ellestra: (aeryn)
This is Improv Everywhere doing time travel prank on NYC subway.
ellestra: (slingers)
The popularity of the new Star Wars is still soaring. And it's very popular - it just became the highest grossing film in US ever and third in the world already and despite everyone saying China doesn't care for Star Wars it's also did extremely well on it's first day there (I knew it - what does it matter they didn't watch the originals in cinemas - they stay on point on popular culture as well as everyone else and love big spectacle as much as everyone else - maybe even more). This kind of popularity means inevitable fan art and parodies.

There are the beautiful mash-ups of Star Wars with Calvin and Hobbes by Disney artist Brian Kesinger. The most popular one is the most classical:


By my favourite one is this - so true


After all we all know Kylo Ren is the emo one (I wondered if he dies his hair from the start - noone in the family had hair this dark). He shows us all how misunderstood he truly is through his twitter account. Misunderstood by his parents and picked on by his very lonely uncle Luke.


It's a hard life. The one that's may lead one to drank Force calling that girl Rey and keep offering to teach her the Dark Side. Because "No" is never an answer and and she will eventually want him if only Hux stops putting his tantrums on Youtube. It's all described in Kylo Ren needs to Chill.
ellestra: (galavant)
Sherlock - The Abominable Bride. The episode was fun. It was great to see all the classic Holmes and Watson imagery - from hat to pipes to dr. Watson moustache.


I realised pretty quickly it was an illusion (all those little elements that didn’t fit - from "he" instead of "she" to "virus in the data" to wobbliness that happened now and then) so I was happy they admitted it pretty early. After all Sherlock says at the beginning that to solve current case sometimes one must first solve an old one. I also expected from the end of season 3 that Moriarty was dead and somebody else was using his image (apparently following one of his plans). Of course we won’t know why for another year or more so no need to get too excited.

But I loved Mary - both as Mycroft’s secret agent and pain in his ass. I generally love Mary and Sherlock clearly ships her and John - he did everything to keep them together even after he exposed her evil past. And in his mind place she is clearly under appreciated but loved very much by her husband. And she is the smarter one. Just like Mycroft is the cleverer one (especially in MP). The best part of this Sherlock episode, for me, was Mycroft having his own Watson. I would watch Mycroft Holmes and Mrs. Watson.

I loved that Mycroft cares - I’m a sucker for their little sibling moments. Although I’m really afraid now Mycroft is dying.

And I loved Terry Pratchett’s shout out.


Oh, Galavant, how I missed you. For the whole hour I kept making those weird dolphin noises. Everything was perfect. Thank you ABC for making it happen.


King Richard as always have completely no useful knowledge. Poor pirates - not only were they tortured with the Galavant song but they also lost their ship. At least Pete can go back to being Earl Grantham next - last season of Downton Abbey finally reaches this far away shores now.

That dig at Once Upon a Time got even better when Enchanted Forest turned out to be a gay pub. With Kylie Minogue as the Queen. And Jean Hamm was there. And we all could admire Galavant abs. At least King Richard finally realised his uncle Keith is gay. I don't think it stretches to anyone else though.

Meanwhile the real evil queen Madalena does not like the realities of ruling. At all. But at least Gareth bothered her into making him King.

In second episode King Richard gets a stoker unicorn due to being sexually pure. At least he’s One True King who pulled sword out of the stone.

Even magical Skype keeps freezing and it led to some really bad miscommunication. Poor Isabella - it’s almost as heartbreaking as Richard learning about Gareth. I think we can all agree that those are both examples of true love. And both Galavant and Richard will have to go through many trials to get theirs back. Galavant/Isabella is obvious and we know Richard and Gareth only ever really cared for each other. Gareth reacted to Madalena's declaration of sexual prowess with "I prefer beer" and if Richard wasn't so clueless he would know what his uncle noticed. And the only thing Madalena and Gareth have together is their homicidal tendencies.

