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How did I manage to progress this far in my life without ever having seen this? Don’t my friends know me well enough to realize that they are MORALLY OBLIGATED to notify me of the existence of any comedic sketch about hair metal band members having gay sex with each other?

(Found while browsing The 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time.)

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I know no one actually cares about my dreams )
rusty_halo: (sp: i can't handle the pressure)
Dude... insane hoyay in old comics.

And also, I just caught up reading [livejournal.com profile] chase820's latest post of "The Man Who Sold the World," which is so dark and angsty and awesome. I've pretty much forgotten what happened on the actual Queer as Folk; Chase's story is so infinitely better that who even needs the TV version?

Go check out the New York City restaurant guide at SuperVegan. I built this whole nifty little mechanism for users to rate restaurants and post reviews, so if you've ever visisted a veg-friendly restaurant in NYC, please go there and share your thoughts. :) (And if you find anything that doesn't work or seems weird, let me know so I can fix it!)

I saw Depeche Mode at Jones Beach last Saturday with [livejournal.com profile] jaydk and [livejournal.com profile] drujan. It was freezing, but the band was good. I'm seeing them again this Saturday in Atlantic City at the Borgata (have I mentioned how much I SO don't want to go to Atlantic City again? Maybe I can get my mom to go with me...)

On Monday I'm flying to Boston to see Alice in Chains, because I couldn't get tickets to the show in New York. This does feel kind of insane, but whatever... you only have one "all time favorite band EVER," right? Even though it's not really the band I loved *sigh*.

Got a new roommate. So far, so good. I get the feeling she doesn't really like the place, though. I'm just waiting for bad news...

Real life has been so crazy and busy and stressful... ugh.

Oh yeah, I did see the Veronica Mars finale. I thought it was good, not great. VM finale spoilers )

I'm looking forward to a couple of media things: the new X-Men movie (please for the love of god let it live up to the Bryan Singer version) and the new season of Rescue Me (wasn't Denis Leary awesome on the Daily Show the other night?).

Oh, and [livejournal.com profile] 10zlaine is visiting soon and we're going to see Spamalot and Common Rotation. (Haha, look at the comment they left on my MySpace profile: "don't be afraid to list us as a band you like. we promise to growl more.")

AND early June (PIG TOUR!!!!) is coming up faster than I could imagine. I've got a one way ticket to Fort Lauderdale; now I have to decide whether to go to the Tampa show, too.

Damn, I need to get my hair cut. And dyed. Not enough time in the day!!!

Oh, and I'm working on THREE huge website projects, in addition to work (I now run the entire web department by myself.)

I really just want to go take a nap for about three months.
Today is a wonderful day...

It's Lucifer's birthday!!!!

Eight years ago today, in the laundry room of my parents' house in New Jersey, Lucifer's mother Shadow (a beautiful, sweet black stray cat who I'd made friends with) gave birth to Lucifer and his three siblings. Lucifer was the second born (I have it on videotape) and his head got stuck coming out. We all thought he was going to die, but Shadow eventually pushed him out and started licking him, and finally he started making teeny little squeaking baby kitty noises that meant he was breathing.

And ever since then, he's been the greatest cat ever. Sweet, fun, adventurous, but most of all--cool. Being in Lucie's presence could calm anyone; he's just totally accepting and trusting and relaxed.

I gave him a pile of treats for breakfast. I'll have to find something fun at Petco to bring home to him tonight.

I took some photos of him the other day in the bathtub (trying to drink out of the faucet). I'll post those here later so you can all see how adorable he is. >:)

Movie Meme )

Last night I was working until 8pm and talking to my former coworker Sarah about "relationships." Interesting conversation. Sarah's awesome.

Forgot to mention this: I watched two movies over the weekend, Velvet Goldmine and American Psycho.

weird rant about Velvet Goldmine, American Psycho, Fight Club, and the emptiness of consumer culture )

PS: Excellent thread over at the Hydrogen Board imagining a Chemlab/Pig tour. *sigh* If only.

And I must say, I love it when the bands write their own slash fiction:

petegala (here): If you go into the men's room between sets, you might just find Raymond and Jared making out in a stall.


jared: and, in reference to Pete from the Cracknation board, Raymond and i would only be having sex in the bathroom if we could sandwich you. we've discussed it, and i call the south side of your street, honey.

And it goes from there.... ("The Brokeback Techrat tour anyone?" "BROKE-DICK METRONOME" "Rivetback Mountain" "Tesseract Fountain"....)

PPS: Did you guys watch the Daily Show last night? The Cheney thing actually didn't strike me as that funny when I first heard it, but when Jon got ahold of it, I thought I was going to die laughing.

PPPS: Celebrate International Quirkyalone Day. (Great link; check it out.)
Femslash wank. *OMG dies laughing*

Yeah. Not touching that debate with a ten foot pole.

So I went to see George R. R. Martin yesterday. (I think you disgruntled femslashers ought to read his books, actually. More on that later.) It was at the Astor Place Barnes & Noble, which is tiny, so naturally it was packed with hundreds of people, lined up through all three levels of the store. Luckily, I got there massively early and saved two seats in the second row for [livejournal.com profile] drujan and [livejournal.com profile] queenofthorns, who just barely got there in time to claim their seats before the ravening crowds snatched the seats away.

You can see my (red) hair in this photo, front left.

Martin gave a prepared talk, explained the five year gap for the billionth time, and answered a few questions. The only new one was "Is Syrio Forel really dead?" Martin told us to figure it out for ourselves (I'd always assumed he was dead, and I took from his answer that I was correct). Someone asked about errors, and Martin pointed out that he and his editor both missed the fact that his horses keep changing genders (that was pretty funny, the gender-bendng horses).

