Oct. 24th, 2010 07:40 pm
sff_corgi_lj: (Lit - Mysteries)
Some very clever gentlemen have created an 'updated' Sherlock Holmes series... and it is ever so on target. See for yourselves:

A Study in Pink
The Blind Banker
The Great Game

Two things

Oct. 20th, 2009 12:32 am
sff_corgi_lj: (Creativity)
Steampunk cakeworks - (photographs and commentary) Somebody tell Kaja, if she hasn't seen already?

"Buffy vs. Edward" - A remix video of what would happen if the Slayer met the Sparkly Vampire from Twilight. (The socio notes in the summary make it twice as sweet.)
sff_corgi_lj: (Cine - Wizard of Speed and Time)
Playing along with in_the_blue:
1. Pick 10 of your favorite movies.
2. Go to IMDb, and find a quote from each movie.
3. Post them here for everyone to guess.
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. No Googling/using IMDb search functions.

  1. Mmm-hmm. Sold my property to pay property taxes. The Wizard of Speed and Time Allah Sulu, Ghod of Media

  2. We haven't had any irony here since about, uh, '83, when I was the only practitioner of it. And I stopped because I was tired of being stared at. Roxanne Allah Sulu, Ghod of Media

  3. He was patronizing you, and you stomped on him! And in my opinion, he deserved it! The Hunt for Red October Chan Lemur

  4. I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A bird will fall frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself. G.I. Jane SuperSelene

  5. How can we charge our sort of prices with everybody happily killing each other for a shilling a day?

  6. Boring conversation, anyway. Star Wars IV: A New Hope Ashavah

  7. Yes, I've read a poem. Try not to faint. Serenity Ashavah

  8. I will get it. And if the MTD is denied I'll file a motion in limine seeking an evidentary ruling in advance and then I'm going to file against pretrial confinement and you're going to spend the next three months going blind on paperwork because a Signalman Second Class bought and smoked a dime bag of oregano. A Few Good Men Yendi

  9. Tears of joy, maybe. I hate job hunting. Iron Man Allah Sulu, Ghod of Media

  10. You wanna get nuts? Come on! Let's get nuts! Batman cScottD
Extra corgi points if you can spot the one thing 90% of these quotes have in common. (Mnenyver is disqualified 'cause I told her already.)
sff_corgi_lj: (Holidays - Yule)
Not just for here, although sure, no snow and stuff.

My weatherbug says it's 38F with 43% humidity - my porch thinks it's colder than that. [checks calender] First Thursday, not second Tuesday and definitely beating out all of January. The 2nd was 6 weeks after the solstice - so this is just about on time for here. How long after your solstices do you get your weather peaking?

In the meantime, while the corgwn actually get some proper weather for their coats (I'm glad I shut Sesame in last night) and I try to keep my feet warm, let me share what might have been the nicest of the Super Bowl commercials.
sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Wonder Woman)
All right, my flist can stick the Kick Me sign on my back, because I didn't know about this. And you surely did. So anyway:


It's... perfect?

sff_corgi_lj: (Comics - Klaus Wulfenbach - 'Girl Genius)
Mad Science for FREE!

sff_corgi_lj: (Cine - Wizard of Speed and Time)
I had watched the video for 'Tais Toi Mon Cœur' following a link in somebody else's blog, but lost the link. Finally, my Google-fu hit on the right search terms to find it again - this is a good copy. There's a clear acknowledgement to and inspiration by Tim Burton/Harry Selick's animated films, although this is apparently all CGI instead of traditional stop-motion.

