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The RoVaCon 15 Starfleet Vice video, as threatened promised...



So, I'll explain a little of what's going on. I'm in the wheelchair because I'd been in a life-threatening car accident only weeks ago, but I was too stubborn to miss the con. Heather and Valerie are dressed in costumes from the anime Dirty Pair. Mike Allen represented KODRA, a ruthless Klingon-Orion terrorist organistion out to rule the Alpha Quadrant; while Markus... well, he had a lab coat, so we worked that in. And of course, Tom, Mike, and Beth were solely there to support our blatant swipe of Monty Python material.

I don't remember the name of the dude working the camera... but he really liked the anime costumes.
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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (daicon-girl)
Having already closed a couple of tickets this morning, I bounced over to my RSS feed reader, which notified me of the day's posts on dailycostume.com.

Clicking through the links, I brought up this particular group of variant Sailor Senshi. I thought, "Okay, cute, bet I'm missing someone's fanfic story here..." and then I suddently realized exactly what the theme in question was meant to be.

All I can say is, there's a weekday afternoon cartoon that I'd put on the DVR recording list.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (yeager)
There's a "25 Things About Me" meme going around Facebook. Rather than just re-post it here, I was inspired by John Scalzi's column to write "20 Memories of Sci-Fi Movies of My Youth". Agreed, it's not quite a catchy a title, but I can live with that.

1) The first SF movie I saw in the theaters was "Star Wars", when I was seven. I remember seeing the commercials and thinking, "Meh, might be okay." Yeah, underestimated that one a bit. I do not remember "Episode 4" atop the opening crawl. The John Williams soundtrack spent long hours in the following months accompanying my pretending to blast TIE fighters from a laser gun turret.

2) The next one I recall seeing in the theaters was "Starcrash". This would only have been a good movie had I been old enough to enjoy Caroline Munro's outfit. I can't remember too much about it now, which may be a good thing, but I'm tempted to find a copy and enjoy the badness from a whole new perspective.

3) "Close Encounters" confused and frightened me, especially the part where Richard Dreyfuss starts losing his sanity. I didn't understand the ending at that age, either. In fact, to this day, there's a lot of unexplained bits having to do with the aliens, which is just as well; I suspect that any explanation from Spielberg would have been far lamer than the mystery.

4) While we're on such movies, I was mildly traumatized by the laser surgery and 'cannibal' robot in "Logan's Run", and I didn't understand the whole "Carousel" thing at all. That's another movie which is probably unwise to watch before puberty, especially in a midnight showing in a darkened house.

5) "Star Trek: The Motion Picture": Wow, new Klingon ships. Whoa whoa, new Klingons! Triple whoa: I am in love with the new Enterprise model! Okay, excellent, what's going to happen for the next ninety minutes? Oh. Not much. I'm glad I never took it in to my head to get myself one of that movie's uniforms.

Fifteen more behind the cut )

So, that's a snapshot of my first 20 years of SF movie watching, and I am already remembering a bunch I left out. Maybe I'll hit this meme again if I remember anything interesting about the next bunch.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
Four years after the OAV series concluded in Japan, I have finally found time to sit and watch through Macross Zero. For my part, I was disappointed in the show.

The CGI effects of the Valkyrie fighters made up a high point - the opening chapter demonstrates a drawn-out Fighter-to-Battloid transformation sequence that nearly made me drool. Sadly, the actual plot and characters brought me right back down. The series suffered from prequel-itis: I knew the Earth wouldn't be destroyed, because that job would fall to the Zentraedi in four years. For the same reason, I knew that Roy Focker wouldn't be killed in combat, making his dogfight duels mildly tedious.

A repeated subplot is the preservation of the ancient ways of the island people, which again felt moot with the coming holocaust; and the bad guys only received the personalities of one-dimensional psychopaths. I expect better than that in anime. One of them had the nerve to try a sympathy ploy on the audience minutes after napalming a village of non-combatant islanders. I just wanted them to hurry up and get killed in combat so we could get back to the real plot.

Oh, and late in the series, there's the standard anime "I have taken it upon myself to decide that humanity has reached a dead end so I shall cause their destruction in order to pave the way for the next rulers of the Earth" scientist. Isn't that one on TV Tropes yet? Boring. Lame. Move on.

Still, I feel more "caught up" on the Macross mythology now, so I'm ready to hit Macross Frontier next. As always, your mileage may vary.
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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
I just found the Megazone 23 3-disc DVD set on Barnes and Noble. These movies influenced my imagination strongly, and I set one of the strongest pieces of fanfic I've written aboard a similar Megazone.

