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As the website says "For the removal of stress in office environments"

Tea and Kittens!
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Because we happen to have watched some really good, relatively low-budget science fiction films recently - thought I'd share.

First up, Hunter Prey, a version of the classic "individuals from opposite sides in war meet in the wasteland" story, made by Sandy Collora, who may be known to some of you as the creator of Batman: Dead End, a fan film first shown at the 2003 San Diego Comic-Con. Hunter Prey was made in much the same way, with a cast of about five (including Collora) playing multiple roles. The dialog for the first 15 minutes or so of the movie is a bit muffled, but sitting through it is definitely worth it to get to the rest of the film.

Second, Monsters is a story of love and survival in the jungle, with some wickedly cool-looking aliens thrown in. If you mixed up 'Cloverfield' with 'The African Queen' you might sort of get the idea. It does a great job with atmospere, and is also pretty impressive for being created from about 100 hours of improv footage and special effects added by the filmmaker using desktop software. And you can stream it on Netflix. Do it!

Finally, not a film, but a YouTube video. You may have already seen it, but [livejournal.com profile] gmskarka showed it to me, and it's been stuck in my head ever since. I leave you with "She Don't Like Firefly", which is catchy, a lovely ode to a show I adored, and highlights (in a humorous way) one of the more ridiculous socialization problems of geek culture). I mean not so seriously, you'd dump her for that?...Loser.

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Yes, this is a commercial. But it makes me giggle. Because what's not to love about giant hamsters boogying to The Choice is Yours by Black Sheep?

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Made. Of. Win.



Snagged courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] wgptrey
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Cheese, of course, is Museum Replicas forte, as seen here:



Yes folks, that's an UMBRELLA! With a sword hilt, and a back sling scabbard.

And yes...I do kinda want one...
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So, as I heard on NPR yesterday, it turns out that Ryan Seacrest is actually a powerful media mogul.

Yes, THAT Ryan Seacrest.





EEEEEK!
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(It's on the NBC site, so there is an ad to sit through, but it's totally worth it!)


Happy Holly Days to one and all!
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Old Yeller Dog Food.

Seriously?

Apparently, this brand has been out for a few years; this week was just the first time I spotted it.

Because nothing says you love your dog like having to put him down when he gets rabies. Dog food press release.

I just want to know: Do you have to shoot your dog after he finishes eating?
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This was behind a locked post, but he said I could share. Because this totally makes me giggle.

Eclipse, his review )


And the Un-Fan Fiction )
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Because this just seemed like an appropriate post for the week before Halloween. Also, I have another dental appointment this afternoon, so I'm thinking about teeth.

For all of us who may have forgotten – Anne Rice's vampires may not sparkle, but they certainly are shiny!

To quote Lestat in The Vampire Lestat;

"My vampire nature reveals itself in extremely white and highly reflective skin that has to be powdered down for cameras of any kind."

And also this;

"...the only consistent indication that I am not human is my fingernails. It's the same with all vampires. Our fingernails look like glass."


By the time we get to Queen of the Damned, it's full-on, full-time glowing. Like here;

"...His skin had a gold glow too it, the Dead glow which in the case of white Dead guys made them look like they were standing in a fluorescent light all the time..."

And here, about the vamp himself;

"My skin had a pearlescent gleam to it; and my eyes were even brighter, gathering all the colours of the spectrum and mingling them with an icy light."

So you know, not sparkly, but definitely opalescent. Rice's vamps do, however, torch nicely in sunlight – or tan, at any rate.


Also - if the golden age of science fiction is eleven, then when is the golden age of vampires? I’m positing somewhere around fourteen? At least for girls – sometime after we’ve ditched horses and picked up rock bands?
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Hey look! One of my favorite comics is touting one of my favorite authors!

Unshelved on "The City and the City"
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See, this is why I am not the sort of fan who wants to know about stars personal lives or actual personalities. Well, I also find it sort of intrusive, but anyway...

In an attempt for my poor, sick husband to distract his brain from layout schematics, and for me to relax before this morning's midterm, we spent a Threevening with Kevin Smith, the latest in his series of stand-up routines about his life. And no, I'm not talking about his life. Mr. Smith is a geek's geek and seems like he would be pretty keen to hang out with. I could listen to him talk about his family and his dogs and his friends and his movies and even his hemroid problems (yes, he did) on a regular basis and not get tired of him. He's a funny guy.

No, it's when he starts talking about Hollywood stars and other celebrities that we run into the problem. I mean, it was okay when he said that Ben Affleck is still a pretty nice guy, or when he talked about working on Die Hard 4 and confirmed that Bruce Willis is just about as cool as you would expect from watching either David Addison or John McClane. So that's all good. It was all really funny and enjoyable, until he got to the bit about Timothy Oliphant...

This Timothy Oliphant:


And THIS Timothy Oliphant:

I mean, YUM, right?

Who is also...apparently kind of a jerk. And not like in a smart-ass Han Solo awesome kind-of way, either. More in an, I-need-to-always-be-the-center-of-attention, get my kicks from picking on the "fat kid"; no, I'M the cool kid in the room kind of a jerk. (Bonus: Kevin Smith refers to him as "Oliphantastic" Ha!)

Which is really sort of a downer on all the imaginary sex that I've been enjoying with Mr. Oliphant since Deadwood. 'Cos really, who wants to get that close to a bully? I have better places to take my imagination, thank you. *sigh*

So thanks, Kevin Smith, thanks for being a total imaginary-buzz kill. Although at least you had a great comeback line for Oliphantastic.

Q: "You know what's really cool about Deadwood?"

A: Ian McShane
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Apology:

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Sincerely,
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

I don't usually pass around "amusing" e-mail forwards, but I liked this one.
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Funny joke, scary prediction, or both?

Diebold Accidentally Leaks Results Of 08 Election



It did make me laugh, so I'll stick with "joke" for now...
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On my drive in to work, I pass by an auto repair shop whose staff has a sense of humor I really enjoy. Instead of using the letter-board on their street sign to advertise, they like to amuse passing commuters with snarky comments.

This weeks entry: "Nice perfume. Did you marinate in it?"

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