Sweet Christmas!
Never to be filmed

Christmas 1938. Old Tonto has just finished telling the Lone Ranger origin to the little children of his large family in a nice large house on a rainy night in Los Angeles (or thereabouts). It’s a reunion for the holidays. Holidays, shmolidays, Tonto just cares about the family get-together part. Children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. He’s happy to have lived to see them.

There’s an urgent knock at the door. One of Tonto’s older sons opens the door to find Kato holding up a wounded Green Hornet. “We need your help!”

Russian photographer Sergey Semenov stitched together panorama pictures he took during a helicopter ride in New York City.

This is why, unless you can fly and fly fast, the only the thing you’re protecting as a super-hero in New York City is maybe a 5-10 blocks at a time. And a LOT of your night is running place to place. A car? Well, in NYC, a private citizen’s car is going nowhere fast during the day. And forget finding a parking space quickly or cheaply unless you get lucky. A car at night? Same problems (although a bit lessened). Subway or bus? HA! Not an option for a vigilante in costumeSo, what have we learned? New York City is big and crowded. And, unless you’re Thor or Superman, it’s best to stick to one neighborhood at a time. Get to work.

I’m not a fan of heavily tattooed women. And sometimes I have to REMIND myself of that fact about myself… ;)

I’m not a fan of heavily tattooed women. And sometimes I have to REMIND myself of that fact about myself… ;)

did-you-kno:

Source

Those fangs can be for nothing but tearing into the flesh of baby bears.  Tearing off furry strips of bloody baby bears.

did-you-kno:

Source

Those fangs can be for nothing but tearing into the flesh of baby bears.  Tearing off furry strips of bloody baby bears.

First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college.

Vonnegut, adding to our favorite advice on writing. (via explore-blog)

I would like to open up Kurt Vonnegut’s coffin and kiss him on his wormy mouth.

A real man loves her ALL month long.

A real man loves her ALL month long.

neil-gaiman:

holdentumblr:

The good student

Unless the person who wrote it was using British English, and a fan of the Batman Anarky character. 
I wonder if there’s anyone anywhere with a spray can writing STET against things corrected on walls.

neil-gaiman:

holdentumblr:

The good student

Unless the person who wrote it was using British English, and a fan of the Batman Anarky character. 

I wonder if there’s anyone anywhere with a spray can writing STET against things corrected on walls.

In school, is it better to be bullied than to be considered and then passed over? At least if you’re being bullied, someone’s thinking about you. And there could be all sorts of interesting reasons for the bully to attack you. Some on your end, some on the bully’s end. As a result, there’s a relationship there. An understanding. In this, you’re given an obstacle to overcome. And sympathy from the kinder portion of the student body. And the potential to be stronger in mind and/or body.

However, to be not even worthy of someone’s time and energy is brutal on another level. You don’t even get the chance to call yourself a “victim.” You don’t have something to overcome. You remain lonely and weak. You are nothing to the bully-type, and because a bully-type tends to be an alpha and set the tone of things, most of the other students also treat you as someone to be walked around in the hallway.

Not saying I particularly agree with this point of view. I’m just looking at another side.

neil-gaiman:

I don’t usually reblog DOCTOR’S WIFE Fan art, but this is too good not to, with its beautiful Idris and baffled William Hartnell First Doctor…

It’s always been my contention (well, always since, um, 2008, I guess) that the First Doctor is the only one who can be replaced with another actor. And not just because it already happened once.
First, it just seems…OK. Maybe because he just seemed like a cranky old man…and that was pretty much it. Most TV adventure shows back then, the characters were a bit…thin. The fact that the Second Doctor was so interesting was unusual and welcome.
However, I can also understand if people disagree with that view of the First Doctor. 
So, who says that we have to pop in on the First Doctor as an old man? What about as a younger man? A younger man who has been growing increasingly cranky with TL rules but, at that point, is content to be with his family.
I could go on into fan fiction territory, but that’s not the point of this blog entry.
The point is that I could easily see a First Doctor cast with a younger actor, preferably David Walliams. Although, Walliams, at about 6’3”, might be too tall. William Hartnell was about 5’8”. Of course, that’s the sort of thing that could be overlooked.
And Walliams could probably pull off old age makeup to make him more Hartnell-y.
Okay. Get on that, people.

neil-gaiman:

I don’t usually reblog DOCTOR’S WIFE Fan art, but this is too good not to, with its beautiful Idris and baffled William Hartnell First Doctor…

It’s always been my contention (well, always since, um, 2008, I guess) that the First Doctor is the only one who can be replaced with another actor. And not just because it already happened once.

First, it just seems…OK. Maybe because he just seemed like a cranky old man…and that was pretty much it. Most TV adventure shows back then, the characters were a bit…thin. The fact that the Second Doctor was so interesting was unusual and welcome.

