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So, DC-comics has hired a Dutch artist to draw Batman for them. First Dutch person to work for DC, that's good news.

He's also going to take over the current run of Birds of Prey. Who the newspaper described as 'Batman's female ladyfriends'. Which caused me to somewhat overreact, because have you, the writer of said article, ever read a single issue of Birds? No? That's what I thought.

The Birds are a group of superheroines put together by Barbara Gordon*, to do her legwork for her. They are awesome, kick-ass women being awesome and kick-ass. You could argue that through Barbara they are related to Batman, but he has no say about them whatsofuckingever.

It also makes it sound like of course women wouldn't go out and be awesome if there wasn't a man somewhere behind them to tell them to go forth and be excellent. It's bad enough that Barbara becoming Oracle because she wanted to do so got retconned into Batman telling Barbara to become Oracle. It's disingenuous to define them through their relationship to a man.

Gah, newspapers.

*Barbara Gordon was Batgirl until she got shot by the Joker. She survived, but was paralysed from the waist down. She decided to become Oracle, a big information-broker in the DC-universe, with ties to the Justice League and other groups.

*sighs*

Jun. 3rd, 2009 01:16 pm
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I love the online bookstore I buy from. But when I ask them to put the books I ordered into one single package, I don't expect them to send them out one by one! Especially since the books all had the same expected deliverytime (5-7 days). Which they passed anyway (not counting the weekends, or this past Monday, which is a holiday over here), since I ordered those books Saturday before last.

But, this copy of The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury, has an amazing cover.
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Hmmm...Sleeper )
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Not touching the Lexicon-wank, since I need the time to dick around on the net.

There's also wank about a book JKR wrote, The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Seven handwritten copies, six for her friends and one to be auctioned off. People are not happy with that decision.

The entitlement-issues of some people...

Also, welfare equals charity and means that you are not allowed to write books. *nods* It are fact, I know from my teachings. *slaps people with a wet trout.* What did you want her to do? Stay on welfare forever so you could whine about people no having the gumption to free themselves from their life as parasites of decent, hardworking people?
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Last night I was watching Devour, a fairly recent horror-movie with Supernatural's Jensen Ackles. He played a kid who all his life had been plagued by living nightmares (Why, did you piss off Dream?), and who also worked in a shop as a computer-technician. In walks quite nicely dressed and rather hot-looking lady, who has laptop-trouble. "It just stopped working." Did he ask any questions? Troubleshoot? Made a face that indicates that it could be fixed, but only if you're willing to sacrifice your firstborn child to his evil god?

No. He pries off the plastic bar at the top of the keyboard, and fishes out a lump of red candle-wax. WTF? I'm about as a-technical as they come, and even I can see that that is nothing short of a miracle. And then he let her go without her paying for his help. What are the odds? His boss was going to take it out of his pay, which in these kind of movies means he's going to buy it before the end of the second reel.

Likewise the professor who kept trying to blackmail our hero's girlfriend into having sex with him so she wouldn't fail her classes. And of course she can't tell the Dean, because she's a girl who likes to wear revealing clothing, so she's probably a slut who came on to the professor and thus can't be believed.

Then the signal gave out, so I couldn't watch the rest of it to see whether I was right.

Rantage

Dec. 25th, 2006 09:54 pm
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Well then...

Wizards of the Coast is a games-company. For one they publish Dungeons and Dragons, and also Magic: The Gathering. I play both, and sometimes I think that makes me rather unique, given the fact that I seem to lack a penis. ;) Both hobbies are very dominated by men. And nerdy men at that, but who doesn't love those? ;)

Over the past couple of months, Magic-Research and Development put on a search for new card-designer. Well, they offered a six-month internship, but whatever, it's the chance to work at something you love, so who wouldn't go for it? (I wouldn't, but that's more to do with the fact that I still know jackshit about the game, although I am learning.)

This past week, the winner of The Great Designer Search [TGDS] was announced. [TGDS] WINNER Announced At Party Last Night over on the M:TG Salvation-boards, (which are not connected to the official Wizboards at all). Paigoddess won. NorrYtt and Kraj, who were the other finalists, also chime in on this thread. Pai is female.

