( Christmas Chez Nous )
Today is also my eighth Mojoversary! Eight years ago today, my brother gave me a little bundle of chaos. Who knew that tiny kitten would grow up to become this:
Merry Christmas, Mojo the Hutt.
And Happy Holidays, everyone!
Saturday, my eyes magically popped open at about 7:30. John and I had breakfast at the hotel, and I nearly throttled a man who cut in front of John to score some sausages. If I had had been more awake, I would have gone all Liz Lemon on his ass. (Line cutters deserve their own special place in hell, next to people who ride bikes on the sidewalk).
It was easy to tell who had gone to room parties the night before. Whilst some of us (ie nonelvis ) looked all chipper and well-rested, others were barely holding it together. Paul Cornell, who was hosting a panel called "Looking Forward, Moving Backward" (about racism and homophobia in SF), had his head down on the table, and only one of his panel participants showed up. The morning after the first wave of room parties is never pretty.
Another way you could tell who was at the room parties:
(Voyageur, the Anticipation newsletter, issue 6: Saturday morning)
There's always a few of those at every con.
( Yo, geeks, smell ya later! )
So, WorldCon. Where to start? It was fabulous, and I am very sad it's over.
( Cut for Bigness )
I GOT NEIL GAIMAN TO SIGN MY BOOKS!!1!
I was hanging out at my friend's table in the dealer room and I heard NEIL GAIMAN was coming and I ran to my hotel and grabbed my books and ran back and I was all out of breath and fangirly and he signed The Graveyard Book and drew a tombstone with my name in it and he's totally nice and I am all hopped up on squee liek WOAH!!!1!1
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My husband is duly afraid.
(It was The Corbomite Maneuver, BTW. I knew this because Uhura was in a gold uniform, so it had to be pretty early in the first season. She wasn't in the first episode, Where No Man Has Gone Before.)
Star Trek was my first fandom-- hell, watching Star Trek with my dad is my first memory! I was maybe two, and I can clearly remember Uhura's red uniform. Over the years, I've drifted away from Trek. I've never stopped loving it, but it's been a long time since I've really enjoyed it. I've been watching reruns of all the shows on SPACE, and it's bringing back memories of being 12 years old and waiting breathlessly for 7pm on Saturday to finally get here.
I'm thankful for the latest movie for rekindling my love of this show, and reminding me why I am a geek in the first place.
I can't get over how much fun it is! I even love playing the sports games. The boxing is a lot more fun than I thought it would be, and I am way better at fake bowling than I am at real bowling.
We got some starter games, too: Super Mario Galaxy and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. I also got John a game where he can kill zombies, although who am I kidding? I'll totally play that one, too. But I am trying to keep that one a secret, because it's a Christmas gift. I want to package it with the gun attachment for extra zombie killage.
This is the first video game console either of us have had in years. I haven't had one since I lived in Winnipeg with my boyfriend and his roommate, which was 10 years ago now. We want to get the WiiFit, but it seems like just about everyone else on the planet wants one, too, so I might have to wait for that. We also might get the Rock Band kit with the drums.
What are some Wii games you could recommend? Which ones should I avoid at all costs?
When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.
I so wish I could have got one of my friends to say this at my wedding. It would have been so awesome for the 10 or so people who would have gotten it:
"Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togetha today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam. And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah and evah… So tweasuwe youw wove…Have you the wing?"
Special bonus quote:
Sing it, Grandpa.
(*ETA: What the hell is up with that?)
I stole the following memes from lizamanynames, who ganked them from a bunch of other people.
When you see this, quote Douglas Adams in your journal
Thor was the God of Thunder and, frankly, acted like it.
-The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.
-Ford Prefect, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
When you see this post, put a quote from the Buffyverse in your journal.
I wear the cheese, it does not wear me.
-The Cheese Man, Restless, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 4)
When you see this post, put a quote from Due South in your journal.
Fraser: Is there any insanity in our family?
Ghost of Fraser Sr.: No, not that I'm aware of.
Fraser: [relieved] Good.
Ghost of Fraser Sr.: Well, there was your uncle Tiberius who died wrapped in cabbage leaves, but we assumed that was a freak accident.
-Gift of the Wheelman, Due South (Season 1)
When you see this, quote The Matrix Trilogy in your journal
Mouse: Do you know what it really reminds me of? Tasty Wheat. Did you ever eat Tasty Wheat?
Switch: No- but technically, neither did you.
Mouse: That's exactly my point! Exactly! Because you have to wonder now: how do the machines really know what Tasty Wheat tasted like, huh? Maybe they got it wrong. Maybe what I think Tasty Wheat tasted like actually tasted like uh.... oatmeal or uh.... or tuna fish. That makes you wonder about a lot of things. You take chicken for example. Maybe they couldn't figure out what to make chicken taste like, which is why chicken tastes like everything!
