primsong: (threejo bessie)
One of the dancers in our troupe showed up recently with a custom outfit - a blue ghawazee coat done up to be the TARDIS, matching earrings, harem pants made from cotton with the pattern of the "Vincent" swirl artwork featuring same - and a homemade Four scarf. Now she bounced over to me to lend me three Big Finish eps with Ten and Donna (with commentary on how she despises Rose Tyler). Hee! Another one has a Star Trek costume and dance routine including producing tribbles from a concealed pocket and using them like hand candles. The geekery apparently permeates every part of life it you wait long enough.
primsong: (ladybug)
So, my daughter introduced me to "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir" which she discovered while learning some French - hee hee! Yes, the episodes are predictable and have about as much content as a bag of potato chips but I'm finding I'm quite enjoying the characters. Ended up watching the entire first season on Netflix over the course of a week, quite pleased to see the second season is supposed to be out this summer. Also, I realize now I'd seen their 'miraculous' sidekicks as keychains at some point but didn't know what they were then.

You do have to allow that in this universe the "Superman Effect" is functioning, i.e. that Clark Kent's glasses have the ability to somehow keep everyone from knowing he is Superman. The two leads work as a superhero team without knowing each other's identities but are also classmates at school - she has a crush on him as her classmate and he has a crush on her as Ladybug but they never figure out they are the same people because....well... because a mask changes everything? The only explanation given is "magic" - works for me.

I get the distinct impression that the illustrators just really like to draw Paris. Also, it's way better in French with subtitles than with the dubs. Want some light superhero fun? I recommend!
primsong: (bilbo rankin bass)
We have a new DWth community set up for our Ringers at Fellowship of Middle-earth, it's [community profile] lotrfellowship - all are welcome to come join in. At this point it's brand new and therefore pretty empty, but I'm sure that will right itself in due time. It's a moderated community, so you will need to "join" and I'll get you approved as soon as I can. I've sent invites to the few old-school folks I know are here already on DWth, if you're out there and I just don't know your handle over here, please do let me know.

The appearance, color, etc. will still be tweaked a little but a little remodeling doesn't mean we can't go ahead and move in. ^_^ Many thanks to Tinidril for helping out with this!
primsong: (two clever)
AAAAAAaaaaa!  My library got the dvd of Enemy of the World - I've just seen it all the way through (twice!) and it's...

;lsakejfd;lsjf;lsajflsjfdalkjf;ls!   !!!  !   :-D   Yippie!  Woo! Jamie is made of awesome!  Two is made of Extreme Awesomesauce even as a bad guy!  Waaaawoooo yip yip!  Victoria is adorbs!  Yoicks! Wooooo!

Or something like that.

I want to purchase a copy now, this is just lovely stuff.  We expect an ice storm tomorrow, so I may just curl up with it for one more go before I have to give it back.
primsong: (jetpack)
My son landed one of those seasonal "drivers helper" jobs at UPS, so this week he's been decked out in brown and riding in the jump seat by an open (brrr!) door as a UPS truck rips along from house to house.  He enjoys it but he allowed himself to be a 'computer potato' this past year and it's catching up with him in spades. On top of it, he landed one of the most hilly neighborhoods in this area three times running.  As he said, "Hell is when you have a heavy package to deliver up an incredibly steep, long, dark driveway - and you are on a timer but your legs are broken."

He limped downstairs with me last night to watch "The Bachelor" - I found it at the library and knowing it to be a modern remake of Buster Keaton's "Seven Chances" wanted to see what they did with it.  Better than I expected, some hat-tips to Keaton's version and quite a good show really, totally worth it just for the shots of a tsunami of brides surging through the streets after one desperate man in a tuxedo.  Turned out to be a chick-flick that a guy with sore legs can apparently enjoy too. 

