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  1. Hhhm. I think the only thing OUR lazy-arse motley crew has done in this tournament so far is post our favourites back in the nominations round. We're too feckless to orchestrate anything else... That's not too bad I hope. Seems fairly cheery and vague, no? Mildly headache-causing colours albeit... We haven't encouraged our followers to vote one way or the other, or even mentioned it past the nominations round, as we didn't want to bugger up Tripper's scores. But considering first time I checked Opening Night was trailing at 173 to Duck's 187, and then it leaped ahead over a few hours with the speed of a thousand gazelles to 270 to 228. Now it's at 286 to 238. As far as I can tell, about 40 -50 votes are thanks - according to what is said here - to tactical social-media-engineered voting methods. Which is a bit depressing. I get it, it's perfectly reasonable, you spread news of the tournament to a large group of people you know will vote one way, but who were unaware of the tournament to begin with. It's like targeted advertising. Technically legal but in terms of a poll, not very organic. Because unless the OTHER episode also targets its audience, the natural results will be skewed. So perhaps we SHOULD start encouraging people? Just to provide balance, if anything. But then it will just get ridiculous. People asking Field Marshal Haig to vote, and Field Marshal Haig's wife, all Field Marshal Haig's wife's friends, their families, their families' servants, their families' servants' tennis partners...does anyone want to finish that quote? As Tripper said, most of the votes for these things come from the site's general audience. People drifting through and whatnot. Having a great slab of deliberately cultivated votes weighing down one side of affairs makes it all a little pointless. Kvetching a bit, as I generally enjoy these tournaments immensely, as a chance to relive and salute the (justly) iconic moments that made the show. It doesn't matter that they're the same episodes every year. They're classics for a reason. Now TBBT's arguably MOST iconic moment, and possibly Jim Parson's comic masterpiece, the Nimoy Napkin has been minutely ousted by a Johnny-come-lately episode (however popular with the shipping community, is it really the best episode of TBBT of all time?), and Sheldon's finest act of crazed chivalry is about to be lost to the same, for reasons peculiar to me, I'm rather too baffled to enjoy any of it. But never mind... For all this waffling, I'll still throw my vote in. Perhaps we'll even work out how the devil to prod our followers into shaking off their apathy, and join in this social-media cultivation ourselves. Although that sounds like work, so...
  2. For various reasons best left vague, our twitter moderators have (over the past 6 months) developed an unhealthy interest in the Thor Franchise, which has consequently spawned some crossover abominations. We're so sorry. It'll stop soon. (It won't. Please join in.)
  3. Cheers Serena! Delighted you approve, O fellow Nostalgic. It took our Head-Honcho Spaced_Up considerable time to create, her writers powered largely by wine (er...mainly powering Wally) and irritation, and thus the whole is comprised equally of joy and gibbering rage. Mercifully the latter has abated somewhat. You are welcome to poke us on twitter, if inclined, where we store most of our more dubious Vintage TBBT manips and inanities, or on Instagram, which is updated less half-arsedly by the glorious Toad of Truth, but who is also prone to experiment somewhat... Etc. TWITTER INSTAGRAMMY Skull, dear fellow, your opinion on Sheldon and Penny remains one of the few certainties under the sun, perennial as the grass, changeless and inescapable as the passing of the seasons...But thank you.
  4. New page, O our differently aligned fandom pals. You are most welcome to recommend an episode. Er...from the first 4 years, obviously... http://www.thebigbangtheoryhq.com/#!the-psychic-vortex/c10ws
