bloodyrosemccoy: (Lobot!)
I wasn't planning to write this, mind you, but then this scene--set somewhere in the middle of The Force Awakens--showed up in a dream and then it WOULD NOT GO AWAY until I wrote it. So, you know. Blame the dream. And my current slight bout of hypomania, which is space-opera-themed. Y'all, I just finished the first Doctors! book's overhaul and I can already tell you that the sequel's gonna be EPIC.

But anyway. This had to come out first.

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Spoilers! )
bloodyrosemccoy: (Space Adventure!)
The Book: The Martian by Andy Weir, a breakaway hit. Maybe you've heard of it.

The Basics: Things have not gone well for the third manned mission to Mars. Just six sols into their thirty-sol mission, a dust storm threatens their ascent vehicle to such an extent that that they have to abort. But as they're fleeing to the vehicle, the storm takes out the communications array, and its collapse kills astronaut Mark Watney super fucking dead. Unable to go back for his body, the crew is forced to leave it behind. And thus, the crew is going to spend the ten-month trip back to Earth very dispirited.

But not nearly as dispirited as Watney is when he WAKES THE FUCK UP STRANDED ALONE ON MARS.

OH SHIT: Yeah, so, he may not be as dead as previously indicated.

So, What Now?: Obviously, Mark's situation is the definition of hopelessly dire: he's on a planet with a very thin atmosphere, enough food to last six people seventy days, living in basically a high-tech tent. It will be four years until anybody can rescue him, but because they think he's dead and he has no way to contact them and tell them otherwise, even that is a longshot. He's clearly going to die.

Except that Mark Watney is an awesome astronaut type person, so after his initial Oh Shit response, he immediately begins considering ways he can survive. Using resourcefulness, creativity, humor, and lots of math, he immediately gets to work making his impossible situation possible. Every time an obstacle is flung in his way, he figures his way around it with duct tape or potatoes or something, and you find yourself looking forward to finding out how he's going to get through THIS completely insurmountable mess.

Sometimes NASA Butts In: And the switch from Mark's first-person log entries to the third-person NASA bits is Weir's weakness. Those portions feel a little like a screenplay or script, and the characters seem a bit stock-Hollywood. One particular character, Mindy, does have an arc, but it's an oddly clunky one. Still, it's got some fun stuff--NASA's eventual realization that Something Is Up is pretty entertaining.

Favorite Bit Of Survivaling: The part where he builds water. Yes, he survives some more immediate and alarming things, true, although his water building is explosive as hell. But I just love that he can fucking BUILD WATER out of its components.

Space Place Book Club Time!: So for some reason a whole bunch of us Space Placers independently decided to start reading this last week. I did because my sister's been after me to read it. I think the others did because the movie is coming out. I waited to finish the book before watching the trailer. And while Matt Damon does not look at all like the Mark Watney in my head, hot DAMN I want to see the movie now.

In Conclusion: I am really pleased that OMGSCIENCE! is becoming so popular in media recently. Especially when the stories are as great as this one. I hope the pendulum doesn't swing away from this too fast, because I want more things like The Martian. Go check it out!


DISCUSSION QUESTION: Do Hindus really say "Oh, gods"? I appreciate him diversifying his cast, but I'm seriously wondering if that's a thing.

The FUTURE

Mar. 26th, 2015 09:43 pm
bloodyrosemccoy: (Science!)
So as a final going-away present, Mom'n'Dad decided that by god I needed to finally get me a Smart Phone.

I've been resisting for a while because I had a perfectly good tablet for doing apps and internetting, and a perfectly good Dumb Phone on which to make calls and text. And I really didn't (and still don't) like taking calls on a big rectangle. It just seemed annoying.

But, I had to concede, I was falling behind. And Dad really wanted me to be up to date, as my failure to smart phonify has been a thorn in his early-adopter side for years. So I was equivocal, eh, whatever, sure, why not ...

And then I got into the phone place and saw the smart watches.

"Hey, Dad," I said. "Um ..."

Dad looked at the watches, then looked at me.

"Well, might as well go all at once," he sighed.

So, uh, I have a smart watch now! And I can do fun stuff with it, like answer phone calls and text and check my schedule and email and get yelled at when I sit around for too long (thanks, fitness apps). And, uh, here's the thing:

I really, really like this dumb gadget.

