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Alright nerds, who likes graphic design? Because while the other winners of our design contest with WeLoveFine we’ve featured so far have all had people in them, Nina Slunsky took a more… iconic approach. We think it’s pretty cool. And so did one Felicia Day, who chose Slunsky’s “Sum of Me” for her judge’s pick. You can see more of Slunsky’s artwork below, and for even more of her bold style, check out her portfolio blog, her art blog (Korra and Mako in the infamous DashCon ballpitI’m just sayin’), and her deviantART. And, of course, you can wear “Sum of Me” on your very own person by visiting our WLF store.

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If you’ve played more than one minute of Destiny, or been on the internet at all in the past two weeks, you may have noticed people complaining about the story. That’s because Destiny’s story is garbage—and it isn’t helped by Peter Dinklage’s, um, less-than-Emmy-worthy voice acting. This video is a short, spoiler-free synopsis of the “plot,” and it would be funnier if it weren’t so painfully accurate. Also, Dinklebot!

In case you were curious, this is maybe the best example of some of the jargon-filled nonsense that assaults your ear-holes while you play:

Sigh.

This video was made by Matt Lees, who also made this video talking about how the exclusion of women and minorities in the games industry leads to boring, underwhelming games. You know, kind of like Destiny. High five, Matt. High all the fives.

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Interstellar hits theaters on November 7, but until then, you can play their nifty web game to get your fix of science-based space entertainment. Build your own solar system, fly around to others nearby in the galaxy, stay on target to enter wormholes—whatever your inner space explorer desires. For an online movie tie-in game, this thing has a lot to offer.

The game went live this morning, and you can head over to game.interstellarmovie.com to play it right now or download it to play on your Android device (coming to iOS next week). But good luck getting anything else done today; the solar system you create becomes the setting for the missions of other players, so there’s an entire universe out there for you to explore and complete ever-changing objectives in the ship from the movie, the Endurance.

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Its physics were conceptualized by the movie’s scientific advisor and theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, and the main action of the game is based around conserving fuel as you try to achieve orbit around planets and stars to study them and send the data back to Earth. You can explore single star systems or challenge yourself by taking a multi-part journey to several in a row on a single tank of fuel.

The controls are tough to get used to at first, but if you forget the button controls and work on clicking around the screen to speed up, slow down, and turn, you’ll be slingshotting around stars and narrowly avoiding death on the edges of black holes in no time.

What are you even still doing here? You could be exploring the far reaches of space and saving the human race, but you’re still reading my words instead of work or school or whatever it is you’re supposed to be paying attention to right now. Humanity needs you!

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([personal profile] purplecat Sep. 18th, 2014 08:10 pm)
"Capaldi's a lot better an actor than most recent Doctors" my tame layman commented at the end of Listen.

To be fair I think he'd knock most of the classic Doctors into touch too (Big spoilers under the cut, by the way) )

Easily the best story for some time, I would say, and the first time I've actually been convinced by Capaldi's performance, and convinced that he has the potential to be an excellent Doctor.


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Most people claim he was not of the homosexual persuasion, but I don’t think most people have seen him make this face.

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([personal profile] helsinkibaby Sep. 18th, 2014 08:12 pm)
For the September Bingo post at 1_million_words : from a friendship card, but you know me...

The Chase
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Pairing: JJ/Cruz
Prompt: exercise buddies
Summary: JJ and Cruz are exercise buddies...right?

If You'd Told Her
Fandom: Warehouse 13
Pairing: Pete/Myka
Prompt: best buddies
Summary: If you'd told Myka what Pete would mean to her, she'd never have believed you.

A Good Team
Fandom: Hawaii Five-0
Pairing: Danny/Kono
Prompt: team mates
Summary: They make a good team.
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A big thank-you for all the kind thoughts & words from everyone.

Cat is completely uninterested in being fussed over. As far as she's concerned it's life as normal. She's eaten an enormous bowl of cat-food and has now gone out to look for mice.
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That hidden object game I was playing, Hidden Expedition: The Crown of Solomon, turns out to be buggy as hell. I hit a scene where the screen was almost completely white, just the hint button and map button and my possessions visible. I went to the game forum and discovered that this is a common problem with no easy fix and that there are at least two scenes later in the game that have the same problem. I've put in a support request. We'll see if it gives me any useful response. At the very least, I want my money back.

I've found a ride to soccer practice for Cordelia. She'll arrive half an hour late, but she will get there. The family who lives sort of near here will give her a ride home (but couldn't get her there). I was thinking I'd have to call a cab, put her in it and pay the driver up front. They do a fee based on how far one's going rather than charging based on how long the trip takes, so that would have been feasible. Of course, I have no idea if the cab company would have gone for it. They might not want to transport an eleven year old when it wasn't clear who was meeting her on the other end.

