Monthly Archives: April 2010

Friday Five: Welcome to the Shire.

What a week! We started off on Monday with Boobquake and ended it with a million people on Facebook who want our president to die. Guess which one I enjoyed more. (Hint: As a non-lesbian, I am not ashamed to say I like boobs.)

Lots of fun stuff this week! Here’s just a sampling of the nifty things found by my Twitter and Facebook friends!

1. Winscape

Mary Ann, a friend on Facebook, linked me up with this amazing site. Ever wanted to wake up overlooking the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge or other world landmarks, or even outer space? Now you can! And the beauty of it is, this technology is available right now. Well, that is, if you have the cash to buy two flat screen HDTVs. Which I don’t. But it’s still a freakin’ cool idea!

Source: RationalCraft.com

Photo by Maddie Chambers

The outside of Maddie Chambers' Hobbit Hole. You should see the inside! Such amazing detail!

2. Hand-made Hobbit Hole

Maddie Chambers has some serious skills. She’s created an amazing model of Bag End. Actually, I’m not even sure “amazing” is sufficient enough to describe it. It is a beautiful piece of work, and as a bonus, she even shows you how she made the model on her blog. Be sure to check it out, because I’m insanely jealous and wish I had an ounce of her talent. I’ve borrowed one of her photos to whet your appetite. Now go check out the rest!

Source: Maddie Chambers at Madshobbithole.

3. Gaga a capella

I’ll admit, I like some of Lady Gaga’s music. Not so sure I like Lady Gaga herself or her wacky lifestyle, but some of her music is not bad. Actually, it’s really quite good when performed by an all male a capella group from the University of Oregon. They’ve got the moves to match, too. Bonus!

Source: Huffington Post

4. Star Trek meets Monty Python

Last week, I made a post with a list of TV shows I’d love to see crossover. Seeing as how all the shows I listed were on different networks, really the only way I’d ever see any of these crossovers is in fanfiction. Or, apparently, on YouTube. Take a look at what happens when two iconic franchises meet. The result is hilarious.

Source: StarshipConductor on YouTube

5. 8-bit Dr. Horrible

I could not let the conclusion of the amazing 8-bit Dr. Horrible game go unlinked. DoctorOctoroc has done an amazing job re-visioning Joss Whedon’s “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” as an 8-bit video game, complete with ’80s video game music. If you haven’t seen the end yet, here’s Act 3, Part 1 and Act 3, Part 2.

Source: DoctorOctoroc

Forgive me for ending with a bit of self-promotion, but I made my podcast (sort of) debut this week over on Geek Bits. I recorded a Geek Byte with Dan, Matt and Opey about our reactions to the movie Kick-Ass. I sound like an utter dork, but give it a listen if you’ve got time. 🙂

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Divided we fall

I dislike talking politics. Mostly because I tend to get too emotional and I’m afraid someday I’ll lose my cool and beat someone’s head against a wall for sheer idiocy. I’m a hard-left liberal Democrat and proud of it. But I’ve tried hard to not talk politics, especially lately. Especially after a certain incident with a former friend that I will not go into, but still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I did not want my blog to be a bitch-blog. I have my locked-down LiveJournal for that.

HOWEVER.

You right-wingers who are so hung up on stupid things like birth certificates. You make me angry. You make me want to stab things. You make me weep for this country.

President Obama was born in Hawaii. Get over it. President Obama is a natural-born citizen. It does not matter that his father was not. Get over it. He is our rightful president, elected by the people (which is more than you can say for the last guy).

Get over it.

And you. You morons. You so-call “Christians.” Shame on you. Shame on you for joining groups like the one of Facebook called “DEAR LORD, THIS YEAR YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTOR, PATRICK SWAYZIE. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE ACTRESS, FARAH FAWCETT. YOU TOOK MY FAVORITE SINGER, MICHAEL JACKSON. I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW, MY FAVORITE PRESIDENT IS BARACK OBAMA. AMEN.” Praying for another human being’s death?

