Gishwhes

Huh? Yup. Gishwhes.  Standing for, The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World has Ever Seen, Gishwhes. It’s in it’s third year and is exactly what it sounds like.

You complete in teams of fifteen, with people around the globe, most or all of whom, you’ve never met. For seven days, you create, donate, inspire and generally just make the world more awesome. Here’s the list of items from the list last year.

You may or may not know, that I’m rather socially awkward. I have a general fear of people and often life itself. The world can be scary. But it can also be amazing. I want in; I want out of the scary bubble inside my head.

Thankfully, I found myself on an awesome team, rich with Whovians and Sherlockians, and Winchester Worshippers. Team Allonsy, FTW!

We’re not allowed to post any pictures or video of what we’re doing on social media until the hunt is over, but I promise to come back and update when I can.

If you’re interested in making the world more awesome, or in donating to random acts, the charity that starting this whole crazy adventure, you still have a week to sign up and throw your dignity aside. Death to Normalcy!

 

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Supernatural Story Vs Character

What makes a story?  I think I may have mentioned earlier that I’ve been making my way (among other things) through Supernatural.  I’m close to the end of season 6.  The show is currently about halfway through season 7.

I greatly enjoyed the first three seasons of Supernatural.  Around season four the show kind of turned on it head and went far away form the original story of the show.  But I feel a lot of mainstream sci-fi shows do this.  It’s kind of to be expected.  I think, if How I Met Your Mother has taught us anything it’s, that if you keep one long solo story arc, after 7 seasons, no one is going to care anymore.

“But hey, you said you were towards the end of season 6! Why are you still watching?” (That’s what I imagine a lot of you are crying).  And it’s true.  I am still watching.  But not for the story.

I know that without a story you have nothing, but I’ve always been a character girl.  I’ll take good, solid, interesting characters over plot any day (see How I Met Your Mother above).   And as much as I hate to admit it, I love these two characters.  (Full disclosure: I love Dean.  Sam, if he wants to go back to Hell, well that might not be so bad).  I cared enough about these characters to follow them down through the bizarro rabbit hole just to make sure they made it to the other side okay.

A few episodes ago the story started heading (in my opinion) back on the right track.  Time will only tell (or memory, if you watch the show in real-time) if it stays on this path or veers off again.

At the end of day, it’ll take a lot of garbage and  nonsense, a whole lot, of garbage and nonsense before I give up on characters I love and care about.  A story will hold me for a season, characters will keep me for a series.

How do you feel about story vs character?

Totally Team Dean

A Supernatural Sci-fi Battle

When I sat down to write this post, I wasn’t sure what my topic was going to be.  So I closed my eyes and said I was going to write about the first thing that I saw.  So I’ll be writing about this:

(Full disclosure: I’ve spent the last several weeks plowing through Supernatual.  I’m about 7 episodes into season 4.  No spoilers!)

Now, I’ve posted before on my romanticized view of geeky.  Sci-fi definitely counts.  Does Supernatural?  Is sci-fi, sure.  But its mainstream sci-fi.

“But, what about Harry Potter?!” you cry.  “I doesn’t get more mainstream sci-fi than Harry Potter!”

That might be true, but, in my opinion, Harry Potter became so mainstream because it was so, so well written.  The same might be said for The Lord of the Rings.  Both entities have sci-fi geek and mainstream cinema fans.

How does one determine good (as in die-hard sci-fi geek fan) sci-fi from mainstream sci-fi?

I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer that.  But I’ll give it my best shot.  I’m going to use two shows both classified as sci-fi.  One I’d consider die-hard sci-fi geek fan science fiction, the other I’d consider mainstream.  I’m using these two as examples simply because I’ve seen and enjoyed them both.  Here they are: Doctor Who and Charmed.  Can you guess which show falls into which category?

Both shows deal with science fiction, both shows can bend and alter time and reality.  Both shows deal in the basics of mythology (at least to some extent).  So what makes Doctor Who a far superiour show?  Is it the acting, the characters, the writing?

I think, at least to some extent, it is all three.  But I think the most important thing at play:

I’m just a wanna-be geek.  I don’t have all the answers.