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And the writing. The coherent story of B5 is remarkable — it was written largely by one person and that shows — but more than that, it leaned on story and character to the exclusion of most else. It built a mythos and a rich world out of nothing. And it has a cosmology. Billions of years in the past. A million years into the future. A religion with its recent events a thousand years in the past. A projection of religion into a space age.

BSG is such a better production value show — costumes, sets, CGI (and a decade later on that front). It was an expensive show.

B5, in its cost-controlled glory leaned on character hard. Wooden acting at first was, I think, lack of re-takes, under-resourced. But the cast gelled into something really solid, the way a sitcom cast does after a couple years on the sound stage.

When it comes around for the long scale payoff, it misses, where B5 nails the mark several times over.

Just in general, BSG (2003) is a much more aesthetically centered show, and its trying to repave the original leaves some real holes for worldbuilding.

BSG on the other hand uses them aesthetically, and doesn't really build its religion so deeply. It's interesting for a show that has so many philosophical conceits how few of them really come through there.

B5 takes its religions seriously as character's worldview, more deeply than I've seen in any other show, and even more so, the religions in B5 have bases in their world's history and actual events.

I'm thinking a lot about theology and cosmology in scifi and fantasy right now. After watching Bablyon 5 for the first time, and now rewatching BSG, religions are so _present_ in both shows.

pangola (extinct)
pangocello (extinct)
bass pangol (extinct)


(yes i did this gag on twitter a few years back but it feels like time to revive it, with an illustration this time!)

New headcanon: Bladerunner and Mad Max take place in the same world, in different hemispheres.

Funny how "phone" is now "insanely powerful portable computer with access to the world's knowledge and emojis" instead of "chonky analog device hardwired to a network once hacked by cereal whistles."

politics, middle school 

unfiltered but probably okay 

This happened in Nuremberg, Germany today. The organizers expected 400, but we were over 5000 people that came together in solidarity with the protesters in the US. But also because of our own racist mess and police violence against Black people here in Europe and Germany in particular.

So many young people came with their friends, but also some older people and families all together with their kids.

international day of appreciation for cis and/or cis-ish people with complicated relationships to their genders

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either. - Meg Cabot

I have decided that all writing advice involving 'show not tell' is anti-helpful and entirely designed for literary fiction writers writing hyper-realistic stories, not genre of any sort and certainly not humorous narrative.

" One of the functions of art is to give people the words to know their own experience. There are always areas of vast silence in any culture, and part of an artist’s job is to go into those areas and come back from the silence with something to say. It’s one reason why we read poetry, because poets can give us the words we need. When we read good poetry, we often say, ‘Yeah, that’s it. That’s how I feel.’ "

— Ursula Le Guin

"I Sexually Identify As an Attack Helicopter"

This might be among the best stories I've read in a while. There are some seriously erudite bits buried in there. Just :chefkiss: delicious rebuttal to everything and a damn good story too.

I wrote a blog post about how I cputer, and where I am running in to limitations.

I'll update a few more times on this topic this month, and post some pictures.

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