Until I saw a couple of Space Place people sporting them, I had no idea that I had always wanted one. But I realized I absolutely HAD. They're ... they're Spacefuturey! They're neat and tiny and easy to carry! Now instead of yelling into a rectangle I'm getting hair/ear grease on, I can yell into my wrist like some kind of secret agent or Power Ranger!* And I feel a little like Turanga Leela, and of course she is pretty damn cool.

So yeah, I have gone over to the Dark Side.

I have no idea if these will catch on. But if others like them as much as I do, they just might.


*Still trying to figure out how to make it beep the Power Ranger communicator noise, because of course I am.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Venus By Air)
SO I SAW INTERSTELLAR Y'ALL.

I ... hmmm.

Um ...

Huh.

That sure was a movie, that was.

I guess I hadn't really considered the fact that, as a Christopher Nolan movie, the thing could conceivably be made entirely of climaxes. Or that, like pretty much all the Nolan movies I've seen, I'd come away not with a big picture, but a sort of composite of Things I Liked and Things I Didn't Like. And as far as the story goes, the bits I was interested in (I really love the humanistic message that we can transcend ourselves) were fused inextricably with bits that just kind of annoyed me (no, seriously, you are fucking with causality like you're a goddamn Star Trek episode).

It was overwrought. I got really tired of the long, drawn-out climaxes and Hans Zimmer's All-Heartstring Orchestra Score. It was a huge oversell. But then, it's not hard to sell me on OMG SPACE!--I already am all about going and checking it out.* However, I know a lot of The Public is not interested in "wasting" (FUCK YOU) money on space, so I hope it does what it was trying to and inspires some people who aren't so into our spacey future to rethink that stance, because getting to space is ultimately going to be necessary (and awesome) for us. Ultimately I think that's probably a good thing.

But, uh, for my money? Erik Wernquist's three-and-a-half-minute video Wanderers was far more inspiring than this three-hour blockbuster. I am glad others have been inspired by it. But me, I'll stick with those Wanderers.



(Although I may have shrieked in excitment when, almost at the end, Matthew McConaughey sees a thing. ) Those things are cool.)


*Though not with Mars One. WHO COULD HAVE GUESSED that Mars One's plans do not appear to be all that well-thought-out?
bloodyrosemccoy: (Space Madness)
So I finally got to Chanur's Legacy. I never read it before because honestly Hilfy was insufferable. And I stand by that assessment, though she seems to finally be getting the glimmer of a clue through her thick skull. And I do love getting deep into alien minds.

Definitely going to go on to Cherryh's other stuff, too--the Alliance/Union universe to find out Tully's context, and also I've got Foreigner here. (Tried to get into it once and never got very far.) But I'm wanting other sci-fi, too. Definitely on a kick. You nerds got any recommendations?


PS: LOOK AT THIS FUCKING COVER I FOUND. Suddenly I want to learn French just to find out what the everloving hell the translator who described Pyanfar THAT way to the illustrator was on about.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Bookstore Belle)
Rereading the Chanur Saga. This series is still awesome. And I love rereading because I pick up so many details I didn't notice before.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Change)
Playing through Starfox 64 3D (I love that title) again. I swear this game makes me SO HAPPY. You could just play the audio track of those darn kibitzing wingmen for me forever and it would probably kill any stress in my life.

I've said it before, but I'll say it again: more than a little of my sense of science fiction comes from this damn game. If you haven't played it, I highly recommend it. If you don't believe me, check out the trailer:



Poor Slippy. My brother liked the idea of him as the guy who wasn't innately talented but worked damn hard to get there. But that was the SNES version. The N64 version ... yeah, I can see where Honest Trailer Guy is coming from.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Boring Stories)
Had a couple of people tag me for that Book Meme that's been going around on Facebook. The idea is to pick 10 books that have stuck with you. Which is RIDICULOUS. Ten? Like all the other book dweebs before me, I have trouble narrowing down my list of a hundred favorite books. But I want to toss out a few. If I stop to analyze it anymore, I'll never actually get it done.