We are left with the mystery of Moving Castle. They even took the dungeons.
ellestra: (winged)
One of the traditional TV events in Poland is showing Home Alone movies (at least the first two). My brother said they tried to stop last year but there was big outcry. Way to profit from some kid traumatic experience. Ever wondered what living with this kind of PTSD do to a person? You no longer need to - just take a look at the man Kevin became:
ellestra: (galavant)
Galavant is coming back in January. The first season was full of squee and joy and I loved everything about it but especially Gareth. Vinnie Jones made a career of playing thugs (apparently followed him from his footballing days) but I never expected he had such perfect comedic timing. And Madalena story was the most perfect deconstruction of damsel in distress. She ends with all the power and I can't not love to hate her for it.

The show had poor ratings and the miracle of it getting renewed shocked (and delighted) everyone including all the people involved in the show so here's the opening number from the A New Season aka Suck It Cancellation Bear episode (and season 2) celebrating that:

ellestra: (muppets)
There were more pilots today but the only one that mattered. The Muppets are back.

I was afraid that it won't live up to the hype. They did the whole media frenzy about the break up for weeks. The whole tabloid treatment. The story was all over the ABC's late night yesterday too. It was almost like real reality TV stars but that kind of a bad thing so I was afraid this reality TV angle would make the whole thing unbreakable. But it worked. It was funny. It was entertaining. And underneath that more adult, tabloid version it was still the same Muppet show we all love. The late night talk show format lets it be more grown-up and keep the guest star format Muppets always did (they even had a band at the end). I loved it all. Even the things I though will be cringe worthy - like Fozzie dating Riki Lindhome but it actually turned out pretty sweet. And that Piggy was being made into an awful cliché with bitchy and self-absorbed turned up to 11 but the did let her be vulnerable too. And they did let Kermit to be awful too (poor Tom Bergeron). And Elizabeth Banks was great with Skitter. And as always Waldorf and Statler were in top form as always. This is the one I will certainly keep watching so ABC - after the return of Agents of SHIELD my Tuesdays are pretty much yours.

I also watched the 2 hour premiere of Scream Queens and it was a very Ryan Murphy thing - over the top, campy and borderline offensive in it's stereotypes but also making fun of itself and playing with the horror genre tropes. It was fun because of that but 2 hours was just too much at once. It felt like I binged on sweets until they made me nauseous (it was certainly more of Chanel and Chad breaking up than I could take). Everything is in candy colours and straight out of one of those Housewives shows. And it's full of young and very pretty people (even if some are made Hollywood ugly) and a lot of pop-stars (dying ridiculously). The only counterpoint is Jamie Curtis' dean in dark fitted suits and snarky, reasonable attitude (but she turns out to be evil too). Most of the plot turns you see coming from a mile away so there are no surprises and the violence is an even more candy-coloured gore than on the last American Horror Story season. In a way it is like if someone took the Finn part of Freak Show and added even more vapid, self-centred assholes and visually pretty killings. If this is Scream Nick Jonas and the boyfriend are the killer duo.

I never liked the Limitless idea (the movie had that horrible 10% thing) but the reviews were positive so I decided to see for myself. It was actually pretty entertaining. It didn't have any glaring problems with internal logic like the shows yesterday and it didn't treat the viewers as completely stupid - repeating everything ad nauseum to make sure we got it (also yesterday). The main character we pretty likeable. I also liked that he did realise he was a looser and that he didn't really did anything that deserved this sudden super intelligence. One of the things about one guy getting extra-boost like that is the unfairness of why not make everybody smarter. If Bradley Cooper's character knows how to make it safe why people around him - like that nurse for example - why wouldn't she take the shot and then NZT (even if Cooper's character gets mad she can just figure out long term solution for herself while on NZT and spread it around). But even though the senator is an asshole and keeps it to himself and the guy he wants to manipulate in certain position (our main protagonist) the FBI want to reverse engineer it. The plot arc - for good or bad, I bet. The bonding about father issues was a little cheesy but generally the chemistry between Brian (NZT addict) and Rebecca (the FBI agent) is pretty good. It's also nice to see Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio again. And Ron Rifkin is not evil.

