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Damn, it feels good to be a Lannister. [SLYT] (Also, Game of Thrones spoilers!) (NSFW)
posted by valkyryn (40 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Concept: A+

Execution: satisfactory.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 1:37 PM on July 21, 2011 [11 favorites]


I watched part of this (just to avoid spoilers) and now the way the characters look in my head has been corrupted by HBOs idea of what these characters look like.
posted by msbutah at 1:38 PM on July 21, 2011


I hate to be all "I agree" but, well, I agree. Looks good on paper, kind of mediocre in practice.
posted by Justinian at 1:39 PM on July 21, 2011


My favorite part was when that sellsword was singing this while riding his horse down the King's Road, then stopped and got really quiet when he passed an actual Lannister.
posted by PlusDistance at 1:42 PM on July 21, 2011 [7 favorites]


I really have to keep my mouth shut..... spoilers.... they want to... escape.
posted by melt away at 1:49 PM on July 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oh, sure, it's all fun times being a Lannister. People sing The Rains of Castamere and quake in their boots and you get to live in a place called Casterly Rock and it's just terrific.

Rkprcg gura lbhe qjnes oebgure xvyyf lbhe sngure naq gura Inetb Ubng phgf bss lbhe unaq naq lbhe fvfgre fgnegf gb erfrzoyr n fbpvbcngu naq lbhe fba obea bs vaprfg vf xvyyrq ol cbvfba naq fhqqrayl guvatf nera'g fb zbgureshpxvat ebfl nalzber, ner gurl?

Sorry, I'm about half-way through A Feast for Crows.
posted by kbanas at 1:54 PM on July 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


I feel like if Tyion was actually going to rap, he would seriously break it down old school style.
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:54 PM on July 21, 2011


I feel like if Tyion was actually going to rap, he would seriously break it down old school style.

You mean something like "Smack My Bitch Nephew Up"?
posted by PlusDistance at 1:58 PM on July 21, 2011 [6 favorites]


And who are you, the proud lord said,
that I must bow so low?
Only a cat of a different coat,
that's all the truth I know.
In a coat of gold or a coat of red,
a lion still has claws,
And mine are long and sharp, my lord,
as long and sharp as yours.
And so he spoke, and so he spoke,
that lord of Castamere,
But now the rains weep o'er his hall,
with no one there to hear.
Yes now the rains weep o'er his hall,
and not a soul to hear.

posted by kbanas at 2:04 PM on July 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


I may be good to be a Lannister
But it sure sucks to be a Songs of Fire and Ice fannister.
posted by srboisvert at 2:23 PM on July 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


"You Westerosi are all the same. You sew some beast upon a scrap of silk, and suddenly you are all lions or dragons or eagles."
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 2:23 PM on July 21, 2011 [9 favorites]


Thank you PlusDistance!

I work with college students and goddamn that is cathartic.
posted by Blasdelb at 2:28 PM on July 21, 2011


This reminds me of that House Stark rap from that guy up at Winterfell:

HODOR
HODOR, HODOR
HODOR

HODOR HODOR HODOR HODOR
HODOR...
HODOR
HODOR HODOR HODOR
HODOR
posted by Greg Nog at 2:29 PM on July 21, 2011 [35 favorites]


Hodor's later work was so derivative though.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 2:34 PM on July 21, 2011 [6 favorites]


Yeah, I liked his earlier work.

Dude has a big cock, though.
posted by kbanas at 2:36 PM on July 21, 2011


True fact: the guy playing Hodor, Kristian Naim, is an actual DJ, and has opened up for the Scissor Sisters on tour.

Also, they must be scraping the "Towering Huge Scary Guy Character Actor" barrel by now... we're not even out of the first book, and everyone over 6'5" in hollywood's already been cast, with Biter and Rorge and Craster to still put in an appearance.
posted by Slap*Happy at 2:45 PM on July 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Err, Kristian Nairn.
posted by Slap*Happy at 2:46 PM on July 21, 2011


But it sure sucks to be a Songs of Fire and Ice fannister.

Looks like you've confused George R. R. Martin with Pat Benatar.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:51 PM on July 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
posted by Nelson at 3:20 PM on July 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


kbanas: "Sorry, I'm about half-way through A Feast for Crows."

I'm still working on AFFC. It feels like my Kindle is stuck at 92%.
posted by Dr. Zira at 3:27 PM on July 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'm still working on AFFC. It feels like my Kindle is stuck at 92%.

Oh my God, I know. I'm reading the first 4 books "combined" edition on my Kindle, and never has that fucking progress meter moved more slowly. It's at 93%, currently. So, I figure that means only like 10,000 more pages to go.
posted by kbanas at 3:42 PM on July 21, 2011 [1 favorite]



How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?
How is it possible, in 2011 on YouTube, for videos to still be displayed with a fucked up aspect ratio?

posted by humboldt32 at 3:44 PM on July 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't know. [x11]
posted by JHarris at 3:47 PM on July 21, 2011


Someone uploaded it with a messed up aspect ratio? Most likely answer.
posted by wildcrdj at 3:49 PM on July 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't even watch this show and I had this song stuck in my head all Tuesday night.
posted by jenfullmoon at 4:33 PM on July 21, 2011


Is the aspect ratio screwed up or is my mind playing tricks on me?
posted by NortonDC at 6:29 PM on July 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Err, Kristian Nairn.
No worries. It's textbook case of keming.
posted by lucidprose at 7:38 PM on July 21, 2011


It was uploaded four days ago; I wonder if the creator(s) have read the series or just the HBO mini...

