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


Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:53 pm
ellestra: (cosima)
It looks like the final in 2015 Suvudu Cage Match will be between Death and Death's granddaughter. Susan vs. one of Endless. I'm sure she'll bring the poker. Semifinals are still on but unless large amount of late votes come in it seems to be the end result. I'm just happy Death is the right gender. Weird Germanics with their male personification of Death.

The io9's March Madness is already on the Sweet Sixteen stage and it looks like Firefly is loosing to Game of Thrones. Finally a show with bigger (or more obsessed fandom) than Firefly but I'm not sure it's really an improvement.

An sneak peak from episode 3x01 of Orphan Black with the Sarah - Rudy clone talk we've seen fragments of before. It looks like Delphine now knows all about project Castor.

Also Alison as Sarah always hilarious - can't wait:
ellestra: (cosima)
I had some computer problems. Happened just before I finished my post on Monday. I spent last two days reinstalling Windows so all I have today is just a new Orphan Black video - all about the other clones:

And io9 decided that they are doing the March Madness thing after all - just a day after I made my cage match post. This year theme is Movies vs. TV and the Here and Now regional is already finished but the Epic one is still live. I knew that Farscape doesn't have fandom large enough to go far so I didn't have any hope there but I still feel that making me choose between Orphan Black and Person of Interest or Ghost in the Shell and Black Mirror was evil.
ellestra: (cosima)
It's March - the month of Cage Matches. I was to write about them earlier but I had a lot of work and bad things kept happening so I'm left with just reporting the results for two of them.

[livejournal.com profile] f_march_madness had its final vote today and the winner of 2015 Fandom Steel Cage Match March Madness is once again new - brand fresh to TV at least - Agent Carter has only premiered this year and Peggy has already won (by over 2/3 of votes).

I'm super happy about this next winner. Not only she was woman and scientist but she was also Polish. In Ultimate Genius Showdown run by 92Y and MSNBC the ultimate champion is Marie Curie. Or as she is known in her home country Maria Skłodowska-Curie. I don't do patriotism very often but in this case I couldn't even pretend to be objective. Good that there is no doubt she deserves this.

This last one you can still vote in. Suvudu Cage Match theme this year is Women Warriors. The stage 2 has just closed but there is still plenty of voting left. I have to admit I don't know many of the contestants kicked out in Stage 1 but now decisions became much easier. Although I'm bummed there is no one form Malazan. Sorry would be great. Laseen could probably kill them all before they notice. And Lady Envy would just level the place. But as it is I really want Susan Sto Helit to win. Because she's awesome. But also because Pterry. Still right now I'm happy she's off to the next round and so is Sabriel.


Sep. 1st, 2014 10:31 pm
ellestra: (muppets)
Originally written 2014-07-13
YAY! Germany won the World Cup! Just like I wanted. I would've said that if any other final four team won but I liked Germany to win the longest.

I wanted them to win since 2002 World Cup in Germany. Their team has been fun to watch on every World Cup since then and they were good and getting better. Like one of the commentator said when they made semifinals again - "semifinal or what Germans call home". They were consistently good for years and have the best team on this World Cup and they always seem to have a lot of fun playing together. I was very happy to see them win. And I loved when Klose was coming out of the pitch and the whole stadium gave him standing ovation. He is now the World Cup's top scorer. I only felt bad when they made poor Messi go up and down all these stairs again and again.

Now I'm switching my allegation to the Dutch - now they are that team that almost won so many times that I want them to finally get to hold the Cup.

I waited with reposting this till today. I thought it'd be appropriate to post a Pole being all excited over Germany team (with two Poles on it) winning the World Cup on the anniversary of the WWII starting. Just 75 years later.

Also I need to say that I loved the victory celebrations - the crowds and the team unveiling the Cup - seeing how much joy it brings to the winning nation is really what is all about for me.
ellestra: (sunrise)
Originally written 2014-07-11
On Wednesday Germany destroyed Brazil 7-1. Since then everyone has been talking about how extraordinary this was and compare with other big loses (and for Americans explaining the level of devastation by translating it to the sports they understand). But the overwhelming feelings where first shock and then schadenfreude.

