The Cult of Lincoln

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Man, I hope I'm not getting my roommate's cold. It's phlegm city in Priscilla's head.

Last night, I saw Coraline with Will and Craig. Coworker Matt was supposed to join us, but he didn't get a ticket in advance, and the show sold out. Now, I was already predisposed to loving the movie. The perfect storm of a story by Neil Gaiman, the directorial chops of Henry Sellick, the voice acting of John Hodgman, the music of They Might Be Giants, and the stop-motion wizardry of Laika pretty much guaranteed my affection. Therefore, I may not be the most neutral party when I say OMG LOVE GO SEE IT NOW BEFORE THE STUPID JONAS BROTHERS EKE IT OUT OF THE 3D THEATRES.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Friday night, my friend Adam hosted a Dollhouse viewing party. What better way to ring in Joss Whedon's new series than on a 50" HDTV? I was somewhat stunned to realize that this was the first Whedon production I saw live--I'm choosing not to include downloading Doctor Horrible the instant it was first posted. It's so strange to think that it's been so long since he's done TV.

I enjoyed the episode, but I'm concerned. On one hand, I'm concerned about how long the show can sustain itself without getting gimmicky, but I trust in Joss' combined twelve seasons of television experience that he knows that he's doing. On the other hand, I'm also concerned about how the show is being marketed. In the interviews with Whedon surrounding the premiere, he's emphasized the tricky territory he walks between telling a story about exploited woman and becoming one of the exploiters himself. The first episode expressed the former well--the bit about Topher having no qualms about handicapping Echo for verisimilitude was quietly horrifying--but the ads? Ye gods!

I know sex sells like hotcakes with boobs, but to have brunette bombshells Summer Glau (holy cow, when did River grow up?) and Eliza Dushku smirking about the enviable position of being capable of being anything "you" want them to be? NOT HELPING. Amping up the titillation factor of the show's fundamental moral questions doesn't feel like "girl power," it feels like misogyny.

But oh well. I'm used to loving unmarketable TV shows. I guess we'll have to wait and see what direction Joss and Fox take the show. Thirteen episodes have been contracted so far. I wonder how many will air.

In the meantime, I'm quite amused! Friday night has become my Night Of Shows Featuring Actors I Picture Playing Jim Butcher Characters. BSG already gave me Starbuck as Murphy, Dualla as Amara, and Adama as Morgan (if you were to convert a little of the old man paunch to muscle), plus Lee as one of my OCs. Now Dollhouse has Dichen Lachman, who would be the perfect Kitai, and Amy Acker, who Jim says he pictures playing Isana. Yay for one-track minds!

Oh! And in my previous post, I mentioned my woe at once again being faced with the dilemma of What To Read Next. Looks like that issue is going to be delayed a bit! I'm nudging Bujold's Barrayar aside for the moment to down Jhereg by Stephen Brust, who will be at ConDFW. There will be a number of authors there, and I feel a bit silly that the only one I've read is Jim, considering how many write in the genres I fancy. I also downloaded his Firefly novel, but I'll stick with the original stuff first.


A Cut above the Rest?: Wrinkle Treatment Uses Babies' Foreskins. In other news, *shriek of horror.*

KILL IT WITH FIRE. Most terrifying-looking woman in the world breaks record-length fingernails in car crash.

Photo of a sleeping dormouse curled up on a rose, to compensate for the previous two stories.

And speaking of girl power, have some Old School Ju-jitsu. Thanks to Peg for the link!

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Priscilla said at 11:51 AM


Tuesday, November 11, 2008

HA! Long ago, I mentioned my Neil Gaiman story to a friend, who passed it on to one of his friends, who went to see Neil at his big live-action Sandman thing on Saturday. Neil did a similar-style Q&A there, and the friend of a friend submitted this. It's in the first ten seconds.

I kind of love the universe.


Priscilla said at 6:23 PM


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Neil Gaiman, like Kat, is awesome.
I know that David Tennant's Hamlet isn't till July. And lots of people are going to be doing Dr Who in Hamlet jokes, so this is just me getting it out of the way early, to avoid the rush...

"To be, or not to be, that is the question. Weeelll.... More of A question really. Not THE question. Because, well, I mean, there are billions and billions of questions out there, and well, when I say billions, I mean, when you add in the answers, not just the questions, weeelll, you're looking at numbers that are positively astronomical and... for that matter the other question is what you lot are doing on this planet in the first place, and er, did anyone try just pushing this little red button?"

There. Thanks. Sorry about that.
I heard David Tennant's voice in my head. Can Neil write an episode, please? Pretty please? DEAR GOD please?

