eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
Things that you should totally not spend your Sunday doing: a guy on youtube has posted the entirety of QI series C (3).

Well, at least, you shouldn't ALSO spend your Sunday doing that, since I've already done it. Not all twelve episodes or anything, but I've watched a good bit of QI today, and been astonished when none of the contestants knew what a taffy pull or a Myoclonic jerk is. People! That's not hard! That's not like when Stephen Fry asks "what was the capital of England for five days in thirteen-something?"

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Also, you should definitely not spend several hours poking around the Threadless stock lists, just because their t-shirts are almost all on sale for $10, through tomorrow. Even though Threadless is fabulous cool, and even though the women's tees are printed on American Apparel shirts and thus ridiculously cheap at $10. Seriously: don't spend several hours at it, and get distracted by all the designs you haven't scored recently, and wonder why people keep posting things with violent robots, or oddly sketchy alien-like creatures. Instead, think about how much you want Real Men Drink Tea to be printed, because then you can have a t-shirt with a pirate! Drinking tea!
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
So [livejournal.com profile] m_shell and I are talking about the new x-ray airport scanner thing, and how it's creepy for more reasons than that it can see through your clothes. After all, we can only take the word of the company about how it works, we agree.

I draw an analogy to computer voting machines: it's a big, sleek box with a bunch of stuff inside, a who-knows-what-it-does machine. Creepy opaqueness.

[livejournal.com profile] m_shell says, oh, yes, exactly! I don't trust things that won't show me where their brains are. Like Tom Riddle's diary.

I say, right, exactly, that's precisely what I mean.

Oh my god, we are such dorks.

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In other dorkish news, I have discovered QI and want to know why none of y'all told me about this years ago. It's like Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, except on television and featuring people like John Sessions (whose facial structure has changed incredibly in the last ten years) and Hugh Laurie and whoever all else. Talking about whether you would want a hug from a giant anteater, and what Caravaggio's real name was, and all that, and hosted by Stephen Fry who does voices and makes silly faces. AWESOME.

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Oh! And. I collect songs that reference famous philosophers and academics, because why not?

My favorite recent addiction is the Prince Myshkin's Doctor Laura Polka, which references about everybody. There's a Freud and Jung and Lacan verse, for example. But the real reason I care is that they mention Walter Benjamin. And the "aura." As in:
Libertines and disco queens were mean to Doctor Laura
So she called up Walter Benjamin, who said to her: "Senora,
When they put you on that TV screen you signed away your aura,
You won't bore us anymore because you're going off the air."
And of course there's Mike Ladd's hip-hop/new jazz Field Work (The Ethnographer's Daughter) which is very non-linear, but also probably the only song to reference Malinowski and Michel Leiris. Also available free on the 'net, somewhere.

And, of course, continuing the academic daughter mode, Regina Spektor's Pavlov's Daughter. You know:
Pavlov's daughter woke up in the morning
Heard the bell ring
And something deep inside of her made her want to salivate
So she lay there drooling on her pillow
Other songs include:
The Weakerthan's "Our Retired Explorer (Dines With Michel Foucault In Paris, 1961)" which mentions Derrida but not Foucault (because we're talking to Foucault)
Misery Index's "My Untold Apocalypse" (Foucault is laughing / this tragedy that you created so young / yet rotting)
Googol Bordello's "Start Wearing Purple (So yeah, I know it all / from Diogenes to Foucault / from Lozgechkin to Paspartu)
Belle and Sebastian's "Marx and Engels" (If it couldn't see / that the girl just wants to be / left alone with Marx and Engels for a while)
John Lennon's ridiculous "Serve Yourself" (Well, you may believe in Jesus, and you may believe in Marx / And you may believe in Marks and Spencer's and you may believe in bloody Woolworths)
Neil Diamond's ridiculous "Done Too Soon," which is basically a list of famous people. Karl Marx! Poe! Rousseau! Buster Keaton! etc.

Anyway, if any of y'all can think of some fabulous songs referencing Lukacs or Judith Butler or obscure literary theorists or whatever, I would happily take their names, because I want a huge playlist. And because I am a dork.