However, I can also understand if people disagree with that view of the First Doctor.

So, who says that we have to pop in on the First Doctor as an old man? What about as a younger man? A younger man who has been growing increasingly cranky with TL rules but, at that point, is content to be with his family.

I could go on into fan fiction territory, but that’s not the point of this blog entry.

The point is that I could easily see a First Doctor cast with a younger actor, preferably David Walliams. Although, Walliams, at about 6’3”, might be too tall. William Hartnell was about 5’8”. Of course, that’s the sort of thing that could be overlooked.

And Walliams could probably pull off old age makeup to make him more Hartnell-y.

Okay. Get on that, people.

Rum Tum Tumblr

Because I’m sure no one has ever written that before on this site…

Considering upping my Tumblr typing. My Twitter’s for being pithy. Mostly “amusing” stuff, sometimes a quick meaningful thought. The briefness that Twitter forces is ideal for my awful memory and my awful laziness.

But what about my few thoughts that are simpler long-form observations and not cries for attention? 

What about my dark thoughts? Actually, I probably won’t share those because, well, those tend to be used against you in court.

Anyway, considering upping my Tumblr typing. 

fartwithheadphoneson:

CAPTION ME

I know not this M.C. Escher you speak of. I only see you…and me…and the stars above…

fartwithheadphoneson:

CAPTION ME

I know not this M.C. Escher you speak of. I only see you…and me…and the stars above…

"Modern Family" Kid, um, Works

http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/01/modern-family-ariel-winter-ill-work-for-3k-a-week/

So, @TMZ, @HarveyLevinTMZ goes away for a week and this is a story you deem newsworthy. An actor has more than one job. Fascinating. You know, you’re not a printed newspaper. You don’t *have* to fill space.

The “she’s just a kid!” angle might’ve worked if she was the *first* child actor ever to get other work besides her regular gig. But…she’s not.

Someone actually took the time to research this story…

Soon, I will be watching NBC’s encore presentation of the #OpeningCeremony for the Olympics. If I don’t see a TARDIS materialize and the door open to reveal the Doctor, Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Harry Potter, Arthur Pendragon, Robin Goodfellow, and Basil Fawlty, I will consider setting the Olympics in Great Britain an astounding waste of time.

(However, I will concede—and I’m sure you will all agree with this—that Dr. Tony Hill from Wire in the Blood would be a most suitable replacement for Harry Potter.)

I can’t wait for the Benny Hill and Top Gear tributes! Hm? What? Why would there be tribute to those TV shows? Well, besides the ladies in garters running at high speeds and Top Gear’s…something or other, I don’t know, nor do I care, according to BBC America, those are THE MOST IMPORTANT BRITISH TELEVISION SHOWS EVER TO GRACE THE BRITISH AIRWAVES EVER EVER EVER.

#London2012

The Culture of Forgiveness

So I was watching Don Lemon from CNN interview one of the survivors, Christina Blache, of that mass shooting in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises” (http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/22/us/colorado-shooting-survivors/index.html?hpt=hp_c1) At about the 3:05 mark, he asked if she could forgive the shooter. She responded with this 30-second long explanation that boils down to “someday, but not today.” It was like she had to jump through hoops to forgive the murderer. Why? Why forgive? If your feeling takes a lot to justify, then it’s not a feeling from the heart anymore but a manipulation of that heart. Society says you are supposed to forgive your assailant for you to move on emotionally? When did forgiveness get tied to moving on? Why can’t you hate the person forever? Because it eats away at you until you fall apart/lash out? I contend that those who NEED to forgive are weak-willed emotionally stunted individuals who refuse to acknowledge the darker impulses that are common to everyone. In other words, thinking bad things is Bad Thinking. 

It’s gotten so that if you’re the victim of someone else’s actions, you are REQUIRED to forgive them if you are to be considered a stable human being—and, more importantly, a good human being. It’s almost mandatory to ask the wronged party if they can forgive the perpetrator. Almost always, they say yes. Most of the time, it’s because it’s what their religion tells them to do. And being TOLD to forgive is not the same as ACTUALLY forgiving. It’s quite easy to forgive out of obligation. You just say you forgive and then think of something else.

And no one truly forgives anyway. You know the expression, “I’ll forgive, but I won’t forget.” Well, then you aren’t really forgiving, are you? You will always remember what was done to you and that will overshadow everything.

All that being said, if the offense was relatively minor, and the offender is truly sorry, I’m all for forgiveness. 

But there IS such a thing as an unforgivable act.

Grudges—a healthy hate—are part of us. Why deny them?

heyitsapril:

Flame on motherfokkers. #zef

*Sigh*

White people…