quietprofanity: (Nite Owl - Let's Go!)
( Apr. 11th, 2009 08:30 am)
So most of my apartment is cleared out. I have to go back for one more trip, but I'm hoping I can clear up some other things along the way, so that'll be cool.

I also FINALLY got around to playing that Watchmen video game for the cell phone because I'm that behind. Man, that had some bad dialogue. And I had to defeat the final boss (some guy with a bionic arm) twice because the game froze the first time and didn't show me the ending. And bionic arm guy was actually HARD. (Also hate the quicktime events) But ... eh, it was a nice distraction in between chores.

I'm also glad I have my own computer back, anyway. Can't use the Internet on it, but writing in notebooks really sucks so it'll be nice to have my own word program again.
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( Apr. 10th, 2009 12:41 am)
It's sad I would have forgotten what day it was unless I saw there was a fanart of Dan at a seder.

It's even sadder that the only way I found the correct prayer was through this.
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You know, two separate things were annoying me, but then I realized that they actually kind of related.

This is totally stating the absolutely fucking obvious, but you all know I'm into the fanfic and write the fanfic and the thing I'm anticipating most in the world at this current point in time IS fanfic. So you can assume that I'm cool with taking stuff apart and putting it back together and sometimes will even like a fanfic as much or maybe even more the original, right? You know, like Gallant is aroused; Goofus is Horny. That's way better than the original. Okay, so the bar was really low on that one, but STILL.

Anyway, it can happen. It usually doesn't. But it can happen. I want to talk about two instances where IT HAS NOT HAPPENED.

I am a pompous bitch. )
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( Apr. 7th, 2009 10:21 pm)
My Review of Monsters vs. Aliens by [livejournal.com profile] quietprofanity's inner child.
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( Apr. 6th, 2009 11:08 pm)
Okay, I suspect this review may have the worst fucking timing ever considering what I just unleashed upon the Watchmen fandom but ... you know what, I'm going to go with it.

Tonight was the first time I ever saw this or indeed, any Judd Apatow movie. Why did I wait so long? Well, when the first stream of movies came out I was in a real anti-movie funk, and that sort of continued over a long period of time. I feel kind of like I'm the last person in the universe to see Knocked Up. When these movies first came out I had the sense I may like them, but as the reports about the movies' sexism came in, my enthusiasm kind of dampened. One of the big buzzkillers were the members of the feminist blogosphere that called Superbad pro-rape because of a subplot where one of the guys tries to get a girl drunk to have sex with her. (See examples here and here.)

Normally this would put me off straight out, and while I do believe those who actually take the "Don't like it, don't read it" option should have their wishes respected when they say "I don't think I'll like this because of X" and not be snottily told they can't have an opinion until they see it, part of me really did want to form my own opinion on this one. Especially since reasons to see it started cropping up again: Seth Rogan's performance in Zack and Miri Make a Porno, the really funny Pineapple Express skit and my brother. Okay, mostly it's all my brother, who has started talking about how he and I and my father are all going to watch Pineapple Express together like it would be the holy grail of family-bonding experiences.

So the other day, Mark found Superbad on TV and TiVo'd it, saying we would watch it together. When I told him about the "pro-rape" argument, he was initially irate, and said that was ridiculous, the movie refutes it. I felt a little assured. Then a little while Mark came back and said, "Actually, I could see where it would bother people" and I felt less assured. But I soldiered on.

Spoilers for a movie I'm sure you've already seen. )
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( Apr. 6th, 2009 03:29 pm)
This time, Rorschach and Laurie.

Sorry to be brief, Mark keeps bugging me to watch Superbad with him.
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( Apr. 6th, 2009 12:22 pm)
I finished Universe X Vol. 1 and I decided I will never, ever, ever read Vol. 2. This is totally the most unpleasant comic book to read ever. Not the worst comic ever. Not the comic I hate the most. But I've never read a comic that was more BORING and TEDIOUS and FRUSTRATING. Who the hell thinks it's a great idea to make a comic that spends 30 percent of its time explaining the new origins of the Living Mummy and MoonKnight and then KILL THEM? And don't get me started on the useless new characters. Especially the ones that try to have character development. (Yes, I'm looking at you, Charmer.)

