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Jul. 29th, 2011 @ 12:02 am (no subject)
Last film watched: Last King of Scotland, www.imdb.com/title/tt0455590/
Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Agent ScullyGillian Anderson.

Director: Kevin Macdonald

I liked the way James McAvoy does clueless naive person.
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Jul. 6th, 2011 @ 06:50 pm (no subject)
Meep moop.

Popped by Metafandom and read that InsaneJournal is deleting inactive accounts.

Is worried.

Hardly use this account but find it useful to have it.
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Jul. 21st, 2009 @ 10:21 pm (no subject)
I finally found the energy to go get a new anti-depressant prescription, and I have anti-depressants. That is good.
I am bad at re-newing the prescription, though, and that is less good. Worrying about running out of pills before I re-new them means I take one a day instead of the prescribed two a day.

Everything takes a lot of energy, including drinking water and making food. This includes food like cereal, pouring stuff out of a box into a bowl.
Not that it's really that.
It's going into the untidy kitchen, which I know is untidy and has been untidy and there may be clean dishes, but there will be dirty dishes too, and I will deal with some of them, and that may or may not use up the food-getting energy. And the whole day is tied up in small self-defeating loops like that. Everything. And so everything takes a lot more energy.

Today I mostly stayed on the internet all day. I sat on the sofa with my laptop in my lap and read journals and links and played gemcraft chapter 0.

I didn't go to the pub. I got a shower instead. It works out like that, somehow. the shower used up time and energy, but it was good. I feel better for it. I opened a new packet of soap and the new soap smells less nice than the soap in this packaging used to. Bah. I shall use perfume after a shower more often now, I think.

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Someone linked to a Douglas Hofsteader piece in the context of discussing sexism,A Person Paper on Purity in Language
and the piece made me uneasy, not with the obvious A-ha! It's supposed to make you uneasy! but with the un-examined assumption that comparing racism to sexism is a useful thing to do, because there's such a thing as a 'last acceptable prejudice' or possibly because there's no such thing as 'intersectionality', which would mean that some people who are targets of racism are targets of sexism as well.

It was well-made, and still very wrong. Racism is not over, it's not as un-acceptable as it should be, and I read that piece yesterday, and thought of two things -- one, a piece in a UK newspaper where somebody objected to blonde women being randomly stopped-and-searched by police on the street, as an anti-terrorist measure. But seemed entirely okay with the stop-and-search which never works anyway when it's targetred at racially-profiled people, that is, black or arab-looking people.http://spiralsheep.livejournal.com/305037.html

Or the incident described in a blog about Native American children's literature of being stopped by police for driving while brown.
http://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2009/06/home-for-awhile-racial-profiling.html
I had those in mind as clear examples, recent ones.

Then today I got on the internet and learned that a Harvard professor was arrested for attempting to break into his own home. Arrested after he showed the police his ID. A black Harvard professor.
So yes, I didn't need to remember an old example, because a new one is already here, that is how over racism is.

*sigh*

I have added some links, although not really enough.
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Mar. 23rd, 2009 @ 07:50 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: aggravated

Yesterday it was my birthday and there was no cake.
It was going to be no cake, I could tell on Saturday, because the person who had bought the cake-ingredients had sat down to play - to play again after a long time of not playing it - a video-game.
Instead of clearing the kitchen and baking cake.

So yeah, on Sunday a cake entirely expectedly failed to happen.
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I did have fresh home-made bread, though.

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I wish they'd do things they said they would, like tidying up the flat. That'd make it easier for me to fill the forms I need to. And easier for us to get the washing-machine replaced. It has been nearly half a year now of minimum-weekly trips to the laundrette. I hate going there. It's tiring and expensive and I always get there late and just. I did not consider having a working washing-machine a luxury, and I MISS IT.

But no. Instead there is home-made bread, and a promise of cake, and cake-ingredients which may or may not be going off in the fridge as they wait, and my forms-to-fill-out covered in misc. mail as the misc. mail is cleared off the small table and I GET SO angry. And I can't deal with it well, I don't want to shout at them but I do anyway, or I try not to shout and then I get resentful and make nasty remarks, ... and it does not go well, is what I'm saying.

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This sort of mood goes with the low-energy levels and together it's all from the depression which I do not have the energy to go get treated, yay.

I shall write 'argh' now: argh.
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Mar. 14th, 2009 @ 09:52 pm (no subject)
Two.

two old and small and tiny things:

When I read that post about romantic books - Pleasure Town is Invite-Only - I found it cheering and reassuring that the mention of Georgette Heyer was near a warning about anti-semitism in her books.
It felt like anti-semitism mattered, like someone else besides me had noticed it. I felt less alone.

When someone who'd been linked to on the racefail stuff, and she'd been writing things tat seemed clear and sensible - mentioned 'The Grand Sophy' by Georgette Heyer - it annoyed me that she didn't mention somewhere near it that it has that antisemitic scene in it.
In a small and probably petty way, it makes me think less of her.


