Friday, November 22, 2013

This Week in Random: Who Mania, Creepy Portraits, Contagious Books, a Weird Definition of Sexy, and Petty TV Complaints

by Sara N.

It's a scattershot kind of day, so strap yourselves in. We're going to hit a lot of topics in this post.

Doctor You-Know-Who

The world's gone Doctor crazy this week. It's been non-stop episodes and specials on BBC America, and today's U.K. Google doodle is the best thing ever. (I can't believe we poor Yanks are missing out!) This, of course, is all in advance of the broadcast 'round the world of the 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. It airs at 7:50 p.m. Saturday in the U.K., which is 2:50 p.m. EST. Make your Saturday morning/afternoon plans accordingly.

The best part of the anniversary episode for me is the return of David Tennant. It's a testament to Matt Smith that I like him pretty well despite that fact that I've hated most of his episodes. But could you say that I'm out-of-my-mind excited about even the temporary return of Ten?

Keep reading for gross library news, a terrifying family portrait, stupid complaints about television shows, a punchable turkey, Star Wars snowflakes and more. In other words, something for everyone! 

I'll stick with my Kindle, thanks

You might want to put on some gloves before you handle that library book. Toxicology tests on the 10 most popular books in the Antwerp library showed they all had traces of cocaine — not enough to get you high, but enough to possibly show up on a drug test. Even grosser: The copy of Fifty Shades of Grey tested positive for herpes. Not enough to actually give you the herp, but enough to give you the bone-deep willies.

Somewhere, Anastasia Steele's inner goddess is dousing herself in hand sanitizer.

Royals in the Attic

Behold the Danish royal family's official portrait, unveiled this week.

love it. What other country's royal family would approve of an official depiction that makes them look like the inside cover of a V.C. Andrews novel? I can't wait to find out which adult is trying to poison the children with arsenic out of jealousy over their youth and beauty.

Sorry, Princess Marie. You're an Andrews heroine now; you're looking at your entire dating pool.

Consider a nice sans-serif font, show

This is an intervention, Sleepy Hollow. Your subtitle fonts are out of control, and you need to get it together. You are not the cover of a paranormal romance novel. Choose something less terrible and more readable. (To be fair, it's getting better as the show progresses. But it's not there yet.)

From the show

For comparison
Also, while I'm picking nits, Headless and Neil Jackson are clearly different body types.

Cool, thin drink of water.
Bulky, enormous, terrifying stein of mead.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Have you been to the movies recently, People magazine? Maybe flipped on the TV? There is a crazy abundance of sexy men out there. A veritable cavalcade! Yet you choose a scrawny, self-important manwhore who's a walking ad for penicillin and whose sex scene in American Horror Story: Asylum made my ovaries shrink in on themselves at its ickiness.

For shame. America deserves sexier.

Reading to remember JFK

If you could tear yourself away from the non-stop Who-age this week, I'm sure your television told you that today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy by the coward Lee Harvey Oswald. If you're looking for a way to remember the event (other than CBS News's live stream of their coverage from that day, which begins at 1:38 EST and which I will be watching non-stop), you could pick up Stephen King's novel 11/22/63.

I reviewed it when it was released in 2011, but if you don't want to read the whole review, know this: It's a gripping story of time travel and good intentions and brave people. You'll be desperate to find out if the hero can stop the assassination and change history.

Post-apocalyptic pirate style

I've been wondering this forever: Where did the Governor get such a fine eyepatch in a zombie-ravaged landscape? I'm not sure I could find such a nice one today — and I have Amazon Prime.

Also, how does he keep his hair so shiny?

Two holiday links 

Do you like homemade snowflakes, but wish they were a little nerdier? ManMade DIY has free Star Wars snowflake templates to jazz up your quarters in the Death Star for the holidays.

As a guilty carnivore, I've been enjoying this website that lets you create a completely loathsome turkey that you won't feel bad about, um, not pardoning. Use it to ease your Thanksgiving angst!

One sad, serious note

Perhaps you've heard about the horrific tornadoes that ripped through Washington, Ill., and nearby areas on Sunday. More than 1,000 houses were destroyed, leaving thousands homeless and many with literally only the clothes on their backs. I live about 10 miles away from Washington, and I can tell you the devastation is unfathomable, and the suffering is real. If you're looking for a deserving outlet for donations, please consider the Salvation Army's and the Red Cross's efforts on behalf of the victims of the Central Illinois tornadoes.

The scar left behind by the tornado that ravaged Washington, Ill., on Sunday.

Happy Who-ing, everyone. Enjoy the combined charisma of all the Doctors.
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1 comment:

  1. What happened to Washington was horrible. I'm glad you're okay, though!