Jun. 5th, 2009 10:16 pm
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And, while I'm posting about geekiness, I'm getting stuck into catching up on Dr Who (I'm still only halfway through eps from 2005 omg), my first Catherynne M. Valente book arrived in the mail today (The Orphan's Tales) and I'm really looking forward to watching "The Hunt for Gollum" this weekend.

I couldn't any nerdier unless I told you my dog's name is Samwise. Oh, snap.
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 Just got home from seeing Fanboys. It was opening night here in Melbourne, I was hoping for a full house and a few people in costume. There were quite a few stormtroopers (fortunately, or maybe by design they *were* all a little short) and a Boba Fett, and a (presumably Ewan McGregor) Obi Wan. I have a feeling they were there at the invitation of the cinema (or paid by them) rather than punters who'd come to see the movie, but it was still cool.

One of the Stormtroopers got up to the (presumably) introduce the movie, but the microphone wasn't working and he gave up. But not before I yelled "Why aren't you at your post". I kill me.

Movie was fun. I laughed a lot. There was some young man grossout humour but I felt firmly in the "made for fans, not for normal people to laugh at fans" territory. Which was nice. I hate "let's laugh at the wierd folk" humour. (hello that scene in Wedding Singer, omg where did that come from in such an otherwise sweet movie). Galaxy Quest is awesome because it doesn't go for cheap gags about laughing at fans, it had real heart, and I got that from Fanboys too, but they're different because Fanboys felt like it was made by fans. Galaxy Quest felt made by movie folk, if that makes sense. 

Anyway, all this was just to leadup to the realisation I had that it is largely about tribes and having something in common (in this case, having loved Star Wars growing up). But where sci fi fans/geeks whatever are so far superior to other tribes (like sport) is that sci fi fans in particular have become active fans. Written stuff, made movies. Some stuff derivative, some stuff horrible and slashy. But at least they were creating stuff. 

One of the things I hate about sport is that there's such a huge culture of .... passive, dumb watching. The only sport I used to watch regularly was a sport I loved to play. I can't understand why you'd want to watch a sport you didn't play. One of the things that I really dislike that there are so many male dominated sports with huge slathering female fan bases. WHY do you put your time and energy into watching boys play a sport you're not allowed to play? It's horrible and I ... don't... get.... it. I don't understand non-participation cultures. I especially loathe the "male actor, female cheersquad" dynamic. 

So, for [personal profile] dalmeny , and the rest of you who I know I tease a lot. I throw my lot in with you. Even though I (hypocritically, given my above statement)  just consume all this sci fi and geeky culture. I do believe that to be "in fandom" you are a creator, so I'm not really that kind of fan, or that level of fan. But I throw my lot in with you. You are awesome. My people. 


oh noes

May. 18th, 2009 09:57 pm
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 tyggerjai is a very bad man. i'm currently resubbing to warcrack so we can go raid scholo and party like it's 1999 2004.

zomg scholo with swedenborg. zomg.
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I promised myself a new bike if I stuck to my promise of taking Samwise for a walk every morning before work for a month. I got my new bike yesterday. :)
And I just rode to work for the first time since, oh, I was in high school. There was a slight hill on Chapel Street heading from Inkerman St to just above Alma which had me breathing hard (spot the unfit chick), but apart from that the route I chose was fine. 
It was wondeful fun, I felt young and free :D And it only took me 25 minutes to get here, faster than the bus by 20 minutes. w00t!

Icon love

Apr. 30th, 2009 09:41 pm
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Just a quick post to show off the Dreamwidth = open source icon I found on the wiki via the iconic community.
In other news, hating now having a DW client. Web posting ftl.
Why is the little "community" icon not showing up for me? :(
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In the past couple of episodes of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, we learn that many of the people working in the Dollhouse have "relationships" with Dolls (most recently, Topher, who we learn spends his birthday each year with a Doll programmed to be a geek guys dream date - she loves hi tech paintball sstyle games, console gaming, and of course is as gorgeous as a doll). Putting aside the ethical issues to do with wiping and reprogramming people...

It's so scarily stunted.  I don't want a human, I want a doll programmed to respond only to what I want and need in another person. Really, that's not a relationship with another person at all. It means, I just want a blowup doll that looks real. 

