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05 March 2009 @ 09:26 pm
190: I'm Going to Vidding Land  
I'm going to Vividcon! And, in celebration, I have vid recs. But first, a VVC-related comment and poll:

Last time, I realized that being completely and utterly unable to initiate conversations with strangers is a bit of a handicap at a con. (Yes, I should have known that going in, and in fact I did, but I wasn't sure what to do about it.) So this time, I'd like to make slightly firmer plans with people - for lunch, and to chat, and so on. This is a preliminary poll to find out who is going, and if anyone would like to hang out with me and keep me from being looooonely.

The other thing is, BB and the earthling will also be coming. They won't be doing the con; they will be touring Chicago during the day. But I'm also looking to see if anyone is brave enough to have dinner or whatnot with all of us.

Are you going to Vividcon?

What, now?

Do you want to hang out at VVC?

Yes, TFV! I would love to see you!
Yes, TFV, and I would also love to see BB and the earthling. (I am childproof.)
If we see each other, we see each other! I believe in fate and chance and destiny.
I am totally booked, or expect to be knee-deep in machine entrails, so no.
I won't be at VVC, so no.

The One That Will Have You Looking Suspiciously at Cherry Stems Forever. Handlebars, by flummery. Doctor Who.

This is - well. This is the Doctor. End of story. This is the Doctor in every respect and every detail. The first time I watched this, I was basically clapping in glee from the very first line, and then it got better. And better. And better. And eventually it achieved such amazing levels of betterness that I still haven't entirely recovered. This vid rendered me incoherent. Permanently.

I don't want to tell you how it gets better - if you've somehow missed this vid and this song, just go watch it. You will not be the sorrier. In fact, even if you have no idea who this Doctor person is (He travels through time. With friends. It's complicated.), still go watch it, because after you see this, you will most definitely know.

I once thought I preferred vids about companions (Or enemies, or Daleks. Why are there no Dalek vids? There are lots of good vids songs for them! One is the loneliest number! Make a Circuit with Me! The Macarena!) to vids about the Doctor. And that's still true. But what I think is - my brain knew that this vid was coming, and decided it might just as well wait for perfection.

The One That Demonstrates Why You Might Not Want to Make Pegasus Galaxy Your Vacation Destination. Well, Yes, Life-Sucking Monsters. But It Gets Much Worse Than That, Actually. Open Secrets of the Pegasus Galaxy, by yevgenie. Stargate: Atlantis.

Okay, first: this is her first vid, you guys. How is this her FIRST VID?

Second: this is the vid that says everything we all know about SGA and don't talk about. Basically, I'd sum that up as: no one gets out of Pegasus clean. (In fact, you mostly don't get out at all. This vid makes that point, too.) The Wraith are the enemy, but how are they different than Atlantis, given some of the decisions the home team makes? The Ancients are (supposed to be, and oh my god, so not, so skeevy) the good guys, but look how badly they fucked Pegasus over. The open secret of Pegasus seems to me to be that everyone fails, falls, dies, fucks up, and fucks over. No heroes.

And now I'd like to talk about the song. Because, see, I love Leonard Cohen. I occasionally fantasize about marrying one of his songs. But I have always considered him basically unviddable. Turns out, nope! I just didn't have the right vision, because oh my god how this song works - works for the vid, works for the theme, works works works. Even if this vid didn't say something I've always wanted someone to say about SGA, I would still love it to pieces, because it's a vid to Leonard Fucking Cohen. That sound you just heard was my heart growing three sizes.


The One That Is Evidence for the Prosecution. Climbing up the Walls, by obsessive24. Supernatural, Firefly, and Heroes.

Sooooo. I'm trying to think how to put this. Okay, let's start with this: INCEST. This vid is about incest. And it pulls no punches. Actually, it - you know those video games where, if you hit like nine million buttons in exactly the right order while standing on one foot and whistling Dixie, your character will rear back, grow a robo-claw, and rip another character's head off and eat it? This is the kind of punch this vid has.

And it's just. Fucking. Brilliant. You will be glad your head has been ripped off and eaten by this vid.