So, was the winner hired soley beacuse she was a woman? Was she hired to appeal to the minor female fanbase this hobby has? I admit, I squealed a bit when I heard that she had won, because what I saw of her designs were decent and just, you know, having a woman on board there might not be bad. I just hope she was not hired based purely on gender, and I doubt she was. R&D would just shoot itself in the foot with that decision.
Will the rest of the nerds working in R&D be able to stop from hitting on her? They might be married, but you know what happens when nerds see a woman...(Yeah, I've taken to having a baseball-bat at my side when I go out with Mel to games at his friends'... A clue. No.)
Oh wait, no. Pai used to be a man. Yes, she is transgendered. She just needs more surgery so she can be an attractive woman. *insert my brain finally breaking.*

What is WRONG with these people? Mel says it's jealousy in part, because she won, and not them. Maybe he's right. It does my head in, seeing them go on about her gender, and basing her solely on tht. Way to go to prove that normal adults can play this game too, guys. Cheers.

I sometimes wonder why I'm still here with people like that around. Though luckily I have not run into them here, or anywhere I have played. Which is good, because I would get very pissed off at them. Even just seeing them on the internet does my head in.

*sighs*

Dec. 11th, 2006 05:19 pm
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"Bring Rose Back!".

Things like that make me wonder if people know about the canon, such as it is with Who, which has a continuity more flexible than Broccolee.

And it makes me want to dig out my previous ranting about Timelords and companions, but what would be the use? I mean, what do I know? Obviously nothing of the Great And Pure Love Of Drose. *sighs*
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Small confession: I'd rather have the bickering relationship of Ron/Hermione than the perfect serene one of Harry/Hermione. At least the first one has more life in it. And it's bickering, not lobbing deaththreats at each other. How do you get that Ron's going to grow up to be an abusive little shit who's going to lock Hermione in the kitchen and force her to have a whole herde of kids and nothing else? Did we even read the same books? The ones where Hermione is perfectly capable of taking care of herself, and has a rather quick temper at times (cue canaries, again)? Besides, with Harry's temper and CAPSLOCK OF ANGST and Hermione's swottishness and her almost slavish devotion to learning and books and schedules who's to say that H/Hr will be so peaceful? They drive each other up the wall when Ron's not there to balance them out.

My biggest peeve with all this? They are teenagers. There are high school relationships that survive graduation and college and the rest of life, but not all do. I'd wager most of them don't. So stop making this all to be about the One True LoveTM. People change at that age. Life happens. Not all relationships survive that. Please remember that.

I'm not saying that H/Hr will never happen. Maybe it will, later on. Maybe not. Let your fantasy run wild, especially since Rowling has said that she won't write anymore HP after Book Seven. I'm just saying that in the span of the books it won't happen. Rowling said so.

This is not so much aimed at fanfic, though I do have a tendency to skip any that has H/Hr as a pairing. Personal preference and all that, and they usually make it to mean 'We're so in love and nothing bad can ever happen to us'-cavity-inducing-mush. This is about the rabid insane shippers, who keep 'interpreting the texts from the right perspective', as long as it means that their ship is the only one that will sail.
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How I loathe the man.

Ranting. Not fair at all. )

Gah, I only still watch for the other characters, sort of.
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Watched the episode Faster Than a Speeding Vixen. (I know, I know, I don't like the series all that much, but I still watch them. What can I say, I'm a sucker for shows that irritate me. That would explain why I keep watching CSI:Miami despite severely disliking Horatio bloody Caine, Supercop.) Well, part of it, it overlaps with Strong Medicine. Anyway )
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Oh my gods. Where is Zeus when you need him to smite crap like this? This is not his son. This can't be his son.

Ranting )

On top of mucking with the mythology (Tiresias as the Oracle of Delphi? And I'm Queen of Spain.) it's just bad acting, unlikable characters, and a real shite movie.

Even Sean Astin can't save this piece of drek.

I need a drink. And the tv-series with Kevin Sorbo. Those also mucked with the mythology, but at least that one was meant to be humourous.
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More or less inspired by this entry (see first italicized part). CSI-wank on the relationship between Sara and Grissom. I must confess I haven't seen it myself, and I have no idea what season our local channel is broadcasting. Regardless, she's an idiot. So there's an age-difference, and a rather hefty one. There are people who'd blanch at that, and more power to them: whatever makes your boaty floaty. But how in the name of all that's good and holy does that translate into frigging child abuse when they met as frigging adults?! Dear poster: this is Earth, please come back before you totally drift off into space.

Yes, sexual abuse of children is heinous. Just...don't go building strawmen like this. Just because there's 16 years between them doesn't make Grissom a pedofile in retrospect. They met as adults, on the job. Blowing up over a consensual relationship like this isn't going to do your cause much good.

Oh, and the phrase is 'She's young enough to be his daughter.'

Edit: the entry is just reporting the wank, not doing the wanking. It's [livejournal.com profile] misscam after all. ;)

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