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Time Travel Theories

19 Apr

So, there are three main types of time travel. Or, at the very least, that’s the way I tend to classify time travel events in my head whenever I think about it. Which I kinda do a lot, because I’m that much of a nerd. Whatever.

With slight adjustments for the details of a particular time travel event, I really believe that these three categories can be applied to explain and classify every instance of time travel in comics/movies/books/TV shows/etc.

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1. Time is Unchanging: All time travel that happens was always meant to happen. There’s just one timeline; all events are fixed and built into it and can’t be changed. In fact, trying to change or avoid things often means that you, the time-traveller, are the one who makes them happen.

Ex: Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure| Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban| Kate and Leopold| Premonition| Supreme| Timeline.

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2. Time as a River: Time travel can change certain things, but the things that were meant to happen will happen eventually. You might be able to change small details or delay things, but eventually the timeline will correct itself. It’s like throwing rocks into a river: pebbles make ripples, where you can see the tiny effects, but it won’t change the major flow.

Ex:  Doctor Who| Journeyman| Terminator| The Time Machine

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3. Time Changes into Alternate Timelines: The act of time travel always causes a change of some sort, and an alternate timeline branches off from that moment. This is where the most significant changes can happen and so it’s the most commonly seen. This one’s the most complicated just because different ‘verses deal with the role of the traveller and the state of their timeline in so many different ways.

Some ‘Role of the Traveller’ options:

  • merge with your other self and have memories of both timelines (I’ve only ever seen this in Harry Potter fanfiction, but it exists)
  • replace your other self (Batman/Superman Absolute Power)
  • cause yourself to never be born (why Marty fades in Back to the Future)
  • you and the other you(s) can exist simultaneously (old and young Spock in the ’09 Star Trek movie);

Some ‘State of the Timeline’ options:

  • jump between the past and the future making and seeing changes instantly
  • changes in the past create a new timeline, completely erasing yours giving you nowhere to jump back to
  • jump to the future and return to the past to create a new timeline based on what you learned

Ex:  13 Going on 30| Back to the Future| Batman/Superman: Absolute Power| Charmed| Cinderella 3: A Stitch in Time| Eureka| Heroes| Star Trek

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Can you think of more examples of time travel?

Is there anything that doesn’t fit into these categories? Anything that should be reclassified?

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The Ho Ho Ho Job

12 Dec

And, yes, I’m sure Leverage is more than aware of the multiple connotations of that title.

You might be wondering how a show about con-men is geeky, and if so, I say to you “Shame on you, good sir or madam, for con-men are geeky in the same way that spies are geeky: they are so cool that we geeks idolise them and therefore they are of geeky interest.”
Plus, so many of our favourite geeky shows have a con-man character or main characters who exhibit con-man like techniques in order to attain some of their coolness. I direct you to Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who as one of my sexiest examples.

Besides, this show includes Hardison (aka one of the best portrayals of geeks on TV) and therefore also includes random side jokes about things like WoW and ComicCon are scattered through every episode.

If you don’t already watch the good-natured fun of Leverage (think of it as the Ocean’s Eleven series or The Italian Job with a barely a Doctor Who level of ‘taking itself seriously’) you really should.

Start this evening, with the Christmas themed Season 3 post-hiatus premiere on TNT at 9:00/8:00 central.

Sh*t I’m Excited for this week: 11/07/10

7 Nov

Sherlock is coming out on DVD on Tuesday, November 9th!

No, not the Robert Downey Jr. movie, but the absolutely amazing British TV show with a kick-ass, modern-day Sherlock Holmes. The Menace previously blogged about it here.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out! The first series is only three episodes long (British seasons are always oddly short!), but they’re 90 minutes each and thus feel quite substantive. Like little mini-movies, except with a smaller budget and more of a chance that you’ll watch more than one in a row.

Reasons Why I Love This Show:

  • For anyone who’s read the books, you’ll see so many little elements from them in the show; it references the original story without being anchored to or weighed down by it. The glib little inclusions of details from the books serve as reminders that this character is more than just awesome right now, in this show, but has been awesome for centuries.
  • The cinematography is unique and Britishly fabulous.
  • The integration of modern technology is seamless and innovative and done in such a way that it adds to the story without overwhelming it.
  • The dialogue is quick and witty.
  • The acting is superb and detailled.
  • Sherlock’s got The Doctor’s frenetic energy (understandable, because Dr. Who’s Steven Moffat was one of its creators) and a smashing fashion sense. Watson’s the perfect foil: just the right mix of helpful assistant and clueless friend.

I could keep gushing, but, luckily, with the release of these DVDs, you can see for yourself.

My Megavideo minutes run out too quickly to watch more than 1.5 episodes at a time, so these DVDs are going to be a lifesaver. Well, probably more like a life-pauser because I will probably procrastinate by watching them over and over rather than doing what I’m supposed to be doing…but it’s totally worth it.