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Oh, and, just for fun, wordorigins on the word "dork." This may be a folk etymology, but it's still great.
eruthros: Delenn building the crystal machine in season 1  of B5, captioned "foreshadowing" (B5 - Delenn incredible foreshadowing)
Things that continue to astonish me: MacGyver and Seinfeld were on TV at the same time. Overlapped for years, even. And the last MacGyver movie was after the X-Files' first season. I'm surprised by this every time I see the dates, because I think of MacGyver as such an 80s show. (I mean, the mullet! And people saying "man" all the time! And the synthesizer theme song! And the commies! And the outfits! What do you mean it was in its seventh season in 1992?)

This observation brought to you by an episode from the sixth season of MacGyver, featuring phrases like "crack doesn't care about the law!" and "so I called a few street sources and put out a big carrot" and "hey man, that's an uzi!" "now it's a wrench."

([livejournal.com profile] fiatlouis and I discovered today that we both wanted to be MacGyver when we grew up. Unfortunately, neither of us can turn an uzi into a wrench. But we think we probably turned out okay even though we never learned how to make bombs from bamboo.)

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Also, I continue to get pissier and pissier about lj. "Hey, paid users, you won't have to see ads, just sponsorship information!" I call bullshit.

Also, my reaction to "sponsored features" is exactly the opposite of what they want; my immediate response to the first sponsored community, for a movie, that I saw on the lj homepage ("but it's not an ad honest!") was to say "well, crap, and I'd kinda wanted to see that, and now I'm not gonna." Yep, I'm that kind of San Francisco Bay Arean: I do practically need a list of companies to avoid (when Philip Morris buys organic food labels, it gets really confusing) and I have no problem adding to it. This isn't that kind of reasoned choice, though -- not on the "avoiding tobacco companies" scale -- it's just a knee-jerk reaction to an ad in a space where I shouldn't be seeing ads.

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Poll! Also at the Disco! Okay, maybe not. See, I continue to hear hilarious things on campus. (Including not one but two additional, separate occasions on which Latte Boy tried to flirt with the two girls from the last post and stuck his foot in his mouth.) And I think they're funny. But if I post them every couple days, y'all might get sick of them. So! Poll.

[Poll #833611]
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
So for reasons that were really no reasons at all, I was looking for this Star Trek: Voy/Seaquest crossover with a Harry Kim/Lucas Wolenczak pairing (no, really). I originally read it five or six years ago on the Belynda's Slash Archive/Complete Kingdom of Slash, back before the CKoS underwent revamping and ended up a weird interface and none of the original stories reuploaded (which is now an irrelevant complaint, as CKoS is kaput). Looking for the current location of something that random is ... not easy.

But! I found it! It is here, at Emerald Night, Cinder's current location. I waybacked CKoS, tracked down the original story, found the author's name (though not the text of the story, which oddly was not waybacked), googled that, found rec lists with her then-webpage, waybacked that (no luck; it was a dencity webpage, which means wayback has nothing), gambled that her current webpage have the same keywords as the dencity webpage, googled for that, and ta-da! (That is much more linear that original, which contained a number of sidetracks that petered out in the same sets of bad links.) All this, just to prove my memory right: it's actually a triple-crossover, since Lucas has a sekrit past with Adam Pierson. (Also, it is about as ridiculous as I remember. ETA: Also, apparently, there are WIP sequels to it in which Q turns Harry and Lucas into bunnies. Um. Also, the same author has a Sentinel/SG-1 story in which Daniel is referred to as a curly-haired anthropologist, which... no.)

Also, why is Seaquest not out on DVD? The first season was fun, even if it was basically underwater TNG.
eruthros: Battlestar Galactica 1978 promo picture, captioned "first fandom" (BSG - first fandom Starbuck Apollo)
After reading all the comments on this post by [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija, I've been thinking about cult tv that I watched as a kid. I saw a lot of these in reruns or syndication, obviously, since some of them were canceled before I was born.

Things I watched as a kid that I can't stand now:
Knight Rider. I saw ten minutes of a recent rerun. Good god is that some bad tv. On the other hand, the car is cool.

Automan. I mean, it's got some fun stuff going on, but in retrospect Automan is an ass. And where are the girls? On the other hand, the car is cool.

