Friday, February 16, 2007

Geeks in Love

Matter-Eater Lad: Why can't *I* have a TARDIS and travel through time and space and not have to write grant proposals?

She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed: And have to blow up your entire planet and your family and essentially everyone you know in order to save the universe from the Time War?

MEL: That only happened that *one time*.

SWMBO: I'm pretty sure that it only happening once doesn't change its awfulness. It really only *can* happen once.

MEL: *Travel in space and TIME.*



And this isn't even the conversation in which MEL compared me to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.

42 comments:

Grendel said...

Does MEL often wrap a towel around his head? And if he does, are you unable to see him?

Assuming that at least the 2nd portion fails, the comparison to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is at best less than perfect. . .

Kate said...

When I take off my glasses, I forget that other people can still see my expression, since I can't even come close to seeing them. So I tend to make odd faces without realizing it.

Grendel said...

Huh. Well, maybe closer than I thought. . .
:)
As for the other, who says he has to blow up his planet. He could always tell the universe to go schtup itself. . .

Kate said...

AND HAVE THE DALEKS WIN?!?

SURELY you jest.

mary said...

but the daleks can NEVER win...CAN'T YOU SEE THAT! hehe...

Tori said...

Daleks must not win. But you do often resemble a crature that could eat anything :D You've mostly grown out of that, though.

Hey, I know a chick with a serious fiber fetish, she raises her own sheep and llamas to get the wool. She sometimes dyes and sells skeins, would that be a birthday present for you?

Tori said...

eeek...creature. My spelling's off today.

Tori said...

Whoa! I just checked out Go Fug Yourself, they've got a pic of bald Britney looking like a Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal!

mary said...

yeah, well, brittany just looks more like it now that she has no hair...and was that creature comment for me or SWMBO?

Tori said...

Oh, SWMBO, of course :D

mary said...

yes, i was hoping you were not talking about me...horrible enough day as it was...

mary said...

yeah, you guys are total geeks...

Grendel said...

Wait, what happens if the Daleks win? Maybe I need to watch/read more Dr. Who. . . And why not just blow up the Daleks home planet then. . .

Tori said...

As far as I know (gonna need some confirmation from the geeks here), the Daleks come from another dimension, and so their planet is a bit out of reach. I may be confusing this a bit. But they want total universal domination, which is ALWAYS BAD. Again, confirmation from the geek squad, please, since the last time I watched Doctor Who on any sort of regular basis I could sit comfortably on dad's lap and sit up way too late watching sci-fi, claiming not to be able to get to sleep.

Grendel said...

But, they can get here. . .

Besides, total domination of the universe is only bad if I'm not the one totally dominating (yes, in my mind this is said with a Bill & Ted accent. . .)

Kate said...

Daleks are from this dimension--Tori is conflating a Tenth Doctor storyline involving another dimension (which is fair, since I am pretty sure that she saw the end of that storyline over Christmas). They want to exterminate every being in the galaxy that is not a Dalek. So, since we are not Daleks, having them win would be *bad*.

Tori said...

Thank you for the correction. As I said, I've got out of date info.

Grendel said...

But then it seems like you could go back to blowing up their planet. . . And really if you're not sure, you could just blow up a wide cross section. . . I mean the universe is a pretty big place; there's lots of planets to spare. Alternately, since they're disembodied brains, maybe they could all be sprayed with mad cow disease.

Kate said...

Their planet has already been blown up, along with the rest of the Time Lords (other than The Doctor) and Gallifry. They were thought to have all been killed, but they are wily and have managed to survive in various pockets throughout time. The realization that there are still Daleks even though he blew up his whole race to eliminate them is one of the main arcs for The Ninth Doctor.

I am surprised I have to explain this to all of you.

Whit said...

Speaking of things blowing up, I think my head jsut exploded...

Tori said...

Eh, I'm terrible at keeping up with any tv-related phenomena. I have too many things that prevent me from watching, usually related to books I was probably supposed to read last week. I would probably watch the Doc if I did get to watch tv.

Kate said...

The Television Without Pity recaps are *awesome*, so you could read about the show without watching it.

Tori said...

I actually checked that out the other day, and it led me to watch two episodes of Big Love on Demand. I was supposed to be reading, but ended up watching a show about polygyny instead. Ah, well. It's a DANGEROUS website. Dangerous I say!

Kate said...

It is--and Jacob's reviews are the best. They are insane and rambling and sometimes have poetry and they are fascinating. He reviews Doctor Who.

Grendel said...

So. . . The Dr. is a Dalek? Or he blew up their planet too?

I'm so confused. And I don't watch Dr. Who; the new one lost me as soon as the mannequins had guns magically appearing from their limbs. And since I was a sad and disadvantaged child, I never saw the originals.

