Sunday, 31 October 2010

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Bad Spelling and Fans

This blog is, as you may have guessed, about two things. Bad Spelling and Fans. By the latter of the two I mean Fanboys/Fangirls, but we'll get to those in a moment. First off:

Bad Spelling
Recently I got involved in a 'Comment argument' on Facebook. One of the people involved was making a point about 'Fraud'. She, however, was spelling it 'Freud'. Now, we all know that those are entirely different things. I made my argument in a comment, and then pointed it out to her that fraud is spelt with an 'a'. She then proceeded to have a go at me about picking on her bad spelling. In a comment full of bad spelling, awful grammar, and, frankly sloppy punctuation. I know I sound like a dick, but bad spelling/grammar/punctuation really gets on my nerves (as does shortening 'you' to 'u' etc.when you have a full QWERTY keypad, and no character limit. It's allowed if you're pushed for space on Twitter.) If you're a bad speller, people are going to judge you on that, and that'll never change, no matter how much people say it will. That rant's over. Now a new one:

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a fan. A fan of many things, to be precise. I'm active in a few fandoms, I'm not well known particularly, and I don't write fanfiction or do fanart. I read fandom!secrets. But I wouldn't say I was a massive fangirl. Unlike some people I've come to know recently. For example; a couple of weeks ago Jane and I went to see The Sarah Jane Adventures. At that preview there were A LOT of Fanboys. Not so many Fangirls, but still. The problem with some fanboys is that they are exactly as the media like to portray them. Overweight, sweaty, badly dressed. They could make the effort, you know? I've also met a few fangirls - someone added me on Youtube as a friend purely because I said I'd seen Tom Milsom. 
Really, what I'm saying is that Fans can go too far. I personally would never have the nerve to go up to someone I admired if they were, say, with their family, or out for dinner, and ask them to sign things. I might, possibly, if I saw them on the street, just pop over and say I enjoy their work, or just to say hello. That could be because I'm actually kinda shy, or it could be that I wouldn't want my day full of pesterers, and I so I try not to be one myself.

Thursday, 14 October 2010


Looking at my Youtube account, I realise that I haven't done a normal blog in... a very long time.
By a normal blog, I mean one where I'm not entering a Film Competition (Still only me and one other person on the main website - LOOK), I'm not with my brother, I'm not in Corfu or showing you how to do something, and I'm not hiding behind pieces of paper. I mean one where I'm talking to you. In fact, my last proper blog in that respect was on the 6th of AUGUST
I'm disgusted with myself.
Anyway, I would like you, my people, to help me. I'm going to make a video diary of one day next week. I want you lot to pick which day. It can be any day, from Monday-Sunday inclusive. So Comment with which day you would like.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Death of The Doctor

So last night, Jane and I went to see a preview screening of The Sarah Jane Adventures episode 'Death of The Doctor', as well as a QnA with some of the cast and crew afterwards.
We went up to London about midday and went to Covent Garden, and bought sweets, and then looked at a scary theatre, and got soaked by a fountain. Then we went to an AWESOME arcarde where I made a fool of myself on Dance Machines and Jane won SIX prize tickets. Which is apparently enough for a Fox's Glacier Mint.
We went to the British Film Institute, got us some Bonus!Reece, had dinner (after a lot of wandering around) and then went and waited to go in for the screening. We made friends with a couple called Greg and Emma, who were really nice, and not overly geeky, and we mocked the smelly, sweaty, underdressed and slobby fanboys. Then ELIZABETH SLADEN walked past and everyone was like !!!. A little later, KATY MANNING walked past and everyone was like !!!. Then TOM MILSOM walked past and I was like !!! while everyone else was like ... (I use 'like' a lot. Leave me alone Emma Thompson) Yes, I am a YouTube nerd. There was another one too, who practically knocked someone over chasing Tom. I hope I am never like that.
Then, it was time to go and watch the show.
The show was introduced by a nice man from the BFI and first we watched some Classic!Who clips, of Jo Grant and Sarah Jane Smith's original departures from the TARDIS. We wiped eyes and laughed at clothing. BFI man announced that there was to be a quiz, with signed prizes. The third question was to win a SJA postcard signed by Liz and Katy, and a Merlin poster signed by some of the cast. 'What is the last episode in this series of SJA to be called?' Jane's hand was STRAIGHT UP (because we'd been discussing it earlier) and she won the prizes. We then fangirled so much we missed the final quiz question, but who cares really?
The lights went down, and the show started. Even though I'm almost entirely sure that no one else bar Jane and Myself who reads this blog watched SJA, I'm not going to give anything away about the plot. I will say this though, it was beautiful, Matt Smith was amazing, and there were scenes that almost made me cry. It is entirely wasted on children.
The QnA started with the introduction of the... Questionees (new word, live with it) and a few questions from the BFI man, and then moved onto questions from the Audience, our new friends Greg and Emma both asking questions, and most of the others being as good as theirs. But here is where I must move on to my only disappointment of the evening.
Children. You're going to say I'm being harsh, I know it, but hear me out. Sarah Jane Adventures is a kids show, it's broadcast on CBBC, it has a younger demographic than Doctor Who. But this screening was for adults, or at least people older than 16, which is when most people, myself not included, stop watching CBBC. It was at 8pm for that reason, so that those people who are normally busy during the day could come and watch it. But there were still children there. It was fine during the screening itself. But during the QnA it really started to get on my nerves. There was a small boy a few rows in front of us who was clearly tired, bored and wouldn't stop fidgeting. There was a small boy who asked TWO questions, neither of which were amazing - 'Why are they always in two parts?' being the BETTER of the two - and a little girl who asked 'Who is your favourite Doctor?' Which, to be fair, is quite a good question, and got good answers.
But again I'm going to say, this showing wasn't for kids, even though the show itself is.
On the plus side, I was THIS CLOSE to Tom Milsom.

I'm such a Nerd.

Monday, 11 October 2010

For anyone who cares, yesterday's stuff on the wall post was the 110th on 10.10.10

I think that's cool, shut up.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

I'm deleting my most watched Youtube Video.
Why are you doing this? I hear you cry (inmyhead)
It's a video about the thorn that was in my foot after I trod on a branch at Jess' birthday party in april. I titled it 'Feet'
Unfortunately, this lead to my channel being subscribed to by a LOT of Foot Fetishists, and all the related videos being of a similar theme.
Much as I like people subscribing to me, I'd like them to do it because they like my videos, not because they're hoping for foot porn. Watching it back now, I really dislike it as a video anyway. It was filmed on my webcam, and I'd only just started making videos, so it's badly edited etcetc. I don't delete old videos, as a rule, even if they're crappy like this one is, but I'm getting spammed by Fetishists, and I don't want new people coming to my channel (as hopefully they soon will do - more on that at a later date) and watching my most watched video, and it being that.
Goodbye Foot Video.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Whatever happened to School TV?

I remember those good ol' days. Sciving off school so I could sit at home, under my duvet on the sofa (Oh the Luxury) and watch TV all day.School TV, on from about 10 - 2 on CBBC, was really all that I was allowed to watch, it being educational and all. I didn't really mind it, I kinda enjoyed it.

But now, when I'm on my Gap Year, and have all the time in the world to sit and watch telly on the sofa, there's no School TV to be found. What happened to it? Where are Zapp and the Wordmaster? Where is that programme about Rivers that seemed to be on all the time? Where's the 70s telly that was still being broadcast in the early 00s? Now there is solid Kids TV on CBBC. Some of it worse than the School TV ever was.
Yes, I know I'm nearly 19, and shouldn't be watching Kids Telly, but that's not the point.

Where's the Magic Pencil when you need him?