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... that seems to be passing around an advance copy of the DVD/Blu-Ray of the Transformers Prime series finale. It's the only way I can explain the sudden appearance of a complete and highly spoilerrific recap page on and a number of fanfics based not on speculations about the finale, but what appears to be actual knowledge thereof. And, silly me, I managed to spoil myself slightly before backbuttoning madly away. On the other hand, I now have time to accustom myself to the idea that several of my desiderata for this story (a six-year timeskip, the [life event] of [character] and [character], and a glimpse into the future careers of [characters]) just aren't going to happen. Boo, hiss. I'm just going to have to write that one myself, I guess. I could have sworn that they were setting up those desiderata in the final episodes of season 3, but I guess not. Sigh.
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Today turns out to be filled with all kinds of fannish good things, including the new Thor trailer (which I saw tagged on Tumblr with "HIT HIM AGAIN JANE"), John Scalzi laying the smackdown on self-appointed geek gatekeepers, this meme, and pictures of Tom Hiddleston sitting down with the Cookie Monster. It just doesn't get any better than this, people. It just doesn't.

(Also, free-range capybaras, to which I sadly cannot link. [profile] kanja_177, are you responsible?)
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Transformers: Prime's third season finale airs this evening, after which all that will be left is a made-for-TV movie coda later this fall. I am equal parts eager to see how the Final Battle plays out (though I must admit I'm not too worried about the Fate of the Earth; the good guys usually win, though I don't discount the possibility of a Heroic Sacrifice) and sad that This Is The End. It's been a fun ride since my goddaughter Amber_Dawn informed me that I really needed to watch this one. In honor of the occasion, we're getting together at her house for a viewing party: she's supplying the cable; I'm bringing the cake. I attempted to decorate it with a representation of the classic Autobot symbol, but since art is not my forte, I console myself that Amber_Dawn and her family all have good imaginations. Also that chocolate cake is ultimately for eating, not admiring.

Sigh. Thanks for the memories, Hasbro. Will look forward to your next venture into this canon.
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Here I am again, making irritated noises on discovering that yet another animated series I like, Transformers: Prime, is going POOF! off The Hub after a shortened third season. This after Cartoon Network canceled Greg Weisman's Young Justice after its second season (which was act two of a three-act arc -- and now I'll never know how the story would have ended, argh, argh, argh), along with Bruce Timm's Green Lantern, which I'd been iffy about overall but enjoyed enough to watch when I got the chance. The Thundercats reboot also failed to survive, which is more of a grief to my friend [profile] ravensnow than to me (I wanted to like it ...), but I must admit that I find this trend of cancellations ... disturbing. All of these shows were SF action dramas with long-term plots; most of them seem to have been replaced by episodic action comedies. To which my response is a deep groan and a turn back to watching anime, where SF action dramas with long-term plots aren't box office poison. And, yes, fortysomething women aren't the target market for CN, The Hub, Nick, et al., but I'd like to point out two things:
a) My taste for SF action dramas with long-term plots developed when I was in elementary school; and
b) I was hooked on several of these shows by fen who are part of the target market.
I wish that more people (or at least studio executives) shared my tastes in storytelling, because it's getting really irritating to settle in to a good plot with nice characterization that's pitched at a YA audience and have the whole thing shut down short of its proper conclusion. The only reason I'm not giving Dragons: Riders of Berk the side-eye at this point is because it's aimed at a younger audience and can ride the coat-tails of the theatrical films. By contrast I'm ever more pessimistic about the chances of Legend of Korra managing to air all four of the miniseries its creators say they have planned. Are those of us, young and old, who like animated arc storytelling really such a minority that we can't support a show or two while everyone else is watching the episodic stuff? Do we need to rise up and revolt? Who's with me?
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Title: Hotel 13: The Adventure Begins
Chapter: 1 (of 20)
Original Author: Claudia Weber, based on the scripts for the television series "Hotel 13" by Dennis Bots, Koen Tambuyzer, Jasper Beerthuis, Elke De Gezelle, Bjorn Van den Eynde, Catherine Baeyens, Hans Bourlon and Gert Verhulst
Rating: G
Word Count: ~2085
Warnings: This translation is not authorized by the copyright holders in any way. Copyright for the original work remains with Studio 100 Media GmbH and credit for the text with the original author. This translation is solely for personal language practice and enjoyment. It may not be copied or redistributed in any form. (If you're reading this and aren't me, keep it quiet so we can continue to Have Nice Things!)
A/N: Welcome to my newest fandom! Hotel 13 is a European children's SF television series by the people who produced Het Huis Anubis/Das Haus Anubis. This is my translation of the junior novelization, which I decided to produce as a challenge to my language skills and a sneaky way of getting non-German/Dutch/Norwegian/Swedish/Finnish-speakers of my acquaintance interested in this property. (I lay good odds that it gets an English recension eventually, but we'll see ...)
Dedication: This is for Luci, whom I hope to turn into a fan.

