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...because I can't take it out on the person I'd like to take it out on, because it would result in some collateral damage that I don't really want to deal with at the moment. And I'm frustrated, once again, that my own reclusiveness has tied my hands behind my back and strung me up in the air.


"Words only have as much power as you give them."

Can I please see this claim die in a Mystic Cage, too?

Linguistically, yes, this is true. Words are artificial human constructs with arbitrarily assigned meanings ( that redundant?). The reason that certain words are "bad" or "forbidden" are because humans imposed some sort of negative cultural connotation on those words.

Socially, however, this claim doesn't hold up in the same way, for a number of reasons. If individuals decide, on their own, to make this claim a personal mantra that they live by, that's fine. It can be a liberating way of dealing with life.

But. An offender should never say this to someone they've offended. Because if they do, then it merely becomes an excuse for the offender's bad behavior. It's one of the most passive-aggressive ways of saying "you're just too sensitive (so get a thicker skin and put up with it, you weakling)", and thus is another way of just blaming the victim for their own misfortunes.

Relatedly, being asked not to use a certain word that is commonly accepted as being offensive in someone's presence is not "censorship", you fucking failbag of failscum. It's called "basic human decency". Learn it. No, I don't care that you're [insert member of oppressed group here] too and the word doesn't offend you. Your experience =/= everyone else's. How fucking hard is that to understand?


Aaaand I actually had a huge semi-academic screed written up here about the history and nature of insults and swears and how they tie into each other, but it's getting late and the post isn't saying what I want it to say, so it's staying offline until I can edit it into something understandable and readable. Until then, I have to sleep because I have another Borders performance tomorrow - my last one for the next two months. Lauren and Melissa are tagging along and sleeping over at my house, and [ profile] lysis_to_kill will be attending the performance, so hopefully I won't be rageyragerage by then.

if you knew it was wrong, why did you do it?
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[ profile] vyctori pointed out this entry's comments on [ profile] talesoftheabyss, which basically asks for Everyone's Thoughts on the Tales of the Abyss Anime. Having seen the pilot episode of this particular wankfest before, I avoided that entry like the plague, but I trust [ profile] vyctori when she says that nearly everyone and their dog is bitching about how absolutely shitty the animation was.

Seriously? This is shitty?!*

Excuse me while I go claw my eyes out,filet them, and then eat them with a good few dashes of nummy garlic salt.





What are people using as a yardstick for TotA? Code Geass, apparently. Here's a scene on YouTube, although it looks like a major spoiler.

So, okay, fine. I totally admit that Code Geass has good animation. But:

1) It's probably only one or two small notches above TotA.
2) I can't find hard numbers, but based on the Wikipedia entry, it seems safe to say that Code Geass probably had a much higher budget than TotA considering that gutterfucking CLAMP was hired to do the character designs for this series and that Code Geass is apparently sponsored by an assload of companies, including Pizza Hut!
3) Wiccapedes also says that Code Geass initially had the Saturday evening prime timeslot, which was later changed to a Thursday late night time slot. Compare this with Tales of the Abyss, which has always had a 2:00am timeslot. HMM, GEE. I CAN'T SEE WHY THAT WOULD INFLUENCE THE ANIMATION BUDGET AT ALL.
4) Also, I wonder if anyone noticed that Code Geass and TotA are produced by Sunrise? LOL.

I'm told other comparisons are being made to Gundam00 (here's an episode clip) and cutscenes done by the studio Production I.G., which I don't even know where to start with the stupidity of that. Look, I know that PIG (lulz) has done a fair amount of anime that are generally considered high quality, but comparing their cutscenes work to an entire anime or an entire anime episode? No.

At least Tales of the Abyss gets an anime! Even more, it's a full-length TV series at 26 episodes, as opposed to a four-episode OVA for Tales of Phantasia! I would fucking kill the Dalai Lama** to get a four-episode OVA for Golden Sun or Bomberman 64: The Second Attack, never mind a 26-episode TV series!

In conclusion: I hate you, TotA fandom. Die in a Mystic Cage.

you better get ready to die

*Okay, granted, that's an attack sequence, which has the benefit of being all dressied up and stuff, but...
**No, not really, but you get the idea.
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Sears Tower to be renamed Willis Tower:

Sears Tower is no more.

The 110-story Chicago giant, the nation's tallest building, will be renamed Willis Tower under a leasing deal. The New York-based owners signed a lease with Willis Group Holdings, a London-based insurance broker, for 140,000 square feet.

Willis said it will consolidate five Chicago-area offices and move 500 employees into the tower. The company said it is paying $14.50 per square foot in rent and that the naming rights come with no additional cost.


It's the fucking Sears Tower, d00ds! YOU DON' MESS WIT DAT, GET WHAT'M SAYIN'?????

I never wanted to be one of you anyway
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I took the Myers-Briggs for a high school leadership conference something-or-other and I was classed as an INTJ. It describes me rather well for the most part, although I think my personality bleeds over into INTP territory as well.

