Discoveries: The Hillywood Show

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The Hillywood Show is a parody video project by sisters Hilly and Hannah Hindi. Each of their videos features impersonations, song and dance numbers and spoofs of various celebrities or movie / tv characters. Falling down that rabbit hole that is the Internet, I found my way to them through their Doctor Who / Rocky Horror Picture Show crossover-mashup-awesomeness.

In Hilly and Hannah’s own words,

“People assume that a parody is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non- linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big video of wibbly-wobbly, Time Warp stuff. Like the TARDIS, The Hillywood Show® makes a production that’s bigger on the inside and showcases David Tennant’s beloved Doctor in a memorable way. Allons-y!”

Without further ado, I give you the Tenth Doctor, brilliantly cosplayed by Hilly Hindi, doing the Time Warp, a parody video by The Hillywood Show:


How come I had never heard of them before? So, so brilliant! Thank you, Hilly and Hannah!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Worldbuilders 2013 Fundraising: We Did It!

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I wrote about author Patrick Rothfuss’s fundraiser last week. As of now, the amount raised has gone through the roof: over $200,000 more than last year. With another day and a half to still donate. Woot! 😀

The last stretch goal*, for $500,000 raised, was author Neil Gaiman reading Green Eggs and Ham.

What a wonderful version. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever read or heard the whole book, just bits, so this was a definite treat. If only I had English-speaking nieces or nephews, I’d surely get them some Dr. Seuss.

*) Or, it used to be the last goal – there are now five additional perks if even more money will be raised.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Worldbuilders 2013 Fundraising Drive: Six Days to Donate

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Author Patrick Rothfuss has been raising money for Heifer International through his charity fundraiser, Worldbuilders, since 2008. Patrick explains in this video how Heifer works:

The 2013 drive is nearly over, but there’s still six days to donate. And how could you not: Money is being raised for a good cause, and many passionate SF/F people have donated their time or goods to make the drive more interesting.

I’ve been following the stretch goals with interest since they’re such a hoot. My absolute favorites are Peter Orullian’s heavy metal version of “Ballad of Serenity” (by Joss Whedon) with lyrics retooled for Worldbuilders, and John Scalzi’s acoustic But Not Tonight (by Depeche Mode; a long-time favorite of mine, as it happens). Both are such great cover versions of great songs. (Insert a fan squee!)

So, if you have ever considered donating to Heifer, or want to have a chance at winning SF/F loot, or want to be a part of making the world a better place, now’s a good time.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.