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Crap. There will be a brief intermission before the election coverage. I suppose it's not unreasonable to have it on the actual day of the election, but this pushes the TOS S2 DVD event back a day. Ah well; if it bothers IJD, he can always just kill me.
It's here! It's huge! Welcome to 5MV's Election 2004 Top 10 Lists event! With this event, our Top 10 subsite reaches and surpasses -- way surpasses -- the 50 mark.
The origin of this event is one of my first T10 lists, The Top 10 Election 2000 Votes From the Voyager Crew. I didn't know much at all about politics back then, so I just came up with reasons that sounded funny. This had some unexpected side effects (Jim Wright nearly had a seizure when he saw that his beloved Janeway's vote was for Gore), but I think the lack of canvassing for either side helped the list's popularity, and it remains one of my favourites. So, now that another election is upon us, I decided to follow up that list with some Election 2004 character votes -- but this time doing multiple lists to cover the many series that have been added to 5MV in the last four years (i.e. everything but VOY). So I called up my homies, and this was the result.
Here are the thirteen Top 10 lists that make up this event:
The Easter egg for this election event (say that five times fast) shouldn't be too hard to find. It's easy if you're thinking the right way. All I'll tell you is that the hidden "entrance" is on one of those Top 10 list pages. If you try for a while and still can't find it, email me for the answer -- or just watch the comment thread, because someone is bound to post the location once it's found.
Tomorrow, when the results of the election are (hopefully) in, I'll post some election wrapup here, including some interesting links. On the off chance that no one finds the Easter egg, I'll also post a hint. Meanwhile, there's one more item for tonight's looooong update: IJD's hit a small snag with his plan for a fiver to celebrate the release of TOS S2 on DVD, and it won't be ready for a while yet (should be up in at most a week). To tide you over, here's a preview scene:
Spock: Jim, why did you have to fall asleep in the middle of the mission drawing?
See you tomorrow, and good hunting!
Okay, election event wrapup. First of all, we all now know who won the real election. Does this result agree with our various series' preferences? Let's see....
Voting Totals From Lists #49 - 61
So it seems Bush would have won here too, which is interesting because most of the list-writers were for Kerry. On the other hand, an informal poll going on at the forums currently stands at Bush 12, Kerry 20, others 5. (For a total of 37 votes... geez, polls at way lamer forums get thousands of votes. Maybe I should start advertising or something.)
Oh, speaking of traffic, it's been awesome this week: we had over 600 hits on Monday and nearly as many yesterday. Keep it up!
Back to the election event. So far several people have found the Easter egg... if you want to know a couple of cheap ways to find it, visit yesterday's comment thread. For those who are man enough to search the traditional way, I'll narrow it down a bit for you: the egg isn't in any of the Trek lists. And the egg isn't the only part of yesterday's update you may not have seen. For those who haven't noticed, a while ago I started doing unique disclaimers for the Top 10 lists, like I do for TJI -- so check those out if you didn't before.
As promised, here are a few election-related links....
Acknowledgements time. First off, thanks to all the list writers -- you guys rocked the house, from experienced staffers to untrained greenhorns. Thanks also to Xeroc for showing me the CSS code for hiding the Easter egg, saving me the trouble of looking it up. Thank you to whatever floating muse, or maybe vampiric alien, gave me the idea for this event just in time. Thank you to America for having a way more interesting election than the ones we have up North. And not so much a thank you as a thumbs-up to all our American readers who voted yesterday. You did your duty -- and earned the right to complain about the government as much as you want for the next four years.
Till next event, I'm Zeke, and I approve this message.
Hey all. Sorry I didn't update yesterday, I was doing math and fighting zombies. (The zombies were angry because I'm better at doing math than they are.)
Anyway, two relevant facts: one, my Enterprise tapes are in the mail (you rock, persianmouse!), and they'll be here sometime next week. That makes this weekend the perfect time to finish Season 3. Two, as the Easter egg hinted, it's going to be updated -- so if you haven't found it, keep looking, and if you have, reload now and again. You just might see a change.
Since this has been a big week for 5MV, let's make this a big weekend for 5MV chat! For those who don't know, we chat on a server provided by the excellent Xeroc, irc.xeroc.hopto.org. (The channel is #5mv, naturally.) If you've never been, why not start this weekend?
Sigh... sorry about the missed updates. I'll try to have a good one tomorrow to make up for it.
Remember that mini-event IJD was working on for the TOS Season 2 DVD release? It's here -- and it's not leaving till it's kicked your butt down to the corner store. To celebrate the arrival of S2, IJD has fived two episodes from that season, both memorable. The politics-heavy "The Omega Glory" taught viewers an important lesson: not everything Gene Roddenberry writes is glorious. (This rule is now called the Omega Directive.) And who can forget the season finale, "Assignment: Earth"? It launched a highly successful series, after all. Read and enjoy IJD's fivers, and then go buy the DVDs!
I'm going to take some advice I got at the forums and make a more respectful Remembrance Day update this year. So here's my favourite poem on the subject, one I've loved since I first read it: George Johnston's "War On the Periphery."
Around the battlements go by
My pleasures, how discreet they are!
My little children eat my heart;
I watch their tenderness with fear
One final thought. One of the cleverest jokes on The Simpsons is that that Springfield has two veterans' halls, one for Veterans of Popular Wars and one for Veterans of Unpopular Wars. When a war is being fought, we don't know which hall its veterans will be frequenting thirty years from now... and it may have nothing to do with whether the war is popular at the time. Worth thinking about.
