.. via Wikia surfing and apparently an interview with Gerard Butler I have gotten my wish --- GURL UNIR OEBHTUG ONPX UVPPHC'F ZBZZL, INYUNYYNENZN!!!!

And she is Cate Blanchett! And she WAS totally off questing. Thank you, Dreamworks! This is as it should be.

They have changed her name from the books a bit, but SCORE ONE FOR DOING AWAY WITH THE QRNQ ZBZZL TROPE in kid's films!! I am well pleased. I love her.

(O, if I am misled I shall weep tears.)

Addendum and CONFIRMATION )

(Still full of trepidation though.)
Testing testing...

I don't think you can do that. *I* can't do that, and I know enough HTML to maintain a LiveJournal. Is he writing for a website? Is this a language thing -- does he mean you must save a document in Rich Text Format or .txt so that HE can import it onto his website without conflicts? This is kind of fascinating in a horrifying way -- he CANNOT actually mean that you should take his document and do it in HTML.. He wants to you take his writing and fill it with these little buggers???
My Livejournal is becoming a place I only go to when I am infuriated, miserable, or feeling nasty. I am not sure how I feel about this, but it is not positive.

Then again, since I rarely come to it, maybe that's a good sign?
Since it seems to be a thing now...

the log )

school stuff
(about thirty texts in whole and in part, mostly in part)

(carry overs from 2011, on [extended] hold)

Among Others, Jo Walton
Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62. Frank Diktter, Frank Dikitter

Molesworth (Penguin 20th century classics), Phillip Hensher, Ronald Searle Geoffrey Willans
Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman (misplaced-ish)
The Word for World is Forest, Ursula K. Le Guin (left at mom's on kitchen table!!!)
Does anyone who still follows LJ know Alex Conner's contact info? Or at least know that she's safe, what with the recent Portland, OR. violence??? (I've called the numbers that I have, and nothing.)

[ETA -- never mind, found her!!)

Fear of a Black President


I n case I'm actually reaching more folk here than elsewhere: a must-read from Ta Nehisi Coates. via Making Light

Today my mom picked me up. My mom who is 75 this month (shh). Right up off the floor. I said, "Oh please, you can't do that," and she put her arms around my waist and hoicked me up in the air. TWICE. I am five ten and 165 pounds. I am not going to worry about her health anymore. 0_o

(Everything fine with friend and me not doing that greatly inflated assignment anymore.)

Posted via LiveJournal app for Android.

Er... Google is not letting me check my friends page for fear of malware. Just, FYI.
Oh! I have a Livejournal!


updates soon...
I'm in England! You can see France from here.

(Ok, not really.)

"NEVER take pills off the freebie table!"

Gentle reader, I put that bottle right down.

(mood: giggly)

Posted via LiveJournal app for Android.

I especially appreciate Cowboys & Aliens for many well-placed shots of Daniel Craig's very attractive silhouette. Lovely back, I see exactly why they featured it in all the posters. Nice shoulders on that dude.

It is... an interesting experience. Exciting. But it does not hold up to any scrutiny AT ALL. Do not scrutinize. You will hurt yourself. I am not kidding.

And it dabbles in some

1) rather

2) sad

3) tropes.

spoilers below, big ones rot-13d. )

Is it a spoiler to say the little Airbender is in it? I don't think it's spoilery to say that the little Airbender is in it. I think I mananged not to hold it against him. ;-)
For the record, I don't really consider myself an X-Men fan, so there are things that are canon that I either don't know or don't (and won't) care about. My most indepth experience with the franchise was the "X-Men Evolution" show. (Particularly episodes featuring the voice of Matt Hill. I HAVE A THING, OK.) And I'm mildly obsessed with X-23. So I'm looking at the film from that perspective; there are easter eggs that I can recognize and that make me happy, but mostly I'm wanting the film to stand on its own legs, as it were -- on the information that it provides us. (I did see the first three, missed the Wolverine one.)

There are things I'm supposed to get mad at that I keep forgetting to. I never remember to be pissed off enough at the "black guy dies first" thing as long as it's not an embarrassing death. I'm always just so pleased when there is dignity** (and, you know, absence of bob-walking and a hip hop soundtrack. There is nothing wrong with those things. But those things are treated too much in film as a genetic trait and not a completely aesthetic and surface and NOT REMOTELY UNIVERSAL style choice. This is why I forgave "300" so many things...more than I should...) I ask for very little. This is why I keep getting "Not aggressive enough" on my employee reviews. *aggressively wields red pen* *deploys aggressive commas* *with aggression* *except not on the Internet, I come here to relax*

(**And this one was hot and fun and very very importantly, not $*#(*)& this at all.)

I do regularly get highly pissed off at stories that try to pretend to me that things were nicer and more enlightened and less dangerous than they actually were. So, for example, long ago I spent several days furious with "Far From Heaven" trying to show me an interracial relationship between a white woman and a black man, in the '60s, without showing me any fear, trepidation, or even the sublimation of fear and trepidation through defiance and posturing, in this couple -- beyond normal adultery nervousness. It was hard to enjoy the nuances and fine acting and pretty background musical riffs when I kept suppressing shouts of "YOU IDIOT THEY WILL HANG YOU FROM A TREE THERE WILL BE FIRE OMG LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER ONE TIME." That sort of thing. Don't tone down the actual life danger, please! There was life danger! It still makes people only slightly older than me really really nervous, let alone people like my mom, who actually had to get up and move to the Negro section of a train on some occasions. It was not a small thing overcomeable by a pleasant expression, 15 minutes of chat, and some shared vinyl records..

