Monday, March 30, 2009

Shenanigans! SHENANIGANS!!

Jezebel: Heroes And Villains: Who Are Your Pop Culture Heroines?

Princess Leia's not on the list? Fail EW! Epic, epic FAIL!!!

President Roslyn has two words for you EW.


I review it: Watchmen

Jackie Earl Haley is amazing.  Like Rutger Hauer "Tears in the rain" amazing.  Wow, how 'bout Dr. Manhattan's giant blue junk, huh?  And there's a space squid in the book? Really?

4 smiley face buttons.

UPDATE! How did I manage to miss this?

I think I can actually feel the universe folding in on itself.

photo via Cupcakes and Mace

New Riddick movie in the works. Line forms behind me.

io9: Riddick 3 Details Reveal What's Next For Our Furyan
David Twohy is scripting the next installment of Riddick as we speak, and it's underway. The story will return to a Pitch Black [sensibility] while servicing the mythology that's been enhanced in Chronicles of Riddick.

Sounds to me like Twohy might be a wax|wendy reader.

Methadone for my BSG withdrawal

via io9

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Let's go to work

io9 Triviagasm: 10 Greatest Science Fiction TV Show Endings Ever

I found the BSG finale totally satisfying - I don't even mind the "angels among us" twist.

And speaking of Angel, I would add this to the list. Gunn totally survives, irregardless of what Ilyria says.

I wish to do more violence.

And this is called "The Wanton Folly of me Mum"!

You AVP moment of Zen

via io9

Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor!

You've got to give it to Bones McCoy on general principle, but it's Doc Cottle for the win!

io9 Triviagasm: What's Up, Doc? (Twenty of the Best Physicians in Science Fiction)

There's a time rift in Cardiff again

This image snapped by Google for its Street View map of Cardiff appears to show a ghost materializing suspiciously close to Torchwood headquarters.

Or, as io9 commenter LowellAutolycus suggests, it's a cast member from the production of Mary Poppins - currently on stage at the Millennium Centre - on her way to the sandwich shop across the street.

But it's highly unlikely.

io9: Google Street View Captures Victorian Ghost Walking in Cardiff

Saturday, March 28, 2009

I'm gonna set your flag on fire

credit: American Festivals Project

The American Festivals Project took off to New Orleans to document Indian Sunday, a major gathering of the Mardi Gras Indian tribes. Each suit is a labor intensive work of art hand sewn by the wearer. By tradition, a new suit is required each year, and St. Joseph's night marks the last parade before the current years suits are dismantled.

Video and photo gallery at AFP

St. Joseph’s night, New Orleans–a battle between the Mardi Gras Indian tribes - American Festivals Project

Friday, March 27, 2009

Clearly, this was the best part of the BSG finale

In my humble opinion.

NGM Blog Central - Battlestar Geographica: Galactica's Secrets Revealed in the "Yellow Magazine" - National Geographic Magazine -

I'm withholding judgement

I dunno. I do like the Spike Jonze - although can you imagine what Michel Gondry could have done? And Dave "McSweeney's" Eggers co-wrote the screenplay. So it has potential. I'll have to wait and see some reviews. One thing is for sure, there will be no middle ground with this movie.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Apparently you can take the sky from me

NASA naming contest falls for Colbert prank | The Social - CNET News

According to the Associated Press, write-ins for 'Colbert' crushed all of NASA's four poll options, pulling in 230,539 votes; the second-place choice, NASA suggestion 'Serenity' (a nod to sci-fi hero Joss Whedon) was more than 40,000 votes behind.
Well played Colbert Nation. Well played ...

Sunday, March 22, 2009

When fandoms collide

io9 - Battlestar Galactica: Spike And Angel Debate The BSG Finale

Dressing gown, she knows nothing about fashion.

I have a fabulous hand-made (by my great-aunt Virginia) purple faux fur coat that I have described as looking like someone skinned a muppet.  An expression I totes stole from TWoP, by the way.

But in the case of designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, I think he's being over literal.

via ModCloth

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sweet alcohol takes the pain away. So say we all.

The Chron also has a handy BSG recap so you can be fully up to speed for all the finale goodness.  

BSG at the UN - SO SAY WE ALL!

io9 - BSG's United Nations Summit: The Night Battlestar Galactica Took Over The U.N.

The end of days is nigh. Tonight is the final episode of the final season of Battlestar Galactica.


