finding my perspicacity

October 25, 2007

Mmm.

Filed under: real life — spuriouseden @ 11:21 pm

I want to attend this MORE THAN I CAN POSSIBLY EXPRESS.

July 25, 2007

my first post in months, and it’s to test coding features.

Filed under: Uncategorized — spuriouseden @ 5:03 am

Let’s see how this “more” tag works, shall we? Can I use it to hide spoilers?

like say i wanted to hide a spoiler here

May 11, 2007

It’s 2007. I’m just saying.

Filed under: fandom, what's wrong with the world — spuriouseden @ 12:39 am

Ooh, how can I get on the waiting list for this Mary Jane statuette? Craftsmanship at its finest.

Witness the attention to detail. Ooh, that Peter Parker is a lucky fella. Look at MJ, bent in half, hand-washing Petey’s Spidey-suit! Breasts hanging out, jeans torn strategically, thong poking out, barefoot and wearing a pearl necklace.  Well done, Michelangelo. Female comics fans everywhere are in your debt.

April 26, 2007

World of laughter, or tears?

Filed under: real life — spuriouseden @ 11:47 pm

Hey, you know what’s weird? Settling down to watch the American Idol charity show (shut up) and discovering that one of your epic high school crushes is in a pop-opera group.

I’m torn between “Good for you, Dave! Everybody knew you’d have an amazing career,” and “Pop-opera? Seriously?” 😀

April 25, 2007

Why is it not July?

Filed under: fandom, hp, movies — spuriouseden @ 2:31 am

See below, re: fandom. Or, eeeeeeeeeeeeee!

April 24, 2007

Fandom has a strange sort of power.

Filed under: bsg, fandom, tv — spuriouseden @ 2:51 am

SciFi is replaying season 3 of Battlestar Galactica, and so I finally get to see it. I’m at Season 3, Episode 2 now. I was a BSG latecomer, much to the shame of my fannish soul.

If you’re the sort of person who complains about spoilers even though we’re already in reruns, this is the time to stop reading. Because if there’s a way to hide/cut text on WordPress, I do not know it yet.

Sweet jesus I love the complexity and moral ambiguity in this show. Occupation and suicide bombers and insurgents and torture and treachery and mass executions and paternalistic religious tyranny. And you can always understand every side of the argument, even when you really don’t want to. The writers and actors are so good at forcing you to sympathize with people you hate, and to question the people you love. I am so deeply moved by the mixture of desperation and hope in this post-apocalyptic world they have reinvented out of a silly old TV show.

I knew, I just knew they were going to torture Starbuck with a rape baby/clone. I knew it was coming, because Scully, but it was still So Unbelievably Horrible when it happened. I love poor broken Kara Thrace with all my heart, and I am scared of what will happen to her now that she’s dealing with this kid and her abusive history and she’s essentially enslaved to this crazy stalker Cylon! Her turnaround at the end of the episode was so abrupt and I am just not sure whether it’s for real. I feel like she has to be playing the Cylon “father,” but that poor little clone kid is not at fault despite being the manifestation of abomination. And I don’t want the kid to pay for the Cylons’ sins, but I don’t want Starbuck battered into caring for this child she never asked for and actively didn’t want. (Convenient that this episode played right after the latest travesty of an abortion ruling.) And Starbuck is so, so screwed up, and I just don’t know what she’s capable of, especially in this nightmare of a situation.

Fandom is silly, I suppose, in the scheme of things. But what I love about it is the feeling of being an active listener, an active viewer. I like having a relationship with story and character and imagining whether, if the fiction were real, it would play out in the same way. I love being overly and perhaps ridiculously affected by what happens to fictional characters. I love recognizing sick truths of the “real world” in the safe wrapping of fiction and trying to work out whether our tragic failures are inevitable, or whether there is the same potential for redemption in real life as there is on the page or screen. Fandom can be pointless immersion in fantasy but at least for me I feel it serves a purpose.

April 21, 2007

…but I don’t see any tigers around, do you?

Filed under: what's wrong with the world — spuriouseden @ 1:36 am

Dear Jack Thompson:

Well spotted. It’s universally known that Charles Whitman was a huge Counter-Strike fan.

With all the respect you deserve,
spuriouseden

April 18, 2007

Not the kind of first post I had in mind…

Filed under: what's wrong with the world — spuriouseden @ 2:22 am

…but today I came across this blog at Obsidian Wings and thought it should be shared. It’s the story of a person who struggled to prevent a friend from committing an act like the Virginia Tech attack. Anecdotes /= data, but it’s interesting to read this person’s insight into the mind of a person who would plan a mass murder. Especially since it was written on the 16th, before we saw the killer’s manifesto appear on NBC.

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