numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Elric: it could be worse!)
As luck would have it, the weekly "free-for-all" subject in [livejournal.com profile] lazytown was crack-ficcery/manips

I'm still working on manips, but I have finally decided to reveal the details of Stephanie's true parentage! (according to my own LazyTown/Multiverse-fan-crack-fiction-crossover-work-in-progress, anyway.) XD Scans (crappily) taken directly from the Michael Moorcock's Multiverse Graphic Novel.
cut for hugeness. )
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Sportacus is made of awesome!)
Cut for intense awesome. )

LOL. He lives in an Airship, so one would have to look up.

That is a beautiful smile.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Elric: it could be worse!)
OK, things are kind of nuts with my job right now. The webhosting company/data center I work for had a very much-needed shakeup within upper and middle management. Things may or may not change for the better. I may or may not be getting a sideways promotion (i.e. a promotion with the same pay) to another department (which I am starting to hope goes through more and more every day.)

School is hard to balance with work. I guess it all depends on the classes...when I was doing twelve credit hours of History and Government (four classes) at once, it was easy. But six hours (two classes) of Math and Speech are considerably harder. Yes, SPEECH. The Speech professor is well aware that a lot of folks try to take Speech as an easy credit/blowoff class, and is quite deliberately vindictive about that fact. She's also the Dean of Communications at my school, and has dropped several hints that we all ought to change our majors to Communications. Needless to say, I have more homework in this class than almost any other class I've ever taken. (Hey [livejournal.com profile] rishgrrl, remember Professor Will? This lady's almost as bad.) THE MATH CLASS IS EASIER. OMFG.

I have no social life. All of my friends have different schedules than I do. When I started working weekends back in November, it completely ruined what little offline social life I had left. I don't do anything except go to school and go to work. When I was going to TWU, it was different...yeah I was swamped, but I had time for other things. Not anymore. Or maybe I just had more "other things" to have time for.

I'm starting to go crazy. ("STARTING?!" LOL....)

I am currently writing a fanfiction saga (the LazyTown/Multiverse crossover) that probably no one will read. I'm still writing it, though. I'm going to finish this, dammit.

On the bright side, I've lost two more pounds. I guess LazyTown fandom is good for something. XD
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
OK, a few things occured to me while watching the episodes Sports Candy Festival, Play Day, and Sportacus Who?

A. Well, it's nice to see that the kids remember the tradition of the álfablót. Except that the resident LazyTown Elf is apparently a vegetarian, so they offer up all sorts of fruits and vegetables to their blue-spandex-clad savior instead. Of course, Robbie Rotten makes an attempt to rain on their Pagan parade. Hilarity ensues. XD (And yes, in the original productions of Latibaer in Iceland, Sportacus is supposed to be Elven, and is known as the Íþróttaálfurinn - the "Athletic Elf." His Elfness has been somewhat played down in the American version, however. I don't know why. Elves are cool.)

2. The voice-actor who plays Ziggy in the American version is also Icelandic. Though he does a good job covering this up in the American version, there are a few moments when the accent is patently obvious, particularly when Ziggy is supposed to be scared or feaked out. XD

III. PIXEL USES DEBIAN! I AM NOT KIDDING, AND I *WILL* BE GRABBING A SCREENCAP OF THIS AS SOON AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE. Yes, Pixel is supposed to be the resident "Gizmo Guy" of the LazyTown kids, and the writers/Magnus Scheving could have just left it at that. But no. At different points, we see Pixel clearly logging in as root on one of his computers, (in Sportacus Who?) or running SETI@Home.

All I can say is, AWESOME! Pixel, as a fellow geek, I happily salute you. XD

Also in Sportacus Who? is a brief philosophical discussion between Stephanie and Ziggy as to whether our memories define us. GO, GO, LAZYTOWN EXISTENTIALISM!! XD
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
So, even though I'm supposed to be boycotting YTMND, I've been taking peeks back there from time to time. And today I saw THIS. And what caught my eye was not Master!Robbie, but STINGY AS THE PIERROT.