And here comes Christmas decorating time!  Have fun, everyone.
primsong: (lotrfellowship)
Our longtime online community, the Fellowship of Middle-earth, has become enough outdated that we are now looking for a new home, so I will be working on a DWth community over this next month to make them an appropriate nesting spot.  It's a small group of stalwart posters at this point but we've been together so long that we'd really miss on another if it were to simply float off into the ether.  Good people, worth a bit of time to make them a comfy home to stop in at.
^_^

I do wish we could easily insert emoticons into the text here, that's the one feature I think we're going to be missing.  On the other hand, we gain tagging.

primsong: (old school)
Garage sale went great - loads of stuff, a plentious bounty of customers and great weather!  Yay!  Bought one thing there, someone had a Zoombox projector for cheap so I got it to play around with. 

Plays a dvd ok, good sound but dim level of bulb so you really have to have the room dark for it to work - the dim and grainy effect was an inspiration so I fetched the old roll-up projector screen I had as a castoff of a school and set it on its tripod in the living room.  It's a late 40s-early 50s vintage and even silver instead of white! 

As soon as it was dark, we watched a great Buster Keaton silent film on the silver screen with popcorn.  Perfect. 

All it needs now is a recording of the ticky-ticky sound that the old 8mm projectors made.  Sense-surround!
primsong: (one hat)
This past week has been just warm enough that we've taken to hiding in the cool basement level a bit, ended up using the time to discover:

Hoodwinked. I totally did not see that one coming, the animation was so bad I was just "wut" at first but my son insisted it was worth the watching. Now I want to buy a copy if only to run the goat on repeat. Brilliant dialogue and a even a hat-tip to The Thin Man. X-D

Hoodwinked 2: Hood vs. Evil. A complete disappointment after the brilliance of the first one. We even fast-forwarded part of it. Blah.

Silver Spoon (Gin no Saji) - Japanese animated show based on a manga that is still in process so there's only 2 short seasons (Netflix rolled them into one). AAAAAA - totally loved this one...!! Writing is top notch, same author as Full Metal Alchemist. Essentially a city boy ends up at an agricultural high school in the country where he has to deal with everything from raising a pig to butcher ("Pork Bowl" is adorable) to taking on work at a dairy farm. Series takes him all the way through his first year there. *Great* characters, seriously, check this one out! Only problem with it is there isn't any more (yet). It has English subs, not dubbed over.
(also, there's a live action movie of the same tale - I'd go with the animated one!)
primsong: (one hoo hoo)
Son: (opening box of crackers) Triskets!
Me: Like Speed Racer's girlfriend!
Son: Ah yes, Speed and Triskets. And don't forget...um, I can't remember that monkey's name!
Me: I just remember how annoying he was. And what was his little brother called?
Son: I don't know! Why don't I know this? What was it?
Daughter: Squirtle?
Son: Squirtle! And the monkey was something that repeats.
Daughter: Yeah, like Bop-bop or Chee-chee or Ten-Ten or something. *googles*
Son: Bip-Bip, Can-can, Boop-Boop...
Daughter: Chim-Chim!
Son: Chim-Chim and Squirtle. Wait. That's Pokemon.
Daughter: Someone needs to do a vid for that. Speed, Trisket, Squirtle and Ten-Ten.
primsong: (bilbo not at home)
My dear Rings fandom family is casting about for a new online home, it's so hard to go house-shopping with so many different preferences - not unlike trying to order pizza for a crowd! I do hope whatever is decided will be 'warmed up to' by any who are reluctant.

There's no place like home, and it is the personalities of those who gather that define the spirit and love in any place no matter what the decor. They are lovely people, I am sure they will find their collective way to a new hearthside where they can enjoy one another's company once again.
primsong: (old school)
 My kids have just discovered the Original Series for the first time as adults - they said they remember seeing bits and snatches when they were younger but now they're working their way through all of the series in order via Netflix.  Tonight was the Horta-sode and they were absolutely glued to the set - or should I say cemented?  This leads, naturally, to my daughter reading a Trek novel and everyone watching some of the many jolly fun fanvids out there.  I'd forgotten how campy and delightful some of those old eps are.

Steve who?

