thedeadparrot: (madam president)
(posted by on Mar. 22nd, 2009 09:09 am)
If you don't want someone harshing your squee, don't click.

Spoilers, obviously )
thedeadparrot: (zarek as zarek)
(posted by on Feb. 7th, 2009 01:34 am)
The show's writing has taken some huge leaps forward since last half-season, it's true. It's definitely remembered why it was so popular in the first place.

But at the same time, I feel distinctly uncomfortable watching this show these days, because I feel like the show just doesn't do moral ambiguity as well as it used to, and it's beginning to show signs of how White and Male the writing staff is.

I also realize that I seem to be watching a completely different show than everyone else (and that's fine, but at the same time, kind of weird).

My Issues, Let Me Show You Them )
thedeadparrot: (zarek as zarek)
(posted by on Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:34 pm)
I thoroughly enjoyed this episode. Like, a lot.

Spoilery reaction )
thedeadparrot: (madam president)
(posted by on Jan. 17th, 2009 02:38 pm)
What if the new BSG isn't a re-imagining of the original BSG, but rather a sequel?
thedeadparrot: (zarek as zarek)
(posted by on Jan. 16th, 2009 11:44 pm)
spoilers and thoughts )
thedeadparrot: (atlantis)
(posted by on Jan. 13th, 2009 07:02 pm)
1. I head back to school tomorrow, and I'm kind of ambivalent about it, which is probably bad. I don't know. I'm not cut out for this 'real life' bullshit.

2. As for the last episode of SGA, I am firmly of the belief that they fly the city right back using the wormhole drive, and John thinks it's the COOLEST THING EVER and has a big(ger) crush on Rodney's brain.

I'm not that sad about it, really. SGA is dead. Long live SGA*.

* fandom, of course.

3. I have plotted out the scenes for the heist and started writing them out, though I can already tell that this will probably take a while. Anyway, enjoy this bit of fic:

A bit of fic )

Okay, so I'm considering first cleaning up the first section of the fic and posting that as part of WIP. Obviously, this has some benefits and some drawbacks.

On one hand polishing and posting section will give me a break from the fic-writing and also some real, tangible feedback to bask in as well as actual pressure to finish it without sort of just giving up which I have been tempted to do on and off for a while.

On the other, I know for a fact that I won't be able to give my full attention to fixing up this section, because half my brain will still be in writing mode, and I know that I won't go back and fix things later because once something's posted, it tends to be 'done' in my mind as well. So it won't be as good as it could be.

I dunno. I just keep going back and forth on that.

4. In other news, all my fic has been posted to AOOO. All, um, 99 stories I'm willing to admit I've written.

5. I don't think I'll ever get over just how much I adore The Sandman. Ever.

6. New BSG is coming, and while I will attempt to enjoy it, I fear that it will repeat all of the crappiness of 4.0. Just as long as they stop pretending that dangling the final cylon in front of us is a substitute for compelling plot, then I will survive. (It seems as though there will be more Zarek, this time around. I can't wait to watch him stir shit up.)
thedeadparrot: (beauty breakdown)
(posted by on Jun. 20th, 2008 03:39 pm)
1. I got roped into my first D&D game ever. I suck at roleplaying, I have discovered. Also, character creation.

2. BSG season 4 finale spoilers )

3. Saw The Incredible Hulk, enjoyed it, but I felt like there wasn't enough characterization to hook me. I will also admit that I did like the Ang Lee version as well, so.

4. I've been reading a lot, lately. Yay, libraries. I like libraries a lot.

5. Have also gotten sucked into what may be known in some circles as "Doctor Who fic," but what I know as, "stories about Martha Jones being awesome." Recs are welcome.

6. Speaking of which, anyone up for a quick beta of a 600~ word ficlet about um, the Doctor and Martha? It's slice-of-life-ish.

7. I am playing Twilight Princess again. Also addicted to it again. At least I'm close to the end, so I'll maybe get my life back soon. (Sky Temple, w00t w00t!)
thedeadparrot: (meta)
(posted by on Apr. 5th, 2008 11:09 am)
So, I enjoyed the BSG premiere, but it didn't hit me where I live the way it does when it's really good. I think I'm dissatisfied by the way they drifted off into mystical land right now. There's not that same feeling of, I know this. This is us. That's how I fell in love with show originally, and I think the more allegorical elements are being overshadowed by the OMG MYSTICAL MYSTERIES. Sure, I want to know the answers, but they mean less to me.

Okay, now some crossover meta. I could work on remix, but that would make too much sense.

So I love crossovers a lot, and I don't think I've really spent enough time thinking about why I love them, and I think this is as good a time to start as any.

First off, I think we need to acknowledge the fact that crossovers take two very different forms: the regular ol' crossovers and the fusions.

I think desire to read/write both comes from a very What If? sort of place (like most fanfic), but the types of What If? are different.

Regular crossovers are generally more about characters. What if character A met character B? Would they like each other? Hate each other? Become tentative allies? Characters meeting, characters interacting. That's the focal point of them, what makes them interesting. There's generally a sort of compare and contrast going on between the characters, their interaction shedding light on the characters themselves.

The crossovers I love best are the ones where the relationship between the characters are complex, where the compare and contrast elements aren't made explicit.

Fusions tend to be more about situations. What if we put character A in situation B? How would they react? The same or different as character B? There is an element of compare and contrast here too. The characters will behave differently because they're different characters and the ways they behave differently inform us of the similarities and differences between the two of them.

I think that's why I'm always dissatisfied with fusions that follow the original storyline too slavishly. Usually, it requires the author to bend the characters into odd shapes in order for them to get it to work.

