- @JamesMOMB Yay! #
- Glorious day in South of England. Got up later than intended, but just had lovely meal in Oxford village pub with friends. #
- (The food was okay. Company/setting elevated the lunch, though. Another cheat weekend.) #
- @joe_hill Marvel, easily. Potter plot may be tight – as a closed universe ot would have to be – but writing is aggravatingly cheap & token. #
- @joe_hill …also, there is nothing IN Potter that I hadn't already seen elsewhere. Often in mainstream comics. Rowling did what Lucas did. #
- @joe_hill …pulled together a bunch of established tropes & archetypes & simplified into bite-sized chunks. I prefer invention. #
- @joe_hill (Having said that Marvel/DC/Rowling ALL guilty of cynical/offensive/arbitrary retroactive sexuality attribution, so fuck 'em all.) #
- @Susie_Nutbar Hello! Lovely at this end. Hot and breezy and cool. In all ways! #
- @emslj We are visiting friends, one of whom is insisting on it. But I'm not actively engaging. I'm a grumpy old man! #
- Breaking cover to say that Albania reminded me far too much of Kim Jong UK's peeps in Team America. #
- …so far Bosnia is the only performance that didn't feel like 1st couple weeks of X-Factor. #
- Saw this lot on Britain's Got Talent. Any second they're going to massacre the Beastie Boys. #
- (I meant massacre a Beastie Boys song. Obvs.) #
- @akirathedon it's just warming up. And what do YOU think? #
- Norway are spunking a perfectly chunky track on some pretty blah pretty-boy vocals. Still, sounds as good as any 2012 pop chart fodder. #
- Having an emotional reaction to Romania, on tv while we play Articulate. #
- Turkey are very confusing me. #
- @StacebobT Hah! I meant because ethnically I'm predisposed to hate them but those capes were fun. #
- @andydiggle Worryingly, these songs seem better than I'd been led to believe they have been for years. #
- Euro Gordon Leavitt freaking me out with lady crazy hand dancers. #
- That middle presenter is basically Conan O'Brien redesigned by Tim Burton. #
- That Greek girl was properly hot, actually. But then, most nationalities scrubbed up well. #
- @Chris_TOMP lols! #
- @emslj I totally missed Cyprus. Maybe it's not too late to find myself a nice Greek girl, huh? My family would be so proud. #
- @MikeDraws That's a good ph… Hey hang on, more handsome? #
- Lol, that lass was hilariously sarcastic. What was that all about? #
- Rory Bremner!! #
- @bevismusson I thought Conan O'Brien #
- Wait, I think I got turned around somewhere, which one won? The weird operatic space lady or capoeira bird? #
- @Chris_TOMP Sweden? But… But you're not even IN Europe! #nearcanada #
- Amy is driving us back from Oxford. We just loudly reprised breakdown from Shatner's Common People during intro to Baba O Riley. #wuvtruewuv #
- @lucypepper Yay! Happy birthday! #
- @Chris_TOMP touche! #
- @Geebie I think you should have a Dm from me btw. #
- @StacebobT Ahem. AHEM! For fuck's sake. @JeffLemire #
- @JeffLemire You could try #MOMBcast Best weekly comicbook podcast recorded on Thursday nights in Southampton. http://t.co/2WtzSUfU #
- @StacebobT Ah, balls. Well, we only talk about comics for around a third of running time. Both of us! @JeffLemire #
Wednesday 22nd May: “Tantrum recovery effort continues”
THIS IS THE NEWS!
(Fucking ace, as always.)
Game of Cats
History of mankind by Milo Manara
He said Star Trek is too “philosophical”? Screw that noise.
I don’t know when this interview happened but I AM SAD AND ANGRY NOW
The philosophies in Star Trek are kinda part of the actual setting. If you don’t get that, why are you allowed to make Star Trek movies.
Sigh. The whole point of Star Trek is that it’s philosophical. If you don’t want philosophical Science Fiction, there’s plenty of that for you to enjoy, but Star Trek is philosophical. Philosophy is part of Star Trek’s DNA, and if you’re given the captain’s chair, you’d better damn well respect that.
While you characters unbunch your panties, here’s a thing to consider: Abrams as a kid didn’t like Star Trek for being too philosophical. That’s an entirely legitimate reason for never having watched Star Trek as a kid. Abrams as an adult made a massively successful - both commercially and critically - Star Trek movie, which was both a sequel and a prequel and a reboot of a franchise dying on its arse.
I submit that the two are not entirely unrelated.
In fact, I’d go as far as to say that much - if not most - of the success, on every level, of J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek is precisely down to him not being a lifelong fan of the show.
When you cry and complain that Abrams shouldn’t have been allowed to make Star Trek films because he isn’t ‘one of us’; when you mock or criticise someone because their worldview isn’t yours, and you say it shouldn’t be allowed to intersect with yours; when you denigrate, rather than celebrate, diversity; when you desperately try to keep your part of the world clean and safe for yourself and don’t let the outsider and the alien in…
Then maybe the philosophy of Star Trek hasn’t taught you as much as you like to think it has.
I’m a pretty arrogant guy, so it isn’t often that someone says exactly what I was thinking, when I didn’t know it was exactly what I was thinking, and I can’t think of a single way to improve on it or amend it.
Oh, but for more rumination on fandom, you should definitely listen to Unanswered episode 11 - http://unansweredpodcast.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/show-11/
Space Jam: ‘I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)’ - Barenaked Ladies and Chris Hadfield, two great tastes that taste great together.