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So this happened.

I hate-watched an entire television series.

Thanks to Walt Goggins, I ended up watching Sons of Anarchy. Thanks to insomnia and Netflix streaming, I watched the entire series in 20 days while still managing to work, sleep, and not become a hermit. I do not recommend that to anyone.

SOA has the distinction of being the first series I've ever hate-watched. Let me explainCollapse )
I sail small ships.

This is nothing new. I am used to watching a film or a show, falling in love with the chemistry between two characters and then finding out that few others feel the way I do. Granted, a lot of these non-existent fandoms make sense why they don't exist since they come from not very popular films or cancelled shows.

This is not one of those occasions. This small ship should, by rights, be a Man-O-War with an enormous crew.

Sometime earlier this year I finally watched Skyfall. Brilliant fucking film. Classic James Bond.

Like anyone else who has been on the internet at any point since five minutes after the first screening of the film, I knew going in that everyone had collectively lost their shit over the Bond/Q pairing. From the reaction I was expecting their scenes together to play out like the sort of scenes they had with Bond & Moneypenny. Instead you had standard Q interactions with a bit more playful banter highlighting the new tech savvy generation vs. the old war dog field agents.

In short, I don't get Bond/Q.Collapse )


I've been away for a while.

Things have been... well, up, down, and all around the town. Life happens and life moves on and nothing stays the same.

I am still stuck in retail hell, but the company is pretty good. Now, instead of dealing with the dregs of humanity looking to purchase comic books, I deal with over-privileged people trying to act sophisticated and being pretentious about food. I've come to the conclusion that if you walk into any shop and try to intimidate the clerk or try to prove you know more about the products than they do just because you can, there is something deeply wrong in your life.

This place is more like a way station than anything else. We have these company retreats every year and this year, my third retreat, I realised that I've never had the same group of people on my team two years in a row. People come and go so quickly here, its almost amazing that I've made lasting friendships.

I've cut my hair, gotten inked, traveled somewhere for a week long vacation, and accepted that no-one will ever see or acknowledge me the way I see myself. That's... well, not fine, but I'm just going to go with my gut and not worry about other people's perceptions.
Yesterday, Andrew Sullivan posted an article on The Daily Beast. What most of the world took from that article was the headline in which Anderson Cooper confirmed his sexuality. And because he is so well known the article was everywhere immediately.

Here's the thing; that sentence started the sixth paragraph of what Mr. Cooper wrote. What I took away from it was how absolutely professional he is and always has been.

"Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I've often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist.

I've always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn't matter. I’ve stuck to those principles for my entire professional career, even when I’ve been directly asked “the gay question,” which happens occasionally. I did not address my sexual orientation in the memoir I wrote several years ago because it was a book focused on war, disasters, loss and survival. I didn't set out to write about other aspects of my life."

Now, I stress that Anderson Cooper is a great journalist because he is. He reports the news neutrally and fairly. He's first on the scene and not afraid to end up in scary situations. He's one of my top five TV journalists. The other four are Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert. (The last two probably don't count because they're comedians, but I get more honest news from them than whole other channels combined.) And what he wrote in Andrew Sullivan's article just reenforces everything. He has no need to tell the general public (everyone close to him already knows) but he's doing so because he feels that "visibility is important" in the face of where we need to be as far as just being seen as human beings.

My reaction was to repost the article's link on my twitter with the comment "Forget about The Newsroom, if we want to showcase great journalists why not give Anderson Cooper the extra hour on TV?" because he really is the epitome of what Sorkin is trying to say made this country great. I didn't care about the gay thing because I already knew that.

Later on in the day a friend retweeted this tweet and I felt slapped in the face though I don't know by who and I don't understand why. I feel that it is the reaction of someone who saw the headline and didn't bother looking beyond it. "The more u make Anderson a hero for being gay the more u perpetuate that there's something wrong w it. Troops r heroes he just prefers dick"

I have no idea who Owen Benjamin is so I don't know how to react to what he said or how he said it. So I'm going to leave him out of it and just address the words themselves.

No one is making Anderson Cooper a hero for being gay. He is a hero for being a journalist who goes where he needs to go and gets his job done. The fact that he is already a hero and public figure is why he's been swept up in this country's obsession with celebrity and why people are interested. Also, I disagree that having this well known, well liked public figure or that well known, well liked public figure tell the world that they are gay perpetuates that there is something wrong with it. Quite the opposite in fact. To me, each time a public figure casually says "Oh and by the way, I'm gay" it helps bring to the foreground the reality that we're not big scary monsters, that there's nothing wrong with us, and its as natural as having a different eye color.

