beccatoria: (atris vs nihilus)
Next, my auction video. Noelia_G won and gave me the brilliant idea and song choice.

Title: You Told The Drunks I Knew Karate
Video: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Audio: You Told The Drunks I Knew Karate // Zoey Van Goey
Summary: Finn is drunk and on a ladder.

Direct download available here. RightClickSaveAs. 58 megs approx.

Cross-posted to [ profile] vidding and [community profile] vidding

Other vids available here.
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Dudes, I started making this in November 2010 and then somehow...stopped for nearly a year. I don't usually do that, and I always thought the idea was kinda fun. So I finally finished it. Have a vid.

Title: Here We Come, On The Run!
Video: Star Wars [Original Trilogy]
Audio: Under the Radar // Abney Park
Summary: Princess Leia, Commander of a rag-tag fleet of rebels airship pirates.

Direct download available here. 36 megs approx. RightClickSaveAs.

Password: vidses

Cross-posted to [ profile] vidding

Other vids available here.
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For [ profile] such_heights!

Vidder's Notes )

Title: This Chain of Days
Video: Star Wars
Audio: At Last // Neko Case
Summary: Padme, Shmi, Leia, (Anakin), death.

Direct download available here. 9 megs approx. RightClickSaveAs.

Password: vidses

I will index and crosspost all vidlets at the end of November or when I've done all the prompts if I decide to keep going to finish them.
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For [ profile] daybreak777!

I apologise for the fact it's a live recording - the only non-live version of the song I could find was from the band's newer singer whom I like a lot less, for this particular track. I also totally meant to get to the end of the trilogy, but it turned out that the story was all Eps III to V. :)

Title: Boy & Girl
Video: Star Wars
Audio: What A Good Boy // The Barenaked Ladies
Summary: The Skywalker twins.

Direct download available here. 13 megs approx. RightClickSaveAs.

Password: vidses

I will index and crosspost all vidlets at the end of November or when I've done all the prompts, whichever comes soonest.
beccatoria: (vader x fett)
So this is my background project, that frankly, is so ridiculously ambitious and quite probably actually impossible, I'm not sure I'll ever finish it. But, since I really miss actually posting here and Fringe hasn't showed up to distract me yet, allow me to walk you through an assortment of scenes from Becka's Ridiculous Take On The Prequels.

I am mostly making them cus it's an editing challenge, cus I'd like to make as radically different a version of them as possible as part of that challenge, and because the idea really, really cheered Kev up one day, cus he took disappointment in the prequels much harder than I did, and I'm using one of the ideas he always had as a kid as a central point in Stuff We're Changing, which is they really ought to have cloned Anakin Skywalker, cus it's called THE CLONE WARS. And like, no one we care about gets cloned! Not even once! Ahem.


So, err, for the curious here is a vague rundown of what'll be in the edits, but it's hardly required reading for the crazy clips I posted. )

beccatoria: (i'm ur father star wars)
I hate the prequels.

Actually, that's not entirely true, but I mostly hate them, and I've never really written out why, at least not here. I'm not the only kid who hated the prequels. Hell, I wasn't exactly a kid when I first saw the movies, impoverished as my childhood was by parents who never thought to show them to me until the cinematic rerelease. But I did see them, as a barely-teenaged girl, and I loved them. And when my not-quite-uncle told me to read the Thrawn Trilogy, I jumped into the Star Wars expanded universe and I never looked back. At times I drifted (and yes, the disinterest the prequels was at least partly responsible at times). At times it pissed me off, or I wondered why I was bothering. But I really don't know how to quit Star Wars. It's...beautiful in its absurd enormity. I don't know of another world that is as expansive and that tries as hard to incorporate every last damn thing into a single quasi-coherent universe, everything from cracked-out 70s Marvel comics to poorly-written, bland books aimed at 7 year olds to sparsely written, epic, brainwarping philosophical novels about torture, to 100% pure-grade action-thrillers. Even in the face of Lucas endlessly trying to reinvent the stuff we love, and writing over it like the kid with the biggest paintbrush yelling that his dad owns the wall anyway.

There's such crap stuck in there, but somehow, Star Wars teaches me the meaning of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

It even gives me some piece of mind about the prequels. Not because it makes them good, but because it helps make them irrelevant. It helps tell other stories around them that build up until in my mind, there are prequel-shaped holes, and the movies are just another hamfisted attempt to convey a piece of history. Just another Glove of Darth Vader masquerading as a Traitor.

