It’s an epic Where’s Waldo, Hide-and-Seek, Royal Wedding-Trumping event


Oh, that kind of event. Got it.

So…I’m never exactly excited about the loss of life, but I do enjoy the barrage of funny tweets and Facebook statuses that have resulted from Osama bin Laden’s death. Observe.

From my Facebook friends we have gems such as:

Told you I have friends.

And my personal favourite:
More death.

Also, from the Facebooks of the youth of Utah (my friend Andrea’s friends) we have:

Will somebody draw me a picture of Obama shooting Osama with a bayonetted civil war rifle that is actually a laser gun? I would like that.
Comment: And Osama is a vampire.

Osama Bin Laden: world hide and go seek champion 2001-2011.

Voldemort: 1. Osama: 0.

And from Twitter:

Apparently this is a comedic goldmine.

Plus two lovely visual aids:

Seth and Zach. What winners.

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Royal Weddings I’d Like to Be At


In honour of the royal wedding today, during which I will hide in my flat away from the hordes of crazy people, I thought I’d make a little list.

These are the royal weddings I’d like an invite to:

1. Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa

I bet Leia had an awesome do for the occasion.

2. Aragorn King Elessar Telcontar and Arwen

Whatever you do, don’t agree to play drinking games with Gimli at the reception.

3. Prince Henry and Danielle

I heard that Da Vinci designed her dress!

4. King Arthur and Guinevere

Bring in the mead and roast beast!

5. Doctor Who and Marilyn Monroe

Well, he is a time LORD.

Oh, and best wishes to Will and Kate. Many happy returns and all that.

A Super(natural) Wednesday!


Ladies and gentleman, it is official! CW has picked up our favourite demon hunting duo for a seventh season!

Sam and Dean are pretty excited.

They try to play it cool, but we know how they really feel.

That’s right, Dean, let it all out.

Sam just had to hug someone. Poor sod never knew what hit him….

Misha Collins expressed his excitement on Twitter a few hours ago with this goofy tweet:

Not to worry. The bad news regarded ice cream.

According to The CW’s press release, Supernatural, which pulls in about 2 million viewers a week, has “dramatically contributed to year-to-year gains on Friday of 66% in adults 18-34 and 60% in viewers,” making it a shoe-in for another season. Oh, CW, aren’t you glad you didn’t cancel the show after the 5th season? Yes, it was only a year ago that we thought Supernatural was done for, kaput, finito, off to a television graveyard where it would rest peacefully with Firefly, Dark Angel, Dollhouse, and countless other gems. But providence–er, awesome ratings–smiled upon us, and they’ve done so again!

So, Ghost Facers, hunters, and hapless human victims alike, rejoice! Our beloved Supernatural lives!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:


See Frankenstein at the National Theatre. That’s right, get your butts on a plane, get to London, and scrounge up some same-day tickets for a sold-out show, because guys, it’s worth it. (No, I don’t work for the National.)

The play is written by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle–yes, that Danny Boyle–and stars Benedict Cumberbatch (of Sherlock fame) and Jonny Lee Miller (of Eli Stone, Dexter, and Trainspotters). 

Cumberbatch and Miller alternate roles, switching off to play Victor Frankenstein and the creature, which would be fascinating even if both men weren’t exemplary actors. They are. The show not only sports stellar leads, it also boasts incredible, innovative sets and lighting and an overall atmosphere of eerie intrigue.

Seriously, if you can go see it, do.

In addition to seeing the show itself, I was lucky enough to attend a panel in which Nick Dear and Danny Boyle talked shop, and a late-night Q&A with Danny, Jonny, and Benedict. I even got to ask a question at the Q&A (how exciting!!) about what the actors and the director felt were the major differences between working in theatre and working in television or film. Here’s the response I got. (See how Danny’s looking off camera? Yeah. He was making eye contact with me. I may or may not have let that fact go to my head.)

A big thank you to You Tube user turtlegoescanada for the footage.

This message will self destruct in 5, 4, 3, 2…

What-zah?


It’s Passover, and in honour of the holiday and the success of The Great Matzah Hunt of 2011 (it’s surprisingly difficult to find matzah in central London) I thought I’d share this picture with the world:

I bet Spock has the same matzah shortage problem on the Enterprise. 

Happy Pesach everyone!

The Whoniverse just got a lot smaller


It’s a sad day for Doctor Who fans as we learn of the death of Elisabeth Sladen, the wonderful Sarah Jane Smith and my namesake. Sladen passed away yesterday, 19th April, at the age of 63, after a battle with cancer.

Sarah Jane was more than just a companion to the Whoniverse, she was a powerhouse of wit, charm, grace, and compassion, and she brought a light to Doctor Who which can only be comparable to the light Elisabeth Sladen brought to this world. Sarah Jane Smith showed us that one does not need the Doctor in order to save the world, she showed us that there is always hope of seeing old friends again, and she showed us that the best adventures are the ones we make for ourselves. Sarah Jane’s loss will reverberate throughout the Whoniverse, and Elisabeth’s will be felt across the globe.

As Russel T. Davies puts it in this BBC article, “The universe was lucky to have Sarah Jane Smith; the world was lucky to have Lis.”

Here’s one for the road.

He never said that!


Our society likes to quote things. Our society also likes to misquote things. I just wanted to enumerate a few of the more famous misquotes commonly found in pop culture. Why? Because I’m bored and I haven’t written a blog post in a while. Get used to it.

Let’s start with my personal favourite: “Beam me up Scotty.” In three seasons of Star Trek TOS, not once was that phrase used, but it’s commonplace these days. I’ve heard people on the street say it, I’ve hear television characters say it. Where did this come from?

(Kirk and Spock don’t get it either.)

Next: “Luke, I am your father.” Alright folks, the scene actually plays like this:

Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.

Luke: He told me enough. He told me you killed him.

Vader: No. I am your father.

The inflection is also completely different than the way in which everyone insists on saying it. Weird….

(Darth agrees with me. Beware his Sith wrath.)

And finally: “Elementary, my dear Watson.” In none of Arthur Conan Doyle’s 60 Sherlock Holmes stories/novels does Holmes utter these words. In fact, that phrase is not existent in any Sherlock Holmes story–not even those written by other authors.

(He’s judging you.)

So. Why are we such fails at quotes? I don’t know. I welcome any theories.