sabotabby: (gaudeamus)
I vaguely heard that the US was getting an eclipse (as in this was all over my FB feed) but assumed it wasn't going to affect here, but I found out yesterday that, no, indeed, we were getting 72% of an eclipse. A woman's paycheque worth of an eclipse. So I made last-minute plans with [personal profile] metalana. She is an A++ good influence on me as she makes me shoot RAW, so they came out slightly better than expected, and also made pinhole viewers since getting eclipse glasses at the last possible moment is not a thing that can be done. At any rate, we didn't need to bother, because during an eclipse, the usual rules of capitalism and urban living get suspended. Everyone came out to the beach and people were happy to share their eclipse glasses and show off their homemade viewers, which ranged from two pieces of paper to someone's modded-up telescope. The telescope people invited us to hang with them and gave us Coke and were generally lovely. Pointing a DSLR at the sun is not as dangerous as pointing your eyes at the sun, but is kind of pointless unless you have more sophisticated gear than either of us have, but I did get some awesome shots of shadows and things we found whilst wandering around.

Pictures that are not pictures of the sun )But let's be honest here; cool photography and socializing with your neighbours is not what makes Eclipse Day great. The best thing is that, after a number of my friends joked that Cheeto Benito was going to look directly at the sun like a fucking moron, CHEETO BENITO FUCKING LOOKED AT THE SUN LIKE A FUCKING MORON. This is the actual best thing to happen and I am so overjoyed you have no idea.
sabotabby: (doctor who)
Hot damn this was the best series of NuWho. But the finale was kind of a typical finale, in that it was a let-down from the incredible penultimate episode. Which is not to say that it's bad, so much as I'm just really glad we get one more episode with Capaldi because if he has to leave (*tears*) it should be on a high note.

And the thing is I dislike almost all the season finales, because they illustrate the biggest flaws both Moff and RTD have with writing arcs, which is EPIC SET-UP followed by not knowing how to conclude all of the plot in a narratively satisfying way. 

The problem is that I figured out a way to fix it.

spoilers obv )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (hand tardis)
You might celebrate something else, but today is Pajamas Day for me, wherein I am fucking around the house making up for a lack of slack time and an excess of having to wear pants in my life.

I did some more arts. [livejournal.com profile] katebacross requested Who characters made by the Star Wars team. I am 99% sure I have seen this concept tackled by people with far more technical and creative talent than me but I couldn't resist. It's just a quick sketch because I know I can't do it proper justice anyway.

really quick )

Then I did proper art. Kinda. I've been neglecting my space octopus and one of my goals was to rectify this.

lurking in the deep )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (hand tardis)
You know what, I just wanted to show you guys my new icon.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (TARDIS by mimisoliel)
So I'm told that this was a lackluster opener, writing-wise. Gotta disagree. It had me squealing like a silly fangirl from the first shot of a T-Rex stomping over Victorian London. I understand many people's critical analyses of Nu Who and that's all good and important (read [livejournal.com profile] ed_rex's critique here; he is not wrong on the gender issues), but I don't expect consistency and nuance from a show that originally won my heart with monsters made out of spraypainted bubble wrap. If you have more time than I do, have a read through some of Philip Sandifer's reviews of Classic Who for why continuity is not important.

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I have no desire to watch DW alone when it's a joy much better shared; here is the buffet that my friends and I put together, with cheddar-jalapeno Dalek muffins by L., TARDIS and Dalek chocolates filled with vegan marshmallows by me, custard tarts and cod cakes by A., and in the background, some non-thematic shish-kabobs so we didn't all pass out from too much alcohol and sugar.

Largely positive )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (TARDIS by mimisoliel)
So who wants to see Doctor Who themed baking? I mean, most of you, obviously.

Look what [livejournal.com profile] lienne, [livejournal.com profile] cupric_acetate, and I baked.

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Isn't it magnificent?

delicious TARDIS and Daleks under the cut )

So, yeah. That happened. I'm looking for a solution to make TARDIS and Dalek chocolates that aren't quite so dense for the Inevitable 50th Anniversary Theme Party, so any (easy) ideas would be most welcome. At the moment we're thinking cake interior. Though the other option is Jelly Babies inside the TARDISes and calamari inside the Daleks. That might be gross, though.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (TARDIS by mimisoliel)
Today was, apparently, the day to get cool shit in the mail. First, when I left the house on my way to physio, there was a Doctor Who ice tray in my mailbox. It's not especially convenient for ice cubes, but my intent is to make chocolates with it because I'm awesome that way.

Nevertheless, in the meantime it also does make ice cubes, albeit really large ones, so here is Marinetti exterminating an ice Dalek:

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My badass Adventure Kitty, you guys.

Here's what the TARDIS one looks like:

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As if that wasn't already enough to make my day, I got yet another package in the mail in the afternoon, this one from the lovely and talented [livejournal.com profile] nihilistic_kid. He'd blogged awhile ago about the most hilarious ever Jews for Jesus pamphlet, a rare specimen of the sort I collect for the lulz, and actually sent it my way (along with a book that looks awesome).

Feast your eyes:

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It's about how Jesus is more awesome than Justin Bieber. Which is really setting a low bar if you ask me, but I am probably not the target audience. Anyway! In an effort to share some of the joy, I've scanned the whole thing so that you can read it, print it, and evangelize. You're welcome!
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (tom waits)
Via [livejournal.com profile] seanmonster: NyanWaits. Currently rated Best Thing On the Internet. So good that I want to change the Infernal Device's ring to this.

Via [livejournal.com profile] rohmie: Doctor Who: the RPG.

