November 11, 2009

When I talk to the animals

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By Jove, I do believe it's a Pushme-Pullyu.

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November 03, 2009

Canada! Ah, Canada!

Shamus is writing about how everything he needs to know, he learns from Champions Online. In this edition he writes about Canada, America's Neighbor to the North.

He encountered a catgirl. I find myself wanting to call her "foxy", except that she's a catgirl, not a doggy girl. Anyway, she really looks good. She also looks like she ought to be freezing to death, considering how skimpy her costume is and the fact that there's snow all over everything. I get the impression that the national flower of Canada is the snowflake.

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September 08, 2009

Koi Koi Seven -- ep 1

The rule is that if a high school girl wears glasses, then she's brainy and she's a repressed volcano of passion. But if a high school boy wears glasses then he's a dork.

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Meet the dork. His name is Tetsurou. He's been granted a full scholarship to attend the Whatsis academy, and is arriving today for his first day there. It doesn't turn out to be quite what he expects: he's the only boy in what appears to be a girls' school. Why he was brought there is a mystery but there seems to be a reason, one that's secret.

The rest of this is below the fold.

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August 05, 2009

Nanoha A's -- questions

A couple of things about Nanoha that have always bugged me. First, what is Chrono's title? They translate it as "enforcer". It sounds to me like tsumakan or something like that, but I can't make any sense of it.

Second, what is Fate holding here?

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Is that supposed to be an artichoke? Or some kind of melon? (If it's a melon, it's a pretty darned strong one. A few seconds after that grab, Amy drops it about 4 feet onto a hard floor, and it doesn't break.)

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July 13, 2009

Harry Potter -- 8 of 7

It seems that by the time the series is over, there will have been eight Harry Potter movies. The decision was made to divide the final book into two films. One will come out in 2010 and the other in 2011.

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I got conned

Just went to the store for more eggs. I eat four every morning, so I go through them fast. Also needed bread and garbage bags. And I bought a couple of room thermometers.

While I was looking for the thermometers, I wandered past the electronics section. They had a big TV with the sound turned off playing a rendered movie I'd never seen before and didn't recognize. Something about a little girl on one of those motorized skateboards with a steering handle, and a super-powered white dog. They were being chased by bad guys in helicopters and on motorcycles, in a mad dash through city traffic. After they think they've lost all the pursuers, a whole army appears just in front of them. The dog wipes them out with a super-powered bark. What I watched was awesome.

So I decided to buy it. $17. And then I got home and looked it up, and found out that the part I was watching was, effectively, a fantasy sequence. Turns out the little girl and the dog are stars of a TV show, and that was a part of the show. Turns out the dog isn't super powered, but he thinks he is, and most of the movie is about him finding out that he isn't, after he runs away.

Turns out his voice is John Travolta.

Turns out I won't be watching this. Ick. That's what I get for giving in on impulse buys.

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May 20, 2009

Star Wars

Fledge is reminiscing about waiting in line to see Star Wars ep 1, ten years ago when it came out.

I remember when I saw ep 4 for the first time. (At the Westgate Theater, in Beaverton OR, which seems to have been torn down while I was away.) It wasn't opening day, but I think it was that weekend. And in particular it was before all the buzz began. Star Wars wasn't yet a legend, wasn't yet a franchise. It was just a new SF movie, a bit retro, not really yet on the radar. It was still something of a geek movie, not yet the breakout hit it eventually became.

I'd seen trailers for it, and amongst us young engineers working at Tektronix at the time there was pretty firm consensus that it had to be seen. But no one really knew what it was. No one I knew saw it before I went. I was expecting to be entertained but I wasn't expecting what really happened, what I really experienced.

Of course it blew me away. But what I remember most was that when the Death Star exploded, the way the audience burst into applause. I don't think I've ever heard an audience do that, before or since.

That was my second year after leaving college. I think Fledge might be too young to remember that weekend, 32 years ago.

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May 08, 2009

Trek

Ubu has seen the new Star Trek movie. He loved it.

UPDATE: RealLife goes to the movies.

UPDATE: Oh, brother. Jonah Goldberg really puts his foot in it. Man, is he gonna get the hate mail.

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May 07, 2009

Creative bankrupcy

Via, we learn that they're going to redo Red Dawn.

It was an OK film, but definitely a creature of its time. It was during the Cold War, after all. And the main reason it was decent was because Patrick Swayze was in it. And Charlie Sheen was pretty good, too. Plus Powers Booth as the Air Force pilot who eventually trained the Wolverines and made them an effective force.

Everything I read in that post says "third rate horseshit" to me. Definitely not a film to look forward to -- assuming it gets made, which I bet it doesn't. Lots of films get to the scripting stage and go no further; it's the way the business runs.

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May 04, 2009

Star trek jinx?

For a long time the principle has been that even-numbered Star Trek movies would be good and odd-numbered ones would be crap. Has the new Star Trek movie escaped from that jinx? It's #11, but as I write this it has 22 positive reviews and no negative ones,  resulting in 100% on the Tomato Meter.

I won't see it. You can't go home. I'm no longer the high school kid who secretly watched the third season in his bedroom in the basement with the volume turned way down. (Come to think of it, for all the accusations of such things, I haven't lived in a basement since then.)

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