the real ghostbusters*

Sep. 20th, 2017 10:36 pm
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doing another re-watch of the classic cartoon. we tried to do one before by renting the disks, but i think netflix dropped then or didn't have all of them, so now we're doing in on netflix streaming. some thoughts;

the animation on some episodes is messed up due to the fact that they sent stuff to japan.

j. michael straczynski wrote a lot of episodes. including what many consider the worst/weirdest episode about a man that lives near a chicken restaurant, is driven mad by the smell & then summons a demon to rid the world of chickens.
my brother said the imdb.com trivia said the producers were concerned with his mental health after reading the script. but like my brother said: "who's crazier, the guy who wrote it? or the people who approved it?"

david gerrold (writer of the star trek: tos episode the trouble with tribbles) wrote an episode. interestingly enough the one he wrote deals with the trouble a creature that multiplies can cause.

there was no pilot, not really. the "pilot" was animated music video of the characters, more or less how they ended up looking on the show, set to the ghostbusters theme song. the full lenght too, not the shorter one used for the opening of the animated series.


* i feel this should be the subtitle of the 1984 movie. that thing that come out last year should not share the same name, IMHO. instead of a re-boot they should of did a continuation. one of the women wins a mega-jackpot lottery, buys a ghostbusters franchise, maybe in los angeles, & they go from there. the guys could of done cameos as their character, except for harold ramis (r.i.p) & then gone on that way

the motherload

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:39 pm
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In light of the Equifax security breach announced on September 7th, I strongly recommend placing credit freezes on the following:
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    Credit freeze fees by state,
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  • VOY at 20

    Sep. 15th, 2017 07:38 pm
    archersangel: (you are here)
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    found this vid of a star trek: voyager 20th reunion (i'm so old) at space city comic con in houston.

    and found out some things;
    • for st. patrick's day kate mulgrew would give a big party with irish food. and a bottle of whiskey to each of the main cast.
    • every male had the hots for 7 of 9
    • robert beltran never bothered to learn his lines
    • garrett wang thinks that the VOY finale should've been gut the first hour, then at the end "to be continued at a theater near you" would appear on the screen. the rest would be a big screen movie. instead of whatever crappy TNG movie we got around that time.
    • the uniforms look nice while standing, but were uncomfortable while sitting as the came up in the crotch area. it was very uncomfortable for the men.
    • the whole 7/chakotay thing happened because after the episode where 7 has a holodeck program to practice being human & chakotay is her boyfriend, beltran said something to jerri rayn like: "our characters will never kiss for real. you're boyfriend will never write it, he's too jealous." (brannon braga, writer/producer of VOY was her boyfriend at the time) after getting the script, beltran got a note from braga; "who's jealous?"
    • during the last weeks of the show all the actors got a send off with cake & a large group of people being emotional, except for kate mulgrew. they were literally dismantling the set around her. after she was done with her finale scene, someone form the dark said something like; that's a wrap. thanks for seven years kate. there was no cake or a large group to send her off. but then robert picardo appeared & said: "lets go for a drink."

    that last part made me so sad. the studio didn't know what to do with a female captain half of the time and at the end she got nothing in the way of acknowledgment for all she put into the show.

    Attempting home repair

    Sep. 15th, 2017 01:14 pm
    zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
    [personal profile] zulu
    Initially thought the toilet chain had come unhooked from the flapper: no prob

    It came unhooked because the rubber hole on the flapper valve had worn through: boo!

    Turned off water to toilet: success

    Detached & extricated flapper valve (pointedly not thinking about all that gunk in there): success

    Will go to store to see if they have flapper valves of the right size (will bring detached valve as reference): this afternoon

    DID ALL WITHOUT CONSULTING DAD: so far so good

    sketchdump.

    Sep. 14th, 2017 10:42 pm
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    ruffled blue heron sitting on a rope in ballpoint pen and tombow markers

    a mouse sitting in a flowerpot with sorrel

    doodle of Tykket

    ballpoint pen value study of a japanese iris

    wip shot of an attempted fanart of atomic blonde

    portrait of a person laying on their side merging into fungi



    In... order of posting, either L to R or Top to Bottom or something depending on where you're viewing this, but. (Click on them for full size.)

    1. Just some random blue heron from a ref on pixabay. Turned out surprisingly well for a sketch that took about an hour, using markers I have no idea how to use with a very limited color selection.
    2. My mouse on Mouse Guard is named Sorrel, and a friend of mine was talking about planting sorrel, the plant, in pots, and it just made me think of "potted Sorrel" so. I keep trying to color this and failing.
    3. My Asuran mesmer on Guild Wars 2, Tykket. Someday I'll try to tackle the armor but I was just trying to work out how to customize her hair a bit to make her less generic.
    4. An iris I decided to try to make a value study of using... ballpoint pen. It took me basically a full day, it was kind of ridiculous, and I regretted the decision one petal in, but it did turn out pretty neat.
    5. WIP of fanart of Atomic Blonde that I'm failing to figure out how to actually color. I wanted to watercolor it, but I really am not good enough at watercolor yet and also still couldn't figure out how I actually wanted to color it, so I'm trying digital. Someday I'll finish it?
    6. Left-handed drawing in ballpoint and colored pencil. Started out just as a doodle of fungi, then I got lazy about finishing the trunk and put a face on it instead.

    I kind of hilariously got a couple more paints so I could have a better range of colors for watercolor and then... haven't managed to do anything.

    (ETA: ughhh browser incompatibilities rendering flexbox, I'll try to fix the wrapping again tomorrow, sorry for the overflow.)
    (ETA2: fixed, I think, hopefully isn't overflowing on anybody's system now... unless you're still on IE11, then I'm sorry)
    tree: alice from resident evil running  ([film] i remember everything)
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    what is it to make peace?
    with a fact, a circumstance

    the war is only between the self
    and the self, the battlefield the space
    in which you lie awake at night

    deafened by artillery, shelling, missile whine

    and then the treaty:
    self and self sign, unwitnessed, a promise
    in the silence of the armistice—
    acceptance, resignation

    (but for the wounds,
    scars on the landscape,
    and all human decay)

    a city takes years to rebuild after devastation
    better and more consciously planned, yes
    but with history erased or beyond repair

    all war is loss
    and peace what comes after, into the space
    left by fire, that hot bright destruction,
    the blackened and fragile remains
    of what only effort and time can reclaim

    peace is the salvage of the ruins
    when the soldiers have gone home;
    what you form from the ashes, from
    damage

    the bringing into existence
    of something shaped from the dirt and clay and blood
    under your fingernails, beautiful not in spite of
    but because

    not the opposite of loss, then
    but what grows from it

    updated book lists

    Sep. 10th, 2017 07:45 pm
    archersangel: (books)
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    i haven't updated any of the book lists that i have in the sticky post in a long time, so i decided to do that today.

    fiction books that i like

    non-fiction books that i recommend

    star trek books that i like

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