Also, this book turns me into a misogynist. Every time I see May Parker I want to slap her in the mouth. And by May Parker I mean "Mayday" Parker. Yes, this series turned Spider-Girl into an irritating brat. I think it deserves to be called a crime against humanity for that alone.

Okay, so she was tolerable in Earth X: Spidey and she has a great costume but for most of the series she's like the prototypical Obnoxious Little Bitch Teenager and most of her "comedic dialogue" is her telling her dad what a complete loser he is. Granted, this series does contain some of the worst Spider-Man dialogue ever, too, but it still doesn't endear me to her.

Oh yeah, and I did read the Paradise X: Heralds thing when it came out. I didn't really like the Spider-Girl there either, because her main character arc was how she became the next Jubilee. And Wolverine/Spunky Young Teenager is pretty much my anti-OTP.
[Scene: Room]

Me: Oh, look! A box! Surely it only has garbage inside. I can clearly throw some of this away in preparation for another move to another state.

[looks inside]

Me: Oh ... my diplomas. Well, I have to keep those. And a writing journal ... hey, these are the original drafts of fanfics I wrote in high school. I can't get rid of those ... and another one ... and more writing ... and writing for a class and ...

WAAAAAAAAAAH I CAN'T GET RID OF ANYTHING! [cries and is defeated]
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( Apr. 4th, 2009 07:37 pm)
So Mom has Internet control and, because the books I'm currently reading offer me a choice between consistent irritation (in the case of Kushiel's Chosen) and OH MY GOD SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP (Universe X Vol. 1) I started writing more of my fanfic and was like, "Dudes, I totally need a cameo by a 1970s feminist." So I dusted off my old History of Feminism textbook (While I'm thinking of it, why didn't I keep the one about feminisms in other countries? I'm so stupid ...) and was scanning through the excerpts of the works of Robin Morgan and Susan Brownmiller (one of whom will be in the fic ... I sort of WANT it to be Morgan, because her writing is like the left-wing, feminist version of "The New Frontiersmen" and that makes me inappropriately gleeful, but Brownmiller is more popular and probably makes more sense in the long run ...).

Then I decided that required too much thought and I picked up my copy of Female Chauvinist Pigs and read my favorite parts while I was at the laundromat cleaning my comforter. (And just realized that Morgan blurbed the book. w00t!) This didn't really help with anything but that book always energizes me even as it makes me re-assess myself as a feminist and a woman.

I tried to look for clips of Morgan and Brownmiller on YouTube. Didn't find much of anything, but I found some of Ariel Levy. Then I found that she was put on a playlist of a person's "Favorite Women" and one of them included Motherfucking Camille Paglia.

And I'm like, "Rebecca, don't watch. Don't watch, you're just going to get upset." But then I was like, "Aw, it can't possibly be any stupider than what she said about date rape," which are quite possibly THE WORST LAST WORDS IN THE UNIVERSE but I clicked anyway.

Paglia: "I think students have sex with their teachers because there is far too much of a friendly atmosphere between teachers and students. I think this is a part of the therapy culture."
Me: "AAAAAAHHH NO FUCKING WAY AAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! STUPID! You're so STUPID!"

These days I react to Camille Paglia with a sort of fascinated embarrassment. She's like that person who you used to be really into and now that you're broken up you're like, "What did I see in you? Why did I like you? WHY?" Her and Christina Hoff Summers. Although Summers is more like that person who seemed really nice until you learned she liked to shill for conservative fake feminism steal cars on the weekend.

... Those metaphors suck. Sorry.

Anyway, dissident/conservative/backlash feminism was an embarrassing time of my life and I'm glad I'm mostly past that ... at least I hope.

I should probably read some more feminism books, but um ... er ... well, I just have to take a picture of my book piles soon, because that shit is just SAD. Anyway, I think I only have Vindication of the Rights of Women in there, but maybe I should bust it out and read it soon.
Times like these I am so regretful I didn't make Laurie post taking Veidt's leg to the stomach, because that is how I feel right now.

