Jan. 31st, 2011 11:36 pm
darkauthor26: ([supernatural]Dean Always Right)
I posted a link to this article on my facebook, and now I'm in an argument with someone who I thought was smarter is basically making it all about how it's unfair to men to assume they're rapists until proving otherwise and that it's sexist to do so. She had the gall to tell me that I'm very clearly sexist against men when I pointed out that sexism against men is just misogyny coming back to bite men in the ass. I'm hoping she is salvageable, though, because I did think she was better than this. I'm really hoping this is just a case of being ill informed and uneducated on a social issue (which a lot of people are). If it's not that then I'm going to remove her from my friend's list on facebook. I can't deal with having these arguments with people I know and like(d). Not to the migraine inducing extent that she's taking this.

I liked her to
Feminism 101 and Rape Culture 101 on Shakesville in the hopes that those articles will somehow help. It was all I could think to do.

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I'm not sure what Sarah Palin was thinking when she compared journalists and pundits suggesting that her violent rhetoric was partly to blame for the Tuscon shooting to a blood libel. I can only hope that she had no idea what she was doing when she said it, but that's only marginally better than knowing what it meant and using it anyway. It also doesn't make it any less disgusting. It also makes what Sarah Palin is arguing harder to distinguish: at one point she argues that words don't harm people and that violent acts begin and end with the attacker solely; yet she then insists that by arguing that violent rhetoric is--at least in part--to blame for the Tuscon shooting, people are being incited to violence against her. But if words don't mean anything and violent acts begin and end with the attacker solely then how is anyone being incited to violence? Does it only count as being incited to violence if the criticism is of Palin?

Further reading:

Sarah Palin Breaks Her Silence Includes the video Palin posted on her facebook.

Palin's Persecution Complex Culminates with "Blood Libel" Accusation

Palin Cries 'Blood Libel': Can Words Harm Us?

Drawing :)

Dec. 7th, 2010 05:54 pm
darkauthor26: ([mis]Glass Heart)
I haven't done much drawing lately so I figured I would try drawing my niece last night. It's a bit wonky, but still good. I just need to take it slower and pay more attention to the proportions and position of the base structure. You can seem some of the lines haven't been erased yet.

This took me an hour and a half to do. It was a bit frustrating because I wanted it to be perfect, but I realized I just needed to take a breath and acknowledge that, yes, I do need more lessons and more practice, but I am good all ready. After that I felt better.

drawing under cut )

darkauthor26: ([yugioh]YamiYuugi 'Always on My Side')
Got my teeth cleaned today. I don't like the process, but I do like the feeling of my teeth afterward.

Anyway, with the end of the semester, I've been thinking about some things. I'm going to fail my math class. There's nothing I can do about that. I should have done more, but I didn't. Anything I do now will be too little too late. I need to change something if I'm going to do well next semester, and I have to do better next semester otherwise I won't get into LSUA which means it will be even longer until MacKenzi and I are together.

rambling behind cut )

darkauthor26: ([lipservice]Frankie)
So I was requested to make a Lip Service/The Walking Dead crossover fanfiction. Basically, I'm taking the Lip Service characters and dropping them in a zombie apocalypse, and I'm going to follow the show in broad strokes. There will probably be some 28 Days Later influence in there too. Now what I have to figure out is if I want the story to be about Frankie's personal growth and struggle to survive for the first few chapters or if I want the reader to be as disoriented and confused as Sam is when she first wakes up.
more musings under cut )

darkauthor26: ([books]Fuck You Said the Raven)
Wow. I honestly hadn't expected that to happen, although if I feel that if I had been paying more attention I might have pieced together more than I did. It will be interesting one day to read this book again and pick up on all sorts of things that I missed before or that didn't make sense before.

I think I'm still processing everything. I may do a better write up eventually. For now, though, I'm moving on to Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness. I've read good things about it so I'm hoping it will live up to the reviews.
darkauthor26: ([lipservice]Frankie)
I found some prompt tables today. I think I'm going to use them to write some Lip Service fanfiction because I don't think any has been written yet. Which makes me sad.

prompt table )

This reminds me, though, that I still haven't finished a prompt table for Avatar: the Last Airbender yet, and I still have request fics to finish too. Oh well. I'll get around to them all at some point.
darkauthor26: ([lipservice]Frankie Taking Pictures)
I have to say that I appreciate this show taking more of a mystery turn. While I liked the first episode, it was mostly exposition: who are these characters, how do they relate, what are they like? That kind of thing. This time, however, we've got Frankie taking the initiative on finding the woman that her aunt sent her scrapbook of Frankie's childhood. While I have to say that I like Frankie, she's an idiot, and I don't like the way she treats Cat. Which is unfortunate because when they are getting along, and Frankie isn't just thinking about herself, she and Cat get along fabulously and I ship them so hard

However, at the same time, Frankie has a lot of growing up to do before I can feel comfortable with them getting together. Right now, I like Cat being with Sam. I like Sam. I like Sam's outfit on their date. I want her pants and I want her shirt. And I bet she was wearing fabulous shoes too. So I want those as well. I like Sam's honesty and caring and straightforwardness. I especially love when she was telling Cat about her first time on the police force when she realized that she was chasing after a murderer by herself--so she hid until backup arrived. I loved that. It was just hilarious. XD

I also love the way that Frankie and Sam contrast. Frankie is immature, sleeps around, and has a sarcastic sense of humor. Sam is mature, loyal and caring. She has a similar sense of humor, but not to quite the extent that Frankie does.

