( No, really, question 4 was good. More people should ask that one... )
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me!"
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will post the answers to the questions (and the questions themselves) on your blog or journal.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5.When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
Another problem for me with shipping is that the fandoms I might be interested in reading about usually have well visualised relationships that are firmly grounded in the characters. So messing with those relationships tends to trigger a "No, no, no! X would never do that! And Y would run away!" reaction. This tends to kill my interest in that story stone cold dead.
I did run across a fabulous, if regrettably unfinished, BtVS/Firefly crossover that made better use of Xander than much of the original material did. It didn't seem to be shipping Xander with anyone though.
WARNING: Links after the cut lead to spoilery wikipedia pages!
( People interested in bad news should go away now. Only pleasantries after this point. )
However for a non-spoilery amusing coincidence check out the cover art here and leecetheartist 's userpics here.
And since it is talk like a pirate day: Arrrr!
I'll change it tomorrow. I received a largish collection of books and manga* from Slow Glass Books which kind of kept me occupied for most of the day and will do for a couple of weeks. Scalzi's The Last Colony rocked and...
( Brief but somewhat cryptic spoiler )
*Including ARIA V1, and AQUA V2 is on order. Yay!
The kawaii: So I watched Card Captor Sakura instead. And I would just like to state for the record that Tomoyo-chan is disturbing... :)
The good: Heroes. It has taken a while this season, and I was beginning to wonder if Heroes was going to be a one series wonder but tonight's episode nailed it. Looking forward to next week.
To get started the plot for 28 Days Later depends on a group of animal rights activists who are, frankly, evidence of evolution in action.
This irritated me at the time that I saw 28 Days Later, but I got over it and enjoyed the rest of the film.
But it is a plot device that, for me at least, only works once. Unfortunately Black Sheep uses it too so I walked out about half an hour in - it completely shattered the suspension of disbelief for me.
As you may have guessed from the title I saw Transformers this evening.
As a colleague at work noted this is a movie aimed at 11 year old boys. Judging by some of the costumes they had the female lead (almost) wearing I'd move the target more towards 13 year olds.
It is also a blatant recruiting film for the US military (although I note with some amusement that the product placement adviser beat out the military advisor in the credits. Just).
But having said that, there are some refreshing elements to this movie. The female lead Mikaela Barnes (played by Megan Fox) is skilled, intelligent, loyal, and courageous (a word I chose very carefully, she has her moment of fear but faces it and conquers it).
Given the target audience, I think that this is at least slightly subversive scripting and I thoroughly approve.
As for the male lead Sam Witwicky (played by Shia LaBeouf) ? Well to quote the friend I saw it with, he achieves acceptable levels of mediocrity by the end and does get a few things right.
Bad, but watchably so on an $8 ticket. I wouldn't have paid more.
I'm still undecided as to whether this will eventually qualify for the ranks of the gloriously bad.
Oh, and this was while the sun was up.
In other news lilyseahas written a wonderful post for mutual friends about our ballooning yesterday with willowgypsy.
Tonight I'll try to write up a review of the National Capital Orchestra concert I went to yesterday afternoon. For the moment, very enjoyable. Mind you its getting to the point where I don't care what the NCO plays, I know I'm going to enjoy it anyway. :)
The drive train is still being problematic towards the top end of the middle ring but seems to be settling down outside of that range.
Oh, and I've read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and may post some thoughts about it later.
It was a busy weekend.