Okay in keeping with the somewhat fannish theme of our Friday posts this term, something else I’m fannish about: The Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher. YOU GUYS. These books are ASTOUNDING. I love them SO. MUCH. They’re dark and gritty but hopeful and glorious, the plot is deep and complex while providing action and pace, the mythology is glorious (did I use that adjective already?) and just … *wavy hands of inexpressibility*. I love them. If you like urban fantasy (or even if you just like action movies, probably, and can stand your action movies with some magic thrown in) and you haven’t read these yet, go check them out. Immediately. <3
Hearkening back to the Robot Love Story vid from a couple of weeks ago, it turns out that Channing Tatum does a pretty sweet robot.
It’s true. I really actually do. <3
(This is my other fav LXD vid that I mentioned last week.)
This one’s a little longer than usual, but I promise it’s worth it. This SUPER cute story is part of the LXD series (League of Extraordinary Dancers) and one of my favourites. (I’ll share my other fav. next week :3)
Okay I promise I’ll give the poetry a break next week, but did I mention I am a total Fangrrl when it comes to Omar Musa’s work?? AND YOU GUYS. I GOT HIS NEW BOOK, signed and everything! So much happy!!! <3
So yes. Enjoy this one – one of his earliest poems 🙂 <3
More poetry this week 🙂 Omar Musa is one of my all-time favourite poets. Consider me a total fangirl, and I am *so* excited to be able to go the launch of his new poetry book next week *\o/*
As if not most intense marriage proposal ever. I am actually speechlessly in awe of how much effort this guy put in to arrange the whole thing. Like, whooooooooooa. #impressed. Clickety-click on the image to make it biggier B-)
(Source: My mum sent this to me on Pinterest originally, but I also found it at 9Gag here.)
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Last Friday I mentioned that one of my favourite composers, Kerry Muzzey, had composed a track including the sounds of the Earth as ‘heard’ from space. It’s seriously amazing, so of course I had to share 🙂 (And OHMYGOSH when I went to find the video for today’s post, I realised THERE’S A VERSION WITH DANCE FROM THE LXD, who, as you’ll know from last week, is one of my favourite dance troupes! I either missed this a few years ago when I first found the track, or had totally forgotten, and OHMYGOSH SQUEE THIS IS SO MUCH AWESOME YAY).
So, uh, yeah. Ahem. Here’s the blurb from YouTube, explaining the ‘sounds of Earth’ bit:
In October 2012, NASA satellites recorded mysterious radio waves emanating from Earth. These radio waves known as “Chorus,” were given an audio rendering. This is what they heard. For the very first time, we could hear the Earth speak. So we decided to speak back.
See? How cool is it?! (Or is it just me, happily geeking out over here? :D) Leave a comment and let me know what you thought, and if you’d heard of the idea of the Earth making sounds before!
Ermagersh, I couldn’t believe it when I found this video the other day: LXD are a dance troupe who’ve done a series of short films about dancers with superpowers (there are four seasons of it at present, and it’s directed by Jon M. Chu, who also directed Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D, movies I unashamedly *adore*) and they are AWESOME. Like, seriously, these guys are so pro it hurts. And the composer of the piece of music in the video below, Kerry Muzzey, is one of my favourite composers of all time too. The track that first made me fall in love, where Muzzey wrote a track setting the sounds that the Earth makes to music, (I should post that next week.) is just sheer glorious genius. So when I discovered that the two had been combined into three minutes of awesomeness on So You Think You Can Dance? (another fav show of mine, for the limited time we were able to get it here in Australia :\ #unimpressedfaces), I almost died of happiness 😀 Do yourself a favour: take three minutes out of your schedule, hit play, sit back, and enjoy the show.
Anyone else out there obsessed with dance shows? What good moves have I missed by not having access to all these amazing American dance shows? Leave a comment and let me know!!
I literally just this minute finished watching this year’s Dr Who Christmas special, and I am filled with hope! I’ve been pretty keen on New Who since my sister introduced me to it back in 2009, but the last couple of seasons… Eh. If we’d been staring down the barrel of another mediocre-ish season, I might have stood a very good chance at falling out of love with it all. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there have been some great episodes: Heaven Sent (spoilers in link) is one of my absolute favourite episodes of all time. But overall, I’ve been feeling a bit meh about it; I’m not a huge fan of Moffat’s plotting, I think. But! The Christmas episode! There is hope!
First of all, I’ll confess upfront that being a superhero episode, this totally tickles a lot of my personal squids*. So it had that going for it to begin with. But….
Wait, let’s just put a nice big SPOILER WARNING from here on in, shall we?
* Personal squids: or cookies, or whatever – the bits of something, usually a work of fiction, that make you gleeful; the weird and wonderful specifics of what exactly it is that you like in your fiction. Your personal A++ tropes, if you will. I think A. Merc Rustad coined the term, at least in my hearing 😉
Still with me? M’kay. So, we have superheroes, which, YAY (superheroes are almost an auto-YES for me, and yet I haven’t seen any of the Marvel movies except the Iron Man trilogy – WEIRD). But then we also have much tighter plotting than I’ve come to expect from Moffat; he seems to trend towards big, sprawly, open-ended plot lines that may or may not ever end up being resolved. Doctor Mysterio, however, was neatly self-contained (which, okay, Christmas episodes are supposed to be like that, I know, but still, YAY). Yes, it was the traditional formula of aliens-trying-to-invade-the-Earth,-but-only-one-man-stands-in-the-way, but it was nicely done.
Then there was the nice inclusion of the baby subplot. On reflection, they may have been trying just a little too hard to press a point (YES BOYS CAN BE NANNIES TO, Dr Who wants you to know, DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT? No, actually I don– DO YA? DO YA? WANNA FIGHT??!), reflected particularly in the dinner conversation between Mrs Lombardi and The Ghost, but I’m a sucker for protecting-the-innocent kinds of tropes and I genuinely appreciate knowing that I can watch Dr Who safe in the knowledge that no kids will be harmed in the making of this show. For me, seeings young kids or babies harmed or even distressed is a MAJOR trigger (though I am happy to make my own kids distressed in the name of making them eat their vegetables, HAHA!!), so I love that certainty that the baby will be treated respectfully (the Doctor speaks Baby, yo) and will come out of things A-OK.
And then the minor characters! Okay, so Mrs Lombardi (whose first name I shamefully cannot remember and lazily cannot be bothered to look up) isn’t exactly a minor character, but both she and the Doctor’s temporary companion were, IMO, fantastic. She is smart and observant and knows her sheet, but is also totally feminine and sexy too. OMG WOMEN CAN BE HOT *AND* SMART? FEMININE *AND* STRONG? NO WAY!! So yes. Her interrogation of the Doctor was A++. 10/10 would interrogate here again.
And the side kick? Hilarious. So pleased he seems to be sticking around, according to the shorts for the next series.
So yes. All around, I quite enjoyed the episode. I’m sure there are problems people could find with it, but for me personally, I’m going to go into this next series positively, with hope that I can once more fall stupidly in love with this franchise. <3
Have you seen the Christmas ep yet? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!! 🙂