  5. The ones where Wheaton replaces and thus anthropomorphizes random objects are my favourite...
  6. For reasons which probably don't bear close examination, a while back our TBBT HQ forum members began Wheatonifying TBBT. What I suspect began as a vaguely cathartic manner of dealing with mildly aggravating elements of TBBT 2.0 (S5-9), eventually turned into something faintly terrifying, as Wil Wheaton began permeating the very fabric of the TBBT universe, both original and remastered. If anyone here wants to join in, we'd be delighted! He's such a splendid presence. The more incarnations he has, the better. Until he takes on his final form, and destroys us all. There's 14 pages of this. Peruse at own risk. http://shennyhq.co.uk/dir/showthread.php?tid=407
  7. Not sure why I thought going to the pub in a lab-coat and goggles, then staying up till 4am watching the trilogy whilst drinking Laphroaig was a good idea but I'm going to have a talk with myself about that later on...when everything stops hurting. In the meantime, happy Back to the Future Day folks! (urgh. even that exclamation point gave me a headache...)
  8. I think historically, most significant inter-tribal disputes, whether religious, philosophical, moral or political, were ultimately solved by the liberal application/consumption of potato wedges and booze. I believe it's even mentioned in Herodotus. Bacchanalianism aside... Heads up, it's Chuck Lorre's birthday. If anyone wants to put on their special festive trousers.
  9. Just because the tongue planted in your cheek can be seen on the horizon (if you'd like an unsettling image) it doesn't mean I don't agree with you... As for the OP - Well, ideally nobody. But if SOMEONE, then Penny, obviously, yes. Or Martha. Or Raj, because he makes origami napkin swans. And that's a GOOD THING.
  10. PurrPurrPurr made this, but is busy being fractious/technologically incompetent, so I'm dropping it off in her stead.
  11. We are magnificently failing to keep up our presence here, owing largely to a combination of incompetence and apathy on my part, so I do apologise. Here is our latest venture – The Semi-Definitive Non-Canon Fan-Fiction Collection. And if I could have fitted any more hyphens into that then I would have. One of our members has tirelessly whittled themselves away into a screed in the dark, cataloguing all the completed TBBT stories on Fanfiction.net. First into pairings, then into sub-categories within the non-canon pairings (that being our particular interest). There are 3330 completed stories, of which 1950 are non-canon. Just to give you an idea of what a mammoth task (or tusk) compiling all the bastards was. These non-canon pairings are predominately Shenny, Shelnard, and Wolopali, along with any Alternative Pairings of any description, so for example, say, Penny/Amy, or Sheldon/OC, and a number of OT3 scenarios. Here they are. The Top 5 of each genre as faved on fanfiction.net, followed by a link to the full collection. Adding the works from Archive of Our Own, LiveJournal and rogue tumblr sites is currently underway. http://www.thebigbangtheoryhq.com/#!fan-fiction/c1lrw Non-Canon pairings also make up 97% of the Top 100 TBBT fanfics, which the long-suffering compiler has listed HERE – http://www.thebigbangtheoryhq.com/#!top-100-fan-fictions/c1wd3 The Top 100 is comprised of the most popular (completed) TBBT stories on Fanfiction.net. Incidentally, the splendid anime-style cartoonery is by Gwendy85, who, along with BehindtheVeil, is one of our favourite Shenny scribblers. You chaps might know this one, by BehindtheVeil? At some point there shall also be an HQ Masterlist of 50 selected stories. Unfortunately, as these will largely be chosen by the essentially anti-romantic Major Gripe, this list will probably consist entirely of stories where Sheldon is a toaster, or ghost, or alien, or where Penny is a pirate, or space-barista, and Meemaw owns a velociraptor etc. So just a heads up there. Anyroad, we hope some guests here will enjoy perusing this collection. And for those residents for whom non-canon is not your cup of cha, (although it might be argued that ALL fanfiction is by definition non-canon) please enjoy the below clip instead. (Or not, I mean, you don’t HAVE to...) It’s a minor masterpiece of rejection, which should resonate with writers of every ilk under the sun. ("Ilks Under The Sun" sounds like it could be a Turner painting…) On a completely unrelated, but for me, poignant note, I have been forced to relinquish my avatar of “Buster Keaton With A Kitten On His Head” as I see the newcomer Dr. Tamale has demonstrated a similar and admirable affinity for it. As he will plausibly spend more time here in future than I will, having duties elsewhere, I shall gracefully surrender it. I have had that avatar for over 2 years, but there is no bitterness. (Dr. Tamale, meet me behind the woodshed at dawn with your second.) I am now a sepia-tinted Victorian fop. Or rather, Sydney Carton as portrayed by Martin-Harvey.
