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: (Lobot!)
EEEEEEEE


bloodyrosemccoy: (Xenofairies)
What I've Learned Since The Spring Equinox

  • In an early script for The Little Mermaid Ursula was supposed to be Triton's sister. It kinda shines through.

  • Lily Tomlin played Miss Frizzle in the Magic School Bus show.

  • Annie Jump Cannon, who developed stellar classification, was ridiculously super-focused. She would spend each day painstakingly going through stars and categorizing them with spectroscopy. As someone who enjoys that sort of tedious infosifting, I am always glad when someone else who likes doing that gets recognized.

  • The modern white greasepaint clown look was invented by Joseph Grimaldi in the late 18th Century. I'd curse his name, but without him we wouldn't have the greatest comic book villain ever, so I salute you, you creepy clown!

  • Literary agents like to play musical agencies, so you're never sure which agency you've queried and which agent.

  • It turns out the "Augie's Great Municipal Band" song from The Phantom Menace was NOT intended to be a bouncy upbeat foreshadowing version of the Emperor's theme. I find this extremely disappointing. Here I was all "That's BRILLIANT!" and it was just a coincidence. The few points I give to the prequels must be deducted again.

  • Io's crazy volcanic activity is all due to the gravitational free-for-all between Jupiter and Jupiter's other big moons.

  • The latest theory about why lunar maria are only on the near side of the moon is that the moon was quickly tide-locked to Earth after they split, and the still-molten Earth kept the rock vaporized and blew things like aluminum to the far side of the moon and thus made the crust thicker. So it was a lot easier for the near side's crust to crack and bleed out the lava that hardened into those basaltic plains.

  • Handwriting is part of the Utah core curriculum--because of the neurological and developmental benefits. This is apparently unusual.

  • The great battle between British and French food hinges entirely on the quality of ingredients. The better your ingredients, the less need you have to complicate them with sauces and so forth. Rich People Food used to be blank chunks of meat. The Garbage Parts Of The Food only got popular as Rich People Food after everyone figured out how to make them good.

  • Antarctica's elevation is pretty high, bro.

  • Chainmaille weaving is hard on your back muscles.

  • The night sky on a planet inside a globular cluster would be pretty dang bright.

  • One of the most fun things to do with liquid nitrogen is to dump it out when you're done demonstrating its uses. POOF!

  • Balloons do not scare me if they are only partially blown up.

  • A lot of Catullus's poems were basically old-timey versions of hip-hop grudges.

  • The original difference between ginger beer and ginger ale is that ginger beer is brewed, with yeast and so forth, and ale is ginger syrup in carbonated water. That's the original difference. Nobody cares anymore, though.

  • The hipster soda section of the supermarket is terribly fun.

  • I can make an awesome rose ginger lemon soda, but it must be drunk within a week or two or it will turn beery.

  • There is such a thing as conductive thread. So you can sew LEDs into your clothing!

  • Astronomy dome theaters have great models of the skies of all sorts of other planets. You can watch Jupiter's phases from Europa, for crying out loud!

  • Unsurprisingly, nerds who work on the slides for spherical screens are more than willing to abuse their power. Science On A Death Star!

  • Sometimes you can take a chance with a new job and it turns out TOTALLY AWESOME.

bloodyrosemccoy: (Lobot!)
Oh, hey, it's Star Wars Day! Hope y'all remembered to leave ration bars out for Yoda's Force-ghost so he'd leave Star Wars LEGO sets and action figures in the pockets of your Jedi robes!
bloodyrosemccoy: (Lobot!)
GUYS, GUYS, I'VE HAD AN AMAZING THOUGHT.

WHAT IF GEORGE LUCAS KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING THE WHOLE TIME?

I mean, maybe somehow his deal with the devil meant he could see the future, or at any rate he still had some hope for his own sequels, so back in the early 90s he knew that Disney would eventually scrap the Expanded Universe, which even though it's full of silly shit has some fun stuff in it.* So he decided to spare the fans the angst of losing all that, while still allowing for sequels which didn't follow it.

But how to do it?

Why, by splitting the timeline, of course! And this was back before that was the rad thing to do, so the guy was a visionary.

And he could do it. He had the upcoming Special Editions. All he had to do was make one little change to them. Something that represented an actual character choice, that might split off the universes, but wouldn't take too much from the sacred movies themselves. So he made it a tiny thing, something that had a few reverberations through the rest of the Special Edition Trilogy (like who was hired to do the floorshow at Jabba's palace, etc.), but that he naively hoped wouldn't even register with fans.

That's right.

George Lucas split the timelines by altering who shot first.

