jetpack_monkey: (Xander - All Alone In His White Boy Pain)
I should probably post this before the year is out. Back when [personal profile] franzeska and I were putting together the Escapade Friday Night Dance Party, we talked about using [personal profile] luminosity and Kamil's classic Buffy vid, It's the End of the World as We Know It. However, the vid was made from VHS and off-air rips and when truly ugly video compression reigned. With Lum's kind permission and no idea of what I was getting into, I set about remastering the vid from DVD/iTunes sources, the results of which you can view/download below:

Password: luminosity

Download 124MB MP4 (right/ctrl-click and "Save link as...")

At first glance, the vid *seemed* like it was just going to be a massive clip hunt, which is in my wheelhouse. Otherwise, lots of cross-fades and not much else to worry about, right? Wrong. Lum is a mad genius, playing with overlaid clips and speed ramping and all that other glorious stuff that you really makes you bang your head against your monitor during a remaster. In the end, I think I got it *mostly* right and the vid plays nearly-identically on top of the original.
jetpack_monkey: (Default)
Last weekend I flew to Georgia because my friend [ profile] kittycat22 was getting married and I wasn't missing that for the world. The weekend ended up serving a double purpose -- her wedding and a ten-year anniversary gathering for many of the Sunnydale Socks, several of whom I hadn't seen since my own wedding four years ago (and some of whom I hadn't seen in much, much longer).

I missed my Buffy friends. I mean, I love my vidding friends with all my heart, but my Buffy friends really pulled me out of the deep, dark trench that was my life ten years ago and helped set me on the right course. If it weren't for them, I might not have achieved the escape velocity to get out of Iowa. And the thing is? Every last one of them is *more* awesome now. Indeed, one of the folks who I hadn't really connected with in the past became one of my favorite people over the weekend ([personal profile] kajivar I am looking at you).

I also saw [ profile] midnightfae who has been super-busy being a vet. This weekend reminded me why we were best friends back in the day. I am going to make more of an effort to stay connected. That goes for everybody, honestly. And many, many people I saw over the weekend ended up with open invitations to visit and/or move to Los Angeles.

My roommate for the weekend was the delightful [ profile] darklightluna. Her shortness and my tallness lead to us being called "The Room of Ridiculous Height Differences". There's a photo on Facebook if you go digging.

Many drinks were had, much dancing was done, awful awful things were said during Cards Against Humanity (one particular set of answers I was judging broke me hard), [ profile] brightone was a giant spider and tried to eat everyone during "Betrayal at House on the Hill". Oh yeah, and [ profile] kittycat22 got hitched. There was that.

As for the subject of this post? That was our rallying cry all weekend -- because the South is a very different place that does things very differently than expected. So every time we would run into something odd, we would say, "Because the South." Because we're terrible.

Icon Meme!

Nov. 11th, 2008 11:12 am
jetpack_monkey: (Karen - Terribly Amused)
Reply to this post and I will pick six of your icons.
Make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
This will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.

[ profile] spleeny wanted to know about these:

1. 2. 3.
4. 5. 6.

1. Xander (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) -- "All Alone in My White Boy Pain"
This is the slightly revamped version of one of my very first icons. I think I made it for an icon contest waaaay back in the day. Anyway, the look on Xander's face just called for a little Ben Folds. Trufax: the first version of this icon used Comic Sans MS.

2. Jayne (Firefly) -- "Pretty Cunning Dontcha Think?"
A couple (my, has it been that long?) years ago there was an icon tutorial running around about how to convert screencaps into comic-book versions. I made a few modifications of my own (mainly to get a better sense of color in) and did takes on Jayne, Darla, Puppet!Angel, and Andrew. This one is still my very favorite (although the Darla runs a close second for capturing that EC Comics spirit). Everybody needs an icon of Jayne in the hat.

3. JD / Elliott (Scrubs) -- "Just Friends"
I Netflixed the first season of Scrubs, but after watching it, I immediately turned around and bought the rest. I also made icons. I just love this one because the caption isn't related to what they're talking about (she's, I believe, describing her family life at a mile-a-minute) but it sums up perfectly their relationship. They're never going to be uncomplicated and they're never going to be able to state their relationship in simple terms without qualifications or air quotes. Also, the look on her face is priceless.