Things I watched as a kid that I wish were out on DVD, if only for renting:
The Fantastic Journey. Okay, see, this was like 1977, and all these people from various times got stuck in the Bermuda Triangle and had to travel from zone to zone trying to get home. And Roddy McDowall plays a bored evil 1960s scientist, and there's a sorta proto-Troi half-Atlantean half-extraterrestrial telepathic princess, and there's a Doctor from the Future who is also, natch, telepathic, and cures people with a magical tuning fork. And there are all the Standard Sci-Fi Favorites: the city of children, and the city run by women, and so on. Wheee! I remember it as being kitsch and fun and ridiculous, rather than groan-worthy. Also I wrote drawerfic for it at the age of eight.

Probe. I've talked about Probe before. It rocked, and I'm really happy that I have it on tape now. And I showed it to other people, and they liked it too, so it's obviously not just my nostalgia talking.

The Phoenix. Giggle-worthy. Wosshisname who played Absalom on X-Files played an alien with a Quest who unfortunately had a touch of amnesia. Also he was being hunted by ... some government organization. Also he got his powers from the sun. Also he made motorcycles jump police roadblocks. Whee!

Galactica: 1980. So bad. So, so bad. Bad to the gazillionth power. So ridiculous. With the time-travel and the villain trying to make the Nazis win WWII and flying motorcycles and invisble vipers and the excessively soft-focus child-genius. So bad it deserves to be immortalized on DVD and laughed at in perpetuity. It has one mildly redeemable episode: a flashback with Starbuck, who crash-landed on a planet and made friends with a Cylon.

Things I'm astonished are out on DVD:
Buck Rogers. Okay, I watched it. Even unto its second season, yea, when a character who had feathers for hair showed up. The lead actress changed hair color halfway through the show -- no big, except that it was partway through filming an episode. She's blond! She's brunette! She's blond again! Villains spontaneously come back to life! I wouldn't mind seeing bits of it again, even, if I were feeling in need of a laugh. But I had no idea that it had enough of a fan base to end up on DVD. (Plus Battlestar Galactica was way better.)

Planet of the Apes. Again, I watched it. And Roddy McDowall delivered an excellent performance. Really, though, it was h/c fic without enough of the c. I mean, Character A is kidnapped! The apes plan non-FDA approved scientific experimentation! With evil drugs! Characters B and C must save him! Next Friday, Character B will be kidnapped! And tortured to reveal the Human Conspiracy! Woe! I'm not saying it was worse than the other sf/f tv I watched (see above re: Knight Rider), but why does it get a full release on DVD when some of my favorites don't?

And of course I watched the usual suspects: Quantum Leap, the reason I kept expecting every episode of Sliders to end "oh, boy." Red Dwarf. Battlestar Galactica. The Prisoner, the show so baffling it prompted a Straight Dope answer (which is, btw, completely spoilerific, if you can spoil the end of The Prisoner). Star Trek: TOS.

I saw at least a few episodes of: The Bionic Woman -- which apparently doesn't have enough of a cult following to be out on DVD. I didn't care for it much, but I thought other people did. Lost in Space (obviously in syndication). The Incredible Hulk -- eh.

I actually never saw: the 1987 Beauty and the Beast, which I wish was out on DVD -- people tell me it was great fun.

You know, with a background that included both PotA and Battlestar Galactica, a girl could be forgiven for writing total melodrama.
eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
Also? The only reason I'm sad I don't have cable? Is Stargate: Atlantis. Because it looks like Stargate, but funnier! And all these authors that I find really interesting and fun to read are playing in it at once! On [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic! And I know only what I have absorbed through fannish osmosis! (Rodney McKay: researches stuff. Zelenka: in Rodney's lab. Major something-or-other Shepppard: Ancients gene, makes machines go. Elizabeth Weir: In Charge. Teyla: superpowers. Like that.) It makes me Sad.

I would never, ever try to find it in downloadable form, because that would be Wrong, and even if I did, it wouldn't do any good because my laptop? Still broken.

Wah. I could care less about Lost (not my type of show), but I wish I could see SGA.

The L-Word

Mar. 9th, 2005 12:25 pm
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
[livejournal.com profile] m_shell and I have been doing the tv-from-Netflix thing (fun! far, far cheaper than getting HBO and Showtime!) and recently received the first disk of The L-Word.