In 'Y the Last Man' by Pia Guerra(art) and Brian K. Vaughan(words) there's a bit set in Israel, where there are soldiers, and all the men-soldiers die. Then one female soldier calls another female soldier "chayal", which is a transliteration of חייל - it means male soldier. The thing is, Hebrew - the language the soldiers are speaking - has different words for male soldier and female soldier. Female soldier is חיילת and may be transliterated as "chayelet". (It's a bad transliteration, because it's not 'ch' as in 'church', it's more of throatclearing sounding thing. English is stupid and doesn't have this consonant). In Hebrew, all nouns have a gender.

And when the whole story has gender mattering to such a huge degree - that detail was annoying.
(Of course, only annoying to people who know Hebrew and read comics and care, so that'd be *me*, then. But still).
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Aug. 14th, 2008 @ 03:13 pm (no subject)
I haven't been here for a long time.

Iron Man (several weeks ago) made for thinky thoughts.

(The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor made for different thinky thoughts, and it seems, not as many.)

Iron Man:
In the film there was, to me, clear slashability between James Rhodes and Tony Stark.
In articles about and reviews of the film, people seemed to completely ignore that.

Pepper Potts is intelligent, capable, professional and devoted to Tony Stark. Her being devoted and waiting on him is interpreted as her having romantic interest in him. Even though she is employed by him, and thus working for him is her job.

James Rhodes is intelligent, capable, professional and devoted to Tony Stark. He waits on Tony and serves him even when it might be in conflict with Rhodes' career. This is interpreted as ... black man serving white man. This while James Rhodes is not employed by Tony Stark, and there is clearly friendship between them. I tend to interpret it as romantic attraction, but the slash goggles do that.

Odditycollector has a link list for fanfic stories with Rhodey in them: http://odditycollector.livejournal.com/182887.html
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Feb. 26th, 2008 @ 07:22 pm (no subject)
I'm keeping the text here, since I needed it, and I want to be sure to find it again).
a dialogue from 'Atonement' )
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Feb. 5th, 2008 @ 07:44 pm Squidfic
This is wholly apiphile's fault.
She said 'I want squidfic' and I wrote this.
(Down to the asterisk was all in SMS to her, after the asterisk is where I went on to, er, finish it.)
It's not supposed to be good, it was for a friend who was having a bad day.
Squidfic )
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Jan. 28th, 2008 @ 04:28 pm Childhood memories, Hilariously broken
I have not read many books this year. I have watched films. And I have read fanfiction online.
Also original fiction published online by friends.

On Saturday niight, I went to Yuletide for some brain-breaking stories.

These are explicit and use children's television, so, your childhood memories are in danger.

From 2007: Why Sex Ed Should Stay in Schools. Sesame Street, Bert and Ernie explicit, others implied, not work safe, not brain safe, hilarious.

From 2006: Slave Bear of Care-A-Lot. Care Bears, wrongness, even more wrongness than that. Not work safe, not brain safe.

Those were fun to read, and hilarious, and featured moments of "I can't believe they're doing that" , and very enjoyable.
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Jan. 10th, 2008 @ 01:39 pm (no subject)
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So, I haven't managed to watch L'Atalante, yet.

I watched all of Ratatouille. It was fun! And brilliant... full of small inventive touches and story and characters.
more about Ratatouille )
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Jan. 9th, 2008 @ 09:50 am (no subject)
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Yesterday I finally dug out my laptop of joy. I had had it packed in a bag, for traveling on The Holidays.

I started up bittorrent again.

I watched two films:
Win a Date with Tad Hamilton - Kate Bosworth was good in it, she was pretty and smart and cute and trusting and you could see why people loved her. That was good.
'Tad Hamilton' was less of a sleaze than I thought he would be, and that was fun.
The two best friends - well, there's not that much interaction between them, they don't come across as very close to me, which I didn't like.
Topher Grace played the weedy boy 'best-friend'. He was creepy stalker type who just waits for the girl to fall in love with him, without bothering to mention that he loves her. He loses out to Tad Hamilton, who actually comes over! and talks! to the girl! And then he says 'I lost' with out ever actually trying to enter the competition. I wanted him to end up alone. But this was a Holliwood movie.
In the end, he gets a bit of wisdom from Angelica, the bartender who has a huge crush on him, and he finally goes and kisses Late Bosworth and tells her he loves her. And she realises she actually does love him (which I have to believe is tied to things that happened before the movie, because nothing *in* the movie showed anything to love in his character) and leaves Tad Hamilton for him.

Aww, isn't it romantic? No, it's crap. It's Nice Guy™ syndrome turned up. It rewards the creepy "I'll be your friend and hang around until you love me" shtick. I did NOT want him to end up with the heroine. I did expect it, but it made me sorry to see it, especially when the Tad Hamilton guy was far less ceepy, and actually grew less sleazy during the movie.
*sigh*
I like romantic comedies, when they're good.

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I watched 'Arthur and the Invisibles' . That was a heap of fun! There's adventure and treasure and Snoop Dogg inna club and David Bowie and it was a romp. There were surprises and it was good. I liked it a lot.