4. Tchotkes (Wonderfalls) -- "Inappropriate Touching"
This one's pretty much verbatim from the series, which is a delightful and whimsical look at one slacker's rise to grudging responsibility -- all caused by talking animal avatars. It's awesome. In this scene, Jaye (said slacker) is listening to her friend Mahondra tease her about a boy using the two figurines as visual guides. Unfortunately, the figurines take umbrage to this.

5. The Calimari Wrestler (movie of the same name) - "Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know"
Okay, forget the icon for a second, because really, I only have it to sell the movie. Imagine a straight-faced parody of the Rocky movies, except instead of Sylvester Stallone, you have a giant squid. And it's live-action. It's available at, so really, you have no excuse not to see it.

6. Nic & Danny (Hot Fuzz) -- "Now That's What I'm Talkin' About"
I saw this movie twice in its opening weekend and I've probably watched it another six or seven times since then. In HD. It really is what I'm talkin' about. Plus firing two guns whilst jumping through the air is awesome.
jetpack_monkey: (Karen - Terribly Amused)
I know I still have to ask people questions. I'm workin' on it.

Five Random Facts About Me:

1. My left foot is a size 13. My right foot is about a size 12. When I was younger, I used to compensate by buying the half-size in between. Now that my feet are huge, I just have to live with one foot being crushed or swimming.

2. I used to be able to do the entire of the Political Peasants skit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail from memory, using funny voices that roughly approximated Graham Chapman, Michael Palin, and Terry Jones. I can still do it, but I stumble a lot more. No, I don't do it on command.

3. I have written just around 225 full-length (non-capsule) reviews since October 2000 -- 145 for Classic-Horror (2000-2007), 27 for the now-defunct The Reel Critics (2002), 18 for (2002-2003), 3 for the now-defunct (2001-2003), and roughly 30 for The Daily Iowan (2002-2003). Plus there's a few straggler reviews that I did as favors for other defunct sites and a handful of unexceptional non-capsule reviews from Classic-Horror that were taken down when we went to a "one film, one review" format.

Apparently 2002 and 2003 were very busy years for me. If you're looking for these reviews, most of my material from The Reel Critics was transferred over to and can be found here. only has about half of my old material up -- their archives only go back as far as Fall 2002, unfortunately. I'm not hard to find on

It should be said that of the 225, I'm proud of about 100. Maybe 120. The newer the reviews, the better, usually.

4. I have brilliant new red Converse trainers. Thank you, [ profile] midnightfae.

5. A few years back, I had to lug some very heavy water jugs about half a mile, two at a time, in three trips. My pain coping mechanism was to name all the regulars on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in the order in which they were added to the credits.
jetpack_monkey: (Wonderfalls Tchotkes - Inappropriate)
From each of your fandoms, choose your favorite character, 'ship and episode. One only!

This is going to take a while )
jetpack_monkey: (Lilah - Nutritious and Delicious)
I never write porn. I never write slash. I really don't understand the Spander 'ship. Yet alcohol and some sort of weird neural co-mingling with [ profile] airawyn produced the following 250+ words:

Spike/Xander. NC-17. Porny, but character-oriented. In no way safe for work )

Uh, feedback appreciated. Beta'd in the sense that [ profile] airawyn looked it over very late at night and didn't point anything out, flaw-wise.

ETA: I also have a non-porny new Doctor Who icon based on the recently released Season 3 promo pics (it's so hard to keep spoilers out of this kind of text). It's not enough to constitute a new post over at [ profile] jetpackvampire, so here it is:Cut for spoilers, unless you don't count casting as spoilers, in which case never mind )

Lazy Sunday

Apr. 2nd, 2006 08:39 am
jetpack_monkey: (Veronica Mars - Headtilt)
Yeah, I'm at work. Yeah, I have actual work to do. No, I don't have enough to fill the day. I like my Sunday-Thursday schedule, though. Makes the week go by faster.

Time to catch up on my fandom posts...

Buffy -- Fear Itself and Wild at Heart )

Veronica Mars - Spoilers Through 2x11 Donut Run )
jetpack_monkey: (Willow - Geez)
Some of ya'll may recall that back at the end of 2005, I co-ran a little RP called [ profile] fandomhigh (and occasionally ran ran, much to the consternation of my stress levels). This was an amazingly huge timesuck and prevented me from doing a lot of the things that I loved to do -- like actually watch fandom shows.