Someone also asked if he'd change his story if the audience figured out an important plot point (such as Rheager + Lyanna = Jon), and Martin said no, he wouldn't change his story, and he specifically avoids the discussion boards for that reason. Notably, he didn't repeat the Rheager/Lyanna bit when he repeated the question, which I took as a pretty good indication that the theory is correct. He also asked the audience to raise hands if they'd ever participated in the message board--there were quite a few, but certainly not the majority. Oh, and someone wasted a question asking if we'd ever have a Hodor point of view (Martin joked about a chapter that would be 27 pages of "Hodor, hodor, hodor, hodor").

Then we had to line up for the signing, and here's where we were *really* lucky to be up front, because we were the first ones to get our books signed. This thing must've gone for *hours* after we were done.

So I was all nervous, and I only had one question, but I wasn't planning to actually ask it. However, when I got up there and couldn't think of anything else to say, I suddenly went for it anyway. So I basically asked (but less coherently, because I was nervous): "You've had two lesbian sex scenes, so would you please balance it out by having a boy on boy sex scene?" And when he looked at me like "What?" I added "A Loras/Renly flashback would be really nice." (Those are his two hot gay male characters.) To which he responded "Loras/Renly, I'll keep that in mind" and laughed.

Erm, yeah. I don't know if it's *that* inappropriate a question, because he does have gay male characters, and he has written two explicit lesbian sex scenes but no explicit gay male sex scenes, so really, he's playing into the whole male gaze thing by showing us the girls hooking up but not the boys. Y'know? I love that he has gay characters and I always rec the series to people by pointing out how politically progressive it is, but you can definitely read it as playing into society's male biases by showing girlsex but not boysex.

Anyway, he seemed to think the question was amusing rather than offensive, so that was good.

By the way, here's a link to the Time Magazine article that calls Martin "The American Tolkien." If you haven't read the series yet, it's quite a good explanation of why you should.
I just handed in my last academic paper (ever?).

Assuming all goes well (which it should *knock on wood*), this is it. All classes are over, this was the last bit of academic work required to graduate.

This feels so weird. Like, my entire life has been leading up to this moment. I didn't exactly choose it, I didn't exactly want it (though I also couldn't think of any more preferable option), but here I am, I've achieved it. College graduation. What an incredible relief that this is over.

I'm a bit sad, which surprises me. I felt nothing but a sort of bitter joy at having escaped high school alive; I still feel no nostalgia for that nightmarish hell. But I actually started to appreciate college a bit near the end, maybe about 2/3 of the way through. I'll never like homework or papers or grades, but once I found the kinds of classes that suited my personality--cultural studies, gender studies--I saw the point. I appreciated the insights and the need for them and I felt like I grew as a person because of those classes.

I sort of wish I could've done it over again knowing what I know now; I spent at least the first half of college floating around totally lost, without a clue what I wanted to study or where I fit in. By the time I finally found it, it seems like I barely had time to skim the surface.

But anyway. It's over and done with now and man, am I relieved!

I spent the weekend in something of a daze: all my finals this year were papers, all were long, and all were due within the same period of time. So this weekend I wrote:

- 12 pages on the construction of masculinity in Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy and its relationship to the cultural changes of the 1960s in America (due Monday 5/3)
- 6 pages on the theme of objectification in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and its relation to the academic study of history (due Monday 5/3)
- 12 pages on the relationships between dominant culture, subculture, and family in Joel Schumacher's The Lost Boys (due Wednesday 5/5)

I just returned from handing the last paper in. That's 30 pages in about four days. It was all done very last minute because I had other work to finish up the week before. That also means I've barely slept in the past four days: I was up 36 hours, from Sunday morning to Monday night, slept for about eight hours, then got up again Tuesday morning and have been awake until now (Wednesday afternoon). And now I'm at work trying to catch up because I missed Monday. Man, I can't wait to go home and sleep.

This is a babbling, nonsensical post; I offer exhaustion as an excuse.

I wish I had something related to the Spike-verse to say. Unfortunately it has utterly failed to hold my attention; the little time I've had to devote to fandom lately has been toward Methos. I really wish I could keep my attention on Spike; I love the community that surrounds this fandom. I want to continue to be a part of it. But, well, there's just nothing that Mutant Enemy could do that would make me want to watch--or even think about--their product. I'll spare you the anti-ME rant; if you read my journal you know how I feel about their ideology. I know now that there's nothing there for me and never will be. Thinking about it just makes me angry and sad.

I'd much prefer to think about Methos and Jaime Lannister, whose creators appreciated the value of an ambiguous character and the value of free will, the ability of the individual to change. [livejournal.com profile] drujan and I went to see Hellboy the other weekend and though I didn't particularly enjoy the film, we both loved the theme that it doesn't matter how you start out, you don't have some essential essence; you have choice, you decide who you are, no one else does. Methos and Jaime both embody that; anything that ME creates embodies the opposite: the triumph of fate, inability to escape destiny, essentialism, ultimate lack of choice. (Don't argue; if you feel differently, good, enjoy yourself, you're not going to convince me.)

I bought the DVDs for Highlander seasons four and five (graduation gift to self, shut up frugal conscience) and I love them. am I still talking about Highlander??? Okay, I think the thesis here is something like 'Kronos is an essentialist and Methos is a social constructionist'.... oh, shut up. Long Highlander mini-essay. )
I'm going to say two things I never thought I'd say:

1. Smallville was better than Angel last night.
2. That episode of Angel would have been much better if Spike wasn't in it.
(Not, I should stress, because there's anything inherently wrong with Spike, but because Fain and Craft couldn't write a decent Spike if their lives depended on it.)

Angel thoughts )

Smallville thoughts )

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