The Star Beast

Finally watched a Dr Who episode. Seriously, hadn’t seen more than a clip or three before. Full thoughts will come in episode 19 of the Implausipod.

An odd episode: it felt like a speedrun through the required story beats to link everything together, and a lot of the rest was elided. So I’m not sure it was a representative story of the franchise; we got equal parts “very special episode” and “fanservice”, and while I was able to make some external connections early (and by the midpoint too), by the end it was all internally referential, and the titular Star Beast was a very thin foil for the rest of the internal narrative that the showrunner wanted to hang over the episode.

As a new viewer, I’m not entirely convinced to stick around. Let’s see how the next one goes…

Month of posting

After the monthly WordPress Meet-up group (which I highly recommend if one is in your area; well worth it!), one of the members issued a challenge to post daily for a month.

Part of this was to get into the habit of doing it, of getting it done, and partly to learn more about WordPress through the repeated exposure to it.

So I said, sure, I’ll join you.

And as with anything, even if the best time to start was 5 years ago, the second best time to start is right now. There’s no sense in waiting to make a positive change, to put something off until New Years or whatever.

So let’s get started. 30 days of posting, starting right now.

(This one counts, right? Right?)

Alright, see you tomorrow or sooner.

Content (it’s all content)

There’s a post that pops up on occasion on Mastodon or the other socials from time to time, where an artist or creator chafes at their work being labelled as ‘content’.

And while I can sympathize, I hate to break it to them, but the genie is out of the bottle.

It’s all content.

It has been since the late 1900s.

I was reading Jenkins et. al. (2018) recently while prepping Episode 16 of the Implausipod, and even there “content” was being referenced.

So for future reference, let’s cover off why ‘content’ is fine.

Imagine, you have a pizza shop. You make some fantastic pizza. Best in town. Maybe as a customer I’m feeling like a pizza, maybe deep dish, maybe thin crust, maybe even a calzone. I’m not being picky.

But sometimes I’m feeling like a steak, or a stir fry, or a pho, or a Reuben, or breadsticks, or whatever. (Clearly I need to stop writing this before dinner).

And maybe, just maybe, I want to make something myself. At home, or on a campfire in the mountains (or whatever).

Regardless of what I’m having, we can all agree that we’re talking about food.

So too with content: it doesn’t matter if it’s a video or a blog post or a podcast or a digital comic, or even traditional art. It’s a bit of a mouthful to spell it all out, listing each and every type. Especially if we’re really interested in talking about food (sorry, content) in general.

And if someone objects, and says “I don’t make food, I make pizza!“, well, you go, you do you. But it comes across as weird to deny that what you’re making counts as food too.

So, yeah, let’s not do that. We used to call it “media”, and while that still holds true, in the 21st century we refer to it as “content” too.

So enjoy! Mange! Dig in. Find something tasty.

iTunes update

Quick bit of Implausipod news, as it is now up and available on Apple Podcasts, which means it should be propagating to the apps that use that as well. So, great news! Hope that makes the episodes more accessible for a wider audience.

(It turns out that Taylor Swift was right, and “It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me.” At least to a little extent. Apple had a bit to do with it too, as the Apple Podcasts is not accessible without an iTunes account (basically). So my reticence to use their products was a hard stop, with no workaround. Called their tech support on it too. Fixed now though.)

And more episodes coming soon. Talk to you then.

Films as Art…

On Mastodon on the evening of November 17th, 2023, @Ricki.Tarr asked the following question:

And the responses have been pretty amazing. But my own feeling is this:

@RickiTarr Most of them do, tbh. I think the underlying message between “Every Frame a Painting” captured it well. (Miss that channel.)

But seeing as I used to use 80s and 90s action movies for examples in my film class, I might be an outlier.

Anyhoo, a few:

#madmaxfuryroad The desert storm.
The fight on the cliff
#serenity The Serenity dolly shot to open
#GrandBudapestHotel Just the color design, in all of it.
#johnwick Fights as ballet
#matrix2 The Chateau foyer fight

And more…

/2 Been thinking about this all night, how most of my examples would come from some basic and banal films.

And I think that’s the beauty of it, is that they’re all #art

The underlying assumption in responses to the thread is that “art” is defined by something that must be transcendent or sublime, a singular work that stands above others is somehow “art” in ways that the others are not.

But I still find art in #billandtedsexcellentadventure or #videodrome or #returnofthelivingdead

3/ Or #conanthebarbarian or #jurassicpark or #thefifthelement or any of hundreds of other films I find engaging.

Now some films might push this a little bit. If I’m Dan Harmon, I might have issues with #NowYouSeeMe f’rex, and struggle to find the art there, but this is where the subjective alights within #cinema

(Waitasecond, can I still use #frex , or did some tool decide to use it as the label for an AI-generated thesaurus for your smartphone in the last week?)

4/ Anyhoo, where was I? (phone call disrupted the tenuously connected synapses there…)

Oh yeah, there’s beauty in the basics, which is really what I was getting at.

The most recent flick I saw was Aronofksy’s #PostcardFromEarth the psuedo-doc made to showcase the capabilities of #TheSphere in #LasVegas

It’s a brief sliver of a movie with a #scifi wrapper and an eco-friendly message.

It’s a singular experience, worth checking out. Most definitely #art

but so was #furyroad

Art can make you feel the little things too, is what I’m getting at.

Which is where I’m sitting at. So I’m thinking I’ll list out the films, and the frames, that strike me as “art”, however it gets (subjectively) defined, and I’ll run through the list here in the next few days.

Also, more on that Aronofsky film coming soon…