So! A random ten of the Books That Stuck With Me:

1. All I See Is Part Of Me, Chara M. Curtis, ill. Cynthia Alrdich - a picture book told in rhyme about the connection everyone has to Life, the Universe, and Everything. I love the illustrations, and it's a nice sentiment.

2. Matilda, Roald Dahl - yeah, you don't need me to explain more, do you? Book is great.*

3. Letters from the Earth, Mark Twain - an unfinished book, but a useful one for a secular kid who was just discovering that religion was a Thing and wanted to know if she was the only one who had noticed how bizarre it was.

4. The Belgariad/TheMalloreon/Belgarath the Sorcerer/Polgara the Sorceress, David Eddings - Yeah, I am including twelve books in one here, but as always, when you have a saga of books it makes sense to count them as one. God, I read this in junior high and it blew me away. It has its problems, but it also has Polgara, Belgarath, and Silk, who are fascinating characters, and one of my favorite author self-inserts of all time in the form of The Voice Of The Purpose Of The Universe. You know how everyone else seems to consider Middle-earth to be Standard Fantasyland? In my brain it's the world of the Belgariad.

5. Circle of Magic quartet, Tamora Pierce - The first I read of hers. Love the characters, the worldbuilding, and the magic system. I was also kind of a fan of the fact that three of the books' conflicts weren't about villains; they were about other problems, like natural disasters and plagues. That was different. And it was also one of the first Fantasyland stories I read with racially diverse characters, which was a revelation.

6. Bruce Coville's Book of Aliens, various - this was like Baby's First Sci-fi. The first Ray Bradbury story I ever read was in this book,** as was "To Serve Man" (Christ, I'm glad I read the story before seeing the Twilight Zone episode). It opened up vast and wonderful new worlds for me.

7. Our Mutual friend, Charles Dickens - one of the few classic books I really enjoyed from English class. It was funny, dammit!

8. Who Talks Funny? A Book About Languages For Kids, Brenda S. Cox - a nonfiction book taking one on a tour of the weirdnesses of language. One of the books that really got me on my path toward linguistics.

9. Room, Emma Donoghue - One of the few books that actually belongs in present tense. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, but the darn thing was in the book drop at the library one day and it got stuk to my face. It was just so darn interesting.

10. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien - My all-time favorite book. I could go on forever about it, but suffice to say, the adventure is great, and goddamn I relate to hobbits in general and Bilbo in particular. Making your hero just an average middle-class schmuck without making him annoying is almost impossible. Tolkien pulled it off perfectly.


There you have it! I've been considering doing a weekly retrospective of books that made an impression on me (I HAVE LOTS), but I am incredibly lazy and so it may not get done. Perhaps I will find the follow-through now. But either way, y'all are welcome to do this meme too if you're interested!


*I'm surprised at how many people from my generation fondly remember that godawful MOVIE of Matilda I was infuriated at it. Regardless, Mara Wilson is great and I will hear no ill spoken of her.

**My favorite, "The Veldt," I found in a book from a school program called Junior Great Books like a year later. That story just creeped me right the hell out. And I felt super smart for realizng that the holodeck nursery symbolized television. That one was the beginning of my long love/hate relationship with Bradbury.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Moongazing)
Still getting used to my new Space Place schedule,* but by god I'm having a great time. Got to play with the dome theater today--you know, the big motion-sick domes that can give you some great night sky tours. You can tour the solar system and get 3D From Space views of all the planets and moons and little space greebles and a few of the stars floating around out there, or you can do sky views from any of the aforementioned things. Or you can show their orbits. And while they default to real time, you can run them to any length of time. You can mark all the constellations and then charge hundreds of thousands of years into the future till they've scrambled into unrecognizable scribbles, or you can head out to Rigel and render them unrecognizable thataway.** Or you can stand on Mars and watch Phobos and Deimos do their weird little zigzag, or watch Jupiter change phases from Europa.

And then I found a bug.

I wanted to see how the Earth looked from Tranquility Base, and how its phases might change over the course of the month. SO I set up the simulation, cranked the digital dial, and--

--the Earth started moving.

Not, like, the wiggly changes you'd expect. Darn thing was cruising from horizon to horizon. I don't know how much you nerds know about tide-locking, but, uh, it's not supposed to do that. It's supposed to hang in the sky and change phases. We have whole lessons devoted to how the Moon faces the Earth, dangit. And now I'd gone and broken the moon.