It is Wrong to take pleasure in the deaths of people who aren't, say, Margaret Thatcher, but I will admit that the world of *cough*art*cough is better off without Thomas Kinkade.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (TARDIS by mimisoliel)
[livejournal.com profile] marnanel clearly hates me, so he sent me a link to the YouTube videos of Mike Huckabee. I didn't know that Huckabee made animation, did you? Now this knowledge can not be un-known.


[It's here, but you shouldn't watch it.]

Naturally, no one has bothered to caption or transcribe this video, so I'll do my best, in the service of web accessibility and also so that you never need to suffer through actually watching this.

cut to spare your brains and browser window )
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (silver mt zion)
1. The Doctor Who series premiere. Damn you, Moffat, I will have nightmares forever. After traumatizing a generation of children with the Weeping Angels and shadows that eat you, he one-upped himself and threw Richard Nixon in there for good measure.

Seriously, though, that was a hell of an opening.

2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor last night were excellent, and the Sadies (whom I have heard before and didn't like at the time) weren't bad either. The only thing is that Lee's Palace is really not a good venue to hear Godspeed. It was packed, of course, and there's nowhere to sit. I think next time they should play in a concert hall. At least the sound quality was surprisingly clear. I just didn't appreciate getting as, uh, intimate with the people around me as I did.

Okay, now it's halfway through the weekend and I officially need Recluse Time.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (TARDIS by mimisoliel)


Go on, have a cry at this.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (march)
Between marking and freelance work—let's be honest, I was utterly procrastinating, long past the point of being productive—I finally caught up with the latest season of Sarah Jane Adventures. And found myself relating to children's TV far more than I should.

The thing is, activists on telly are usually portrayed as either one-note earnest martyrs for the cause (not that we don't know people like that, am I right?) or laughable strawpeople, and the latest SJA episode was most decidedly Not That. And despite it being not the best episode ever in terms of narrative, it hit home for me emotionally in a way that I feel the need to babble about.

spoilers )

The other thing I enjoyed yesterday was the latest installment of Slacktivist's Left Behind reviews. I mean, the posts are always good, but the comments are the big exception to Don't Read the Comments. People have started writing fanfiction. Or, anti-fanfiction, I guess. Basically, ficlets that are Left Behind if it were any good at all: fleshing out stereotypical side characters, calculating a functional resistance, what the disappearances would look like from a Muslim point of view (then, later, a Norse pagan point of view and a Cthulhu-cultist's point of view. The latter had me in stitches.). It's really enjoyable fiction that I want to see made into an actual novel.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (the doctor dances)
The latest episode of Doctor Who was the first portrayal of mental illness on telly in I-don't-know-how-long that didn't make me want to punch my fist through the computer screen.

Also, I may have cried a bit, though I am in a weepy mood lately regardless of what I'm doing. Still, it was quite good.


Ohdeargod. The latest "Hark, a vagrant." The one about Canadian literature is so true that I wish I could travel back in time, show it to my long-suffering teenage self with her face stuck in compulsory Margaret Laurence, and say, "It's okay dear. One day, this will all be the punchline of a very funny joke."
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (TARDIS by mimisoliel)
On a happier note, I just watched The Eleventh Hour.

Every moment was pure squee and yay. Welcome back, show! Also, I am rather fond of the new theme and opening sequence. And the bowtie. Not everyone can pull off a bowtie, but I think more people should at least make the attempt.

Related: Are Teabaggers Daleks or Cybermen?
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (Default)
On a happier note, I just watched The Eleventh Hour.

Every moment was pure squee and yay. Welcome back, show! Also, I am rather fond of the new theme and opening sequence. And the bowtie. Not everyone can pull off a bowtie, but I think more people should at least make the attempt.

Related: Are Teabaggers Daleks or Cybermen?
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (harper = evil)
By the way, our government suspended Parliament again. No one noticed because we are all stuffing ourselves with turkey or whatever. Well, not me. I was stuffing myself with tofurky. But you get the point.

Is it me, or do these people maybe just not want to govern? Perhaps Harper should return to playing kitten poker or whatever he does when he's not bungling climate change conferences or supporting Colombian anti-union death squads, and hand over the running of the country to someone who actually gives a shit.


Unrelated but I've already made two other posts today, so I'm tagging it onto this one: I'm catching up on Slacktivist's Left Behind reviews (he's in the middle of Tribulation Force, a.k.a. The One Where Nothing Happens Because the Bible Says Nothing Will Happen). In this post, he mentions that a pop culture hero, any pop culture hero (but, you know, especially Buffy and the Doctor), would have a better response to taking on the Antichrist than the Tribulation Force does.

Which leads to this comment, which is spot-on and gave me my giggle for the day.

P.S. Done my exams! No longer procrastinating. Go me.
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (Default)
By the way, our government suspended Parliament again. No one noticed because we are all stuffing ourselves with turkey or whatever. Well, not me. I was stuffing myself with tofurky. But you get the point.

Is it me, or do these people maybe just not want to govern? Perhaps Harper should return to playing kitten poker or whatever he does when he's not bungling climate change conferences or supporting Colombian anti-union death squads, and hand over the running of the country to someone who actually gives a shit.


Unrelated but I've already made two other posts today, so I'm tagging it onto this one: I'm catching up on Slacktivist's Left Behind reviews (he's in the middle of Tribulation Force, a.k.a. The One Where Nothing Happens Because the Bible Says Nothing Will Happen). In this post, he mentions that a pop culture hero, any pop culture hero (but, you know, especially Buffy and the Doctor), would have a better response to taking on the Antichrist than the Tribulation Force does.

Which leads to this comment, which is spot-on and gave me my giggle for the day.

P.S. Done my exams! No longer procrastinating. Go me.

Doctor Who

Jul. 5th, 2008 10:35 pm
sabotabby: raccoon anarchy symbol (TARDIS by mimisoliel)
Kind of anti-climactic after the awesomeness of last week, y/y?

spoilers under cut )

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