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Nov. 16th, 2010


Writer's Block: Cause or symptom?

Do you believe that violence in media promotes violence in real life? Does media reflect cultural values or can it actively reshape them?

Yes, violence in the media promotes violence in real life. 

Dahlia Lithwick, writing for Newsweek in 2008, regrettably calls 24 hero Jack Bauer (played by Kiefer Sutherland) both "the prime mover of American interrogation doctrine" and "the most influential legal thinker in the development of modern American interrogation policy."

Lithwick bases this conclusion on two recently published books: Jane Mayer's The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals and Philippe Sands's Torture Team: Rumsfeld's Memo and the Betrayal of American Values. She writes that the legal team establishing U.S. policy, including primary author John Yoo, had a tendency to cite Bauer more often than the U.S. Constitution. Also, that people within the Bush administration, such as United States Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, as well as military personnel at Guantanamo, consistently drew inspiration from the fictional Bauer's cutthroat techniques.

It's a real problem that the cultural agenda is set by a small group of people who are not operating with the best interests of society at heart.  I know for a fact that many people who work in media are flip, shallow people, who have contempt for the viewers.

Jul. 6th, 2010


She knows a cheap release

My brother and uncle went to the Queen's Plate.  They said the horses underperformed because of the heat, so they bet all wrong and didn't make any money.  They were right behind and a little to the side of the Queen.  "We could have thrown oranges at her head," my uncle said.

Jun. 26th, 2010

Y: The Last Man

From the dust I lift a voice of protest

Jun. 25th, 2010



Will probably also go to Eclipse.

Jun. 21st, 2010


Banzai, Daniel-san


Jun. 17th, 2010


Icy-strange and cold

Jun. 2nd, 2010


Eclipse was all we could see at the window, and awe was all we could feel.

Gakked from FAIL Blog.
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May. 31st, 2010


Howdy, howdy, howdy! I am king of all I survey!!

I'm looking forward to prospect of a royal wedding in the fall.
Scott Pilgrim
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Surely someone will serve some clotted cream.

May. 29th, 2010


Mix omens with the auguries that dare to plant the Cross upon your forehead sky

Was the entire Sookie Stackhouse series inspired by an episode of Buffy?  There was an episode of Buffy called Earshot where Buffy became telepathic.  She tried to read Angel's mind and he said it wasn't possible because of a stupid reason having to do with mirrors and whatever.  It was a dumb throwaway line.  But Earshot aired March 23, 1999, and the first Sookie Stackhouse novel was published in 2001.  I know Charlaine Harris has seen Buffy because she references it in Dead to the World

I have many theories.  For instance, I have always wondered if misogynist and 98lb weakling John Norman's rape-revenge fantasy/hate crime disguised as a series of unbelievably boring fantasy novels set in a world called Gor, was inspired by Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series.  And there's a scene in Stephen King's Bag of Bones that is very similar to a scene in Owen Meany, which I know King read because the paperback copy of Owen Meany I read had his endorsement on the cover.

I need something good to read.  Has literature gotten over its obsession with the present tense?  Will somebody check and report back?  Until such time, I require some lowbrow urban fantasy, or a good YA novel.  I recently read the first two Hunger Games novels and am looking forward to the third, although I was in a similar position with respect to Kelley Armstrong's Chloe Saunders novels and ended up being very disappointed by the ending. 

Ok .... so stuff I've watched recently that I've loved.  Well, Treme.  I've watched all the stuff this production team has done and I really admire their work.  Khandi Alexander's character Ladonna is one of the best female characters I've ever seen on TV.  I love her because she doesn't pussyfoot around waiting for people to like her.   There's a paradigm where female TV protagonists have to be likable, and being likable requires that they be simpering doormats who immediately hand credit for their accomplishments to the man standing next to them.  And for some perplexing reason they always have to be clumsy.  I don't know why - unless it's to further emphasise how completely inconsequential they are, and incapable of enterprises of great pitch and moment.

The fact that Steven Spielberg is directing a 3D Tintin is like a joke that is designed just to amuse me. 

Apr. 23rd, 2010


As a naked man I go through the desert sore afraid


Zoe Saldana interview:

Q: Zoe, you tend to play really strong female characters. Have you ever thought of playing someone the complete opposite of this?

ZS: Like the damsel in distress? Of course. You want to play great characters but right now I feel that Hollywood has made a living out of portraying women to be such canker sores. We just have to be rescued all the time because we’re so incompetent, when in reality sometimes art needs to reflect what’s going on in real life. In today’s society, especially in American society, women are doing so much. I’m from Queens. I’m not from that era where if I was baking cookies, I’d do it. I think that’s great, whatever. But I grew up in Queens in the 80s where women were the caretakers and they were the soldiers. I’m in that phase right now so until I burn that, then I’ll be the damsel in distress. But, right now, I like holding the gun. I like participating in the saving of the day. I think it’s really sexy. It’s kind of like my mom.

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