  12. It's a warm summer evening in ancient Greece... http://www.thebigbangtheoryhq.com/#!the-gorilla-experiment/cgzi
  13. OH MY GOD PENNY HOW DID YOU DO THAT WITHOUT GLUING YOUR FACE TO THE TABLE? The great Penny retcon of 2013... No, no. If we want fictional help, we’ll ask Leonard, with his “looks like the myspace page of a 13yr old girl” know-how.
  14. Or even NOT drinking age. I could then add “corrupting influence” to my resume. Yes, do feel free to join us, antipodeans. I can assure you Nograv and I have had many drinks (although I confess I did most of the drinking) and have not once attempted to glass each other, despite almost diametrically opposing viewpoints. Although personally I always assumed TBBT would end like The Magic Pudding, with Barnacle Bill (Penny) and Bunyip Bluegum (Leonard) living together in their treehouse, with the cantankerous, arsy, pudding Albert/Sheldon, fenced off in a little paddock, insulting passersby/working on the mysteries of the universe. Like so;
  15. Our Forum is currently down (it wasn’t my fault I swear!) but shall return on September 1st, with a smashing new template, and the same ill-tempered, wine-swilling moderators. Well Major Gripe will be back anyway… In the meantime, for those who don’t follow our Twitter thingmabob, here’s some splendid cartoonification by Kim Krause. Brilliant eh?
  16. I must say, as both a dastardly Shenny and a Shelnard fan, I’m obviously rather delighted that Leonard’s dreaming of BOTH of them. Like that. If they could have thrown Wil Wheaton into the mix, instead of your proposed llama, then there’s very little else I would have asked of TPTB to the end of their days…(other than a Nobel for Sheldon *cough*) When’s our next pint, Nograv. Perhaps we can get another Sydney-fied TBBT fan to join us and then we can all have a fight in the carpark. Or find some other, adult way to settle fandom issues.
  17. Quoting things is bloody complicated now! Trying to reference SRAM's comment above; Anyroad. Just to be a pedantic git, the "theme" of the show is not technically Leonard and Penny's relationship. The theme of the show is the contrast of worlds, according to the official descriptions. (The fact that it now bears utterly no resemblance to its original conception is another matter.) For those interested; IMDb "A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory." Wikipedia "The show is primarily centered on five characters living in Pasadena, California: Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, both physicists at Caltech, who share an apartment; Penny, a waitress and aspiring actress who later becomes a pharmaceutical representative, and who lives across the hall; and Leonard and Sheldon's similarly geeky and socially awkward friends and co-workers, aerospace engineer Howard Wolowitz and astrophysicist Raj Koothrappali. Geekiness and intellect of the four guys is contrasted for comic effect with Penny's social skills and common sense." TV.COM "The Big Bang Theory, a sitcom that shows what happens when hyperintelligent roommates/physicists Sheldon and Leonard meet Penny, a beautiful woman moving in next door--and realize they know next to nothing about life outside of the lab. Rounding out the crew are the smarmy Wolowitz, who thinks he's as sexy as he is brainy, and Koothrappali, who suffers from an inability to speak in the presence of a woman. The show distinguishes itself by being unafraid to toss scientific references and technobabble into an otherwise standard sitcom, even employing a physicist to keep things accurate. In doing so, it allows Sheldon and Leonard to do for science what Frasier's Crane brothers did for fine dining, art, and opera." CBS/Google "Mensa-fied best friends and roommates Leonard and Sheldon, physicists who work at the California Institute of Technology, may be able to tell everybody more than they want to know about quantum physics, but getting through most basic social situations, especially ones involving women, totally baffles them. How lucky, then, that babe-alicious waitress/aspiring actress Penny moves in next door. Frequently seen hanging out with Leonard and Sheldon are friends and fellow Caltech scientists Wolowitz and Koothrappali. Will worlds collide? Does Einstein theorize in the woods?" Etc. The L/P relationship is certainly important (and has become very prominent now), but I'd suggest it's an ongoing plot line (begun with the frequently cited line of smart and beautiful babies), rather than a theme. If one wanted to be pedantic again, the duo they actually dealt with most frequently, and spent the most screen time on (and thereby focused on the most) in Seasons 1-3, was Sheldon and Penny. Quite reasonably in my opinion. If any pairing represents the show's theme of the contrast of worlds, it's those two. But the point is, the original show was about two friends living together, an outsider and an underdog, if you will. Penny turns up as a sort of catalyst, and you have the tiny, individualized Greek Chorus going on in the background in the form of Raj and Howard. The Leonard/Penny interaction was indeed of the romantic type, but it wasn't of the permanent "till marriage, mortgage and death" variety, it was delicately dealt with, and it didn't overwhelm the show. Now the show has turned from following a group of individuals and ONE subtle relationship into a hellbent exploration of FOUR permanent romantic relationships, and that's fine in itself (though not my snifter of whisky) but it's very far from the original concept, and I think it's important to be accurate on the matter of what the show's original intention was. And thus also why a certain segment of fans are upset at this change. And why it is not at all "twaddle" to wish (but not expect, I'm not an idiot) for a return to the old dynamic. On that note; Skull - Apologies for referring to your statement as "twaddle". It was meant in a vaguely bantery way, but evidently I didn’t put enough effort into it. What nettled me was that you were by definition professing to speak for everybody when you said "Everybody who watches TBBT has had enough of Penny and Sheldon scenes". Not being a complete Luddite, I am on social media as well, and have never seen this “consensus” you speak of. In fact I’ve never seen anyone (who's not a "diehard" shipper) say anything like it. Ever. As said before, outside of here, Sheldon and Penny scenes are actually quite popular. So I really don’t know what you’re talking about there mate. The only thing vaguely resembling a consensus I've seen on TBBT's social media seems to be that cretinous waffle about Penny's haircut apparently removing her acting ability. Regarding your earlier post, by this “been there, done that” logic of wanting fresh, new dynamics, we can’t have any more Leonard and Penny scenes either. Or Sheldon and Leonard. All three pairings have been around since the beginning. So if no more Shenny, then no more Lenny or Shelnard. By your logic. And romantic relationships aren’t more valid or interesting than friendships, so exploring a romance doesn't take precedence over exploring or deepening said friendship. It’s all, again, relative. Personally, sitcom relationships of the romantic variety bore holes in my spirit, and the vim off my verve. But I know other people like them. The only other television show I heavily and ridiculously got into was X Files. I used to run around in a trench coat pretending to be Mulder for heaven's sake. I "shipped" Scully and Mulder certainly, but I never wanted them to DO anything about it. Bad luck for me eh? So there's a difference between appreciating the concept of romantic relationships and wanting to watch them go through every plodding step on television. On TBBT I'd prefer they stuck to comedy and friendship, that's all. Let's just say you want less Sheldon and Penny scenes, and I want more of the blighters, and leave it at that? You're more liable to get your wish though, there's been bugger-all Sheldon & Penny lately. My hopes are rather dim for Season 9. Although I don't recognise Season 5-8 Sheldon, so technically it should be irrelevant to me whether he's scene-paired with Penny, Amy, Leonard, or the back half of a pantomime horse. But humans are fickle and old habits die hard with a vengeance etc. Tensor dear fellow, you have permission to move this post (and maybe any others related to it?) to Shipping Lanes as suggested, so it's not cluttering up the joint. NB - That line from TV.Com- "it allows Sheldon and Leonard to do for science what Frasier's Crane brothers did for fine dining, art, and opera." That's an interesting point, isn't it? Well I think so...
