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30th August

The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Alexander Pushkin
A Russian fairy-tale that I started reading and never finished (I read the wiki page on it so I have a fair idea of how it ends).

Stargate Episode list
I’m watching Stargate SG-1 working my way through the seasons, unfortunately some of the eps are mislabled so I am keeping this open so that I can keep track of what I am up to.

A Girl in Australia
I wanna watch this movie, I haven’t got around to going to the video store. It is an Italian movie, actually the Italian title is something like ‘beautiful, honest, emigrated Australian would like to marry a virginal fellow countryman’. I watched in Italian Lit a few years ago, it was interesting.

The Man Who Was Thursday
I started reading this at the recommendation of ShortScott. I am too cheap to buy an actual copy so I resign myself to slow reading on a computer screen. Oh, it is a fictional piece of work by G.K. Chesterton.

Crayola Keyboard
The name sorta says it all, it is just really really groovy, if I had a regular computer I would really want one of these.

Linguistics in the Caucasus
A bit of background for Georgia.

RiffTrax
I heard about this on Triple J, it is a thing where you download an mp3 and play it along with a movie (with the movie sound turned down) and it is like a commentary, but sarcastic and stuff. I originally thought it was free, but it appears to cost.

cctv plans
this is a printout that shows how to make a paper cctv. I can’t seem to get it to fit printing parameters though…

Some Solar Ovens
I was looking into this a bit, seems expensive to buy, and unreliable to make. I’m thinking I will ask around at camping stores or something.

Harissa
Homegrown Evolution had this cool recipe about what to do with a bajillion hot peppers. Joanne and I were sitting outside chatting (I love this spring weather) about her garden, then she said that I used to love gardening and I added that I still do. So we had a bit of a discussion about me having my own patch in the garden, Yay!! The point of all this is I now have to decide what to plant and after reading this blog I though, ohh, yum, I’ll plant chillis! Which leads me to my next link:

How to plant peppers.
A detailed and funny how-to on planting peppers, I am mostly going to ignore it however – providing I can even buy chilli plants at the nursery.

I am also thinking of planting marigolds and maybe a rose, if anyone (ha – I kid myself that people read this) has any suggestions, please let me know 🙂

Stargate

Seeing as they save the world in Stargate, I think this is relevant. Even if they don’t, this is my blog and I will post what I like 🙂

So today I am playing a game I like to call “things I love about stargate”

I love that the way to the secret hide-out involves following a very clear path in the woods.
Along the same lines I love how random uninhabited worlds have loverly clear paths to follow.

I love the way they have dalek-shaped uv light towers at the ready so that when someone says “Let’s get some UV units in the gate-room” they can be wheeled in by random soldiers.

I love the way they say that interfacing two alien power sources together is not going to be easy at the start of the episode, but at the end they just wrap one type of wires around the other and voila – it works!

I love the way that they are really easy to capture/’kill’ when it is friendly and they will just be released or weren’t really being killed, but hard to capture and impossible to kill when it is for real.

I love the way they give up easily on a teammate when (s)he will be returned to them through other means, but would never give up on them in real life.

I love the way there are always convenient ridges and formations for them to hide behind in battle. the most obvious example of this is Chulak, where there is rocks that are perfectly shaped to hide people behind circling the Stargate. I guess it is supposed to look religious and all, but seriously? It isn’t very strategic.

I love the way weapons have different effects depending on who is shooting at who. One shot of a zatgun can take someone out for the duration of the scene, or can mean they are still able to run to the Stargate and save the day. The same goes for staff-weapon blasts. The mark they leave changes significantly, sometimes it leaves a big gaping hole, sometimes a small bloody hole and sometimes – like in the case of Sha’re – merely a stain of blood on her chest. Also sometimes it takes a heap of shots to take down a Goa’uld, and sometimes they go down on one shot.

I love the amount of gear they carry. Couple of grenades, a gun or three, C4, extra rounds, etc. How the heck do they not have serious back problems?

I love the way any other civilisation that is as or more advanced than earth (or the US) is always evil, oppressing people, waging unfair war. And it is as if we are so good and they are so bad. The thing is is someone were to come to the US – or for that matter Australia – they would find oppressed people and unjust wars. We are not so pure ourselves.

I love the way they can walk on ice without ever slipping over, even when they did not know they were going to encounter ice.

Mo Movie Measure

So I wanted to keep a bit of a tab on what passes and what fails.
To pass the movie has to fit the following criteria:
1) there are at least two named female characters, who
2) talk to each other about
3) something other than a man.

Stargate: Ark of Truth.
This movie passes, but only barely. There are 3 named woman characters, Sam and Vala don’t interact. The only interaction between two women is between Vala and her daughter Adria, as they are talking about how Adria has a ‘god-complex’ and wants to take over the world, they pass. Oh, and Adria doesn’t get named until she has had a few scenes, I assume this is because most people watching the film will have seen the TV series and know who she is.

That Old Feeling.
This movie fails which is rather unsurprising. There are 3 main women characters and 4 main men characters. Seeing as they spend most of their time separate, that makes it difficult. Also the movie is about marriage and relationships.

Dukes of Hazzard.
Fail Fail Fail. Need I say more?

Juno.
My sister informs me that Juno passes cos Juno and her best friend Leah talk about her pregnancy and the options she has like abortion or adoption. Juno also talks to Vanessa about her pregnancy and whether she will give up the baby.

I just discovered a problem with updating this: everyone will discover my terrible taste in movies. I’m not going to bother to defend myself, so here goes:

Bratz:
This passes. Because most all of the characters are girls except for 3 love interests and 2 fathers (that I noticed). Mostly they talk about friendship and the like. I think that, even so, it passes in the opposite direction because there is a scene where a love interest talks to a teacher about music.

Chicago:
Passes. The women inmates and ‘Momma’ talk about trials and careers and all sorts of things.

Mamma Mia:
Fails. I discussed this with Allison, and the general consensus was that it fails. There is maybe a line or two about Sophie’s future, but it was mainly in the context of potential fathers and future husbands.

Serenity:
Fails. I can’t believe it fails. Let’s review, of the main characters we have Mal, Simon, Jayne, Wash (all male), River, Kaylee, Inara and Zoe (all female) on the ‘good-guys’ side and The Operative (male) on the ‘bad-guys’ side. Which means that (once Inara joins them) there is an even split on the ship, and there is little gender-stereotyping in who has what job. The only thing that gives it that male dominated sci-fi feel is that the bad guy is male, as are the twins who give them jobs, Mr. Universe, Shepherd Book, the doctors ‘looking after’ River and most of the people who get beat up (including reavers). The person giving the report on the Pax is a woman, but other than that, women don’t really show as extras, cept for the exotic fan-dancers and Mr. Universe’s lovebot.
So aside from a fairly good job of putting lots of women in roles other than that of damsel in distress or token female, which is so common in sci-fi, Joss Whedon is a self-confessed feminist, which doesn’t necessarily mean anything but in other stuff as well as this I think he does a very good job of not simplifying women, or buying into gender stereotypes. That long and un-grammatical sentence is the reason I am surprised that Serenity failed.

Stargate: Continuum:
Epic Fail. Two female characters, Sam and Vala with a bit-part by Nirrti.

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