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This morning, I have Jean Vigo's "L'Atalante" (with subtitles) to watch. I last saw it in a special screening at an art cinema, more than ten years ago. I hope it holds up to my memories. There's already been a sailor with a kitten! on his back :-)
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Dec. 28th, 2007 @ 07:34 pm (no subject)
Yuletide stories I have read and enjoyed:

Fandom: Sesame Street
P is For? short, sweet, and features rubber duckie.

Fandom: Brokeback Mountain
A Man's God-Given Right fix-it fic, an AU which changes the end of the story. Short, effective, and it left me smiling. I liked that it did not get mushy or fluffy, but it did give Ennis and Jack a happy ending™ .
(Also the phrase "the thing about Jack was" showed up, which made me happy for my own reason.

Fandom: Commercials, Mac/PC
Hasta La Vista snarky, and fun.


Fandom: Coupling UK tv
The Gift Trap. Very much in-character, very like an episode. I enjoyed it.

Fandom: Black Books
The Cable Guys. This was perfectly in-character, and the character's voices were so right, especially Bernard's. I laughed and laughed. It felt like an episode of Black Books, only shorter, and wronger :-)

Fandom: Dinosaur Comics
INSECURITY COMICS. It is just right. Someone suggested in the comments that the words should be put into the graphic form. I hope someone will do that.
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Oct. 2nd, 2007 @ 10:50 pm (no subject)
I went to see (and hear) Neil Gaiman talk this evening, at the Criterion Theatre in London, UK.

Neil was talking about him and Jonathan Ross going to see Jack Kirby (Ross was making a documentary about Kirby).
Neil Gaiman to Jonathan Ross:"I am the Etta Candy to your Wonderwoman".

Me: I want to see that, with costumes.

I did not mean to say that out loud. Sitting in the second row. Where Neil Heard me.

Also Neil talked about writing and movies, and read a bit from the book 'Stardust', and it was a lot of fun.
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Oct. 2nd, 2007 @ 01:43 pm (no subject)
This evening, I am going to go hear Neil Gaiman talk. Yay.
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Oct. 1st, 2007 @ 07:12 pm (no subject)
My sister has two small children. The older one is three.
Now she is pregnant again.

She used to keep saying she wouldn't have children, well into her twenties. Didn't like children, didn't want children.
The change from that to having two children and being busy making more - confuses and mystifies me.

We live in different countries now. We do like and respect each other, but we don't keep in touch well, and we don't speak very often. So I never talked to her properly about it. While to her it was probably a gradual change and was influenced by getting married, by her husband wanting lots of children and his being a good father, by her children being beautiful and adorable - I wasn't there while it was happening.
I remember talking to her shortly after the first child was born - she was saying her husband would like to have ten children, she would prefer to stop at two. So I still feel a bit shaken about her recently telling me that she's pregnant. With twins.
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Oct. 1st, 2007 @ 01:56 pm (no subject)
It's important not to make people worry.
Especially about a situation they can't help.

"Where were you? I was worried!"
Teaches that making parents/siblings/offspring worry is a really bad thing to do.

I still. feel odd about not knowing about my father's bypass surgery until Saturday, wen my sister called and told me. The surgery was on or about the Saturday before that, I think, if I remember what she said right.
She said he is recovering well and is much better now.
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Aug. 2nd, 2007 @ 08:01 pm Kitty!

The proximity to cats graph illustrates (and to my mind, explains) the joy of kitties.
Robot Finds Kitten causes me much of the same joy, with additional sometimes-humorous things the robot finds.
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Jul. 24th, 2007 @ 09:53 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: nostalgic
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I watched 'The Bubble' today.


There were border-crossings and checkpoints, there was injustice and prejudice and death, there was sex and love, there was an ugly town that I love.

I miss Tel Aviv and I miss tiny sweet potato pancakes and I miss being 21 or so.

... I think I have the recipe for the sweet potato pancakes somewhere. I'll try dig it up.
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Jul. 23rd, 2007 @ 07:06 pm (no subject)
location: London, unflooded
Current Mood: cheerful
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On the weekend of the 14-15 July, I stayed over at a friend's house.

In the spare room there was an old copy of "The Little World of Don Camillo" by Giovanni Guareschi. (stories at the link). The old paperback smelt really nice. And I read as much of it as I could there, as it is - to the best of my knowledge - out of print. Boo. It's a series of short stories, set in a village in the Po valley in Italy. Don Camillo is the Catholic priest, and Peppone is his rival, the communist mayor. They are both manly men, who tend to solve disagreements in manly ways. And they are clearly very attached to each other. With time, their rivalry becomes more friendly. So yes.
Oh wait, Amazon.com has hardbacks in stock. Hmm. Maybe not so out of print.
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Jul. 7th, 2007 @ 02:38 pm (no subject)
Current Mood: amused
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I was right about If On A Winter's Night A Traveller. It is a book I can read on the toilet, yet not get so absorbed that my feet fall asleep and go rubbery-numb.
I think I may leave it on the shelf outside the toilet in the future.
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