Here's a blog post with a translation of the lyrics; Wikipedia has a very interesting entry on the album where this song first appeared; and here's the original French from a random website:

Tais Toi Mon Cœur )
sff_corgi_lj: (Cine - Wizard of Speed and Time)
You must see this: A Lonely Sky (10 minutes; also on YouTube here)

Despite looking amazingly like composites of outtakes from The Right Stuff... just about everything that isn't a person, is CGI. Holy Muses.
sff_corgi_lj: (Cine - Wizard of Speed and Time)
The Decade That Could Have Been:
Seven Great One-Season Wonders

By Peter Clines

...and on to the list! )

Peter Clines has had a lifelong love affair with the movies. He grew up in New England, where he studied English literature and education, and now lives and writes somewhere in Southern California. If anyone knows exactly where, he would appreciate a few hints.
sff_corgi_lj: (Caribbean)
WHOO! What a ride! Now I see what those desperately-attempting-to-be-non-spoilery comments all meant.

Also, I think it and/or Transformers should be used in math classes to get kids excited about practical applications. Lookit all the pretty algorithms!!
sff_corgi_lj: (Knackered)

I stayed home from work tonight because O Joy Unbounded, I woke up vertiginous. It seems to've faded after a nap (after all the dog-wrangling in the disgusting heat here) so no worries, but I was pretty sure it wasn't going to go away in time for me to drive safely/comfortably to work, and being at work wouldn't have mitigated anything either. So here I am with a couple of questions and some interesting links:

  • Anybody out there a member of Netflix?
  • Anybody out there a fan of The Wild Wild West, with a good memory of the details of the show?
  • Anybody out there conversant with the mechanics of semi hitches?

Stuff I picked up by way of [livejournal.com profile] lyellian:

...and what's worse is he tried it twice!

At least the guy admits some shade of wrongdoing... it's a start.

Randomly acquired:

Study: Disney Films, TV Darken Elderly

By the time children enter elementary school, they already hold a negative view of older adults... Last year, the [Brigham Young U.] team analyzed depictions of older characters in cartoons from public TV and cable networks. They discovered many of the characters were angry, senile, crazy, wrinkled, ugly and/or overweight. "The most negative older characters in the Disney animated films were the villains," said lead author Tom Robinson, an associate professor in BYU's Department of Communications.

[the films and TV shows] ...portrayed older females in a particularly negative light, while older male characters tended to fill authority roles, such as that of clergyman, ruler and mentor.

"Snow White" had the most elderly characters, with an average of 3.8 such characters in subsequent films. Eighty-three percent of Disney's elderly characters were Caucasian, 9 percent Asian, 1 percent African American, 7 percent Native American and Pacific Islander and no older Hispanic characters.

They forgot to point out the incredible depth of sexism on the way to the ageism... with just a soupçon of racism.

Cars Create Wireless Network

The system uses a vehicle's onboard computer, GPS, low-cost sensors, custom software written by the UCLA team, and existing wireless channels.

In recent experiments, the researchers used the standard protocol that allows laptops, for example, to connect wirelessly to the Internet. The typical range is between 330 to 990 feet.

In the near future, vehicles will switch to the Dedicated Short Range Communications standard being developed by the Department of Transportation. This signal, which has a range of up to 3,300 feet, will allow high-speed communications between vehicles or between vehicles and the roadside.

The software written by the UCLA team locates its own car and the cars it wants to talk to, selects the strongest signals, determines if any of the drivers should have priority (emergency workers might, for example), and organizes the various data being exchanged.

This reminds me of a system a friend of SeleneSue's and Jared's was working on several years ago now. As I remember it, It would allow convoyed trucks to link together virtually with a computer-controlled system using a form of radar for distance measurement, so they could travel together as closely as train cars without having to deal with human reaction time.
sff_corgi_lj: (Nightowl)

The INCORRIGIBLE UNGRATEFUL BRATS!!1! puppy/puppies ate my The Wild Wild West Season 2. Did I mention this? I'm still traumatised, but thankfully, miraculously, didn't lose any actual DVDs in the wreckage - just the packaging. Anybody know any tricks about getting replacement packaging?

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Anybody else on Netflix who wants to do the Friends thing over there, too?

