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Mar. 11th, 2013 @ 09:44 pm (no subject)
This summer, I’m forming the MorBacon Theatre Company, with fellow Made of Fail veterans Rowan Bristol and Tessa, and we’ll be putting on Terry Pratchett’s “Wyrd Sisters”, adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs. There’s a lot going into this, not the least of which is the royalty payment to license the play itself, so we’ve just started fundraising.

We’ll need $5,000 to put this show on here in Chicago, and for that I’m asking you for help.

Our Kickstarter is now live, and will be up until April 10th. Please consider donating if you can, and please pass the link around if you can’t. There are some special rewards and donation incentives, so take a look and see if there’s anything that interests you.

Thank you so much for being with us for the past nearly five years, and I look forward to going on this journey with all of you as well.
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Feb. 15th, 2013 @ 08:54 am I've finally figured out Back To The Future: Part 2
Now, hear me out. I’ve previously discussed having figured out Parts 1 and 3, and how the series as a whole is a metaphor for Marty McFly growing up. Coming, as it were, of age.

Each film has its own message, an important step that everyone takes on their way to maturity. It’s a rite of passage for all of us, but Marty has the benefit of Time Travel, a vehicle (hah!) for the grander metaphor to be delivered to him, or rather unto him.

Part 1, I had stated, was about learning that your parents are people, just like you. They were children once, and they grew up. Children look upon their parents as immutable authority figures, for good or ill, whether they respect that authority or not. Marty, for example, does not respect his parents, but his parents are His Parents, and they are objects to him. They are a means to his existence. Going back in time and seeing them as they were at his age reinforces that which we all experience as we grow into adults: we see the world from our parents’ viewpoint. That they are just like us, only with extra years of experience. We become friends with our parents when we become adults, or we cut them out of our lives completely as we would any toxic relationship. And while Marty experiences this in a way completely opposite from our own - they are brought to his level rather than him being brought to theirs - the end message is the same. His parents were taken off their pedestals, and he sees that they had all the same choices and opportunities that he himself has. It humanizes them, and he begins to respect them and try to help them with problems that he knows has plagued them all their lives, because he saw the end result. He gives both his parents more confidence in themselves, and that changes the course of their history. It is not, as people are quick to point out, that he only respected them after they became healthy and rich, but that because of his respect, he was able to help them become that which they always wanted to be, instead of the life they clearly regretted.

Part 3, of course, had the extremely powerful lesson of self-respect. It doesn’t matter what other people think of you, what other people say about you, as long as you are happy with yourself and your choices. This was a lot more obvious of a theme in this installment, as Marty had, over the course of all three movies, demonstrated that he would do anything for anyone to keep them from calling him a coward. Nobody calls him chicken, after all. But as he saw, and as his ancestor Seamus McFly taught him, people will say whatever they want, and they’ll walk all over you if you give them the chance. Preventing people from pushing you around isn’t about trying to act macho to prove you’re better than them, it’s that if you’re already better than them, you don’t need to prove anything. Let them say what they want. Let them call names, and make fun. You know you’re awesome. You know you do what you have to. You know that your hat isn’t a manly hat, but it’s your hat, and it works just fine, so why do you care what other people think about it? Besides, you happen to LOVE that hat. And so Marty learns that he doesn’t have to be manipulated by everyone to prove he’s macho. He’s saved the space-time continuum. He has a hoverboard. He even has a rockin’ 4x4 waiting for him in 1985. Why get himself killed trying to prove how cool he is, when he knows how cool he is?

It took me a while to figure out Part 2. The theme for that movie is not, as my wife so generously points out, that the Cubs will never win the pennant. But after some thought, especially how Part 2 immediately leads into Part 3, I realized that it’s far more connected than I was allowing it. In Part 2, both Marty and Jennifer see that one careless decision can screw up their family forever. Jennifer sees that Marty’s need to prove how tough he is will get the McFly family into more and more trouble, and Marty in particular finds out that making one bad decision wrecks the timeline completely. The main theme of Part 2, then, is that growing up means taking responsibility for your actions, and thinking them through in the first place. Actions have consequences, even if you don’t intend them. And furthermore, there is no mistake that cannot be corrected if you try hard enough and want it bad enough. Nothing is permanently damaging if you have the will to make it right. Which is not to say that you should never take risks, just think them through and be certain about them before doing so.