Jesus Christ, the home computer is fucked. Windows Explorer won't work. Sometimes IE pops up every two minutes. Facebook won't work. Gmail chat won't work. Most webpages are slow. And my computer-fu is not so good but with Mom's only other options seem to be putting up with it or talking to my grandfather, who thinks the answer to every computer problem is either "defragment it" or "you didn't defragment it enough, so buy a new one."

[rocks back and forth in a ball on the floor] Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ...
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quietprofanity: (Smeyer Can't Read)
( Mar. 29th, 2009 02:21 am)
Firefox updated and now it won't play sound.

I'll try to deal with this tomorrow. I can barely sit up.

ETA: Okay, Quicktime works, so Flash is the culprit. Let's see what I can do about that ...
You know what I love? Darkwing Duck. Someone posted this on the recent "Russet Noon" wank. I think this is much better than I remember.







Gosalyn was totally my hero as a kid. Also, how anti-Marvel mentality is it that the Disney Afternoon featured a SINGLE FATHER superhero. One who still managed to have [gasp!] romantic entanglements. (I need to find the episode where Morgana's family and the Muddlefoots get along at a cookout.)

This also makes me laugh:

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Hey, I'm finally getting around to doing this. I'm putting up some items for "sale" here. If you want anything, comment and I'll send you a PM.

(Everything here is before S&H)

DVDs (Sets):
Kimagure Orange Road 1-12 ($70 for everything))
Hand Maid May Box Set & Soundtrack ($25)
Hellsing set ($30)
Noir Box Set + T-shirt ($70)
Original Dirty Pair OVA/Movies ($10)
The Osbournes Show Seasons 1-2.5 ($10)
His & Her Circumstances Box Set ($35)
Hanaukyo Maid Team: La Verite Vol. 2 & 3, Plus My Dear Marie ($10)
Mirage of Blaze DVD Box Set ($10)
R.O.D. OVA ($5) -- can go with the other two
R.O.D. the TV (Cheap version) ($15)
R.O.D. the TV Vol. 2-4 (Expensive version) ($10)
Steel Angel Kurumi 2 ($6)
Soundtracks: L/R & Ai Yori Aoshi ($3)
Mahoromatic Vol. 1 & 2 Plus Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful Vol. 1 ($7)

Loose DVDs: (We'll work something out)
Level C (Warning: YAOI Also: No Penis.)
Orphen: Ruins & Relics
Nadia: The Secret Cave
Ah! My Goddess! The Movie
Ai Yori Aoshi Vol. 3
Zone of the Enders: Dolores: Vol. 6
Saiyuki Vol. 4
Blue Submarine No. 6 Vol. 4
Dogma (Standard Edition)
Rune Soldier Vol. 4
Yu Yu Hakusho Vol. 1
Saikano Vol. 1
Infinite Ryvius Vol. 1
Fushigi Yugi Eikoden
Animatrix
Vandread Vol. 3
Slayers Goregous
Tenchi in Tokyo Vol. 1
Rurouni Kenshin Vol. 1
Spider-Man (Fullscreen)
Super Gals! Vol. 1
Ah My Goddess TV Vol. 2
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
The Grudge
Reboot (Season III episodes)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show

A Few Indie Graphic Novels: For $5 alltogether
Bluntman & Chronic
One Love: Be the People (Autographed)
Mortal Coil: Bodylines (Autographed)
Stray Moonbeams (EROTIC)

Also, if you happen to want fansubs for Loveless & Haru wo Dareita or Yami to Boshi to Hon no Tabibito, tell me and I'll send you some CDs.
What I got in my inbox:

Could you please lock your post(s) on Owlblot?

... You know what, [livejournal.com profile] thdarkestknight? My life is too short and has too many real problems to deal with some image problem the comm is having. I'm in this fandom to have fun and because I want a space to play and whatever's going on, it's not conducive to me doing that.

[deletes her post advertising "Beg for It" and unsubscribes]

Stupid drama getting into my fun ... razzum frazzum ...