Naturally, as this was like Day 3 of me using the dome, I figured this was a user error. SO I asked The Boss about it, and he did everything right, and--god dammit, the Earth was still moving.

It took us a while to figure out why. Finally we realized that the dial we were using to speed up time also moved us around on the surface of the Moon. The other dials, like the daily one I used when watching Mars's moons or Jupiter's phases, leave you in one place, but the yearly one sends the viewer's location just zooming all over the place.

"I think you found a bug!" The Boss said. "I'll talk to the computer guy about this!"

"I HOPE it's a bug," I said. "I really don't want to have broken it."

Really, though, I'm sort of stupidly pleased that knowing a bit about astronomy actually made me savvy to the problem. Plus, we managed to finagle a way around it so I still got to see the Earth phases. And now it's Somebody Else's Problem, so I'm left with nothing but smugness. Good times.


*For example, I keep forgetting when it's Tuesday, so my [livejournal.com profile] torn_world updates have suffered. Sorry, Ellen!

**An experience that holds sentimental value for me after reading all those sci-fi books where the seasoned space captains lament that they're so far from Earth they don't even have constellations anymore.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Weirdos)
MOM: What are your plans for tonight?

ME: Try to TAKE OVER THE WORLD Got me a new novel to read!

MOM: What's that?

ME: It's called Parasite, it's a science fiction novel, and I will stop there because I suspect that's all you want to know.

MOM: You totally get me.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Xenofairies)
What I Learned Since The Summer Solstice

  • It was totally the gallbladder, y'all.

  • Doctors are totally just making up estimated recovery times for surgeries.

  • The worst part about recovering from surgery is how it fucks up your brain.

  • When your iPod breaks down and forces you to back up its entire library, it may be foreshadowing.

  • Edgar Rice Burroughs didn't just write about Mars; he also wrote about all the other planets. Guy was MANIC.

  • The ghost in Mama, who gets a bad rap for its unconvincing CG, is in fact for the most part played by Javier Botet, an actual guy with a terrible debilitating congenital disease called Marfan Syndrome. I have to hand it to Botet for making a miserable situation work for him. "Disease," he says, "It is not you who owns me; it is I who own you."

  • Paul Verhoeven's entire commentary track for Starship Troopers consists of him and Edward Neumeier exasperatedly pointing out that the message of the film is "Nazis are bad"--something Verhoeven, growing up in the Netherlands during WWII, was personally aware of. But apparently the only part of that thesis critics heard was "NAZIS!" * At least it made for an entertaining commentary.

  • Boötes is supposed to represent a herdsman. It always looked like a kite to me.

  • My name, "Amelia," was the #1 name for baby girls in the UK in 2011. I strongly suspect that this fresh crop of little Amelias is a direct result of Doctor Who.

  • You can collect tokens at national parks and historic sites and things! HOLY SHIT Y'ALL ROAD TRIP VIDEO GAME.

  • Ebay purchases can be supremely entertaining.

  • Too much enthusiasm for CrossFit can make your muscles melt and your kidneys explode and then you die. The irony is palpable.

  • Before Super Mario Bros. 2 was famously not a Super Mario title, it was actually being developed as ... a Super Mario Bros. title. I guess it didn't pan out. And then it did.

  • That baffling -ject morpheme that shows up in so many words and that I've always meant to look up is from the Latin word iaciō, meaning "throw" or "cast."

  • "Augie's Great Municipal Band," that fun song during the parade at the end of The Phantom Menace, is a bouncy, upbeat version of the Emperor's terrifying theme song. Which is actually kind of awesome.

  • Anesthesia, man. It's WHACK.

  • French cliticizes its pronouns, which is both far less dirty and far more interesting to me than it might sound.

  • For weird legal reasons, Idaho owns the top 39 feet of Jackson Lake, which is apparently a thing you can do.

  • Fishing vests are the way to go, man.

  • Book lice are not actually lice, nor do they feed exclusively on books, which I found out when a few of them showed up to chew on a secretly moldy basket in my bathroom. Little creeps.

  • The main character in H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy is a bit more Sam Elliott than his reboot counterpart, and that is also pretty awesome.