(For some reason, I was thinking about this exact part of The Matrix today. You know how long I can go without thinking about The Matrix? A very long time. Which is why it's so funny that this meme came up!)
(I refuse to believe the other Matrix movies happened, BTW. Sort of like the Highlander movies.)
Please to be keeping a few things in mind, fandom:
1) Doctor Who is a big seller for tabloids. The mere mention of the show or David Tennant can sell millions of papers. The fact that DW will have limited airing until 2010 is probably freaking out their marketing machines, because if there's no DW news, their numbers drop dramatically. Hence the need for them to jump on any little rumour or innuendo to keep the momentum going.
2) Any major news about the show will come from the BBC, Steven Moffatt or Russell T Davies, or David Tennant directly. Trust nothing you hear until you hear it from them. They are not in the habit of going to the tabloids to pass information out, and given how much they want to keep the 2009 specials a surprise, I have a feeling that they are keeping things even more under wraps than usual.
3) When you have a show as successful and popular as Doctor Who, you don't want to change the formula too much. TV execs hate to deal with change, and here we have a lot of it happening all at once. The Powers That Be in Cardiff already have to deal RTD, Phil Collinson and Julie Gardner leaving pretty much all at the same time. They have to replace Collinson and Gardner, break in Steven Moffatt as the new Executive Producer/Head Writer, and they have to recast the companion role. With all that going on, it makes sense for Tennant, who is probably the most popular Doctor ever, to stay on for at least one more series to help transition the audience.
4) There was a lot of hue and cry when Christopher Eccleston left after Series 1, because he was so fantastic as the Doctor. Many people were uncertain if David Tennant could fill Eccleston's shoes. And yet, Tennant's Doctor has been a resounding success. If and when Tennant does leave, you can be sure that The Powers That Be are going to search high and low for the perfect actor to replace him, and whoever they find will be amazing. The scripts will be as good if not better, and the show will continue to be fun.
So relax! It's way too early in the game to worry about this stuff.
I looked at my stats and saw that there's a little over a million people (holyshitomg) reading my lame blog . . .A million readers! How awesome is that!?
When I was a nerdy little 12-year-old, I got made fun of for having a crush on Wil Wheaton, while all my classmates were drooling over Kirk Cameron or River Phoenix or whoever else was hot at the time. Having a crush on the kid who pushed buttons on the Enterprise was so unspeakably uncool. Not that I ever had any chances in the cool department, really. I was such a hopeless dork. Wil Wheaton appealed to me because he offered me the hope that geeks could be cool, too. OK, Wesley Crusher is probably the least popular character on Star Trek ever*, but did you ever see Kirk Cameron fly a spaceship?
And now, 20 years later, I feel justified for not following the crowd and plastering my locker with pictures of Kirk**. Wheaton is a published author, living in California with his wife and step-kids, writing books and his blog and going to cons and having what looks like a very cool life. His writing is funny and poignant. He rolls mental dice to make decisions and can quote obscure movies, TV shows and song lyrics. He loves MST3K and old-skool video games. He went to Star Trek: The Tour, sat at the Conn of the Enterprise, and typed in the command that he used to put the ship in warp. I was a geek for liking this guy, and it turns out he's a geek too!
That makes my inner 12-year-old very, very happy.
*He was still cooler than Adric.
**OK, I did have pictures of Kirk. But they were the REAL Kirk-- William Fucking Shatner!
It's been a good Christmas! Last night, the husband and I went to our friend's brother's place, where we exchanged stockings (they were filled with assorted fun stuff from the dollar store. My contributions were frou-frou pens and satsumas. You never know when you'll need a satsuma to save the world with!)
We then had Christmas Eve Dinner with my friend's extended family, which was great. My friend comes from a bilingual family, and the in-laws (who don't speak much English) were there, so we ended up speaking both languages all night, although we mostly stuck to French. After dinner, a few of us went to watch The Christmas Invasion on a 65-inch plasma television. It was awesome. And very big.
This morning, my husband and I opened our presents. I gave him a bunch of stuff for his iPod, including a clock-radio dock. There was also a bunch of gift cards, some sweaters, and a new watch. He gave me a new Uglydoll, a pair of all-black Converse All Stars, a set of Knit Denise interchangeable knitting needles, and a Flight Control TARDIS! I also got a Captain Jack, so Team TARDIS is back together!
We also ended up getting a chocolate fountain from the in-laws. I am thinking that my New Year's Eve plans will have to change accordingly!
I hope everyone out there in Internetland is having a Merry Christmahannukwanzika! I know that so far, this has been my best one in years!