caudelac: (tokyo SMASH!!!)
So, back at wukr today. Still, one of the similarities between working at home and working at wukr is the sheer amount of crap (or classic, whichever) netflix instant movies I wind up consuming. Yesterday's fare being Time Bandits, which I need to watch again because I kept getting distracted, and 2012. And here you learn one of my guilty secrets-- I am a sucker for Disaster movies.

Dunno what it is-- the tension, the resource scarcity, the chance to see people finding sudden and clever ways to survive when their normal tools are taken from them-- something like those. I suspect it's the same thing that made me love Island of the Blue Dolphins, Julie of the Wolves, My Side of the Mountain, The Swiss Family Robinson and the first book of The Boxcar Children when I was younger. Alors.

Let's put aside the completely shitty science for a sec, because really, you've got to. The science isn't the festive part of this film, which really wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Now admittedly, I was expecting Armageddon or Volcano levels of awful. And really, when it comes to disaster movies, you can expect the same CGI explosions and terrain destruction, with varying levels of technical acumen, no matter what. The good stuff is in the ancillary goodies. And it's here that 2012 kind of rocks. (And yes, the stuff below the cut is ALL SPOILERS ALL THE TIME. You have been warned.)

What life lessons, for example, can we glean from this hollywood blockbuster? )

So anyway, about [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. This year, I am actually happier with all of the reading I have done than what I wrote, and I didn't do any yuletide madness. Oh well.

I will belatedly link my own gift story, The Point of Keys, which is really splendid Mirrormask Genfic, done with completely original characters, set in the world. My prompt was what a "normal" day in the mask world was like, and this is what I got. Also, check out her photoshop art for it, which I liked very much, and gives a lovely image of the protagonist. My yuletide Santa is awesome, and I am delighted.

I am disinclined to do recs, considering the absolute flood of them on the community, but I will say that I've read some simply wonderful fics this year, and I'm way stunned by the quality.

And now, I should actually do some work, hien?

Yeah.
caudelac: (philosophy!rant)
So the rest of the evening has been better. Much better. I had a pint of cider and am having Sangria and whittling away at Chapter 12 of Timothina's story, which is either going to be retarded long, or actually two chapters. Goddammit.

As a side note, as I was walking to the BMC, I saw a bumper sticker that read, "question Authority," though instead of the 'A' in 'Authority', there was the Obama O. And while I understand that this was intended as some kind of anti-Obama sentiment, it hit me-- this is the difference between the previous regime and this one; the reason why anti-Obama stuff bugs me so effing much. Because, quite by accident, this bumpersticker Got It.

Obama doesn't mind if you question authority-- even, or especially, his. You have that right. I have that right. It is god-given. That is, indeed, the point.

And correct me if I am wrong, but That Last Regime? Questioning them wasn't something that was Okay by them. At all. Pushing people to question their decisions felt like something subversive, that would piss them off. And Obama? I don't think it pisses him off. I think he expects it.

I ain't sayin, I'm just sayin.
caudelac: (standing out in a crowd.)
So I didn't hate The Watchmen, though to be fair, I didn't expect to hate it. My overall feeling is one of... disappointment. A disappointment I have hitherto only experienced in movie versions of popular musicals, comme those versions of RENT and Phantom of the Opera that they were talking about making a while back, but totally didn't happen really I swearrite?

And she maunders some more. )

But nu, I will certainly watch again-- there's flavour here, if not quite... the right'un? Not what I was expecting. But well intentioned-- so very well intentioned.
caudelac: (climb the tower)
So, I'm in Tampa.

This is because the airline offered a hotel room and vouchers for future travel to anyone who'd take a later flight, which I make it a point to accept if at all possible. Thus, I am here in a hotel bed, enjoying free internet and The Wizard of Oz on TNT, though I think I am going to fall over now, as I've got an 7:30 shuttle and an 8:35 plane.

This is the furthest South I have ever been, geographically! Culturally, I'd have to say that would be Richmond, VA, thusfar.

Saw Sherlock Holmes with the parents before the flight, And I'm going to cut for probable spoilers and ranting now, though honestly it was fun and overblown candy, if only... )

I miss the parents already. I had a lovely stay with them, althouh they both came down with the plague. Largely, this meant that mother could not exhaust everyone with Numerous Festive Events, and thus went a little stir crazy, but in a mild sort of way. Dad enjoyed the books that I gave him and finished the longer of them, and we had a lot of really excellent conversation on that and myriad other topics, which we don't get to do nearly enough. And Mother and I got to play a little dress-up, at least, which is not uncommon. She got a necklace from her favorite store (now my new favorite place for certain LARP garb), and gave me a really beautiful necklace as well. And both of them enjoyed the first two seasons of Fame, which was my other present to them, and which we spent much of yesterday watching. All in all, a very relaxing and pleasant trip.