TAKE THAT, NERDS. GEORGE LUCAS HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY TO PRESERVE MARA JADE AND THE SOLO KIDS AND THRAWN, AND ALL YOU DO IS BITCH ABOUT IT. FOR SHAME.

And that's my crazy conspiracy theory for the night.


*What? I like the Solo kids! At least, I did before ... well, that's a whole other Sarlacc Pit, isn't it.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Lobot!)
Can I just tell you how much I still love the Amazon Customer Review Comedy Troupe? Especially the Q&A section.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Lobot!)
So they've found that there's water in Martian soil, but that it'll take some processing to actually get to it. Well, that'll be handy once we get up there and start to HOLY SHIT WAIT A SECOND.

MOISTURE FARMERS. The water is eventually going to have to be extracted by MOISTURE FARMERS.

That's right. We are one step closer to living in a Star Wars universe.

God DAMN, science is good.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Fangirling)

Disney Princess Leia by ~bewareitbites on deviantART

I ... actually kind of love this.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Movie Sign)
Have y'all BEEN to Disneyland? There has been Star Wars all up in that shit for years. AND IT HAS BEEN AWESOME.

Also, I will not be joining the howling over the prospect of Episode VII. I am zen in the knowledge that I already have the correct Star Wars series safely stored on nine Laser Discs, and the master copy of the actual canon is already in my head. So you just do your thing, Disney and Lucas, for YOU CANNOT TOUCH ME.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Daja)
Been watching this whole Racist Hunger Games fiasco* with some fascination, since the Obligatory Giant Young Adult Fantasy Epic I'm actively trying to sell has a black protagonist and almost no white characters at all. And, because everything is always all about me, suddenly I started wondering where the hell I picked up the habit of diversifying characters in speculative fiction.

I really shouldn't have. I am white, living in a community that is so overwhelmingly white it glows in the dark, and thanks to our broken world I could comfortably blunder through life without ever considering other races. I could easily assume all the people in books look like me. I'd like to say I lost such a habit because of my own innate sense of fairness, or even the obsessive-compulsive tendencies that make me leery of generalizations, but the truth is that I changed for two external reasons. One was a number of books by excellent authors (Daja from Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series was an eye-opener, as was the entire cast of Nancy Farmer's The Ear, The Eye, And The Arm. I wish I'd had more access/presence of mind to seek out authors of color, but it was a start).

The other was Lando Calrissian.

See, I read a lot of the Star Wars Expanded Universe as a kid. Books have unlimited special effects and casting budgets, so the number of characters in the Star Wars universe increased exponentially. And since I was an obsessive-compulsive little kid, I realized that Lando Calrissian was probably not the only black human in that universe. Naturally, there had to be others.**

So I, in my pragmatic kid way, simply started randomly designating some humans in the Expanded Universe--both good and evil--as black. Or other races that weren't my own. It turned into a habit, one that I carried over into other books, although some didn't let me do that as well. (Star Wars is easy because you can assume a lot of diversity among humans who are spread across the galaxy. It's harder to diversify characters in tiny isolated fantasy kingdoms that are obviously Europe in disguise, but not impossible.) And from there, it carried over into my writing.

The Hunger Games Tweets may be discouraging, but I think it's definitely possible to get rid of that default-to-White mentality. Come on, everyone, let's extrapolate from Lando. He can't be the only dark-skinned human in the universe, right?


*Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] childthursday for the link!

**This was before the prequels added any, remember.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Old Spice Onna Horse)
Ahh, post-holiday crash time. It was great to have my brother here, but when it’s for a visit, and when it’s the holidays, it’s also exhausting. (He seemed pretty tired by the end of the week, too.) On the other hand, going back to routine means going back to getting yelled at by angry patients or showing clueless patrons how to use the Scary New DVD Dispensinators.* Maybe I’ll stick with the exhausting holidays.

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MY SISTER: Whoa! Where’d Christmas go?!

ME: I don’t know. I woke up this morning and it had vanished. It’s like we got the Grinch a week late.

MY SISTER: Dude, if the Grinch had waited a week to steal Christmas, can you imagine how much those Whos would’ve paid him to do that very thing?

ME: Sure, the business is seasonal, but it’s quite lucrative!

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At least I can get the sewing machine up and running again now the tree is down. Rocket needs clothes—and fortunately, I have a whole wardrobe planned out for her. I may have to start with her nightshirt, since it’s pajama time at the Treehouse. But I’m looking forward to making her a flight suit. Not to mention shiny clothes. Lightning bolts all the way, baby!

