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March 18th, 2008


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01:20 pm - This Post Has +3 Post-erity. It's Like Dexterity But with...Posting.
It's time to break out my PIMP CANE.

Do you love The Sarah Connor Chronicles? Do you love Derek Reese? Then join the_other_reese right now, as it is the place to be. I mean, check out that layout! You've got Derek-centric icons and fic and vids and picspams and fanmixes and all that good stuff, but, for my money, the best reason to join is miniglik's nigh-daily Poll of Whimsy. So join the Resistance and tell your friends!

This weekend, I finally watched all of The Guild, Felicia Day's webseries about a group of people who play a World of Warcraft-esque MMORPG. Felicia Day, as you may know, was Vi, one of the Potentials. As such, she has a built-in fanbase of rabid Buffy fans. So I viewed the first episode with a little skepticism, even though I like pretty girls and video games. It was pretty amusing, even if it went for the easy joke a few times (although a baby chewing on a power strip is hilarious); I was mainly unimpressed by the low-budget look of the thing, although I was impressed that they managed to give all the characters very distinct environments.

Here's the thing, though: the show is funded entirely by donations. And that's pretty awesome.

Anyway, the first episode introduces the first story arc, which is about a socially awkward Indian guy infatuated with a pretty redhead. HEY. WAIT. (My thing for redheads is very sad, as I don't think there are many Indian women who could pull off red hair.) I continued watching and got into the show really quickly because it's really, really funny. Most of the actors (if not all) are people Felicia met through improv, so it's no surprise they're all very good at creating funny characters.

It'll only take you half an hour to watch the seven episodes that are up so far (but you should also check out the gag reel and the Christmas special). And episode seven has a great ending that has me waiting anxiously for episode eight. The Guild has my stamp of approval!

It also has SXSW's stamp of approval, as it took home the Greenlight Award for Best Web Series. I have no idea what that is or how it's decided, but I thought that was pretty cool. The show is now up for the YouTube Awards and the Yahoo! Video Awards, so cast your vote if you like what you see. Which you will.

The other great thing about The Guild? It's partially responsible for Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon's new musical starring Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, and Felicia Day.
It's the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to.
Poll #1156352 I can be whimsical too

So, who wins the Internet?

5(14.7%)
Felicia Day
2(5.9%)
Joss Whedon
17(50.0%)
Polter-Cow
10(29.4%)

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Current Music: Korn - Getting Off

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From:sainfoin_fields
Date:March 18th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Stacking the deck! What did you do to deserve this victory at all?!

Alas, though I love The Sarah Connor Chronicles AND Derek Reese, I hate communities.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 18th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
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Stacking the deck! What did you do to deserve this victory at all?!
Nothing! That is why Joss is KICKING MY ASS. And I voted for Felicia.
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From:miniglik
Date:March 19th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
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Just butting in (SORRY!) to say that's totally understandable. I usually refuse to watch communities because they clog up the flist and get annoying.

If you ever have anything you want to say though, come by and post. You don't need to join or anything. I think I have it marked where nonmembers can post.

From:sainfoin_fields
Date:March 19th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
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Although, understand that I feel torn. Your personal LJ header kind of makes my life, so I am inclined to believe Cow that you may indeed win some stake of the internet.
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From:miniglik
Date:March 19th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
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Ha!

Cow linked me to a post with you and peri_peteia discussing the shame of the BAG-character-love. And the feet. And...

I succumbed early. I have even overcome the embarrassment. Fan. Girl. CRACK, I say.

(Thanks about the header.)
From:sainfoin_fields
Date:March 19th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
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Oh, the abject feet-related shame. But, uh, in the absence of community spirit... Friendsies?
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From:miniglik
Date:March 19th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
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Sure!

Also, again, FEEL NO PRESSURE on the com. It's the first one I've EVER made. I almost universally ignore them.

But the CRACK pulled me in.

(Note: don't listen to any recent BAG interviews either. It just makes it worse, and then you'll hate yourself for thinking he's not so bad and actually pretty likeable. I'm warning you.)
From:ikcelaks
Date:March 18th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm curious. How long, on average, do you spend crafting your post titles? They're nice convenient laughs.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you've noticed and enjoyed them! This one, however, is a riff on a line from The Guild, although it did take me a while to pick it. Post titles are very important to me, and I often can't start writing until I've chosen a post title. This can take a solid five minutes, sometimes. There are also times where I think of a good post title while experiencing whatever I will be posting about, either accidentally or because I know I'll be posting about it, so I spend hours mulling over the perfect post title.

