Wednesday, April 28, 2010

TV fandom meme

I stole this meme from Ramblin' with Roger, who got it from Samurai Frog

Pick five of your favorite shows, in no particular order, before you read the below questions, then answer them!

1. Babylon 5
2. Criminal Minds
3. CSI
4. The Prisoner
5. Doctor Who

01. Who's your favorite character in 2?
Hotch (Thomas Gibson)

02. Who's your least favorite character in 1?
Thalia Winters

03. What's your favorite episode of 4?
The Schizoid Man

04. What's your favorite season of 5?
Of the new series, the first and fourth

05. Who is your favorite ship in 3?
the one they did, Grissom and Sara.

06. Who is your anti-ship in 2?
Hotch and JJ

07. How long have you watched 1?
I never caught it on TV, but I've seen all seasons and the spin-off Crusade and the movies several times on DVD

08. How did you become interested in 3?
My best friend told me I'm like Gil Grissom, so I had to see for myself. I can't deny it.

09. Who's your favorite actor/actress in 4?
Patrock McGoohan, of course

10. Which do you prefer: Show 1, 2 or 5?
If I had to choose: Doctor Who.

11. Which show have you seen more episodes of, 1 or 3?
I've seen all episodes of both and CSI wins since there are ten seasons

12. If you could be anyone from 4, who would you be?
I would like to be Rover. He rocks. And roars.

13. How would you kill off your favorite character in 1?
G'kar...I like the death he has. But sometimes I think that it would be nice to have him die peacefully. Boring, I know.

14. Give a random quote from 1.
Great Maker!

15. Which character from 5 would be a good guest star on 2?
The Doctor on Criminal Minds. That's disturbingly hilarious.

16. Would a 3/4 crossover work?
CSI goes Prisoner...naw. But Gil Grissom would make a great Prisoner, I think.

17. Pair 2 characters in 1 that would make an unlikely but strangely okay couple.
Vir and Ivanova, maybe. LOL

18. Has 5 inspired you in any way?
I think watching Doctor Who explains a lot about British culture...

19. Overall, which show has a better cast, 2 or 4?
Criminal Minds is a great ensemble show.

20. Which has better theme music, 3 or 5?
Doctor Who has an awesome theme, but CSI has the better score, I love what they do with music in some episodes.

and some Star Trek, just because we can:

1. What is your favorite Star Trek movie? (not including STXI)?
IV, The Voyage Home. The first one I saw and I still like it best.

2. What is your favorite scene in STXI?
the scene when Kirk slaps Spock on the back. The expression is hilarious. And the Kobayashi Maru test.

3. When were you first introduced to the Star Trek franchise?
my best friend at the time invited me to watch on of the reruns on TV, we were 8 or so at the time and we played a lot of Star Trek in the following years (I always was Scotty).

4. Is there anything Star Trek around the room in which you're currently sitting?
several episode guides and some models

5. Vulcan ears are: A) cute, B) sexy, C) neither, D) both.
D. Both.

6. If you could be any other species than human in the Star Trek universe, you would be:
Andorian. The antennae rule.

7. Which pet would you rather have: a sehlat or a tribble?

8. Who might you cast in the role of reboot Nurse Chapel? Khan? Other reboot character?
Khan...difficult. Ricardo Montalbán was so perfect for the role. Sergi López would be my choice. Chapel...I'm happier with Spock and Uhura.

0,9. Kirk and Spock are:
not complete without McCoy

10. If you could give any Star Trek character a chance to be captain of the Enterprise?

BONUS. Think fast! Give one Star Trek quote from memory.
"Microbrain. Growl for me, let me know you still care." Q, to Worf

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I'm looking for a book...

"I'm looking for a book." says the small boy.
"Okay," I say "can you tell me what the book is called?"
"Do you maybe know who wrote it?"
"Can you tell me what the book is about?" (I'm used to people not knowing title and author)
"No, I forgot..."
"Where did you see it last?" (I'm getting desperate here!)
"I don't know."