For those of you who have no idea what I'm raving about, author/rocker Michael Moorcock's character Jerry Cornelius frequently adopts the archetype of the Pierrot during various missions, situations, and performances (as in with his band) all throughout the Cornelius Chronicles and the Cornelius Quintet.

OK, I know that this is just a cooincidence. The figure of Pierrot, the traditional "sad clown," is common in Harlequinades, Circuses, and performances of Commedia dell'Arte all over the world. And YET....ROTFL!!!! It's just weird and random that this should pop up just as I'm attempting to write a fanfic incorporating LazyTown into Michael Moorcock's Multiverse.

STINGY CORNELIUS. *DIES* Hell, why not? I'm writing Stephanie as a von Bek. XD

EDIT: *looks again* TRIXIE IS THE HARLEQUIN? MY BRAIN IS BREAAAAAAAAAAAKING!!!!!! XD
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
Well, after trying unsuccessfully to get Ubuntu to recognize various devices on both my laptop and desktop computers, I've actually decided to give up on it and just use Debian - and Windows, where applicable, but I'm actually trying to phase out any Microsoft usage. However, a windows installation will have to remain on my desktop if I expect to do any gaming with it, because there's a lot of stuff that just doesn't run on Linux.

[livejournal.com profile] squeakymaus lent me his usb external drive with his entire MP3 library on it. Since it has a tendancy to overheat, getting it all onto my assorted machines has been something of an adventure.

I'm also reading The Time of the Hawklords, by Michael Moorcock and Michael Butterworth. Bascially, they've written themselves into a post-apocalyptic future where Hawkwind's music is literally the only thing holding what's left of society together. I'm at the part where Stacia and the Thunder Rider are visiting Moorcock to try and get him to awaken the semi-comatose Actonium Doug Smith. And from what I've already read of Hawkwind and Moorcock's history at the time, I began to wonder if the story was really just fiction - or if it was in part inspired by actual events and situations that were going on at the time, and if these events had simply been given a fantastical/allegorical "spin" and re-written into a sci-fi story in a post-apocalyptic timeline.

The Multiverse/LazyTown fanfic crossover is...coming. I have a very bad habit of getting bogged down by work and intimidated by the scope of the projects I take on, and procrastinating on them indefinitely. What I'm trying to do here is see if I can write a such a crossover story successfully while remaining absolutely faithful to the spirit of both genres. I guess we'll see what happens.

Which brings us to:

Observations on LazyTown: continued...

Well, I just saw the Swiped Sweets episode. (Bwazuh? The Cake Song's in this one, too!) And I've determined that LazyTown differs from South Park in one crucial way (aside from the lack of swearing.) And this is, the kids are basically fooled time and time again by Robbie Rotten because they trust adults to lead them in the right direction, whereas the kids from South Park seem to be painfully and utterly aware of the hyprocracy, dishonesty, and disfunctionality that the adults around them frequently display. In fact, it often seems to me that the entire South Park series is made up of the kids' responses and reactions to the throuroughly corrupted, messed-up adult world.

By contrast, LazyTown almost seems like a haven. But a closer look indicates that, aside from Sportacus, the adults there really don't have a handle on things any better than the ones in South Park do. And even Sportacus is often taken in by Robbie simply because of his tendancy to give people the benefit of the doubt and to believe in the innate goodness of human nature - though one gets the feeling from Swiped Sweets that he actually knew what was going on the entire time, and was simply going along with Robbie's attempts to incarcerate him because it amused him to do so. Besides, it appears he had some Yoga to catch up on, anyway. XD

And I recently read a negative review of LazyTown (by an Icelandic reviewer, no less) that complained that Ziggy is streotyped as "fat, and therefore stupid." WHAT?!?! Ziggy's usually the first person to figure out when things are "off." When Robbie has hatched a sinister scheme, it's usually Ziggy who actually sees through it first. The other kids aren't dull by any means, either, but Ziggy may very well be the sharpest tool in the shed. Fat? Perhaps. Stupid? Hell no.

