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Happy Spring Break

I’m nearing the end of my Spring Break, and I realize that I haven’t blogged here in a long time. (I have, however, been making and posting LJ icons over there. Heh.) So since I last wrote…

– I’ve added yet another costume to my list for this year: Zoe Graystone from Caprica:

I’ve found a pattern that will probably work, but it would be nice if I could just find the actual dress somewhere.

– I started (and have almost finished) Spring Break. I’ve done a lot of shopping but not a lot of homework. Oh well, it’s been fun.
– I got a job as a Research Assistant doing research on the way that courts use (and don’t use) technology. I’ve got some stuff due in about a month, so I need to get busy.
– I started playing Bioshock 2. I haven’t gotten very far, though.

So yeah. This weekend I’m heading to Nashville for a wedding. And next weekend I’m heading to Indy for a Roller Derby Troop. PLUS I have my Space Law paper to work on. I’m going to be busy!

Anyways. Here’s some linkspam:
Edison’s EULA (h/t Joe)
Merlin Mann talks about the Motion Picture Patent Company (h/t Joe)
Michael Emerson’s 1992 Prison Training Video I’m not entirely convinced that this isn’t some LOST ARG thing…

The Sun: Megan Fox is Catwoman

DO. NOT. WANT.

I can’t even begin to describe what’s wrong with this. I can only hope that the Sun has no freaking clue what they’re talking about.

I guess first of all, Megan Fox doesn’t have the acting talent to fit in with Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, and Christian Bale. Part of that is because she’s an inexperienced, young actress, but most of that is because she’s best known for being the Mary Sue of Transformers. (Come on.. she’s hot, popular, AND a mechanic/juvenile delinquent? SUE.) And my friend Wes is right—Fox is too young to be Selina. She needs to be closer to Bruce’s age, and she needs to look older—and not in the “high school girl wearing too much make-up” kind of way, either.

Second, Selina Kyle has class and doesn’t look (and act) trashy. Fox has the stigma of being “OMG SO HAWWWT” and of being an arrogant, obnoxious bitch about it. (“I come across as confident and they assume that means that I think I’m hot s—. And that makes them feel bad about themselves and so they hate me.” Um, no.) I don’t think that she’d play the role in a way that’s true to Selina, and her mere presence in the movie will overshadow everyone else because, OMG IT’S MEGAN FOX. And really, these movies are ensemble movies. Yeah, everything revolves around Bruce Wayne, but Alfred and Lucius Fox keep him grounded and equipped. I can’t see casting Fox as anything but a PR stunt, and these movies don’t need PR stunts—they’ve got Michael Cain, Morgan Freeman, and Gary Oldman for crying out loud!

Third, casting Fox as Catwoman would be an insult to fans who sat through five hours of the Batman Boys’ Club and are eager to see some female villains. I was, quite honestly, glad to see Rachel go in The Dark Knight because that opened the door to possible female villians and new relationships… with Selina as being the perfect fit for both vacancies. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the Joker and the Scarecrow in the last two movies, but it’s frustrating to watch Katie Holmes and Maggie Gyllenhaal struggle with Rachel when I know there are vivacious, interesting female Gotham characters who are being ignored. As I said above, I don’t think Megan Fox has what it takes to be Selina, and I don’t want to have to endure another crappy Catwoman. If she has no clue about Wonder Woman, how much do you think she knows about Catwoman beyond the sexy catsuit? It would be exciting (from a female geek perspective) to have a female Bat-villain, and I just feel like casting an actress who is known only for being attractive would say, “We had to put this chick in here cause Batman had become a sausage fest. But don’t worry guys, it’s a HOT CHICK!!! Ogle away!”

It’s definitely time for some female villain action in Nolan’s Batman movies, but dear God, why does it have to come from Megan Fox? And what on earth is that Sun reporter taking to think that she’d be a “brilliant” Selina? Hopefully this “news” is just a rumor a la the “Miley Cyrus as Batgirl” nonsense.

Geeky Linkspam

Miley Cyrus to Play Batgirl in Dark Knight Sequel? DO NOT WANT. NO NO NO NO NO.

– Last week, I tweeted about EA’s “Commit an act of Lust with a booth babe” contest. And today, When Fangirls Attack posted their SDCC edition of WFA (sort-of..), which included a TON of links about this contest. Among my favorites was the Newsarama post which said, “It’s kind of funny to me, too, that “booth babes” are still used to lure fanboys, who then turn around and complain about Twilight fangirls squealing over Robert Pattinson.” EXACTLY.

EA (kind-of) apologized for the contest, but they’re still being a little disingenuous about it. How many people honestly think that taking a picture with someone is the first thing you’re going to think of when you hear “Commit an act of lust!”? Really?

– Also amusing (and found via WFA), this Girl vs. Robot comic.

Harry Potter and the Pint of Liquid Courage Good grief. *facepalm*

Wednesday Link Dump

Characters Who Say What the Audience is Thinking (io9) Hurley from LOST was definitely one of these characters last season. I loved it. This post talks about Hurley as well as other characters such as Hiro and Sylar from “Heroes,” and characters from the Buffyverse.
Cats Can Train Humans Better than Human Can Train Cats (io9) I knew it.