When I watched the Germany pile the goals there was shock - you just don't expect something like this at this stage. It's one thing for Portugal to do it to North Korea in group stage but not in semifinals. Not to Brazil. At one moment I wasn't sure if I watch a repeat or another goal. Brazil defence was just like poles Germans just dribbled around - they were not playing. It was a shock, disbelief but then even the commentators started laughing. After the fourth goal I started to cover my eyes it was so bad. But I still peaked because it was like watching a train wreck. Only without anyone one dying so after you got over the shock you could safely switch to schadenfraude. So really it was like watching a celebrity meltdown live - some careers might've died that day but no one really died so we could all point and laugh.

This means that the whole thing was entertaining but it was not a good match. In fact it was a really horrible one. Which is probably why some Americans have such a problem with soccer. It's not really about the number of goals. Of course they matter too but if the teams are not balanced it just gets sad fast. This is why noone prises Astralia 31-0 American Samoa as the greatest match ever. But in Brazil's case there was certain enjoyment in seeing the might fall. All the photos of Brazilian fans in tears and all the memes. One thing about sport is that we can watch the mighty fall and enjoy their misfortune without feeling bad about ourselves. After all everyone gets second chance the next time around (look at France - they are a real team now).
ellestra: (sunrise)
When I was going home I was watching Americans wrapped in national colours going to watch their match with Belgium. The streets were mostly empty and the only places where you could see people were bars and restaurants with TV screens. And all those screens were showing the match. The whole main street looked like a dead town with almost noone around except for places showing the World Cup. It was funny how you could tell which places were showing it just by the fact that there were people there. Even on my bus I could here people listening to the match on their phones.

And I know that many people already left for the long weekend and the students are no longer here but still it was eerie. And kind of familiar - because that's how it should be when your country is playing. Even when you know they are going to loose. (With all the group winners advancing now I kind of want the Colombia, Costa Rica, France and Belgium semifinals. Yes I am fickle and contrary.) You just hope to lose well and be proud of the team and thanks to US goalkeeper Americans suddenly gained some cred (according to my male football obsessed friends it helps finding friends to drink with in foreign countries). Because in the end 31 teams loose and this was never going to be US year. And it hurts but if it hurts it shows you really care and this is as big part of World Cup as the game itself.

Of course it's just a game. The endless discussions about whether this is the moment when scoccer makes it in US doesn't really mean anything. Whether it is or isn't popular here doesn't really matter. Because here it's just another sport and even if it becomes more popular it won't really impact much.

But I do feel angry when those right wing pundits dismiss it because it's cheap (no, in rich countries it isn't - kits and boots can be a small fortune as my boss complains) and therefore can be played by poor people (true - because you can play it even without all this expensive stuff but how is that a bad thing?). I get angry because they act like the fact that anyone can be good at something, without putting insane amounts of money into it, makes that thing less valuable. Like the effort to be good doesn't matter - only how much you paid to get there. But the value of sports is measured in passion not by the cost of becoming a player (or the price of the minute of advertisement). It's measured in the power to change lives. And this is the only reason why football really matters. Because sometimes it can make all the difference in the world.

I'm pretty sure that for those girls that win mattered more than World Cup ever could to whoever wins it this year. And I say it knowing that winning the World Cup means everything to millions of people.
ellestra: (telamon)
It's always (by always I mean twice so far) amusing to observe Americans reacting to World Cup - but this time the haters are in minority and the fans are everywhere. This time they really seem to get into it - judging from all the reactions posted all over the internets and the TV coverage of those reactions. The joy and the heartbreak and the patriotism and the drinking - it's almost like they care like the rest of us (of course it's still not like Poland where every time I look at onet it shows me information about matches as breaking news no matter if I look at situation in Iraq, the tape scandal or gossip and Poland isn't even in the Cup).

The World Cuo is also big in my town but it's summer vacation in college town so a large part of the population left is made of foreigners. Just in my lab and the ones sharing the space there are Brazilians, Germans, Italians, Iranian-Swedes and many more. This means I see the matches everywhere at work - from people taking laptops with them to the equipment room to the cafeteria menu screens switched to the TV. All the bars have signs saying you can watch World Cup here and you can see people sitting in lines instead of around tables to have a good view.

There's a wall full of printed out brackets - people picking the results of every match. It's getting way into too much detail for me. I watched a lot of hightlights and there has been plenty so far (so many goals it's almost too much - I got tired and couldn't keep up with them all). I'm just interested enough to have my final four - Argentina, Brazil, Germany and Netherlands and so far it looks like this will happen. After that I don't really care which of those teams wins. And since I don't really have a stake in this I just picked.