It's just making me fall back in love with George from E. M. Forster's A Room with a View. He's played by a young and gorgeous Julian Sands in the filmed version. He tells Helena Bonham-Carter: 

"I want you to have your own thoughts and ideas and feelings, even when I hold you in my arms."

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Welcome to the Melbourne community on Dreamwidth. Whether you live in our fair city, you're planning on visiting, or you just want to share your favourite Melbourne experiences, please feel free to share.

Special welcome to anyone dropping by from the melbournemaniacs community on LJ. You guys inspired me to create this comm. :)

I will create a few community rules in the next couple of days, but basically they'll just be 'play nice and put large images under a cut zomg' common sense things.

I'll need to hunt up some nice Melbin icons too - feels kinda naked without one!
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If you read Neil Gaiman's blog you've probably already seen this but I'm currently addicted to it.
Tori Amos - Welcome to England
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If you are able, please give blood to help. Call 13 14 95.

The Red Cross website for accepting $$ donations is running very slowly but it is working eventually... you can donate money online or call 1800 811 700.

Wildlife Victoria is also accepting donations to help its volunteers assist the native animals which have been affected.

What a terrible weekend.
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Matt Taibi on Sarah Palin.

"The defining moment for me came shortly after Palin and her family stepped down from the stage to uproarious applause, looking happy enough to throw a whole library full of books into a sewer."

"Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she's a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power."


Sep. 30th, 2008 08:55 am
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Good morning, welcome to the day after a worse Wall Street close than in the week post September 11! o_O


Sep. 21st, 2008 08:01 pm
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Originally uploaded by destination35

I must be famous, I've had a cartoon done of me by Crikey's resident cartoonist, First Dog on the Moon. :)


Sep. 18th, 2008 10:59 pm
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I <3 Wall: E.
At the end as the credits rolled I wished wished wished I could run away with the Pixar circus and help them make more beautiful things.
The short film before hand was lovely too. Not sure if I liked it better than the trainee UFO short before Ratatouille, but it was up there.
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From the International Herald Tribune:
"Sarah Palin of Alaska lives by the maxim that all politics is local, not to mention personal.

So when there was a vacancy at the top of Alaska's Division of Agriculture, Palin appointed a high school classmate, Franci Havemeister, to the $95,000-a-year directorship. A former real estate agent, Havemeister cited her childhood love of cows as one of her qualifications for running the roughly $2 million agency.

Havemeister was one of at least five high school classmates Palin hired, often at salaries far exceeding what they had made in the private sector.

When Palin had to cut the 2007 Alaska state budget, she avoided the legion of frustrated legislators and mayors. Instead, she huddled with her budget director and her husband, Todd, an oil field worker who is not a state employee, and vetoed millions of dollars of legislative projects.

Last May, a Wasilla blogger, Sherry Whitstine, who chronicles the governor's career with an astringent eye, answered her phone to find an assistant to the governor on the line. "You should be ashamed!" Ivy Frye, the assistant, told her. "Stop blogging. Stop blogging right now."

It's very, very worth reading the full story.

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A previous message repeated, slightly more forcefully.

"Dear Democrats, Liberals and the like....

No, seriously: What the fuck is wrong with you? The GOP picks a woman VP 24 years after you do, for the same goddamn reason you did (a contentless call to shore up a shrinking base), and you act like you’ve never seen this movie before? I just don’t know what to say to you about that. Also: squirting yourself messy over a vice presidential candidate. Good fucking gravy, how off the fucking script can you possibly get. For God’s sake, she’s scandal-plagued Atwater spawn from a state with the population of Fort Worth, Texas, whose job it will be to work the lights of the Naval Observatory for four years. She’s a walking, taking advertisement for how easily placated religious conservatives are at this moment in history. She doesn’t walk on water, unless it’s frozen and the moose she’s hunting has wandered out on it. So will you please focus."


Sep. 2nd, 2008 08:03 pm
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It's a cold Tuesday night. I have Be Kind, Rewind and Once to watch on DVD. The heater is making the lounge room all toasty, and  I have my warm fluffy dressing gown to put on. I have popcorn, and apple pie, and, if I'm feeling especially decadent, hot chocolate.  Happy blithe.
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Over the weekend I saw a trailer for Be Kind, Rewind and I need to urgently ask "HOW DID I MISS THAT!?"
And yes, I intend to ignore the middling review that Margaret and David gave it and see it anyway.
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