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Priscilla said at 9:15 AM


Friday, April 18, 2008

Awesome story:

Tonight kicked off New York Comic Con, and I dressed in my awesome Delirium costume. Expected to see a dozen goth chicks dressed as Death at the Neil Gaiman event, but to my surprise, I was the only cosplayer, as far as I'm aware! I had a lot of people ask me for photos, but the true awesomeness came later.

At the beginning of the Neil Gaiman thing, the people in the first three rows got paper and a pencil, and they all had the opportunity to write a question for Neil. After he read a few fabulous short stories aloud, he left the room briefly to peruse the questions and figure out which he wanted to answer and in what order.

He returned to the room and did the usual Q&A, but about halfway through came the question "The girl dressed as Delirium in row 6 is really cute. Can you get her number for me?" I laughed along with the audience, then Neil asked the person to stand up. The guy looked kind of cute, and I admired his courage, so I gave it to him, to a round of applause from the audience.

The next question: "What's the weirdest question you've ever been asked?" Neil: "I think it was that one."

And special bonus awesome: At the end, as we were all leaving, a guy asked me, "Hey, are you Priscilla from the Butcher Block?" He remembered me mentioning offhandedly on the podcast that I was going to be dressed as Delirium at NYCC! MADNESS. THE WORLD IS TINY. (AND I AM ITS QUEEN)

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Priscilla said at 11:54 PM


Thursday, March 13, 2008


This makes my choice to make a Delirium costume even more perfect.

And wow, what a perfect opportunity to squee about the current state of my wig! My success with the Maeve wig gave me great confidence, and I'm taking another leap in wig making ambition!

As Delirium looks different every time she appears in the Sandman series, I'm not worried about perfectly recreating a specific look, so long as I get the general vibe right. My main inspiration is this image. I loved the idea of having one side very short and one side long and curly! My short side will be longer than hers, as I have no desire to buzz my head, but it's the same general idea. Mine will be short, scruffy, and dyed in a rainbow of colors on one side, then long, curly, and a blend of bright red and dark cherry red with sporadic yellow accents on the other side. The fiber for the extensions hasn't arrived yet (it should have arrived yesterday, boo. Maybe today?), but I won't be able to actually sew the wefts I make into the wig until I finish the dye job anyway. The dye job will take several more sessions to complete, as I can only dye small amounts at a time to avoid the colors mixing and looking muddy and gross.

Anyway, pictures! Here's how it looked on me the day before yesterday, but did a LOT last night, and here's where we are now: side, front, and 3/4 view. The color is getting a bit too chunky for my taste towards the back--I prefer the more feathery look of the bangs. Fortunately, it'll be a really easy fix to add in some steaks of color to break them up. I looooooooooove this dye recipe!

I'm still working out what I want to do for the costume itself. The big, shapeless coat is a must, but I want the costume beneath it to be solid on its own, in case I get too hot at the con. Tattered fishnets are a must, but my Molly costume brought home that once I start the tear, I have no idea how to keep them from falling apart completely. With Molly, what started out as artistically ripped fishnets that morning ended the day as an unwearable, shredded mess. I'm sure there's something obvious I'm missing. Can anyone provide insight?

As far as shoes are concerned, I'm considering a few alternatives:
1) Nasty old boots,
2) Ridiculous sparkly gold shoes I saw in a thrift store that were actually in my size and I can't believe I didn't get them,
3) A nasty old boot on one foot and a sparkly gold shoe on the other provided the height difference wasn't noticable, or
4) Galoshes.

Think I could be comfortable walking around a con in galoshes all day? Or would my feet get sweaty and gross? I haven't worn galoshes since I was ikkle and wee. Anyway, I'm currently leaning towards #3. I'll have to go back to that thrift store and see if those ridiculous gold shoes are still there. I might also have to revisit that awesome $5 shoe place where I got my Maeve shoes. I'm amazed at how well those things have held up!

And that's all I have to say about that. Except...

Fans of Sandman series should probably put down their drinks at this point, as not to end up with a keyboard full of Dr. Pepper. Ganked from moony's LJ.

In totally unrelated news, signups for the Dresden Files ficathon close Monday. Don't forget!

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Priscilla said at 9:19 AM


Monday, February 25, 2008

A massive linkspam for you!

X-Files 2 teaser from WonderCon!

Photos That Look Photoshopped But Aren't

Hilarious Science Fair Experiments

Robot does interpretive dance of your dreams

Fifteen Reasons Mister Rogers Was The Best Neighbor Ever

An awesome stop-motion animation for Shakespeare fans: Next! How many plays can you identify?