I want Brazil to win because I always root for the home team (not that it did any good to Poland 2 years ago) and I promised my Brazilian friends I would. They have a good team and they deserve it for all the shit the FIFA and their government put them through (for all those people wearing yellow in all the street shots). And they had won it so many times but never at home so it'd be great if they did this time.

I would like Argentina to win because I think it'd be great so close to home and I'd be nice if they could do it without handball. I think that the country would have much better hero in Messi than Maradona (Messi is a better footballer and a better human being - not that that last part is hard).

Netherlands vs Spain was what I wanted to see 4 years ago (I was rooting for the Dutch until I saw their behaviour and I switched sides in disgust). Now they play well again and I again want them too win (get the World Cup already). I also want to keep the Orange Army as long as possible (carrots and all).

And ever since the 2006 World Cup in Germany I want the Germany to win. They played really good in the two last Cups and they were the team that was most enjoyable to watch and played like a team but they couldn't get past 3rd place. Maybe third time's the charm (and I want to see Klose to break the record - that's as close as we can get to Polish contribution to World Cup any time soon).

Of course my favourite part of any World Cup is the drama. Zidane's headbutt. French team meltdown four years ago (they are surprisingly good this time and their match against Germany could be awesome - if both get that far - and they might have a shot at the final). Spain crashing out of this one. Luis Suarez getting kicked out of for biting (and all the memes it created). The things people do even when they know the whole world is watching sometimes blow my mind (I almost get why people watch reality shows).
ellestra: (river song)
The list of the characters coming in the next season of Games of Thrones has a lot of Dornish characters. I'm one of those people who really like Dorne (them and Dany's chapters are my favourite parts) so I'm pretty happy about this.

I just realised I never wrote about how the Suvudu's Cage Match ended this year. It was pretty surreal clash between Screen and Page version of Leia Organa. Surprisingly the Book version won. Too bad that she's no longer cannon.

Ever since I've heard about the movie based on Stanisław Lem's The Futurological Congress was being made I wondered what this movie has in common with the book. The first trailer of Congress doesn't help with this at all. It seems to have even less in common with Lem's book than I, Robot had with Isaac Asimov's work. However, the story in the movie seems like pretty decent SF. I'm not sure why are they dragging Lem into this.
ellestra: (tiger)
So today March ends and it's time to look back at the polls. [livejournal.com profile] f_march_madness champion this year is Abbie Mills so for the second year in the row the winner from a new show. And female. And not white. And I remember the times when everyone was pissed about Dean Winchester winning.

In similar vain Firefly was eliminated by Star Wars which went to win the io9 March Madness - Science Fiction vs. Fantasy. In the final it beat Lord of the Rings. The best part of this were the paintings of the match-ups.

Suvudu's 2014 Cage Match is only on round 3 and we still have two Aryas, Eowyns and Leias in the running. I'm still a little confused which is which but I like the Minecraft Roleplays for each round.

And I just mentioned Jupiter Ascending as something I'm planning to see - just look at those starships - they are so pretty I feel totally justified.
ellestra: (big gun)
Yesterday was a very, very bad day and I'm too tired to even think about it but today is Pi Day (because Americans write the date as 3.14) so let's think about something nicer.

It's March so the time for the match up polls have come again. The [livejournal.com profile] f_march_madness is almost done already (I always forget how fast it is - I have too much to do in RL to keep up and always miss few rounds). Today is the last, final, championship round and you have just few hours left to vote but it looks like Abbie Mills has got this one. Even if the vote would turn and she loses this will be another one (after Joan Watson won last year) for a new character in a new show.

Suvudu Cage Match 2014 theme is Page vs. Screen so they have books and movie/tv versions of characters competing in Page and Screen brackets. It's a little confusing but I wonder what would happen if at the end we'll end up with Arya vs. Arya or Katniss vs. Katniss. How do you decide which version is more deadly? Is it done by more numerous screen version fans or by the number of people on the website who think books are always better? The first round just finished but the second will start the next week so you can check if anyone you like survived.