33ish Ideas for Simple Geeky Costumes

29 Oct

Unlike The Menace, I’m a lazy geek with minimal sewing abilities. Rather than attempt and fail to construct detailled and elaborate costumes, I stick to costumes that work with what I have in my closet and require the purchase of three accessories max.

Here are some simple, quick, yet geeky costumes that you can put together in time for Halloween (which is only three days away!). These are the ones I thought up yesterday; any other ideas?

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Guys:

Wolverine: Wife beater. Jeans. Dogtags. Leather jacket. Prop claws. Cigar, Sideburns. Five bucks for plastic claws, three for fake sideburns  and scruff (free if you’ve got the hairy genes to grow it yourself).

Superboy: Black T-shirt with red Superman S (can be made out of red tape). Jeans. Sunglasses optional.

Bruce Wayne: Suit. Shirt unbuttoned to reveal Batman symbol underneath?

The Penguin: Tuxedo. Umbrella. Top Hat. Pointy nose. Cigarette in holder. Monocle.

Warren Worthington III: Blonde hair. Jeans. Large angel wings.

Silver Surfer: Silver speedo. Silver bodypaint. Silver swim cap to make yourself look bald. Silver surfboard (can just be carboard cut into the shape and spray painted). Contacts if you want the full effect.

Dr. Manhattan: Blue bodypaint. Blue swim cap to make yourself look bald. Draw in a circle with a dot in the centre of your forehead. Contacts and dark eye makeup. Black biker shorts or speedo or man thong or…you know.

Angel: Dark clothing. Leather jacket. Hair gel. Broody attitude. Maybe vampire fangs.

Waldo: Red and white striped shirt and beanie. Reans. Round glasses. It’s so much better if you surround yourself with people dressed similarly but slightly differently so that it’s like you’re actually hidden in a Where’s Waldo book.

Chuck: White short sleeved shirt. Skinny grey tie. Pens in pocket. Nerd Herd nametag. Bonus points if you have a hot blonde girlfriend in a orange tank top or leather.

Shaun of the Dead: Red tie. White shirt. Red pen in pocket. Nametag. Bloody cricket bat. Bouquet of yellow flowers. Zombie best friend a plus.

The Hulk: Purple shorts. Green body paint. Dark hair.

Severus Snape: Long black robe. Wand. Greasy hair. Big nose and Slytherin colours optional.

Captain Hammer: Hammer T-shirt. Cargo pants tucked into combat boots. Welder’s gloves.

Hiro Nakamura: All black clothing. Draw on a soul patch. Samurai sword.

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Girls:

Baroness: Skin tight, all black clothes. Awesome boots, Glasses. Red Cobra symbol on your chest, (can be made using red tape). Maybe a prop machine gun and ammo belt. Wig if necessary.

Catwoman: Skin tight, all black clothes. Cat ears. Broad gold belt at hip level (can be made out of spray painted cardboard?) and gold coin necklace. Mask. Wig if necessary. Or, alternatively, just boots and a whip.

Ramona Flowers: Cute, punk clothes. Several belts. Colourful wig. Rollerblades or cool boots. Those goggles might be a little hard to find, but you could do without them and still be recognisable. Circle purse with a star. Giant hammer is a plus.

Emma Frost: Blonde hair. White lingerie/bathing suit/corset. White boots. White cape.

She Hulk: Suit. Purple undershirt for a hint of who she is. Green body paint. Wig if necessary. Nametag and briefcase optional. (As a law student, it’s my go-to back-up costume)

Smurfette: White dress. Blue bodypaint, Blonde wig if necessary.

Black Canary: Black bathing suit. Leather jacket. Fishnets. Combat boots. Blonde wig if necessary. Motorbike optional.

Poison Ivy: Green body paint. Red wig if necessary. Leaves glued to a bikini.

Starbuck: Backwards black racerback tank top. Khakis. Combat boots. Hexagonal dogtags. Cigar. Short blonde hair. Tattoo on left arm.

Barbara Gordon/Oracle: Red hair. Wheelchair. Glasses. Laptop and escrima sticks optional.

Leia: Extra large white turtleneck. Long white skirt. Belt. Hair in distinctive buns.

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Pairs:

The Doctor and Companion: so many options here, including but not limited to:

  • 9: Leather jacket, Jeans. Dark shirt. Big nose and ears.
  • 10: Blue or brown pinstriped suit. Slight sideburns. Converse. Trenchcoat optional.
  • 11: Bowtie. Suspenders. Fez. Dress shirt and sweater(vest).
  • Rose: Pink or purple. Dirty blonde hair.
  • Martha: Red leather jacket. Jeans.