  • There is an actual linguistic term for Talking Like Donald Duck.  It is called buccal speech, on account of the air is in your cheeks, not your larynx, when you do it.**

  • I now know how to identify a barn swallow!

  • Bookstores categorically hate self-published writers.

  • Colorful umbrellas are apparently an intolerable challenge to the masculinity of male pheasants. Female pheasants, of course, could not care less about the umbrellas.

  • Those individual servings of cake-inna-mug you can make with standard cake mix and a microwave are DELICIOUS.

  • Breaded fish is better than battered when you are making fish and chips.


*Which is ridiculous. Well, the whole movie is ridiculous, but I can't believe anyone would miss the sarcasm dripping off its propaganda reels.

**Assuming you can do it.  I sure as hell can't get any phonemes out except for some kind of lateral fricative.  Clarence Nash was a goddamn genius.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Hey!  Listen!)
Hey, dudes!

My friend the English teacher is trying to figure out what kind of science fiction books to teach to her 9th graders. She is not well-versed in science fiction herself, so she was wondering about my ideas. I came up with the list below. However, as you can probably guess from the list, I'm not really good at gauging age-appropriateness (or, equally important around here, Mormon-appropriateness, which explains a lot of my "dude, there's swear words here" warnings)--I figured I'd give her some broad outlines and she could take it from there. I also am not sure how Classic or Literary she wants them to be, so I included a few just plain fun pieces. I also tried to steer clear of the somewhat more obscure like CJ Cherryh's Chanur Saga or Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars books or Poul Anderson's anything--I'd have read them in 9th grade, but probably they wouldn't work for a class. And I know there have got to be more. So! Care to help?

I've got to say, giving brief outlines of books is surprisingly difficult. I wonder how those back-of-the-book writers do it.

Also, I totally forgot to steer her toward Edgar Rice Burroughs and Douglas Adams. God DAMMIT.

Amelia's Sci-Fi For 9th Graders, As Emailed To Her Buddy )

So! That's my list! Anyone want to add any?

ETA: Dammit, also forgot Ringworld! I have no idea how 9th graders would react to that one.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Venus By Air)
The Basics: They went looking for stuff. And then they were surprised when they found it.

You Are About To Read A Comment About Framing Devices. Here It Comes: Europa Report runs into another trap in the mockumentary genre I claim to like so much: over-framing. The movie feels like a really long first act, with a lot of inexplicably nonlinear storytelling, crazily over-edited camera shots, and redundant narration. You know, that voiceover giving you really USEFUL information. "You're about to see a bunch of footage from the Europa mission. Here it is now. The footage, I mean. So this is the footage we were watching, too. And now you're watching it. About a trip. To Europa."

Even the exciting climax, in which that one thing happens, ) is immediately dulled by their ground crew PR lady helpfully summarizing what we just saw.

It would be like the buildup in the original Alien being twice as long, and then John Hurt decides to stick his face in a giant alien egg, and the facehugger springs out and gets all violatey and then--we cut to some Weyland or Yutani telling the camera, "In that fateful moment, John Hurt totally stuck his face in an alien egg zone, and then a big ugly thing jumped out and attached itself to his helmet. Boy, that sure scared us when we watched the footage! Anyway, movie's over." And then the credits roll, leaving you wondering where the rest of the story went. It was disappointing, is what I'm saying.

Robot Roll Call: It felt rather like one of any dozen 50's sci-fi B-movies featured on MST3k. Right down to the international crew's roll call. That made me laugh.

A Thing I Liked: The science was cool, though. I especially liked that the characters never turned into the hysterical idiots you usually find in these movies. They were Doing Science, dangit, and they were professionals. So refreshing.

Another Thing I Liked: There's a part when another thing happens. ) That was pretty excellent. But then nobody mentions it again and it doesn't really build from there, and that is disappointing.

An Actor I Liked: It's good to see the Ice Truck Killer getting work. (An ENTIRE PLANET of ice! IT IS LIKE HEAVEN!) He has a really interesting face.

Overall: I was hoping for more.

