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Happy birthday to otoselkie, and happy early birthday to lexie_marie! May you both have wonderful days and fantastic years to come.

I have lots of links to share today that I hope may be of interest...

Listening
* The Journal of Mythic Arts has a post about the Celtic Myth Podshow.

* Harry and the Potters, Math the Band, and Uncle Monsterface have announced The Unlimited Enthusiasm 2008 Tour. (Note: All I can say is, if you have the chance to see Harry and the Potters play live, do so!)

Reading
* Here are two "top ten" lists of overlooked science fiction classics:
- from The List Universe
- from Ian Sales

* io9 lists "7 Reasons Why SciFi Book Series Outstay Their Welcomes." (Note: I disagree with their assessment of Frank Herbert. To my mind, the Dune series was very welcome until Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson got into the act.)

Viewing
* New at Revolution Science Fiction: "Sci-Fi TV Not Cancelled Yet in 2008."

* Topless Robot posted a list of "The Top Ten Brutally Annoying Comic Relief Characters." (Note: Come on, no one is more annoying than Jar-Jar!)

Shopping
* Pequest Designs has some beautiful jewelry inspired by Lost, Firefly, and Bones, as well as a lovely necklace series inspired by characters from The Lord of the Rings. (If you're looking for the Samwise Gamgee necklace, I have it! *g*)


"Seek out mystery: what else is the whole cosmos but mystery?"
- Poul Anderson, "Goat Song"

Comments

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estellye
May. 19th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
Awww, c'mon, I love C3PO. His annoyingness is part of his charm. Jar Jar really had no charm to speak of so the annoyingness didn't have anything worthwhile to latch onto. I did manage to feel badly for him when he was manipulated into voting badly on Naboo's behalf, but just barely.

Lots of interesting tidbits in this post! Thanks my dear.
eldritchhobbit
May. 21st, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
I agree completely; C3PO does not deserve to be on the list. I love how he looks out for R2 even when he doesn't need it (and then pesters him constantly at the same time). Remember how he offered his own parts if they would save R2 after the destruction of the first Death Star? Awwww!

sittingduck1313
May. 19th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
While not having seen either of those Bond flicks, this J.W. Pepper does sound as if he could equal Jar-Jar in annoyingness.

From what I've read of it, Dollhouse has great suckage potential and without network interference being a factor. Part of me hopes it gets a decent time slot and promotion but still flop anyway.

Personally I think Dune may have been better served as a stand alone novel. I read God Emperor of Dune exactly once and my brain has locked out most of the memories of reading it. The only thing I can particularly recall is that it primarily consisted of Leto being a pompous bore.
eldritchhobbit
May. 21st, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
J.W. Pepper is annoying. Still, he didn't rape my childhood the way Jar-Jar did. LOL! ;)

I'm one of those people who loved all the original Dune books, even Chapterhouse. For almost a decade, I reread them all each year. But I gather the books that followed Dune are the kind of thing you either love or hate. Now those new spinoffs are a totally different matter... I don't even want to be in the same room with one of those. Ack!
witchcat07
May. 20th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
C3PO is not that annoying! And he was useful. Besides, Anthony Daniels is cool, so there.
eldritchhobbit
May. 21st, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
I agree with you - on both counts!
suzzette70
May. 21st, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Well
Abbie [wordpress.com]
May. 21st, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Save Threepio!!
I think he's appropriate comic relief, and I love him. Yeah, I said it. It's love.
eldritchhobbit
May. 21st, 2008 04:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Save Threepio!!
I agree. And I enjoy his buddy relationship with Artoo, driving him crazy and insulting him one minute, and then looking out for him and worrying over him the next. A very appropriate character - unlike Jar-Jar!
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