Hey, Vividcon people. I’m running games of Fiasco at the con this year.
It’s a sit-down storytelling game for 3-5 players, where we develop relationships and plot plots as characters with high ambition and poor impulse control.
I’ve embedded a video of Wil Wheaton, John Rogers, Bonnie Burton, and Alison Haislip playing it so you can get an idea.
It’s a bunch of fun and usually results in uncontrolled laughter.
Starships! (Monochromatic Remix) by Jetpack Monkey
Source: Black & white space films/television released prior to the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Song: Nicki Minaj - Starships
Based on: Starships! by bironic
Premiered at Vividcon 2013 in the Brand New Classic Hits vidshow.
A celebration of astronauts, space rangers, scientists, faithful sidekicks, and the spacecraft they love to fly.
if you were looking for some bottled joy this morning, i just found an excellent vintage for cheap. have a drink. it’s on me.
this is, if anything, an even better showcase for the sensibilities in minaj’s song—both in its reinforcement of them and in its contention with them—than the music video it’s inspired by; it brings so much of the song’s implicit reaches into sharp clarity, in ways more “modern” and less giddily fantastic footage could not. but it’s also got a grotesquely confused irony at its core, as well, given “starships” as an explicitly afrofuturist song, and these old serials—save a couple examples! which are, i note, visibly present here—being decidedly disinterested in leaving room for that viewpoint to persist in their “optimistic” futures.
but you cannot make a video of this nature without explicitly calling attention to that; the mere act of creating it becomes social criticism. using “starships” as the song to use for it simply makes the message—by all means, feel the optimism, but never forget who isn’t being allowed to exist, and what it means to them—explicit and aggressive. it infects the racism of its source footage with the antiracist praxis of its source audio, defying time and space through the art of film editing to create critical thought. the blatant nature of that call to arms may, in fact, be more optimistic and enjoyable than any of the superficial approaches to joy on display in its used footage.
editing is power.
It occurs to me that, in the ten months that this post has existed and just been a bright ray of awesome, I’ve never once reblogged it. So this is me, reblogging this bit of commentary on my remix of bironic’s vid.
All I can really say in response is that, when making the vid, I was *painfully* aware of the scarcity of non-white faces and viewpoints. I strove to include science fiction films made in Japan and Egypt alongside the mostly American/European sources. With that said, I only managed to get one non-white woman into the entire vid. These narratives were not strong on female characters, either, which is, I think, also kind of ironic in light of the voice of the song.
Bashir: An arboretum. For Keiko, I presume? To make her a little happier now the school’s been closed down.
O’Brian: It’s not just for Keiko. I mean, it’d benefit the entire station. Do you think it’ll work?
Bashir: Absolutely. For about two months. Then you’ll be right back where you started.
Wi-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch, wi-ch-ch, wi-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch……
And getting your finger caught under the metal thingy.
Many a time. I miss the sound and feel of them.
Yep, that avocado green thing bolted to Grandma’s kitchen wall, by the tall step stool - where one sat while talking, of course.
I’m interested to see what you guys come up with.
Actress Carla Laemmle, a link to Hollywood’s past, dies at 104
Carla Laemmle, a dancer and actress whose uncle, Carl Laemmle, founded Universal Studios, where she grew up, died Thursday night at her home in Los Angeles. One of the last links to Hollywood’s silent film era, Laemmle was 104.
“Her heart just stopped,” Laemmle’s great niece, Rosemary Hilb, said Friday morning, noting that she had been in good health.
Born in Chicago on Oct. 20, 1909, Laemmle moved to Los Angeles in the early 1920s when her uncle invited his brother Joseph and his family to live in a bungalow on the movie lot.
She became a ballet dancer and actress and appeared in “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) and “Dracula.” For that 1931 classic she spoke the film’s first lines: “Among the rugged peaks that frown down upon the Borgo Pass are found crumbling castles of a bygone age …”