(Isn't it. . . polygamy? Or has that been taken as more generic meaning multiple spouses of either gender. . .)

Tori said...

Hey, if they allowed polyandry I'd be much more in favor of the idea, but there's only one place, somewhere in Nepal I think, where they do that, and they do it so that property doesn't get split up among brothers. NOT the liberating sort of polyamory that one was thinking it might be.

Kate said...

The Dummies were actually an original series monster carried over specifically to get the older fans into the show. They are called the Autons, and they haven't been seen since. Also, remember that in the UK this show is considered a kid's show.

The Doctor *also* blew up Gallifrey, the Time Lord homeworld.

Whit said...

How exactly did MEL compare you to Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal? I forgot to ask before...

Grendel said...

Hmm. Well, they while they were updating it, they should've put at least a few boards over the hole in the plot, presumably left by the Mack Truck Babs Bunny so famously referred to (Who's the geek now?!?)

The problem with most of the poly whatever's is that it's either due to bad societal constraints (or as is the case in U.S.) most often practiced by religious nut jobs. I've often felt the problem with poly whatever seems to sit more with the 2nd characteristic (nut job) than the first.

Kate said...

Ah, but it was goofy, but not a hole in the plot. Part of the whole thing with the Nestene consciousness that controls the Autons is that it can make the plastic into weapons . . . implausible, but not *actually* a plot hole. You are fully entitled not to enjoy it (it isn't one of my favorite eps), but the logic (such as it is internally) actually does work. I have actually only really watched a few of the older series of the show since I started watching the more recent version, and by and large my opinion of it (that it was a) boring, b) had really, really bad production values and c) wasn't very good) has been confirmed. However, with a few exceptions like the Autons, the new series is actually really, really good. Mythic themes, interesting character stuff, a Companion who isn't underwritten . . . .
Tiny Toons references are always welcome.
My only issue with poly-whatever is that it is almost always practiced by nuts who have a society that coerces women into participating rather than choosing to participate. If we are talking about relatively-equally-powerful consenting adults, I file it under None Of My Damn Business. Although I must say that MEL's take on Big Love (which we like) is that it illustrates why multiple wives is a bad idea--too many wives.

mary said...

hmmm...being married to more than one husband doesn't sound like any walk in the park either...

Tori said...

Yah. One to One, that's a heck of a lot easier to handle. If I couldn't deal with PMSing women roommates in college, why would I choooooose to live with multiple women who were all SHARING MY HUSBAND. I can see some serious issues that would crop up there. Sheesh, having all of us grow up in the same house was enough. And those women aren't even related. And to deal with either getting multiple guys to clean up after themselves or cleaning up after them would also be no treat. Although otherwise guys are often a bit easier.

Ah. Dr. Who. I have a happy nostalgia for those badly made earlier episodes, but i was after all about ten years old the last time I really watched them.

Grendel said...

Lol. And there's always the biological tendency for certain monthly functions to synchronize. . . :) Leading to polygamy: the new hell. :) (kidding, gods, don't kill me. . .)
But otherwise, yes, the problem is generally that it's nut jobs. Being considered socially unacceptable/illegal, normal people tend to stay away.

Plastic can become explosive? Perhaps the episode just didn't fill me in on the background enough. Maybe I'll give it another chance. The pilot for Eureuka kind of blew and I like it now.

(also find it hilarious that the biggest comment thread involves you SWMBO being compared to a space monster. . .)

Tori said...

I was also noticing that, and the fact that the tie-dyed sheep thing didn't get any responses, but hey, space aliens are fun to talk about.

Whit said...

I still want to know why SWMBO was compared to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal!

Kate said...

If I can't see him, I think that he can't see me. See above comment re: my faces when I am not wear glasses.

Grendel said...

But what sort of faces. . .


Wait. Maybe I don't want to know. ..

Whit said...

Hmmm...I guess I can't use the argument that if I didn't see it its not really there...

Grendel said...

Only if you had a towel wrapped around your head at the time. Then it's good.

mary said...

and now my head exploded...and what tie-dyed sheep? i like the dr.who series, it is pretty good... i did not even know that there even was an older series... the paternal unit probably used to watch it when he was a kid...

Tori said...

To quote Whit in another blog comment far far away on MEL's blog "every time Mary comments it makes me feel old"

The original Doctor Who was a product of the 60s-80s, therefore not quite paternal figure's childhood...in fact, *I* remember it.

Check the PSA above's comments for the tie-dyed sheep :D

mary said...

yeah, i figured that one out i just had not gotten a chance to read the comments on it yet... and the paternal unit probably watched it ANYWAY because that is just the way he is...oh yeah and if you remember the show then it was probably in reruns... and get over feeling old! you guys will always be 9, 11, and 13 years older than me! HAHAHA! (it's all part of my evil plan....)