There is another type of fusion that works by taking character A and dropping them into the world of character B, but doesn't take character B's exact situation. This is more about letting the situation cast light on character A, seeing how the situation forces the character to behave, whether it's the same or different.

So, enough of my rambling. What do you guys think?
thedeadparrot: (zarek as zarek)
(posted by on Jun. 3rd, 2007 07:21 pm)
Original BSG is so bad its hilarious. Richard Hatch is still awesome, though. Thinking of newer BSG's Tigh as the token black guy is hilarious, too.

New layout for [ profile] parrotfic. I wanted to change things up a bit.

Living by myself is really weird. I need to learn how to cook. I also have to leave the TV on to keep it from getting too quiet.

It's [ profile] queenzulu's birthday! So you should totally go wish her a happy birthday!

I start my internship tomorrow.
thedeadparrot: (madam president)
(posted by on May. 14th, 2007 11:55 pm)
So, I need to do lots and lots of cleaning and packing tomorrow. Other bullshit administrative stuff, too.

I also watched the pilot of The West Wing for the first time ever, and I really must say that Bartlet owns all and I want him in a political cage match between him and Roslin. Like, one where the Fleet shows up at Earth, and they want to settle on Earth, but there's pressure to keep the aliens off the fucking planet, plz, and Bartlet has to keep those pressures in mind, and Roslin's just bitchy because they're at Earth and can they finally rest now, okay?

They have press conferences where Bartlet is wishy-washy and Roslin pretends to be all nice and sweet and tells the story of how she was really the Secretary of Education before ending up president, and behind closed doors, they both try to tear each other apart in not so many words.

It would be like an epic, because just when things seemed to be going okay, something else would come up, and it would drag on for like, forever.

God, that would be so awesome.

(Okay, so maybe I have too many of these ideas.)
thedeadparrot: (madam president)
(posted by on Mar. 28th, 2007 07:43 pm)
Re: Season finale of BSG,

Seriously, All Along the Watchtower? I mean, it's an awesome song, but yeah. All Along the Watchtower?
thedeadparrot: (zarek as zarek)
(posted by on Mar. 19th, 2007 08:41 pm)
Dear C++,

Your arrays suck. A lot.

No love,

Dear threads,

I hate you so much, I can barely express my hate.

Even less love,

Also, have finally watched BSG up until last night's episode. So I'm kind of caught up.

Random, non-intelligent thoughts )
thedeadparrot: (madam president)
(posted by on Mar. 2nd, 2007 07:04 pm)
So, I just saw Mary McDonnell speak on a panel about BSG, and she was awesome. Details to come later.

(omg Mary Fuckin' McDonnell omg)
thedeadparrot: (zarek as zarek)
(posted by on Dec. 17th, 2006 03:20 pm)
I realized that I didn't have a Zarek icon, which made me sad, but now I have one, and I'm happy. Speaking of Zarek, it made me sad that he didn't show up in this episode, or even just recently. What do they have him doing? Sitting on his ass and watching stars go by? The boring, mundane stuff of running a Fleet?

Anyway, some brief thoughts about the episode.

spoilers )

Anyway, while I'm looking forward to January (and new episodes), I'm not that anxious about it. Huh. I thought I would be.
thedeadparrot: (flying)
(posted by on Dec. 10th, 2006 09:58 pm)
OMFG Battlestar this week.

Spoilers up the wazoo )
thedeadparrot: (house + wilson)
(posted by on Nov. 15th, 2006 09:00 pm)
I really loved this week's House.

Spoilers! )

And I finally got around to seeing this week's BSG.

More Spoilers! )
thedeadparrot: (porcelain)
(posted by on Oct. 28th, 2006 04:22 pm)
Have now upgraded to Edgy Eft with a clean install. It's not substantially different from anything else, as far as I can tell, but Firefox 2 breaks my favorite theme. Which makes me very sad. I also had to spend a lot of time switching the tab behavior back to something that doesn't suck.

Dear [ profile] house_wilson,

Stop worrying about the fucking poll and write me some porn, dammit.


Dear Youtube,

Why the fuck did you just break your videos under Linux Flash 9 beta? Are you high or something?

No love,

BSG this week!
Spoilers )

Tonight's Tech House's big party of the the year, Javaspook. There are tons of baked goods being made in the kitchen right now. Should be a lot of fun.
thedeadparrot: (travis sun shining)
(posted by on Oct. 22nd, 2006 11:27 pm)
I've spent most of this weekend hanging out with my parents. It was quite good. They brought me apples, and we went out and had delicious Thai food. That makes me happy.

Now, I'm a little conflicted about this week's BSG... Spoilers )
thedeadparrot: (stranger in a strange land)
(posted by on Oct. 18th, 2006 07:09 pm)
Wilson is awesome. He's so freaking screwed up and yet, so awesome. I mean, he's clearly screwed up enough that his marriages keep failing, and yet he tries so hard in some ways to be a good person, which I think is an interesting character trait.

I feel totally in favor of Roslin/Zarek. They should totally have lots and lots of politically-motivated, manipulative sex, because that would be just way too much fun to watch.

A meme:
Request a song!

The only rules - you cannot request music by band name or genre. You have to describe, in terms of color, mood, texture, taste, or any other creative way you can think of, what you're looking for in a song, and I'll give you a song in return.

I think I may pick up a [ profile] slashfest claim. Probably in House, but maybe also some obscure fandom or something. Not sure.

Which also brings me to [ profile] yuletide, which makes me happy. I really should nominate fandoms I want, like now. I do love [ profile] yuletide lots.

Speaking of things I really should do, I should also get my absentee ballot request sent out. That just might be important. Just might.

ETA: Apparently, I can't count in lowercase Roman numerals. This almost makes me sad.


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