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Monday, March 30th, 2009
6:02 pm
[neogrammarian]
Family on Who and BSG
[So I realize we haven't got a spoilers policy. I'm going to leave Who up top, as Seasons 1-4 are all on dvd now, but put BSG under the cut, in case some ppl weren't watching on tv or hulu].

So finally seeing the end of Series 4 of Doctor Who got me thinking. First, thinking about how much I love strong plotting, and how sad it was that S4 had so little of it compared to earlier seasons. I also thought about how much I ended up liking Donna, as she was smart in a way I had thought Martha would be, but we never got to see. Donna we got to see be smart, all season, on camera. We also got to see her be independent, on camera. Thus is was really sad to see the finale just tank so terrifically.

Ah well. But rather than just capture the Doctor's enduring isolation w/an emo final expression as per usual, they ended S4 w/a verbalization. The Doctor may have an enormous 'family' but he realizes "they all have someone." Except famously for him. [And makes me wonder what sort of Cap'n Jack-style Earth Mother Dr. Song must be to finally convince the big D to engage someone as an equal.] I'd argue that level of isolation queers the Doctor to some degree. And so he creates a family.

Like BSG creates familyCollapse )

So I donno. Is this all just old news? Anyone have any thoughts about this? Will Roddenberry's homophobic ghost ever rest in peace?
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
7:36 pm
[neogrammarian]
WhedonHeads Queue Up
So if you're a geek and Not following Warren Ellis' community over at Whitechapel Why Not?

Today you might be able to read interesting subdebate about Whedon's lesbian characters here (subdebate begins w/Ellis' comment at #40, page 2) and continues.

Willow & Tara are implied, but not named, whereas Wash, Zoe, Lindsey, Doyle, Angel (S3), Spike (S7) are all queered.

And reference is made to the "dead lesbian" trope being traditional with Whedon.


Just figured I'd link it over here b/c there's some interesting implications in all of those throwaway comments on the thread.


(For those of you not Whitechapelers who might consider jumping into that debate, I'd do so cautiously. Read the FAQs first, and remember that Ellis & his techmafia keep the peace with a heavy cyber cane).


You don't believe me? Don't think you should go take a gander?

I quote Mr Warren Ellis (and friend of Whedon) himself: Because Wash was such a dyke.
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
4:29 pm
[neogrammarian]
Oh say can you see, by the console game's light?
So for years I've promised myself that once I made it past this big goal, I'd let myself buy a new game system. Now I've met that goal, but the finances aren't so hot.

So I'm torn. The Wii, well, what can I say. Nintendo launched for my generation, and it hit us hard. But I couldn't buy the system and any games until the fall, assuming I saved for it every month. But maybe it'd be worth it. Zelda made me queer, I'm sure of it.

I'm coming to accept that I'm a Final Fantasy Defector. It still hurts, but I think it's true. Not that that would stop me from playing through until the increasingly endless endgames again. But, you know.

So I donno. Last time I had a crew, they had the money and the systems. My systems are hand-me-downs or farewell gifts. I could use your advice.

Harriet Jones is still prolly playing an original 8-bit NES. Not that there's anything wrong w/that.

So what do y'all think?

Wii first, the Rest, Nowhere!
0(0.0%)
a DS gets you Nintendoy goodness for 1/2 the price of a Wii
0(0.0%)
no, no, get a PS2 now that they've dropped below the stratosphere. Same price as a DS!
1(25.0%)
please. You have a PS1 that you got for free. You can still find games for it. Final Fantasy? Megaman? It won't be so bad.
1(25.0%)
please. You have a gameboy advance. Charge it up, play what you got. Zelda 3 & FF3 are classics that never get old, right?
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your options leave much to be desired. I will school you in comments.
1(25.0%)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
5:02 pm
[heavenscalyx]
Lost Odyssey (xbox 360), so far
++++ Can choose Japanese voices! No hideous nails-on-chalkboard American voices!

++ Main female char's voice is TOTALLY SEXXAY OTOKUYAKU VOICE.

--- The subtitles are NOT generally backed with a dark background to make reading easier. Have been losing anywhere between 10%-60% of the dialogue depending on the background. Apparently, now REALLY must learn Japanese. (Though my bits of fangirl Japanese have been handy so far. I was able to pick up little things like what Seth [our main female] tells monsters when she's about to kill them, and catching one bit of dialogue when I couldn't read the subtitles.)

- Fonts are tiny and hard to read, in general. I suspect they made this for people with GREAT BIG TVs.

+ Our grim, angsty, emo lead male character wears dangly earrings when he's in the city. He's kind of femme in other ways, too, though that may just be the emo qualities feminizing him.

+ Our matter-of-fact lead female character is butch, though her outfit isn't especially so. But she's got a GREAT BIG SWORD.

