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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
fernwithy
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Nothing great and organized just now. So, random stuff.

  • Even devoted Democrats have to be disappointed in the debate on Thursday--what a one-sided, miserable showing. Kerry didn't even need to try hard. You can't blame Bush's lousy performance on being up against a really good debater, because Kerry didn't bring out any big guns. I'm conservative, but no fan of Bush (I'm undecided in the race so far, but leaning toward Kerry if he can convince me that he actually has a workable plan for winning the war and respect for the troops; so far I'm convinced of neither)... but sheesh. I don't want the sitting president of the United States to look that bad in a public argument.

  • Here's the reason Lucas-bashers seem so prevalent on the internet: it's not worth a fan's time or energy to actually argue with them. I came by this realization when I saw another one on metaquotes, and understood that I just had no interest in engaging. And then I realized that this is why the bashers seem as loud as they do compared to fans (and yes, I'm hereby declaring, in public, that bashers are the opposite of fans--imagine :boggles:). Fans just have better things to do, like discussing the movies and enjoying ourselves. And watching grass grow and getting root canal work done.

  • Speaking of enjoying myself with SW, I'm doing research to expand the nature myth essay I did awhile back, and I'm really finding neat things about dying gods and harvest festivals of the fall. Sigh. I wish my higher academic degree was in something academic. I feel like I paid for a real degree and got a trade school skill. Nevertheless, I can still play, right? And Mr. Lucas has given us a nice, pretty, shiny toy to turn around. Vegetation gods... wandering goddesses... harvest and sacrifice and dismemberment... (Fern grins in total happiness.)

  • My other realization of the day is that the male/female taste difference isn't what I always heard--romance vs. action, which made me feel odd, as I've always been a girl and always preferred action-y films. To the contrary, action/adventure seems to be pretty well split down the middle. No, the division is between romantic comedy and weird slapstick. In physical therapy last Wednesday, there were four guys working out at the same time as I was, and they asked for Deuce Bigalow. Today, they convinced the PTs to run Something About Mary. :shakes head: What the--?

  • Guys... are really low-riding jeans really all that attractive on women? Okay, yes, they look half-pulled-off, which is a kind of crude sexual reference, but just aesthetically, I can't think of a less attractive place to split the female body.
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ashtur From: ashtur Date: October 4th, 2004 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Um... if there are movies that sound less appealing to me than those two, I'm not entirely sure what they are...

(of course, I may just be the exception that proves the rule)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, good. So it's not some weird Y-chromosome thing. Just maybe a frat-rat jock sort of thing.
sophonax From: sophonax Date: October 4th, 2004 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
As a devoted Democrat, I'm pissed off because I FINALLY thought I was getting through to a few people with my debunking of the Bush-is-an-idiot myth, making a good argument that a President who knows exactly what he's doing by slamming the "intellectual elite" is far, far more dangerous than a genial moron who just doesn't like the English language much.

After the debate, NO ONE's going to listen to me when I say Bush isn't an idiot.

Low-riding jeans seem to be on their way down the trend scale. Huzzah!
rikibeth From: rikibeth Date: October 4th, 2004 07:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just when I finally broke down and bought a pair and decided I really liked the way they made my butt look, too.
buongiornodaisy From: buongiornodaisy Date: October 4th, 2004 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate low-riders merely because I fail to see the neccessity of buying a specific kind of underwear to wear underneath them.
likeafox From: likeafox Date: October 4th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I suppose non-Lucas bashers are like R/hr-ers... we know we're right, so we just can't be arsed to argue. ;P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2004 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
More or less. I tried to engage them once, but after a month or so, I was pulling a dark!Willow, "Bored now."
prettyveela From: prettyveela Date: October 4th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
(I'm undecided in the race so far, but leaning toward Kerry if he can convince me that he actually has a workable plan for winning the war and respect for the troops; so far I'm convinced of neither)...

I hope he convinces you on the next debate.