I actually still have the booklet from that leadership conference that summarizes the different personality types, so here's what it says about INTJs and INTPs.

Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through. Skeptical and independent, have high standards of competence and performance - for themselves and others.

Seek to develop logical explanations for everything that interests them. Theoretical and abstract, interested more in ideas than in social interaction. Quiet, contained, flexible, and adaptable. Have unusual ability to focus in depth to solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical, sometimes critical, always analytical.


I realize I've been slacking on the link-o-llections lately, but I hope this latest edition makes up for it!

Kit Whitfield has two interesting blog posts up about fictional villains: one on how she personally conceives of a villain/antagonist and one on various categories of fictional villainy. Writers on the flist, hop on over!

[ profile] vyctori sent me this one a while back - the 10 Most Insane Child-Warping Moments of '80s cartoons.

XKCD exposes the truth of Amazon's Kindle 2!

The blog of a Las Vegas escort girl who actually does not hate her lifestyle! Obviously NSFW.

[ profile] wadewilson presents "an instructional discourse on how best to avoid being petty, divisive and annoying to other people when enjoying an online role-playing game of any sort. For I have grown tired and weary of seeing people I like behave like unpleasant high-schoolers, and I am also weary of trying to stop foolish misconceptions from growing into utterly inane enmities".

Got some time to kill? Have some free sci-fi short stories.

This has to be one of the most amazing things from nature I've ever seen lately - a fish with a transparent head with eyes that rotate around inside the head. Holy shit, that is so cooooool!

[ profile] eyecatching_art brings us the Stooge Lanterns. I would totally watch this show!

Finally, you don't Twitter about ongoing secret negotiations while they're in progress. You just don't.


Talking about music I've been listening to lately: Memoira (gothic symphonic rock), Karl Sanders (ambient rock with heavy Egyptian influences), Versailles (visual kei) )


Talking about music I've been working on: Like the Dew on the Leaves, Gospel of the Shadow of Nobody, Regretfully Yours/No Longer Yours Truly (Written Letter #2) )


HON301 paper due date got moved to next Tuesday! Rawk.

no creation without destruction, no destruction without creation
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From Kotaku: Suspect arrested for threatening to blow up Hudson

Metropolitan Police have arrested a 29-year-old man for threatening to blow up Japanese game maker Hudson. The suspect, Takao Ike of Kanagawa Prefecture, was apparently dissatisfied with the quality of Hudson's games.

From October 2008 to January 16 of this year, the suspect threatened Hudson 11 times, sending emails that said things like he was sending a bomb to the company that would kill everyone or demanding that 80 trillion yen be brought to JR Takamatsu Station.

JR Takamatsu Station is in Kanagawa Prefecture. The suspect worked part-time as a courier.

In a signed affidavit, the suspect admitted, "I did it because I posted my demands concerning the games, but the games didn't improve."

This is seriously too perfect to be real. I have to admit, I'm torn between "Protesting: URE DOIN IT RONG" and "Yeah, YOU GIVE THOSE LAZY SONS-OF-BITCHES AT HUDSON THE WHAT FOR!"

(Thanks to [ profile] blackryuomega4 for bringing this to my attention!)


In other (less amusing) news, there's been some changes to the whitewashed casting of the live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender movie! Dev Patel is slated to star as Prince Zuko of the Fire Nation. Okay, so, great, we've got an Actor of Color...but he has to play the villain? When all of the heroes are white and the "ethnics" are only okay to show on-screen as background scenery? No. Just no. You fail at multiculturalism, Hollywood. I suppose it's just coincidence that Mr. Patel had the lead role on a little film called Slumdog Millionaire, right?

Also, Jessica Jade Andres (who?) is, according to this article, supposed to play "the Earth Kingdom's representative, Suki." Say what? She's going to play this chick?! (Also, what's up with that "Earth Kingdom's representative" deal? Kyoshi Island is considered Earth Kingdom, yes, but they didn't really have much connection to the big Earth Kingdom powerhouses of Omashu and Ba Sing Se.) (Also also, that article states that Shyamalan is planning a three-movie story arc. Oh my Gods, I weep to think of how he's going to end up butchering Toph's character. OH M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN NOOOOOOO) Just...ARGH.

Anyone who comes up to me and goes "Geez, there's just no pleasing you people, is there?" is going to get hexed nine times to Hades and back. Seriously, is it too much to ask for some fair - note the qualifier! - representation of people who look like me in popular media in this supposedly enlightened age that elected a black man to the office POTUS? It's not an issue of "political correctness" (STABBITY STAB I HATE THAT TERM, IT NEEDS TO DIE IN A FIRE AND THEN BE FROZEN IN ETERNITY IN JUDECCA) - it's an issue of respecting the diversity present in the world, and in the United States in particular since that's where this fuckover is happening.

I want everything back but you


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April 2010



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