What we have here is an incest narrative with all the fanon taken out. Yeah, sure, there are three sibling pairings, here, but it almost doesn't matter; the central story is the same for all of them: fucked-up families, needy and vulnerable younger sibling, obsessively protective older sibling, and then the robo-claw comes out. But the point is: this vid is awesome, and so incredibly rich (there's so much here I could write several lengthy essays about this, for reals), and brutally real. And the brutality should in no way scare you off. (You weren't using that head anyway. And, hey, who doesn't want to see a robo-claw?)

The One That Would Give Charles Darwin Nightmares. (No, Really. He Was a Very Sensitive Man.) Unnatural Selection, by charmax. Battlestar Galactica and Terminator.

My love for robots is well-documented. At this point, I don't think I need to tell you that sometimes I'm rooting for the robots. But, um. The robots in this vid don't need any humans in their cheering squad; they're doing just fine by themselves. (And, yes, my love for robots can totally survive this vid. I imprinted on robots early and well.)

I don't know either of the sources for this vid. It totally does not matter. (I didn't know any of the sources for obsessive24's vid, either. Cluelessness is my comfort zone!) The basic message is very clear to anyone who grew up on hard science fiction: we're going to build the next stage. And then it's going to destroy us. (Mine was, yes, a cheerful childhood, always anticipating the moment the machines/metahumans/genetically engineered blobs would rise up and take over. In my day, we didn't need violent video games to prepare us for the apocalypse.)

I love this vid so much, which is a strange thing to say about something that's equal parts dead humans, robotic overlords, and various apocalypses. (Like a Jonathan Coulton album! Except not funny. Really not.) But it's gorgeous and so brilliantly edited and it does in three minutes what it took science fiction a childhood to do for me. Watch. Learn. And fear the future.
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on March 6th, 2009 05:38 am (UTC)
Since I am the first to answer your poll, I think I should get to see you LOTS.
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on March 6th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)
I don't know if I could meet Earthling though. He stands a good chance of being baby-napped with me being like, HEY LOOK IT IS JOHN SHEPPARD'S HAIR to you, and then air where me and Earthling were a moment ago.

*helpful cautionary fyi!*
(no subject) - thefourthvine on March 7th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on March 7th, 2009 01:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
celli on March 6th, 2009 05:40 am (UTC)

(I am thinking of attempting to convince livejournal that that really IS his name...I'm a little evil.)
Jonathan Toews does not want a sandwich.svmadelyn on March 6th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
For a second there, I was going to be like, uh, Celli, I don't think TFV wants Earthling's RL name used in posts...

(no subject) - thefourthvine on March 7th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - thefourthvine on March 7th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC) (Expand)
tofttoft_froggy on March 6th, 2009 05:48 am (UTC)
OMG YOU ARE GOING TO VVC! I was so excited that I didn't tick the second box which involved meeting our new overlord. Please can I hang out with you and attempt to look cool/astonishingly adorable by association?
tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on March 7th, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
It's true, the earthling confers status merely by being on the same continent as people. And you may come bask in his glow! (Actually, I will be the person hanging out looking helpless and not talking to anyone. I am Not Good in person.)
(no subject) - toft_froggy on March 7th, 2009 02:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Nora Bombay: slash dragon says lovenorabombay on March 6th, 2009 05:52 am (UTC)
I would love to get to meet you at VVC! I believe in fate & destiny & slash Dragons.

And I'm a big of of the babies- I live in fear of my ovaries exploding on contact.
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV brownthefourthvine on March 7th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Have no fear! To the best of my knowledge, the earthling has not made anyone's ovaries explode yet.

And I too believe in slash dragons. *keeps the faith*
jarrow: _viddingjarrow on March 6th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
For the record! I would love to meet the earthling and I am very childproof, I just get wary of making hardfast plans for VVC weekend, so! I went with the more vague option. :-)

I'm glad you're coming back! Clearly we didn't do a good enough job of being scary the first time. *practices making monster face*
tried to eat the safe banana: TFV dogtagsthefourthvine on March 7th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
I would love to meet the earthling and I am very childproof, I just get wary of making hardfast plans for VVC weekend

And this is why we call you Mr. Extrovert behind your back!

