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(no subject) [Jan. 24th, 2006|12:45 pm]
Well, it was kinda inevitable...

Leslie Moonves, chief executive of CBS Corp., said the new network will air 30 hours of programming seven days a week aimed in part at young audiences.

We all knew television created its own reality, but I'm amazed and awed that the media has grown so powerful that they can blithely insert an extra 6 hours in every day.

Eat your heart out, Einstein. Space-time isn't curved. It's pure demographics.
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A Christmas Carol [Dec. 8th, 2005|11:40 pm]
A couple days ago, I was watching "A Christmas Carol" with a friend and happened to remember the very moment I realized that not all of my fellow college students had gotten in on quite the same merits as me.

Rather pointless, if vaguely amusing, anecdote, so don't expect too much from it -- I just felt like sharingCollapse )

In other news, I've discovered I feel randomly hostile toward a certain clerk at my supermarket. Well, not entirely random --her attitude annoys the hell out of me. But I'm definitely not given to random hostility in real life, so I keep surprising myself when I make a point of glaring in annoyance at her whenever I walk into the store. And she has seemed to be trying to make nice with me the last couple times I've encountered her. But I still feel randomly hostile toward her. C'est la vie.

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(no subject) [Nov. 23rd, 2005|06:01 pm]
Bah...to hell with you

I may be biased, but there're few accents more mellifluous and few dialects more interesting than the Southern one.
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(no subject) [Nov. 21st, 2005|04:00 pm]
I just friended and defriended ginmar today just for the hell of it. Plus, she's insane in a special way that only Mexican Jumping Beans in chili sauce can match. Now if she holds to form, she should be showing up some time in...::checks watch::...April or so to scream at me for going behind her back and betraying her. The seas will turn red with blood and the seraphim will weep in agony as she confronts this basest of base evils with the Madness of King George III as her muse. Then she will call everyone a bitch, tell us to fuck off, and run howling and rabid into the horizon as her flock of pet seagulls follows her with their jabbering rage.

Ah, spring will be in the air.

(Her latest foray into madness seen here on otf_wank. Be sure to catch her "virginity=less-than-a-woman" argument.)
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(no subject) [Nov. 17th, 2005|10:30 pm]
I think I was supposed to wish somebody a happy birthday today, but I can't remember who. So I'll just wish Masq one and hope that I get it right by chance....
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Perhaps it was inevitable... [Nov. 4th, 2005|10:32 pm]
Those of you on my JF f-list have probably already seen this on fandom_rant.. Those of you who aren't, pay attention:

A "lawyer" has apparently submitted an application to the U.S. Patent Office...to patent a plotline.

Forbes, among others, has picked it up, so -- while not ruling out the possibility of an elaborate hoax -- it seems that this is a real attempt, and one that, in an inexplicable disregard for the law, which exempts most forms of literary intellectual property from patent laws, is apparently being taken seriously.

The man's website is here

Think hard about the implications of the legal right to patent storylines and plot elements, regardless of the difficulty in meeting the criteria.

Though I would take fiendish delight in patenting a plot that mirrored his own exact quest to get his plotline patented. Said plotline, incidentally, as I noted elsewhere, shamelessly rips off Rip van Winkle and dozens of crime/suspense novels.

(p.s. I should note that they do have copyright protections in place to keep people from ripping off other peoples' work. But that's not the same as patenting a basic plotline or plot elements by any stretch of the imagination.)
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(no subject) [Sep. 30th, 2005|10:51 pm]
"King Arthur" (the most recent one) is on one of the movie channels right now.

I hate it almost as much as I hated the most recent Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But not quite as much as I hated the Wizard of Earthsea mini-series.
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(no subject) [Sep. 29th, 2005|08:51 pm]
What the hell is wrong with Arnie? I don't believe for a second that he personally opposes gay marriage, whatever his public stance may be. And I grant his logic is impeccable on the face of it -- if the ban is not constitutional, then the bill is unnecessary, and if it is, then the bill is ineffective. But how in hell would it hurt to go ahead and take a moral stand on the issue and approve the Gay Marriage Bill? I understand that it's politics...but it's very stupid politics. And in a representative democracy, the question of the Legislature versus the people is ultimately moot -- the Legislature is the people, politically speaking.

I hate politicians.
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(no subject) [Sep. 2nd, 2005|06:58 pm]
For all those people using the goddamned hurricane to promote their goddamned political grievances, please stay the hell away from me. Thank you.
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(no subject) [Aug. 4th, 2005|06:47 pm]
For the past week (at least the part that I was on-line), at least two of my f-lists have been swirling with the great literary debate of the summer: women who write men, and the the orgies that follow. The debate appears to center on the question of women writing male characterization, especially in the context of slash fiction, though also in more general terms. I won't bother rehashing the two sides (as I've heard them) because the division is self-evident, but I will note that a point of particular tension seems to be the "femininization" of men in romantic settings. I won't discuss socialized gender roles here -- that's a library's worth of debate in itself. Instead, I'll take it as a given and proceed on the basic assumption that socialized gender roles are a fact of life regardless of the injustice inherent in them.

On characterization, writing what you know, and using semi-colons properly Collapse )

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