Jul. 11th, 2015 07:25 pm
primsong: Mr. Morton (morton)
Went to a huge neighborhood sale that comes around each year here, always a good one with a going-to-the-fair atmosphere, kids selling lemonade and cookies, people with balloons, tons of people and cars. Found a few things, but the best part (I thought) was a young entrepreneur who was holding up a hand-lettered cardboard sign that said

"Get your picture taken with Steve. 25 cents."

I asked who Steve was and he pointed (with worthy pride) to the garage door where a most excellent Minecraft Steve made of boxes awaited pictures. Steve was flanked by a Minecraft sheep, and nearby were two Creepers, also made of boxes.

Of course we got pictures. Love it.
primsong: (bald planet)
Back in the day, I was greatly entertained by two 70s tv shows that were unhappily doomed to one season runs by the Powers That Be - alas, where is the justice in the world:
* When Things Were Rotten (Mel Brooks made a tv show spoofing Robin Hood... cheesy, stupid and full of innuendo but I loved it. The one good thing from its cancellation is it made him go on to make it into a movie thus gifting the world with Robin Hood: Men in Tights)
and
* Quark (Buck Henry of 'Get Smart' fame made a space spoof at the same time as Star Wars coming out, in which a space garbage collector and his crew cheesily reference all sorts of sci-fi shows while inadvertently saving the universe)

I wouldn't bother purchasing When Things Were Rotten, but I had fond memories of Quark, which only had a sad 8-episode run. Went looking for it and found it on dvd but for a very high price, so I went to Fanfic.net to see what others had done with it.

INTERNETZ WRITERS you have let me down! What? Not even ONE fic for Quark? Not even ONE? 0_o
Even with characters like Ficus, who was essentially Spock if he were a plant? And the Bettys? And Andy the cowardly robot? (Bettys in unison: "We would follow you to the end of the universe." Andy: "I would follow you to the door.")



Dear me, a cheesy gem has been overlooked - not often I find such a thing.
primsong: (illumination)
Oooo, very impressive! I finally had a chance to fill one of the gaps in my 'stuff everyone seems to have seen but me' list by spending an evening watching the 25th anniversary version of the Phantom of the Opera that was done at the Royal Albert Hall, as a friend who had recently discovered it herself had gone on a Phantom-athon of sorts and watched 8 different versions of it.  This was the one she said was best. It didn't latch into the 'fandom' part of me the way some characters do - but I can see why it has appealed.

There was the added treat of Andrew Lloyd Webber coming out at the end with a fun multi-phantom rendition of the main theme sung by the original Christine and 5 of the professional Phantoms over the years.  I enjoy Webber's work, especially 'Cats' and 'Joseph...' and bounced around in my seat when he popped up.

Jolly good operatic stuff. 
primsong: (monkeys)
I find there are several times now where I have deliberately not watched a movie or show purely because so many people were urging me to and they were obviously happily consumed in an active fandom for it.  I've realized my own nature is to become fannish, at least for a while, and to want to look up pictures, quote quotes, write drabbles (or more), mildly cosplay, make icons, etc. etc..... and I simply don't have the time to indulge it.

My muse is kept on a rather tight leash at this point, I must admit to not having seen Firefly or Sherlock yet - on purpose... their turns are coming, and due to the fan community I actually know quite a lot about both of them already, but I don't dare take a bite of the chocolate because I know I'll eat the whole box.  And then be frustrated because I don't even have time to chew.

Et tu? 

Wreck it

Jun. 21st, 2013 08:27 am
primsong: (judge best)
Just a small fannish rant.

Well, I finally managed to see Wreck-It Ralph - it was a cute story and had surprisingly intense moments. Well done, and the Sugar Rush song was pretty good. BUT - How the heck did this *ever* win animation awards over Rise of the Guardians? Seriously! Ralph was well done, but holy cow, had any of the awards people even SEEN the piece of art that is RotG? I was really, sincerely hoping Ralph would be better than it was so I could be at peace with that, but alas, it was just a political/money motivated as I suspected. Blarg.

