Dec. 31st, 2016 01:10 am
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
headcanon that the fact that ford's entry about earth ultimately did end up in the hitchhiker's guide in its complete form is actually the doctor's doing. he's too fond of earth, the omission seemed like such a criminal injustice.

headcanon on totally different thing, will from now on consider the second pokémon movie to be the epic-story-line-involving-legendaries that the gen I games never had and didn't gain even in their remakes. i guess lugia didn't exist yet, but gen I and II are kind of a whole anyway. maybe if gen I had been remade in a way that was worth anything. (and then again: a number of pokémon that first appeared in gen II were actually originally intended to be included in gen I... and lugia was one of them...)

Dec. 9th, 2015 09:41 pm
elsewhence: (stars)
honestly though, what makes people assume that peridot must be the equivalent of a child simply because she's small? we know there's no such thing as physical immaturity for gems (citation: that one classroom gems short), and also since peridots are apparently made to be technicians, it makes perfect sense to me that they're tiny and slender to make it easier for them to fit into narrow maintenance spaces or whatnot. i don't think it's likely that peridots on homeworld all go around wearing limb enhancers all the time either, since there's other gems more suited to tasks like heavy lifting around in case that needs to be done, it's probably equipment meant specifically for offworld missions

(also i don't see anyone assuming that ruby and sapphire must be the equivalent of children just because they're small. and if you're going to bring behaviour into it: do you mean to tell me that most of the way ruby acts is mature? heaven knows i can relate to it, but yeah.)

Dec. 8th, 2015 10:16 pm
elsewhence: (stars)
what if: a hypothetical gem language that has different speech levels for talking to social superiors, equals and inferiors (like some real human languages do, actually). and like maybe, the level used for talking to inferiors doesn't even have second person pronouns, it just always uses the name of whatever kind of gem one is talking to, because treating them as completely interchangable in that way sounds like precisely the kind of shitty thing homeworld would do...

spoilers for catch and release onwards, i guess )

(do you actually still need spoiler cuts, [ profile] collectively? let me know sometime)

Oct. 30th, 2015 07:06 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
if back to the future II had been set in the real 2015, doc brown probably would've provided marty with a smartphone instead of a walkie-talkie. and the sports almanac would've been an app rather than a book and it would've been deleted instead of thrown in the trash and the story would've been over there and then. which would be a good thing because the smartphone's communication functionality would've turned totally useless in the 1955 part of the story. (though i guess there's apps that will make it function as a walkie-talkie? you'd have to anticipate that you were going to need and and install the app first though, and having to return to 1955 was definitely not part of the original plan.) hmm

though i guess you could still fix the plot by substituting a plain regular mobile phone for a smartphone...

Oct. 26th, 2015 07:42 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
i wonder if the delorean has safeguards against attempting to enter a destination time that doesn't exist

source: played around with this app, entered february 29th 2015 and was automatically set back to february 28th 2015, then tried to enter october 10th 1582, which it was apparently fine with...

(also what about something like march 29th 2015, 02:00 AM? which didn't exist because it's aka the beginning of daylight saving time? or october 25th 2015, 02:00 AM, which existed twice? i saw it myself!! i sense some slight flaws in this design.

oh fuck what if failing to account for that was somehow the reason for the glitch that eventually caused the delorean to be thrown back to 1885.)

Oct. 26th, 2015 03:06 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
vague spoilers up to the return, i guess )

(hey elle, will you let me know whenever you catch up so i can stop the spoiler cuts?)

Oct. 20th, 2015 05:15 pm
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
people not to take seriously: anyone who thinks it makes any sense to ascribe human races/genders/sexualities/mental disorders/whatever to sapient magical space rocks

(and realistically speaking it doesn't make much sense for them to have anything like human romantic or familial relationships, because literally the entire reason these exist is down to the way we reproduce and the fact that it's easier to ensure we always have all the things we need to survive if we live and work together in groups! none of these apply to gems in the same way, we should consider every instance of these kinds of relationships occuring anyway extraordinary! seriously stop treating nonhuman fictional species as humans with funny costumes)

Oct. 11th, 2015 03:51 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
brief observation: gems may not need to breathe, but they must still have some kind of rudimentary lungs even if they don't use them to absorb oxygen. because they're able to speak. speech is a matter of exhaling while deforming your vocal tract to cause the air to vibrate in certain patterns! and they must be able to breathe through their noses as well as their mouths because they wouldn't be able to pronounce nasal consonants otherwise...

(man i'm totally thinking of they're made out of meat now. "they talk by flapping their meat at each other"...)