ALSO: Not even Mind-Blowing Genre-Defying Indie Movies are immune from basic movie rules. Never show anyone a photo of your loved ones back home. Unless you're feeling suicidal.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Bat Signal)
Today's Discussion Question:

Show of hands, people. Did anyone else here besides me just not like Ender's Game? I'm not talking about the prevalent opinion of "Love the book. Shame about the author's raging douchenozzlery," which is a totally fair opinion to have. I'm talking about just being ragingly, compulsively unimpressed by the book itself.

I read it back in junior high, see. I think it was before I knew that Orson Scott Motherfucking Card was an unmitigated jackass, but I can't be entirely sure, since he's also a big source of pride for Utah and for a while he wrote a column for the Deseret News, the conservative Mormon paper around here.* I do recall getting a sense that he was a jerk from the book, but a poll of my classmates (we read it for class--Utah pride, remember) told me that nobody else got that sense,** and I've met a lot of cool folks since then who also didn't get that vibe.

But anyway, the upshot is that Ender's Game has always left me cold. I did not like or care about the characters. I did not really care about their fear of aliens, or their Battle Room strategies, or the kids' petty squabbles, or Val and Peter's Blogging For Change campaign. I spotted the twists before they happened and just thought the fact that Ender didn't made him seem kind of dim. The only thing I really liked was the revelation of the buggers' Oh Shit Moment when they realized they'd made a grievous assumption--and that was mostly an aside.

I know a lot of folks love it--pretty much everyone I talk to. So I'm just wondering--did anybody else have this response? Or was it just me?


*I'm not sure if he still does; frankly, I don't feel like looking it up.

**This doesn't prove anything, though, since some years later in high school only a select few of my classmates picked up on the fact that the chapter in Dickens' Our Mutual Friend in which the terrifyingly intense creepy stalker dude confesses to the hapless object of his desires that he is pretty literally crazy for her and he wants--and DESERVES!--to live inside her skin and breathe her breaths or somesuch was not supposed to be SWOONINGLY ROMANTIC. In retrospect, that discussion was a pretty good predictor of the success of Twilight.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Venus By Air)
Rereading the Old Man's War series. I now suddenly very much want Zoë Boutin-Perry and Dairine Callahan to get together and compare notes.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Venus By Air)
Just finished The Human Division. DAMMIT SCALZI WHY YOU GOTTA LEAVE ME HANGIN'

So, yeah, awesome and funny and dammit I want more. So far always true with him.

I am also hoping that it'll make the episodic format of Doctors! easier for publishers to swallow. I've been worried about that for years.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Planets)
So Discovery aired a kind of sequel to Mermaids: The Body Found last week, and just like when the first one came out last year, and with that dragon one some years back, it raises an important and intriguing question:

Dude, am I the only one who thought it was just a really fun sci-fi mockumentary?

The only opinions I've really seen are "OMG I'M CONVINCED MERMAIDS R TOTALLY REAL AND THE GOVERNMENT IS COVERING IT UP" and "TRICKERY! This is naught but a HOAX you fools! It is trashy TV to ensnare unwary minds!" It's like for this particular series people forget that speculative fiction is a thing. Admittedly the documentary format is more prone to being misunderstood than your standard SyFy Original or blockbuster,* but c'mon. They are not trying to tell us The Truth, or to confuse the masses with falsehood. They are being creative and playing with science and story.

Anyway, I was kind of disappointed with the follow-up. I really liked the first one--I'm a total sucker for grain-of-science mockumentaries like that. And given that my school biology notes were covered with speculative attempts to design biologically viable, evolutionarily plausible mammalian mermaids (who are going to show up in OGYAFE 2: Electric Boogaloo), or fungal Mushroom People (y'know, the Super Mario ones), or plant-based fairies (like, say, Terwu'arie from Scatterstone), I would say that shouldn't be a surprise. I love making up critters. Hell, the game Spore was just an extension of what I've been doing all along. Only I do it more thoroughly.

But I am also a sucker for speculative anthropology.** So while the ~*~mysteeeerious mystery*~* of cryptozoology was fun, and I do rather enjoy creepy "found" footage, I would have preferred more of a staight-up metafictional study of their evolution and culture. As long as this IS fiction, I do wish they'd carry the story further. Public discovery, contact, language, all that shit that people think doesn't work as entertainment--I would watch the HELL out of that. ("Since making contact with the merfolk, Dr. Dirk Squarejaw has been living on his boat in the open ocean, studying their lifestyle. He filmed the whole thing. Here are some of the highlights." I WOULD WATCH THAT. I might even skip watching 7 Or 8 Assholes And Mister Rogers, if the two shows were in the same time slot. God, TV is so much cooler in my head.)