Apologies to any Ralph fans - he's a good character - but I can't fall into his world and want to live there the way I can with Guardians. Each to their own.
primsong: (bilbo not at home)
I seem to have fallen back into the belief that nothing in my life is interesting enough to bother posting it, which is stupid as I always enjoy reading other people talking about everything from making sandwiches to walking their dogs.  Life sure is busy for someone who is apparently doing nothing, heh.  Spent a good part of today in yardwork, trimming fruit trees and various other whacking that is needed as spring is already springing along.  My daffys are 6 inches up and the snowdrops and crocuses are fully blooming and here I am with still one more plum tree to do.

My folks finally found a home to buy down in the middle of the valley near my old alma mater, Western Oregon - it was a 'college' when I was there, since then upgraded to a 'university'.  There are renters in the place, though, so they have to wait until April to be able to actually get into it and have gone off in their camper to the coast in the meantime. so at least it's quiet here again.  I'll drive down tomorrow afternoon and check out the town, I'm sure it's different than it was in the late 80s when I was last there, it will be interesting to see what's changed.

So. Life. Made a big pot of meaty spaghetti sauce with plenty of olives and mushrooms for dinner, topped off with whole wheat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  We didn't mean for them to be whole wheat, that was a flour-bin mixup, but they're pretty good that way.  Time to go watch another ep of 'Riders of Berk' - enjoying catching up on those.  There must be hundreds of black cats named "Toothless" out there by now.
primsong: (doctorsheep)
Well, my folks who have been living with us for the past month as 'homeless' people while they looked for a house are off in their RV for the week, checking out an area down south of here for potential real estate, one kid is sleeping in and another is off on a youth retreat... the house is blessedly quiet.  I'll miss them, but at the same time it's nice to have a break.

A couple fic recs: I finally had a chance to just sit and read a couple fanfics last night, a luxury I've rarely had of late. We're in a mild 'Rise of the Guardians' phase here, mixed in with the usual fandoms and ff.net has some quality reads by psychicsaphie for those so inclined. They run a touch intense, well-written and interesting.  Start off with Snowbird then carry on to The Frost Spirit and the Honey Tree.  If you're brave, go to the still-in-progress The King of Cold Mountain, but be warned it has a nasty foe and serious cliffies.

For my fellow Three fans, PandaInTheStars (starpanda of DbyA) has taken Jon Pertwee's love of playing vampires and crossed it over into his Doctor role - take UNIT and Three and consider how it would happen if he were still an unusual entity holing up and working for them, but for different reasons.  .Blood and Tea is also at ff.net.  Everyone stays in character and the action/solve-a-mystery plottiness is good fun. She's working on a sequel as well.


primsong: (prim's drabble write)
With thanks - or blame? - to both [personal profile] lost_spook and [personal profile] john_amend_all - I picked up that 5 fandoms meme today, except I don't seem able to think in 50-word bits just now, so after much pruning I've wrangled each one into a drabble-size instead. Brevity isn't always my strength.

1: Pick five fandoms. List them in alphabetical order. Okie-dokie...

1. All Creatures Great and Small
2. Doctor Who
3. Lord of the Rings
4. The Scarlet Pimpernel
5. Watership Down

2: Visit this site (http://plagiarist.com/poetry/random) to find your first RANDOM POEM OF POWER. Write down the 5th line (yes, even if it's an E.E. Cummings poem and you wind up with an apostrophe). Repeat five times and - you guessed it - list 'em in alphabetical order! (No cheating, mind! This is a challenge and it's always been about creativity.)

3: I think you can see where this is going. Write a very quick 50-word half-drabble
(Pfft! I need more words than that!) for each fandom (try to do it all in one sitting - make your brain explode!), using the line from the poem as a prompt. You don't have to include it in the half-drabble - it's just inspiration.

4: Bravo! Have a cookie.


Well, here's the results! )
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primsong: (pi)
So, over at Death by Aspirin there's been a small challenge to 'time-ify' our cats.

Pi loves being a Time Cat.  She is very patient about how long it takes me to sometimes open the TARDIS door for her, in spite of the pompous reputation. 

Pi the Time Cat



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