If not, I'll have to kidnap you or something :D
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: October 4th, 2004 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem is that neither is really a cultural conservative, which I am (Bush makes noises, but fundamentalism is no more conservative culturally than radical leftism--they're both radical movements with apocalyptic fervor, and I would very much like to be back in a calmer domestic environment). I very much want a president who behaves with dignity and wisdom, is well-spoken and well-read, and who believes in the old Puritan work ethic rather than in quick fixes.
sophonax From: sophonax Date: October 4th, 2004 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm curious as to how you define "cultural conservative"...I want to know how close it is to my definition of "intellectual conservative."

It's extraordinary how hard it is for people to get that you can want to make society better without completely destroying all the good things that it has yielded (like OMG books written by dead white males! what are they THINKING?).
From: nothing_gold Date: October 4th, 2004 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Lowrise jeans work aesthetically only for women like me, those burdened with extremely short torsos.
ladyaeryn From: ladyaeryn Date: October 4th, 2004 10:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Fans just have better things to do, like discussing the movies and enjoying ourselves. And watching grass grow and getting root canal canal work done.

I've had four root canals in one sitting, and it's still more fun than dealing with even one basher. At least with the root canal you're anesthetized. ;) In any case, I think you're absolutely right - I can't think of a single person in the part of fandom I've constrained myself to (mostly here and a_p_'s board) who wakes up every day and goes "gee, I haven't eviscerated myself yet today - what's the latest editorial over on TFN now?" We'd rather, you know, actually enjoy the movies, and of course that won't happen if you spend all your time defending it against each slam that comes along. Which makes the bashing even more amusing, because without being able to use the excuse that they're defending their opinion against "gushers" like us, it just looks so much more like them being utter blustering blowhards about the whole thing. And of course the simple fact that in the end we're the ones enjoying ourselves, and they're the ones devoting their time to proving their true fan-ness by whining about every aspect of it.
may_child From: may_child Date: October 4th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's the reason Lucas-bashers seem so prevalent on the internet: it's not worth a fan's time or energy to actually argue with them. I came by this realization when I saw another one on metaquotes, and understood that I just had no interest in engaging. And then I realized that this is why the bashers seem as loud as they do compared to fans (and yes, I'm hereby declaring, in public, that bashers are the opposite of fans--imagine :boggles:). Fans just have better things to do, like discussing the movies and enjoying ourselves. And watching grass grow and getting root canal canal work done.

And ironing shirts. And darning socks. And scrubbing cat barf out of their carpets.

I decided to leave TF.N. I realized it was poisoning my love of SW, and damned if I'm going to let a bunch of whiny, bitchy, entitlement-addled malcontents do that to me.
From: st_sophie Date: October 5th, 2004 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Hello - and I agree about the jeans!

Hi, I'm sophie (st. sophie on the quill, too), and I just wanted to say that I love your fics, especially Shifts and the 'of a sort' series! I've been reading your journal for a little while now (sorry if that sounded stalker-ish) to see when you update shifts, and thought I might as well post.

I'm from Australia, and every teenage girl I know seems to own a pair of low-rise (hipsters) jeans - and I hate them! At my school we don't have to wear uniform in year 12, and all these skanky girls wear the least amount of clothing possible, with visable g-strings and all. So flattering. *headdesk* I'm really quite sick of that type of person who gives all teenage girls a bad name. The worst person I've heard wearing them, though - Hermione and Ginny in bad fics. Urgh.

Oh, and totally agree about the girls-love-romance thing - I'm much more of an action flick person. Although sometimes a bit of fluffy romance is quite nice.

~ Sophie
From: 88l71 Date: October 5th, 2004 09:09 am (UTC) (Link)
Guys... are really low-riding jeans really all that attractive on women? Okay, yes, they look half-pulled-off, which is a kind of crude sexual reference, but just aesthetically, I can't think of a less attractive place to split the female body.>>

Well, it depends on the woman IMHO. Some can pull it off (pun unintended) quite well.

-Tim
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