Randomness

Sep. 9th, 2015 11:27 pm
ellestra: (aeryn)
Both LHC and KEK got some weird results in two different experiments that suggest possibility of new particles outside standard model. They also don't fit into the Supersymetry theory. Right now the best guesses are some new type of Higgs boson or leptoquark.

Queen Elizabeth II has become the longest reigning British monarch in history today (she just beat Victoria). It's been just over 63 years, seven months and two days since the coronation and her rule is almost at the retirement age itself.

The 10 best experiments of Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's according to blastr. They use the word scientific accuracy there but we can all agree that it only works in Muppet Labs. Science is universe specific unfortunately which is why we can't just adapt the technology that put pigs in space.

I wondered what could match Miss Piggy cameo but then I saw Team SHIELD effort and I lost it at the last one. Dubsmash battle continues.

Unfortunately only one of these isn't true. Which reminds me to have my existential crisis this week - "why am I even doing this?"
ellestra: (skye daisy johnson)
The greatest thing that came out of SD Comic-Con was the Dubsmash battle between Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg (sometimes helped by the rest of MAoS cast) and Hayley Atwell and James D'Arcy (with some special guest helpers). There was some great use of Queen and Chloe's own music (from her Chinese pop-star days) and the final stab with Dirty Dancing (Jennifer Grey is Clark's wife) but I think Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. won this one. Mostly because of the final one where Clark Gregg cries in Agent Carter's trademark suit because it should've been Coulson kissing Captain America as it was exactly how it would've happen in universe.

So now they decided to use it for good and fight to the death for charity.


The first one is already up and already the guest stars are even better than before.

In other Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. news the rumoured spin-off will actually happen after all. It will be called Marvel’s Most Wanted and will star Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter. So 3 shows an ABC and 4-5 on Netflix, right? Plus the Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon.

BTW, here is some information about new characters coming to Luke Cage series with Alfre Woodard probably being bad (I hope they will actually call her Black Mariah because the currently proposed name is pretty unfortunate in Polish) and another antagonist played by Mahershala Ali and the newest addition is someone who is probably Misty Knight. And Rosario Dawson will be in all Netflix Marvel stuff.

And here are some teasers for the next seasons of Agent Carter and Daredevil.

And here's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Teaser Trailer
ellestra: (telamon)
So I break the catching up posts for something different.

John Scalzi reads a book about the truth about John Scalzi (for money). It uncovers the truth about SJW and the fact that John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular. If audio version isn't enough you can also get it in ebook (and read the amazon reviews helpfully pointing out that it isn't about the "award-winning" Florida meteorologist John Scalzi in case you didn't know) - also non-amazon version.

For those who don't know - this is a parody of the book from the guy who organised Rabid Puppies take over of Hugo nominations this year. It makes fun of his obsession with John Scalzi who he blames for being removed from SFWA (not true) and accuses of being SJW (true) and gamma male (Hulk?). This parody is superior to the original as it has even more chapter 5s (showing that Alexandra Erin or [livejournal.com profile] alexandraerin is also better editor than the Hugo nominated Vox Day and also live tweeted her read of the original so you don't have to). And the charity is worthy too.

Now all we need is the song.

And to complete the SJWness of this post here is Target Ad from their gender confusing gender neutral Star Wars line

First

Apr. 1st, 2015 11:49 pm
ellestra: (muppets)
It's April First and it's time to look at all the fake news and specials today. Going around the web and finding all the treats is a hard work but luckily the every site in existence gleefully posts their findings. And some are truly awesome - like CERN's scientist discovering the Force (so this is what the LHC upgrade was really about). And I'm sure even John Oliver would agree the PacMan Google maps should be a permanent option. Judging from experience at least some of the Thinkgeek joke products will become real (it's becoming less of a joke and more product testing every year) - I know everyone's rooting for Groot Beer but think about all those selfies. But I laughed (full lol) the most when I saw Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge. Cameras, phones, watches, kitchen utensils...