Arggh, missed another one. And I said I was going to reveal the location of the Easter egg, didn't I? I'd better do that.
Tomorrow. Today I'm going to check in on my sparsely-updating friend Pokey the Penguin. I wonder what he's been --
(GASP) Pokey, you bastard!
Odd-numbered days seem to be my thing lately. It's about time for me to get even.
Stop throwing stuff, that kind of line is exactly what you come to the site for. And have a link.
The filler continues with another link day. You think you know how to fold a shirt, don't you? Well, you don't know how to fold a shirt. This -- THIS is how to fold a shirt. Any questions?
No, I don't know what she's saying. Go ask someone who speaks Japanese and has nothing better to do. Try your local animé club. Just pick a random member and threaten to make him watch the Funimation version of DBZ. Otaku will do anything to avoid watching dubbed animé. Like this one time I was at a friend's house and accidentally changed the channel to the English version of Sailor Moon, and he leapt across the room, yanked the remote control out of my hand, and committed seppuku with it. I'll say this for Sailor Moon, though: once you've got the theme song in your head, you're not getting it out any time soon. Too bad it's so inaccurate. "Never running from a real fight" my asteroid. Did the theme-writers watch the show? I bet they're the same guys who....
....Okay, this is going kind of off-topic. The point is, if you use the last of the Brita water, refill it before you put it back in the fridge. I think we can all agree that this, not military intervention, is the best way to fight software piracy.
Here's a link Alexia submitted: Reverse. The instructions suck, so I'll explain how it works. You're a square trying to get to the spot marked "goal." You move the square with the mouse (not the keyboard, which is how you'd think you would "move the cursor"). The trick is that when you move the mouse, the square moves in the opposite direction. There are walls and sometimes moving objects in the way, and if you touch anything, you die. Alexia's at least up to Level 13; see if you can beat her. Or don't. It's not like I've got a gun to your head.
Because those first appeared in a later series. What I'm holding to your head is a "gun pistol."
In other news, two webcomics have recently had their sixth birthdays. Penny Arcade turned six yesterday, and GPF on the 2nd. If you also recently turned six, send me your name and I'll announce it here. (Must be 18 years or older to participate.)
If there's a greater joy in this world than getting a package of Hallowe'en snacks from your grandparents in the mail, I don't know what it is. Oh, wait, I do. It's getting a package of Hallowe'en snacks and pie from them. Mmmmmmm....
AAAAAAAAAAAAA! Oh holy crap, the PAIN! ARRRRRRRGH!
Um, sorry. I blew a filling and it's hurting like crazy. I think I'd better go see the dentist. Back tomorrow, hopefully with less UNGODLY PAIN....
And the moral of this story is... falling behind on your updates leads to root canals. Ow.
Okay, time to reveal the location of the Easter egg! The link is on Vedra's list, item 2. If you need more help than that, go ask John Kerry. He's got nothing better to do n--
Zeke's Better Judgment: That was about the cheapest shot you've ever taken.
I can take cheaper. Know who sucks? I'll tell you who s--
Zeke's Better Judgment: Stop talking. Just stop. Well, finish the update, then stop.
Fine. (ahem) The Easter egg will be updated at least once today, so check it again later. Okay, that's all. I'm gonna go someplace and make more cheap shots.
These aren't the droids you're looking for.
They're over thattaway. (points)
Zeke's Better Judgment: They're not falling for it.
Where were you two seconds ago when I needed to judge a better excuse?
Okay, let's get back on topic a bit. There's been a very exciting development in the world of Enterprise, and I'm pleased to be the one to give you the news. Ladies and gentlemen: we have met Robert Beltran, and he is Jolene Blalock.
Let me explain something, Jolene, with the disclaimer that I love your acting work. Without Berman and Braga, absolutely nobody would listen when you talk. You owe them your job and your fame. They created your character, they made her interesting, and they gave her the second biggest role on the show, which is why you've had the chance to show us your skills. And here you are calling them bad writers for "forgetting" T'Pol doesn't eat with her hands (which couldn't possibly have been a subtle indication that she was growing more human), and ignoring the overwhelming majority of interesting material they've written for T'Pol.
To borrow from You Are Dumb, it's ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!
Blalock on Berman: "You have this head guy who's some kind of ancient old croaker with no concept of the real world outside, with his fine wine and his, er, crumpets." Anyone who's read even one article on or interview with Berman knows what a joke this description is. To hear it from someone who WORKS for him is unbelievable.
Blalock on the Xindi arc: "T'Pol's hair doesn't move -- even in battle! And if it does, we re-shoot it." Uh huh. Jolene, have you ever watched TV? Ever? That's how it's done. "We don't bleed here, and nobody dies. Give me a break!" I suppose not watching TV includes not watching Season 3, where, you know, people bled and died.
Finally, like so very, very many bashers, Blalock praises Manny Coto for saving the show, destroying B&B, dying for our sins, whatever you please. Coto's work is based entirely on the foundation B&B established in the last three seasons, but of course that's irrelevant, as is the fact that his stories this season are continuing in the same line. Season 4 is about exactly the same thing Seasons 1 and 2 were about: revisiting Trek concepts from previous series with new twists. Coto isn't the Joker to B&B's Batman -- he's Robin. And the reason he's writing good stories this season is that he learned from the best.
Hooo boy, that came out longer than I thought. Sorry; I just can't stand ingratitude, and B&B-bashing is a particular hot button for me. It's dishonest and hypocritical almost every time, and it makes it difficult for me to read the comments of people whose work I otherwise enjoy. (Why yes, evay, I do know you read these updates.... ;))
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