Tuesday night at an event that raised the bar for awesometoast, BSG stars Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, along with series creators Ronald D. Moore and David Eick appeared at a panel discussion at the UN - that's right. The UNITED FRAKKING NATIONS. They were there to discuss the intersection of themes from the show - human rights, reproductive rights, terrorism - and events in the real world.

And apparently, this happened:
At one point the discussion lit a fire under the Admiral, and the talk of human rights turned personal for Edward James Olmos. The "Old Man" launched into a passionate speech about casting off the idea of race as a cultural determinant, and said we were one race, the human race. His voice echoed throughout the chamber growing louder until - I kid you not - he was yelling, "So Say We All," and the crowd answered right back. Hell, even I yelled it, I was in the fraking United Nations with Adama, the gods themselves could not have stopped this moment. It was surreal - the entire audience turned into one massive optimistic/role-playing/saddened goosebump, because who knows when we'll ever hear those words again? And then we were doubly geeked out when, as if on cue, Mary McDonnell turned to Olmos and put her hand on his cheek. But the real chills came from realizing that this treasured television show had actually opened up the lines of communication between the audience and the United Nations. BSG has made people think about the troubling deeds happening in darkened rooms in the present day, not just on a spaceship in the future.

The Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Planning, Robert Orr, admitted that he hasn't talked about terrorism or nuclear armageddon in a social situation since 1982 (although he talks about those issues daily at work). "We don't like to confront these issues in our lives, but they are real," said Orr. "If a show can get us thinking about it and talking about it, then Amen, because it isn't easy." Ahem, I think you meant, "Thank the gods." But he's got a point, and I don't think there is another show on television that could recreate last night at the United Nations, by addressing current issues in such a manner.

What am I going to do without you BSG?

British Friday - Fictional megalomaniac edition

Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

24 years??! How is that even possible??

An actual conversation between Therese and her 7 year old son.

Sweet mother of Dean we're old ...

UPDATED! But wait, there's more! The 4 year old has some knowledge to drop too ...


Thursday, March 12, 2009

John Stewart watches the Watchers who watch the Watchmen

And manages to incorporate a BLADE RUNNER reference in the middle to boot!

I heart you John Stewart!

tip o'the hat to T!

Supernatural 4.15 "Death Takes a Holiday"

All new tonight!  Yay!

Mo Ryan at the Chicago Tribune has all sorts of spoilery goodness!

First, a mess of clips from tonight's episode.

She also talks at length with writer and producer Sera Gamble about what we can expect for the second half of the season. 

On thing to look forward to - the March 26 alternate universe episode that sees Dean living the corporate life.  Suits, lattes, and *gasp* a sensible "energy-conscious set of wheels".

And!  AND!  The bestest news EVAH!
The angels’ plan for Dean will be revealed this season,” Gamble said. But don’t fear Castiel going away: The show has been renewed for a fifth year, and guest star [Misha] Collins has been upped to series-regular status for Season 5.

"Being wrapped up with what’s going on with Sam and Dean is really dangerous for an angel like Castiel", Gamble said. “He is getting to like Dean quite a bit. Dean is a terrible influence on an angel, I think, because everything about Dean’s way of looking at the world is antithetical to being an angel, which is all about obedience and following the party line and doing what you’re told without question.”
This news convinces me even more that Sam is going to somehow be linked to Lucifer (if he isn't actually the vessel).  
Could this conflict lead to a Winchester versus Winchester showdown before the season is over?

“As to where exactly Sam and Dean’s relationship is headed, I have to say, tune in and find out,” Gamble said. “But it’s true that their relationship has been fraying and has been different since Dean got out of hell. They spent that time apart. Sam was ... was suicidal. Dean was in hell. They were very changed. ... And a lot of this season has been about the ways in which they can’t connect anymore.”

"Their relationship is not as simple as it used to be," Gamble added. "When an audience member says, 'I've been watching it since Season 1 and I just really miss the way they used to be together,' so do Sam and Dean."
Just my speculation - but if Season 4 has been about the fraying of the brothers' relationship, Season 5 is going to be open warfare - between them, and their allies.  Fun!

Kripke has said that he's had the final scene of the final episode planned out in his head since day one.  Knowing him, we'll get a headstone that says, "Sam and Dean Winchester.  They saved the World.  A Lot".

So let me just get a preemptive DAMN YOU KRIPKE!!!! in now.

Winchester ad via 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Yay! Captain Tightpants Returns!

