September 10th, 2010 — Sci-Fi
Here’s the nutshell: Some goth girl wrote a fanfic about Harry Potter. It’s called My Immortal, it’s 22 chapters long, and it’s crazy.
Lots of people read chapters of this craziness on YouTube. But, none of them do as good of a job as this one. The dude reads Chapter 17 with typos intact. It’s brilliant:
OMG. This is the best thing I’ve seen in ages. (Well, the best thing I’ve seen today, at least.) Check out all of the 50 amazing My Little Pony Geek mods at BuzzFeed. Here are a few of my favorites:
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I flew to Chicago and back for work on Sunday/Monday. The best part of my whole trip was an exchange I overheard on the plane en route to Chicago. A teenage daughter and her mother were sitting in the aisle next to me. The daughter was thumbing through SkyMall (United’s inflight shopping magazine) as her mom read a book.
Daughter: Mom, you only have to buy me one thing for Christmas if you buy me this ring.
Mom: Honey, I already bought you a ring for Christmas.
Daughter: But, Mo-ooommmmm! This is the ONE ring. The ring to rule them ALL.
I giggled and smiled approvingly.
I stumbled upon this dating site for nerds and geeks today. I like their tagline, “Everyone Needs a Hero.” Check out how AquaBatty describes themselves:
AQUABATTY is your #1 dating and networking site. At AQUABATTY you can find that special hero you’ve always been looking for. Enjoy searching the metropolis of profiles for people just like yourself. We have gamers, movie buffs, artists, book worms, superheroes, villains, cyborgs, conspiracy theorists, time travelers, geeks, dorks and nerds.
AQUABATTY has introduced a futuristic method to dating and networking. Our goal is to create the largest online community of gamers, sci-fi lovers, comic book collectors, movie buffs and TV addicts in the universe.
Launched in 2009, AQUABATTY materialized from meeting the millions of creative people that swarm pop culture conventions all over the world. The colorful costumes and passion for comics, movies, video games and television are the driving forces behind AQUABATTY.
And here are a few of the animations in their banner image:
I may hate the new brand name SyFy, but I am awed by their promos. The House of Imagination extended promo that aired last night before Warehouse 13 was especially beautiful.
I watched the premiere of Warehouse 13 on the new SyFy tonight. The show was okay and I’m definitely going to give it a chance for a while longer.
Here’s my problem, though: This show has already been done. And, done better. The show was called Special Unit 2 and was a mostly unnoticed show on UPN for two seasons. The writing on SU2 was more over-the-top and the humor was darker. Plus, there were various types of magical creatures as cast members.
Warehouse 13, like SU2, also has a male/female special agent team: The wacky guy agent and the down-to-business woman agent. But Warehouse 13 so far doesn’t have any wacky characters or magical creatures. And, the two agents aren’t larger than life. They’re just sort of boring.
I’m hoping SyFy (retch, I hate that name) gets it right with Warehouse 13. The premise is good and SyFy could make it a decent show if they spice it up a little bit. My fingers are crossed and I’ll just have to see what happens in the next couple of episodes.
Via Film Drunk:
A group of incredibly proactive dork- er, Lord of the Rings enthusiasts, recently shot a 40-minute, high-definition film in North Wales with an all-volunteer crew of 150.
Called The Hunt for Gollum, the film is the work of 150 volunteers, says director Chris Bouchard. “We’re essentially a bunch of fans and enthusiast filmmakers,” says Bouchard, who has put two years into the project. He made up the plot, which focuses on a search to find the deranged Gollum. The fear is that the wizened creature might reveal the whereabouts of the magic ring to the powers of darkness.
Fred Von Lohman, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says it’s not really clear whether Bouchard and his crew of volunteers are in violation of the copyright for Tolkien’s work. Von Lohman says fans have always written their own stories based on TV shows and movies. That’s legal. But a high-quality movie available over the Internet [‘The Hunt for Gollum’ is set to premiere on DailyMotion this Sunday] could change the game. [via NPR]
This made me laugh. Probably because I’m just a big dork.
I LOVE the Onion:
WASHINGTON—According to sources in the White House, President Barack Obama has been uncharacteristically distant and withdrawn ever since last month’s two-hour series finale of Battlestar Galactica.
“The president seems to be someplace else lately,” said one high-level official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Yesterday we were all being briefed on the encroachment of Iranian drone planes into Iraq, when he just looked up from the table and blurted out, ‘What am I supposed to watch on Fridays at 10 p.m. now? Numb3rs?'”
“I haven’t seen him this upset since Admiral Adama realized that Earth was actually an uninhabitable wasteland,” the official continued. “Or at least that’s what he told me. I don’t actually watch the show. It’s not really my thing.”
Since the end of the series, Obama has reportedly brushed off key budgetary decisions, ignored his wife and children, and neglected his daily workouts, claiming that he no longer cares if he lets himself go “just like Lee did before the rescue on New Caprica.” more…
I decided to have some fun and video record myself doing book reviews instead of typing them out. Forgive the choppiness of the video… I had to edit out a whole minute to get under the 10 minute YouTube maximum, and I haven’t quite yet mastered editing video files.
In 10 quick minutes I review the following five books: