Hey guys! I was on a podcast! … No, not that one. I’m always on that one, so that’s not news. A different one! Bunches of you are probably familiar with The Incomparable podcast, hosted by the inestimable Jason Snell. Well, it’s that one! In fact, it’s this episode, in which we discuss The Matrix in all its late-90s glory! If you haven’t heard of The Incomparable, it’s a geeky podcast devoted to all sorts of things that are quite likely relevant to your interests, so you should check it out.
This post is a companion piece to that podcast ep. If you think I’ve missed something really important about The Matrix here, it may be because I already covered it in the podcast or perhaps one of my lovely co-hosts did. And it’s your own fault for not having listened to it already. So you should probably do that first. Just saying.
The first time I saw The Matrix, I had no idea what it was about. My then-roommate Jeff and I went to see it because we had nothing better to do. We got there late and had to sit in one of those seats that don’t even exist in modern theaters. *adjusts position on rocking chair* You see, kids, there used to be a few seats on the floor (with no stadium seating or cushy seats) that were WAY off to the side so you were looking at the screen from a 38 degree angle (or so). Yeah. That’s where we were. Second row, farthest to the right. Leagues away from the ideal movie-watching experience.
After about a minute and a half, I forgot where I was. It didn’t matter where I was sitting or what crazy angle my neck was craned. I was 100% enveloped in The Matrix. As soon as the film ended, Jeff and I looked at each other and said “We need to see this again. … In better seats.”
And we did.
And then I did. Again. Many, many more times. Continue reading
I love Nyssa. I’ve always loved Nyssa. Lots of people don’t, and that makes me sad. It doesn’t usually make me sad when people don’t like companions (or even Doctors) I love. Why does this? Because Nyssa is me. More than any other companion ever, Nyssa reflects who I was as a young girl. There were plenty of other companions I wanted to be (Sarah Jane, Romana, even Leela), but Nyssa genuinely reflected me. It’s taken a couple of decades, but I’ve finally come to realize that that was a pretty great thing.
Note that, at the time, I didn’t see myself as Nyssa. I just liked her because I liked her. I think as little kids we don’t think too much about why we like things. They’re just neat. Leave it to the stodgy adults to dissect stuff until it barely means anything.*
So anyway, I thought Nyssa was neato. I still do. Now I’ve thought about why. In breaking it down, I can now clearly see that the things I did and do appreciate about her are facets and reflections of myself—perhaps more at that age than at present, but there’s still a lot of her in me.
Nyssa is smart. There’s no question about it. Nyssa knows her stuff. She can communicate with the Doctor—much of the time on his own level. In some ways she’s a spiritual successor to Zoe. She doesn’t quite have Zoe’s panache or bravado or spunk, but she’s got the brains for sure. Adric’s a bit of a genius too (as he never lets us forget), but Nyssa’s genius extends beyond the realm of numbers. She’s able to *do* things with her intelligence. Which brings me to the next in the list of her outstanding qualities. Continue reading
This past weekend (Saturday, May the 4th, to be exact) I spent my day celebrating! I was not, however, celebrating the franchise you might guess based on the date. Instead, I was celebrating the franchise you’d guess based on knowing me even just a little bit. That’s right, it was A Celebration of Doctor Who! Paul Booth of DePaul University organized a truly lovely event.
I spent my day surrounded by Doctor Who fans. What could possibly be better? Continue reading
Hello world. I’m still here! Well, not here. But I’m out there somewhere. Doing things. Lots of things actually, thus the bloggy silence. Some of you may know that I’ve been busy as a beaver* over at VerityPodcast.com recording and editing podcasts and posting blogs about new episodes of Doctor Who and such. That’s a big part of why I’ve been so quiet here. So for a change, it’s not plain old laziness.
Sooo…. With so much creative work going on in that realm, updates here may remain few and far-between. Or perhaps this space will become a bit more like an online journal rather than a grouping of articles about geeky things and stuff. Or maybe I’ll have a crazy blast of creativity and write a buncha stuff here, who knows?** I will, however, try to remember to at least post a link over here whenever I write anything substantial on the Verity page.
To that end, you may want to mosey over there and check out what I’ve been saying about series 7b of Doctor Who! To get the full effect, I highly recommend listening to each episode of the podcast first. It’ll make more sense, and it’s fun!
“The Bells of Saint John”
My Last Word
“The Rings of Akhaten”
My Last Word
My Lasst Word***
My Last Word
*Or a bee. Or maybe a beaver crossed with a bee! The busiest creature of them all: the beever! Sorry. I’m getting carried away.
**I would not recommend holding your breath waiting for that possibility.
***That was an honest typo, but I thought it was so fitting (Ice Warriors!) that I left it in.
WARNING! Spoilers ahead for season 10, Top Chef Seattle. You have now been warned.
So this post isn’t about strictly “geeky” TV, but cooking has its own kind of geekery, and indeed, I know not a few chefs who are big sci fi geeks in their own right. Alton Brown’s love for Doctor Who is well-documented. Every time I see him on Iron Chef America wearing a bow tie I smile slyly to myself and think “bow ties are cool.” So I apologize for my lack of geektastic blogging of late, but this is the first thing I’ve felt compelled to write about lately, which is probably unsurprising because I have something else I should be writing, and several dozen other things I should be doing. Inspiration is a devious bitch sometimes. Continue reading
I’ve just been re-listening to Verity! Episode 2, and something just occurred to me. (If you haven’t heard it yet, you probably should. Go ahead. I’ll wait.)
Pretty good, wasn’t it? (…she says with no false modesty…) Anyway, on to my revelation!
Tansy points out that in “The Eleventh Hour,” it’s not so much the Doctor’s fault that Amy grows up a bit damaged, but that it’s really the fault of the TARDIS—its explosion causes the crack in Amelia’s wall, and the fact that the Doctor is 12+ years late to pick her up could be chalked up to the TARDIS as well. Upon first hearing that, I thought it was an amusing theory.
Now that I’ve heard it again, something much more far-reaching has occurred to me. What if that’s all true, and the TARDIS did it on purpose? We still haven’t really learned why the TARDIS explodes, and we don’t know for sure if the Doctor mis-set the controls for his “5-minute” jaunts, but what if it really is the TARDIS, and those things are deliberate? Continue reading
Holy crap, it’s almost 2013! Where does the time go? Clearly not to blogging, ‘cause I’ve been rubbish at that lately, but I SWEAR I have a really good excuse. If you’ll point your browser over to veritypodcast.com you’ll see what I’m talking about.
Yes, that’s right, I have finally started a PODCAST.* Of course it was only a matter of time, and I’m sure this surprises no one, but I am thrilled to the gills at the way it’s taking shape. I get to talk Doctor Who with five smart, fun female Doctor Who fans. What’s not to like? And what’s even better is I get to do most of the technical, fiddly bits. This has been an excuse to dust off my old editing skills and upgrade my software. I spent much of this weekend putting together an introductory episode along with our first proper episode, which drops Wednesday. I also get to play with a new Twitter account and Facebook page. Fun fun!
So anyway, I suppose I should share the details. The new podcast is called Verity!** The inestimable Deb Stanish (coeditor of the fantastic Whedonistas! and Chicks Unravel Time) and myself will be joined by a rotating group of stellar contributors including:
It would be fair to say I’m a bit intimidated by the company I’ve been keeping lately. Sheesh.
So as I prep for a new arbitrary grouping of days (hello 2013!), I’m thanking my lucky stars for all the wonderful things that happened in 2012 and getting really REALLY excited for what’s next. Judging by what’s already come together, I think it’s gonna be GREAT. I posted a two-minute teaser a week back, and I thought that was great. Then I stitched together our Episode 0, and dang if we don’t sound pretty darn interesting. I can’t wait for you all to hear our first regular episode.
Come to think of it, there’s a lot I’m looking forward to right now. I think it’s gonna be a good year.
*Sorry for all the yelling, but I am EXCITED
**Yes, the exclamation point is part of the title. It’s important.