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Fluffy pirate crew meme! )
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Yet another reason for me to write off Ray Bradbury:
What do you think of President Bush?

He's wonderful. We needed him. Clinton is a shithead and we're glad to be rid of him. And I'm not talking about his sexual exploits. I think we have a chance to do something about education, very important.
Call me shallow, tell me I'm depriving myself, I don't care. There's other wonderful authors out there whom I also haven't read who don't say such Goddessawful stupid shortsighted things. Or want half of Mars named after them just because they happened to write about it. (Orson Scott Card is obviously not one of those authors either.)
sff_corgi_lj: (Anime - Freakazoid!)
Good news: No poo in the living room when I came home!
Bad news: Somebody ate a video tape of now unknown content... ate it with extreme prejudice.
Good news: It wasn't my Wild Wild West DVDs.

Good news: Crystal Vision is still available for purchase! Details here.

Good news: I still have Joost invitations! Lots of them!
Bad news: The Warner package of programming still isn't loaded.
Good news: It's still free, though!

Good news: I got a whole carful of aluminum cans to the recycler!
Bad news: They were fluffy, not squished, so only added up to 47 pounds... which equalled only half a tank of petrol and a breakfast greasebomb at Burger King (with some change).
Good news: But I can get to the garage door now!

Pushy opinion: Becoming a Curves franchise owner or purchasing Domino's Pizza in general indirectly contributes to contra-personal-freedom organisations, by providing towards the large salaries of major apparently-misogynist contributors. However, a Curves membership does have certain feminist virtue, depending on the franchisee. Yup, it's a dilemma. Yes, G, it's their money and they can do what they want with it. However, they don't have to get any of it from me.

Good news: I got my first Princess Tutu DVD from Netflix so I can participate at tendom!
Bad news: My CD/DVD drive has decided it's tired of video and only wants to be a CD drive.
OK news: Thanks to subtitles, I can watch it at work if it's not busy/after I log off
Not-so-OK news: This involves staying at work.

Bad news: There were dog fights.
Good news: Nobody requires stitches or even attempts at bandaging. Hopefully it'll stay that way [slaps on more antibiotic salve].
Straight fact: Testosterone is toxic.

Good news: My Golden Compass dæmon seems to have settled into a full-on wolf, after seeming a mouse, grey fox, lion and a brief stint as a raven.

Good news: Free food at work! We were given a picnic by upper management.
Bad news: But I haven't fed the dogs yet.
Good news: However, they're not complaining yet and I have... 90 75 minutes. Sorta. And to get dressed.

Bad news: My left knee's still acting funny.
OK news: It's pretty much only when it gets near being locked straight, so as long as I try to keep it at least a little flexed, it doesn't make me yelp.
sff_corgi_lj: (TV - Technomage Galen)
Joost™ the best of tv and the internet
(I'll need the e-dress you want to use for signup)

The software download is about 10Mb; apparently Sothis doesn't quite have enough video memory to make it perfectly happy, but it works.

Channels of particular interest:
  • Entertainment
    • Alliance Atlantis Sci-Fi
      Currently running Lexx and something I hadn't heard of, Starhunter
    • AXN
      OMG, Starsky & Hutch!
    • ShortsTV
      Short films and behind-the-scenes (paging Mike Jittlov....)
  • Cartoons & Animation
    • Aardman Animations
      An all-claymation channel, woohoo!
    • Adult Swim
      Yeah, it's mostly Aqua Teens Hunger Force, but they might put on something different eventually.
    • Transformers
      Yes, Blade, it's a channel for you.
    • Gong
      Anime channel showing stuff I've never heard of so far. :)
  • Comedy
    • Spike
      no content yet? Maybe 'add channel'....
    • Funny Bone
      sitcom 'reruns'
    • Heavy Animation
      Snarky cartoons that Adult Swim didn't buy (yet?)
  • Most Popular
    (although I'm not sure why I didn't see two of these sorted into the Genre sections)
    • Nickleodeon
      Ren and Stimpy
    • Comedy Central

Yeah, that should get you started. I didn't see the Warner stuff loaded yet, so something to look forward to. This is play-on-demand, so no schedules to bother with!