You make me sick.

This is why I want nothing to do with your religion or your party. This is why our country is so divided right now. Instead of entering into a realistic debate over how to solve the problems of our country, or even just praying for our leaders to find a way out of the mess we’re in, you pray for the president’s death? Really?

Grow. The fuck. Up.

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5 years ’til hoverboards!

My friends on Facebook love joining groups. “I know I’m weird. I accept that.” “I don’t feel like folding my laundry so I just restart the dryer.” “Dear sleep, I know we had problems when I was younger, but now I love you.” A lot of these make me laugh. Sometimes they make me think.

One of my friends recently joined “the world won’t end in 2012 because Marty McFly went to 2015.” That one made me think.

To be honest, I don't know if my heart (or my bladder) could take scary holographic movies.

Twenty-one years ago, I remember sitting in the theater, watching Marty McFly travel to the year 2015 to rescue his son, Marty McFly Jr., from Griff Tannen, Biff’s grandson. How awesome was the future? Flying cars. Robotic gas stations. Food hydrators. HOVERBOARDS!

But it got me thinking. This is 2010. 2015 is only five years away. R&D departments need to step it up to get all these things out by 2015!

Sure, some of the stuff in the movie have come to pass. We do have games where you don’t need to use your hands. If you’re filthy rich, you can get your home automated. And while thumbprint technology isn’t quite here yet, many people can make mobile payments using cell phones.

Remember the holographic Jaws that popped out of the movie theater and tried to eat Marty? Not there yet, but with the recent strides in 3-D technology (thank you, Avatar), can holographic movies be far behind?

But fine years… can we really get flying cars in five years? Think of all the arial infrastructure we’d have to build. But I can live without flying cars. Forget flying cars, people. Start working on that hoverboard technology! Most of us 30-somethings are still drooling over the possibility of owning our own hoverboard. We expect them to hit the shelves by 2015, or else Back to the Future II was all a dirty LIE!

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Boobquake 2010: Will the earth tremble?

I can’t remember where I first heard about Boobquake. Probably Twitter because that’s where I find the bestest stuff. But I remember thinking that, even though I don’t own much in the way of low-cut, “immodest” clothing, I’d participate. You know, all in the name of science.

Blogger Jen McCreight came up with the idea for Boobquake after reading a news article about an Iranian cleric who blamed the recent earthquakes on immodest dress and promiscuity.

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes,” Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Sedighi is Tehran’s acting Friday prayer leader.

I agree with McCreight that this kind of thinking is utter poppycock. McCreight decided to test this theory by urging those women who would like to participate to wear the most immodest, cleavage revealing piece of clothing they own on Monday, April 26. The idea was to see if the earth would move under the weight of so many exposed boobs.

My virtual participation in Boobquake. Let's face it, these are nicer to look at than my own anyway.

McCreight offered her idea as mostly a joke, but it took off, exploding on Facebook, Twitter, then TV. The Facebook page has dozens of photos of women daring the earth to quake today. So far, I haven’t felt a thing.

I wanted to participate. I even remembered this morning that today was Boobquake day. Unfortunately, I really don’t own anything that low-cut. The couple of shirts I do have that might have worked are in the laundry. So from what clean clothes I had left in the closet, I picked the lowest-cut top I could. Which isn’t very low at all. And then I had to add a sweater on top of it, because it’s been bloody cold this morning. So I may not be participating as much as I could, but I’m participating in spirit.

I’m not going to get into the controversy of this movement. I don’t care whether feminists feel empowered or pissed off. It’s the Iranian cleric and those who likewise believe that “immoral” behavior — by anyone — leads to natural disasters who need to be shown that their so-called theories are hogwash.

So ladies, today, if you’ve got ’em, flaunt ’em. And if you don’t got ’em… flaunt ’em anyway.

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What happened to Doctor Who’s originality?

