Normal Again

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“The entire series takes place in the mind of a lunatic locked up somewhere in Los Angeles… and that crazy person is me.” – Joss Whedon on Normal Again

This is one of my very favorite episodes. Is Buffy just hallucinating all her friends and everything that has happened in Sunnydale, or is the mental hospital a hallucination? We are left never knowing for sure, but Buffy makes a choice, and she chooses her friends.

Permaculture, Man, That’s Where It’s At

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I am now officially a converted (and certified) permaculturist. Look up permaculture. Or view this page of various descriptions… So, I have this dream of doing a permaculture design for Joss Whedon’s place. He has an amazing house and “yard” area, if you’ve ever seen Much Ado About Nothing (which was filmed there.)

Or maybe he’s thought of this already and has some amazing designers on the job. Or maybe his wife Kai (who is an architect) knows about permaculture and was going to do their place already.

I also think (and have thought, for quite a while) that Joss could not only be the greatest storyteller of our time, but could literally save the world if he created a TV show set in a permaculture world (possibly Earth of the near or far future.) So I went and took a 2-week intensive Permaculture Design Certificate course and now I’m off to help regenerate the landscape! This course was not only “intensive,” it was intense. I wasn’t even staying at the eco-village like most people (I was commuting from nearby) but I felt like I really bonded with everyone. And I learned a lot, too!

Most everyone there (but for 2 or 3 people) was younger than me, much much younger. And so most of them had never even heard of Buffy! Which I took to mean they hadn’t heard of Joss. There was one other actual Buffy fan in the course, who was my elder. And I could tell some tales! But I won’t. But the young people were so cool, I thought it is my duty to turn them on to good TV even though none of them even watch TV because they are outdoorsy types raised by hippies.

Anyway, I am working on a way to bring my love of Joss Whedon together with permaculture, so that I can write about what actually matters to me. In the meantime, one of my instructors from the course just sent out a link to this amazing video which demonstrates permculture principles and appropriate technology in action. This patented, replicable Village Hub could seriously help save the world.

My Own Private ComicCon

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I’ve been bumming out about not going to San Diego Comic-Con again (I never go. It’s far away and I don’t fly, or have any money.) I feel somehow like Joss will care more about the fans he sees or meets in person than the invisible ones like myself who will never get to meet him. But this year he’s not going either, because he took the time to have knee surgery. Hurray! Now I don’t feel so left out. Me & Joss, we’re staying home this year.  Having our own “comiccon”. I too am reading comics in bed.

It does make me sad though, thinking of Joss getting old & his body breaking down. I am so thankful to him for doing yoga!!! It will keep his body strong, healthy and limber for a while. So he can keep on making brilliant stuff to share with us! But he is mortal, and that’s what bums me out. I worry about him getting into a car crash etc.. If anything happened to Joss, I don’t know what I’d do. Except continue watching Buffy all the time just like I do now.

Firefly Online, Coming “Soon”

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I don’t really know when “soon” is (I guess it means sometime this summer) but details are slowly emerging about Firefly Online, the new game for Browncoats. It will be available for Mac, PC, Android and iOS. Here’s a wee little preview.

The exciting part is that the original cast of Firefly will be reprising their roles doing the vocals for this game. I don’t know how much contact you have in the game with the regular cast, though. I don’t know too much. You get a ship, you deck out your ship, you hire a crew, you find jobs to buy food and fuel to keep you alive and in the air. It sounds like it will take a lot of time to play. That’s the bad part for me (I’m just starting to recover from a year-long “The Simpsons: Tapped Out” addiction.) The last thing I need is a new addiction, when I have other things to do.

But I probably will play it. I don’t really consider myself a “Browncoat” because as much as I loved Firefly, it’s Buffy that is my go-to Joss Whedon show. I suppose Firefly could have become my favorite show if it had lasted a few more seasons. But our love affair was brief and I don’t re-watch it all that often (I do watch Serenity a rather lot though.) Anyway, I’m more into Buffy and I don’t want a new addiction and I’m annoyed that this game is coming from Fox, who are the ones who canceled Firefly in the first place! But how will I be able to resist playing?

I have some important questions about the game in fact, that will likely only be answered upon its release. Will I be able to paint my ship purple? Can I choose “companion” as my vocation of choice, so I can fly around the ‘verse visiting my various clientele? Can I hire River Tam and Wash (yes, Wash will be in the game!!!!!!!!)? And what if the game’s too competitive and only die-hard gamers can “keep flying”? I can’t wait to find out. Coming soon.

I Win!

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The other night I sat at my computer from 9pm to 1am, taking part in a frenetic and difficult Buffy The Vampire Slayer quiz in the Buffy/Angel/Whedonverse group on Facebook. Some 50 people started the quiz and maybe 25 were still at it by the end.

It was aggravating and frustrating. I missed some questions just because I couldn’t reload the page fast enough, and I missed a couple others because I went too fast & made mistakes. All I wanted was to make it into the top ten. But it turned out they only posted the top three. But I got third place! Yay me!

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The admin made me my choice of collage as a prize. I chose Willow and Tara, my favorite couple on Buffy.