Oct. 4th, 2015 02:24 pm
elsewhence: (stars)
so they're showing the original star wars trilogy on TV this weekend and honestly, the concept of the force has always been a bit inconsistent right from the beginning. i mean, so obi-wan tells us that the force is an energy field created by all living beings, right? that's something i'm willing to suspend disbelief over, and it makes perfect sense that being able to consciously perceive and affect something like that would let you do things like persuade another living being to think a certain way, or predict their actions. but why does it let you predict the actions of inanimate objects? how does it generally enhance your perceptions of things that aren't alive? how does it give you telekinetic powers? either we're dealing with a hylozoist universe where all matter is alive in some way here or the explanation was oversimplified.

(and also, the very first movie shows that even force sensitivity itself - not just the ability to manipulate the force - requires training, no matter how much raw potential you have. consider that luke wasn't even the slightest bit aware of the destruction of alderaan. and the way i see it it, also established that it's not possible to directly perceive whether another person is force sensitive, only whether they're actively relying on it - darth vader apparently didn't notice anything special about luke during the trench run until the latter started relying on the force instead of his targeting computer...)

Oct. 4th, 2012 05:30 am
elsewhence: (homestuck time)
you know, when you think about it, the simple fact that there's missing doctor who episodes is proof that there can't be a doctor in our universe. because he'd never allow them to remain missing, would he. he'd love the idea far too much. if it's going to exist at all, it better damn well exist completely!

unless, of course, the fact that they're missing is somehow a fixed point. i am now imagining ten finding out about this and basically despairing. i guess this would be a scenario where he's visiting our universe somehow, rather than being part of it. it's a hilarious mental image.

(hey, i wonder whether if you made a statistic of which moods are the most frequently used on LJ as a whole, it would turn out that the further they are towards the back of the alphabet, the less common they become)

EDIT: though on the other hand, maybe the fact they're missing in the first place is his fault? maybe there was something deeply embarassing about them? why am i thinking about this.

Aug. 30th, 2012 08:07 pm
elsewhence: (alligator)
thinking about the plot of his dark materials, an interesting point: the general oblation board are not evil. sure, the way they're going about their work isn't exactly morally acceptable, but the point is that they don't actually intend to turn people into robotic shells. from their point of view, they're trying to rid the world's children from what they believe to be a terrible burden, and have just not found the correct method to eliminate the undesirable side effects yet. the premises they're working off are completely false, of course, meaning it's impossible for them to succeed, but if they were true, i'd call that a pretty noble goal.

though i've said it often enough, i hate the idea of having a dæmon, i'd be fully behind any method that could safely get rid of it, so i'm biased. and i don't buy for a minute the idea that everyone would instinctively love their dæmon and consider it the most precious thing ever and be incapable of ever thinking badly of it, either. people are capable of holding the delusion that they have no inner organs, and of being genuinely convinced that they should be missing a limb, what makes you think dæmons would be excempt from that kind of thing. they are not magical little packets of sunshine and goodness that can save all problems in the world. they're just a part of the mind, and one that is badly flawed due to being located outside the body and therefore far too vulnerable, at that.

honestly, i don't understand how homo sapiens didn't die out a long time ago in lyra's world. humans might keep away from others' dæmons, though i also don't buy this being universal and inviolable (honestly, if someone doesn't have any qualms about raping or killing or otherwise harming another person, why would attacking or otherwise interfering with their dæmon be any different?), but wild animals sure as hell would not give a fuck. so dæmons read as human beings to them? just attack anyway, human beings make great prey! and while the dæmon itself would just disintegrate, the human would still die, meaning the goal would be accomplished. i'm now imagining a species of predator specifically adapted to attacking peoples' dæmons...

Dec. 29th, 2011 07:33 pm
elsewhence: (life in fiction)
okay so she obviously already has an official look, but still, this girl is totally my headcanon of charley pollard now. she just looks that way to me, she couldn't possibly not, it's difficult to explain. *flail*

Nov. 16th, 2011 02:07 am
elsewhence: (life in fiction)
so. finally got around to watching TRON: legacy in its entirety. and the thing that bothers me, that makes it not really feel like TRON, is that it's just too dark. both visually, and i don't even know how that's possible considering these frankly gorgeous lights, and thematically. see, with the original TRON, there was this constant sense of wonder, of holy fuck there's a whole different world in here, and sure some of it is incredibly dangerous, but the real world can also be, and overall it's just a totally amazing place and worth everything. whereas TRON: legacy just leaves me feeling, hey, everything's turned into shit, you're lucky to get out here alive let alone have gained anything positive from the experience, and really you'd probably be better off if you never tried in the first place. they tried to turn it darker and edgier, i think, and it really doesn't work.

also, i really don't like the concept of the ISOs and how they're oh so special. wasn't it kind of the point of the original movie that programs already are far more complex and real than we can see from our side of the screen? isn't it amazing enough that hey, something that was created to fulfill a single purpose turns out to be a person that we just can't see the entirety of? what do we need those stupid ISOs for? :| i just don't really see their point, plot-wise. i'm pretty sure the story could've been reworked to work just as well without them.