I got to tell you, though, this Christmas my reptilian "want" reflex is a little muted by the recent move. I can't forget that everything I might buy, or receive as a gift, is something I may have to pack up and move in a box someday. Right now, I'm not thrilled at the prospect; who knows, perhaps my distaste will fade over coming months.

On the other hand, I still do have a B&N card from my birthday... and a couple hardcovers or a DVD set don't take up all that much space... right? Right?

Yeah. I think I'll wait until after the holidays and see if I still want it then :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
It's been a heck of a week, and I haven't had much opportunity to post. Let's see if I can catch up a bit.

As of Wednesday evening, Starr and I began sleeping at the new house. This was slightly impeded by the fact that our bed hadn't been moved yet, and Starr's parents had returned for some of their stuff, so we had to share a twin bed in a guest bedroom. Note: no matter how cuddly the other person is, tucking two people into a twin bed gets old quickly.

I'm now getting up at 5:30 every morning to get out of the house by 6:30. My efficiency's improved, as it was taking me up to 90 minutes to get showered, dressed, and moving, but it means I have exactly enough coherence to drive safely and not a bit more. The commute's indeed an hour; thank goodness for podcasts.

Each day last week, I stopped by the apartment on the way home to grab some more stuff. Slowly, all the vital necessities of life have been put in place at the house, such as transforming Macross toys and Lensman paperbacks. By this weekend, I expect to have the silly stuff moved like cooking gear and clean underwear. (Okay, I *am* kidding about the underwear; that was high-priority.)

Starr's parents left on Friday - or was it Thursday? - but returned once more on Saturday for more stuff, and so we could take her little sister to Nekocon. We only stayed for a few hours Saturday afternoon and evening; I had no idea that the con was so HUGE. 3,000 people were claimed in one press release, and it sure looked like it. I could not believe the number and variety of hall costumes! (Of course, I forgot a camera.) Starr dressed as a loligoth, while her sister wore an InuYasha costume. Many pictures of them were taken, but I have seen none posted; me, I was grumpy that morning, and didn't wear a costume. By the end of the evening I regretted the decision, but oh well.

Tuesday, I had the day off, and I headed back over to the apartment to collect more stuff. Our downstairs neighbors are both military, and were also home; when they found out what I was up to, they instantly volunteered their two pickups, and pitched in on the packing. Thanks to them, we're about 70% done with the move, and should be able to finish this weekend; I had reason to appreciate our veterans even more that day! They were awesome folks.

We're switching the house from Verizon to Cox for our internet and phone, and were surprised to learn the the cable junction box is across the street. Shortly after we learned this, we learned that the underground line to our house is bad, and they'll have to bore a new conduit for us this week. The cable, phone, and Internet at the apartment was disabled on Wednesday, so communications have been impaired. Right now my cell phone and work Internet are my main connections to the world.

Midori has been introduced to Tigger and Precious, two cats we're inheriting from Starr's parents. They seem to be more amused than anything else by her hissing and posturing, and she seems to be slowly understanding the uselessness of making all the fuss. With any luck, they'll civilize her a bit.

This Saturday, I hope to have everything out of the apartment that isn't tucked in my office. Sunday, I'll pack all the little figures and toys and books and such I have on display in my office, and move that over, and at that point the actual move should be about done. We can then spend a week or so cleaning up the place nice before we hand over the keys.

Then... maybe... perhaps... a rest. I don't think that's an unreasonable reward!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (daicon-girl)
I am turning Starr into a Hayao Miyazaki fan, getting her attention with "The Castle of Cagliostro", cheering her on a bleh evening with "Kiki's Delivery Service", and charming her last night with "My Neighbor Totoro". After "Nausicaa" and "Spirited Away", though, I'll be all out and have to pick up some more sometime.

Oddly enough, by coincidence she'd been reading up on Shinto traditions yesterday afternoon, and recognized much of them in the movie - more than I! I foresee a Catbus plush in our future.

Also, over the weekend I finally saw the "Lost Skeleton of Cadavra" (Rowr.) An intentionally bad 50s-style SF movie, this flick is awesome if the viewer's got the right sense of humor. The associated drinking game required drinks on the words "science", "meteor", "atmospherium", "alien", "mutant", and "skeleton". I didn't participate, mainly because I don't drink, but also because I'd have ended up blasted out of my mind. Why do people need to pretend to be forced to drink alcohol?

