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22nd-Jul-2010 06:40 pm - Fanfic has been written
My second entry into the eureka_tag fanfic contest has been posted.

It be R rated slash, if you can believe it.

Now We're Square
I wrote this bit of something last night and it is now posted at eureka_tag

Partner's in Crime

How do I NOT have time for fanfic?! Um, actually, my only excuse is that it's Eureka! Season 4!! Come ON!

Contrary to popular belief, I really don't spend all my time working on my thesis and at my library job.

*hugs flist*
7th-Oct-2009 10:04 pm - Health Care
From MSNBC, those darn left-wing liberals:

Keith Olbermann on health care reform

part 1

part 2

part 3

The hour long version is available at The Huffington Post
Last night was the first time I saw a "scare tactic" commercial regarding health care reform. It made me laugh because the things it said would happen were so incredibly ridiculous!! So I am passing along a link to the white house's video page regarding the reform that Obama wants to see.

I am/was one of the nearly fifty million people in the US that cannot afford health care. I keep hoping something will be done so that I can have a family doctor one day, a family dentist. I keep hoping that one day, I won't have to self-medicate and home-remedy my way back to health. I say "am/was" up there because for the last year, Klaw and I have had *some* insurance. It covers accidents and injuries, not routine medical procedures nor simple things like annual physicals. Dental would be five hundred dollars more a semester.

I am not going to dwell on it because it angers me too much. Special interest groups don't care about my hopes, they only care about their profit margins and health care reform threatens that, not the lives of seniors or the ability of small businesses to provide insurance for their employees. The best one I've heard is (how can people buy into this?!) that suddenly some Big Brother entity will decide who lives and who dies. At the moment, something already does that. The poor die while the rich live because the poor can't afford preventive care while the rich can.
16th-Jul-2009 05:59 pm - For a bit of fic
This year, I am once again participating in the fic/art challenge at eureka_tag. participants must write at least a drabble-length fic or draw something each week that ties in with that week's Eureka episode. For any Eureka fans on my flist, here is my first entry.

Random Acts of Gravity This fic does contain spoilers for last week's episode.
25th-Jun-2009 07:15 am - Oh, then there is this:
From Avaaz.org:

Iranian activists have appealed to the world to oppose the violent crackdown on their protests. Massive new protests are planned, the regime is divided. A united global outcry of 1 million voices could help stop the violence. Call on world leaders to unite against the crackdown:

Sign the petition
Today, the hearts and hopes of people around the world are with protesters facing awful risks on the streets of Iran. Regardless of who won the election, the question now is one of fundamental human rights.

Top Iranian leaders are divided, so every bit of pressure matters. With massive new protests imminent, Iranian activists are urgently appealing for a united international response to oppose the violent crackdown.

Sign the petition below calling on ALL governments to condemn the crackdown and withhold recognition of any Iranian government until election concerns are peacefully addressed. Then forward this email to friends and family -- let's build a massive global outcry of 1 million voices against the crackdown:


Avaaz means "voice" in Farsi, the Iranian language. Let's show the people of Iran that, whoever they voted for, we support their right to have their voices heard.


Just passing it along.
I know this journal is entitled The Things that Come to Mind at Two AM but today, you get one that comes to mind at five am. Courtesy of the dogs who woke me up at 4:30 am to be let out. So I was lying here in bed trying not to think of anything and my mind began to wander, as it often does.

Just before going to bed last night, I was reading a criticism about the Transformer's movie. I saw it yesterday in a jam-packed theater. I LOVED it but I'm a transformer fangirl from WAY back. Anyway, the criticism has to do with two of the minor characters who were expressly created for the film. Some people are saying that they are racial stereotypes. They "Jive talk" and fight all the time and don't read. One has a gold tooth. Apparently, this makes them caricatures and stereotypical black characters. I say apparently, because I didn't see it.