However, one thing did bother me in Swiped Sweets - Robbie's, "LET'S FRAME THE DIABETIC FOR STEALIN TEH CAKE LOLOLOL!!!!1111" Again, their willingness to believe Robbie (until Ziggy figures it out and explains it to them) comes not from stupidity, but from the fact that these kids trust adults and authority figures to be credible, and not to lead them astray. It happens again in the Dr. Rottenstein and Miss Roberta episodes...when Stephanie protests that "Dr. Rottenstein's" (Robbie in disguise) pronouncements don't make any sense, and he asks her "Are you a doctor?" and she is defeated. The same when "Miss Roberta" (also Robbie in disgiuse) asks her if she is an established expert on manners who has written a book. Robbie has a habit of diguising himself as figures of authority, and then banking upon that authority to decieve or browbeat the citizens of LazyTown into doing what he wants - either banishing Sportacus (who is, after all, an outsider who is upsetting the status quo) or in getting them to return to their former state of complete intertia. He also seems to have the tendancy to go, "OMG! People are actually ENOYING THEMSELVES and HAVING FUN! MUST...STOP...THEM!" that is often expressed by over-oppresive authoritarian types.

This would be where Law and Chaos comes into it, I guess. >;)

Oh well. Thus ends my long-winded over-analysis for the day. XD
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (I MAED U ART)
First off...Monday would have been Falco's 50th birthday. Happy birthday, Hans.

Falco lives.

Second, it's official...I'm boycotting http://www.ytmnd.com. For the reason I stated last week. Just....GAAAAAACK! D: NEI. It's not worth trying to take it back from the folks who just want to make sick sites that sexualize Stephanie. I've still got ideas regarding LazyTown-themed "Short films" I.E. LazyDune, LazySahara, LazyWars Episode 4 - There's Always A Way (as opposed to "A New Hope" XD) but they're gonna have to go elsewhere. And I don't know what started this, but ever since I first saw it, I've been wanting to write Seph and Sportacus into adventure roles ala Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino novels. >:) The landsail in Sahara? Sportacus and Steph so would have done that if they'd been stranded in the desert. I'm just sayin.

"...Panama!!"

Ahem. Aaanyway - No school Thursday. I'm going clubbing again. I really miss dancing, and I had a blast when I went last Thursday. That, and DJ Virus is apparently a converted Mooninite. XD
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (LONDO MACARENA.)
Because it had to be done.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
I'd post this *at* [livejournal.com profile] lazytown, but they have very strict rules about posting and I wouldn't want to commit any faux pases, but here goes...

I just watched the Miss Roberta episode (the link goes to the first part of the episode, but I think the other two segments are available on the side-scrolling menu to the right.) This was apparently the ep that spawned the now-infamous "cake song" (also in the first segment.)

There were a few things about this ep that made me go, "BWAZUH? DUDE WTF?" They are:

A. The fact that Steph is apparently willing to put Uncle Milford in physical danger in order to distract Sportacus while they try to organize a surprise party for him, and,

2. They are baking a cake. For Sportacus's party. Except...doesn't the consumption of sugar (at least, refined/processed sugar...fructose seems to be perfectly okay) completely incapacitate him? Isn't he kind of diabetic or something?

;;0.0? Either logic went out the window for this ep, Steph is on a rampage, or someone in LazyTown is going to wake up to Patrick Duffy in the shower. I don't know which one of these three posibilities is more frightening. ;;o_o

In other news, I think I'm just going to start randomly shouting "Íþróttaálfurinn!!" at the sky. XD (Clip from the original Icelandic show, obviously.)
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (GUNS.)
Well, I feel like a terrible hypocrite. I not only went back to YTMND today, I commented on a Lazytown-themed site. But really, Keyboardcat isn't our enemy. Seriously! He's just in Lazytown to give Stephanie Valkyrie lessons. That's the ticket. I mean, who better than to teach her to be a Valkyrie than Earth's resident Psychopomp? Yeah, that's my story, and I'm stickin' to it. She's in training to become one of the glorious shieldmaidens of the Allfather. That, and MulletMan needed rescuing from V'GER again, goddammit. I mean, look at Stephanie roll her eyes. She's obviously expressing her exasperation at the situation. "That silly MulletMan. I swear, that guy gets himself into the worst scrapes..."

And they took The Lazymobile. Well, sort of. Steph drove. Keyboardcat followed on the flying keyboard. They got further air support from Sportacus in the Airship. Oh, and those stories Robbie Rotten tells about being a door-gunner on an Apache Helicopter? NOT TRUE! :O

I will report on MulletMan's status as soon as it is made available to me. ^_^

(In other words, I'm still kicking around the idea of forming a LazyTown YTMND Army that will hopefully feature "friendly" and non-offensive sites, rather than just leaving YTMND forever. I just don't want to be a part of the contingent of YTMNDers who are upsetting the very folks who have worked so hard to bring us this show.)

Also from the field...this footage of Goggi Mega, the original Icelandic incarnation of Pixel, singin' his song. (Wow. The actor's got a NICE VOICE. He's also cute.)
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (LES INTERNETS!)
Ya'll know I love http://www.ytmnd.com. It's gotten me through some pretty hard times. There were times when it was the only thing that could make me laugh, when things in my life were pretty screwed up, and escapism into the often bizarre humor of this postmodernist humor site - this great mega-swap-meet of pop cultural images and sounds - was my only respite.

YTMND was how I found out about LazyTown. Which I know I have been riding into the ground here lately. For which I apologize, if it's starting to get old/overwhelming. But I do love LazyTown.

User OmniIcyShelf had this to say on one of the comments pages...

"Mauriello (referring to Julianna Rose Mauriello, the actress who plays Stephanie) has been quoted as asking anyone she doesn't know they are from YTMND if they send her any question over IM. She also ignores anyone who
answers "Yes."

I don't know if this is true or not. But it kind of reminded me of the controversy over "Little Sam," aka Moshzilla. She was an ordinary girl, dancing in a mosh pit, when her picture got snapped while she was in an odd position. It was photoshopped all to hell, and while even "Little Sam" herself thought a lot of it was funny, a lot of it was also percieved as being hurtful. Cleverly photoshopped or no, we were all laughing at pictures of a real person, and that real person's feelings were hurt.

Now, I've gone to great lengths to find the LazyTown-related sites on YTMND that were just funny and harmless. But yes, there are a lot of creepy and/or suggestive ones there, too. And if I were Julianna Rose Mauriello, I suppose I'd be pretty freaked out and/or offended by a lot of it, too. And while a lot of the folks who make scathing comments on the YTMND sites having to do with Stephanie are just trolling/joking/trying to aggravate the folks who scream "PEDO!" at even the "harmless" sites, I imagine that it all just comes across as being creepy, regardless.

:(

A few of the other LazyTown fans that I've talked to regarding this issue have spoken of boycotting YTMND altogether. I was hoping that I could maybe start a "YTMND LazyTown Army" who would in a sense "stand up for Stephanie." But I can't even make decent non LazyTown sites. I mean, mine all suck. I don't have any decent gif editing/animation software, and all of the ideas I've had would require some pretty intensive editing. And nearly a year and a half and so far, my highest-voted site is still "The World According to the USA." Some Latibærista I am. And even if I did, I'm also afraid that the trollers would just swamp the comments pages with the same type of junk they normally do, even on the "friendly" sites (like, "OMFG SHE'S 16? I'D SO TOTALLY HIT THAT!") *eyeroll* *disappointed sigh*

Awwww I dunno. Maybe staying away from YTMND for awhile would be good for me...Lord knows I'd get a lot more homework done.

But one more, for the road...Keyboard Cat In Space.
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dsfadfkasf;lekaflad

0.0

+_+

;>_>

(Edit: Pic obviously ganked from the esteemed members of the [livejournal.com profile] lazytown community, Arioch bless them.)
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
I just got paid. My choices of what new media I should purchase this pay period are down to this:

the LazyTown OST or the Moorcock's Multiverse Graphic Novel.

0.o *twitch.*

Yeah, if anyone needs me, I'll be off trying to remix Cooking By the Book with Veteran of the Psychic Wars.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
Trixie = not scared of lions.

But I do love the GIMP graphics program. XD

This post brought to you by sleep deprivation, and the letters J, C, L, and T.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (Default)
But it's a work in progress.

