolls from Japanese toymaker. Keep scrolling. I guarantee it's worth it.

(Anybody read Japanese and can translate? The detail in the face is so incredible I'm tempted to believe the whole set of pictures are just very, very skillful photomanips.)

ETA: Babelfish to the rescue! (Err... Sorta) .

Typically mangled Bablefish translation under the cut. )

Dude. If I read that right - doll!Obama has a moveable finger. Also, the force is very mono. I'm not sure what that means, but I'm sure it's very deep, and possibly related to recent commentary from the likes of [personal profile] fialleril and [personal profile] sodzilla. And, in international affairs, Russia appears to be attempting some sort of sneaky camoflague manuveure, possibly because they can't compete with the sheer awesome of doll!Obama and his moveable finger.
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Fic Rec: Am prionnsa, an t-amadan agus na meirlich, by [profile] kazaera (Merlin fic).
Wonderful character voice, just generally wonderful characterisation, just enough plot to keep the story moving along, and to be perfectly blunt, nicely hitting all my narrative kinks (which, for those of you who don't know include both h/c and The Big Reveal). If you like Merlin, read this.


Also, a psychiatrist has knitted herself an exact replica of the human brain. How is this not awesome?
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Yeah, I just updated, but this is so awesome it deserves its own post.


Atheists send their own message, on 800 buses. Seems a lot of Londoners have gotten fed up with religious advertising around their city, and have decided to take up their own ads. Awesome.

But US atheists are holding their own on the awesome stakes, with ads saying 'Why believe in a god?" over a picture of a man in a Santa suit. "Just be good for goodness' sake."' However, the Aussies are not doing too well - I like their slogan best of all (Atheism: Sleep in on Sunday mornings), but permission for the ads was refused. Not cool :(

But possibly winning, or at least tying, in the awesomneess stakes, is the response from at least one church. Not fire, brimstone, and threats of damnation, but welcoming the campaign as a way to get people to discuss God.

Public debate on religion, carried out on the side of a bus. I love it.

And all this is made even more awesome because I can't even hear the words 'bus ads' without thinking of Moonlight. Ah, fandom. Ever with the odd (and amusing) associations.

Randominity

Oct. 7th, 2008 10:18 pm
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[Poll #1274024]

I've noticed I tend to refer to the boys in a specific order, and I'm curious if anyone else does the same.
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Prompted by [personal profile] fialleril's comment on this comic, I give you:

The Last (Sith) Supper

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QuickPost

Full image under the cut )

I love the Internet. There are photoshop tutorials for everything.
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Apparently Anonymous hacked into Sarah Palin's yahoo email account, with which she had been conducting official business, possibly in order to avoid being subject to subpoenas. Ah, Anonymous. If you keep going like this, I'm going to suspect you are in this for something other than the Lulz. Is that a hint of a conscience I see there?

Anyway, I highly recommend this account of the ensuring reaction from the Republican party and supporters. Choice quotes:

Still, it's really a wondrous, and repugnant, sight to behold the Bush-following lynch mobs on the Right melodramatically defend the Virtues of Privacy and the Rule of Law. These, of course, are the same authoritarians who have cheered on every last expansion of the Lawless Surveillance State of the last eight years -- put their fists in the air with glee as the Federal Government seized the power to listen to innocent Americans' telephone calls; read our emails; obtain our banking, credit card, and library records; and create vast data bases of every call we make and receive and every prescription we fill and every instance of travel and other vast categories of information that remain largely unknown -- all without warrants or oversight of any kind and often in clear violation of the law.

The same political faction which today is prancing around in full-throated fits of melodramatic hysteria and Victim mode (their absolute favorite state of being) over the sanctity of Sarah Palin's privacy are the same ones who scoffed with indifference as it was revealed during the Bush era that the FBI systematically abused its Patriot Act powers to gather and store private information on thousands of innocent Americans; that Homeland Security officials illegally infiltrated and monitored peaceful, law-abiding left-wing groups devoted to peace activism, civil liberties and other political agendas disliked by the state; and that the telephone calls of journalists and lawyers have been illegally and repeatedly monitored.


