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How many meanings does "macro" have?

I should be doing who_daily and sorting out stuff for London tomorrow, but I'm procrastinating. Surprise.

The Bechdel Test is a loose but generally surprising way of looking at the development of female characters in fiction. The test is simple - is there a conversation between:

1. At least two female characters
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a man.

You'd be amazed how many things don't pass. There's an interesting post and comments applying the Bechdel Test to New Who here, and Charles Stross talks about the test here, and vows to make sure his future stories pass. Hurray.

Amusing snippet from Neil Gaiman's blog:'I just called my Visa card to fix something, and found myself being asked if I was the Neil Gaiman. I said yes, I was. "So," said the Visa person, "Are you going to be writing an episode of Dr Who?" ' Hee. Although really Gaiman should know it's Doctor Who, dammit. These things are important. Apparently.

Doctor Who macros: This is truly disturbing, and this, which is hilarious. Nine vs Ten to Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.

There may be Foundation (Asimov's) movies happening - two of them covering the first Foundation trilogy. I was vaguely optimistic about this for no real reason - they've always been thought of as unfilmable - but reading this, I've moved into pessimism.

I joined the Guardian's dating thing last night out of boredom, mainly, but almost immediately found a bloke in Glasgow who seemed cool. We've mutually favourited each other (ah, the baby steps of modern relationships) but can't actually get in contact unless one of us forks out for a subscription. And I think if you're not BOTH subscribers it's an anonymous message anyway. I'm not planning on subscribing- it's expensive, and I'm happy with my life just now, and I have a bad history with dating sites anyway...the only time I met someone from one, I didn't fancy him in real life, but went out with him for a month anyway because it felt rude to say so. I are crap, yes. I have seen pictures of this guy, maybe I'll run into him in town ;->


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Jul. 29th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
XD That I can Has Tardis second link is MAGIC!
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:10 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? Nine is Made Of Win!
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Jul. 29th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Heh! I probably wouldn't even have noticed if I hadn't seen a post and long comment thread about this somewhere recently...
Jul. 29th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
I've noticed (though I now can't find the URL) that there are plan afoot to film Clarke's Rama books. With Morgan Freeman as the captain of the exploration ship. This could go so bad. I suspect the Foundation film will be poor too.
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
You know, I still haven't read any Clarke. This must be rectified.
Jul. 29th, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)
When did it become the Bechdel test? It was universally the Dykes To Watch Out For Test for years.

Just as surprising as the things that fail are some of the things that pass - Sin City, apparently, being one.
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
I've only heard of it in the last year or so, and always as the Bechdel Test, but she is the author of DTWOF...

Yeah, I've seen Sin City mentioned as an unexpected pass! Probably others, too.
Jul. 29th, 2008 09:35 pm (UTC)
I first encountered it as the "Mo Movie Measure", but apparently that was a bit of a misnomer as the strip where the test was introduced didn't have Mo in it ...

Jul. 29th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that too. I love how randomly names can get attached to things.
Jul. 29th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
It'll probably be the stuff about the Mule. That's a self-contained story. Dunno why in two films though.

Oh and the guy: if it does winks, communicate in Morse code.
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)
Hmm, yeah, and bits of the rest as flashbacks.

And ha! That would be great.
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:39 pm (UTC)
Perhaps part one will be the story of The Mule and his search for and [spoiler] the Second Foundation. Part two would then be the story of the First Foundation's search for and [spoiler] the Second Foundation. The reveal ending would work well in both films - Part One when we find out [spoiler] is The Mule, and Part Two when we find out the Second Foundation isn't on [spoiler] but on [spoiler].
Jul. 29th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that sounds reasonable.

(I think we all know the spoilers, though?)
Jul. 29th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
I was riffing off TV Tropes, which even has spoiler hides for The Bible.
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)
Hey don't tell me.
I've not read it.
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
The last sentence is [spoiler]"And lo, they awoke, and to great rejoicing discovered it was all a dreame..."
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Only in our dreams. *sigh*

Actually, he dies in the end. But ... he gets better!
Jul. 29th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
Man, I can't tell you how much I adore TV Tropes. Hours and hours of my life have been spent on it.
Jul. 29th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Heheheh! Yeah, that might work.
Jul. 29th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
I think the best way to tackle the problem of sites that require you to pay for thigns would be to hack the meta-data on your image files so that if someone looked at it in the right viewer it tells them your email address.

Unfortunately, I'm not sure how to do that. Alas.
Jul. 30th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
That's an ACE plan!
Jul. 30th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Re: The Foundation films.

At least they got the director of I, Robot to do them, 'cosyouknowlike, he really nailed the essence of Asimov's stories there.

Will Smith as Hober Mallow: "Seldon Crisis? F*** that!"

Brad and Ang as Toran and Bayta of course. Rowan Atkinson as The Mule?

And some 14-y-o party-girl acting-moppet as the Arkady Darrell you'd most like to strangle at birth...
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