Obama Rewrites the Cold War
Nearly All My Professors are Democrats—Isn’t that a Problem? Only if you’re not a Democrat. *eyeroll*

The Evasions and Misstatements of Sonia Sotormayor (PJM)
Sotormayor on Sotomayor: Revises, extends her words (AP) Yikes!

Today’s Links

Iran:
How Neda Divided My Family (Daily Beast)
Persian Paranoia: Iranian leaders will always believe Anglo-Saxons are plotting against them (Christopher Hitchens)
A Proper Obituary: Neda’s Relatives Remember Her to the L.A. Times (Hot Air)

Random:
The Art of the Title Sequence: Wall-E
‘Battlestar Galactica’: Beyond Background Music (NPR)
As Blogs are Censored, It’s Kittens to the Rescue (NYT)
Fangirl Icons are Ruining Star Trek (Fandom Wank)
ONTD_Trek Party They’re having a party at ontd_startrek. The macros are glorious.

Trek Weekend

Star Trek came out on Friday, and it is AWESOME. I saw it on IMAX and I can’t wait to see it again. It was fast-paced, exciting, and funny. There was plenty of fan service (Tribbles, original sound effects, red shirts, etc.)—and even, I think, a nod to 2001 in the design of the space suits—but the fan service wasn’t too blatant or distracting. One part seemed kind-of campy, but it was appropriate and actually made sense. (It had to do with the Red Matter.) I loved all of the characters; Chekov really stood out to me, probably because I was as excited as he was. I really liked Uhura too. And OMG Karl Urban was awesome. I knew going in that I’d probably love Kirk and Spock, and I did, but I was really happy and surprised that all of the characters stood out so much. I thought it was a great ensemble cast. Anyways, many of my frequent internet haunts have been Trek-obsessed this weekend, so here’s a taste of what I’ve been reading this weekend:

Video: LOST vs. Star Trek in Action Figures I love that the Sylar figure makes an appearance.
John Scalzi: Trek Movie Cheat Sheets There’s a haiku for every film. 😀
Great Star Trek Covers of the Past 40 Years I love the Esquire cover with the Spock Art; it looks so cool!
Science Lessons from the new Star Trek Movie (Popular Mechanics)
Newsweek Video: Quinto and Nimoy on Spock
Video: Quinto, Pine and Nimoy were on SNL last night.
Video: Artist on Artist: Star Trek I generally hate myspace, but this is actually pretty good. I’m amazed at how Zachary Quinto can contort and cross his legs like that. O.O Geeks of Doom also posts a short clip showing Pine meeting Shatner.
Why is the media trying to make ST fans look like naysaying dorks? (io9) “Not dorky,” my ass. Since when did singularities become trendy? 😉
Spock Spools Artwork of Spock made with spools of thread. It’s kind of crazy, but definitely creative.

Reviews (Beware of spoilers!)
Sam’s Review
io9’s review
Gizmodo’s review Worth clicking just for the hilarious picture of the action figures on the bridge surrounded by about 20 lens flares.
Ed Morrissey’s review at HA
Vodkapundit: Going Boldly
Star Trek: The Franchise is Back (Geeks of Doom)
Rotten Tomatoes Currently, the movie is at 96%! Yay! (Also: kind of unbelievable.)

Link Dump

DNA Test Outperforms Pap Smears. Sorry girls, we’ll still have to go through that uncomfortable cervical cell sample… er, extraction procedure, but if these tests get adopted, at least we’ll have to endure them less often.

The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. I haven’t looked at this extensively yet, but what I have seen looks awesome. (Joe and I finished When We Left Earth this weekend, so I still have space on the brain. ^_^ And yeah, I cried a little. Several times.)

My Cousin-in-Law will compete in “The Next Food Network Star.” The show starts June 7th. Cheer her on! ^_^

When Twitter is Down. Because it has been lately. A lot. (I’ve seen the Fail Whale more in the past two days than I have in the past four months or so.)

No634: Blawg of a University of Minnesota 1L. In spite of the use of footnotes and the horrible layout, this is an excellent blog. It’s well-written, funny, and so familiar to me. It’s reassuring that other 1Ls are dealing with the same issues, annoyances, and nerdy law-related puns that I am. It’s also interesting to see how different his schedule is compared to mine… Wow!

– Last night, some fans in Austin, TX got to see the new Star Trek movie, and, as io9 said, it exploded into a “Giant Trekgasm.” The reviews are all pretty great so far, which makes me even more excited about the film. (As with SW, I grew up watching TNG, DS9, and Voyager with my Dad. I’m not just looking forward to the new film because of the pretty boys. Nyah :P)

– This past weekend, Markos Moulitsas took advantage of the shooting in Pennsylvania to joke about it and blame it on conservatives. And the Internet kind of exploded a little. Seriously, I was offline for most of the weekend and I came back and had a TON of stuff to catch up on. Jimmie has a good rebuttal for people blowing Kos off as a “fringe commentator.” (Summary: He’s not, but Jimmie is eloquent and insightful, so you should see what he has to say.)

Me? I think that what he said was not only grossly inaccurate, it was also disgustingly exploitative of the tragedies that occurred in Pennsylvania and in Binghamton, NY. All of the aforementioned (aforelinked?) bloggers nicely sum it up—no need for me to expound at length and tell you my thoughts on yaoi Kos.


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