*practices making monster face*

You should come south and practice them in the presence of the earthling. He enjoys monster faces. norah did her world-famous imitation of a German lion statue at him, and he almost collapsed with mirth. (If you ever have the chance to see her German lion statue imitation, do not miss it. It's one of those formative experiences that can change the course of your life. And make you reconsider any vacation plans you might have had involving Germany.)
Anoel: vidding fandomanoel on March 6th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
YAY! Glad you're coming back to VVC :) I definitely would love to hang out with you. And usually I am as anti-initiating conversations as you can get but at Vividcon, I take the opposite approach since it's VVC and everyone's nice and likes to talk vids. Hope you have a great time :)
tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on March 7th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
And usually I am as anti-initiating conversations as you can get but at Vividcon, I take the opposite approach since it's VVC and everyone's nice and likes to talk vids.

I bring inability to start conversations to new and exciting heights, though. I am seriously considering going with the badge that says, "Please talk to me!" on it.

But I plan to have a great time. And I would love to hang out while we're there!
travels_in_time: DW--10 snaptravels_in_time on March 6th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
I just recommended "Handlebars" to yet another friend tonight! And her computer can't get the audio and video to match up, and my heart is breaking for her, because NOBODY should be denied the right to see the awesomeness that is this video!
tried to eat the safe banana: Vidsthefourthvine on March 7th, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I am sad for your friend. It is the most amazing video, and everyone should see it. I assume you've tried all the usual trouble-shooting things? Because then there is no help for it but finding a local fan for her to watch it with. (Or, I guess, burning the vid to a DVD, if you prefer the technological solution.)
Karen: girl geniusodditycollector on March 6th, 2009 07:34 am (UTC)
I mean, I will not be there, but that changes nothing!

I occasionally fantasize about marrying one of his songs.
This makes me feel better about the intense romantic relationship I've been having with this fic since you introduced us. I mean, not that we aren't totally happy together, but in a 'will society approve' sort of way?

Or at least a 'will tfv approve' sort of way which, I am sure everyone agrees, is *far* more important!
_medley__medley_ on March 6th, 2009 07:41 am (UTC)
Handlebars really is the best Tenth Doctor vid ever, I gotta say, and wow, thanks for pointing out the SGA one because it's amazing. And. I saw the robo-claw, whoa. *re-watches them all*
KRIM: brains?bitter_crimson on March 6th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
I'm on the waitlist, but I don't think I'll end up going. Both b/c I'm pretty far down the waitlist and b/c I'm trying to save up money so I don't know if I'd go if I even got on the list. *sigh* It's too bad, b/c a bunch of awesome ppl seem to be going this year. OH WELL THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE FOR MY FIRST VVC WHEE. I hope all of you who ~are~ going have an awesome time. I am pretty sure 90% of the con attendees will end up developing hopeless crushes on the Earthling. :3
JackieKjonojackiekjono on March 7th, 2009 05:26 am (UTC)
If it helps, last year Lierdumoa was number 22 and she got in.
Rozasharnrozasharn on March 6th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC)
I got good results from wearing a button saying something to the effect of "shy person, please say hi".
Tuesdayeverysecondtues on March 6th, 2009 09:02 am (UTC)
I'm on the waiting list, but if I do make it, I am totally childproof! And by childproof, I mean in my experience there's nothing small children can do to me that can't be fixed by a shower, change of clothes, and in extreme cases, pain killers.
O: be preparedagentotter on March 6th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
I am henceforth going to make every story I tell much more interesting by concluding with, "And then the robo-claw comes out."

Awesome recs. I'd seen and loved most of them already, which is just proof of your good taste. ("Handlebars" is one of those vids that when I hear the song by itself on the radio, the vid automatically plays along in my head. I am thrilled by this, incidentally.) It's also given me a weakness for Flobots, as I seem to be totally hooked on them. Luckily, so is my local alt radio station. :D

"Climbing up the Walls" freaks out hardcore, in the best possible way. Also awesome in that category is bradcpu's "Tear You Apart".

And have you seen the SPN vid "Impulse" by NYCalls0909? That vid does an awesome job of kind of divorcing the clips from their context and telling a whole new story. It's like an AU fic in video form. I haven't seen anything like it in fanvidding, though maybe that's because I live a sheltered life. :D

You've probably seen them already, but I like to share these things like they're new to all the world. ;D
Very inconvenient, as now I have no shaving-glassdzurlady on March 6th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
TFV, I would love to see you at VVC, but VVC and I are cruelly torn apart by geography. :(
Katie M.katie_m on March 6th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hey, you're coming back! With Earthling! Yay!