Did I not mention falling over, somewhere above? Right right. Now that I have finished reading my current book (The Winter King, by Bernard Cornwell) I shall see to that immediately.

Bon nuit!
caudelac: (puritain high fivez!)
My knee jerk reaction to this here justice of the peace refusing to give a marriage license to an interracial couple is, of course: seriously you fucking asshole, go die in a fire.

In which Rabbit has a few choice words for racial purists. )

Though my thanks to this shitstick-- I finally have a use for my puritan high-fivez icon.
caudelac: (Default)
Just wanna say-- I agree with the internet's rage today.

S'all.
caudelac: (standing out in a crowd.)
I realise it is grossly unpopular to be rubbery over this thing, and the prevailing sentiment is one of cynicism and snark (and yes, LA shouldn't have to pay for the whole deal when the man's estate is more than enough to cover the memorial expense), but I am extremely sad that I missed watching Michael Jackson's memorial yesterday. Goddammit.

I did hear the snippets of it on NPR this morning, the Reverend Al Sharpton bellowing to MJ's children, "You daddy won't strange! What you daddy had to deal wit was strange!" And that little girl, voice meek and trembling, saying that hers was the best daddy in the whole world...

Yeah, I lost it. Weeping over the steering wheel on 147 towards 40 East.

This probably makes me completely lame, but I don't give a shit. I'd rather sniffle along with "Will you be there?" in my sentimental lameness, thanks much.

(Though Ke-rist, this whole business in China is pissing me off. When will the Chinese figure out that uber control of the media and of information is a poison? Much better to flood the people with so much information that they're overwhelmed and paralyzed as to what to do with or about it and...

...oh wait.)
caudelac: (Karlbox)
Post by [livejournal.com profile] one_hoopy_frood, via [livejournal.com profile] shadesong (keep in mind that this is a re-post, and thus some of the statements herein represent the original poster, more than myself. That said, I think that it is important to get these things out and said, better than via a link):






If you are reading this right now, you have more luxury than someone in Iran could ever hope for right now. If you are watching TV or a video on youtube, updating your status on Facebook, Tweeting, or even texting your friend, you are lucky. If you are safe in your home, and were able to sleep last night without the sounds of screaming from the rooftops, you need to know and understand what is happening to people just like you in Iran right now.






They are not the enemy. They are a people whose election has been stolen. For the first time in a long time, a voice for change struck the youth of Iran, just as it did for many people in the United States only seven months ago. Hossein Mousavi gained the support of millions of people in Iran as a Presidential candidate. He stands for progressiveness. He supports good relations with the West, and the rest of the world. He is supported with fervor as he challenges the oppressive regime of Mahmoud Amedinejad.*


On Friday, millions of people waited for hours in line to vote in Iran's Presidential election. Later that night, as votes came in, Mousavi was alerted that he was winning by a two-thirds margin. Then there was a change. Suddenly, it was Ahmedinejad who had 68% of the vote - in areas which have been firmly against his political party, he overwhelmingly won. Within three hours, millions of votes were supposedly counted - the victor was Ahmedinejad. Immediately fraud was suspected - there was no way he could have won by this great a margin with such oppposition. Since then, reports have been coming in of burned ballots, or in some cases numbers being given without any being counted at all. None of this is confirmed, but what happened next seems to do the trick.

The people of Iran took the streets and rooftops. They shout "Death to the dictator" and "Allah o akbar." They join together to protest. Peacefully. The police attack some, but they stay strong. Riots happen, and the shouting continues all night. Text messaging was disabled, as was satellite; websites which can spread information such as Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and the BBC are blocked in the country. At five in the morning, Arabic speaking soldiers (the people of Iran speak Farsi) stormed a university in the capital city of Tehran. While sleeping in their dormitories, five students were killed. Others were wounded. These soldiers are thought to have been brought in by Ahmedinejad from Lebanon. Today, 192 of the university's faculty have resigned in protest.