Because dear god, those movies were awful. Here is why, in detail. )

So yeah. The prequels. I hate them. I reject them from my mythology as anything more than badly rendered versions of events.

Because Star Wars, as so many of its media tie-ins will tell you, is a modern myth. It's my mythic cycle, for sure.

But you know what kind of annoys me? The contradiction of the franchise's attempts to monetize that notion. To simultaneously tell us that Star Wars is popular because it taps into something primal and mythic in us, while at the same time telling us that this is due entirely to the genius of George Lucas.

I'm not trying to say that the guy didn't have an amazing idea, or pull off three fantastic movies, and another I can stand to watch without wanting to gouge my eyes out.

But I am saying that if you claim that your success is down to your skill at evoking wider mythic resonances, then claim credit for that skill, not for the wider mythic resonances themselves. Acknowledge your sources. (And yes, A New Hope is a fabulous movie, and I have no moral issue with him stealing large tracts of the plot from The Hidden Fortress, but, you know, he did.)

And most importantly, acknowledge that myths become public property.

Perhaps the greatest measure of the original trilogy's success is that it became so mythic, enormous parts of not only fandom, but the general viewing public, rejected his attempts to bolt on these additions so violently he became, if not an outright disliked, at least one of the most divisive figures in his own following.

So what was the point of this post? I'm not entirely sure. Mainly, I guess, that I love Star Wars. It's mine, and George Lucas can't have it.
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Who releases a vid in an obscure fandom at nearly midnight on Christmas Eve? ME, THAT'S WHO. Because it's burning a hole in my HD.

So, MERRY CHRISTMAS! Have a vid!

Title: Heroes of the Empire
Video: Star Wars: the Clone Wars (animated series)
Audio: Joey Starr Wars // DJ Zebra
Summary: Explosions, lightsabers, the Imperial March and French rap. It's fun being a hero of the Empire.
Editor's Notes: No knowledge of the show is really necessary for this; I cannot claim it has a plot. What it has is lightsabers, explosions, lightsabers and more explosions. ;) Many thanks to [ profile] kiki_miserychic and [ profile] chaila43 for the beta!

Direct download available here. RightClickSaveAs. 34 megs approx.

Password: vidses

Cross-posted to [ profile] vidding.

Other vids available here.
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So. The thing that probably most of you are more interesting (and boy does it prove that it's a slow month).

[ profile] prolix_allie and I have been having a fabulously interesting discussion about sandwiches. And what weird ones are awesome. So far she has convinced me that peanut butter and red onion could work, and I am plugging for cream cheese and honey (also, peanut butter, grated coconut and raisin is quite nice).

What are your favourite weird sandwiches? BORED ENQUIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW!

Secondly, STAR WARS.

Dude. I'm trying to catch up with this crazy universe cus I fell unforgivably behind this year, and FOR CRYING OUT LOUD I think it's going to break my external harddrive. I have approximately SIXTY FIVE GIGS of this crap. WTF is WRONG with me?! WHERE DOES IT ALL COME FROM?!

...and that's not even counting the various fan films I've collected over the years. Plus I'm not even up-to-date on this stuff. O_O
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First post on that page!

And not only did he give me a nice answer which, while I'm still disappointed in the whole Daala as CoS thing, was very thoughtful and was surprisingly willing to acknowledge that it could have been better handled, he also mentioned that he'd seen me posting elsewhere on the net, and THINKS I MAKE SENSE!

*iz a fangurl*

Plus confirmation that he White Eyes Sith Luke symbology is TOTALLY DELIBERATE! )

Still, though, HE KNOWS WHO I AM! I'm...slightly weirded out by that actually, like...did I ever post bad stuff about him? Huh? Since I...go on about my crazy theories about Denning's subtextual messages quite a lot. But hey. It's also awesome. And I have decided to just assume he approves of ALL my crazy posts! :p
beccatoria: (anakin solo tears from a star)
I cannot currently think coherenly about BSG so I will write up my ep reaction to that in a day or two. Meanwhile, I will talk about the last book in the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series.

A review, in which Luke is a creepy bastard, Jacen finds the quiet space on the other side of madness, Jaina treats Luke like the Mandalorians, Ben is a hero because he is Young, and I hate Denning for making me love this book because everything I love about it will be ignored by wider canon, JUST YOU WATCH. )

So there.
beccatoria: (tofu flarn)
Kev: You have noodle on you again.

Me: Is it at least on the lower half of my face?