Nathan Fillion has a new romantic procedural debuting tonight on ABC at 10:00. Mo Ryan at the Watcher has clips and first impressions. She's not wowed, but interested enough to stick around. I'm not sold on the premise, but I'll check it out. We Browncoats have to stick together.

What? Who? What?! Three Excellent Questions.

Pantalaine: Provisioners of America's Finest Plural Clothing

Now, some of these make perfect sense, in a bizarre head injury kind of way. For instance, toddlers can go through a lot of outfits in the course of a day. This dad is admirably prepared.

No need to worry about losing track of one of the kids.  Mom may only have 2 hands, but her pants have 4 sleeves.  

Everybody buddy up!

Show the world your love.  We like to be close.

I got your back, girl.


I'm a Marvel. And I'm a DC.

I don't actually read comic books, but I loves me some movies based on comic book super heroes. I also love ItsJustSomeRandomGuy 's videos. Action figures commenting on their own movies. This meta tastes delicious!

Suck it Dark Knight!

Jerk. Emo.

via io9

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Children?? What about me?!

10 Awesome Ads (For Traumatizing Children) |

Don't plan on sleeping tonight.  Because these faces from hell will be burned on the inside of your eyelids.

So beautiful ... so pretty ...



via Jezebel

Dammit Cameron Diaz stop making me like you!

Would it kill you to run a brush through your hair?  Whew, I feel better now.

via Jezebel

Sweetie, it is NOT fashion!

Jezebel - Best Foot Forward: Have You Seen Nina Ricci's Stupefying Shoes?

Libraries Rule!

15 Incredible Library Special Collections | Online Courses

The Nurse Romance Novel collection at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee?

There's special, and then there's awesome.


Thursday, March 5, 2009


Hey, Watchmen opens tomorrow! I understand it takes its source material from a comic book, so I imagine the movie will be something like this.

via io9

I'm seeing Castiel in a whole new light - vid moderately NSFW

And some details on the March 19 episode of Supernatural after the clip.

Here's the official description for the March 19 episode, "On The Head Of A Pin," written by Ben Edlund:

Someone found Lucifer's sword and is using it to kill angels. Castiel (Misha Collins) and Uriel (guest star Robert Wisdom) have captured Alastair (guest star Christopher Heyerdahl) and ask Dean (Jensen Ackles) to use the torturing skills he learned in Hell to extract information from him so they can stop the murders. Sam (Jared Padalecki) is concerned Dean can't handle the job but Dean agrees to do it. However, when Alastair reveals some shocking information, Dean's world is shattered.
Wow.  This seems to jibe with the promo I posted last week.  Ben Edlund has written some of my favorite episodes, and he can definitely hit the twisted humor sweet spot *cough* giantsuicidalteddybear *cough*.  But something tells me this epi is going to be longer on the angst than on the funny.

And it goes without saying - SQUEE!

via io9

Ooh! Shiny!

NASA wants your opinion in naming the International Space Station’s Node 3 – a connecting module and its cupola – before the two segments travel to space and are installed on the orbiting laboratory. The name should reflect the spirit of exploration and cooperation embodied by the space station, and follow in the tradition set by Node 1- Unity- and Node 2- Harmony.

Or the name can reflect the spirit of big damn heros who aim to misbehave. Which could be why Serenity currently has 85 86% of the vote.  Poll is open until March 20, so do be sure to vote early and often.

UPDATE!  There seems to be a bit of a write-in battle between Xenu and Colbert.  Heh.
We are legion.  We are Anonymous.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Yeah, not so much

Is this going to be an hour long Sawyer-Kate-Jack ship?


Smokey, beer me strength.

Screw it, I'm going to Sephora

 First Dame Edna, now this? What the hell, MAC? You're supposed to apply the cosmetics, not smoke them.

via Jezebel

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Gods damn right! Sing it like it is.

via Jezebel

This may be taking my love of Chucks a little far

You know, the longer I stare at these, the more I kind of love them.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Shocking admission time.  As stoked as I am for the upcoming Watchmen movie ... I've never actually read the comic.  

I know, right?  It's back to nerd re-education camp for me.  Again.  Some more.

Watchmen wasn't even on my radar until its significance to Lost was pointed out (probably in one of T's recaps).  Add to that the fact that JDM is in it, and I like the Dark Knighification of super heroes, and you get an opening day ticket buyer.

Wikipedia gave me the basic story outline, and now io9 has helpfully provided the context of what I'll be watching come the weekend.