Jeez, how dull was this week’s BSG? I didn’t even *watch* it, it was so boring. I just read the Wikipedia episode summary and I could barely even get through that. Chief Tyrol starts worrying that he’s unknowingly sabotaging stuff? Nobody saw *that* coming. Oh, but at least we see Tigh’s banal inner struggle. Roslin and Lee play West Wing, — no, really? — butting heads over a threadbare human rights question that has *nothing to do with being in space.* Baltar’s cult is as boring as ever. The guy was on trial for his life at the end of last season, and now we’re supposed to care that he’s in the brig for disturbing the peace?
Oh well, at least Tyrol finally acknowledged that his Boomer-Cally love triangle played like The Hottie and the Nottie.
This season started out so great. Let’s hope it gets back on track. But if not, the Wikipedia ep summaries are here. Just so you know!
“There are always topics on which otherwise scrupulous minds will cave in with scarcely a struggle to the grossest prejudice. “
–Terry Eagleton on Richard Dawkins
Yesterday I realized the reason I stopped watching the anime Rahxephon, a hi-brow re-imagining of the giant robot genre with a stylish look and great music, was because I hated the heroine’s outfit.
Which I think is OK. It’s always nice when you can find amusement in your own foibles. And this foible isn’t *that* ridiculous, actually — are you ready for this?
–No, actually they’re leggings – Capri leggings!
–A short-sleeved jacket
–A *headband.* The stretchy kind you use to hold your hair back when you wash your face.
Nightmare, sweetie. Plus she’s one of these fresh-scrubbed vigorous types, like you can imagine her captaining a softball team — no surprise there — but there’s this astral projection/ghost popping up every now and then who is suitably ethereal and wears a very nice yellow dress, and *she* turns out to be the embodiment of Ms. Capri Pants’ soul, and I am not *having* it.
Or maybe I am. That ol’ anime fetish is upon me again, and, well, see the quote above.
P.S. The Eagleton article on Dawkins is just fabulous, by the way. Loads of zingers.
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Inspired by South Park and Human Giant’s recent jokes about the pointlessness of viral videos, I finally got off my butt and finished my own non-copyrightable “film” project. As in, an AMV. So embarrassing! But when I was posting all those Yakety Sax videos I had this GREAT idea…
This was almost done back in February, but I just couldn’t face it anymore. Of course, I didn’t want my efforts to be “wasted” (HAHAHAHAHA!!!!) so I had to finish it and put it out there. I’d forgotten the basics of Windows Movie Maker, and since I’ve become completely bored with the program and all projects related thereto, it was TOOTH-GRINDINGLY FRUSTRATING to have to re-learn any of it! Just desserts, I guess. (Now what was I reading?)
Well, it’s done now and I’m proud of the result. Proud of the non-saleable, non-copyrightable, probably-never-to-be-viewed-by-more-than-100-people result. Seriously, though, so far it’s had
David Wong of Cracked.com has sold the movie rights to his novel “John Dies at the End.” As he puts it, “No matter how incredibly retarded your dream is, it can still come true.” It was purchased by — of all the cool people! — Don Coscarelli, the guy who did Bubba Ho Tep and the Phantasm series. Here’s the website for the book.
This is funny. Try to imagine the person who’s watched enough of both Cowboy Bebop and Naruto** to discover the overlap shown here. (It repeats the same two clips in a loop.)
This is why the Naruto fandom is like great fiction: It continually forces you to imagine the mindsets of inscrutable, contradictory people. Take these two comments from the video’s YouTube page:
AuthentiWolf: “XD I’ve always hated Naruto, and this is one of the reasons why. Someone also pointed out to me that when they do that hands-together-thing on the show, the thumbs are wrong and it makes it impossible to mimic in real life.“
He doesn’t even realize what he’s saying! So great.
In the same vein, TakotoHitwaka says: “This is the kinda crap that makes me ashamed too be a Naruto fan.” Like if it weren’t for the ripoff animation, s/he’d wouldn’t be ashamed to be a Naruto fan. Although, come to think of it, the shame is a good sign.
I love that “Fighting Dreamers” song, though. It’s great how they go “Ho-di-o-di-o-di-oh” like at a rodeo or something. Listening to it, I started imagining a mashup video that would include a sped-up shot of square dancers every time they sang that part. Then I realized I was remembering the folk dancers in that 2005(?) video by Gatas Parlament that was controversial because it talked about assassinating Bush.
**If you don’t know what I’m talking about, good for you! The point is that Cowboy Bebop is a hi-brow, hipster show that’s as unlike Naruto as you can imagine.