In other news, my mother has taken to trying to convince me to move to Fitchburg, Massachussettes.


In other news, Karen Traviss is not impressing me with her new Star Wars novel, but I'm only half way through. There are hilarious hijincks, though, when Boba Fett (her woobie) is angsting (at the age of 71) about this eel he had as a pet as a kid, and how he had to free it in the oceans and it was EATEN RIGHT BEFORE HIS WIDDLE EYES! BEFORE IT HAD "EVER TASTED FREEDOM"!

Despite the melodrama, I was willing to give the author props for mentioning something from those Boba Fett kids books. That's cool continuity. Then someone pointed out that in the kids series, Boba Fett bloody HATED that eel. He thought it was creepy, and when it got eaten, his response was glee. A kind of "serves you right, sucker, only the strong survive!" squeeing moment.

So far that is the single thing I love best about this book. It promotes the theory that Boba Fett is delusional and his constant monologuing and angsting about his dead father (who has been dead for SIXTY-TWO YEARS), is quite probably the result of senile dementia.

Also, the Fett Worship in this book has spawned the Boba Fett Game, wherein Kev and I attempt to invent secret ways that Fett saved the day with true selfless nobility. Our favourite so far: He was in the cell block next to Leia's in A New Hope feeding her that toilet paper autobiography from V for Vendetta to give her the strength to hold up to Vader's torture.

Oh Bobby! *swoon*
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So, some of you may or may not be aware that in the early eightes, National Public Radio made dramtizations of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Then their funding got cut, and they didn't make Return of the Jedi until, like, 1996 when the Expanded Universe was big bucks again.

The point to all this is, my increasingly nocturnal lifestyle means that I've been whiling away the early hours of the morning in skeezy Star Wars related skeezy chatrooms. And then someone found a website that let you stream the entire SW radio drama, and then some of us started listening to it, and then it was the most hilarious group-across-net-activity on the planet.





And seriously, some of this shit is DARK; perhaps even intentionally. )

And, um, finally, there's the piece de resistance.


You know when Vader shows up to interrogate Princess Leia with that evil looking floaty ball thing? Yeah, well, this is what happens after the tasteful cut.

Now...fair warning. This is, um, disturbing. It's also hilarious, but it's the kind of hilarious you feel dirty for laughing at. Or more accurately, it's the kind of disturbing you have to laugh at because otherwise you might run screaming into the night.

Now, true, making this in 1981, they couldn't have had any idea how pertinent it would be for Vader to choose burning alive as an imagery for pain, or, far more disturbingly, how WRONG it would be to have him yell, "DON'T YOU WANT TO PLEASE YOUR FATHER?!" while Porno!Leia is...moaning somewhere on the floor.

But still. Um. Yeah. Well. THAT.

So, final verdict on the radio dramas? They are incredible if you're willing to approach them as CRACK ON TOAST. It's like 60% amazingly produced drama that improves on its source material, 10% OMG what have you DONE to the source material?!, 20% you MUST have realised how suggestive/disturbed that sounded at the time - was it intentional? cus if it was intentional then RESPECT, and 10% you know, in hindsight this is all TERRIBLY dodgy.

Either way, it was a great ride, and best listened to in a group.
beccatoria: (anakin solo tears from a star)
So, after yesterdays srs post about srs bizness (well day before yesterday now, cus it's after midnight), I thought I'd post something fun. Again, I am inflicting Star Wars on my flist so if you are not interested, look away now! Or just skip to the picture of the pretty man at the end too many pictures already; will save pretty picspam for another day. :)

A while back a forum I frequent held a "Top 100 EU Works," poll, where everyone was welcome to submit their top 20 EU Works (be that novel, radio drama, comic, sourcebook, cartoon, video game, non-OT or PT movie...whatever) and then a top 100 would be compiled by the moderators. (Yes, there is just that much EU material).

So in case you're interested in what kind of Star Wars fan I am - I present to you, my list! Along with the end ranking of the work according to the TF.N forums. I've tried to pick a combination of my personal favourites, the ones I think are the best objectively, and the ones I think do important things for the EU, or show its breadth. I wanted the list to be...representative of what I like about the EU.