I'm starting to really cringe every Thursday morning after Lost and Veronica Mars have aired, because I haven't caught an episode since early November. I want to know what's going on, but I don't want to run out and just spoil myself, either.

At the same time, what with having the girlfriend and all, I just don't have the time to download and watch the shows. Pretty much, right now, I'm waiting for the seasonal DVDs to come out this summer and I'll catch up then.

But I'll be damned if I'm missing the new season of Doctor Who. No how, no way. No sirree.

Instead, I've been watching a metric crap-ton of films and guiding [ profile] midnightfae through the wonders of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

What I've been watching )

And in case you were wondering...

The Birthday Haul )
jetpack_monkey: (M - A Marked Man)
This is for TBQ's benefit. It's a WIP from waaaaay back that I haven't touched in ages. Probably some grammar errors. Anyway. Share and enjoy.

Title: Parker Abrams and Tucker Wells Aren't Dead
Author: Jetpack Monkey
Rating: PG-13 at the moment
Projected length: Could get to "Living History" proportions if it keeps going like it is, although not the same kind of writing.
Characters: Parker Abrams, Tucker Wells, Andrew Wells, Forrest, some OCs
Summary: Parker gets an offer he can't refuse from a mysterious and off-putting stranger.

Author's Notes: The challenge I gave myself was to stay within canon as much as possible while still telling an interesting story. Things start concurrent to the events after Parker gets clocked in "The Initiative" and run parallel to Buffy Season 4 (and possibly Angel Season 1 if the characters let me).

Parker Abrams gripped the sterile upholstery of the examining table while the doctor prodded at his swollen nose. )
jetpack_monkey: (Tom Servo Lives!)
Twelve characters. A lot of questions. Many embarassing pairings. Go.

1) Xander Harris
2) Irina Derevko
3) The Ninth Doctor
4) Jaye Tyler
5) Tom Servo
6) Faith
7) Sayid
8) Kaylee
9) Number Six (The Prisoner)
10) Mac
11) Gaius Baltar
12) Penny Lane

And awaaay we go... )
jetpack_monkey: (Xander/Willow - Oh Boy)
I'm coming in late on this whole appreciating the fanfic thing, but I have two authors that I'd like to shout out to, and some of their more brilliant works.

First off is Yahtzee, who does some fabulous work in all sorts of fandoms, but I mainly appreciate her work in Angel and Alias.

As Time Goes By (NR, Angel) - Casablanca through the lens of Angel futurefic. It's a thoughtful, well-told story, and it's easy to see how our characters would retell this classic tale while still remaining themselves. Who plays which parts is a surprise and a pretty cool one at that.

Splinter (R, Angel, co-written with Rheanna) - The Fang Gang takes a detour when trying to get home from Pylea... and lands in an alternate LA where nothing is as it seems, but one thing appears painfully clear - Angelus and Darla rule the night.

Soap Opera (NR, Alias) - Everybody should know that I'm a sucker for Syd/Weiss, and so, apparently, is Yahtzee. This is a sweet story of Weiss trying to get the girl even though he knows he probably shouldn't.

Next is Liz Marcs, who writes the best Xander ever. This is Xander as I know him - cute, funny, dependable, but closed-off and deeply flawed. The nice thing about Liz is that even though she has obvious favorites (Xander and Faith), she still writes crackin' ensembles where nobody is left to the wayside.

Living History (PG-13, Buffy) - This is her epic. Even though her current WIP is looking lengthy, it's still a much tighter story than this sprawling epic about visitors from the future shaking up the Scoobies' new situation in Cleveland. The story is, amongst other things, about destiny and how we have to fight it even if we are bound to it, because that's how we become who we will be.

Contrite Spirits (PG-13, Buffy) - Xander, Faith, and the Catholic Church. On a mission to track down a new Slayer, two comrades discuss matters of, ah, faith. Brilliant writing and example of the author's precise characterization.

Cuckoo in the Nest (PG-13, Buffy) - Tony Harris is a serious serious asshole and Lizbeth Marcs has the guts to write it. It's an almost painful read, because the man is so obviously pathetic and deluded, and there simply can't be a truly happy ending for a dick like this. Although somewhat related to her current WIP, this fic stands on its own.


Aug. 15th, 2004 11:18 pm
jetpack_monkey: (Xander - Ben Folds)
Signs that you're enjoying [ profile] liz_marcs's fic "Living History" far too much?

You ask somebody where the "futch" something is.

*amused sigh*

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