Friday, August 31, 2012

Fall Into Autumn Challenge: School Spirit - Texas Longhorn Skittles

Football season is finally here!! UT's first game is Saturday night, and I am stoked. And sometime last night, in an answer to my prayers, AT&T U-Verse FINALLY decided to support the Longhorn Network!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I'm driving up to Austin to watch the game anyway, but now I can watch everything all the time!

To get ready for a new season, I went out and bought all-new game gear. I'm a little superstitious, and I don't want to bring last year's bad juju back by wearing tainted jerseys. And of course I decked out my nails in the ole brunt orange and white.


Artificial light

Artificial light

Artificial light

Sunlight

Sunlight

Artificial light

Artificial light






Thursday, August 30, 2012

Star Trekkin': The Cage

Sidenotes before we get started -
The history behind this episode is the coolest!! I love origin stories about stuff I love, so reading up about this has been great. I recommend looking some of this up for yourself, since I'm just barely scratching the surface of what went on behind the scenes. This is the original 1964 pilot, which NBC rejected. Nearly every character was replaced (except Spock) and the interior of the ship looks different. Once the second pilot was picked up, this episode was eventually cut up and spliced into a two-part episode call The Menagerie. They re-framed the story so that this occurred 11 years before the Captain Kirk missions began. Back in the olden days editing was done by actually CUTTING and GLUING film, so the original color footage with audio was thought to be lost/unrecoverable. Gene Roddenberry kept a black and white reel, which he showed at small conventions after the original series ended. In 1987 a film archivist found an unmarked mute reel in a lab with the negatives of the unused scenes (in color). He sent these back to Roddenberry's company, where they eventually pieced the original footage back together. The Cage was first aired on tv in November of 1988.


What I loved:
You gotta remember that this is a pilot. They make zero attempt to secretly/obviously explain the crazy new technology they're using, what the heck Star Fleet is, why they're even in space, character backgrounds, etc. And I love that! They relied on the audience to use context clues (something people nowadays can't do) to figure everything out instead of wasting time with pointless dialogue. Ex: "Man, I can never get used to these transporters. Every time it breaks me down into tiny electrical signals and transmits me from one location to another I just feel like it might not have re-assembled my genetic code correctly."


All right, let's get started.

Episode 0.1 - The Cage

Plot: The Enterprise receives an 18 year old distress signal from the SS Columbia, which crashed on a planet in the Talos star system. Captain Christopher Pike (originally named Robert April before script revisions!) is held prisoner and tested by aliens who have the power to project lifelike illusions.

The first thing I noticed was the intro. There's not "Space - The Final Frontier." I'm glad they added that.

After hearing the distress signal and choosing to continue on the original mission, Captain Pike heads back to his quarters. Along the way, he passes by these two clowns in the hallway. What are they wearing?? I get that they're supposed to be off-duty, but... are they also headed to the beach in 1955? I'm gonna need something a little more appropriate for space travel.


After a two second "I need you now" communication to what must be his secret lover, Dr. Phillip Boyce, Pike flops down (go back and watch the flop action) and poses enticingly on the bed.


His eyes are saying "Come to me big daddy."


While discussing the distress signal and a previous mission where crew members were killed, the doc mixes up a couple martinis from the supplies in his doctor bag. "Sometimes a man will tell his bartender things he'd never tell his doctor," he says in the teasing voice he reserves only for his lover.


They jabber on about Pike blaming himself for the deaths and wanting to leave Star Fleet to either 1) ride horses and eat picnics 2) live in the Orion colony selling green women slaves. This I didn't make up.

Spock interrupts this lover's quarrel to announce that a second message has been received, indicating that there were survivors that made it to the planet. Pike agrees that they should go check it out. Yeoman Colt (a female!) who obviously hasn't been around for very long, dares to enter the bridge and speak to the captain. After explaining that he had asked her for an update, she hustles away looking terrified. I like to think that she walked in on a doctor/captain after-hours "bonding session" and has been sworn to secrecy. The captain tries to play the awkwardness off by saying that he is "can't get used to having a woman on the bridge." He says this to Number One, his female first officer (who doesn't have a real name).


"No offence, lieutenant. You're different. Of course." I think he's hinting that she's a lesbian. Either way, when he gets an away-team together, she's left behind to look after things like a good woman should. [Sexist instances in one scene - 2.]

The team transports to the surface and stumbles upon.. something. Let's call them blue bra padding on sticks. I think they're meant to be a plant that jiggles around? Whatever they are makes Spock happy while he fondles them.


They walk ten feet past the bra padding and find a raggedy group of humans. They appear to all be old, white men over the age of one billion. The one on the right must be the leader, because he's wearing a very ornate seaweed scarf. If you look closely, you can see that the third man from the left is in fact my good friend, Laura Tully.