This is snarky political commentary at its finest. I am in absolute awe of Greenwald.


(Slightly related - did I mention I ran across an Anonymous protest while I was in Perth? I turned around, and there they were. And yes, I squeed - it's not everyday the topic of your research paper appears in front of you. Unfortunately, by the time I had my camera out, they were moving on. Got a few pictures, but nothing spectacular.)

Only 17% to go...
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Micheal Palin for President

Ah, Pythons.
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I think I am forever doomed to associate Olympic closing ceremonies with studying; in 2000, I was studying for the HSC* (and ask me how bitter I am that I couldn't go to the games because of it), in 2004, I had undergrad uni assignments, and now, 2008, I am frantically cramming for postgrad exams. Funny, how some things never change.

*Higher School certificate, for non-Aussies. Massive, massive exams at the end of secondary school, which have probably cause more nervous breakdowns than all other exams in our state combined. The degree those exams are hyped is unbelievable.
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I was thinking about Star Wars AUs tonight, specifically those where Luke is raised by Vader. It occurred to me that, in this situation, I could see a lot of similarities in parenting style between Vader and John Winchester (apart from the Vader-being-evil thing, of course). No, hear me out.

Both are characters whose defining moment is the loss of their wife. This loss is the single most powerful driving force - no pun intended - in their lives. Both are devoted to destroying those who have hurt their family. Both have little tolerance of physical weakness. Neither encourage disagreement. Both appear isolated from 'normal' society. Both tend to be rather black-and-white in their views, especially of good & evil. John clearly impressed his moral universe - demons bad, humans good - on his children early. Vader tried to do the same, the first time he was face to face with Luke. Both want their children to carry on in their footsteps. And, arguably, both think they are acting for the greater good.

Before I get slaughtered by the John Winchester fen, let me be clear that I am not equating John with Vader, nor do I think he was an OMGEVOL!parent. I just think that, in this situation, parent!Vader could be a little like parent!John, amped up to the max.

OK, I'm extrapolating a bit here, and some of these points are debatable depending on your view of the characters, but still. Not a complete stretch?

And now I really, really need to go to bed. Stupid Olympics.

([personal profile] deirdre_c, I think I need your Supernatural/Star Wars icon!)
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Someone on a work message board describing Supernatural:

"That show with the two gay brothers. They fight ghosts."

Fandom, it's not just you.

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Orson Scott Card is at it again.

Most of it is just the usual all-women-should-be-barefoot-and-pregnant-TEH-GAY-is-destroying-life-as-we-know-it-Jim bullshit, but there are a few gems that are just too batshit to ignore. Like the part where he encourages the married couples of America in a Holy Crusade against the government )

Um...

I'm really, really glad I never bought any of his books. I'd hate to think I financed this crazy in any way.
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Is anyone else going through a period of fandom withdrawl right now? Looking back over my last entries I'm noticing a marked absence of content, and, despite the crazy work and uni and professional and social commitments, I'm going to pin the blame on my general lack of fannish interest at the moment.

That isn't strictly true - I still like fandom as much as ever, but I'm feeling a general sense of... exhaustion with my usual sources. It's been a while since a new fandom caught my eye, and while I always cycle back to my old fannish haunts eventually, new texts (or shows or movies) keep my fannish motivation up. Which is where the insane commitments thing comes in; I don't have time for new obsessions right now. *sigh*




Eh. enough of that. I bring you some educational and edifying links instead:

Music piracy no match for Avril Lavigne Because I get so damn sick of the same 'Piracy is evil' paranoia that is trotted out by the music and movie industry, this from the manager of Avril Lavigne:

"I do not believe that the record label owns the song, the publisher does not own the song, even the artist does not own the song... It is the emotion that a fan attaches to that song, to that lyric that makes it popular. What the record business needs to do is to monetise the behaviour of that fan."

