Pixie Dust

Recently Sammy has been re-watching the Tinker Bell movies and since we’ve seen them a thousand times now, I’ve begun to pick them apart. The thing I find most inconsistent are the rules of pixie dust and how it applies to fairies.

From the very first movie we learn that if you sprinkle pixie dust on something it will float. Excellent, pixie dust = flight. We back this up in the second movie by showing that Tink needs extra dust to get her dirigible to a far off island and then might be stuck there once she loses her bag of dust.

All good so far? Great. Because now we get to the third movie and everything goes out the window. At the beginning of this movie, Vidia gets her wings wet and is then unable to fly. Indeed this becomes the crutch the rest of the script leans upon to prevent Tink’s friends from easily rescuing her. But why? Why do fairies need wings at all? Why can’t they just get sprinkled with pixie dust and fly. Later in the movie, Tink coats a girl with pixie dust which allows her to fly around her room. The girl doesn’t grow wings in order to fly, so why do fairies need them? Later in the movie they need to get the girl and everyone else to London to save Vidia from the girl’s dad, so they put a rain coat on her and then coat her in dust. Shouldn’t they put the dust on her and then put the rain coat on? Otherwise won’t the dust just get washed off by the rain? If not, why didn’t they just coat themselves in dust and fly to the house where Tink was being held captive? Of course we ignore this plot hole and everything works out fine.

This brings us to the pirate fairy movie. We start by reiterating that a fairy can’t fly without dust. Which again begs the question, what are the point of the wings? Later we once again go through the wet wings means no flying issue. But follow it up shortly after by once again sprinkling someone with pixie dust which immediately gives them the power of flight without wings. We even make a whole pirate ship fly by the end of the movie with just dust. And of course the bad guy at the end comes back after you think he’s gone because he’s been coated in dust.

In the end the way to defeat him is to get him wet to wash off his dust. Which brings me back to an issue with the 3rd movie. When the friends are trudging through the rain to save Tink, I can accept that they can’t fly If we assume that the rain is washing the dust off of them. But as they are being chased by a cat, one is bumped and coats a bunch of dishes with dust which then begin to fly immediately. Where did this dust come from? If it was on his wings, shouldn’t it have been washed off in the rain?

What I’ve been able to determine is that fairies for some reason require pixie dust and wings to fly, but everyone/everything else just requires dust (except Peter Pan who doesn’t seem to require either for some reason). And dust can be washed off by a wall of ocean water, but not by torrential rain.

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I’m terrible at updating this thing

So almost daily I think to myself “I should update my blog.” and then I decide “I’ll do it this weekend.” But apparently not today. Today we break with tradition and actually put pen to paper electrons to screen….

But not really. Apparently I started this post in March of 2015. It’s now December of 2016. Ugh.

I’m not even sure why I’m writing now. Well except that I needed to look at some WordPress features for work and I saw I had a draft post waiting to be finished. Perhaps if I manage to just write something here and post it then I’ll have cleared some sort of mental hurtle and will somehow fine the desire to write something with depth and meaning. Or at least something about a video game or movie or some other trivial distraction.

It’s worth a shot, right?

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I love living in the future

I was just thinking that I needed to try to find time this week to swing past Petsmart and pick up a bag of dog food for Pika when I remembered that I live in the future. So I took out my phone, which has more power than the computer we used to land on the moon, opened up the Amazon app, found Pika’s Science Diet Mature Adult Small Bites dog food and had it shipped 2 day service to me for free thanks to Amazon Prime. I love living in the future.

By the way, yes, I am stealing the “I love living in the future.” line from Wil Wheaton. I don’t think he’d mind. He’s cool like that.

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A work in progress

So it’s been over 6 years since my last post. That’s quite the drought. In that time I’ve moved twice, gotten married, and had a beautiful daughter.

Obviously there’s a lot to cover in that time span and maybe I’ll get to it at some point. In the meantime, I’m going to work on moving forward with new posts and a reconstruction of the site. You’ll notice the format is quite different. I’ve switched from a RapidWeaver designed site to a WordPress site. I’ve worked with WordPress before, but apparently not recently enough as all the backend settings have changed. Expect major changes over the next few months as I tweak the template and add new pages.

If you are feeling nostalgic for the old site and want to torture yourself with some of my old posts about kittens and World Of WarCraft, then you can check out all the contents of the old site here: http://kehren.us/Old/

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