[livejournal.com profile] 1bingbang1's "Heroes of Fallujah" YTMND site (now re-created, yay!) and the acompanying song by Apoptygma Berzerk inspired this. :) I began a Moorcock's Multiverse/LazyTown crossover ficlet up on his comments page (and hilariously enough, other YTMNDers picked up the thread) on a lark, but the idea just won't leave my system.

Basically, the I got to wondering...how can kids keep their innocence and optimism in the world as it is nowdays, what with everything going to hell in a handbasket as it is? Or do they perhaps have a better handle on things than even grownups do sometimes? We're all waiting for a hero to save the world, but what about the ordinary heroes all around us who just make everyday life more bearable? The heroes who inspire kids to respect themselves and each other, so that maybe the world will be a better place when they inherit it from us?

Anyway, here we go.
numb3r_5ev3n: Jerry Cornelius (LES INTERNETS!)
...and not just YTMND craziness. But yes. And I'm going to see if anyone else wants to help me get together the YTMND LazyTown Army of the Glorious Peoples' Republic of Latibær. ^_^ Yes, I'm declaring a comical intarwebz fatwa against all of those infidels who keep making creepy YTMND sites that exist only for the purpose of making crass, pedophillic jokes about Stephanie. Yes, we will make the wrath of our goddess known. And when it is known, it will probably be a rather violent shade of bright, bubblegum-pink. With flowers. And cake. Yes, CAKE. We gotta get it made.

Really, so much potential is being wasted here. YTMNDers could be teaming Steph and Sportacus up with Time-Traveling Mulletman to save the Multiverse, or having them infiltrate the Death Star, or storming the Harkonnen outpost on Arrakis with the Fremen. Seriously, Sportacus could be taking on Feyd-Rautha. (The original STING Feyd-Rautha, not the lame Sci-Fi channel version of Feyd-Rautha.) I can't believe that no one has ever thought of this type of thing before.

Now all I need to do is learn how to use this goddamn gif animator, and I'm all set. Long live the fighters. God created LazyTown to train the faithful.

In other news...IT LIVES. That's right, I built my new computer! :D All of the sound and graphics are running off the motherboard for now, but that will change as I get the funds to remedy this. Thanks to all who offered your advice in this endeavor (especially [livejournal.com profile] francopoli.)

...except that there's this smell of burning plastic every time I turn it on. I was afraid that maybe I used too much thermal paste, or that maybe there weren't enough fans. But it hasn't crashed yet, and the bios always says that the processor is running well within normal heat levels. Hrmmm. Maybe it's just the plastic of the new case or something.

ALSO: MY BROTHER ([livejournal.com profile] jinsei) SENT ME A LAPTOP. 0.0 Over Christmas he said that he had an IBM ThinkPad he said he was thinking of sending me, and today it happened. Just...bingbang. A laptop. In the mail. With a wireless NIC. And Ubuntu. Sweet, sweet Ubuntu. And GIMP (which is like Photoshop for Linux, with most of the fuctionality and NONE of the price tag.)

THANK YOU [livejournal.com profile] jinsei!!!!!

And in other coolness...MICHAEL MOORCOCK AND THE DEEP FIX. HAVE A CD. THAT'S RIGHT. AND I BOUGHT IT. MICHAEL MOORCOCK FOR YOUR CD PLAYER. HE ACTUALLY *SINGS.* And I think he sort of sounds like a cross between Bowie and Jagger. ROCK. ON. THANK YOU [livejournal.com profile] jamesovei for bringing this to my attention. Once I get the album iPoded, it's headed your way.

The only Michael Moorcock YTMND site I've seen is an annoying one that makes fun of his last name. This will not do. Elric is not amused, and he will also make his presence known soon enough.

And I'm probably going clubbing Thursday night.

Work is killer. I love doing the actual work of building, maintaining, and (to a limited extent) administrating the servers. But dammit, we are spread so thinly. I'm doing the work of like, five people. My superiors know that I'm doing the work of five people, but because it costs less to pay one person, they're not hiring anyone else right now. :\ Oh well. After this, any other similar job will seem like a piece of cake. Cake. We gotta get it made. You know that I like cake...
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