ETA: Sheesh, I just flounced in public, huh? Oh well, can't take it back, I guess ...
So, since ... gee, God knows how long, I've been reading Dickens by Peter Ackroyd. LibraryThing has a rather messed up entry on it. The reason for this is that there are three basic editions: a more than 1,000-page monster, an around 600-page abridged still-monster and a 200-page glossy coffee table book that probably shouldn't be considered the same work, IMO.

Because I consider myself a Dickens nerd, I scoured eBay for the 1,000-pager, eager to learn all there was to know. Granted, I knew Ackroyd had a belief about Dickens' life that I don't agree with, but more on that later. I also knew he read every Dickens work two or three times, as well as every bit of writing that could be found on Dickens. For that level of research itself, I wanted to see what Ackroyd had to offer.

In the end, while I'm glad I DID read it, overall it wasn't quite what I'd wanted out of such a massive Dickens biography.

Wherein I talk about Dickens' life like it's common knowledge, and also far too much about Charles Dickens' sex life and fistulas. )
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( Mar. 19th, 2009 04:13 pm)
... And am apparently buried under a deluge of Watchmen stuff on my flist. [makes a note to read [livejournal.com profile] flowerofsin's fanfics and that weird 9-11 thing] Anyone got any recommendations from the last week or so? I don't really feel like wading through the lot of that. Just scanning through the past week of my LJ backlog was making my head explode. I almost never want to see an inkblot again.

Although I'm still going to tell you guys about my totally awesome time I had dressing up as Rorschach and walking the streets of Tel Aviv. Because I'm an egomaniac like that.

Speaking of which, Israel was AMAZING. I kept up a journal of my time there religiously that I may put online. I'm not sure here, because I have a lot of people from the trip who want to see it and I may create a separate online presence under my real name. But the basic jist of it is while I didn't have some major religious experience there (although I definitely felt something at the Wailing Wall) I got a much greater sense of the cultural heritage of being Jewish. I have a lot of hopes for the future now that I wish to see realized. I'll see what happens.

My favorite part was definitely the Golan Heights. That place is BEAUTIFUL. When you think of Israel you usually think "desert" (not that the Negev isn't beautiful -- I loved going to David Ben Gurion's grave) but that place looked like pictures of Ireland. I cut my knee hiking through there but I'd do it again tomorrow (if I could skip the plane ride). Yad Vashem is also the most comprehensive and moving Holocaust museum I've been too. And yes, I know that's a weird thing to say but I HAVE been to three and a half* now.

I'm going back one day, if I'm able. And I'm trying to convince my brother to go back too. Actually, that trip convinced me that it's crucial to visit places out of your own country in general, but more on that later, maybe.

Oh, and as for the white elephant, my essential thoughts on the conflict didn't change (Zionist with the hope for a two-state solution), but I do believe I have a deeper understanding of the conflict and DEFINITELY a more complete understanding of the political structure of Israel. And that's all I really want to say about that.

Half is the Museum of Tolerance.
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( Mar. 8th, 2009 11:17 am)
Okay, I'm off. Bye everyone! See you in about two weeks.
(No, LibraryThing, I WILL NOT LOVE THIS BOOK. You suck.)

First off, I want to start my review with the observation that this story is ten years old. Like, it's so old that the dystopian future has multiple panels with the WTC. ... I KNOW! I feel old, too. :-( This is especially since it makes me realize I've been meaning to read it for 10 years. A WHOLE DECADE and it was NOT worth the wait. If you've read the book/series, a lot of what I say in the book will be old news, because this review is a lot of it's new-to-me bitching about it. Just warning you.

MOAR! )
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After this I'll leave you guys alone.

Post a single sentence from each WIP you have (or as many as you want to pick). No context, no explanations. No more than one sentence!

1.) The hotel soap was disgusting – it smelled like licorice and made her skin dry and rubbery – but she wanted to be certain he wouldn’t know.

2.) "No, she doesn’t have magical intoxication, and she doesn’t have that because magical intoxication is a load of horseshit."

3.) As I look at the gun, I try to think of it as an empty metal tube with a handle and not the hideous agent of death I’ve always believed it to be.
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