20. Shadows of the Empire (novel) - Steve Perry. )

19. Starfighters of Adumar (novel) - Aaron Allston. )

18. I, Jedi (novel) - Michael Stackpole. )

17. The New Jedi Order: Enemy Lines (novel duology) - Aaron Allston. )

16. The New Jedi Order: Edge of Victory (novel duology) - Greg Keyes. )

15. Star Wars: Clone Wars Volume II (cartoon) - Genndy Tartakovsky. )

14. Revenge of the Sith (movie novelisation) - Matthew Stover. )

13. Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords (video game) - Obsidian Entertainment. )

12. Legacy of the Force: Betrayal (novel) - Aaron Allston. )

11. The Thrawn Trilogy (novel trilogy) - Timothy Zahn. )

10. Star Wars Tales: Unseen, Unheard (comic) - Chris Avellone. )

9. The Last One Standing: The Tale of Boba Fett (short story) - Daniel Keys Moran. )

8. Legacy: Broken (comic) - John Ostrander & Jan Duursema. )

7. Knights of the Old Republic: Commencement (comic) - John Jackson Miller. )

6. Dark Times: The Path to Nowhere (comic) - Mick Harrison. )

5. Knights of the Old Republic: Days of Fear (comic) - John Jackson Miller. )

4. The New Jedi Order: Dark Tide (novel duology) - Michael Stackpole. )

3. Jedi Vs Sith (comic) - Darko Macan. )

2. Yoda: Dark Rendezvous (novel) - Sean Stewart. )

1. The New Jedi Order: Traitor (novel) - Matthew Stover. )

And...that's that. :)

If you're interested in the complete TF.N list - click here

Hope y'all at least enjoyed the pretty pictures. Perhaps tomorrow, if you are all very good, I will spam you with pictures of Chiwetel Ejiofor. That might be a cheer-up-Becka method that would be more, err, flist-friendly? Well TOO LATE NOW! MWAHAHAHAHA!
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So, I know that most of my flist don't care about my irrational love of Star Wars and its expanded universe. But MWAHAHAHAHA, it's MY blog, so you all get to listen to me talk about Luke Skywalker's inability to engage his son in a discussion of basic morals.

Firstly I probably out to clarify my position on Star Wars Morality. )

So. Having established my position, let's move on to my problem.

My problem! )

Anyway, the exchange:

Exerpt to Illustrate! )

What you need to say, Luke, is that it corrupted people's souls. )

To be blunt, and to use a wonderful sentence a friend of mine used, which summed up everything I wanted Luke to say on a visceral, powerful, emotional level:

"Because it corrupted people's souls, Ben."

Because that's as good a description as any for the hollow and slow death that occurs when you have to choose between making yourself a target or willfully ignoring atrocities committed against others.

Because that breaks a heart and wounds a spirit and corrupts a soul. Because that doesn't just play into the Burke quote about evil triumphing when good men do nothing, it also scars the person who makes that choice. Makes them something less than human. Less than a hero. Less than they deserve to be.

But Luke Skywalker is old. And Ben is abandoned to learn this by himself. )

And I'm not even getting STARTED on the bloody Mandalorians. )
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For [ profile] were_lemur! Who challenged me to write something in some way inspired by the awesome Star Wars & Pants Game, wherein you replace key words from Star Wars quotes with the word "pants"! This actually isn't a silly story (well, not really, though it might be daft). The first line is a "pantsed" quote, and I took it from there.

Disclaimer - not mine! No money being made! Don't tax me!

Like Pants & Taxes )


Authorial Ramblings... )

Next up, a story for [ profile] tiniago, and if you've read her prompt(s), you'll know why I'm a leeeeeeetle nervous... ;)
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So I'm still whiling away my life, waiting for BSG, Heroes, the Sarah-Jane Smith Adventures to kick off. Trying to get the impetus up to read all the Heroes comics, to post speculations on BSG S4, and to get over my hatred of the Master reveal to properly catch up on Who. Or do silly things. Or do serious things.

Or go back to writing the story I'm trying to write about the girl who's dad's family wants to spread a forest across someplace that might be America.

Still, news from around:

- I read the latest Star Wars novel. My primary comment is that Jaina uses the phrase, "young ones" to describe the children at the Jedi Academy, while Luke and Kyp both succumb to "younglings". I think it's clear who has the greater strength of moral character. Oh, also, Jacen has turned Tahiri into a necrophiliac paedophile. Just sayin'.

- Madeleine L'Engle died a few days ago. That makes me oddly sad since I never even managed to make it through all her books. Now, we'll never find out what happened to Charles Wallace.

- It's the top of the ninth and the Yankees are beating Kansas City six three. This makes me happy.

