So, my little girl cousins like Twilight. This doesn't surprise me.

But, apparently one of my aunts gave Twilight to my Nana (step-grandmother) and said, "Can you read this and see if it's appropriate?"

And she read it, and then she gave it to Pop (paternal grandfather).

Pop and Nana LOVE TWILIGHT.

My grandfather LOVES Twilight.

My hardcore sci-fi-loving, Isaac-Asimov-is-the-greatest-writer-ever, Ursula-K.-LeGuin-isn't-real-sci-fi grandfather LOVES Twilight.

I didn't know how to react to this.

So I let him borrow my copies of Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton, Bitten by Kelley Armstrong and The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett. He seemed really glad to have them.

But ... just ... wow, dude.
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Secret Life of Bees page 59:

I waited till she got to her feet, a long, unbelievable process of grunts and moans and limbs coming to life.

"What did you dream?" I asked when she was upright.

She gazed at the treetops, rubbing her elbows. "Well, let's see. I dreamed the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., knelt down and painted my toenails with the spit from his mouth, and every nail was red like he'd been sucking on red hots."


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I MEAN COME ON!!!! Who the hell looked at MLK's magic Max Factor spit and went, "Yep! That is totally profound and not silly at all. You go for it, Kidd!"

I am so going to crack by page 150 ...
The main character is wonderful and virtuous and whimsical and her dad hates her so much he mocks her when she reads Shakespeare and WON'T LET HER HAVE BIRTHDAYS!!!!!!!

This is going to hurt, yo.
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( Oct. 30th, 2008 05:52 pm)
Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage/relationship (or if you think you might be someday), and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots misguided people who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

Cue the co-opting and the parodies in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

Also: I am believing this to be parody until further notice. Seriously. My mind cannot process that picture is true.

ETA: On second thought, changed it slightly to something I feel more comfortable saying.
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Is there a drop-off point for those Boxtops on cereal/other foods that you can give to a school? I don't have kids, but I'd like to help out where I can in a non-interfering manner.
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So, after what's now turned into years of trying to get myself into this show, I finally sat down and watched R.O.D. the TV and now I am free of that long curse [livejournal.com profile] 47nite put on me ... at least until I get around to reading the e-manga he got me.

I know there are people out there who really love R.O.D. the OVA./R.O.D. the TV but to be honest, I haven't really been on board. I thought R.O.D. the OVA vacillated between boring and underwhelming. The one bright spot is the main character, Yomiko Readman, but while she DOES have a distinctive personality, sometimes I feel like I'm supposed to like her out of some generic relatability. "She likes books? *I* like books! And I can cosplay her without being ninety pounds! Sweet!"

R.O.D. the TV is kind of similar. I think it succeeds very well at its four main characters. You have Michelle, who acts like a bimbo but is the most capable of the team. You have Maggie the gentle giant. You have Anita, a brat who is compelling by the fact that she's strong and weak at the same time. And you have Nenene, who is basically the tie between the two series and the mouthpiece for the IMPORTANCE OF ART but has a pretty neat character arc. I like these guys. I really do. I hate to admit it, but I actually cried a little bit at the three sisters' reunion.

But ... here's the thing. R.O.D. the TV is a decent anime, and it can be quite good at the inter-relationships between its female characters. (I wasn't big on the Nancy/Junior subplot.) But one of its major themes is the importance of books, and that seems strange, because the makers of the show seem to have read barely any. But I guess I should have known that when they had one major character who is such a bibliomaniac that she buys out entire bookstores and can read large multiple books in a day say that her favorite book is the Harry Potter series.

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KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!

Watch how an AP English class summarized the plot to Twilight ... AP ENGLISH WUT????????

Do they possibly mean HIGH SCHOOL? Because when I hear that, I hear it as in preparation for COLLEGE ADVANCED PLACEMENT ENGLISH?

Wut? WUT?

We did Wuthering Heights in AP English. We did The Awakening. We did Hamlet. We did BOOKS FOR BIG PEOPLE. We did books for big people in SUMMER READING. Before we even GOT TO CLASS we were reading Heart of Darkness and The Great Gatsby and Mourning Becomes Electra. I am not that old. It was SEVEN YEARS AGO. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
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( Aug. 8th, 2008 04:07 pm)
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT?

I ... I ... just ... guh ...

Of all the politicians, he was one of the ones I would least suspect for this kind of thing, but UGH!!! SCUMBAG!

Poor Elizabeth ... that woman confronted Ann Coulter for him. She deserved better than that. :(
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( Aug. 1st, 2008 07:10 pm)
Suspect in 5 anthrax-letter deaths kills self

WASHINGTON - Anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and severely rattled the post-9/11 nation may have been part of an Army scientist's warped plan to test his cure for the deadly toxin, officials said Friday. The brilliant but troubled scientist committed suicide this week, knowing prosecutors were closing in.

The sudden naming of scientist Bruce E. Ivins as the top — and perhaps only — suspect in the anthrax attacks marks the latest bizarre twist in a case that has confounded the FBI for nearly seven years. Last month, the Justice Department cleared Ivins' colleague, Steven Hatfill, who had been wrongly suspected in the case, and paid him $5.8 million.

Ivins worked at the Army's biological warfare labs at Fort Detrick, Md., for 18 years until his death on Tuesday. He was one of the government's leading scientists researching vaccines and cures for anthrax exposure. But he also had a long history of homicidal threats, according to papers filed last week in local court by a social worker.


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