And last but not least - io9 March Madness this year is Science Fiction vs. Fantasy. The first batch of polls for round one has opened for voting today and next ones will be happening Monday, Wednesday, Friday for the next two weeks. It's books, comics, movies, tv series and for works with multiple incarnations you are to take all versions under consideration (not just the most loved/hated ones) when picking a winner. Of course everyone expects Firefly to win anyway.
ellestra: (river song)
Round 4 of Suvudu's 2013 Cage Match is on and Gandalf is destroying as always. Surprisingly it looks like he will take on White Witch in the finals right now.

I was also surprised that Doctor Who is beating Star Trek: TNG in the final of io9's The Greatest Sci-Fi Shows Ever! poll. Not surprisingly Firefly beat everything in Wheadon special. The best part, for me, is that, in the end, the shows left standing actually are sci-fi.

If you don't care about any of that and since there is just a few days left here's the instuctions how to make dragon eggs for Easter:
ellestra: (winged)
In this quick update I note that the Fandom Steel Cage Match March Madness has been won by Joan Watson. That's something for such a new fandom. I'm happy with the fandom once again pushing female characters to the top. Sometimes it feel nice to be reminded it's not all about the hate.

The io'9 poll for The Greatest Sci-Fi Shows Ever! has finished the 16 stage and all Star Treks, and Doctor Who are still in the running. But with Farscape and T:TSCC gone I don't really care that much which one of them will get the final price.

The Doctor is no longer in the running in the Suvudu 2013 Cage Match. He lost to Gandalf in round 2 and now it's pretty clear Gandalf is going to win this. And the only thing I'm sad about is that Bene Gesserit are loosing to Inigo Montoya in round 3. They have the Voice. And prana-bindu training. Generally I think that the idea to use only classic characters (and movie/TV ones) was not a good one. The poll numbers are pretty low and people just don't seem so excited about it despite Gandalf and Doctor being in it. For me the best part of previous ones were the match-up descriptions written by the authors themselves. It just made everything more fun and exciting. Like official fanfiction or something. Even if it lead to poll stuffing by fans.
ellestra: (telamon)
This year io9's March TV Madness is about finding The Greatest Sci-Fi Shows Ever! It's already on the second half of round 1 and it has all my favourites - Doctor Who, Farscape, BSG, TTSC, Red Dwarf and ST:TNG and The Middleman (only the last one is losing :( ). Of course, taught by previous experience, they eliminated Wheadon shows (because everyone knows Firefly would have won just like Serenity and River did). Wheadon shows are to get their own poll. I hope you can curb your disappointment.

The Suvudu 2013 Cage Match opened the second round and it's time for the match of the Match - Gandalf vs. The Doctor. I'm picking the losing side in about half of them.

Fandom Steel Cage Match March Madness has already reached the Elite Eight stage. It's all female now (yay!) but I seem to pick the losing sides (:( ).
ellestra: (tiger)
It's March so it's time for this year's Suvudu Cage Match. This year has much higher content of movie/tv characters (or at least characters that got to be on the scree). This makes me little sad because I liked that Suvudu version was more about book characters then the other such contests. Round 1 is already open for voting and all the brackets are also up so you can see who is coming in the next rounds. My early favourite is the Doctor.

Tor.com gives away a copy of a new Charles de Lint story The Cats of Tanglewood Forest as well as When We Wake by Karen Healey. Both for people with US addresses only unfortunately.
ellestra: (tiger)
Poland lost and got eliminated from Euro (can't say it was unexpected but hope always dies last). This is the first really big, international sports event in Poland and it would've been nice if we could keep playing. I watch mostly the in-between matches reports because it so nice to see home and Poland of Euro certainly looks pretty on TV (although I could do with less racism reports) and I can keep doing that but now without extra fun of hearing the commentators trying to pronounce Polish surnames.

Bat-bridges do nothing to save the bats. Bats have their favourite flying paths they use for hunting and they often go close to the ground to protect them from other predators. If a road gets built in the middle of such path bats get killed by cars. The bat gantries or bridges are currently thought to be the best way to protect them by showing them a new path. However, new research shows that bats completely ignore those and keep using the old path. And die.

[livejournal.com profile] grrm admitted what we all knew (it was certainly something I thought about as soon as HBO started making Game of Thrones) - he writes very slowly and may not be able to finish before TV series catches up to the books. Maybe they really should start changing things and don't look back.