++++ We periodically unlock memories for our male lead. Someone wrote something like 50 short stories for his memories; they are dynamically presented with pretty backgrounds and playful animations of the fonts. WANT THAT JOB NOW PLZKTHX.

+ Turn-based combat engine. SO NICE.

+ Plot seems interestingly baroque.

+ I am engaged with the characters. Not as much as, say, FF7, but certainly a metric ton more than FF12.

+ The facial expression animations are GORGEOUS. All the animation is GORGEOUS.

+ I HEART NOBUO UEMATSU. He played with themes that were very similar to the music in FF9 for this game, so it immediately warms me toward the game, even without the other awesome features.

-/+ Given my perpetual eyestrain and the font issues, I don't think I can play this for marathon sessions, and I'm usually okay with putting it down after an hour of playing. But I want to dive in and swim around.
Saturday, January 31st, 2009
2:04 pm
[goodgothgirl]
Geek weekends in Richmond
These days, my partner and I have been devouring Battlestar Gallactica. If you haven't watched the new series, and you love television shows with great characters, great action and great drama, get over to Netflix now!

Seriously. I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer geek, and BSG is the first show I've seen since BTVS where I can't guess what's going to happen next. We've made it to Season 3 in BSG, and I'm shocked by where the series has gone. We can't stop watching, either! We sit down to watch one or two episodes and we wind up watching at least three in one sitting.

So BSG is always on tap for our weekends. My partner is in school in addition to working full time, so she's usually doing homework. On occasion -- very rare for me -- we go out to the local goth/fetish club. We have one in Richmond, believe it or not! My partner is steampunk in her style, and I'm old-school goth and love corsets.

Every once in a while, I make it to events held by the Society for Creative Anachronisms. While I suspect that there are several scholars in this community, I am not one, so I love dabbling in medieval romanticizing. I'm aware that the Middle Ages weren't romantic by any stretch, but I love the clothes, food and arts. :)

This weekend, though, I'm on the couch starting a few knitting projects. I'm a new knitter, and I'm having a blast! It's awesome to create something out of nothing. I'm also a homebody these days, so it's given me something I can accomplish while sitting on the couch. To cap off the geekery, I've started hosting Craft Nights, so all my geeky friends can join me on the couch while we knit, crochet, make jewelry, etc. Power to the crafty geeks!
12:11 pm
[neogrammarian]
Gentlefolk, all
Well, it looked like we were working out a rather lively conversation in the poll post, but things have quieted down since.

It is winter, and it's possible y'all have a heavy raiding schedule :> I understand.


Anyway- for this week's mixer, why not weigh in on what you do on weekends, or this weekend? (Those of you looking for an active community, anyway. Of course passive communities can be useful too, they just provide different kinds of support than active comms!)

I just work on weekends, so I've got no stories. But I have considered posting links to that new PS3 game Flower which I'd love to play and will never, as I'll never afford a PS3, or a link to news about the new AbFab reboot, but it's been public knowledge since October, apparently, and so I figured y'all probably already knew about it.

My geek project for the weekend, if I have time, is to download an iso of the newest ubuntu build so I can upgrade sometime soon. I'm sort of a penguinhead. But not to freeBSD-level, I sure don't have those skilz.
Monday, January 26th, 2009
5:51 pm
[neogrammarian]
We few, we happy few*
Alrighty then, we appear to have a small crew, and that's a good place to start.

So. It's late in the day. I thought we might be feeling clicky.


Fanfic?

Read
2(22.2%)
Write
0(0.0%)
Both
2(22.2%)
something else.
5(55.6%)

Sci Fi/Fantasy

Read/take in/view/receive
5(55.6%)
Write
0(0.0%)
Yes
4(44.4%)
Something else.
0(0.0%)

Gaming (tabletop, platform, pc)

Yes!
8(88.9%)
No Dice!
0(0.0%)
WoW is not a "game" it is my LIFE.
0(0.0%)
Something else.
1(11.1%)

Computers?

You mean, like an electric typewriter?
0(0.0%)
I write for xkcd
0(0.0%)
Yes, you know, yeah.
9(100.0%)
Something else.
0(0.0%)

Academic? (Formally or otherwise)

wtf?
0(0.0%)
that counts as geeky?
2(22.2%)
I'm a proGeek and proud of it.
3(33.3%)
Something else.
4(44.4%)

You Left Me Out! Or other geek categories I'm too sleep-deprived to've remembered

Fill us in in comments!
2(100.0%)


Some nattering about this communityCollapse )


So. (you know what's coming)


What say you, queer geeks?



*Remember, they Won.
Sunday, January 25th, 2009
10:29 pm
[neogrammarian]
Greetings and Salutations.
At the time of writing, I'm just trying to gauge interest.

And if we discover that we are a "we" and not simply a "me" I think it'd be great to hear what y'all think you'd like to see in a comm like this.

So. Feel free to add ideas in the comments, eh?
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