He was so cute and so terrified, all alone in the library, I guess some memory loss is understandable. I do hope he will come back when he remembers.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Musical Monday: 50 Way to Leave Your Lover

Click here if the video doesn't work. Again.
My last relationship was something of a catastrophe for the last two years at least and if you ask me know, I have no idea why we both held on as long as we did. When we finally broke up, I was still heartbroken, but relieved at the same time. Then I came across this song and I laughed and laughed. It did a lot to make me take things more lightly.
And while you're at it, by all means look at the Muppet version

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Musical Monday: Tom Lehrer

Video doesn't work? Please click here to watch it on YouTube.
Tom Lehrer sang some of the most sarcastic songs I know and some of the dirtiest (try "I Got It From Agnes), with lots of style and lovely, catchy melodies. When you consider that his stuff is from the 50s and 60s, it's amazing what he got away with.
Anyway, I dedicate this song to my boyfriend. If we were to perform this, he would be the one singing in case you're wondering ;)

What's moving you on Musical Mondays?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Musical Monday: Firefly

Direct link in case embedding doesn't work - I'm having Youtube troubles at the moment.
Firefly is not only one of the best SciFi series ever, it also has the most awesome theme song. It's everything the theme song for Enterprise wants to be when it grows up.
The song has certainly been stuck in my head for days now. But the lyrics aren't that hard to learn and I always feel that it's less annoying when you can actually sing along to your earworms.

What's moving you on Musical Monday?

Mouse Update

So many of my mice died during the winter, I'm down to seven now. Two were pretty old and it was to be expected, but I still miss both Ood and Isgrimnur. Two were really young and I barely got to know them :(
Here's their home, a converted cupboard measuring 100x70x100cm (length, width and height).

neutered male Feynman starting to explore

Susan StoHelit, who at first lived only with Malkovich, who had been alone for over a year and didn't know any longer how to behave around mice. Keeping fancy mice alone can really make them mentally ill, fortunately with patience and other mice they do learn how to live like a normal mouse again. And Susan was just right for Malkovich, she ignored him when he tried to chase her (out of fear probably) and she's a very calm mouse.

Lise Meitner (brown-white) and Hypatia. Yes, all seven mice were in that box. I'm always amazed how many mice can fit into tiny spaces.

Madame Curie on the way down to the bottom level. She has curly fur which means that her eyelashes and whiskers are also curled. That may cause eye irritation and definitely handicaps the mouse when it comes to finding her way around.

Duracel, with Malkovich in the background. She got that name when I introduced her to the other mice. For two days, she ran around the cage and never stopped.

another photo of Susan...I think she looks just like a little bear.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Lagomorph

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The things you think about at 2am. Why did the Easter Hare turn into an Easter Bunny? It's a German tradition and in German, it's the Osterhase, the Easter Hare. It came to the US with the Pennsylvania Dutch and was still a hare then, the Osterhas or Oschter Haws. Postcard still show hares, like this one (poor chick, it will think it's a hare for the rest of his life...):

And then it suddenly turns into a bunny. Why is that? Is it because bunnies are cuter than hares? They do fit better into the pattern we recognize as cute with their big, round head. Or is it because hares are not as common in the US and the most common hare species are called jackrabbits anyway? This really is just guesswork and I may be wrong about how common hares are in the US, though. In Germany, they are rare now, but that is a recent developement. These days, most people have never seen a hare and often don't know that there is a difference between hares and rabbits. Despite using the word Osterhase, Easter decorations and postcards show rabbits and here comes the cute-theory again. Also, people keep rabbits as pets and for food and are much more familiar with them.
In Australia, there has been a campaign to introduce the Easter Bilby. Rabbits are not very popular there, they are a major pest, and it's a way to raise awareness for the endangered native species. The Bilby does have one thing going for it as Easter animal: it has a pouch to carry the eggs in and doesn't need to bother itself with the basket or wheelbarrow the Osterhase is usually shown with.

Musical Monday: Messiah

This is the overture to Handel's Messiah. Listen to it with earphones at least or get a good recording and play it loud or best go see a perfomance if you have the chance. It rocks.

What's moving you on Musical Monday?>

Friday, April 2, 2010

Book of Choice: The World Without Us

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman is a thought experiment: what would happen is all humans suddenly vanished? How long would it take for our cities to vanish (not very long) and what would remain of us? Not that much, it seems, and the things that last the longest are not things that are a good legacy. Plastic junk, mostly.
I needed a break after each chapter because I got so angry at what we do to the planet. Did you know that there is a gigantic vortex of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean, judged to have a size of at least 270,000 square miles (about as big as Texas)? Some scientist estimate the size to be twice the size of the United States. And that's just the big parts that float. Many more sink to the bottom of the sea and tiny particles of plastic float in the water, just the right size to be eaten by plankton, resulting in a usually deadly bowel obstruction.
And that's just one example. What cheered me up was the fact that our planet has astonishing self-healing capacities. When we finally do manage to wipe ourselves out one way or the other, the planet will probably adapt. It won't be Earth as we know it, but that's life. However, that's no reason to keep on being so careless and egocentric. I hope that we as a species will get that message soon.