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Anyway, have some ritual incantations against the darkness which as it so happens I was just writing up.

natecull.org/wordpress/2019/03

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Six episodes in and Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017 continues to impress me as the best TV version yet of probably *the* most famous Chinese martial arts epic ever.

If you like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, etc, then this is a great time to get on board the Jin Yong train.

Genghis Khan! The Jin-Song wars! Kung fu princesses! (multiple of) Kung fu witches! The forbidden NINE YIN BONE CLAW skill! A martial arts tournament! (of course) Romance! (multiple of) A big war!

youtube.com/watch?v=E4crHldKx6

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So uh hello everyone, meet my (literal) big brother @pdcull .

He's been working with at-risk teenagers in the favelas of Brazil for the last 20 years; is a certified CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) trainer and Emergency Manager; is studying for a Masters in Emergency Management with a special focus on empowering communities to develop resilience.

He has seen a bit of crap in his time (corrupt cops, drug dealers etc) so he can *probably* cope with you all.

Probably.

Be nice.

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"THE RIGHT ANSWER," the Sphinx continued, that dangerous look in her eye, "WAS SOMETHING SOPPY ABOUT ETERNAL LOVE AND BEING FATED BY THE GODS TO BE TOGETHER."

"Also my great abs".

"ALSO YOUR STUPID SEXY ABS AND I HATE BOTH YOU AND CUPID SO VERY MUCH RIGHT NOW."

image via bearalley.blogspot.com/2013/05

"FOOLISH TRAVELLER!" roared the Sphinx. "DAREST THOU ANSWER MY RIDDLE?"

"I dare!" cried Oedipus.

"VERY WELL. MY RIDDLE IS THIS:

WHY IN HADES ART THOU WEARING MY TOP INSTEAD OF YOUR PANTS?"

"Oh! That's easy," answered Oedipus. Because otherwise I would have to get up and do the laundry".

"THOU ART CORRECT. MY SECOND RIDDLE IS THIS:"

"Hold on! Who said anything about a second riddle?"

"SILENCE! MY SECOND RIDDLE IS THIS: WHY DID I MOVE IN WITH YOU?"

"Ah. That's a hard one, yes."

I miss how totalitarian tyranny enabled by cybernetic automation used to be seen as a bad thing.

1. That's a pretty nice proto-punk look for 1970, I mean, 2970

2. "Is it entirely necessary for the experiment that I'm quite this shirtless?" asked Jeremy.

"Absolutely" said Isabel.

On the down side, a fascist tyranny and nerve-searing tension

On the upside, JETPACKS JETPACKS JETPACKS!!!!

On the downside, no Isabel. :(

"AND we're putting immigrants in cages and closing a whole bunch of public libraries!"

"Impossible! No political party could be that cartoonishly cruel!"

I don't think Professor Trixen has cleared all his research with the Ethics Committee.

OMG OMG OMG OMG

A LEAP INTO THE FUTURE

bearalley.blogspot.com/2011/11

Important things my six-year-old self learned:

1. Enzymes make you time travel.
2. Never trust a robot
3. ISABEL
4. TUNIC-JACKETS WITH SLEEVES AND GLOVES
5. Isabel

WHOOPS GUYS 40 YEARS LATER I GOT BAD NEWS

see, this is what I grew up with. Just the drumbeat of ecological 'oh crap'

freaks me out that everyone else didn't

oh man the Voyager Grand Tour of the Planets series

WHAT ARE YOU DOING OUTSIDE ON VENUS YOU IDIOT YOU ARE DEAD A MILLION WAYS ALREADY

fricken fricked me right out of my six-year-old mind, those boys did

Kind of Gigeresque actually. Really look like rotting skulls.

A1 scare work.

omg THESE ARE THE SCARIEST MARTIANS

I don't care whose Martians you like. THESE BOYS ARE SCARIEST. END OF DISCUSSION.

THE HOUSES OF TOMORROW
's yesterday

but seriously, those outfits, v v smart

Seriously, Clifford Simak, 'Ring Around The Sun'? 'Why Call Them Back From Heaven'? And Frederick Pohl 'The Wizards of Pungs Corners'? The what now? The even what? How? On what list?

What even is that guy walking through, I thought he was stuck in some kind of spider's web.

And 2001's concept art again, of course.

This is what we must have thought SF was in 1970.

And zero credit for the art or writing, and zero reference lists. So much the pity.

CIA. I'm going to need you to come with us, sir.
Why?
Because I read one of your books and now there's a mushroom cloud in my head. I can't get it out. It's stuck there. And it's YOUR FAULT.
Oh. That. Yeah. That happens.

Those Tripods are a pretty scary version, not THE scariest, but pretty scary

Is that... Budget Joker, top left? Whoever that guy is he gave six-year-old-me the creeps.

Not just because of his crazy laugh but by the visual suggestion that his shoulders had somehow been replaced with flasks of chemicals.

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