If you know me at all, you know I’m a huge “Doctor Who” fan. Though still a relative newbie to the show, I’ve watched the revised series enough times to have whole chunks of it memorized and I’ve been renting as many of the old ones as I can.

I cried buckets when David Tennant left the show. I loved him and I think he will always be my favorite Doctor, but I was pretty gung-ho to see Matt Smith in the role when it premiered last weekend. I loved the story so much that I was willing to give the new guy as well as his writers a chance.

I'd hit the 'forget' button too if I had to walk around covered in vomit.

The first episode, “The Eleventh Hour,” was OK. Not brilliant, but not bad. It served its purpose in introducing us to the Eleventh Doctor and his new companion, Amy Pond. Smith’s version of the Doctor seems slightly more insane than Tennant’s, and I’m still trying to work out whether or not that’s a good thing. Karen Gillan is cute as a button, but her character, Amy… well, I don’t really like her. But then, I hated Donna when I first met her, and by the end, she was my favorite of all the Doctor’s companions. So I’ll keep an open mind.

The second episode, “The Beast Below,” really threw me, though. With “Doctor Who,” I want to see new and exciting things, but with this episode, the story was just too familiar. I expected more from writer Steven Moffat, who gave us the much-loved “Blink.”

The things that bothered me were first, the obvious Star Wars references. Normally, I love it when shows reference Star Wars, but not this one. “Doctor Who” is its own phenomenon. It doesn’t need pop-culture references. The line “Help us, Doctor, you’re our only hope” had me rolling my eyes. Then, coupled with the Doctor and Amy being shoved down the garbage chute into the waste disposal (mouth) section of the ship, even my mother said, “Well, that’s right out of Star Wars, isn’t it?” Was it done on purpose? I don’t know, but I didn’t care for it.

The second thing that bothered me was that this was not a new story. It was just too much of Ursula K. Le Guin’s story, “The One Who Walk Away From Omelas.” In “Omelas,” Le Guin introduces us to an almost-Utopian society whose inhabitants, upon coming of age, are told that “the good fortune of Omelas requires that a single unfortunate child be kept in perpetual filth, darkness and misery.” Instead of being offered a choice of forgetting, most of the population of Omelas come to terms with the fact that their perfect society requires the sacrifice of one child. Those who don’t walk away.

In “The Beast Below,” the citizens of Starship UK are shown that their society is dependent on the enslavement and torture of a star whale, a benevolent creature and the last of its kind. But most of them choose to forget, though subconsciously, they know something is wrong.

There was just too much similarity to the two stories, and others with the same theme, such as “The Lottery,” for me to really enjoy it for what it was supposed to be — the first real adventure of the Doctor and Amy.

But I’m far from giving up on this season. We still have the return of the Weeping Angels and River Song to look forward to. I’m just disappointed in how this season has begun.

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Friday Five: Parting is such sweet sorrow, Doctor.

My two-year old nephew has been staying with us this week, so there hasn’t been much online time. Actually, there hasn’t been much time for anything except the same episode of “Barney” over and over and over and over. And over. I hate that damn purple dinosaur. Is it just me, or does anyone else get some serious child molester vibes from that show? How does watching the same episode over and over and over not go against the Geneva Conventions?

Fortunately I was able to escape the purple menace (Barney, not my nephew) for a few hours while I went to work. And my social networks feeds did not disappoint! I really am having a hard time narrowing things down to five. (Which, according to Barney, is the highest number you need to learn.)

1. Gundam Café

I went to Japan eight years ago, but unfortunately missed out on seeing Tokyo. I may have to rectify this soon, especially since Bandai has opened its first Gundam Café in Akihabara. The pictures of this place look amazing. It’s any Gundam fan’s wet dream come true. Even the snacks are Gundam-shaped. So, Bandai, when does Gundam Café USA open?

Source: Akihabaranews.com

2. Eyjafjallajökull Magic: The Gathering card

I’ve never played Magic: The Gathering, but I’ve seen enough cards to know that this one? Would be awesome. The name of Iceland’s volcano alone is enough to scare the bejeezus out of me.