Best Fandomsecret Ever (thanks, Puck!)

Coraline teaser! The same as the one we saw before, except this one wasn't filmed by a handheld camera in a 3D theatre.

Silly and awesome: Record Sleeve and Money Portraits

Windows 98 Jam -- a piece of music made using only default sounds from Windows 98.

Sarah Silverman : Matt Damon :: Jimmy Kimmel : Ben Affleck

Metaquotes: Using fandom to explain Democratic presidential candidates

And in other news...

Puck: ...oh, gods.
Puck: There are gonna be movies for Monopoly, Candyland, Battleship, and Ouija.
Me: ...those were jokes, hon.
Puck: you're sure?
Me: ...whuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuut
Puck: Actually, if they do Candyland like a cartoon movie for kids, it might not be that bad. The other ones scare me.
Me: Yes. Though Monopoly, if done in a completely serious, reinvent-the-wheel-taking-the-basic-concept could be potentially interesting. In a "Codex Alera was based on Pokemon" kind of way.
Puck: Well, it worked for POTC.
Puck: ....and failed miserably for Haunted Mansion.
Puck: So there you go.
Me: Yup. And The Country Bears.
Puck: *fingers in ears* LA LA LA THAT DOESN'T EXIST
Me: I can imagine an evil, Machiavellian Monopoly man cackling with glee as he puts people though a sinister game that will make them filthy rich or render them absolutely destitute and possibly imprisoned.
Me: Like a TV game show with TEETH.
Puck: Oujia might work as a cheesy horror flick.
Puck: Otherwise it'll be ninety minutes back and forth of "You're moving it!" "No, I'm not!" "Stop moving it!" "I'm not!"
Me: XD
Me: ...Jumanji was lots of fun!
Puck: Yes!
Puck: Yes it was!
Puck: Also Clue!
Me: Yes!
Me: Good point
Puck: But Jumanji had Robin Williams. And Clue had Tim Curry.
Me: Yes. And PotC had Johnny Depp.
Me: Wilford Brimley for Monopoly Man, Y/Y?
Puck: But Haunted Mansion had Eddie Murphy AND Wallace Shawn and still was made of fail.
Puck: And Y
Me: I like my Monopoly idea. It's like "The Most Dangerous Game," except with finance.
Puck: So of course Hollywood will make it fail.
Me: Of course. XD

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Priscilla said at 11:34 AM


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Aaaand I'm now writing my Psych paper on Buffy. I believe this nicely rounds out my Fandom in Academia series:

Freshman Year:
  • Visual Communications -- Lord of the Rings. Comparative visual analysis of equivalent scenes in two film versions of "Return of the King."
  • Digital Design Foundations -- Sandman. Reinterpretation of The Endless in my "Sandman Series." In this class, I also did designs inspired by Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks and Ender's Game.
Sophomore Year:
  • Copyright and Culture -- Harry Potter. Discussion of legal implications for different types of fan art (focusing on the Harry Potter fandom)
  • 3D Computer Modeling -- The Nightmare Before Christmas and Star Wars. I modeled an environment from TNMBC and an Imperial walker from Star Wars. Also a creature based on the Jabberwock, but I'm not exactly in the Lewis Carroll fandom.
  • Networked Life -- Buffy, sort of. We were supposed to create a network of absolutely anything, so created a network of Buffy guest actors, linked based on if they'd appeared in an episode together. I ended up discussing the arc structure of Buffy a bit in my analysis of the shape of the graph, but it wasn't really about Buffy itself.
Junior Year:
  • Film History -- Star Wars. The impact of the original Star Wars trilogy on the special effects industry.
  • Virtual World Design -- Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Created a video game set in an environment based on an image from The Wolves in the Walls.
Senior Year:
  • Feminist Fairy Tales -- Terry Pratchett. Theories of Revision in Tepper’s Beauty and Pratchett’s Witches Abroad. (We read the book in class, mind you!)
  • Film Analysis and Methods -- Firefly/Serenity. Comparison of themes of "otherness" in Serenity and The Searchers
  • Science and Literature -- Doctor Who. Senior Year, Empathy with aliens in War of the Worlds, Ender's Game, and DW 1x06 "Dalek."
  • And now: Psychology of Judgments and Decisions -- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The indirectness bias in "The Gift" and other episodes.
Why yes, I am awesome. I accept your love and I return it.

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Priscilla said at 1:06 PM


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Mmmmm, Stardust trailer! (Does anyone know what plugins you need to open .qtl files? I'd love to see that baby in HD!)


Priscilla said at 12:31 PM


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