Monthly Archives: May 2010

Ultimate geek food? The sushi-o-matic

 When I was a little girl in the 1980s, I was reasonably sure that by now we’d have shuttle services to the moon and a real live version of the hoverboard from Back To The Future Part 2. But, in a twist that reminds us that fake futures are never half as bizarre as the […]

By |May 31st, 2010|MyBlog|1 Comment|

Comic-Con documentary: Casting call

 On the off chance that you all haven’t heard about this already, an all-star panel of geeks (including Joss Whedon and Stan Lee) are making a documentary about the weirdos people who go to Comic-Con San Diego–and they could use some fodder, in the form of YOUR geeky life.  Regular readers of this space […]

By |May 24th, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

Geek Me News!!!

   ( BATMAN NEWS!!!!)  The next batman film has an official release date, it is set for July 20, 2012 so REJOICE BAT FANATICS!!! Mr.Nolan did talk about how this part will be end of the chapter to the film series ” Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film a great possibility […]

By |May 19th, 2010|MyBlog|0 Comments|

A Fantastic New Idea From Our Friend Google

 I’m surprised that no one has mentioned this yet.  Google Image Swirl.  Searching for a picture of a check lane display for my own blog (which I shall shamelessly promote here:  buildyourownhell.blogspot.com) I stumbled upon this message: “use Google Image Swirl now”.  Intriguing.   This warranted some investigation.  It would seem that this is an engine under development.  So my search for check lane displays was less than effective.  However, being recently intrigued by that whole Steampunk thing you may have heard of (so I’m a bit slow on the uptake) I thought I’d try that.   Ten minutes later look at all the cool stuff I found!  […]

The Aperiodic Quilt

 Wherever I go, it is the question on everyone’s lips*: “Nightsky! How’s the aperiodic quilt coming along?” It will not surprise you to learn that it continues to grow… aperiodically.  From its humble beginnings as my something-to-do-in-line-at-Comic-Con handwork (a course of action I heartily recommend, by the way), it has grown to… well, see for yourself, in these exclusive crappy photos that I had to take with my cell phone camera because I am not 100% sure what I did with the real camera.  *n.b. This is not, technically, true.  […]

By |May 14th, 2010|MyBlog|3 Comments|

I’m Confused.

 I saw Iron Man 2 in IMAX.  Because it would be cruel to deny me that complete awesomeness.  Because it was an Iron Man movie, I also took advantage of the movie theater’s frozen Jack and Coke machine.. But with Iron Man 2 being released and with trailers including clips from Tony’s little “meeting” with the government becoming more frequent, I found myself focusing more on the “successfully privatized world peace” part than the explosions and mancandy. Being a business geek kind of sucks, since most people in business aren’t quite rabid enough about it to geek out with me about things like market research statistics, and most other geeks just think I’m insane when I start ranting about things like numbers related to consumer behavior. Trust me…the geekiness level can be a little scary.  Especially when the overt Stark sex appeal is considered.  […]

By |May 13th, 2010|MyBlog|9 Comments|

Mega History Action Figures!!

 Folks, you know you want your own Brontësaurus.  Seriously.  Now I’m thinking of other Feminist Mega History Action Figures that I want. Queen Elizabeth I.  Her enormous outfits could hide all sorts of weaponry and gadgets.  Amelia Earhart.  She’d have her own plane for mowing down enemies of all sorts.   Who else? Oh look!  It seems that Marie […]

For a Meager $67.50….

 …you too can smell like Iron Man!   That’s right, my friends.  You (or your boytoy) can now purchase the ever-coveted scent of Tony Stark in his Iron Man suit. The product description reads: Top notes of modern leather contrast with the fresh aroma of sparkling lemon and the warmth of amber and cedar in Only The Brave, […]

By |May 8th, 2010|MyBlog|5 Comments|

On Feet

 I joined this site as a book/movie nerd and I maintain very deep roots there still.  But who says a person has to confine themselves to one particular world of geekdom?  The following is an essay I wrote for a class which I would like to offer up as a preliminary introduction to the newest love in my life.  I hope that something of my own passion for the subject will interest you my readers just a little bit.              Dancing, as it turns out, is an activity intimately connected to one’s feet.  Which is not to say that it is limited to the feet exclusively, of course.  On the contrary, dancing—good dancing that is—engages the entire body.  But the feet especially.  We will perhaps address those other aspects of dancing some time, but just now I cannot think of anywhere better to start, in acquainting a person with dancing, than the feet.  This is where the groundwork is laid, you see, for the rest of it.  My particular area of expertise lies in swing dancing, the Lindy Hop in particular, so I would ask my reader’s indulgence to contain my references to that genre.  That being established let us consider a swing dancer’s feet.    […]