The other weekend movie was "Dorkness Rising". I really loved it, and am tempted to buy a copy; good script, nice production values for a low-budget film, and an utterly believable - if silly - look at the GM-player dynamic in tabletop RPGs. Additionally, much of the scenes 'within the game' are absolutely hilarious. Really, if you game and you happen to see this on the video schedule at a con, make time to see it.

I will be 40 years old on November 15th. I'm not sure what it says about me that I'm still reminding myself multiple times per day to act like a grownup. I've taken responsibility for a lot of things in life, and willingly so; I want the perks of adulthood. But it means there's a long list these days of stuff that I can't wait for someone else to take care of for me, and after all these years I'm still learning many of the tricks of handling a grownup's duties.

On the other hand, I am surrounded every day by people who aren't giving that half the effort I am, so I suppose there's hope. :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (daicon-girl)
The other day, I finally broke out my subtitled, un-cut copy of My Youth In Arcadia. I've owned the cut, dubbed release for a long time, to the point that I know the script pretty well, and I looked forward to seeing what had been removed from the original.

I only made it to the end of the World War II sequence, but I was still pretty surprised. While this version is clearly a slightly better translation, so far the only new material I've seen is the World War I-era prologue. Plot points that I'd assumed would be better explained in an uncut version remain murky.

Of course, this is a common condition with anime films, which have a habit of stringing together cool sequences with a minimum of narrative linkage, and letting the viewers fill in the gaps from their own imaginations. I'm not saying that it's an invalid technique - there are some American SF / Fantasy movies that would have been better had they explained less - but I was hoping for more.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
I really want to sit and watch some good DVDs, preferably with company as I hate watching movies alone. I wonder if it's worth it to buy an upconverting DVD player at some point; we're using the PS2 at the moment.

The Aviator and Catch Me If You Can are on my list. I've seen them before, but they are cool enough to make me appreciate Leo as an actor, and Starr's never seen either. The uncut, re-dubbed My Youth In Arcadia is on the list, as is the recent CGI Appleseed. (Is there an uncut, properly dubbed Galaxy Express 999 available? I'd like to find a good version of that too.)

Also sitting unwatched on my shelf: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; The Heroic Trio, about which I endlessly badgered [livejournal.com profile] kittykatya for a copy; and the new Transformers movie, which may not be fanservice perfection, but at least it's got the right Optimus Prime voice.

We won't even talk about the movies in theaters. Everyone's raving about Iron Man, yes I intend to see Speed Racer despite the reviewer bashing, and ditto Indy 4.

I can't even blame World of Warcraft for this. I enjoy the game enormously, but go weeks without touching it sometimes.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (daicon-girl)
Just found out that Anime Mid-Atlantic is being held right in my backyard next month.

Anyone on my Friends List planning to go? Not much fun going to a con unless I can hang with some cool people. Besides, I haven't been to an anime con in years and years - may need someone to show me the ropes!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
Okay, I think I'm totally turning into a Daft Punk fan. I saw this video on someone's blog, and now the tune is firmly lodged in my head.

Harder Better Faster Stronger )

The song's cool, but the video really picks up about 90 seconds in. Completely amateur, but cooler for it.

In further Punkishness, I had mentioned before the Interstella 5555 video, set to Daft Punk music and designed by the gentleman who designed Space Cruiser Yamato, Captain Harlock, and Galaxy Express 999. Watching this really takes me back to the 80s, when I was first getting into the anime that's now old school, watching tapes that had been copied so often that the reds smeared halfway across the screen.

One More Time )

And, unrelated but cool, this is someone's idea of Star Wars movie titles in the style of Saul Bass, famous for the titles to "The Man With The Golden Arm", "Around the World In Eighty Days", "Psycho", and "Alien":

A Jazzy Hope )

There is your videos for the evening.
mikailborg: Chris drew this picture of my first Starfleet character for a newsletter cover, years ago. (kriet)
It seems that actor Chris Pine is up for the part of Captain James Kirk in the upcoming Trek movie. Among other named participants are Zoe Saldana as Uhura, and Zachary Quinto as Spock. Looking pretty good, so far.

"You've wrecked my childhood!" is a phrase oft heard on the Internet, when the new remake of a favorite property comes along. Most recently, some Transformers fans screamed it to anyone who would listen. I can't help but think that these people show a disappointing level of perspective; who over the age of 20 hasn't picked up an old book, or the DVD of an old movie, and discovered that it just doesn't speak to them the way it did all those years ago?

