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5 years, 3 months ago
"[T]he speaking of language is part of an activity, or a form of life."
- Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations
Today is the 150th anniversary of the origins of Alice in Wonderland
. A century-and-a-half ago today, Lewis Carroll took a boat trip with the Liddell family, and told the children a story. Alice Liddell asked him to write it down. He started the next day.
To celebrate, follow me down the rabbit hole and listen to Shabcast 7 - here
A special one, this. I'm once again joined by Josh Marsfelder (of Vaka Rangi
) and for the first time by the wonderful Jane
of many fames. We watch (and chat about) the neglected 1966 Jonathan Miller TV version of Alice in Wonderland.
A forgotten masterpiece. Well, maybe not forgotten... but not exactly remembered either.
This podcast had various titles before I settled on my final choice: 'Alice Narrates Herself'. It was going to be called 'Cobwebs on the Tea Urn', then 'Mock Turtles all the Way Down', then 'Pig Latin'... I even toyed with a facile but amusing 'Shabcast Madness Returns'. I eventually settled on a title which reflected something myself and my ...
5 years, 6 months ago
Normal shabcast service has been resumed after the unplanned emergency anti-fascist edition from earlier this month (though you may be hearing more from Phil and myself on the issue of the Hugos and the nazis). This episode of the Shabogan Graffiti podcast is the long-awaited continuation of my mammoth chat with the lovely Josh Marsfelder, writer of the ridiculously good Vaka Rangi blog. A slightly disjointed episode this one, but you're getting all the good bits. The bits I chopped out are mostly me being inconsequential. What's left is mostly Josh being eloquent and passionate about TNG, Trek generally, Dirty Pair, aesthetics, fan fiction, slash, Mary Sues, singularity archetypes, and all sorts and manners and conditions of interesting stuff. We also do a bit of violently malevolent hating on Wesley Crusher... which should be entirely acceptable to all right-thinking people. You'll love it, trust me. Hardcore nattering, with no fascism to ruin everything. Paint a bulls-eye on your heart right now.ADDITIONAL: Umm, I've actually added the link to the new episode now. *Also, here are links to all my previous audio stuff:Shabcast 3 (the emergency anti-fascist ...
5 years, 7 months ago
Yes, Shabcast 2 is here
. This month, you get the first part of my immensely long (and ongoing) discussion with the wonderful Josh Marsfelder, writer of the Star Trek
blog that makes all other Star Trek
blogs look like nothing more than Star Trek
blogs, Vaka Rangi
There will be more of the discussion up next month in Shabcast 3.
Meanwhile, Shabcast 1 - with me and Phil Sandifer
- is still available here
And, once again, thanks to the lovely lads at the Pex Lives Podcast for providing me with the bandwidth to make this project possible. Pex Lives' latest edition is just out, and is about 'The Trial of a Time Lord', and is very funny and opinionated (I think they're a bit hard on Colin Baker to be honest, and far too kind to The Verve). Download or listen here
7 years, 4 months ago
I've never been a Trekkie, but I've seen enough of the franchise over the years to make me think I could talk about it with some familiarity, hence this
post from a while ago. It started out as an outgrowth of something about the Cybermen and the Borg that I'm still tinkering with. I stand by a lot of what I wrote, but I'm preparing to have to revise some of my views because of the arrival of a truly excellent new blog called Vaka Rangi
, written by my online friend (and frequent Shabgraff commenter) Josh Marsfelder. He describes the blog as
an attempt at a critical history of utopian futurism in televised science fiction, particularly science fiction involving voyaging starships, from a specific perspective and using the Star Trek franchise as a "guiding text"
I'm posting this not simply to get you to check out this blog (which you should utterly do, if the subject interests you) but also to address a remark I made in my own essay on Trek. This remark:
it's astounding that apparently intelligent people can tout Star Trek as a great example of progressivism ...