Step-by-step guide to making a dumpster fire ornament for 2016 - Her 2016 dumpster fire ornament went viral. Now its creator shows you how to make your own. By Jennifer Brooks. Star-Tribune, November 25, 2016

How Fanfic Helps Black Women Create The Stories TV Still Can’t Provide
by Bim Adewunmi

"From The Walking Dead to The Flash, fanfiction adds necessary nuance to the narratives of black women onscreen – thanks to the black women who are writing these stories." (via the co-host description of ep 71 of the Another Round podcast)
bentleywg: (Giles book)
( Oct. 7th, 2016 03:37 pm)
Full trailer for "Class," the new Doctor Who spinoff. Starts this month on the BBC, I don't know about elsewhere.

Edit: there's also a 50 second teaser

Show website:
bentleywg: (Giles book)
( Sep. 18th, 2016 06:40 pm)
Tempted by this TV Show Batman t-shirt. If you want one, get it soon. 4 days left.

bentleywg: (cj)
( Aug. 1st, 2016 04:16 pm)
(I haven't listened to this, I just found out about it this morning. And I just noticed that West Wing is now on Netflix's "Now Trending" list. This probably explains why.)

"THE WEST WING WEEKLY is an episode-by-episode discussion of one of television’s most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder."

They're on episode 1.16 now.
Monty Python Fund Drive Spots for PBS Chicago (1975)
(via ChicagoScreenShots )

bentleywg: (Giles book)
( Apr. 24th, 2016 11:18 am)
A Line of Hamlets: "David Tennant and members of the star studded company of Shakespeare Live! At The RSC take part in a heated discussion over the best way to deliver the iconic line from Hamlet, 'To be, or not to be'. David, who hosted the two-hour long TV spectacular, is joined onstage by Paapa Essiedu, Tim Minchin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Harriet Walter, Rory Kinnear, Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, before the matter is decided by one final extra special guest." [Video]

First official Jewish tartan unveiled

"Jews around the world with a love of all things Scottish will now able to dress in an official kosher tartan.

"The distinctive blue and white design was created by Mendel Jacobs, the only Scottish-born Rabbi living north of the border, and has been registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority. [...]

"Mr Jacobs worked with Mike Wilson of the Scottish Tartans Authority to finalise the design. “I chose blue and white as the colours of both the Israeli and Scottish flags,” he said. “The central gold line represents the gold from the Ark in the Biblical Tabernacle and the many ceremonial vessels. “The silver is to represent the silver that adorns the Scroll of the Law and the colour red is for the traditional red Kiddush wine.” [More]

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TIL I learned that "Dallas!" had a different theme song in France, and it had lyrics to explain what Dallas was all about. Lyrics:

While looking for the lyrics, I also learned that France comes up with lyrics for other shows. That page has the video and lyrics of the French opening credits of Hart to Hart and Starsky & Hutch.
bentleywg: (Giles book)
( Mar. 4th, 2016 07:49 pm)
"Children of the Stones [with Gareth Thomas] is the revolutionary 1977 British children's television drama telling the story of an astrophysicist and his son who arrive in the village of Milbury to study the giant Neolithic stones which surround it, and the community which is held in a strange captivity by the psychic forces generated by the stones. [...] The show includes every 70s horror trope: ESP, telepathy, ley lines, ancient stones, wicca, the occult, the paranormal, the supernatural, astronomy, dance rituals, cults, black holes, archaeology, uncanny valley, creepy kids, a soundtrack that sounds like a Manhattan Transfer Halloween sound effects record accompanied by the obligatory theremin, and a bad painting alluding to dark secrets past, present, and future."

The entire thing (two and a half hours) is on YouTube.

I've never hard of this one before, but it's exactly the sort of stuff I loved watching when I was a kid. Speaking of 70's horror, remember Spectre, with Robert Culp, 1977?
Show me a flooded road, and I can't tell how high the water is because there are no landmarks. Compare flood video to Google Street View, on the other hand...

Compare this video (start at 0:31) to the street view, look at the two businesses, look behind at the house on stilts close to the river, look to the left at the outside staircase next door. *Now* I know what I'm looking at. That's a lot of water.
bentleywg: (South Park)
( Sep. 2nd, 2015 09:10 pm)
“Madness is an un-word, dear. It does not exist. There are only varying degrees of sanity. Yours and mine just happen to be more varied than most.”

— Eleanor Bunsall (played by Prunella Scales), “Beyond the Grave,” Midsomer Murders ep 3.4
bentleywg: (Giles book)
( Apr. 29th, 2015 08:22 pm)
What's this music? They used it as a bumper on Saturday's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" at the 8:48 mark on segment 1. I've heard it before but I don't know music. Help, please?
Cosplay by McCall’s -

"We’re so, so excited to introduce Cosplay by McCall’s, the new cosplay sewing site from the McCall Pattern Company. We want to bring you the very best in patterns, sewing tips, and more, whether you’re making bodysuits or tailcoats, ball gowns or capes. Superheroes and sorcerers and magical girls, beginners and veteran stitchers alike are all welcome here."


I noticed their booth at C2E2 just for a second on Saturday, but I think I was on my way to a panel, and then I forgot to go back to check them out on Sunday.

(btw, are dealers’ rooms not called dealers’ rooms any more? I was there on Saturday with a young woman who had no idea what I meant when I texted her that I was in the dealers room. She called it “the Show Floor,” and so did all the signs. Or is that just a C2E2 thing?)
Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet Now on Display (AirSpace Blog, National Air and Space Museum)

I've mentioned FriendFeed here a few times, trying to get people to join.

What is FriendFeed? you ask (again). What it is, it's a great place to talk and to meet great people. As I commented elsewhere, "I came for the librarians, I stayed for the FriendFeeders."

Very high signal-to-noise ratio, friendly people, interesting conversation, and a true community that celebrates together births, marriages, and accomplishments, and helps one another through deaths, family crises, career bumps, and personal problems.

[Edit: In this comment, Stephen Francoeur explains another aspect of FriendFeed that make it great: enabling serendipity and social discovery.]

I've been very lucky to be a part of it for seven years and it has been my main online home for much of that time. Unfortunately, Facebook, which bought it in 2009, finally noticed it and announced it's going to shut it down next month.

It's been a very nostalgic and busy week at FriendFeed since the announcement. We're remembering the high points and low points of the past several years, and we're looking for a new home. I just hope we can find a way to stay together.