These were just my favourites but everyone has tons of others. BBC concentrated on the tech sites. So did Gawker sites really - Lifehacker started theirs early so you could spend the day exploring them and Kotaku just picked their favourites. Tor.com has some author news - from [livejournal.com profile] grrm narrative breakthroughs to [livejournal.com profile] mistborn cloning experiments and Stephen King's return to TV. And countless people live in dread they may not have been joking. There is also picture collection of many of the pranks. Like photos from vacations on the internet that you can then turn into memes.
ellestra: (tiger)
In American dating system today is Pi day and this year it's special as it and infinitesimally short moment of actually reaching the irrational number if account for time of the day so 3/24/25 9:26:53.58979323846... all the way to infinity


Or just celebrate Tau
ellestra: (once upon a time)
I might be the only one but I really liked Galavant. I laughed and generally enjoyed myself.


I loved Madalena choosing power and wealth and then terrorizing the king who kidnapped her. The whole thing with her cheating on him, constantly comparing him to Galavant and making him obey her every whim was priceless. Richard picked her for the looks and kidnapped her so I'm not sorry for him and she married him for his money despite being disgusted by him so I'm not feeling to bad for her. And that song at the end was perfect - my favourite line - "I know there's something scary behind you cold, dead eyes". I just love that she's worse than the evil king who kidnapped her. It's like someone took Princess Bride and made Buttercup one behind the whole plot.

Princess Isabella Maria Lucia Elisabetta (Lucia Maria subtitles and Sid are in disagreement over this) is my favourite but Vinnie Jones has really good comedic timing and his makeover of King Richard was the best. The training montage was perfect and so was the joust. And they sure have fun with names - especially guest stars' characters.


But the singing show promo adds were little much.

Also The Good Wife is back and that was a tense episode. Very dramatic. I'm pretty sure this arc will end Lemond Bishop but we know he has new carrier as vigilante before him so it's all good. I suppose this is also the set up of Kalinda's exit - I knew another main cast actor was leaving but until know I didn't check who because I was trying to see if I can figure it out and it became pretty obvious tonight. This makes me sad as I always loved hers and Alicia's friendship and there isn't that many women friendships outside soaps these days and I'm going to miss this one. The biggest surprise this evening - that kiss.

I liked The Librarian movies but the first episodes of the new series - The Librarians - were a little stiff. Rebecca Romjin didn't really click at first and all the actors seem a little stiff at their roles, except John Larroquette - he's been wonderful from the start. Even Wyle wasn't really the Flynn I remembered (a lot of people compared him to the Eleven and it seems right). However, today's episode was great. It was funny, it was entertaining and it finally had a good team chemistry. I can't quite put in words how much I loved that Baird was the Princess (Cinderella!) and Cassandra was the Prince Charming (with all the girls swooning for her and buying her drinks). And then the girl got to tell the stories and made the Woodsman a robot and a princes a Ninja princess and I want this fairytale book. I still miss Judson and Charlene but Jenkins is great replacement. I'm starting to really like this series.
ellestra: (tiger)
Intelligent Life magazine has asked 7 writers, including Philip Pullman, "Does life have a meaning?". My answer has always been "Generally 'no' but you can make up one for yourself" and also "Why do you think it should?" Or you know "42".

The Future Library project plans to plant 1,000 trees and then get 100 writers to write something that will only be available in 2114 after the trees will be cut for paper to print those works. It's not really any weirder than most art projects but I can't stop wonder whether anyone will care in hundred years? Maybe cutting trees for paper would be like killing whales for skin and there'd be people defending their park from the will of their barbaric ancestors. That could be a good story... And who is going to read paper books anyway?

This so wrong - what if that guy fell of the stairs in panic? But on the other hand I recognised Poland almost instantly. One of my first thoughts was "that building entrance looks very Polish and how we do trash disposal too" and then my hunch proved true when I saw "Winda" written over the lift in the very next setting. You'd think all this type of blocks/parking lots/underground passages would look the same everywhere but they still manage to have enough country specific details that just screamed "home" to me.
ellestra: (telamon)
I have long weekend now and we suddenly have all the summer weather this summer was missing so far (it's humid and hot and it is to be even hotter - up to 36oC on Tuesday) so I'm wasting my time this weekend on shopping, swimming and cat videos. I caught up on Simon's Cat today - I have tendency to binge watch channels and then forget them for a while (like months or even longer) and then binge watch again. So I was surprised how many adventures of Simon's Cat I missed. Like this one - hard to believe it hasn't been done till this year