But thank you for commenting. jeeperstseepers, for instance, DOESN'T EVEN READ POST TITLES. *sniff*
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From:honeybunnylilb
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Given your subject heading, I was hoping this post mentioned Dexter. I'm a wee bit disappointed. Oh and I squeed at the thought of Joss and Nathan Fillion reuniting. I think you're awesome and all that good stuff but Joss Whedon wins at life, and that includes all the interwebs.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
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Given your subject heading, I was hoping this post mentioned Dexter.
Dwarven clerics had dexterity way before Dexter had...anything.
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From:honeybunnylilb
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
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Dwarven what now? Who are you? Where am I?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
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I don't remember what my name was. It wasn't Thorin Oakenshield; that's from The Hobbit. But it had a similar sound. I think.
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From:grammarwoman
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Without an option for "All of the above", I'm gonna have to go with miniglik. 'Cuz she rawks hardcore.

(razzer-frazzer lack of LJ and editing skills.)
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From:miniglik
Date:March 19th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
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Aw. *Sniff*
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From:filmtx
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
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You know... I think I'm going to have to cop a four-way tie on this one.

I heard about "The Guild" at South by and have been meaning to check it out. Thanks for reminding me. Vi!!! One of the few Potentials I actually liked. Although, I'm kind of warming up to some of the Potentials in S8. I just heard about "Mr. Horrible." Another one I must check out. Premise sounds pretty hilarious.

Are you going to Paley Thursday night?
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Nope.

There are no Potentials in S8! They're all Slayers now! I've only read the first trade.

Enjoy The Guild!
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From:filmtx
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
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There are no Potentials in S8! They're all Slayers now! I've only read the first trade.

D'oh! I forget they're full fledged slayers because they can still be so damn annoying. I just watched the first 2 episodes of The Guild. Pretty funny stuff.

Must go play Guitar Hero now.
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From:filmtx
Date:March 19th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
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Okay, I've watched a few more episodes now. The production quality isn't really that bad considering the miniscule budget they probably have. I've seen a lot worse on bigger budgeted films. I tend to give no budget indies a break with regard to production quality, especially if it is something intended for online consumption. As long as it has a good story, well-developed characters and decent sound (so I can hear it), I'll watch it. If this were produced for theatrical or television distribution, then production quality would be much more important to me.
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From:daynr
Date:March 18th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
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by the time i find time to watch this I will have forgotten.
to not have a memory like a sieve would be nice.
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From:catalyst2
Date:March 18th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Sorry Polter-Cow but I had to vote for Joss because, well, you know .....

You were a very close second though ;-)
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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 18th, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Hey, second to Joss is not a bad place to be.
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From:soleta_nf
Date:March 19th, 2008 04:15 pm (UTC)
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This is true. :D
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From:punzerel
Date:March 19th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
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I voted for you because I don`t know the first two, you are super cool + totally make positive contributions to the internet, and I like making statements against Joss Whedon.
(Not that I don't enjoy Buffy etc - but I feel like Whedon himself is overhyped and personally believes all the internet/fan hype about him - also I feel that his vaunted feminism is very shallow, viz., treatment of Inara; also Firefly makes me really sad because it has SO MUCH potential that just fizzles. /soapbox)
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From:miniglik
Date:March 19th, 2008 02:10 am (UTC)
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Dude. I'm beating Felicia Day, at least. :p

I, like most, voted for Joss. I mean, come on.


The show sounds good. Baby chewing on power cord, however, is bad.

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From:spectralbovine
Date:March 19th, 2008 02:13 am (UTC)
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Power STRIP. Not power CORD.
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From:miniglik
Date:March 19th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
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Just as bad!
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From:soleta_nf
Date:March 19th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, Cow, but I'm going to have to go with Joss.
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From:alliterator
Date:March 21st, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Dude, The Guild is awesome! As is this Dr. Horrible thing, which I just heard about.

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