Which ultimately means I'm more in this camp [links may spoil]

than this one

or that one.

Although to be frank I am not OUT of any of those camps.

Seriously -- these were 2011 teenagers masquerading as 1960s ones. Two seconds meeting each other and the kids of color are just going to up and comfortably party down and drink and gyrate with the white (and white-looking) ones? Not even some guarded looks????? Not to mention the social differences, you found that girl in a strip club, she is not going to automatically think you are taking her to a place where there are all nice men around whom she should let her guard down and... Oh, give me strength.

Which would not have been so weird if all the characters had just been white like an actual '60s comic book***, or, more importantly, if the movie hadn't fully remembered to shoehorn in and lampshade all the nasty sexism. Both or neither. This is a comic book, just go full fantasy-60s with it, why can't we have the girl power AND the we-are-all-one-under-the-skin?

(God, and the evil Hispanic tornado dude didn't even get a line. Very Kal Penn in Superman, film.)

I would be more fully in Camp 2 (and really, I do like that article the best, I think) if the film had remembered to make Xavier...not a dick. I think it might be easy to miss, but... c'mon, let's be quite honest, he was a dick, and the only reason he seemed like slightly less of a dick is that he was a dick in James MacAvoy's extremely pleasing dulcet tones and baby face. Seriously, the film completely forgot to make Professor Xavier's point AT ALL (and he did kind of have one!), while lovingly and meticulously crafting Erik's with soft lighting, tons of backstory, and emotional closeups in nearly every scene. Even in scenes Fassbender was not in. (And I am not convinced that was unintentional, to be honest.) whoops, mild spoilers )

I swear, this is the first time I haven't really been on Xavier's side (even back when he was Patrick Stewart and I was finding Ian McKellan both sympathetic and kinda hot). I just want to SMACK him. He starts out with smarm and ends up... well, I'm repeating myself now.


Nicholas Hoult! Oh, I am so proud of your versatility. I almost didn't see you there.

That Kravitz/Bonet kid is so gorgeous I don't even know what to do. 0__0

Shout-outs! I usually hate cameos and shout-outs. I did not hate these. I thought they were excellent. HELMET. Oh, Helmet. *loves on evil helmet*

Nice handling of Mystique. Nuance. Exploring the formation of minority racial identity pretty much by-the-book. Well done.

Deep? Yes I believe I think so. Sort of.
Flawed? Quite. And not ignorably so. Almost shoot-self-in-the-foot so.
Enjoyable? I am not going to tell you about which part I went and applauded (quietly! I am polite), because I am pretty sure I was not supposed to be doing that. YOU FORGOT TO MAKE XAVIER'S POINT, FILM. I might be walking on air a little at the moment. Oh I'm so ashamed.
Worth admission? Oh hells yes.
Worth the bedbug risk? Yeah-huh.
Worth a repeat viewing? Yup.

***Not saying that's OPTIMAL, saying that's LESS JARRING/HYPOCRITICAL-seeming.
Signal Boosting some more, because I adore this post:

excerpt from Sophia McDougall: Capes, wedding dresses, and Steven Moffat

"There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands. ... Well, the world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level - except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There’s a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male."

--Steven Moffat, in
The Scotsman, 2004.

"[....] First, it needs to be said, of course, that not all women played at weddings when they were little. I know plenty who didn’t. But I want to talk about the ones that did. Let’s assume I was one of them – I can’t completely remember whether I ever went as far as acting out a wedding, but I know I thought and talked to my friends about how I wanted my wedding dress to be. Long, swishy and dramatic, of course, but not white, because that’s boring! Why wouldn’t I want to wear my favourite colour? My wedding dress, I promised myself, would be blue – a deep, rich, bright blue.

"But you know what I didn’t daydream about? You know what never entered my mind?

"The groom.

"Never, when I thought about My Wedding, did I promise myself that on this day of days, at last my innate female loneliness would be over. I never even imagined how handsome he’d be or how much he’d love me. Not even “He’ll be a kind, nice man.” The poor fellow never got a look-in. I knew he’d have to be there, vaguely, but that was a detail as negligible as the seating arrangements, and frankly, if I could have had the wedding without the husband that would have been just fine by me.

"Yes, I am afraid, Steven, little girls’ wedding fantasies are not about you. You can relax; packs of little girls are not being reared from infancy to hunt you. It’s just the dress. That’s the fantasy. It’s about wearing an awesome outfit and getting to be the centre of attention.

"Boys and men, of course, never daydream about wearing an awesome outfit and being the centre of attention...


[photo evidence]


[photo evidence]

"Nice coats, there. Long. Swishy. Dramatic.

"Of course you never fantasised about Your Wedding when you were little! 1) The groom’s outfit is boring and he doesn’t get to be the centre of attention! And 2) You had Batman and the Doctor and James Bond and Indiana Jones! That’s also why you didn’t bother playing at being a husband or father. Why would you, when the power over a household and a child pales into inignificance next to power over a crime-ridden city, an ancient underground tomb or the whole fucking universe?"

It occurs to me that I have a great many friends who are a lot more than passingly conversant with them there computatin' machines, and this WebNet thing that the young'uns are always going on about.

Can someone clue me in on the best/smartest way to claim and register a domain name?



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