Thursday, January 29, 2015
As I'm sure you guys have picked up over the years, I am a HUGE Ghostbusters fan.
So to get my daily dose of 'bustin' I follow a popular GB fan page over on Facebook.
Let me show you the top-rated comments on that page's last 2 posts regarding the all-female cast announced for the new movie:
Let me clarify that the facebook page itself said nothing negative. These are all just the fans' reactions. And count the upvotes on that jaw-droppingly sexist top meme, guys. COUNT 'EM.
This next post was only an hour old when I took the screenshot:
It's not just the top-voted comments that are awful, either; all of them are. I couldn't find a single positive remark about the cast or the movie. NOT ONE.
Over at The Replica Prop Forum, another great geek page I follow, things aren't much better. All they did was link the same Esquire article the GB page did:
And here are their top-rated comments:
Now, I get it: geeks are, by very definition, passionate people. Every new reboot of a beloved franchise is going to cause a firestorm of controversy, no matter what. This one is just especially heated because it brought all the sexist knuckle-draggers out of their caves.
Personally, I am beyond thrilled at the thought of some ass-kicking lady Ghostbusters hitting the big screen. Brainy, everyday women who fight their own battles in outfits NOT painted on with liquid latex? YES, PLEASE.
At the same time, I worry they'll go too heavy on the slap-stick, neglecting the heart and heroics for easy laughs at stereotypically "girl" things. And I'm a little heartbroken that Tina Fey isn't involved.
But hey, that's a writing thing, and I admit I have no real basis for those fears. It's just a worst-case scenario, running through my head.
So really, the only thing *I* see to be upset about here is that they're making the movie a reboot. Blurrrg. Why, Hollywood, why? I SO want to see women 'busting, but why does it have to be at the price of eradicating the original lore? No more Spengler and Stanz? No more Winston and Venkman? Really? Give us that history, so we can have homages and references to the original films, cameos from the surviving cast, and a sense of legacy. Then you're only adding to something great, instead of trying to replace it all together. I mean, COME. ONNNN!
[patting down hair]
Sorry; may have got a little nerd rage on ya there.
Reboot disappointments aside, though, I really want this movie to work. Because if these jerks online have shown us anything, it's that we NEED female Ghostbusters, just to show 'em how it's done.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
I was stuck in a CVS for over an hour the other day, waiting on the clinic's nurse practitioner to tell me I probably have an ear infection, because my ear was just jealous of John's ear getting all the attention after his surgery. That, or my new dental filling has gone horribly wrong.
So, antibiotics *AND* a return trip to the dentist? Could this week.... BE any better? (Everyone else is marathoning Friends on Netflix right now, too, right?)
Anyhoo, while prowling the aisles in boredom, I discovered some surprisingly great Valentines' cards, and thought I'd share:
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Whether you're looking to re-paint real brick or make over some faux brick paneling, here's how to do it!
First, find a picture of a brick wall that you like, so you'll have a solid color reference. (Pinterest is great for this.) Here's my inspiration photo:
And here's my finished brick:
So let's get to it!
Step 1) Paint your brick or brick paneling the grout color. Yes, all of the brick. But don't worry about doing a second coat; this finish WANTS to look imperfect and grungy. So embrace the grunge, my friends. EMBRACE IT.
Step 2) Use your handy-dandy foam roller to LIGHTLY roll the walls with the lighter of your brick colors. Since you only want the bricks themselves to catch the color, NOT the grout, roll in diagonal lines, not up-and-down or side-to-side. And only load your roller with a little paint at a time.
Step 3) Randomly paint individual bricks with your darker brick color. You can do this with your little foam roller, or paint them in with a brush. Either way.
Now, are you ready... FOR THE MAGIC?!
Step 4) This is the most important step, so here's where you'll want to spend most of your time. That said, it's ridiculously fast and easy; in essence, you're just repeating Step 2, only with the "dirt" paint color. A few tips, though:
- Load your foam roller with the dark paint, and then roll it out on a scrap piece of cardboard or wood several times to get most of it off again. You've heard of dry-brushing? This is "dry-rolling."
- GENTLY start rolling over a patch of bricks in several different directions, to avoid any obvious up-and-down lines. You can always add more, and a little goes a loooong way, so start out light!
- After you've rolled out a bit and your foam roller is pretty dry, go ahead and start pressing harder into those grout lines, so they pick up a little grungy magic, too.
- Get as close to the trim and corners as you can with your roller, but don't worry; you'll be coming back for those later.
- Contrast Is King, so don't be afraid of dark spots, lines, and imperfections. Trust me, that "oops" moment will probably end up your favorite!
Step 5) When all of your walls are done, it's time to go back to those corners and trim areas you couldn't quite reach with the roller. See the white line in my corner here?
This is also the time to address any paneling seams, since those can leave obvious vertical lines. Use a small artist brush and pounce on more "dirt" to help hide those lines.
I also sanded my paneling seams prior to painting, which helped a lot. Just use a little sandpaper and hit each brick that straddles the seam, since this paneling tends to have a slightly raised lip right at that edge. And if there's a gap, of course, fill that up with caulking. (Again, do this before painting. Heh.)
Step 7) Step back and enjoy the view!
I hope this was helpful, guys! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments!
And for my fellow pinners, here's the best "before-and-after" shot I could come up with:
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