Mousavi requested that they government allow a peaceful rally to occur this morning - the request was denied. Many thought that it would not happen. Nevertheless, first a few thousand people showed up in the streets of Tehran. At this point, it is estimated that 1 to 2 million people were there. (Personal note: I've heard reports that it might have been 3 million-- but nothing is confirmed at this point). Mousavi spoke on the top of a car. The police stood by. For a few hours, everything was peaceful. Right now, the same cannot be said. Reports of injuries, shootings, and killings are flooding the internet. Twitter has been an invaluable source - those in Iran who still know how to access it are updating regularly with picture evidence. Women are being brutally beat.

Tonight will be another night without rest for so many in Iran, no older than I. Tonight there is a Green Revolution.

For more information:

PICTURES:
Here - from Boston.com
Here - on Flickr
Here - _sober's twitpics. There's a lot of good twitpic photostreams of things going on.


NEW INFORMATION:
Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish - near constant updates
ONTD_political live post - Collated information, pictures & etc in the comments
Revolutionary Road

ON TWITTER:
(I've removed the names of twitterers actually in Iran, but do follow @ProtesterHelp!)

Also, check out the advice Here and here, on how to help out, if you can, and how to stay up to date.


ETA: SIGN THE GLOBAL PETITION! 25,000 signatures and growing! http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/protest-against-the-june-2009-coup-detat-in-iran.html





دنیارابگوییدچطورآنهاانتخاباتمان دزدیده اند
Tell the world how they have stolen our election.





(original post by [info]one_hoopy_frood here - please repost!)
*ETA: I'll comment that, as regards to how Mousavi will get on with the West, nothing is firm or certain. However, in the likelihood that the incumbent cheated, it really doesn't matter what the numbers say-- he ought to be ousted for that criminality. If you would have won, and you cheat anyway, you still ought lose.

Coz.

4 June 2009 11:41
caudelac: (philosophy!rant)
So you want to know how I feel about abortion-- and ethics in general-- maybe?

This is pretty much it.

I don't necessarily agree with Saletan in other articles, but I agree in this one. Preventing unwanted pregnancy is the best way to prevent abortion. There's a common misconception that people who are pro-choice /want/ people to have abortions. Safe, legal and rare is an important distinction. Women will have abortions, legally or no, as long as unwanted pregnancy happens. Or dangerous and life threatening, but otherwise wanted pregnancy. It is a question of whether it's happening in back alleys or in hospitals.
caudelac: (save the democracy!)
I was going to make a rant about asshole priveledge and the fallacy of it. You know-- the idea that you can say any fool thing you want with impunity.

The rule is-- without government reprisal, you know. Everyone else still has the right to come round, call you an idiot, and take your fool head off. The internet, ladies and gentlemen! A high precision tool that accomplishes both at the speed of idiocy.

On another note: I need to find when the next Cave open mike is. It's the greaat deadness of Spring, and Hades in Hose needs to stretch Hir fabulous, fishnet-wrapped legs.
caudelac: (*facepalm*)
If anyone happens to see a post from me in the next bit here claiming that I've decided to end this lj and move to another, it is a hack, and please not to be clicking on any link therein.

This apparently just happened to [livejournal.com profile] yagathai, so if you happen to have seen such a post from him-- don't click on those links, as they are not what they appear to be. Check the onhover urls.

GRR.
caudelac: (*facedive*)
I wish I recall where I saw it, but the dumbest statement I've seen in the past week in this whole internet full of dumb:

"I mean, rights which are not reserved to the federal government are reserved to the states-- that is, the people."

UHNO. Not the whole order of reservation, but the 'that is' comment. Else there would not be a provision that rights which are not reserved to the states are /then/ reserved to the people.

Also, the problem of mixing up the states with the people is that a whole bunch of federal regulations are there to limit the power of the states to prevent them from infringing on the rights of the people-- in a properly functioning system, the role of the states are to protect the people from the federal government, and the role of the federal government is to protect people from the states. IMHO.

What brought this up was some NPR in the morning, in which the Arizona School System is in a battle with some folks over a federal law that states that all schools must ensure that the English language is taught to all students. They say that they've done enough, and the people who are suing say they haven't. This matter is going all the way to the US supreme court, as the state court ruled the school system in violation of the law.

I would be more on the side of the school system if they had just said, "look-- we've made broad improvements to the school system to improve the experience of everyone, and while I understand that there's this law, and I understand that there's still a lot of our students that aren't learning enough English, we just don't have the funds. If the federal government wants us to comply, they had better tell us what else we can possibly cut, move around, or fund some other way. Thanks."