I'm interested to see how Sam and Cat's relationship will fair with Frankie lurking around the edges and pursuing Cat.

darkauthor26: ([books]Fuck You Said the Raven)
I love this man. I'm still reading American Gods and I encountered a casual mention of bisexuality. I actually had to do a double take it was that nonchalant. An older sister is talking to her younger sister who mentions meeting a cute boy while hitching hiking and she says half-jokingly, "After the bitch-from-hell maybe I'm ready to give boys another shot." The sisters continue bickering over the younger sister's habit of hitch hiking as if that line (revealing she's bisexual or at least bi-curious) never happened.

Also, is it sad that I thought "wow, there's a lot of GLBT characters in this", despite the fact there have only been two? It's kind of sad when two (minor) GLBT characters counts as "a lot."

However, back to my original point: I love you, Neil Gaiman.

I'm loving this book. It's now one of my favorites. I'll post something more coherent later covering more of my reasoning for placing this book in my top favorites. Because there's a lot of reasons, and not all of them are things I can explain. Maybe I'll write it up after I finish the book.

darkauthor26: ([lipservice]Frankie)
I watched the first episode of a new British lesbian drama called Lip Service. It's pretty good. It's kind of like The L Word, but it's also very different. It has a different kind of feel to it. Frankie (see my icon) reminds me of Shane.

I feel really bad for Frankie. The way she broke down after seeing her aunt at the wake make me sad; I wanted to punch her uncle in the face for being such a jerk to her. She doesn't have the best judgment, and she's clearly afraid of commitment and that hurts the people she loves, but at the same time she's vulnerable, and I want to give her a hug. :( And I want her and Cat to get together. I love the way they interact, and the way that Cat understands Frankie, and how Cat's there for her even though she's pissed at Frankie and wants to forget about her feelings for her. I don't think I've ever shipped a pairing this quickly before. But I want them to work out. I really do.

I also want to know what Frankie's (now deceased) aunt had to tell her that she couldn't tell anyone else.

All in all, while there are some things that I find incredibly unrealistic (WHY AREN'T LESBIANS THIS EASY TO FIND IN REAL LIFE?), I think it's a real interesting show, and I'll definitely watch the next episode. I found it on youtube; I'll watch it tomorrow. :)

darkauthor26: ([avatar]Aang Lightning)
I'm not sure how my e-bay store will work now that I've decided to go to Louisiana next year. I mean, I don't see any reason not to do it for this year and get some extra pocket cash, but I'm not sure how MacKenzi's parents will feel about how me operating a weapon's store out of their house, and I can't have knives and stuff delivered to my dorm room. I mean, the only thing I'll be doing with those knives is having them delivered, taking them out of the box to make sure they're all right and then ship the off again.

On the other hand, I was planning on selling dragon figurines and such as well, so I could probably still do that if I wanted to. I don't think they'd have a problem with that. So I could continue selling the figurines and such and just discontinue the knives for a few years until MacKenzi and I get our own place.

If I can ever get the router number to our bank so I can set up Paypal to work with e-bay, then I'll get around to discussing it with her parents.

It's also come to my attention, that I need to clean up my room again and maybe get something to hold my knives in. I have seven pocket knives and only one is really suited to be decorative (pretty much at the expense of it being a functional tool, but, you know) and while the rest look pretty cool to me, they're not decorative knives. So having them all over the place is more like clutter than decorations. But that's just because I have clutter all over the place already so it just seems like they are.

However, I should probably get a case or something to keep most of them in, and then switch out one or two to have around to use as tools and decorations. (After all, who needs scissors when you have a badass looking knife?) I just need to find a good case.

Also, I have to wonder why collecting knives = psycho/uncomfortable to some people. I don't understand what's psychotic or awkward about collecting knives. It's a hobby. Some people collect beanie babies. Some people collect stamps. Some collect baseball cards or figurines or preserved butterflies or some other kind of bugs. Some people collect guns. And some people collect knives.

Now, if I was going around stabbing people with them or was a violent person, I can see why that would be concerning. But despite the fact that when I get pissed I talk about wanting to punch people in the face or rip them apart or beat the shit out of them, the fact of the matter is is that I've never actually hit someone (rough housing doesn't count). I've never actually tried to hurt someone. So I just don't get it. I had to do an "ice breaker" speech for my Speech Communication Class, and I mentioned it and people got awkward. I mean, I'm not complaining because I don't ever see these people outside my class, and my friends think knives are cool too, and at least two of them collect. My cousin-in-law Sean collects swords (he has them hanging on the walls around his and Brianna's house) and takes fencing classes. My grandpa even had some decorative swords around their house (I don't think my grandma's taken them down since he died either).

And my girlfriend even thinks they're awesome!  I mean, that's part of why she's my girlfriend in the first place because that's one of the things that I love about her: that she doesn't think my knife collecting is weird or creepy. So that's pretty sweet. She even took me to a knife store while I was down visiting her, and she thought it was adorable how excited and into it I was. They had sword canes there! I've never actually seen a sword cane before! It was AWESOME. I need to make some extra money to bring down when I visit over Thanksgiving so I can buy one and ship it back home. Russell will be so freaking jealous. :3

So maybe it's just because I know so many people that appreciate the beauty and coolness of knives and swords that I don't get people's aversion to them or awkwardness around people who collect.

*shrug* I just don't know.

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Uuuugh, I found two beautiful layouts on livejournal. I want to use them both for my journal, but I can't. So I settled for using this one for my journal and this one for writing journal.

I wish I knew how to use a custom theme on Dreamwidth, but I can't seem to get them to work quite right. It's frustrating. And disappointing. :(


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