While explaining their rescue plan, an unnamed ensign stops mid-sentence so that they can all stare at the blonde bombshell who sashays into the conversation. Vina was born right before the ship crashed, making her 18, if you're keeping track. Since she didn't look anywhere near 18, I looked the actress up - 33.


Pike makes a just-jizzed-my-pants face just as the shot zooms out, revealing a group of weirdo telepathic aliens (the Talosians) that are watching this meeting unfold on tv screens.

Fun fact: All of the Talosians were played by women because they wanted them to look like they were puny and weak. Male voices were later dubbed in for the telepathic communication.
Vina (who looks super high) lures Pike away from the rest of the group by promising to show him her "secret" and brings him.. to a pile of rocks. Then she makes a couple ominous comments and vanishes along with all of the little old men. Bulb-heads jump out of a secret rock-door, grab the captain, and run away. The away-team adjusts their phasers from stun to kill, but no amount of laser blasting can penetrate these defenses.

Turns out that the Talosians are super bored, and the only thing they enjoy in life is capturing new species, putting them in cages filled with realistic projections of everything they could ever want (or fear), and watching these tests on their tv screens. Pike goes through a series of hallucinations and complains that nothing is real while Vina tries to convince him that he should just go with it.

My good friend Kelley made a guest appearance as the fur-loving poster child for dental hygiene.



Some good quotes from the middle here

Pike: "Why are you here?"
Vina: "To please you."
*more talking about what's real*
Pike: "They dress you in the same metal fabric they wear?"
Vina: "I've have to wear something..... don't I? *winky face*

It's actually a cute outfit...



Turns out the Talosians started living underground after some huge war wiped out the surface of the planet. And since they had to stay inside all day, they focused on developing mental powers. They also collected two of each kind of species they could (bird people, bear people, etc.) and used their thoughts and dreams to entertain themselves. Eventually they spent so much time creating illusions/dreams that they forgot how to actually do anything, like repair their machinery. At this point Pike discovers that Vina is real, the sole survivor from the crash, and the Talosians need him as the male human generate new humans to observe. I'm feeling sorry for Vina. Pike is the first human she's ever been around. She's just a single lady looking for someone to put a ring on it.

Pike gets his wish to ride horses and go on picnics. This is actually supposed to be Mojave, aka the Mojave Desert which was converted into a huge city with giant parks, and is Pike's hometown.


The park just wasn't doing it for ole' Cap, so they switched it up and tried out selling green slave women. Laura popped back up to make sexy faces and say helloooo.


Vina, now Greena, gives this lovely dog statue a lapdance...


While this creep makes an even creepier statement - 


"Funny how they are on this planet. Actually like being taken advantage of."

Classy.

The crew has been attempting to rescue the captain this whole time. A team attempts to beam off of the ship, but only the women are transported (Number One, and the poor yeoman girl who always looks terrified).


I guess the aliens wanted to give Pike a couple more options for who he wanted to repopulate the planet with. Vina insults her competition while Number One begins to reveal that there was a person Vina on the flight that crashed, but that she was an adult. Now plus 18 years... Cat fight! Insulting intelligence and age all over the place. Just to make the situation more awkward, one of the aliens comes out and describes the qualities in each girl. Number One is smart, will make smart babies, and often has fantasies about the captain.  The Yeoman has youth, strength, and "unusually strong female drives." Good lord.

Back on the Enterprise, Spock takes charge and says it's time for them to peace the f- out of this galaxy. Shockingly, the controls stop working.

FINALLY Pike grabs an alien as it tries to sneak into the cage through the food door. They go back and forth for a long while trying to trade the safety of the female crewmen for him to go along with the boning. The aliens download the ship's library, read all of recorded human history, and realize that humans have a "strong aversion for captivity." Der. Apparently that's shocking.


That does the trick, and they just decide that humans aren't suitable to be their slaves and just let them go. Vina couldn't come along because she was too ugly and wanted to live in a dreamland. When she crashed, she was just a pile of flesh, and they just guessed about how to put her back together. I feel like they could have been like "maybe she looks like us, only less bulbous" but instead they put her head on crooked and stuff.


You'd think they'd just fly away and the episode would be over. Oh, no. They have to get one more awkward moment in. Yeoman Idiot, in front of everyone, asks Pike "Who would have been Eve?" (to his Adam). This is her getting chewed out by Number One.


The doctor understands her not-so-subtle question, and is unable to contain his jealousy.


Doctor: "As in Adam and Eve?" Captain: "As in all ships doctors are dirty old men." Then they smiled, looked into each other's eyes, and went about their duties.