I think its the second statement that slapped me. Yes, our armed forces are heroes and we don't do enough for them. Not anywhere near enough. But that has nothing to do with this. And heroes are allowed to prefer dick as well. Or didn't you hear?
I've started watching the show Longmire.

Watched the first episode and wasn't sure how I felt about it. By the end of the third episode? I really like it and have ordered the books. The bad part is that what I love the most is the friendship / relationship between Walt Longmire & Henry Standing Bear. I see deep potential for slash. Other people might as well, but since the show airs on A&E it doesn't have a very big audience. Also I've noticed that most of the audience it does have seem to be there because of the chick from Battlestar Galactica who plays Victoria Moretti and they all ship Walt/Vic or Vic/Branch.

For me, so far, its The Glades all over again. I watch that show and I ship Jim/Carlos. Apparently I am the only person on the planet who does.

I'm no stranger to sailing small ships, but I can't really imagine that I'm the only one sailing this particular ship. They're the most compelling characters in the show!


Okay so I logged into LJ today and one of the highlighted discussions was about a news report on the new DCU being held in a group called feminist_geeks. I clicked the link because it seemed interesting and I've had my own issues with DCU's new 52. The news report was bemoaning what has happened to comics and the fact that the DCU comics aren't like Archie (please note that Archie comics are still published monthly as one of the biggest publishers) shot itself in the head about two minutes in when the reporter acknowledged that the DC books are rated T for Teen and T+ meaning there's no way in heck they're meant for children. So what did she do? She took the books to a MIDDLE SCHOOL (including the first issue of Catwoman where she fucks Batman) and showed it to CHILDREN to ask they if they thought they were old enough to see it.


But that's Fox News being Fox News. You know what really got me? In the comments one poster was making a point about comics and the ridiculous things the reporter had said about them and he mentioned that he was in fact male. The response he got from the mod was "Whoops, sorry. You're not supposed to be here." So I said WTF? again and went to the comm info and saw that they have in gigantic letters that anyone who identifies as male is banned from the group.

Excuse me? Huh, that's funny. I could have sworn that feminism did not call for the total exclusion of male identity, but for demanding and establishing equality as people.

If you continue to insist that people be defined by their gender and dismiss them because of such, then you can not advance as an intellectual being.

this shouldn't count as a post

Couple of things quick...

I just got back from the "Devil's Follies", because there was no way that much puck bouncing and falling down counted as hockey. It was fun, lots of fights and the Devils beat the Islanders so it was a nice way to ease into the season. For me at least ^.^

Also, i've discovered that for me the soundtrack to Raylan/Boyd is John Mellancamp while the soundtrack for Sherlock/Lestrade is Billy Joel. Um, wtf brain?


well, that depends....

I was watching the BBC Sherlock the other day with my sister, because even though she claims to have seen it she hadn't, when my sister made a joke about Holmes/Watson and my immediate answer was, "No, Watson's too straight." She then gave me an odd look and asked,"But don't you ship them? Don't you read fan fic for this?" "Well, yeah, but for this show I read Holmes/Lestrade." And then I had to explain which character was Lestrade again without saying "the one played by Rupert Graves" because then she would say that I was just watching the show for him and not because it's brilliant. Can't I watch it for both?

Anyway, she continued to be confused and insisted that I shipped Holmes/Watson. So I explained to her that in some cases yes, in some cases, no.

Let's explain in great detail ^.^Collapse )



Okay, things have been up in the air a bit and I seem to have abandoned the 30 day song meme (I really haven't but I need to make a new youtube channel... long story...) so this will be one of two posts to try and sum up some of the things that happened this week.

My brother is hopefully becoming a Doctor Who fan!Collapse )

Canon is not always included in the source

Today was a disaster of a day, but before I went to work, I ended up watching one of my favorite films: Sunshine.

If you've never seen the film, please watch it. It's very nearly a perfect sci-fi film. The only thing that keeps it from being perfect is Danny Boyle's tendency to shoot himself in the foot. Trust me, once you watch it you'll see the point where you say to yourself,"Oh. He shouldn't have done that."

If you HAVE seen the film, well I have a little request:Collapse )


Anymore A Killer

the time has come

April 2015


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