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Saw Pirates at World's End last night. Opposite (and usually unaligned) ends of my friendslist are voicing aggravation, but I liked it. I can cope with the plank-on-plank action from the romantic leads, I don't especially care about the constantly collapsing timeline, plotline and rules of reality, and I'm prepared to forgive a lot for such a fantastically dreadful set of pirate colours and Widow Ching in all her terrifying glory. At the same time I can see how it would suffer the usual problems of magic realism; fictional world not sufficiently defined for the genre fans, and the people who like realism being perpetually poked in the eye by the magic comparative mythology.

Ooooh! Tiny robots made of trash!.

I am a reality TV hatr but Who Wants to be a Superhero? is weirdly compelling. I finally twigged why yesterday; in it, characters are encouraged to be law-abiding, kind, brave, determined, and, well -- heroic. It's almost the antithesis of the regular reality show. After every task, a holographic Stan Lee head pops up on the nearest blackberry/TV/billboard and starts deconstructing their behaviour according to justice, virtue, self-sacrifice and consideration for others. While chortling. It's madness. It's shooting another series.

Lovers of dice or electronic music (what are the chances?) will want to watch this dice-based animated video of Fujiya Miyagi's Ankle Injury. It is so lovely! (from A smursh of Pete)

I've just right now started receiving a torrent of spam in German. My favourite subject line so far is "Ich brauche dich nicht, und du brauchst mich ebensowenig" which translates to "I do not need you, and you need me just as little".

Spam containing its own internal critique. That's German efficiency.

Comments

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marstokyo
7th Jun, 2007 16:55 (UTC)
Did you ever receive the packet of things I sent you? it went Air Mail so it shouldn't be taking this long.
thegreenman
7th Jun, 2007 17:48 (UTC)
Tiny robots made of trash</a>

The rayguns are hot too!

:)
marstokyo
7th Jun, 2007 19:30 (UTC)
those are cool but that's not what I sent.
thegreenman
8th Jun, 2007 08:10 (UTC)
I blame the beer
cleanskies
8th Jun, 2007 07:34 (UTC)
ah, good reminder!
I was waiting to say thanks until I could show you this picture of that gorgeous brooch going native on the kitchen table

monsters and magic

But I'd not been on flickr in a while... I'm very sorry I didn't thank you earlier. The fridge magnets (including the amazing rude spoon magnet) are looking after my doorstep recycling information.

Hmmmm. You know Playmobil, right? Do you get much of that in America? Because there's a toy available this season that instantly made me think of you -- and I'd like to send it to you by way of thanks, if you'd like? (and don't have it already)
marstokyo
8th Jun, 2007 12:39 (UTC)
Re: ah, good reminder!
Sigh of relief! YAAAY!! I love Playmobile. I've saved all of Ben's Playmobiles from when he was a kid. Haven't bought any of it in years so I don't know if I might have it or not.
cleanskies
8th Jun, 2007 12:41 (UTC)
oh, it's a recent addition!
so I shall wrap it and send it by way of thanks!
marstokyo
8th Jun, 2007 12:43 (UTC)
Re: oh, it's a recent addition!
coll :-) !!
worldofagwu
8th Jun, 2007 05:44 (UTC)
- as a reality telly maven & superhero fan, who wants to be a superhero = probly right up my street - but i don't think we get whatever channel it's on - sob - still, i'm not exactly short of tv progs to watch...
cleanskies
8th Jun, 2007 07:37 (UTC)
It's on the SciFi channel, the same channel as Heroes ... but I think you can get hold of it on download. It is major bonkers.
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