I'm about a 1/5th through ADwD (audiobooks; makes data collection and data processing a little less tedious) and I kinda regret learning about ASoIaF before it was completed. I gave up on WoT before mid-series. Totally not corresponding ASoIaF with WoT; ASoIaF actually has plot movement and the "descriptive feasts of (usually) feasts/rainments/whatevers" are kept relatively brief and, usually, Something Happens at the end of one of these long expositions.

Yvxr ubj gur erq zneevntr jnf oynu oynu oynu oynu oynu Gura Eboo Fgnex vf pncgherq, Gura Pngryla ortf sbe ure fba'f yvsr, Gura Eboo qvrf, Gura Fnaqbe cynlf qnqql gb Naln (nsgre jung ur qvq jvgu Fnafn) &p&p&p.

I'm usually the 'read the primary material first, watch someone else's interpretation (casting) second' conservative but I have deep respect for the person who cast the HBO mini, having 'seen first, read second' for this story.

Only major objection is that while Peter Dinklage is *awesome* as Tyrion and even better than the book Tyrion, he isn't nearly ugly enough/at all. V'z gbea orgjrra rkcrpgvat gur cebfgurfrf gb fhpx be nqzver ubj gur jevgre punatr uvf qvfsvtherzrag. I'm a little annoyed that they downgraded his fighting prowess in the mini, too.

But, yeah, that's a cool song - Office Space used it for great effect, the creators here did an ok job of lip syncing; looks like a fair bit of lyrics was made to fit what mouth sounds were available. Tough balance between body language/scene and lyric vs. mouth shapes for words.

Stupid kids with free time and (still relatively) expensive powerful computers!

<waves fist feebly>
posted by porpoise at 9:35 PM on July 21, 2011


What is odd to me is I saw the HBO series first and now I am working my way through the novels (Storm of Swords readers represent!) and while I loved Peter Dinklage, I hear Andy Hamilton's voice in my head. Probably because I listen to so much BBC radio comedy.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 5:41 AM on July 22, 2011


It is not youtube's fault that people upload all kinds of botched video: botched aspect ratio, botched cropping, botched or absent de-interlacing, blended frames due to improper framerate conversion, blocky first few seconds because they tried to cut on a non-intra frame, stupid DivX logo because they were too dumb to use proper tools, etc. The list of digital video sins committed when uploading stuff to youtube is unimaginably large, and it drives me absolutely insane at times. It's like, "don't you care enough about this thing you created to notice that your motion is all blurry from blended frames and everyone looks like Johnny longtorso?" But apparently, they don't. It's not youtube's fault though: garbage in, garbage out.
posted by Rhomboid at 7:33 AM on July 22, 2011


Because I'm clueless -- porpoise, what does WoT stand for?
posted by Saxon Kane at 7:40 AM on July 22, 2011


what does WoT stand for

Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
posted by valkyryn at 8:01 AM on July 22, 2011


It's not youtube's fault though

Maybe not, but they could fix it. A simple test during the encoding; are there giant black bars on the video the whole time that never move? Hmm, maybe ask the user if the aspect ratio is broken and fix it for them.
posted by Nelson at 8:32 AM on July 22, 2011


Uh, no. That would not work because there are no black bars in the video clip that the person uploaded -- the person uploaded a clip with 4:3 aspect ratio. The only reason you see black bars is because youtube's default player size is 16:9 and thus playing 4:3 content in a 16:9 window requires black bars; those bars are correct if the content was really 4:3 content. The uploader has taken 16:9 content and mangled it into 4:3, making it now indistinguishable from legitimate 4:3 content that does require bars when played back in a 16:9 player.

What you're talking about is the even worse situation where the uploader takes 16:9 content and resizes it to 4:3 but adds black bars to the top and bottom to keep the AR correct, then uploads it to youtube, where it is played on a 16:9 player which requires the addition of black bars to the left and right, as from the player's perspective this is 4:3 content being playing back. This results in black bars on all four sides and the content taking up only a fraction of the window.
posted by Rhomboid at 9:27 AM on July 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


So if I like A Song of Ice and Fire, will I like Wheel of Time?

And just as a tantalizing sidenote: my husband reported this morning that a co-worker who just finished A Dance with Dragons claimed had he not been reading it on his kindle, he would have thrown the book across the room-- he was that upset over the ending.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 12:32 PM on July 22, 2011


So if I like A Song of Ice and Fire, will I like Wheel of Time?

Not necessarily. They may be in the same broad genre but they have very little in common.
posted by Justinian at 12:56 PM on July 22, 2011


Well, not necessarily is correct, but the amount of people who read both probably has a high correlation value. Mostly masochism...because well we wait forever.
posted by lizarrd at 2:05 PM on July 22, 2011


WOT is tripe. At least Martin (who has so many faults that listing them all would get us halfway to the release of the next book) tries to do something original. He's pretty much been superseded by Joe Abercrombie in terms of good gritty medieval fiction (with wacky magic shenanigans in the background) though. Seriously, if you like any of the of the Westeros stuff read the First Law Trilogy.
posted by Peztopiary at 5:36 AM on July 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Damnit. First Law, Wheel of Time... I only have so many years left in my life, people! My eyes are going to give out.
posted by Saxon Kane at 10:21 AM on July 23, 2011




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