The roof work continues. They're pounding away up there. Cordelia complains that it's too noisy for her to work and that she doesn't feel safe going in and out of the house while they're working. She wants to have friends over, but she's not sure she can go get them safely. I don't think it will hurt her to have one day without visitors, but she may feel differently.
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([personal profile] terajk Sep. 18th, 2014 01:57 pm)

Dear Trick or Treat Exchange Pumpkin,

Hey! Thanks so much for writing/drawing for me! I’m sure I’ll love anything you make.

All levels of violence/gore are A-OK with me and my only squicks are incest and underage sex. I like characters interacting with each other in any way. I also dig character studies, horror, adventure, interdependence (characters helping each other out), and humor.

(I kinda rambled on. Feel free to ignore this. Like I said, I’ll be happy with anything).

fandoms, etc., )
*waves* Hi community! I'm looking for advice on how to fit moar sodium into my diet. I have Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, and one of the most helpful things for me not falling down and feeling super dizzy is to eat 3-4 grams of sodium per day.

Challenges:cn: discussions of dietary constraints )
With that being said, does anyone have any suggestions for SUPER EASY for someone with about zero energy recipes/mixes with salt (or where salt could be added without grossness) and/or easy snacks that are prepackaged but not full of preservatives or what have you that I can grab'n'go that will also help add salt to my diet?
Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The First, Second, Third, and Fifth Doctors & the Ainley!Master
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital cartoon
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] caycowa

Why this piece is awesome: This is so much fun. It's totally what happened after the Brig decked the Master in The Five Doctors! I love their expressions, particularly the Fifth Doctor's completely befuddled one.

Link: The Five Doctors and the One Master
This link leads to my review of Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction — Suzanne Church

This is the third review of a work by one of the five authors who will be at Saturday's KW Science Fiction and Fantasy event. I don't expect I will manage reviews of works by either Marcy Italiano or Jane Anne MacLachlan but only because I don't happen to own anything by either that I am aware of. My apologies to them; it is not intended as a snub.

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What is it with heartbreaking animals in movies, books, and TV? It’s getting to the point that whenever an animal is introduced into the cast of something I’m watching or reading, I start waiting for the other shoe to drop. Honorable mention goes out to the Staples of Sadness from our childhoods such as: Old Yeller, Bambi’s mom, Old Dan and Little Ann from Where the Red Fern Grows, Mufasa from The Lion King, and Littlefoot’s mom from The Land Before Time. Here in descending order is a list of the top six flashback-inducing animals that messed me up the most. You’re welcome. Grab some tissues. :-)

6.) Hedwig, The Owl Who Loved Her Boy Who Lived – Harry Potter

What did Hedwig ever do besides hoot softly, carry mail, wait patiently to be let free from her cage, and stay by Harry’s side when he needed her most? Besides being a sweet, devoted pet, Hedwig was also symbolic of Harry’s own deliverance from his life with the Dursleys. Hagrid purchased the snowy white owl for Harry’s eleventh birthday after taking Harry away from his cupboard-under-the-stairs existence, and she stayed with her boy until the last book, when she sacrificed her life to save Harry. According to J.K. Rowling, Hedwig was a symbol of Harry’s innocence. Call me crazy, but the poor kid couldn’t have had all that much innocence left at that point anyway! Did she have to kill his owl too? I remember re-reading it, just to make sure it had really happened, and crying all the tears I hadn’t managed to already bawl out over Sirius Black. Thanks, J.K. Rowling. You broke me, lady.

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5.) Artax, The Horse Who Sank Into Despair – The Neverending Story

The Swamps of Sadness. A magical swamp that causes those who travel through it to experience intense, soul-killing sadness. Atreyu, the young hero, and his horse/best friend Artax have to get through the swamp to continue their quest. I remember watching this movie as a kid, thinking that something terrible was about to happen because the music had gone all grim and sad, and then it happened. The horse gets bogged down in the swamp, Atreyu begs him, sobbing his eyes out, to try not to die … and me and my brother are staring at the screen in horror. That music kept playing, Atreyu kept trying to save his friend, and the horse sank, literally, into despair. Needless to say, this movie left me suspicious of the motives of future movies involving horses. Oh, my God – did I mention that that music SOUNDS like misery and drowning horses?

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4.) Appa, the Kidnapped and Traumatized Sky Bison – Avatar, the Last Airbender

When Aang and Appa were separated, the emotional trauma went both ways. Watching the usually confident, good-humored Aang search for the only friend who had been with him from the beginning was sad enough, but when the episode “Appa’s Lost Days” aired, the separation was shown mostly without words from Appa’s point of view. You see how mistreatment and fear drive the sky bison so far away from his usual affable self that he’s a frightened shadow of the Appa we’ve come to know and love. Fortunately, Appa did not die, but his distress was so great that he warranted high placement on this list anyway. The reunion is enough to wring tears out of a freaking rock. You don’t separate a boy from his bison!