Source: @Towski on Twitter, via @GeekyClean

3. MOAR DOCTOR!

“Doctor Who” made its American debut of the Eleventh Doctor this past weekend. The jury is still out as to whether or not I approve of this new guy. I still hold a torch for Nine and Ten. Which is why the “Tenth Doctor: The Musical” made me laugh so hard I think I peed a little. And then it made me misty-eyed. If you’re a “Doctor Who” fan, this is a must-see.

Source: di0br on YouTube

4. Iron Man mash-ups

Ladies, having trouble making your fellas watch your favorite chick-oriented movies? This may not be a problem anymore, since three of your favorites now star Iron Man!

All with bonus AC/DC soundtracks!

Source: Huffington Post

5. Such Tweet Sorrow

Today being April 23, William Shakespeare’s 446th birthday (and also his deathday), it seems like the perfect day to link to Such Tweet Sorrow, a modern-day, real-time Romeo and Juliet… played out on Twitter. Brevity is, after all, the soul of wit.

Source: Such Tweet Sorrow

My nephew leaves tomorrow. I’ll miss him. But I feel like I have to watch massive amounts of porn to counteract the damage that has been done by “Barney.”

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5 TV crossovers I’d love to see

A couple of issues ago, TV Guide had a feature where the actors from “Lost” were asked which TV shows they’d like to see their character end up in after “Lost” ends. And some of the answers made me totally want to see it happen. Benjamin Linus on “The Big Bang Theory”? Sayid on “True Blood”? Yes, please!

But that got me thinking as to what other shows I would love to see have crossover episodes. And since I love making lists, I decided to make one of the five TV mash-ups I’d most like to see happen. I decided to only use shows currently on the air, as the possibilities would have nearly been endless had I used beloved shows that had already gone by the wayside.

Big damn crime writers

1. Bones x Castle

Just think about it. Bones and Castle are both mystery writers. Booth and Beckett are both in law enforcement. Bones would probably appreciate the general attractiveness of Rick Castle but would point out forensic anthropology inconsistencies in his books. Castle would obviously be fascinated by how literal Bones is. Booth and Beckett would probably get into a pissing contest at some point, but would ultimately find common ground. And there would be flirting. Lots of flirting. On both sides.

2. The Big Bang Theory x The Guild

OK, I know that “The Guild” is technically not a TV show, but I own the DVDs, so it plays on my TV. Just go with it. How fun would it be to watch these two groups of social misfits meet? Perhaps even as rival guilds (though I doubt TBBT boys could rival the Axis of Anarchy). Zaboo would definitely try to hit on Penny, while Howard would try (and fail) to impress Codex and Tink. Vork and Sheldon could bond in their stoicism. And the best part? Evil Wil Wheaton is in both series.

3. Ghost Hunters x Medium

Jason: If there’s anybody there, could you please knock?
Allison: *rolls eyes*
Grant: Could you please knock louder?
Allison: Yeah, the spirits asked me if you could keep it down a little. They’re trying to watch “Ghost Whisperer.”

4. House x Grey’s Anatomy

Please, please, please let this happen someday! House would absolutely slaughter all of those self-absorbed “doctors” at Seattle Grace. I would pay money to see this happen.

5. Doctor Who x Caprica

OK, I will admit I’ve not seen one episode of “Caprica.” Yet. I’ve just started season 4 of “Battlestar Galactica.” But I know the general premise. I can only imagine what the Doctor would have to say about creating cybernetic lifeforms. I dare say he has had a bit of experience with similar beings in the past. But that might change the timeline to where BSG never happened. Wait, is that really a bad thing? (Yes, I said it.)

Sadly, none of these shows are on the same networks, so I know my chances of ever seeing any of these are slim to none. But a girl can dream. And read fanfiction.

What dream TV crossovers do you have?

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