Making that realization just solidified the whole series for me. It’s one continuous journey that Marty makes in growing up. Respect your parents, because they’re just as human as you. Make responsible decisions, and take responsibility for the results. And finally, be happy with who you are, because it doesn’t matter what other people think of you.

The future hasn’t been written yet. So make it a good one.
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Nov. 6th, 2012 @ 02:50 pm Also, hi.
...I aten't dead.
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Nov. 6th, 2012 @ 02:39 pm So I saw Wreck-It Ralph
And it's all sorts of glorious, for many, many reasons. Spoilery review will follow, but before anything else I wanted to make an observation.

I grew up in the so-called Disney Renaissance. The Little Mermaid came out in 1989; I was four years old, and I saw it in theaters. I remember seeing it in theaters. And I have seen every single "new" Disney movie in theaters ever since, save Cars (which was Not!Disney Pixar at the time), Brother Bear, Cars 2, Ratatouille... I think that's it? Maybe more. It's clear that all of those movies, and other non-Disney kids' movies I've seen, that the writers and animators put in extra jokes, references, and sometimes even entire storylines that may or may not go over children's heads but that the parents watching alongside them would be entertained by. Rule One of writing for young audiences, after all, is to make it as enjoyable by all who might be watching it.

After three of the last four Disney movies I saw in theaters seemed to be catered just for me, to grab me right in the childhood and shake vigorously until I was crying on the floor for hours afterwards, I realized that I was those parents. Figuratively speaking, at least. Because the people making these movies now, and the people taking their young children to their very own two-hour non-stop rollercoaster of pure magic, they're my age. My generation is the one catering to itself, after years and years of childhood nostalgia being catered to the older generations... and now I understand why they don't want to give it up. It's a heady feeling, being catered to. It makes you feel like you're the most important person in the world, that everything is the way it is because of people just like you.

Now I understand why people become Republicans. I'm not saying I agree with it, but I certainly understand it now.

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Sokka's Instincts
Feb. 24th, 2012 @ 04:45 pm Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Eight
Holy crap, Ash got hot. Like, wicked hot. Almost makes me want to try to slog through Sheploo for that story.

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Feb. 10th, 2012 @ 05:15 pm Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Seven

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Feb. 7th, 2012 @ 01:16 pm Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Six
Spoiler tags.

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Feb. 4th, 2012 @ 07:01 pm Voting is over
Well, it looks like I'll be singing "Master of the House".
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we are a Genuises
Feb. 1st, 2012 @ 07:15 pm Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Five
Appropriate spoiler tags.

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Jan. 31st, 2012 @ 05:43 pm Poll!
So, I've mentioned on Twitter and the Made of Fail site that my mother is doing her donation drive for her AVON Walk for Breast Cancer, and any money you guys could kick in to that would help immensely.

My first post, October
My second post, January
Her donation page direct link

Because I am a whore a dutiful son, I've been posting this link all over, and earlier today (read: fifteen minutes ago) I made an offer on Twitter.

If my mother's donations break the $2,000 mark, I would sing a song from Les Miserables. On video. Of your choosing.

Um. Just because that threshold was reached within ten minutes of posting, don't hold back from donating anyway, 'cause it's still a worthy cause, and she'll be running the drive for the months up until the walk in June.

ANYWAY. Goal's been met, so INTERNET I ASK YOU: What song do you want me to sing? Any song from Les Mis, though I'd prefer a solo (but I'll do anything since I never restricted my initial offer). While I'd prefer "Stars", it's not up to me. It's up to you. If this means I'm singing "Castle on a Cloud" or "On My Own", then SO BE IT.