... Actually, come to think of it, that was pretty much my wish for Avatar, too. But you knew that.


RANDOM POINTLESS COMPLAINT: It kind of annoys me that they kept referring to the entire species as "mermaids." I hereby propose we come up with a good sex-unspecific term for merpeople that isn't as cumbersome as, y'know, "merpeople."


*Their big mistake was tossing in the Government Coverup. If you're a conspiracy theorist, any debunking of that is only further proof that the debunker is PART OF THE CONSPIRACY. There is no way to argue with the claim that "they had to present it as fiction because otherwise the government/Illuminati/lizard people would have completely crushed it."

**Or anthropoidology, I guess.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Xenofairies)
Dad finally worked up the nerve to watch Prometheus. That movie gets more absurd every time I watch it.

Dad, however, was determined to Figure It Out. I told him my theory about the Engineers,* which is moot because I'm still not convinced that this was, in fact, an Alien movie. Dad decided that the other movies make a lot more sense when you realize that the xenomorphs are engineered bioweapons. We further figured that they had all SORTS of fun things going on in those goo-canisters, although for the life of us we can't figure out what the point of the glop that makes one guy disintegrate into mold while the girlfriend he had sex with C-sections out a squiddy little Just Plain Hugger would be.

The upshot, though, is that now he wants to watch the other Alien movies, so we caught Aliens last night. And possible Prometheus subtexts aside, watching Forklift Ripley vs. Alien Queen is always time well-spent.


*Namely, that not all of them see eye-to-eye. See, the guy at the beginning "seeded" our planet or whatever with human DNA in direct defiance of his buddies, who were not so keen on having another intelligent race who might challenge them. You know. LIKE PROMETHEUS DID. So he was all for creating humanity, and they ... were less interested and decided to wipe us out. I have no idea why it took them so long to get their shit together. Physics?

Doll Update

Mar. 2nd, 2013 11:56 pm
bloodyrosemccoy: (Daja)
I've always had a few accessories I've really wanted for Daja. Her staff, for one, and her suraku--that is, her survival kit. Those were pretty important, and I managed to put them together pretty well.

But I also really wanted her skates. They play a pretty big role in Cold Fire, and I think as a doll she's maybe 14, which is right at the time she'd be using them. But while I could make a staff and I could find a good little chest online to work as the suraku, making doll-size strap-on ice skates was a bit more of a challenge.

Fortunately, I don't have to. American Girl heard me!

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No, seriously, they came out with a pair of strap-on skates for their new historical, Caroline, that were EXACTLY what I was wanting to get Daja. It's a damn lucky coincidence for me.

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Okay, they're a bit of a cheat--Daja's got long feet (although the pointy toe of the boot doesn't help). But I am not going to be terribly picky about my 1/3-scale historically accurate non-boot ice skates.

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In other news, I also made a jumpsuit for Rocket! She can totally hang out at the shipyard, or perhaps any satellites of love that happen by, and she'll fit right in.

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And while her universe isn't QUITE the Star Wars universe, it still makes for a pretty good flightsuit for her piloting ventures. Or any Jedi-ing she might feel like doing.

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Rocket has the most fun hair ever. I love finding new colors to add to it, but I think the pink-and-rainbow look is my favorite.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Brain Guy)
Season 4 Fringe Binge accomplished! We had to plow through it quickly on account of my sister is taking off to California tomorrow to live with my brother and find a job in a place that is not Utah. So we had to finish quickly.

I have yet to see anything from Season 5, though I've managed to osmosify a rough sense of what has happened so far. Still, having just come off the Season 4 finale, here's what I have to say:

Casual Spoilers! )

-And spoiler free: I know this isn't where the show is going, but I just want to put it out there that I would TOTALLY watch a version of the show in which September just abandoned all pretense and joined the Fringe team. It's a proven TV fact: when pale bald omniscient Observers team up with mad scientists, the winner is us, the viewing public.

Seriously, guys, you've already established alternate timelines. SPINOFF. MAKE IT HAPPEN.

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