  18. Cheers Chiany! Your name always reminds me of Chianti, which is probably a sign I need to contemplate some sort of restorative stay in the Swiss Alps. I tried to match TBBT characters to wine types the other day and settled vaguely on; Pinot Noir or Sangiovese - Sheldon (inky, dark and difficult with subtle complexity OR strange varietal of conflicting nuances) Merlot - Penny (warm, rounded, friendly and easy to drink too damn much of. Particularly when it’s on tap at book launches. Not that Penny is.) Malbec - Leonard (earthy, heavy, grounded) Spatlese Lexia - Howard (ridiculous fruity monstrosity with tropical overtones. Available in 4 Litre casks) Champagne - Raj (Classy and trashy simultaneously) I’m not so familiar with the others‘ natures, but I’ll take a stab; Rose - Bernadette (deceptively pretty but gives you a blinding headache) Mead - Amy (medieval inclinations) Wine in a can - Stuart (Bleak and terrifying) Sangria - Zack (unwise on a number of levels, but still charming) Wodka - Kwipke (just to be a pain in the arse) I love Stuart by the way. Wine in a can, not so much. I may make a shonky chart out of this when I'm next idle. Whilst my literary ambitions stare at me in disbelief...
  19. DADA-Bazinga... But seriously man, more Morlocks, Gorns and Armadillos. And Bollywood dance numbers. But without the slightly creepy relish over Howard's death. I'd always hoped they'd do something similar to the dream sequences in 3rd Rock From The Sun. Sally's Fellini-esque dream is remarkable.
  20. Testing, testing…*taps mike* (mike rounds on Wally furiously) Spaced was having trouble posting images, so this is a test of the emergency cartoonified piffle service. In three, two, one… More here... 23 Times Big Bang's Odd Couple Stole the Show Well that seems to work. Here, in which case, is a completely arbitrary film. WARNING for thespian/droid cursing.
  21. Well, what leaps to mind here is the Withnailian phrase “What ABSOLUTE twaddle.” But for the sake of being civil to an old forum acquaintance I’ll simply say; that is rather solipsistic of you, Skull dear fellow. This forum is very much NOT the be-all-and-end-all of audience opinion, as you damn well know. It’s almost exclusively populated by very devoted "Lenny" and "Shamy" shippers, in the same way as TBBT HQ is populated by very devoted Sheldon fans, Nostalgics and "Shenny" shippers. To be honest, neither set of groups are at all viable as a gauge of audience opinion. We’re all fantastically biased. You’re a Lenny shipper who doesn’t want to see Sheldon and Penny scenes, well colour me VIOLENTLY unsurprised. I’m a Sheldon purist who doesn’t want to see relationship scenes (of any description), ditto, colour me a different shade of completely-bloody-unstartled. Let’s not make sweeping statements about the comparatively non-demented audience at large. I have never seen anyone other than you lads here say they’re sick of Sheldon and Penny scenes. Far from it. They’re the two most popular characters individually, and “Shenny” episodes top all the polls and tournaments. And that’s not a statement, that’s just observance. Personally, character combinations I think we’ve been monstrously saturated in for the past 4 years, and could use a break from; Howard and Bernadette (plus optional third-wheel sad-sack of Raj or Stuart) Sheldon and Amy Penny and Amy and Bernadette “The Girls”. Stop it immediately. Like to see more of; Sheldon and Penny (the original clash of worlds) Sheldon and Wil Wheaton Sheldon and Howard (or indeed Raj) Raj and Howard Leonard and Bernadette (we’ve only seen this once, and it was hilarious) Amy and Raj (I find this highly viable as a romance actually, if romances MUST occur) Stuart and his Sad-tini in a Wookie mug It’s all relative, Skull.
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