And bold, because this is a concept that needs to catch on. While I'm not quite sure about the idea of monetising fan behaviour (or, for that matter, erasing the idea that producers own content), it is damn nice for someone in the industry to be not talking about fans of their products as if they were the enemy.

Oh, and the Mother who's baby videos were removed for copyright infringement strikes back. This is also something we need to see more of. If she wins, of course.

And finally, Worth1000 had a challenge to incorporate Star Wars characters into classic works of art. Check it out - there's some brilliant stuff, as always.
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From [personal profile] ceresi

You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:
1. one weapon.
2. one song blasting on the speakers.
3. one famous person to fight alongside you.



1. Lightsabre. Double-bladed for preference. Although Buffy's rocket-launcher-in-a-mall trick is a close second.

2. Um... don't know about this one. What is the most suitable zombie-killing soundtrack? Killing in the name by Rage against the Machine, perhaps? Or maybe something by A Perfect Circle. Hmmm. Alternatively, some incredibly inappropriate classical stuff. Zombies falling like flies to the soft strains of Clare de Lune?

3. Wolverine. The poor, poor zombies won't know what hit them.

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For my own reference, the previous Journal comics on xkcd:

Journal 1
Journal 2
Journal 3
Journal 4
Journal 5

Ah, Hat guy. I love your alt text you so.
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Comment and I'll give you a letter. List 10 persons/things you love that start with the respective letter.

From [personal profile] fialleril, who nominated T.

01. Time travel. As long as you avoid killing any ancestors, and/or inadvertently destroying the human race. Also, temporal paradoxes. Mindbendy fun.
02. Temeraire. Hornblower + Dragons = Goodness.
03. Tangents. The bane of writers everywhere, but I still love them.
04. Threads. Along with the two-parter preceding it. Probably my favourite SG-1 episodes of all time.
05. Timelords. Related to 1, but with a hotness all of their own. And you can't forget the TARDIS.
06. Terry Pratchett. Genius among men. And monkeys apes.
07. Travel. One international trip, but I think I've caught the bug. And it's all the better with a camera.
08. Torchwood. One of these days, this show will live up to its potential and it will be AMAZING.
09. Tae Kwon Do. It's been sooo long... I miss it.
10. Tomorrow. Handmaiden of the future, and enabler of procrastinators everywhere.
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200 people freeze in Grand Central Station

Make sure you watch the video (it's also on youtube here, if the other link doesn't load). This is brilliant, and I can't be the only person flashing back to the second X-man movie.

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For my own convience, a record of my themes for [profile] saga_6

Western Set
1. Superiority Complex
2. "Ehyeh asher ehyeh." - Exodus 3:14 (Translation: "I am that I am.")
3. Eschatology
4. "Hell is other people." - Jean-Paul Sartre
5. Democracy
6. Progress
Optional. God can be found in the pages of history.

I'm currently panicking that I've somehow volunteered to write for Anakin and Obi-wan. But so many of the themes just fit, and it's very rare for me to actually be immediately inspired by prompts, so I decided to bite the bullet and sign up. Watch me fail dismally at transferring any of my brilliant ideas to paper... er, screen.

(If any Star Wars folks round here haven't checked this prompt/claiming community out yet, I recommend you pop by for a look. Should be some interesting things to come out of it, and there are so many interesting themes to chose from!)

Also, over at [personal profile] moonshayde's journal, everyone is confessing their Mary Sues. Amazing how many of us came up with the same sort of characters. Well worth a read if you have time to spare, and you never know - you might just see something you recognise :P
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Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi flist ... Do Wookiees' have paws or hands? Neither the Star Wars databanks nor Wookieepedia will give me an answer.

Hmm. Neither really seems right to me, given their combination of manual dexterity and retractable claws.

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