Chapter One: The Mysterious Postcard

This message is my last hope. Only one person in the world can help me -- you! Say nothing to anyone, especially not to Richard. It's a matter of life and death! In eight years make your way to Hotel 13. Search for the chest. Find room 13. )
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Tom Hiddleston, of all people, has a piece in The Guardian's film blog defending the blockbuster superhero film as art, quoting Harold Pinter and displaying a not-inconsiderable understanding of the western literary tradition:
Superhero movies like Avengers Assemble should not be scorned
(Headline provided by the blog editor, obviously.) Hiddleston preaches to the choir of my f-list, of course, but the piece is worth reading. (Can you tell this man took a double first in classics from Cambridge? I think I'm in love ...)
nebroadwe: (Bear)
I have a new OTP:

That Darling Hat!

Korra/cloche hat. It doesn't quite displace Iroh/tea, but it's awfully close.
nebroadwe: (Bear)
In weather news: it's still hot here. Really hot. Like two successive days in the triple digits with dewpoints above 70 hot. Bleah. This is not the time for the new pastor at my church to decide we don't need to move services out of the 1880s vintage church (with accompanying lack of air conditioning) into the 1970s vintage hall for the summer. He may be in touch with his inner camel, but the rest of us aren't so lucky.

Read more... )
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Kodansha says it has no plans to continue releasing an English translation of Pumpkin Scissors. Argh. Argh, argh, argh, argh, argh. I have the tankoubon, but I can't read them and nobody is bothering to scanlate them. Foo. Oh, well, at least I can look at the pictures and get a vague idea of what's transpiring. And maybe someday I'll have enough time/energy/cash for more Japanese lessons.

In other irritating news, it is hot. Too darn hot. Cole Porter, go home and take your catchy ear-worm with you.

ETA: Well, the day is looking up again: just helped a colleague identify the very scrawly autograph of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Yale 1813 (not to be confused with the U.S. Congressman from New York), noting his purchase of a book from one Seth P. Staples (Yale 1797) -- who turns out to have been one of the lawyers to initially represent the Amistad captives, as well as the founder of what eventually became the Yale Law School. Bonus!
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I'm hoping my subconscious is gearing up for another round of creativity (please, oh, please!) because for the past couple of nights I've been dreaming fanfiction. Yesterday evening, I was wandering through Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series (and am now rereading Behemoth, whee!); t'other night, the mental drive-in fired up ... Neon Genesis Evangelion? Which I haven't even SEEN, for heaven's sake, except for the Rebuild movies and a trailer or two. Nothing makes you readier to face the day than the realization that it won't have Shinji in it, though.

I entertain the suspicion that my subconscious is in revolt against me reading the manga Cross Game, a slice-of-life baseball story, heavy on the slice of life. (If Princess Nine is baseball as melodrama and Big Windup is baseball as baseball, Cross Game is sort of in the middle: the baseball is there, but so are the human relationships, minus all the Sturm und Drang.) Mind you, my conscious mind loves Cross Game, so my subconscious can grump all it wants -- I'm not giving it up. Perhaps we can compromise on ATLA or something?
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I tried to watch the FMA movie trailer over here, but even on my super-spiffy university connection it loaded in fits and starts. I did notice that Maaya Sue Sakamoto's character appears to be a sharpshooter -- also that a chimera seems to play an adversarial role. Hard to determine much else, really (though that may be the virus talking ...)
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Like many other SF geeks, I perked up on hearing that a Discworld City Watch television series is being developed (CSI: Ankh-Morpork, as everyone has it). So here's a delightful related video of a pitch meeting between Sir Terry and various television creative people:
Video under the cut ... )
Share and enjoy!