Mulder and Scully: Suits that look like they’re from the 80’s. Trenchcoats. Red hair for Scully.  You can print out prop X-Files FBI badges.

Lois Lane and Clark Kent: Lois = suit and Daily Planet press pass (can be printed from the internet).

Clark = Option 1: Flannel. Jeans. Glasses. Shirt unbuttoned to reveal Superman Symbol underneath. Option 2: Business Casual. Tie. Glasses. Daily Planet press pass. Shirt unbuttoned to reveal Superman Symbol underneath.

Tony Stark and Pepper Potts: Pepper = suit. Crazy high heels.

Tony= Option 1: Wife beater. Jeans,. Goatee. Glow-y arc reactor hanging around his neck and under the wife beater. (I’ve arc reactor necklaces for sale in Halloween stores so I know it’s available; or you could use two glow sticks and electrical tape to achieve the same effect.) Option 2: Suit with arc reactor glow showing through.

Cloak and Dagger: Black guy with a goatee in a black cloak. White girl in skin tight white clothes with relevant sections cut out. Blonde wig if necessary.

Jay and Kay: Suits. Sunglasses. One black guy, one white guy.


Pumpkin Pi: Orange shirt with pumpkin face (can be made using black electrical tape). Pi shirt.

MegaWoman’s Top Five Fictional Character Crushes

9 Sep

This is probably the girliest entry I will ever write in here. So sit down, shut the fuck up, and read it before I kick you in the nads so hard you’ll sound like a de-balled choir boy.

5. The Tenth Doctor
David Tennant’s three season run in the popular reboot of the British sci-fi series Doctor Who is, in my opinion, unmatched. In 2005, the Doctor Who series rose from the ashes of ’60s television, updated for modern audiences and now fondly referred to by fans as ‘NewWho’. Ten is undeniably the best incarnation of the Doctor thus far. Just the right amount of zany and genius, Ten oozes an intelligent confidence that I find astoundingly attractive. You can get in my trousers any time, Ten. See what I did there? Trousers? Like the British say? ‘Cause it’s a British show. WELL, I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY.

4. Peter Parker (Spider-Man) –
Oh, Peter Parker. How do I love thee? The ways are innumerable. This clever bastard spits out one-liners like it’s his job (and it kinda is – who wants to watch/read an unfunny Spider-Man? Well, okay, it can be argued that Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man trilogy made him kinda emo and not really that funny, but we’ve got the reboot now and it’s starring the lovely Andrew Garfield so let’s stop complaining, mmkay?) Spidey’s a true underdog – a skinny nerdy geek-turned-superhero that’s so relatable it hurts sometimes. And I love me some skinny nerdy geeks.

3. Wade Wilson (Deadpool) –
Sure, his face looks like someone welded beef jerky onto it, then ran over it with a truck, then took a pair of blunt scissors to it, but goddamn if Deadpool isn’t the funniest comic book character I’ve ever encountered. Although he’s got some damn shitty titles out now (coughDeadpoolCorpscough) and people are complaining about him being overexposed, goddammit, I love the guy. He makes pop culture references, he’s clever, and he’s hilarious as fuck! OLordhelpme (that would mean more if I were religious), I can’t resist a rapier wit and a clever tongue. That clever tongue bit wasn’t meant to be a double entendre, I swear.

2. Nathan
This guy may be the least known out of my picks. He’s from a British television program called Misfits, which is, in my humble opinion, the best TV series ever created. I’m saving all my fangirling about this show for a later blog entry, but until then – check it out. You won’t regret it. It’s about a group of teenagers with ASBOs (basically meaning that they did minor crimes and have to do community service) that get caught in the middle of a freak lightning storm that gives them superpowers. Sounds like a stupid premise, but trust me – it’s AWESOME. Nathan’s a quick-witted, sharp-tongued teenager with a penchant for anus jokes. Definitely my kind of guy. His character’s also so interesting to watch – he appears confident and unshakable, but has a dark side… alright, I’ll stop now before I start faux-psychologying (it’s totally a word) this schiz.

1. Seth Cohen
GO AHEAD, MAKE FUN OF ME. Yeah, he was a character on The O.C. Yeah, I watched it for him. Yeah, I’m a loser. Seth Cohen – comic book nerd, music connoisseur, video game master, funny, awesome, witty, and deliciously Jew-y. Seth’s at the top of this list ’cause he’s just so effortlessly cool that I get an insta-girlboner every time I think of him. I just wanna sit around, eat pizza, play some video games, and watch movies with this dude. I’m a cheap date.

Muchos props go out to my runners up: Piz (Veronica Mars), Guybrush Threepwood (Monkey Island series), Steven Karp (Undeclared)… and I’ll stop listing now for fear of making myself look even more sad. As if that were possible. I’m updating a blog regularly, it doesn’t get any lower than that.

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