A Play within a Film: Hamlet on DVD

 I guess you might think that all I talk about is stuff that has to do with David Tennant. I promise that this is not the case. Mostly. He just happens to be closely connected with things I dearly love. Like the U.K. Science Fiction. Shakespeare. Hotness. I have the same problem with Patrick Stewart for all the same reasons. I’m sure you all know where this is going. Oh yes, it’s Hamlet! As most of you know, the Royal Shakespeare Company sent SciFi/Shakespeare/U.K./Hotness fans into a tizzy a few years ago when they announced that their 2008 production of Hamlet would star David and Patrick in leading roles (Hamlet and Claudius, respectively).  The thought was stunning: The Doctor and Jean Luc Picard together on stage in Shakespeare’s home town!  I vividly remember the day I decided that I would see that show and I remember the day that tickets went on sale.  I bought a few of them and 1o months later I took the trip across the pond just so I could witness what promised to be a momentous event in pop culture and live theater history.  I was delighted by the fact that so many folks took the very same trip from all over the world. Nightsky wrote a great review of the stage production a little while back, so I won’t talk much about that.  But I will say that the live performance was astonishing.  I’ve seen this play performed many times and this particular production was so fresh and lively. The choices made by the director, the actors, and even the set designers were all pivotal and so effective. The whole company worked together so seamlessly under Gregory Doran’s brilliant direction that it was easy to forget about the two world-famous actors and just watch as the story unfolded. (However, when David uttered the immortal line, “The time is out of joint: O cursed spite / That ever I was born to set it right!” I had to hold in my gleeful laughter. But I did let out an audible snort when Patrick waved his hand and said imperially, “See that it is so.” I couldn’t help it!) You can imagine my joy when the RSC announced that they would film this production for DVD release. Same cast. Same set. Same mood and feel and atmosphere. But this time, everyone would be able to see it. You’d think that I would be most excited about having a copy to watch over and over again (which I will). Actually, much to my surprise, I’m MOST excited that everyone else can finally see the amazing production that I saw. Starting May 4th (that’s today!) when the Region 1 DVD is released here in the U.S., I can finally show everyone what I’ve been talking about for almost two years. Actually, I can show you now! PBS put the entire production up on their website after they broadcast it in its entirety last Wednesday night as part of the Great Performances series. I stayed up and watched the whole thing, riveted. It was so much fun to see the way they chose to adapt it to film.  Film is so much more intimate than live theater. You can see the actors’ faces, when they clench their jaws or make a slight shift of the eyes. I found myself even more engrossed this time through than when I was when seeing it live. Some things about the film version were jarring at first such as the instances during the soliloquies when the actors clobber the fourth wall by looking directly into the camera. I actually jumped the first time it happened, but I soon got used to it. It’s easy to see the attraction of this type of acting on film. Watch David perform the ‘To be, or not to be’ soliloquy here.  You can see how effective eye contact is in the moments he chooses to use it.   There were moments throughout the play when it seemed as if the characters gazed into the camera, through my TV, and right into my soul. I ended up really loving this new facet of the production. I felt included in the story, as if the characters purposefully wanted me to be privy to all of their secretive plans and thoughts — as if they wanted me to understand (or even condone) their actions.  I for one was delighted to be involved! Another great choice made in the film production was the use of second-hand visuals like mirrors, security cameras and Hamlet’s little hand-held camera. Our point of view shifts often from ‘live’ to the view through one of the cameras and back again. There were moments that actually made the audience feel like we were spying on the unfolding drama. It was really effective and created a more sinister feeling overall that pervaded the whole production, which I loved. (I also love how we get a snippet of the famous ‘Hamlet Video Diaries’ a la the Doctor Who DVDs as Tennant performs a soliloquy into his hand-held camera. My fangirl self giggled with glee at the visual parallel.) However, with these differences taken into account, the filmed production is still almost identical to what I saw on the live stage. The sets are on location, but they look the same. The furniture, the costumes, the blocking…it’s all the same. If you didn’t get to see the live performance, rest assured that this film version is closer to it than I ever thought possible.   Along with all of these thoughts about the technical aspects of this version of Hamlet, I can’t resist putting down some of my thoughts about the actual performances you’ll see in this wonderful production.  They were quite inspiring.    […]