But did they say that? No. What the superintendent said was (paraphrased),

"Rulings like this are the result of life-appointed judges who have nothing to lose, and a court system that has too much power. This stuff should be left up to the people of the state, not judges who don't have a stake in it!"

So... the people huh?

YOU MEAN LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE FRIGGING SUING YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE!?

Kinda gotta be Team People here.

Yeah, cry moar about activist judges. Is it just me, or does that particular whine sound like sour grapes?

Tl;dr, if you can't afford something, own up to it. Don't try to shift the blame onto something else like a whiny little [insert genitalia reference of your choice here]. BE confrontational, sure, but be confrontational about the right things, don't try to divert the damn issue.
caudelac: (complain!)
So we've been having... shall we say, plumbing issues since before x-mas, largely on the order of the drains not properly draining, and backing up into things like the bathtub and the dishwasher. We'd been told by the handyman-plumber-guy that there was a clog going out to the street from leaves and dirt getting into the access outside, which for some reason had no cap. Fine, he did something, and the bathroom (closer to the street) was draining ok, though not the kitchen. So we've been on paper plates and other disposables for a bit, as we can't really wash anything dish-wise.

The handyman was supposed to come back the monday after x-mas and didn't, and apparently didn't have the tools to do the job right anyway. The landlady had been trying to get ahold of his boss, and found out yesterday that she'd have to get someone else, as the boss knew this but didn't think it worth passing on. Ok.

So come to yesterday, and the Other Handyman saying that it looked like any and all sewage from the house was basically spewing onto the lawn. So the landlady had a plumber come out. You know the pvp access that had gotten clogged, mentioned before? Apparently, this was the only street-piping made of pvp-- the rest was ancient clay, which was now completely collapsed.

JOY.

I was not home for the adventures of sewage spewing out of the tub and toilet and flooding-- in the course of which, and the plumber going in and out, Kain-the-Failcat managed to escape, and has apparently been wandering the neighborhood all night. [livejournal.com profile] vaukosigan put in a report with the shelter and is going to put up fliers and such, but YEAH.

And to top it all off, she comes home from the shelter, and there's a crew out tearing up the yard. Which is kind-of okay-- fixing the problem is good. But some advance notice would have been nice, of when and such. And they had stuff plugged in inside, and had the back door PROPPED OPEN, and we have 3 other cats-- fortunately, none of whom had gotten out, but YEAH.

LAME.

Hopefully, we will find teh kitteh. I worry about her, as she is very small, and yes.

Also, I'd like to be able to take a bath someday, or run the dishwasher. But hopefully this will be fixed today.

Coz hey, things could always be worse.
caudelac: (yackety schmackety.)
Oh this is just charming.

The best part being the Gentlewoman from Virginia who manages to evoke the spectre of Those Northerners coming in and polluting the "real" honest and hard-working folk. Because Yanks aren't really real humans, after all. I live in the south, so this isn't all that surprising, but it's fun to catch a glimpse of the attitude ever so often. It's been a while.

Annnnnnnnnnd... a rant. About tehs religion. And patriotism, and politics. And yeah. Open letter to Evangelical Christian Conservatives. )

And to wrap this up, from the splendid [livejournal.com profile] _good_kitty: the reformation rap.




And finally, on the subject of elitism and who the "Real Americans" are: "Men in Gucci shoes who have seven glass houses should not cast stones."
caudelac: (yackety schmackety.)
So there will be shiny pictures of fabulous shoes later. But to get to dessert, we must have dinner. And Oktoberfest beer. But anyway, here's the updated list of forbidden terms that ought to cause inebriation and verbal assaults:

Maverick.
Greed and Corruption.
Across the Aisle.
Evil.
Great American anything.
Anyone 'Hating America'
Partisan or Bipartisan.
Change.
Reformer.
Wall Street vs. Main Street.
Game Changer. (the commentators are usually guilty of this one)
Fundamentals.
energy producing state. (unlikely, sand Palin, but still.)
walkin' the walk, not just talkin' the talk-- anyone who says this LOSES.
Washington outsider
ETA: Cronyism. Mighty Christ
Pork Barrel Spending.
Earmarks.
Kitchen Table -- thanks Josh.
My Friends (McCain.)


And above and beyond all of these...

Joe Six-Pack.

(And ya, I have a six pack of oktoberfest, as mentioned above. SO THERE. JOE SIX-PACK IS MY ICON.)