And. I mean, we've only watched the pilot so far but. Ugh. This has been getting rave reviews and called controversial and tons of people say they like it, but it's basically a soap opera with more sex. And lesbians.

And most of the sex we see isn't even queer! I mean, the pilot introduces us to (la la spoilers ahead la) a lesbian couple suffering bed death (that's not a stereotype or anything, nope) and a het couple with a really nice guy who have sex a couple times but then the girl is STOLEN AWAY by an EXOTIC LESBIAN. With an accent, yet. Just before her boyfriend proposes. Oh, and one can't forget Shane, the evil heart-breaking lesbian. Oh, or the way the LBD couple who want a kid try to trick a guy into making one of 'em pregnant even though neither one of 'em likes boys. Hey, that's some hot sex. Or not. A threesome with total ick. End result: more sex with boys in the pilot that sex with girls. What's up with that?

Notice that none of the lesbians who get to have sex is... a good person? (Actually, I didn't like any of 'em except one half of the couple and the straight guy, who was uber-nice, but somehow I don't think they're going to hook up. I mean, far be it from me to rule out ridiculous plot points in soaps, but that seems a bit too far.)

So, it's basically Sex and the City, except with lesbians. They sit around a table in a coffee shop and gossip a lot about who's having sex with whom. And about how you have to trim your pubic hair to have self-confidence. (As we all know, one cannot be self-confident without bodily modification.) Fun.

Actually, my personal favorite comment on it comes from this Netflix review. This fellow gave it five stars and said: "For all their brilliance, accomplishments, and fantastic careers, the characters on the show, when they aren't actually having sex, have nothing on their minds but lesbianism, the women they lust after, and their lesbian friends. Just as in real life, these lesbians run the gamut from very attractive to drop-dead gorgeous. Even the most masculinized of them are non-threatening, appealingly pouty tomboys. None of them are man-haters. If you want to see beautiful women kissing, flirting with, fantasizing about, and having sex with women (all tastefully done of course), this is the show for you."

It's like... lesbians are such a Weird Thing that surely all they do is Lesbianish. They don't ever, like, talk about politics, or about makeup (except how to use it to pick up girls), or about the World Series.

End grumpy Feminist-Queer Moment.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Personally, I'm sick of all this carving-of-mystic-sigils on people. Okay, I get that blood is all symbolic, and it's a sign that the ritual in question is evil and blah blah blah, plus it's an excuse to take Spike's shirt off (he's becoming like William Shatner in TOS; any excuse for toplessness happily capitalized on by writers). But it's all -- well, bloody. It's been overdone, and while I think Spike hurts pretty, I'm over it.

I think it would be much more fun to do your standard Mystic Sigils in chocolate body paint. Or even honey (which has the added benefit of being more liquid, thus allowing you to include the standard convention of "stay perfectly still"). Or watercolors or something. A nice Seurat-style set of Mystic Sigils would be tons of fun.

dS

Jan. 23rd, 2003 04:33 pm
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
I adore the dS2 soundtrack. Except for "Nobody's Girl," which makes me bless computer CD players with handy "never ever play this track again" features. Strangely, though, I seem to have misplaced the dS1 soundtrack. Hey, did I maybe loan it to any of y'all?

I hadn't looked for it for a while, because I was dSed-out, but recently I addicted [livejournal.com profile] m_shell, who's watching from the beginning and thinks Ray Vecchio is fabulous. She's always saying "no, look, he pretends to be such a bad ass, but for Fraser he's a marshmallow inside." Suddenly, I'm in the dS mood again. Chase scenes to Sarah McLachlan! Conversations in the closet! And with dead people! A TV show with magical realism! (At least in seasons 1+2; I don't think I'd call the anti-physicsness of season 3+4 magical realism exactly. Not that I'm badmouthing RayK. He's fab.) I couldn't wait until we got to VS to see the reactions of m_shell and my other housemate. And also because I suddenly realized I hadn't seen VS in ages.

Funnily enough, m_shell isn't sure she wants to keep watching after the second season, because I warned her than RayV is going away. I'm all "no, RayK is okay. Really." I hope t'god we don't recreate the Ray Wars in my own house. That would just be going too far.
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Buffy. I didn't want to slap anyone nearly as much.

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