Monday, October 28, 2013

A Ponderation on Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, Subtlety, Reading & Gawker Commenters

There's going to be a bit lot of a ramble to this post because I have a thought and a question and I'm not sure how I'm going to get to either. But I hope you'll bear with me as I wind my way there.

Last week I saw this article over on Gawker with the headline "Oh God Dolly Parton What Are You Doing?" and I, liking Dolly, went to go look.

The post, in short, is a clip of Dolly Parton dressed in black, wearing bling and sporting a white afro wig while rapping on Queen Latifah's new talk show. So, yeah, for a second you might ask what was Dolly doing?

As I read on, but before watching the clip, I see these lyrics to Dolly's rap.
Hey I'm tweekin'!I'm workin'! I'm twerkin'*!Hey, Miley:I got your wreckin' balls right heah.
At this point, I started grinning because I had a feeling I knew what this was and I was totally looking forward to seeing if I was right.

I pushed play, I watched, and I giggled and grinned and laughed and fell in love with Dolly even more than I am now and just felt so dang amused and proud of her.

Then I saw the comments.

People were nowhere near as amused as I was. They commented on how she was clearly crazy. Or too old to wear the outfit. Or mocking black people. Or that Latifah should have been horrified. They joked about the old lady rapping.

Sure, there were a few people who said she was awesome. Dolly is a treasure. How she can do no wrong. I did see one or two comments that mirrored my thoughts on what I had just witnessed, but overall it was all sorts of WTF Dolly going on in those comments.

And I just sat there stumped. I totally didn't get it.

How could they not see how clever it was. How did they not know that this was Dolly sending a message to Miley. That Latifah was playing along. That this had a purpose and that Dolly was 100% in charge of her faculties and her messaging and that she knew exactly what she was doing?

Now, let me clear things up a second because I should mention that I have some additional info that you may not have. Dolly Parton is Miley Cyrus' godmother and Dolly has done what she can to help support Miley as she was growing up. From being on Hannah Montana to inviting Miley to come sing Jolene with her at Dollywood. (p.s. That video is amazing and it made me realize just how talented a singer Miley can be. )

Maybe you didn't know about the goddaughter thing, but I maintain that knowing that doesn't influence whether or not you can see the brilliance in what Dolly did. I mean, Dolly is a queen of country. She acts, she writes music, she sings, she's successful. She is, in many ways, what any female singer/actress might aspire to be.

So her performance was, no matter what the background, a smackdown. The kind a mom or grandma gives a child who's gotten out of hand. One of those "let me show you just how silly you look, young lady" sorts of things. Designed to show her disapproval of Miley's behavior in a way that only your mom or grandma would do.

But no one was understanding that. It bugged me. It's BEEN bugging me. I've been trying to figure out how they didn't know.

Then, about 20 minutes ago, I had this thought. The one that prompted this post. (BTW, if you're still with me this far, thank you).

It's all about the subtext.

The smackdown wasn't obvious enough for people. The whole performance and what it meant and what it said.  The tongue in cheek kick in the ass was too subtle for most of the people watching and all they saw was Dolly Parton "rapping" and looking silly. And thinking she was trying to be a serious rapper. Because Latifah said she was a bad ass rapper.

Most people took it at face value and I, with my amusement at the underlying message and being glad that that I finally knew what Dolly thought of Miley's shenanigans (I had been wondering since the VMA's, what Dolly was gonna say), was in the minority.

People didn't get the subtext. But I did.

Why?

Yep. Thank whatever deity you like, I've finally made it to my question.

Why did I look at the subtext instead of taking it at face value? Why do so many people take things at face value these days?

I think it's because I was raised a reader. I was raised to look at things from other perspectives. Even when I watch TV, what I am most intrigued by is what the characters are thinking. Why they do things. Their motivations. It's one of the reasons I'm loving The Blacklist. Because James Spader is allllll subtext.

But maybe most of the Gawker commenters I saw were born after me, into the days of cable television and VHS and DVD's and stories being fed to them instead of being devoured by choice.

Are people, to a larger proportion, losing the ability to see the nuances and subtleties because they have no experience with accessing the thoughts behind those actions and, therefore,  can't see anything but the face value.

Or has it always been this way? Have people aways looked at things with this face value mentality and it takes something like the internet to see the majority of them all saying it at once?

