Saturday, March 25, 2006

Backwards Fandom

Usually, when a movie has a fan following, the movie is released first, then the catch phrases make the rounds, then the fan fiction and fan art is plastered all over the Internet. But The reverse has happened for "Snakes on a Plane". Apparently, people heard the title that sounds like a movie that Mike and the 'Bots would watch and latched onto it. Through the fan fiction, t-shirts, and even a fake movie trailer, a catchphrase even emerged - which will apparently now be in the movie when it is finally released. But I have just one question: will Samuel L. Jackson's character actually live to the end?

Friday, March 24, 2006

Singing Hobbitses

It's Lord of the Rings: The Musical! And you thought Sam and Frodo were gay before...

Oh, wow! That was fast!

Okay, then. Red America is gone. The blogsphere, the liberal-sphere, and even other writers at WaPo whipped into a frenzy over the mere existance of the blog on Commenters on accused the Post of being a mouthpiece for the GOP (which happens a fair ammount on the blogs at WaPo, which, what?). Now Ben Domenech has been accused of plagiarism (his response is on here, but it's a bit too "I knew the liberal barbarians would attack me, but I went anyway! And now see how truly barbarous they are!" if you ask me). Maybe next time they want to start a conservative blog, the Post will choose someone with a longer career and more credentials. It will take the Internet masses more time to go through it and find contradictions/exaggerations/falsehoods. Then the blog might last more than a week.

Fallen Sky

“Human beings have been fascinated with space since they first looked up at the stars in awe.”
- Conquering Space: To the Moon and Beyond (Apollo 13 Special Edition DVD)

Look up. What do you see? I’m guessing a ceiling or a light fixture (don’t stare at that too long). Go outside and look up. What do you see? An airplane or two? The moon? Perhaps Orion, Sirius, and a couple of planets. Now look out. What do you see? A thousand lights from a thousand windows from homes and offices alike? The sky, my friends, has fallen. Many of us can no longer stand in awe of the heavens. We can only stand in awe of our own creations.

I fear that too many people have never seen a sky with more than a dozen stars, for seeing a blackness, unperturbed by city lights, filled beyond measure with points of light that represent distant giants, is both humbling and inspiring. I don’t see that people feel that much anymore. We are too wrapped up in the world we have created for ourselves to notice there is so much we still don’t know, so much left to explore. That sky that so many of us can no longer see, that lofty goal all but abandoned, gave us something to reach for – a promise of something beyond the here and now. We followed that promise from cold, dark caves to the bustling cities that now drown it out. And now we have abandoned it. We no longer challenge ourselves to be better than we are. We act as if the universe will come to us, and all we have to do is wait. After all, the stars came down to shine on the ground – why can’t the rest just follow?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Don't Drink the Water

Oh my gosh! General Ripper was right!

Look! Up in the Sky! It's a Frickin' Laser!

The Pentagon is preparing to run tests on an Airborne Laser (as opposed to an airborne ranger). Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering? I think so, Brain, but that's an awful lot of popcorn.

That is One Seriously Wrong Turn...

Apparently, a family of 6 got lost on their way home from vacation and got trapped in 4 feet of snow. 17 days later, they're safe and sound. Trapped with your family for 17 days in an RV after getting lost with literally nowhere else to go. Are we sure this isn't a horror movie? Hmmm. How many people do you think were in the family before the trip?

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Quote of the Day - March 21, 2006

You're just jealous because I'm a genuine freak and you have to wear a mask.

- Penguin, Batman Returns

Blade - the Television Series

Oh, dear. This could be bad. Has Spike ever had an original scripted show before? They do know they have to hire writers and actors don't they?

Well, at least they definitely have the makings of a guy show.

WaPo Conservative

Hmmm. I'm not sure what to make of the Washington Post's new conservative blog, Red America. One thing that stood out was that, unlike the other blogs on, comments are not open, though trackbacks are allowed. Now, I understand that this has become fairly standard practice in the conservative blogosphere. But that just makes me more suspicious of the decision to not enable comments. Are they trying to seem more "authentic" that way? Or are they afraid all of their liberal readers will swamp the blog with hate comments a la the controversy they had a couple of months ago. Or did that already happen and I just missed reading it with comments enabled?

So far, he has established that the MSM just doesn't get mainstream America and journalists aren't the only ones who need a lesson in statistics. I'm sure at some point he'll talk about actual issues...

Monday, March 20, 2006

How to Make Things Pinker

I think I may need some of this after seeing this.

(this is MST3K's fault, you know)

Larry - Lost in Translation

Most media reports on Tropical Cyclone Larry put it at a category 5, with 180 mph winds. Except, they don't use the Saffir-Simpson Scale in Australia like they do for Atlantic hurricanes. They use this one that bases the category on maximum windspeed (including gusts) rather than maximum sustained winds. Larry topped out at the equivalent of Category 3 on the scale we're used to, with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, but gusts up to 180 mph. To compare this to a recent category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, Katrina had maximum sustained winds of 175 mph with gusts up to 215 mph.

Not that Larry is a weakling. A category 3 is still strong. But if you put 180 mph instead of 290 kph because your readers might not be familiar with "kph", perhaps you should also use the hurricane scale they're used to as well.

Quote of the Day - March 20, 2006

Too much hair!

- River, Firefly, "Jaynestown"

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Bush Pleads with Americans not to Fight in Front of the Younger Democracies

President Bush asked the American people today to set “a better example” for younger, impressionable democracies. “We must not allow them to think that democracy is a chaotic system of government in which many voices scream to be heard. We must show them that democracy is a strong, stable form of government that can speak with one, unified voice. If we show weakness by disagreeing, they may turn away from the promise of democracy and freedom. So I ask that you follow me, your elected leader, without question so that all the world’s people may someday enjoy the fruits of democracy and live in freedom.”

Reason #4 I'm Paranoid: People Stare

People stare at me. Children stare at me. Even babies stare at me. Children are the most obvious about it because they haven’t learned yet that this is considered rude or even that the person that they are staring at might see them, too. If I wave at them, they are either startled to realize that I know they are there and try to hide, or they smile and anoint me New Best Friend, at which point I have to hide. It doesn’t seem to matter how I’m dressed or how I’m wearing my hair. I had even stopped noticing that adults do it, too, until my aunt pointed out that people turned to look at me when we walked into the mall (thanks, Ginny, I needed that boost of self-consciousness). I’m fairly certain I’m not malformed. But I’m apparently memorable. Bank tellers (who see hundreds of people a day) that I talk to for five minutes remember me two months later. It’s kind of hard not to be paranoid when people stare at you wherever you go – especially when you don’t know why. Most days, I don’t mind. But sometimes, when I’m in a bad mood and I’ve noticed it five or six times that day already and people who should know better just dwell, or point me out to their friends, I just want to scream “What? Is there a problem? Do you have a question? A death wish? When my eyes are pointed in your direction, it means I see you and is your signal to either say something to me (not your friends) or look away. Comprende?”