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New taglines: BSG, Doctor Who references

Old primary tagline: Olde-Time Resurrection Jello
This is a reference to the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. The resurrection vat in which 8.1.1 (the resurrected Galactica Sharon, aka Boomer) awakens in "Downloaded" (2.18), after Callie assassinates her in "Resistance" (2.04), resembles a tub of Jello. "Olde time" is a play on beverages such as "olde time lemonade" and desserts such as "olde time rice pudding".

Old secondary tagline: Floor-Based Transphasic Shielding
This refers to the fact that in "Arthur's Mantle" (episode 9.18 of Stargate SG-1), Samantha Carter and Daniel Jackson are put "out of phase" by a transdimensional transporter built by the Ancient, Myrddin (Merlin), but stay "in phase" just enough so that they can walk on the floor. "If floors are so good at stopping people from phasing through solid matter," I mused, "why not make shields out of them?" Similar quibbles ensue in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Geordi LaForge and Ro Larren become "out of phase".

New primary tagline: T.A.R.D.I.s: Time and Relative Dimension in Shadow
Years ago, Kevin Knight wrote a brilliant parody of Nine Princes in Amber and The Guns of Avalon called The Dying of Ember. The third part, The Guns of Revlon, was featured in rec.humor.funny in 1988. Years later, Kevin's protagonist, Corbin of Ember, appeared in a cameo homage in "The Land of Mojo", the last of the three chapters I contributed to The Lord of the... Whatever. As you may know, The Lord of the... Whatever is the foremost extant e-text of The Lord of the Rings (kindasorta). T.A.R.D.I.ses, or t.a.r.d.i.Ses as they are sometimes spelt, are vessels built by the Emberites for travelling through the multiverse, much as Merlin is able to 'port through Shadow using his spikard or the Time Lords of Gallifrey are able to move through time and space using T.A.R.D.I.Ses. If you wish to learn more about the later alleged adventures of Corbin of Ember, have a look at the corrupted notes of the e-text (in actual fact, the first draft that was later superseded by a simplified and less-jumbled account).

New secondary tagline: Eggs, or Beef, or Global Warming, or Asteroids
This is a direct snippet from one of my favorite quotations of the Ninth Doctor, from "The End of the World" (Doctor Who, 1x02):

"You lot. You spend all your time thinking about dying, like you're going to get killed by eggs, or beef, or global warming, or asteroids. But you never take time to imagine the impossible. That maybe you survive...
This is the year five point five slash apple slash twenty-six, five billion years in your future. And this is the day - hold on... [checks his watch an waits as the corona of Earth's sun suddenly flares in a huge coruscating explosion] This is the day the sun expands. Welcome to the end of the world."

Below are some lovely icons from this scene, by the_10thdoctor and watchpoint in dwicons:



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I was very attracted to my old taglines, but I think I'm going to adopt your practice of switching mine up, too, just to see what happens...
Mar. 29th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
Your old taglines
Are these your old taglines?
Priors on Display
Guesses by beliefs, but changes by observation

How Bayesian!

I want me an Altgeld icon, too. I like yours almost as much as the TARDIS ones I've been seeing!

Mar. 29th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Your old taglines
No, my old taglines were

The Restructured Life
...when decentralization is the song stuck in your head

And actually, that's not a picture of Altgeld, but it's a Mennonite religious icon. It's a church in Munster, Germany, where early radical Protestant reformers were captured the town, thinking that the apocalypse was upon them. Of course, it wasn't, and they were captured, and hoisted up the local church steeple in the town square in cages, where they perished. This is taken as a symbol of the authority you will give to the state, to make examples of you, when you interviene militarily.

Mar. 29th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
where early radical Protestant reformers were captured the town
You mean they took over the town before they themselves were captured?
Also, is it an icon because those who thought the apocalypse was at hand are thought of as martyrs?

Mar. 29th, 2006 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Clarification
Yes, they did take over the town before they were captured http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radical_Reformation

No, this is an icon for nearly the opposite reason. It is thought among Mennonites acting as though the time and nature of the end times is revealed, or taking any other action of violence for religious reasons, leads to folly. Thus, this icon is a reminder to actively engage in non-resistance and pascifism.
Apr. 2nd, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Your old taglines
That's the church? I'd heard the story, but never really thought about looking for pictures. ::is a bad Mennonite::
Apr. 2nd, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Your old taglines
Your penance is a three cages tattoo. :-P
Mar. 29th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Your old taglines
Yes, there is definitely a strong hint of things Bayesian in there. I am really excited about some of these new neuroscience theories about the predictive architecture, of the neocortex, and how it looks like Bayesian belief propagation is a reasonable model for what is going on, so I think it's entirely appropriate to refer that way to my own ideas.
Mar. 29th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC)
I need a brain icon, too
... lately I've been toying with the tagline:

Ged of the Ice meets the Terminator Queen

or some such - referring to Shawn Ashmore (X-Men 2 & 3, Legend of Earthsea) and Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King).

Mar. 29th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
as in progressive rock
Hmmm, I think it might lean too much to the "progressive" side for my personal tastes, but I think it might fit well with your tagline style.
Mar. 29th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: as in progressive rock
Well, yes. I've very big on "crossover concepts".

Mar. 30th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Re: as in progressive rock
Shine on, you crazy diamond
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