[Also: Capitalism may be to blame for the lack of life on the planet Mars, Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday. One trusts he is being rhetorical, as is his wont.]

[Also also: Diane Duane's advice for ridding oneself of a creeper who declares, "I like you!" and proceeds to follow you on your shopping expedition: "Just stop and draw him a picture of the big-fanged man-eating ghost eggplant you see plastered to his back."]

[Also cubed: "I'm sorry, but we can't send a search-and-rescue team into Plato's cave."]
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Nicholas Courtney has passed away and somehow the Earth feels a little less safe. God rest him.
nebroadwe: (Bear)
Over at Making Light, Abi Sutherland is rewatching Babylon 5 and is moved to remark in a footnote:
My particular aim, back in the 1990's, was to grow up to be Susan Ivanova. Looking at the work I do now, I see that somewhere in the intervening years, I've pretty much achieved that. Now I can go on to my next goal, which is to grow up to be Cordelia Vorkosigan.
When I was younger, I wanted to grow up to be J.R.R. Tolkien, myself, but that didn't work. I'm not quite sure who I am now (so to speak) ... :-)
nebroadwe: (Bear)
I have no idea who these people are or whether their newest product line is any good, but I'm a little unnerved that one of their fragrances, Nize Hat ("Because a nize hat deserves a nize scent, ja. Remember, however, that 'nice' compares to 'nize' the way a pleasant day by the sea compares to conquering that sea at the head of a flotilla of mighty clockwork sharks. We do not use "nize" lightly, oh no. This is a nize scent.") is unavailable "[d]ue to component issues." I don't want to know. Really.
nebroadwe: (Books)
Another signal boost. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal over here, the interviewer inquired of the ATLA creators, asking:
If Tenzin is Aang’s son, who is his mother?
And lo! the creators answered him and said:
We can say that, right? ... It's Katara. It's not a huge surprise.
And there was much rejoicing, but also wailing and grinding of teeth.

Lots of good info in this piece, and a refreshingly sensible attitude toward female heroic leads. Share and enjoy.
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Just doing a signal boost on this one:
Nickelodeon, the number one producer of television animation in the world, has greenlit a new series from the creators of the hit animated TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender, it was announced today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. The new series The Legend of Korra (working title), from creators Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2011, continuing the evolution of the animated franchise and its mythology ...

"Mike and Bryan have imagined a compelling new story inspired by the Airbender mythology that they so brilliantly crafted when the TV series began," Johnson said. "This new avatar is not only a girl, but also hot-headed, independent and ready to take on the world."

The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern "Avatar" world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.
Full press release here. Spunky female lead? Steampunk? Aang's son? Whee! (I can hear the wailing and grinding of teeth from certain sectors of the fandom already over that last one, alas.) But c'mon, Bryke -- "Republic City"? You've got to be able to do better than that. I expect great things of you, gentlemen!
nebroadwe: (Bear)
You know you've read too much SF when you smile while driving past Mechanicsburg and Pennterra, giggle over misreading "Banta Road" as "Bantha Road," and muse upon seeing an ad for Miles Home Furnishings, "Ah, still working his way up to furnishing planets ..."

The first person to correctly identify all four fandoms wins a drabble after I finish this week's class ...
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Via Ansible:
Diana Wynne Jones, after much consultation with her husband and specialists, has decided to abandon chemotherapy (which is serving only to make her feel very ill indeed) and resign herself to whatever may follow. Her senior oncologist fears she has 'months rather than years', but we all hope that – as once or twice before – Diana can still surprise the medical profession. May the good luck return.
Oh, dear ...

Also of note from the same issue: Martin Gardner, he of The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Wizard of Oz, and other wonderful things, passed on May 22. Now I'm really depressed.


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The Magdalen Reading

August 2014



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