Now... if they'd only start a Cannell Channel... hmmmm. [looks for newsletter with contact info]


May. 16th, 2007 03:07 am
sff_corgi_lj: (My Fandom (SF))

Warner Bros’s both WBTV channels will launch on Joost this month. WBTV: SCI-FI FIX will feature popular shows like “Adventures of Briscoe County,” “Aquaman,” “Babylon 5,” “Crusade,” “Human Target,” “Invasion,” “Max Headroom,” “My Favorite Martian,” “Prey,” “Time Trax” and “V.”

It's not cable, it's on-line! And currently free.


Random Good Stuff, the Entertainment Blog is offering Joost invites in exchange for links. It's like how Gmail and GDocs and even LJ used to work. I'll have to prowl the blog itself a little later.
sff_corgi_lj: (Holidays - Beltane)
Nah, that was just something I liked from some spam. Happy Belated Beltane! (or Samain, for the Antipodeans). I've missed everything in April by nearly a week (Medeni's anniversary, Black Day, Earth Day, everybody's birthdays...), at least I might be getting better. So, did anybody go dance a Maypole Tuesday?

This will be a post of great miscellany. Hasty miscellany, I almost overslept.

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Rhiannon's been reminding me she's allergic to MSG for forever and a half — now I understand why. I found some interesting blog entries discussing the concept of the taste of umami, which sits at the very back of the tongue, and artificial versus natural glutamates and umami-flavoured sources: I have to figure out if garlic falls into this category, too. Apparently it has something to do with amino-acid-rich food sources...?

In turn, she linked to another blog, 'Monosodium glutamate: Bad for your brain, your figure and your health' which is wonderfully detailled about how this century-old commercial product works, and how scarily omnipresent it is.

Tigers and Strawberries also linked to Slow Food, a site devoted to countering the fast food concept in meals. Haven't explored it yet, but I love the name.
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Can a dog mauling be murder? — the return of the San Francisco Presa Canario trial (may require registration, but c'mon, it's the L.A. Times, what harm will that do? You're already Googleable.).
Fatal dog attacks in the United States are rare. Only about two dozen people are mauled to death each year in a nation with 70 million dogs, said Karen Delise, founder of the National Canine Research Council, which tracks and investigates fatal dog attacks.

Pit bulls and Rottweilers most often top the list of killers, according to various studies, but killer canines have included a Yorkshire terrier, a dachshund, a Labrador retriever, a cocker spaniel and a collie.

(No, I was not able to find the details on the death-by-Yorkie; apparently it was in the '70s...? Yes, I'm really curious too.)

The National Canine Research Council referenced in the article has some great statistics. Too bad the politicians, press and dog-haters never bother with facts. It sums up to what, to dog people, is the obvious: Most problems arise with young unneutered males in a pack, who are poorly socialised and abused/neglected. (And bitches with puppies, but jeez, never mess with mothers.) It doesn't matter what breed, it matters how they're treated. Dogs are NOT organic alarm systems.

Anyway, go check out the page. It has lots of well-organised information.

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And last but hardly, least:

The Wild Wild West Season 2 of The Wild Wild West is out on DVD!


May. 2nd, 2007 08:49 am
sff_corgi_lj: (TV - Heroes)
No, I haven't got to watch the new Heroes yet... no, not either one. I even pretty much forgot it started back up last week.

No, I can't do it right now, I'm late to bed.

*anxious noises* [/flails wildly]
sff_corgi_lj: (Write - Stephen J. Cannell)
Ganked from in_the_blue, and no I hadn't seen it yet. Whee, TV! Surprisingly, my icon is NOT a clue.