- It's possible that it's not the best idea to listen to songs that are just roiling with anger or hate that could raze you where you stand, such as "The Future," by Leonard Cohen, "Motherfucking Asshole," by Martha Wainright or "Not a Pretty Girl," by Ani DiFranco. I now want to burn something. Badly.

- On that note, why has no one told me about Ani DiFranco before now? She's sort of neat.

- On that note, listening to the Brams Cello Sonatas has made me homesick for a time when I could at least mostly play them. I dread to contemplate the current state of my Cello or my ability to play my beautiful instrument. That sounded filthy. I really didn't mean it to. I'm just feeling nostalgic. Okay...that's not helping. I'll move on now.

- Why do weekends always pass so quickly?
beccatoria: (waldorf statler muppets)
Hi guys, I've been a horrible LJer lately. Partly because I've been busy and/or elsewhere (went home for the weekend) and partly I just haven't really had anything to say/the heart for it. I partly blame hiatus fever. No BSG, no Heroes, not even any Doctor Who. And most of my roleplay games have slowed because Danny disappeared for a month and people have been busy. *sigh*

But anyway, there has been some roleplaying news in the industry. Wizards of the Coast are publishing Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition. My initial reaction was OH DEAR GOD, MY EYES, MY EYES!

Very long rant about 4th Edition D&D that I'm sure none of my Flist will understand much less want to read! Go ahead and skip on to the YouTube extravaganza! )

So. Yeah.

D&D. Not a roleplaying game. Who knew. In that light, I'm quite proud of me and my group for telling unbelievable stories using it. For having whole games where no one rolled a single dice for combat in a system that even at its best was unwieldy for anything other than combat. For letting us create a shared mythology and iconic characters and even words. For breaking our hearts, and shocking us with plot twists we never saw coming, and terrifying us, and moving us, and making us angry and making us laugh until we felt sick. For letting us play pretend again. The best sort of pretend, where all the amazing character development and action sequences, and emotional wreckage you want to explore gets explored. For letting me be the sane palandin of an insane god, and a girl caught in the undertow of someone else's prophecy, and the weakest of Caine's children burning in the sun, and the woman who gave half her soul to her devil self, and, and, and...

For giving me and my friends control over the characters we love most, not TV companies and distant writers we'll never meet. That's why I love roleplaying. It's the story. It's as addictive as writing, except, when you get the right group of people, the story you make is better and bigger than the cliched sum of its parts.

Forgive me for waxing lyrical; it's a topic I tend to get passionate about. Which is why I'm being indulgent and posting this outside a cut.

Meanwhile, in YouTube land! )

And really finally, for [ profile] sonofgodzilla I found this at [ profile] icanhastehforce

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Have a great day, y'all!
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Um, so, yes, Real Life ate me.

Well, Real Life and Knight of the Old Republic on Kevie's XboX. Seriously, making Carth run around in his underpants that look oddly like a Victorian Bathing Suit and desperately attempting to get him to fall in love with Boy!Revan is entertainment!gold.

Also the best way to beat Darth Malak? Thermal detonators. Seriously, fuck that Force crap and just grenade the git.

Though I've finished it now, so I guess life can resume.

In Other News:


I saw a trailer and THE LOVE IS BACK!

Which is kind of pathetic considering I only saw, like, thirty seconds of footage and no dialogue, but what can I say? I'm easy!

Cut for vague spoilers! )
beccatoria: (waldorf statler muppets)
On Saturday I got my ear pierced again (helix piercing up at the top of my left ear). I haven't had anything pierced since my lobes at seven. So I wasn't entirely sure what to expect since I pretty much decided to do it, like, five minutes before I was signing away a chunk of my ear.

I figure I'm probably being girly, but it really hurt! Well, for like, twenty seconds. Then again, I later discovered that cartilage piercings are, relatively speaking, quite painful, and the miserable bugger who did the piercing didn't numb it up or anything first. So yeah.

But it hardly bled at all last night, and I slept on it fine (though it does still hurt if I touch it at all. Considering it can take up to a year to heal properly that's not so bad, really.) Anyway I think it looks pretty nifty. So score one for holes in my ear.


Today I was blamed for slash fiction for the second time! This time it was Star Wars girlslash. Clearly force-feeding him all those Star Wars Audio Books eventually either broke him or converted him. Since all roads eventually lead to girlslash where Mr R's concerned, I'm inclined to say I converted him... ;)

Either way, I have no idea if anyone on my flist would be interested in Star Wars Girlslash, but just in case, here you go: Cellmates

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