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Speaking of dolls, I hereby decree that American Girl needs to quit bundling accessories in with big old furniture items. 2012’s unappealing Girl of the Year has a whole batch of little thingy-things that can only be gotten if you drop a chunk of money on her big loft bed. This time around I’m not really devastated—none of those items really catch my interest—but it’s an obnoxious trend. And it was rather frustrating a couple years ago when you could only get Lanie’s nifty cooking gear and food items if you bought her FORTY-POUND TRAILER CAMPER. Yeah, I may have a strange love for doll-sized accessories, but give me a break here.

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Just found out why that sad bloodhound next door hasn’t been howling lately: she fell over dead a couple weeks ago. I’m gonna miss that dog.

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Aside from the epic movie-watching experience of both Real Star Wars and Dumb Star Wars,** my brother finally got me to watch Memento, the inside-out and backwards movie. Stylistically it was a fun movie, enough to get past the idea that Everybody Is An Asshole just because figuring out the precise nature of everyone’s assholery still made it entertaining.

But the part I had really wanted to see was how they portrayed the concept of an acute case of anterograde amnesia. Leonard keeps insisting that he doesn’t have amnesia, but what he means is he doesn’t have Hollywood amnesia. Science-types note that Memento is one of just two movies that accurately portray a real form of amnesia. (The other? Finding Nemo.)

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I haven’t forgotten that y’all want the recipe for the awesome pizza I made the other night. And as soon as I figure out how the hell I made it, I’ll let you know.

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Fortunately, I have saved Skyward Sword for the post-holiday crash. Off to start that now.


*My sister has convinced me to watch Phineas and Ferb. That show should NOT be as damn entertaining as it is. I feel like some kind of Brony now.

**Mom on Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi: "He reminds me of a lot of the nuns I had in Catholic school."
bloodyrosemccoy: (N64)
The reason y'all haven't seen me in a few days is that I've had family things going on. Specifically, my brother is home, and so we have spent the last few days watching ALL THE STAR WARS. And when we watch things, we watch the hell out of them.

Also I am in the midst of the traditional Holiday Video Game Binge. I am saving Skyward Sword for after the appetizer, Super Mario 3D Land. Guys, I think we're doomed: the Goombas are getting smarter. I may be a while.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Lobot!)
To the long list of reasons why I don’t plan to be a parent, you can add the fact that I’d probably mess this up, too:



These are the important things one must consider when having kids.


ETA: The quote is from Jon Stewart on his four-year-old son's tastes. Gonna take some deprogramming to fix that.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Lobot!)
May the Fourth be with you!
bloodyrosemccoy: (WOO SCIENCE)
SCIENCE explains more of Star Wars! (Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] prodigal!)

My contribution was to explain “It’s the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs!” That’s easy. See, the Kessel Run is a route that takes you past the Maw, which is a cluster of black holes.* You don’t want to get too close, because once you get to a point where your escape velocity can’t overcome the gravity, you’re pretty much boned. But the Falcon was so fast that Han managed to shave serious distance off his route by taking a shortcut closer to the black holes BECAUSE HIS SHIP IS SO FAST HE CAN ESCAPE IT. SCIENCE.

The stormtroopers, though … I coulda told them to take the helmets off. Faceless inhuman bad guys are easier to kill. Fits in perfectly with my firm belief that zombies should be utilized only as minions of the Dark Lord in stories, so you can hack through them without thinking about the mass murder. ([livejournal.com profile] ursulav pointed out that Nazi zombies are even easier to kill for just that reason.) Same goes for robots, insectoids, golems, Shy Guys, and anyone from the cast of Grey’s Anatomy. Then you can fire away. But Dave the Stormtrooper? A lot harder to kill.


*This is true, as explained by the parts of the Expanded Universe I do accept as canon!
bloodyrosemccoy: (Lobot!)
Snagged from Geek King And God, Wil Wheaton, just a little late for Star Wars Day:



Y’all, I fucking recognize a lot of that footage. I should really not be admitting this, but I trust you nerds.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Kiss Leia's Ass)
You know, I’ve had two different conversations recently that came up independently on the subject of the Jedi, and both conversations seem to have come to the same conclusion: that, Force-wielding smackdown abilities notwithstanding, Yoda was full of shit.

My brother has long complicated arguments for this involving the Jedi Council and backstory and centuries of interference, but me, I think I can boil it down to Yoda’s approach to that one all-important character-defining moment, the Scary Tree.

I mean, first he tells Luke that war and killing suck and also to never acknowledge his natural reactions and impulses because they’re the Dark Side. To prove his point he he sends Luke into the Scary Tree and is all, “Yes, full of evil this tree is, but also only what you bring with you will you find, so disregard the first part of this sentence you should” or something and Luke is like “Well, fine, then, what I’m bringin’ with me is mah lightsaber,” and then he meets his own inner Dark Side and is young and dumb and decides that he shouldn’t waste time considering that and just kills it dead. Then Yoda’s like, “Failed, you have” and Luke’s all “DUDE YOU JUST TOLD ME TO SQUASH MY NEGATIVE EMOTIONS.”

