Vulcan’s Peak

Four (maybe five) unrelated topics

August 4, 2008 4:17 pm

Some can almost be called news!  All things I’ve found interesting in the past week.

— Impressive, disturbing, and a dark sort of tribute to American capitalism:  we present the Wal-Mart virus.

— By this point, I think most of you have seen Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.  (And if not, it’s still available on iTunes; DVD to come out sometime soon.)  Shockingly, Pug and I thought it was fantastic, and still go about humming about freeze rays and Bad Horse.  Goodness knows it got a ton of media coverage, but I offer a couple of my favorites:  The Dr. Horrible oral history, because it amuses me, and the NPR piece, because I’m impressed that they picked it up.

— The fourth book in the Twilight series, which has been enjoying popularity among those inclined towards YA vampire-romances, came out this weekend to Potter-like midnight release parties.  I know that at least a couple of you have read the books and enjoyed them — and that at least a couple of you have read the books and offered your critiques on them.  I haven’t read any of them, but I thought this Salon article offered what seems to me like some particularly insightful commentary on them.  (And while we’re at Salon, the same writer had some worthwhile notes on Harry Potter 7.  Naturally, it’s an article from a year ago, but I just finished re-reading Deathly Hallows, so I enjoyed that one as well.  I think she’s pretty fair about Rowling’s strengths and weaknesses.)

— And Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (remember A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich ?) passed away this weekend.

Later: Woah!  They’re making a Gatchaman movie?  Carmen, did we know about this?  I don’t really expect this to be what you would call… good, but Cartoon Network ran a dubbed version called G-Force that my brothers and I enjoyed when I was nine or ten, so it might get a few nostalgia points.

Well, now that’s six unrelated topics.  Or five.  Oh well; the title sounds better as it is.

7 Responses to “Four (maybe five) unrelated topics”

Carmen wrote a comment on August 5, 2008

Woah indeed! I don’t know whether to laugh or quake.

Sometimes I look at the Gatchaman (even though I knew it as G-Force too, the actual name seems more accurate) box sets and think about buying them. And then I bleach my brain out.

Odette wrote a comment on August 5, 2008

Heehee. Yup, I think the couple of DVDs we picked up at DragonCon were enough for me.

However, I do have a fantastic memento: this brief audio clip I found somewhere that just says (as solemnly and melodramatically as you can imagine), “The fate of the world is at stake, and we’re forced to rely on a trained monkey!”

Tae wrote a comment on August 7, 2008

My mom heard about Dr. Horrible through NPR, which was kind of surreal. I showed her how to get it from iTunes, so hopefully she will enjoy it. Not so sure about my dad.

Twilight is covered in crack. There is no other explanation for its appeal. Or she’s got some mind control experiment going on. I downloaded the PDF to torture myself with….it ain’t worth it. *I* write better. You and Gremlin have written better since middle school, easily. As soon as I read the review (a roasting really) where they picked out such charming verbatim descriptions such as his ‘incandescent chest’ and ‘scintillating arms’….well. You can imagine. If you’re curious and want a laugh, reading Shinga’s chapter by chapter summary:
http://shinga.deviantart.com/journal/18722283/#comments

Carmen wrote a comment on August 7, 2008

……omg.

I NEED that audio clip! I must find one!!

Carmen, awaaaay!

((also, commenting needs a “preview” function because now I’m always afraid I’ll use the wrong sort of tag for italics and stuff. Cater to my special needs, and all that. :p ))

Odette wrote a comment on August 7, 2008

Haha. 🙂 I’ll see if I can send it to you.

I’ll look around and see if I can add a “preview” function… that’s the sort of habit I like to encourage. Thanks for the suggestion.

And Tae, I love ya. I thought about nitpicking that you didn’t know me in middle school… but I’m pretty sure you’ve read things I wrote in middle school (you brave soul). And thanks for the link. 😉

Tae wrote a comment on August 12, 2008

*L* Well, more like, I know both you and Gremlin enough that you’d have better stuff. And actually I think I have read some of your middle school stuff… >>

Odette wrote a comment on August 24, 2008

Hee. Yeah, I think you have.

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