I recently acquired the first season of "Battle of the Planets": an anime import about a team of bird-costumed super-ninjas in a rocket-jet fighting a high-tech criminal syndicate. It suffered from translation; the translators were forced to make massive cuts of violence and teenage-level plot points while adding in footage of a cute robot and space travel. Imagine that someone had told you that, for Freedonian broadcast, classic Trek had to be cut to 30 minutes per episode, never leave Earth's solar system, and ditch the pointy-ear guy.

I loved "Battle of the Planets" when I was 8. I made paper airplane versions of the hero's razor-edged jet boomerang, tinfoil helmets, and beach towel capes. Finally seeing it again all these years later was fun, but I couldn't help but admit that I was no longer able to appreciate it the way I once could, and that was okay. The upcoming live-action movie will probably be a tiny bit more mature; and I won't complain at all about all the things they got "wrong".

Or at least not very much.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
On the "Robotech" movie Tobey Maguire's producing:

I would love to see a good Robotech movie. I don't even mind if Maguire plays Rick Hunter - they could do worse.

Last I heard the property was in Licensing Rights Hell. I will believe this is actually in production when reliable on-set reports start filtering out.

I'm not worried about whether the script will be more faithful to Robotech or Macross. When the studio suits are done with it, it will more resemble the Go-Bots. "Geez, you idiot fanboys, it's just a cartoon." Otaku who thought that Peter Jackson was spawn of Satan will be utterly enraged, burning down message boards across the 'Tubes.

Minmei will no longer be Chinese, or ethnic in any way. (Claudia Grant, either.) She will be played by some losing American Idol finalist who will produce a soundtrack album of mildly grating, forgettable songs; this will put her ahead of poor Reba West but still behind Mari Iijima.

The iconic VF-1 Valkyrie, one of the most believable and good-looking transforming mecha in anime history, will no longer strongly resemble an F-14 Tomcat; but be based off of an F-22 Raptor or some Wing Commander refugee, whose transformation sequence only works if you look at something else for several seconds in the middle. ("Hey, where'd Optimus Prime's trailer go, anyway?") The SDF-1 Macross will probably fare little better.

Finally, I'm sure I'll see it at least twice and buy the DVD.

So who would you cast for the main characters? (I just had this mental picture of The Rock as Breetai, which horrified me initially, but is slowly growing on me.)

Quack

May. 15th, 2007 11:24 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (orbiting)
There were ducks napping right outside my front door last night when I got home. This makes me happy. I like ducks.

The Leiji Matsumoto fans on my flist (I know there are a couple) really need to check out this iTunes link... Look! More cool-looking TV I don't have time to watch!

Wish I could make the Yeager Anniversary picnic this weekend. There are real disadvantages to living 5 hours' drive away from the fandoms I grew up in. I do feel like I made a modest contribution to the history of the chapter, and I'd love to see everyone again, but it's not to be this time. Hope everyone has a great time!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
New phone now. At first, the RAZR wasn't performing any of the tricks I wanted it to, but I fiddled with it a bit, and now GMail works, and I've figured out a way to get my own ringtones onto it without buying ones from Sprint or purchasing a Bluetooth dongle for the Mac. (I might try to get the dongle anyway, since I can then do calendar synchronizing.)

I also found "One More Time", the first cut off Daft Punk's "Interstella 5555 (The 5tory Of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem)" on YouTube. I'm still deciding whether I like the music (think it's a yes), but the video was throwing me some serious late 80's flashback with its Leiji Matsumoto-y goodness. Gonna have to try to see the whole thing, now.

Speaking of anime, [livejournal.com profile] rattrap gave a good review to Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, which I had just recently heard about on the RDF Underground podcast. The podcasters agree with him that the character designs for the ladies are a bit mammary-focused, but I guess they were shooting for what they felt was an authentic modern anime look. Still, it's supposed to hold up well, and I'll be adding it to my collection when I can swing the cash, even if (like The Sentinels) it uses Alphas instead of Valkyries.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
Robotech.com is offering a large-scale transforming Garland motorbike toy from one of my favorite anime flicks, Megazone 23. And at the low-low bargain price of $99.95! Sigh. Pout.

I have just finished clearing out a large section of my office - yes, you can actually see floor now - so that Rain can move her computer in here. We need the room, 'cause we've offered the spare bedroom to our friend Starr, who really needed a place to sleep while wrapping up nursing school. The help with expenses will be nice, but what clinched the deal was her offer to do dishes for us!

Large rant coming about gamers who think they are the center of the fan universe. Film at 11 (of one day or another.)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (mecha)
Every time the radio mentions that Fiona Apple will soon be performing here, I worry that she'll go Rampant and try to steal the SDF-1 from its reconstruction dock in Norfolk Harbor.

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