But then Luke decides that the lesson is that you should examine the Dark Side and find a way to own your darkness and becomes all wise and figures he’ll try it Yoda’s peacenik way and just reason with Darth Vader, and Yoda’s like “NO JUST STAB HIM YOU PROBABLY SHOULD.”

Not to mention the whole “Do, or do not. There is no try.” Kevin J Anderson tried his damndest to make this a useful lesson, but I don’t know that Yoda actually meant “You learn from failures too.” I honestly think the crazy little frog went senile some 500 years ago.

Anyway, this has no bearing on the fact that Luke is one of my heroes. But Yoda? He should probably go teach gym or something.

Bulletry

Mar. 27th, 2010 03:14 am
bloodyrosemccoy: (Lobot!)
- I tell you, there is nothing like the pointless futzing of Wind Waker to put one in a pleasant stupor. I think some game designer went mad with power and made a game composed entirely of side quests, and somebody forcibly injected a couple of temples in there just so gamers could get their bearings. You can spend hours just wandering around on the ocean dredging up treasure boxes. And every time you get a New Item you gotta make the round of islands again to see if it'll do anything. It's GREAT.

- I finally got my hands on a copy of The Lando Calrissian Adventures. I never understood quite why Lando was the forgotten character. I was always kind of impressed with the way he behaved when pushed into a corner in Empire—it’s not particularly savory, but selling out some guy you’ve never heard of to protect your entire city is a pragmatic call, the lesser of two evils. And when Vader starts to make the lesser of two evils just as evil as the greater one, he tries diplomacy, and when that fails him, he takes the gonzo option.

Also, he destroyed the second Death Star. Yes, I realize that Luke had already done one, but I don’t think the destroyed planets would have cared if the Death Star was old meme.

- Speaking of crazy space adventures, I have figured out another reason writers make series—they have too damn many plots to fit into one book. So even though I plan to concentrate on the OGYAFE after Doctors! gets squared around, I may have to scribble a few things about Dweiji and the Princess, since we have achieved a Plot, and maybe even a Sequel. Hell, that might be more marketable than Doctors!, because even though it’s in the same universe, it’s your basic garden variety Crazy Space Adventure. (People wonder why I love space opera—it’s because this genre's “garden variety” garden contains shit like crystal plants and Grovebacks and such.)

- One more thing on science fiction, and it’s definitely a Bad Sign: I also have picked up the urge to actually write some of those alien-written paperbacks Dweiji keeps in her ship. Yes. I now want to write AU fic—not fic in an alternate universe, but stuff that counts as fiction in my alternate universe. YES I AM CRAZY.

- In Making Stuff News, I think I’ve worked out a way to make Kuen’s tablet—basically, a computer for someone with different aesthetics. And I am hoping the sewmonster bites me again soon, because I have a boatload of projects to do. I’m going to try at least to get something done for Daja before her birthday.

- I have found another good fall-asleep thing in my iPod: language tapes. The weird thing is, I hate listening to people talking on the radio when I'm awake. It's distracting and somehow unsettling. But when I'm not trying to do anything and have the voices on low, it's nice. Background noise or something.

- I’m wondering if my recent lethargy is related to a lack of proper food. I seem to get this regularly. I’ll see if once again recalibrating my diet so that it isn’t mostly pizza bagels and Girl Scout cookies helps.

And now to quit procrastinating and get my ass back into Doctors! I should be done by now, dammit.
bloodyrosemccoy: (Movie Sign)
Hokay, here’s what I got so far. (Y’all are welcome to ask me about other fandoms here!

For reference, here’s what each one stands for:

1. The character I first fell in love with
2. The character I never expected to love as much as I do now
3. The character everyone else loves that I don't
4. The character I love that everyone else hates
5. The character I used to love but don't any longer
6. The character I would shag anytime
7. The character I'd want to be like
8. The character I'd slap
9. A pairing that I love
10. A pairing that I despise
11. Favorite character
12. My five favorite characters
13. My five least favorite characters
14. Which character I am most like
15. My deep, dark fandom secret

[livejournal.com profile] 10cents asks me about Doctor Who! I answer! )

[livejournal.com profile] renshai suggests, surprisingly enough, Star Wars! I tell you what I think of the EU! )

[livejournal.com profile] gwalla thinks he can stump me with MST3k! We’ll see about that! )

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