Before I went to sleep, I thought about how I should go ahead and buy the DVD season set of Highlander: The Raven, a series I’d had my eye on for a few years. I checked out the price online, saw it was still $30 (as it had been for the past couple years), and decided that price was still too high for me to buy it. So I went to sleep. And awoke to find that a sale started that cut the price in half.
The second thing I thought about that very same night was that I should sell a particular stock at a modest loss rather than risk losing the entire value, which would happen if the company went out of business — a possibility that I feared was looming, given that nothing significant had happened to the company in well over a year. Later in the day, after the markets closed, the company announced someone would like to buy the company, which caused the price to rise high enough for me to sell at the exact amount of loss that I’d decided would be acceptable.
I hope I thought about some other stuff before I went to sleep last night, because this seems like a fortuitous trend.
(Note to self: I wrote that on Aug 21)
I feel like I want to hear music playing so loudly that my entire body starts to buckle from the sound wave pressure, until finally my body matches the resonance and I dissolve into the waves. But I don’t want to hear this with my ears, ’cause that would hurt my eardrums.
I’ve just learned that Starbuck’s hair, which had been getting steadily longer, was not the expression of a sexist plot. I’d assumed that the producers or maybe the SciFi Channel had been forcing Katee Sackhoff to grow her hair longer in some kind of effort to “pretty her up” in stereotypical fashion. And this upset me because I thought she kicked ass with short hair, and I was disturbed by the implication that if she was being forced to grow her hair then it meant that they thought she wasn’t pretty enough…which would not bode well for her character’s future on the show. But I was entirely wrong about why her hair was longer.
Relevant interview clip:
JH: Is there nothing you’d wish for?
KS: Well, I do want Starbuck to have longer hair. I’ve had long hair my entire life. It’s really hard to chop your hair off and go to work and not feel like a boy.
JH: I like her short hair. How would you get long hair in the helmet?
JH: Same way Grace [Park] does!
In a longer interview with ComingSoon.net, the actress shared that the producers of Galactica were not pleased that she had been growing her hair:
Sackhoff revealed her appearance is going to change a little… well, okay a lot to her. “I just lost a huge battle with the producers as far as my hair and what length it should and should not be. So, it’s gonna be gone. Shorter than it was in the mini-series.” Like Natalie Portman in V For Vendetta short, we asked? “Yeah, kinda like that,” she explained.
That was a good interview. Let’s keep going for another paragraph:
“So that’s going to be happening, and Starbuck finds another man. I’m like what is that? They are mad at me when I called it ‘a soap opera’ in an interview. She’s sleeping with every damn guy on the show, how is it not a soap opera!? So, there is another man that comes into her life, and it is a very unlikely man that everyone is going to be so livid over. Okay, fine, you broke me, it’s Adama.”
So my expectation of who was pressuring who was ass-backwards. And so I find I was on the side of the producers, perhaps making me some kind of reverse sexist, pressuring Starbuck to look, as she said “like a boy”! Oh, my.
I can’t describe how beautiful the packaging is for the newly released Serenity ornament from Dark Horse, so I’ll post a pic. Dark Horse took their time manufacturing this but the results are lavish – both the ship and the box are excellent.
The full color box – nearly the size of a small shoe box – makes for an excellent base on which to perch the ship (and the ship’s stand) herself. And with that set up you can then stand action figures of the Serenity crew — the few action figures that Diamond half-assedly released — in front of the box, so the ship is above and behind them. I don’t what else would have this prettier, other than an Inara figure! (And everyone else from the crew of course!). I don’t have my figures with me (they’re in storage), but here is a snapshot of the ship and box.
Also on the shelf you may see some of the very small Battlestar Galactica titanium ships from Hasbro, which I probably would not have been getting if there were proper action figures available. I keep hoping that someday there will be action figures, and then these ships can serve as background decoration. (The bald action figure in the background is of course Riddick, from the Chronicles of).