I also missed their Indiegogo campaign to make a Simon's Cat movie - Off to the Vet. Even the little bits they show in this are so true - especially the thermometer reaction. It's always the most difficult part. My cat was pretty sick recently - my dad says he's still just skin and bones - so he had a very unpleasant vet visit and nothing went as badly as the enema. Not even hydrogen peroxide washing off the abscess. My dad says he was very grateful for the gloves the vet gave him*. I, of course wish I could've been there - to pet my cat and make sure he's OK (but also because I find procedures like that fascinating - I always ask to watch when they cut me). My dad says he's eating again so it seems everything is going to be OK. The vet told my dad that besides that infection he's in a very good shape for 16 year old cat.


*I recently learned that in US the vets just take the animal somewhere in the back and just treat it with their staff. In Poland, and apparently in UK too, you are with the animal the whole time and in most cases are responsible for holding it and carrying it around. Unless, it's an operation with full sedation obviously.
ellestra: (slingers)
There is some pretty awesome SF on TV right now. I love Person of Interest, Continuum and Orphan Black for all the brainy themes that hit some of my obsessions pretty hard (sentience, personhood and grey morality) and Agents of SHIELD turned out pretty fun in the end but there is one aspect severly lacking in all of these. Space. I miss my space adventures. The good old days of Farscape and Firefly and even all the Stargates.

But there are two movies coming out soon (that aren't reboot, prequel, sequel) and one a little later that promise me aliens and spaceships and adventures in space and I hope that at least one of them will be a big hit so the space will be back in vogue and there will be more space opera everywhere.

Here are the new trailers for

Jupiter Ascending


Guardians of Galaxy


Interstellar


But if this is not you kind of SF - here have one more British clone that needs more Huggs
ellestra: (telamon)
It's April already and traditionally the best part is to look through all the news.

Tor spoils it all for you. They have all the endings to allimportant SF&F books. Now you no longer need to read anything. Except that article obviously.

The Mary Sue has turned into The Maru Sue. Now it's going to be entirely devoted to the unhealthy obsession with cats and boxes and cats in boxes. I predict the uptake in traffic.

John Scalzi's Whatever has been taken over by Mary Robinette Kowal. In fact his whole online life was taken over. No one noticed. His just that replaceable.

xkcd has another awesome interactive adventure. So many options. So many stories. And then you get to submit your line.

Larry of OFBlog has some deeply disturbing announcements. I'm trying very hard not to imagine how epic poetry by Terry Goodkind or a merging of the Marquis de Sade's infamous book and former US President George W. Bush's memoirs would read like.

And of course everyone's favourite is Google Maps Pokemon Challange


These are my favourites but everyone is collecting their own so here are collections from:
The Very Best April Fools Jokes from 2014, Starring Adventure Kitty
Things We Saw Today: Lots of April Fools’ Day Gags
The best (and worst) fake sci-fi headlines and pranks from April Fool's Day 2014
ellestra: (cosima)
The details of the decades long feud between Miss Piggy and Joan Rivers. With cake throwing. I know it's all for the money but I can't help loving the whole Muppets' marketing machine. It's probably because I like seeing all those people pretending Muppets are real (because I do too). Just like in the movies.

The nerdist has some has some spoilers about Orphan Black's new clone. She is Jennifer Fitzsimmons (see, it is a one person's name) and she has the same disease as Katja and Cosima. I'm pretty sure she is already dead as I think we see her body in one of the promos and we only meet her through the vlog she makes through the progression of her sickness. There are also new photos from season 2. Also the EW has an interview with Tatiana and Jordan about the LGBT characters they play. The title question reminds me that people tend to confuse genetic (you can have no hand because Grebe syndrome) and inborn (or because umbilical cord cut the blood flow to your arm and it never grew) and that even imprinting is not a matter of choice and they all decide your particular brand of sexuality for you before you ever get to choosing who you'll have sex with.