I look up 10 of my favorite TV shows (current or past) on IMDB and post three keywords for each show. Then you guys get to try to guess the shows from the keywords.

  1. Cult TV, Male Bonding, Spacecraft - Soupytwist

  2. Anachronistic, Steampunk, U.S. President - cScott, Barsukthom

  3. U.S. President, Office Politics, Marriage - second_batgirl, in_the_blue, cScott, Barsukthom

  4. Supernatural, Fight, Anime - in_the_blue

  5. Brother Brother Relationship, Steampunk, Bittersweet - Allah Sulu

  6. Comedy/Romance, Bones, Rich Bastards

  7. Police Officer, Mounted Police Officer, Chicago Illinois - Soupytwist, Barsukthom

  8. Aviation, Steampunk, Character Name In Title - Soupytwist, cScott

  9. Cult Favorite, Ethnic Conflict, Time Travel - in_the_blue, cScott, Barsukthom

  10. Garbage, Science Fiction Parody, Clone - cScott, delirium23, Barsukthom
It was hard to keep it down to ten. Lessee, I have live action and animation, domestic and foreign. No, Canada does not count as 'foreign'. At least one of them is probably a dead giveaway, bah - bad keywords. One of them doesn't have any keywords, so I faked it.

If anybody is sufficiently amused, I'll generate another 10. But only if you want me to.
sff_corgi_lj: (Anime - Busy corgi Ein!)
I'm likely to be AFK until Friday (Thursday at the very least), so I have to ask you a favour.


But first, to wrap up Women's History Month in a bunchy clump, here's the last six profiles:

Ada BlackjackMarch 27:
Ada Blackjack

March 28:
Anna Garlin Spencer
Anna Garlin Spencer

Emma BrunskillMarch 29:
Emma Brunskill

If you Google for Emma Brunskill's latest work, you'll see she's been involved in ambulatory robot studies. Very technical page, though.

March 30:
Laurie Anderson
Laurie Anderson

On September 16, 2005, Laurie’s exhibition The Waters Reglitterized opened at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York City. According to the press release by Sean Kelly, The Waters Reglitterized is a diary of dreams and their literal recreation as works of art. This work, created in the process of re-experiencing or re-working her dreams while awake, uses the language of dreams to investigate the dream itself. The resulting pieces include drawings, prints and high definition video. The installation ran until October 22, 2005. In 2006, she contributed a song to Plague Songs, a collection of songs related to the 10 Biblical plagues.

Laurie Anderson narrated Ric Burns's Andy Warhol: The Documentary Film, which was first televised in September 2006 as part of the PBS American Masters series. Anderson also performed in Came So Far For Beauty, the Leonard Cohen tribute event held in The Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland on October 4 and 5, 2006.

Recently, through her web site, Laurie announced a re-release of her first album, Big Science, on Nonesuch Records, a DVD box set containing her short films and the concert movie Home of the Brave, a book of drawings titled Night Life, and a new album to be released in 2008, Homeland.Wikipedia

Wonder Woman Elizabeth Holloway Marston March 31:
Elizabeth Holloway Marston
Virginia 'Ginny' Heinlein Virginia 'Ginny' Heinlein


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Here's the 'favour' part. I'm not going to have much access, if at all, because Myfanwy is ever-so-delightfully dragging me away from my various burdens (and puppies) for a day or two to visit lovely Gaithersburg, north of Washington, D.C. We'll drive back and visit the Poodle Breeder Previously Blogged About, too.

However, this means I won't be able to do my webcomics votingespecially since the turnover is on Sunday, when I'll be back, but Myfi with or without boychild, might still be visiting here.

Can you please take a few minutes (5, 10 if your pages load slowly), and indulge your buried urge to just click like crazy? (c.f. 'Oooo, ticky-box!') Especially on April 1 (no joke)? Top Web Comics and WebbedComics turn over at midnight Pacific (GMT-7, currently); BuzzComix is every 24 hours, from whenever you vote.


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