Anyway, my thought was this: Do you suppose some people, more sensitive to racial stereotypes, are predisposed to seeing them? You know, in a "If you go looking for it, you will find it," sort of way? I'm not racist in any way, shape or form. Despite growing up in Utah, which has a minority population of, last I checked, less than ten percent, I had friends from all color categories. I grew up in an Hispanic neighborhood. My friends included children from Polynesian families, white families, and yes, even African-American families. In Utah! Yeah, I know. My grandma's next door neighbors, who babysat me from time to time, were Japanese. (The father was interned during WWII.)

I just didn't see the racial stereotypes that some people are complaining about. The article I read can be found here, at Yahoo news.

Now, and this will be basically spoiler free, when I saw the twins, in car form, my first thought was, "OMGOMGOMG!! What car is that??!! It looks almost like a Chevy SmartCar?! That's SOO CUUUTTTEEEE!!!!! I silently commiserated with myself that Sasha would never fit in one and therefore, it didn't matter how cute it was, I would not be buying one. Once they transformed and started talking, I did not think "black." I thought "punk-ass." Punk-ass does not equal black in my mind. I also thought they kind of looked like KISMET. I did not think they looked black, as some critics have said. Someone in the article also said there was a bucktoothed black actor in one scene, but I don't recall it. I thought all the African-American actors looked like, well, African American soldiers proud to do their duty.


Now it stopped. Thirty second rain storm! A new world record for this side of HELL!

*rereads* Oh so, anyway. That was my initial reaction and thoughts as I read the article last night and thought about it this morning. But then I had a further thought. These robots were created for comic relief and something for the kids to enjoy. Because Transformers is a family movie, apparently. I mean, sure, it's based on a line of toys from the 1980s and a related cartoon, probably specifically created to sell said line of toys. But there is an awful lot of swearing, sexual innuendo, and blowing up of things for it to be considered a family movie. I still would have taken my child to it. I'm not judging, just saying.

I am getting to my final point, honest.

So, here you have two robot cars who fight, swear, call each other names, are twin brothers, and don't read. And this is the comic relief that was added to the film? It appeals to children, no doubt. And as I said before, I thought they were cute and yes they were funny and I laughed. But my final thought was this, "why?" Why were these characters added to appeal to children? I watched the Transformers as a child. Bumblebee and Optimus Prime appealed just fine to me. Why do our children need to be appealed to with robots that fight, swear, and can't read? Why can't Bumblebee's loyalty or Optimus' inner strength, and his faith in humanity (and his "don't fuck with the things I care about" attitude) be the part of the movie that appeals to children?

Do we fear them incapable of that deeper connection? If we didn't pander to them, they would rise to the occasion, I promise.

Is it easier to appeal to a "lowest common denominator?" (Which feeds into the dumbing down of America and the rise of Mediocrity.) If someone's worried about laughs, Bumblebee is pretty damn funny. If they were added for slapstick value, that's fine too. I understand slapstick comedy. I'm also a three stooges fan. But if that were the case, then the explanation should have been that the director wanted some slapstick to break up the explosions.

And that was my thought, at five am.
I have been watching the election in Iran with interest. This is the most interesting article I've read so far today: Just War Theory and Cyber Attacks. While Just War Theory is always interesting to study, the part I found most interesting about that article was.... There are websites where you can d/l a program that will run a DDOS attack?! That is SO COOL in a hacker/nerd/geek way. I'd never do it because I know how horrible it can be to be attacked by one. But that doesn't detract from the geek factor coolness of this information.

From the BBC News:

Do you think that if Obama had "lost" (like Gore lost to Bush in 2000) people would have rioted here?
18th-Apr-2009 10:05 am - WHEEE!!!!
8th-Apr-2009 11:14 am - Random meme with pretty kitty
You Are a White Tiger
You have a strong individualistic streak. You are unique and outspoken.
You have firm ideas of right and wrong. You will stand up for your unpopular beliefs with pride.

You believe that learning the truth is important. Even if it's ugly, uncomfortable, or awkward.
You give it to people straight, and you expect them to do the same. You can't stand ambiguity of any kind.
Remember, only you can prevent forest fires.