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3.) Alexander the Dog/Nina Tucker the Kid – Fullmetal Alchemist

As if poor Ed hadn’t been through enough, what with losing an arm, a leg, and an entire brother (kind of), he and Al meet up with Mad Science McGee (aka Shou Tucker), who has the most adorable little daughter and the sweetest fluffy white dog … that he chooses to fuse together with some mad, mad alchemy of a most inadvisable nature. Alexander didn’t do anything but be fuzzy and awesome and snuggle his kid. Nina was trusting and cute, and loved her Asshat Science Dad so much more than he deserved. Chimera-Dog-Nina is horrifying, sad, and when the wandering extremist Scar comes across her/it, he mercy-kills her/him so fast it makes your head spin. And leaves Ed traumatized by the bloodstained alley. Not acceptable. Nope.

Not okay. No. Nope.

Not okay. No. Nope.

The Earl of Lemongrab decrees this unacceptable. Try to not read that in his voice. :-)

The Earl of Lemongrab decrees this unacceptable. Try to not read that in his voice. :-)

2.) Samantha, Dr. Robert Neville’s dog - I Am Legend

The minute I saw the dog, I was on edge. Every scene that showed the bond between Will Smith’s character and Samantha the dog ripped my heart open a little bit. You don’t build up a dog-character like that without planning to kill it off later. I saw Turner and Hooch! I watched Marley and Me! Old Yeller, Where the Red Fern Grows … so I should have been ready, right? I should have expected to have to watch Will Smith have to kill his beloved Samantha after she was infected by roving zombie/vampire dog things. I might have been ready for it mentally, but it still packed an emotional sucker punch. At least the kid in Old Yeller got to shoot the now-rabid Yeller from a safe distance. Dr. Robert Neville had to choke Samantha to death with his own hands. Good lord.

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1.) Seymour, Fry’s Freaking Dog – Futurama

The saddest thing I’ve ever seen on television is the fate of Seymour, Fry’s dog. When Fry was frozen, Seymour waited outside the pizza place for him for twelve years. The montage of Seymour waiting and waiting while that Connie Francis “I Will Wait For You” song plays literally brings me to tears every single time. Seymour gradually ages, then lays down and closes his eyes. In the distant future, Fry is given the opportunity to clone Seymour and decides against it when he finds out that Seymour died at the age of 15. He assumes that Seymour forgot about him and found a new owner. Not true, Fry! He waited for you! The only comparable tale of devotion that I can think of is Rory, the Boy Who Waited from Doctor Who, and he may have waited longer, but at least it wasn’t all for nothing! Dammit, Seymour! You’re a fictional cartoon dog on a show that is mostly a comedy! Why’d you have to go and break my heart? Yes, I realize that Seymour’s fate was altered in later episodes, but that doesn’t lessen the initial impact.

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Sara Goodwin has a B.A. in Classical Civilization and an M.A. in Library Science from Indiana University. Once she went on an archaeological dig and found awesome ancient stuff. Sara enjoys a smorgasbord of pan-nerd entertainment such as Renaissance faires, anime conventions, steampunk, and science fiction and fantasy conventions. In her free time, she writes things like fairy tale haiku, fantasy novels, and terrible poetry about being stalked by one-eyed opossums. In her other spare time, she Tweets, Tumbls, and sells nerdware as With a Grain of Salt Designs.

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Posted by Sam Maggs

Anaconda

Back in May, RixxTrax ran a Kickstarter to fund their amazing send-up of the 1998 Godzilla—and they got so much cash that they were able to add a second screening. Now, we’re to be the beneficiaries of that Kickstartery goodness, because RiffTrax is bringing their particular MST3K flair to Anaconda, live in theaters October 30th.

From the event page, here’s what you can expect from your from the event (which it’s totally worth ditching that lame Hallowe’en party for):

The guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000 are bringing their trademark commentary to the 1997 adventure-horror movie ANACONDA!

Thanks to our generous Kickstarter backers, we’re bringing ANOTHER giant reptile to RiffTrax Live screens across the U.S. just in time for Halloween! Join us on October 30th, 2014 for a live riff of the infamous 1997 movie starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Owen Wilson, Jon Voight’s accent, and a giant animatronic snake!

You can grab tickets here at Fathom Events, and you can definitely demand a refund if there is not at least one Nicki Minaj-themed joke over the course of the movie.*

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*Do not actually do this.