[livejournal.com profile] grrm promises he has plan how not to allow show catch up to him. It'd certainly would help if it meant taking less then 5 years to write a book. It's been 3 years already since Dance of Dragons so probably the next one could be out before they catch up but if the final one takes as long as last few (and if it's final ta all - there were only to be 6 at the beginning) then the show is up for making stuff up as I don't think HBO will agree to wait half a decade for final season.

Norwegian actors Vidar Magnussen (Sherlock Holmes) and Bjarte Tjøstheim (John Watson) from the TV-show Underholdningsavdelingen are both fans of Sherlock. When they realized they look similar to the BBC series actors they decided to make a parody where autocorrect makes everyone even more gay.
ellestra: (cosima)
I have been so busy recently I didn't realise that it is time for IgNobels already. They were awarded today and I must say that I am in awe. I wouldn't even think about trying to investigate most of these but I now want someone to test if Usain Bolt could run on water on the Moon. I'm also wondering what you feel when large chunk of your life is spent on observing dung beetles and cows. Although talking to drunks about how pretty they think they are might've been worse. But the archaeology prize paper makes perfect sense and I'm sure it would be useful - probably to the same people who keep body farms. And I knew there is a reason why I onion tears are the worst. Although, of course, nothing can beat Łukaszenko as he is something special even among other dictators.

MEDICINE PRIZE: for assessing the effect of listening to opera, on heart transplant patients who are mice.

PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE: for confirming, by experiment, that people who think they are drunk also think they are attractive.

JOINT PRIZE IN BIOLOGY AND ASTRONOMY: for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way.

SAFETY ENGINEERING PRIZE: for inventing an electro-mechanical system to trap airplane hijackers — the system drops a hijacker through trap doors, seals him into a package, then drops the encapsulated hijacker through the airplane's specially-installed bomb bay doors, whence he parachutes to earth, where police, having been alerted by radio, await his arrival.

PHYSICS PRIZE: for discovering that some people would be physically capable of running across the surface of a pond — if those people and that pond were on the moon.

CHEMISTRY PRIZE: for discovering that the biochemical process by which onions make people cry is even more complicated than scientists previously realized.

ARCHAEOLOGY PRIZE: for parboiling a dead shrew, and then swallowing the shrew without chewing, and then carefully examining everything excreted during subsequent days — all so they could see which bones would dissolve inside the human digestive system, and which bones would not.

PEACE PRIZE: Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for making it illegal to applaud in public, AND to the Belarus State Police, for arresting a one-armed man for applauding.

PROBABILITY PRIZE: for making two related discoveries: First, that the longer a cow has been lying down, the more likely that cow will soon stand up; and Second, that once a cow stands up, you cannot easily predict how soon that cow will lie down again.

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE: for the medical techniques described in their report "Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam" — techniques which they recommend, except in cases where the amputated penis had been partially eaten by a duck.

You can watch the whole award ceremony here and it is worth it. It's fun, the speaches are kept short and there is opera at the end dedicated to The Blonsky Device.

ellestra: (big gun)
I was to write something interesting and coherent but I got distracted by this list of most amazing cat gifs. Ignore the title - and just watch your brain turning into awww.

For the rest of you you can get suitably annoyed by Americans appropriating even the hurricanes for their internal politics


And the victim blaming among zombies


on your own. Or not. You can just laugh instead.

I'm just acutely aware that both views are held by the same people. And then they make decisions about other people's lives. And that's not funny at all. You should've stayed distracted by cats, shouldn't you?
ellestra: (anomander rake)
Due to an error in the ebook version George R. R. Martin - A Feast for Crows was randomly inserted into the text of the novel. Internet as always found a way to make it into meme.

Steven Erikson is going to answer questions about Toll the Hounds on tor.com - he does that after they finish reread of each of the books. I can't wait for The Crippled God. I need to ask about the Princes of Amber and The Little Prince inspirations.

And I learned how to make Vine play on Firefox. The about:config solution fixed my problem (plus of course whitelisting it in Flashblock).

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