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Alien Fishtank
13 October 2021 @ 11:21 am

Stories are public, and so is everything of general interest. The personal stuff is locked.


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Alien Fishtank
10 April 2014 @ 11:28 pm
YES! I'm still alive! I've just been really, really, REALLY crazy busy at work. So sorry for the lengthy radio silence. I want to post tons of stuff about fandom but have to settle with the stuff that really left a lasting impression for now, starting with Gillian's HuffPost foot in mouth AttractionGate ( wasn't it GLORIOUS?), Game of Thrones (NEW SEASON!!! Oberyn Martel, hmmmm....*blinks* What?)  and all the great and often very funny stuff that is being made around it.



I got totally hooked on Podcasts while driving to work - which almost makes up for having to let my very old and very loved BlackBerry rest in peace *sniffs*. So, yeah, new phone, which means access to apps, including Pocket Casts which is so worth the couple of quids I had to fork for it.

If you haven't been listening to Welcome to Night Vale, YOU DON'T KNOW YOU'RE BORN AS IT IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO RADIO SINCE ORSON WELLS' WAR OF THE WORLDS. Pure unadulterated sci-fi geek heaven, a bit like if HP Lovecraft and Stephen King built a town after Twin Peaks blueprints. Night Vale is where Mulder and Scully should retire.



Just saying.

What are you guys up to? What did I miss? Who's the new Ship in town?

And just because I really dig Not Literally since I found out about them (which is probably months after all of you Tumblr and Twitter kids did), I shall embed this vid as well (not the original, but I find this version better):

Dude, our dialect is becoming So Mainstream *insert insufferable world weary old fan eyeroll*
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Alien Fishtank
16 February 2014 @ 12:12 pm
It's not negotiable. Either you do it or I ...well, I'm not sure yet but flukes or men called Eugene maybe involved. You understand?

Please, take a minute to head to scully_fest which celebrates Scully's 50th birthday (Fifty! Can you believe it?) and help keep this fandom alive. Fellow fans have begun posting great gifts and there is a really nostalgic rewatch under way. So how about just dropping by, even if it's just to leave the first lines of "Joy To The World" in a comment box, uh?

Go To Her.
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Alien Fishtank
26 January 2014 @ 10:13 pm
I know I'm a week late but I had to have this on my LJ. I've always loved Emma Thompson, she is so exquisitely British. I worshipped Sense and Sensibility when I was at uni and then went on to see every movie where she had a lead role - though I have to admit I missed quite a few since. Thompson has class, the genuine kind - and yet still manages to exudes so much human warmth and simplicity. She can also be very, very funny, as in here:

Damn right, ditch those Louboutins Emma. They're French shoes for tourists anyhoo. You want the real deal, get a pair of Roger Vivier (says the woman who mostly wears hiking boots).

And while we're at it, go listen to the NPR interview she did for Saving Mr. Banks. Why oh why does Gillian never gets interviews like these? You know the ones with clever insightful questions done by a journalist who knows his subject, rather than some moron asking for the nth time, if GA is British or American and try to make her uncomfortable with questions about her love life? (looking at you Jonathan Ross)

Alien Fishtank
19 January 2014 @ 03:24 pm

Can you believe this? Our Fearsome Flying Squirrel is turning 50 this year!

tree and wendelah1 have created scully_fest to give our favourite redhead the birthday she deserves.

Scully Fest: 14-23 February 2014

After the sucess of xf_santa, it is clear that all the fandom needs to stay alive is for people to keep showing up to events like this one, if only to say "Happy Birthday Scully!"
And just in case you lack motivation, Krycek said he could help you with that. He's got a chair, a roll of duct tape and a DVD of Shapes, Space and Tesos Dos Bichos in a twelve hours loop.

Just sayin'...
Alien Fishtank
11 January 2014 @ 03:02 pm


Rating: PG
Summary: The Gunmen go to Area 51.
Timeline: Season 5. Somewhere between Christmas Carol/Emily and All Souls.
Word Count: 4000.
Disclaimer: Frohike said it was okay to use him in any way I wanted. I don't think this is what he had in mind.
Thanks: to samincittagazze for kicking my pidgin English's ass into shape. And to wendelah1 for being the fastest beta gunslinger west of Washington. You guys rule.

Written as a gift to discordantwords for xf_santa 2013.

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Alien Fishtank
09 January 2014 @ 03:09 pm

Tis my current wallpaper. I pilfered it from Tumblr (where else?).


Oh, them, them and their adorable height difference. *sigh*

Where can I learn to make pics look like that? The pics on Tumblr always look of such high quality and the colours are always so crisp. How do people achieve this? The show wasn't in HD, so when I take a screenshot on VLC, all I get are grainy pics that no amount of tweaking can make better - or can you? I probably ain't tweaking right.
I'd love to find a decent tutorial on the subject. I use both Photoshop and Gimp.

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Alien Fishtank
29 December 2013 @ 10:18 pm
Because my fried brain needs a short break from my X-f Santa assignment.

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Alien Fishtank
28 December 2013 @ 09:37 pm
It was "Jacksonville" that did it. After trying twice to get into Fringe and failing miserably, I had another go earlier this month. This time I bypassed most of S1 and went straight for the season finale. "There's More Than One of Everything" and its final shot of alternate New York was sufficiently impressive to keep me watching S2. But it wasn't until "Jacksonville" that I really got into the show.

Guys, you were right. It might have started as a poor man's X-Files, but this show definitely found a voice of its own in the later seasons. I am about to start watching the last two eps of S3 and the parallel universes storyline ticks all my sci-fi fangirl boxes.

Also there is a narrative consistency about the emotional impact events are having on the characters from both side that makes me want to take Chris Carter by the scruff of the neck, shove his face in front of the screen and shout "LOOK. THIS is how it's done."

And I didn't care much for Anna Torv at first, but her portrayal of the two Olivias, not to mention William Bell deserves respect.

I didn't really ship Peter and Olivia, until Olivia, all shaken and sad and insecure made that speech about how her counterpart was less damaged than she was and therefore must have been more attractive to Peter. She broke my heart there and then and I agreed she had to get the boy. The shot of these two climbing the staircase made me very happy.

Walter and Astrid crack me up. I could watch them all day.

Well done show. I'm in.

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Alien Fishtank
18 December 2013 @ 08:38 pm
Got this on my Facebook feed this morning and it cracked me up so much I thought I'd share.
"How the Media Will Report The Apocalypse."

In early 2014, a series of devastating catastrophes bring about Armageddon. Papers of record like the New York Times soberly report this news.

The Guardian tries to provide comprehensive live coverage of the end of days.

And that's just the beginning.