Also, I <3 Tom Brokaw, just right now.)

ETA: Anytime any candidate says something that makes you go, OMG, FACTCHECK!-- drink.
caudelac: (minas moscow)
Okay, here's my theory.

You may find that people are the most guilty of those things of which they most readily accuse others. )

I'm making myself sick with all this crap. Finally turned off the damn npr in the car today.
caudelac: (philosophy!rant)
Do I have political rants?

Oh, I have political rants. I have political rants up the wazoo. I have so many political rants, I don't know where to begin.

Also, I don't know if I want to make them here. I am coming to/being of the opinion that, ah... shall we say, cluttering the friends' pages of others with vitriolic spew about the presidential campaigns, the middle east, zimbabwe, et al is probably, well... impolitic.

So I'm thinking about doing a blogspot blog that's strictly political. Else I could filter. I dunno. But I suppose the best way to settle the question is with a poll:

[Poll #1173820]
caudelac: (Default)
People all the time be talkin' bout Barak Obama, the black candidate.

Thing is, he isn't /exactly/ black.

Obama is black like me. JUST like me.

He has a white parent and a black parent, and he grew up with the experience of the mulattos and other mixed people throughout this country, which is a slightly different experience. It gives you an out from the intense pressures of the ghetto, and an out of apparent White Privilege and "you don't know unless you've been there" talk. And it makes you not really a part of anything, at the same time. You are in the middle. You are a native American. Because Obama pointed out in his oft linked speech, your story could not happen anywhere but here. You were born here, and this is your country.

This may scare the bejeesus out of racial purists and people who like things cut along clear, stereotypical lines. But they'll have to get over it. For the first time, there's a candidate with a hand in the white jar and the black jar, whose father was an African but was raised by a white woman, and who, understanding that he's had to live in both worlds, quite naturally has the ability to put himself in the places of a number of different sorts of people, and understand where they come from. It is the only way one can understand the apparently divided, yet necessarily cohesive parts of oneself. What better representative of a country divided into a million apparently mutually exclusive parts, but needing, desperately, to find cohesion?

I knew I was going to vote for Obama. I knew I liked and respected him. But I never thought that there would ever be a candidate I could look at and go, "yeah, you might know where /I'm/ coming from."

And while I know a lot of you don't necessarily have that same sympathy, I'd still encourage you to seriously consider the one person out there who, based on the understanding he displayed in that speech, whether or not you do the same for him, will certainly be doing his darnedest to understand where you're coming from too.
caudelac: (fuck the necessary.)
Dear World:

Leave Britney Spears alone. For fuck's sake.

Now, I'm not a fan of hers, frankly, I don't give a rat's ass about her, her music, or any of the above. However, it occurs to me that going through a custody battle and all of the assorted craptacular is about the worst thing that anyone could possibly have to go through. It turns even the most sane, thoughtful, and reasonable people into utter and complete paranoid psychos, and already unbalanced people into wrecks, under the best conditions. I've seen it happen plenty of times.

That said, the LAST thing that ANYONE in that situation needs are a bunch of ignorant, stuck-up fucks like the American viewing public spewing their opinion on what should happen to one and one's fucking family. No matter how screwed up one is, typically, the court will try to give 50/50 custody. This is really, in most cases, the best thing possible. Now, if one is directly related to the involved parties, one is entitled to a different opinion. But by the time I'm seeing news-tickers scroll by asking whether "we should feel sorry for Britney Spears", I want to bloody vomit, or bury my face in the sand in utter shame at the fact that I even know this is going on. Due to the fact that the tabloids are being disgustingly consistent on the story.

To wit: The thing that girl is dealing with right now-- or things-- they are not things that can often be done with dignity, with or without a thousand cameras snapping in one's face. I've heard of/worked with parents who fled from their court dates for far lamer reasons than paparazzi on the courthouse steps. And, whatever YOUR opinion may be of the tart, O' World (or even mine), it is in no wise our place to dictate what her childrens' opinion ought to be. And this is the time when more than anything else, those kids need to be able to think well of her, because whatever else, she /is/ their mother. They /will/ have to deal with that.

Anyway, shutting up now. The Tl;dr: right now, I am so disgusted and ashamed to know even this much about the matter. Tabloid magazine celeb-dish-rags: Go Die In A Fire.

(Though it probably says something that I am getting in a steam about this, instead of saying anything at all about the elections, Super Tuesday, or Romney's dropping out of the race. Meh.)

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