I mean, maybe I was always in the minority as a thinker and I'll be the first to admit that maybe I think too much (gee, looking at this post, y'think?) but something feels different and....

...it makes me feel old and I'm not so sure I like that.

Y'know?

p.s. I found this video of Dolly on Latifah performing the song from her new album. The real one. It's beautiful.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

DWTS did a Game Of Thrones waltz & Elizabeth Berkley made me cry ::nodnod::

I preface this by saying that I don't usually watch Dancing With The Stars, but on the recommendation of my friend Kristen (who tweeted that there was GoT themed stuff going on), I recorded it this week.

I loved this. So hard. In the face.

FYI, on both of these, you may have to wait for the stuff.


 On a side note, Elizabeth Berkley is also on this season and this video of her rehearsal week really touched me. In all the years since Showgirls, and with all the mocking that has happened, it's easy to forget how young she was and what it was like from her end.

I was touched and am sharing because I think it's worth watching.




Friday, October 18, 2013

7 Classy Halloween Costumes for Nerd Girls

I got this from Geek Girl Lucy Markham and I wanted to post it. ::grin:: Thanks Lucy!

Nobody wants to be the 10th girl to show up as Wonder Woman at the Halloween party—but it’s a bore trying to explain your slightly less popular costume to the other guests. Halloween should be a time to let your inner nerd come out where nobody can say anything about it, but it ends up being more stressful than it should.
Take the stress out of Halloween! Here are seven costumes any nerd girl can be proud of:
Dr. Pamela Isley
You don’t have to be Poison Ivy to be Poison Ivy. Why not go as her alter-ego, the girl she was before she gained a poison kiss?
Red hair, glasses, a touch of green in your makeup, green clothes underneath a lab coat, and voila—Gotham’s Green Siren.
Amy Farrah Fowler
Or any of the girls from The Big Bang Theory. This is an excellent costume if you’re hitting a Halloween party with your besties or a group. And, if the group is a collaboration of couples, it’s easily adapted.
And if it’s just you as Amy with your significant other, there’s always Raggedy Annie and Raggedy C-3PO.
Hobbits
Shirefolk love parties, so why not dress as them when you some up this Halloween? The clothing is a thrift store trip away (or a pattern purchase away, for all you hard-core, Tolkien-readign seamstresses reading this). As for Hobbit Feet, they can be as simple as fake fur and flip-flops or as in-depth as this tutorial.  Just keep the party setting in mind.
And I’m not necessarily saying that if you have a significant other that you guys have to go as Samwise and Rosie, or that best bros should go as Sam and Frodo (or Merry and Pippin), but it is an excellent paired or group costume.
Eowyn
All my single ladies: enjoy Lord of the Rings? Good, then put your swords up and listen to why this is a boss costume idea:
Eowyn is a strong, fierce Princess who doesn’t need a man to complete her, and let’s all remember how she is one of the kindest, most tender women in The Lord of the Rings; oh and she killed the principal antagonist’s right-hand man. She wanted to fight evil, so that’s exactly what she did.
To be this fierce Wraith-killer, pair any medieval dress with some armor (perhaps a helmet perched atop your head?) and be ready to tell the world (or the rest of the party) with pride—you are no man!
Anyone from Firefly
As long as you’re prepared to go through another conversation about how heartless the cancellation was, there’s no reason not to dress up as one of the crew of the outlaw freighter Serenity.
The ladies of this much-loved sci-fi western from Joss Whedon offer some awesome possibilities. Zoe Washburn’s sleek, fierce gunslinger look is as simple as getting a leather vest and some accessories with your boots, dark jeans, and denim shirt. Kaylee Fry’s sweet engineer look is as easy as pairing floral print with green khaki, and all you need for River Tam is a gray dress and two weapons—then let your hair hang down. To dress up as Inara Serra, look for dresses in rich colors, with Asiatic patterns and metallic accents.
And let’s not forget Rule 63. The right clothes tailored to your frame—a long coat, Hawaiian shirt, a vest—is all you need for a perfect gender-bend costume of Captain Mal, Wash, Simon, or Shepherd Book.
Molly Hooper
Confession Time: I’m a Sherlolly shipper and my sweet boyfriend is dressing up as Sherlock for me at our upcoming BBC Halloween party. I thought of doing Irene, but her outfits aren’t exactly party friendly and I got frustrated trying to make my hair look like her elegant coiffure three minutes in.
For any nerd girls out there who have yet to join the BBC Sherlock fandom, a quick summary: Molly does autopsies in the St. Bart’s hospital morgue and frequently assists Sherlock & John on their cases. And, like many of us, she has a crush on Sherlock.
Molly may be timid, but she’s a smart lab technician. Think of her as the sweet girl from school who you never would have guessed loved dead things.
You have two options: You can either copy her fancy party dress look from “A Scandal in Belgravia”, or you can go for Classic Molly—ponytail, sweet sweater, and a lab coat.
Professor River Song
This sometime Doctor Who companion entered the scene with an enigmatic bang. She carries a sonic screwdriver, a sonic blaster, and hallucinogenic lipstick. And even before the Doctor knows who she is, she greets him with “Hello, Sweetie.” I could tell you more, but, as River so mischievously says, “spoilers.”
If you aren’t familiar with Doctor Who, first of all fix that, but in the meantime, all you need to know is that she’s like Indiana Jones, but fierce, female, and in space. And better; where Indy hides from the Nazis, she comes upon a group in the streets of WWII Berlin and baits them before stealing their motorcycle. And, as a fantastic perk to those of us with natural curls, actress Alex Kingston sports her natural, kinky curls as the enigmatic and cunning professor.
To go to your Halloween parties and events as Professor Song, there are a number of outfits you could do, but her most iconic, instantly recognizable look is from the season 5 finale. A white jacket, dark green pants, brown boots, and a brown gun belt/journal pouch will get you your basic River look—but no adventure with mysterious boxes beneath Stonehenge is complete without a brown leather bracelet resembling River’s Vortex Manipulator.

