South Park Self

hanging around playing art critic 'til I get pinched by the man

I went in to the framing place in Claremont this morning, to drop off a complicated framing job. They're lovely people, and have done good work for me in the past, but they always look at me a bit funny owing to the fact that it's a slightly classic, pedestrian sort of shop, filled with fine art reproductions and local paintings, and I usually want to frame something-or-other I've acquired off the internet. (My art tastes run decidedly pop). So it was a bit weird when the nice man recognised the Star Wars characters; he didn't know Firefly, but when I said "space western" he rather shamefacedly confessed to a love for Star Trek. (He's a Voyager enthusiast. Someone lend me Voyager.) So, in the midst of pedestrian fine art reproductions we had an animated ten-minute discussion which ranged all over Star Trek, Ridley Scott, Prometheus, Blade Runner and all the Aliens movies, of which he is a fan. It was beautifully incongruous. Our tribe, apparently is everywhere. Lurking. Where you least expect them.

I spent the rest of today grading job applications from psychologists and counsellors and social workers, oh my. The occasional pained yells were at the grammatical and stylistic solecisms in the cover letters. If I had to do this sort of thing more often (and had more authority in the process) no-one would ever get hired. Twenty years teaching university English will give you a lot of deal-breakers.

(The Firefly posters in question are these ones by Secret Alice. I love them. Have a random Captain Tightpants.)
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It is entirely possible I didn't need to know that :>. I like Fitzwilliam, but must confess a sublime lack of interest in his pants.
You do know that Whedon based Firefly on The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. for the western part, right? And you've located these adventures and watched them? because if you haven't, you might enjoy them a great deal.

That gun the captain has was Brisco's. Just sayin.
Aargh. Thank you for that. You do realise I have now spent an hour and half researching Brisco County Jr, being intrigued, because hey, steampunk, snark and Bruce Campbell, digging through all the local online firms, discovering it's out of print, and ordering it expensively used off Amazon in Region 1 because they apparently never actually produced it in Region 2? I blame you entirely. I am also deeply grateful for the rec.

Irredeemable nitpickery also compels me, post all this research, to point out that it was Zoe's gun, not the Captain's, which was a Brisco prop, and that no amount of googling produces any evidence that Whedon explicitly based Firefly on the show, although it apparently used a lot of the Brisco County sets and props. You are also free to shoot me in the knee with a Mare's Leg for any of the above inexcusable pedantry.
You are, of course, completely correct on all the above points. Pedantry in the pursuit of correctness is no vice.