And speaking of GoT - there is that George W. Bush head on a spike thing (they just had some lying around and because making them is expensive they used it and now people are loosing their shit) and in the latest installment they are pulling the episode to erase it from it so if you have the old version hold on to it. I don't really care either way - not my president after all - but the whole thing is both funny and a little bit sad. Martin wanted to have cameo like that but they couldn't afford it.
ellestra: (anomander rake)
I'm sure you know all I wrote yesterday was a lie. I spent the day cleaning :P

However, I forgot to link the xkcd comic as I was to busy trying to find all the versions. Luckily, Umwelt is still working and the comic you'll see will depend on your location, browser, OS, link you used, network and many other things. Hunt them all or go here.
Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. Everything about you shapes the world you inhabit --from your ideology to your glasses prescription to your browser window size.
So I don't know what you will see. It's like we live in different worlds.
[My favourite one is the Earthquake North Carolina version but we didn't have to wait 6 months for hurricane. I also loved the plugin will never exist on my android phone. Even the variations on snake would have made it awesome. The totality of this is mindboggling]

The Final Showdown For The Worst Scifi Movie Ever Made: Battlefield Earth Vs. Catwoman is up right now on io9 and BE is winning. Well deserved. I was betting on it from the start.

It seems I had a little less luck in predicting the finalists of the Suvudu's Cage Match as both Rake and Granny are loosing their semifinals. Rake's against big, big fandom and Granny is against one that rallied (you can see it in how good her opponent has done lately). Well, at least it looks like I'll get my battle in the third place match.

Felicia's Day channel Geek & Sundry has just started and the first episodes are up including Felicia doing blacksmithing and Wil's Table top games but there is also something extra from the cast of The Guild:
ellestra: (slingers)
The new Doctor Who companion rummors have been flying around widely lately. There is no need anymore as today the Ponds replacement has been announced.Jenna-Louise Coleman is too be next companion and Moffat says she has great chemistry with Matt and that her character will be able to outtalk the Doctor. There are also some hints about how Amy and Rory will depart the show so read at your own risk.

Syfy released a Blood and Chrome trailer and it looks kind of awesome (space battles! It's been so long since I've seen space battles). I was starting to think they gave up on this show (with all the rumors about turning it into web series or cancelling it outright) so I'm glad it's still going to happen. So, in conclusion, do we start to whine about eyecolour now or wait for the show to actually start?

And io9 is on second tier of second round of io9’s March Movie Madness: Choose even more of the worst sci-fi movies ever!

And Suvudu's Cage Match is at 16 stage. Granny is winning by a large margin now even though it looked like a tie yesterday (she would crush Napoleon without a sweat - just go and see what she did to other megalomaniacs). It's exactly opposite with Rake - he's just barely winning now (I blame the unfair bribing the audience with Rothfuss written Bast vs. Zaphod). However, I still believe that my final will come true. It did last year even though chances looked much more slim.
ellestra: (aeryn)
It's still 20C outside now at 10 pm. It was 27 today and it's going to be as or even more for the rest of the week. And it's only the π day. I try not to think what will happen later.

I'm still getting used to all the climate and time changes so all I came to do is remind you about all the voting you need to do - you have till tomorrow on all of them:

1. Fanom Steel Cage Match March Madness is already on Final FiveFour and right now it looks like it'll be all female final. All three places on the podium is what I'm rooting for.

2. Sci-fi only version is few steps behind and both Aeryn and John are still in the game. Nice to know that there are few other people out there who still remember. And I want Samantha Carter vs. Helen Magnus.

3. I was starting to think io9 won't do anything this year but they just started. And this time it's io9's March Movie Madness: The WORST Movie. There are some films I think are pretty good or at least watchable on this list but also so many I still can't believe were really made. I'm rooting for Battlefield Earth to win this. Or Pluto Nash.

4. And last but as always the most fun - round 2 of Suvudu's Cage Match with more author write-ups. You can tell Matthew Stover had so much fun getting to play in Hitchhiker's universe. Too bad it looks like he won't write any more of these. Both Harry Connolly, Brent Weeks and Paul S. Kemp convinced me to vote for their characters and it seems I'm not the only one. And I love Weatherwax vs. Fool but one didn't have to be prescient to foresee the results of that. Granny all the way!

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