In the end, true love conquered all.

Star Trekkin': An Introduction



I'm not sure if you could tell from my 283,403 television references in other posts, but I'm kind of a tv junkie. My all-time favorite television franchise is Star Trek, hands-down. I grew up watching Star Trek: Voyager with my mom, and when I was old enough to work a remote, I started watching reruns of The Next Generation. I've seen every episode of these two series at least a handful of times each. Nothing makes me more pumped about my day than seeing a rerun of TNG on BBCAmerica. I never really got into Deep Space Nine, but I have been assured that it's great as well. At some point I'll get around to watching all of DSN, but right now I'd like to talk about the original - STAR TREK.

Back in the pre-DVD days, owning an entire season of any television show was unheard of. Can you imagine the amount of space you'd need to store all of those VHS tapes?! I could be wrong, but I don't even remember that being an option. The best you could do was read the tv guide in the newspaper (remember when that was a thing??) and hope to record the episodes you wanted to see. This long-winded venture into the past is my excuse for why I had never seen the original series before I was in college. That sounds a little bit like not watching the original Star Wars movies until after seeing the new ones. But... the Star Trek universe is a little different - these sequels didn't suck! In fact, (and don't hate me for this) I actually like them better than the original. But let's not get into that right now.

I just started listening to a podcast (Mission Log) that goes through each episode of the original series and just talks about what was going on, what themes were introduced, Gene Roddenberry's character/planet/species notes, sexism/racism in Hollywood at the time that shows up in various episodes, how some ideas flopped in the original show and became a success in later series, etc. And it's super interesting! When I watched the show in college, I just plowed through all of the episodes, laughed at some of the special effects and terrible acting, and moved on. Now I want to give it another shot - and take you guys along for the ride! Don't worry, this won't become the Star Trek Only blog. Probably once a week or so I'll spew some random tidbits about the episode I just watched, complete with hilarious pictures. Hopefully you guys will be inspired to watch along with me, but these posts will still be hilarious if you don't. I hope. Every Star Trek series is available on Netflix instant, and I highly recommend that you add them to your queue immediately.

Live long and prosper.  _\\//


Next episode: Pilot - The Cage

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Fall Into Autumn Challenge: Apples

A lot of schools started up again this week. I kinda miss school... not the school part, just the hanging out with classmates all the time. *sigh* Anyways, I'm getting into the fall spirit a little bit and decided to go with some apple nails.

I started off with a hear-shape for the top of each apple.


Then added a little stem.


And a leaf!


I think the green apple turned out the best. The red paint was a little dried out and sticky, but the green went on really smooth.




I think they look better in person. I need to figure out a better way to take pictures (again).


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Watermelons!

I really wanted to do some fall nail designs this week, but it's so damn hot out that I cannot possibly imagine a time of the year when it's not 105 in the shade. After several futile attempts at leafy nails, I gave up and painted some watermelons. The funky green is from OPI's Nicki Minaj collection - "Did It On 'Em". The pink is Essie "e-nuf is e-nuf".



Just for laughs I stamped a pumpkin on my thumb. Almost ready for fall!


Monday, August 13, 2012

Just Another Manic Monday

Every Sunday night I have such high hopes for the week - making delicious lunches that I can bring to work, attending classes at the gym, doing cute nail designs. And then Monday morning rolls around, and all my plans go out the window. I blame it on not having food in my apartment, not being able to find my tennis shoes, having too many tv shows to catch up on.

Today, I actually planned out a nail idea, but after just one attempt at it I gave up and went with something a lot easier. Maybe tomorrow....

I'm liking this yellow! I don't know if I've actually used it before... 



I used a bunch of different glitters here. My thumb had one, too, but silly me forgot to get a picture.






Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My Life in Ridiculous Photos: Internet Edition

I am so bored. Bored. Boredy bored bored. The next 2 hours of work may be the death of me, but as soon as they're over I'm hittin' the highway! 

In an attempt to entertain myself, I've been going through the old files on my laptop. I found a few that you guys may enjoy! This is just a sampling of the ridiculous things I've seen online. Enjoy!

Facebook must think I have a hopeless love life.

This is a slide from an online training I did at work. I honestly have no idea what was said about this slide because I was laughing too hard.

Two things: the genre Netflix made up and the ridiculous movies it thinks I would enjoy. It's probably right.

Twitter trends are usually pretty predictable. #4, however, has no obvious explanation.
  
Not a single one of these pictures matches the link next to it. The second one is a  nightmare I once had.

Got this email warning from work. I'm gonna be honest, does anyone really care about flashers anymore? I'm pretty sure if I saw one I'd just laugh and keep walking. But this made the news! *shame*