With your nerdy and unique Halloween costume ready, all you have to worry about at your next Halloween party is getting the number of that cutie in the spot-on Aragorn costume or Daryl Dixon cosplay!



About the Author
Lucy Markham is an avid blogger and, when not consulting for a website design and development company or two, she enjoys nerd humor, sharing Reichenbach survival theories, and Doctor Who marathons.




Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Thoughts On The Pacific Rim DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack



If you've been following, you know I LOVED Pacific Rim. If you didn't know, um, I loved Pacific Rim. ::grin::

So I may have made boogie down happy noises when I heard they were going to send me a DVD/Blu-Ray combo set like this one.

It also means that I popped that baby into the player and watched it again last night.

Here's the thing about Pacific Rim. I could go on about the special effect, the story, the things I love, the things other people may have complained about, the yadda yadda --

But the thing that rocks about this movie is, at its' core, it's giant robots fighting giant monsters and all of the other things in the movie center around that.

So if you want to dissect effects or story or whatever other thing, just remember that Guillermo Del Toro made everyone a movie with giant monsters fighting giant robots and he is so good that you totally suspend disbelief to watch that happen.

Now, if you're like me, you'll think the effects rock, the movie looks amazing and the cast is perfect.

So, if you haven't seen it, fix that. If you end up not liking it, you can come back and tell me so. ;p

This right here is the relevant link: Own Pacific Rim on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and HD Digital Download.

Warner Bros. also sent me some fun stuff to share with you.

1) Their Pacific Rim gallery.

2) Warner Bros. was also kind enough to send me this link to their gallery of "The Hot Men Of Pacific Rim". I was pleased to see how many pics there are of Idris Elba. ;-)

3) This playlist of their trailers.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I know a guy who owns a candy shop & he did me a favor ;-)



Remember when I did Gishwhes and my team and I managed to get all sorts of crazy things done?

Well, one of the people who helped us do that was Bear Silber and I wanted to make sure I thanked him personally.

Bear is the owner of Powell's Sweet Shoppe and he helped my team and I create our own ice cream flavor.

Yeah, picture this. I sent Bear an email because I knew he owned Powells after we had an email chat about his nomtastic mock up of Moreos -- and I asked him for help with my Gishwhes task.

Bear, in an act true awesomeness, made it happen and S'moregasm ice cream was born.

So, this is my thank you to Bear and my suggestion that you check out Powell's Sweet Shoppe.

Cause both of them are awesome.


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