and then the thing about programs being able to enter the real world. i'll admit, i was playing with it in a nonwritten fanfiction ages ago. but on the scale clu was planning on going about it, it just doesn't make sense. where would all that matter their bodies would be composed of come from? would their digital forms even contain the patterns required to make it fall into place? it actually does make sense in quorra's case alone because a) her real-world body was probably created from the matter that used to be part of kevin's and b) her digital form is explicitly different from regular programs' and presumably far closer to a human being's. beyond that, it doesn't feel properly thought out at all.

so yeah that's my disappointments.

on the upside, as i said, it does look really pretty even if some of it just doesn't make sense to me - why are there clouds in the grid? why fog? why do the buildings look so much like the real world? yeah, okay, because kevin programmed them that way, that explains it from a storytelling point of view, but does it work all that well? the soundtrack is great, too.

and hey, my brain is happily working on a universe where somewhat altered versions of both TRON 2.0 and TRON: legacy happened.

Sep. 21st, 2011 09:37 pm
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
so i've talked about how the original concept for the matrix actually made a lot more sense before. because having your bioelectricity siphoned off in exchange for being able to do more or less what you please inside the Matrix rather than having to deal with the crapsack real world doesn't actually sound particularly horrifying. i mean, it's not like you're even using it, and hell, even being fed the remains of dead humans is really basically the same as burying them in the ground and then eating the plants fertilised by their remains, just far more effective. and dude, it's not like dead people still need their bodies for anything! whereas having your brain used as part of a giant computer network, with the implication that everything you've ever experienced was actually just manifestations of whatever calculations were being run through you and you had no true free will, that is kind of bothersome. so i've kind of decided that something like that was taking place in my headcanon and the rebels just didn't have all the information. and then this came to mind:

clearly the machines have just read too much douglas adams and are trying to build the computer that will find the ultimate question for them. because if organic, evolved life has trouble not knowing that kind of thing, imagine what it must be like for mechanical, created life. and the reason the matrix keeps developing glitches and anomalies is down to the fact that the question and the answer can't coexist in the same universe. the closer to the result the biocomputer that is the matrix gets, the more its calculations and thereby the contents of the matrix get fucked up, making people realise it's not the real thing and eventually necessating a total reboot, which destroys all progress towards the question that has been made and thereby averts disaster.

see it all makes perfect sense. more than reloaded and revolutions did, anyway.
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
so speaking of dæmons, isn't the entire concept of people being all gushy and clingy towards what's supposedly their own souls actually incredibly disturbing? i mean, that's part of yourself we're talking about here. the part that's required for "yourself" to even exist in any meaningful sense. how is that anything but creepy as fuck?

i've actually considered that maybe it's only children who relate to their dæmons in that particular way. the adults we see in the books do seem to have a somewhat more realistic attitude towards the subject, from what i remember. still, creepy. still fail to understand why anyone would want them to be real. what precisely is so great about the idea of having the essence of who you are on display for the whole world to see? eww. i'd probably try whether you can commit suicide by chucking your dæmon off a tall tower or something. that's how much the concept bothers me.

(can you tell i really value my privacy, yet)

Apr. 29th, 2011 01:01 am
elsewhence: (alligator)
In The Matrix, the humans in the Matrix were originally intended to have their brains used as parts of a computer network, rather than being used as living batteries. The concept was changed due to the Powers that Be underestimating the viewers' intelligence.

and if you ask me, changing the concept of the movie like that actually completely stops it from making any sense. with the "human brains as part of a computer network" plot, i personally see a strong implication that everything the inhabitants of the matrix experience is just a product of whatever computations their brains are being used for, with free will being strongly impaired if not entirely nonexistant. that would be objectionable and desirable to get out of for obvious reasons. with the version we got, however, the deal you get is that you get out to live out a potentially rather nice life - definitely nicer than the real world - largely any way you like, with the only payback being that the machines get to tap into the energy generated by your real body, which you aren't using anyway, and never even need to be aware of any of it. and now explain to me how exactly that is a negative situation? "your mind makes it real" can be read more than one way, you know. i would consider a life lead entirely in the matrix perfectly real and valid precisely because all choices i made were still based on my own free will. the fact that they were shaped by what the artificial surroundings allowed for... who the fuck cares? decisions in the real world are shaped by what the laws of physics allow for, and i don't see anyone wangsting about that, either.

really, the only reason it didn't flop is that the action sequences were so awesome nobody was paying attention to the plot anyway.

the sequels did flop because... wait, what sequels? forget it, i must've been thinking of something else.

Nov. 29th, 2009 07:37 pm
elsewhence: (look out of the window)
i kind of think philip pullman used the spelling "dæmon" instead of "daemon" because in a lot of typefaces the æ character kind of looks like two copies of the same letter viewed from different angles and stuck together. see, it's symbolic.

or maybe i just think too much.