A handy list in case you can't remember them all off the top of your head!

What song from Les Miserables should Kevin sing? Poll closes Thursday, February 2nd.

Running Tally
"Stars" 2 votes
"Master of the House" 2 votes
"Bring Him Home" 1 vote
"Do You Hear The People Sing" 1 vote (Twitter)
"One Day More" 1 vote
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Jan. 27th, 2012 @ 02:04 pm [Gift-fic] Drabble for Noel, "Q Too"
The very last time Q and the Doctor cross paths

Happy birthday, Noel.

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Jan. 27th, 2012 @ 11:59 am Writer's Block: ONTD Games Giveaway
Which video game character would you like to have as your real-life BFF? One random response will win a $60 Amazon gift card! [Full contest rules here.] Don't forget to share your favorite gamer moments on at 3 p.m. PST for Free For All Friday (FFAF).

Commander Shepard, Alliance Military N7 Operative, Citadel Council Spectre.

Despite being a bit of a blank slate, certain aspects of Shepard's personality are always the same, and though I'll be going with my preferred incarnation (Mostly Paragon, Female), I'll try to stick to the qualities that translate across the board.

Shepard does not give up. Ever. If she's your friend, she's your friend for life, and if something were to happen to me, she'd go through hell and high water to get me back. She'd always come around to ask me how I'm doing, and to see if there's anything I could probably help her with, but she always would respect my need for privacy if I asked her. She would defend me to anyone who spoke poorly about me, and I would do the same in return.

Shepard is the kind of person I'd love to just hang out with. Her dry wit meshes perfectly with mine, and she'd most likely get the pop-culture references I pepper my conversation with.
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Jan. 26th, 2012 @ 07:10 pm Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Four
Yadda yadda lobster bisque.

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Jan. 20th, 2012 @ 08:43 pm Okay, seriously now.
So, there's this thing going around. I've seen it both here and Tumblr.

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Jan. 17th, 2012 @ 10:08 pm Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Three
Compiled from the SpaceBattles thread.

Spoiler tags haven't changed.

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Jan. 12th, 2012 @ 04:39 pm Storm on the Horizon, Chapter Two
Compiled from the SpaceBattles forum thread.

Spoiler tags are standard here: Doctor Who after New!Series Three but before Voyage of the Damned, Mass Effect 2 post-game but before the Lair of the Shadow Broker and Arrival DLC expansions.

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Jan. 12th, 2012 @ 04:28 pm Storm on the Horizon, Chapter One
Compiled from the initial posting on SpaceBattles. I've been finding it easier to write it in chunks over there.

Spoiler tags ahoy: Doctor Who after New!Series Three, but before Voyage of the Damned. Mass Effect 2 post-game, but before the Arrival and Lair Of The Shadow Broker DLC expansions.

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Dec. 29th, 2011 @ 02:00 pm Storm on the Horizon, Prologue [Doctor Who/Mass Effect]
    @alliancesjr: Augh, why do I have this plot bunny in my head of Tali'Zorah meeting The Doctor?
    @riathepinkie: Which Doctor?
    @alliancesjr: Ten, probably.
    @alliancesjr: They'd have an adorable technobabble-off. The only question now is: Rose, Martha, Donna, or in-between Companions?
    @JDDeMotte: Tali would probably be the one-off companion like Wilf or Astrid. And would be adorable.
    @alliancesjr: Damn it. OKAY, FINE, I'M WRITING IT.

So, uh, that happened. Takes place in Doctor Who post Season Three (Just after Voyage of the Damned) and just after Mass Effect 2 (before Arrival, and before Lair of the Shadow Broker for that matter). Appropriate spoiler warnings now.

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Dec. 7th, 2011 @ 06:22 pm Naruto Chapter 566 - Reactions
...well then.

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Nov. 30th, 2011 @ 05:51 pm Naruto Chapter 565 - Reactions
New job means no internet at work until I get settled in and they get me connected to their network. Maybe next week.

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