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Posted by Carolyn Cox

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Earlier this month it was announced that Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler are working on a re-imagining of Supergirl for a possible TV series. As awesome as it was to hear that a female superhero might actually get a show all for her very own, we had some reservations—would the “re-imagining” detract from what drew many fans to the character initially? Would a TV series alone really be enough to demonstrate fans’ appetite for super-strong female characters? Never fear! In a recent interview with Variety, Berlanti shared his thoughts on gender norms and representation and got us pretty excited for the potential series.

Berlanti, who previously worked on ABC’s superhero sitcom No Ordinary Family, said his Supergirl series will address a blatant gap in representation:

We’re well past due for those kind of characters in film and TV. I’ve gotten a number of messages from friends and former coworkers who write me about their daughters wearing superhero outfits instead of princess outfits and how they’re grateful that people are working on it. I definitely think there’s a need.

I think people are more interested in quality than they are necessarily just going to watch something because it’s about a man or a woman… There are just as many women who love the action of [Arrow] as there are men who love the romance. I think it’s [about] recognizing that audiences are sophisticated and varied.

If the show’s creative team all approach their work with the same intentions as Berlanti, I’m confident any “re-imagining” that does go down will leave Supergirl’s spirit intact.

In other exciting (depending on your tolerance for potentially self-important gravitas) DC news, Bruce Timm is executive producing a gritty Justice League animated series to premiere next spring. The Batman: The Animated Series developer has been working alongside Alan Burnett on the three-part animated series Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles for Machinima. Comic Book Resources says the series is not related to Timm’s 2001 Justice League comic of the same name; according to Variety the animation will “revolve around a newly conceived reality in the DC universe where Justice League members Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the superheroes that people know.”

Hrmmm…thoughts?

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Posted by Victoria McNally

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Pinewood Studios is not the sort of place that any casual observer can just drop in on unexpectedly, especially now that the long-awaited Star Wars are currently being filmed at their London location. But Daniel Craig is not just a casual observer. He’s the highest-grossing Bond of all time, damn it, and he will not be denied.

“Heeeey, J.J. Good to see you!” Deep breaths, Craig, he thinks to himself, deliberately making eye contact with no one but the famed director. You didn’t rehearse this in the giant wall-to-wall mirror at your lavish Lincolnshire estate for several hours this morning just to crack under the pressure now.

“Hi, Daniel. Are… you wearing a suit?”

“Of course I am. I always wear suits.” I am definitely not wearing this suit to impress Carrie Fisher, he adds silently, adjusting his tie exactly the way in which a very confident man who does not have a 30-year-old poster of Princess Leia currently mounted on his bedroom ceiling would do.So Star Wars! That sounds like quite a bit of fun, yeah? You’ve sure got a lot of… space! ‘Round here.”

“Well, that is where the franchise takes place. Galaxy far far away and all.”

“Haha, yes!” says Craig, not listening. “So… d’ya have any for me?”

“What?”

“Space. For me. Like, you know, in a scene. It’s a joke, you see.”

“Oh.”

“I just thought that since I’m in town, and we’re friends…”

Abrams sighs. The lenses of his eyeglasses catch the light as he rubs his head, because of course they do. “Daniel, it’s just that so many friends are already calling me all the time for cameos and if I gave one to everybody, we wouldn’t have time for the plot.”

Feeling the weight of his dreams slowly collapsing on themselves as rebels in a Death Star garbage compactor, Craig grins to save face.  “C’mon now, it’ll only take a few parsecs!”

“Parsecs are a measure of dis—”

“I KNOW THEY ARE A MEASURE OF DISTANCE IT WAS A JOKE J.J.”

Silence on set. John Boyega looks concerned.

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry I yelled,” Craig stammers, beads of sweat rolling down his forehead in a way that should be upsetting but which actually makes him all the more attractive. His shoulders begin to heave. “I just l-love Star Wars so mu-hu-huch.”

“Nooo, it’s okay, buddy,” Abrams says, placing his hand on Craig’s back gingerly so as not to disturb the fine Italian fabric of his suit. “I’m sure we can figure something out. You wanna be a Bothan? You’d make a great Bothan.”

Craig sniffs. “K.”

“Come on, buddy, let’s go to makeup and make you a Bothan. And then we can go for a ride in the Millennium Falcon and get some lightsaber popsicles from Kraft services. Would you like that?”

“C-can I have a blue one?”

“Of course you can.”

And that’s how Daniel Craig was given a cameo in Star Wars Episode VII, probably.

Updatewe are not alone. 

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I have just told a coworker with a question about a website to click on through and answer "Yes" to everything. You so rarely get to say that when it comes to the intarweebs.


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