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Ouch update, because I know you all were just hanging on the news
Well, I saw the doc about my hand. Mild strain on the wrist, and I was doing all the right things. No sign of a break. To my astonishment, no sign of carpal tunnel sydrome either! Given that my job, my social life, and all my hobbies are computer-centered, that has to count as a minor miracle. I admit, I felt a little foolish that it turned out to be nothing. But it was hurting like crazy earlier, and I did get something for the inflammation.

As long as this is a pointless post, here are my opinions on silly current stuff:

Tom and Katie: My opinion is beyond not caring, it's being completely confused about why it's an issue. Heh?

Michael Jackson verdict: Correct. Not saying he didn't do it (or did), but that was a mess of a prosecution, and I would have opted for Not Guilty, too. Better that ten guilty men go free, etc. That said, the reputation thing should certainly warn parents off the ranch. Er, except that the reputation has been in place for a long, long time. Will someone in this man's family make him a reservation in a nice, padded room?

Paris Hilton: Was there something about her leaving public life? Can I give an "Amen"!

Brad and Angelina and Jen: See "Tom and Katie." I don't know these people.

That's it.
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ashtur From: ashtur Date: June 15th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I make a point of not following celebrity trials (don't care), so, while I know the broad brush (can't miss them), I never know the specifics. Because of that, I frankly can't and won't make a comment of guilty or otherwise. Anyway, I'm not on the jury, so it's not my place.

What really did incense me was a news report on a week or two ago moaning about how "minor" the story was. Now, in a way, I agree, since Celeb-news is just plain "meh", but the approach the story took was much more "accused of sexual abuse, as opposed to a serious crime". (I'm not joking).

Now, THAT had me seeing red. Sure, they went and talked about a triple murder trial that wasn't getting covered, and something like that is 'newsworthy', but that doesn't mean that sexual abuse isn't a legitimate concern. If anything, bringing the issue into the public would be the only redeeming feature of the whole fiasco.
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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 15th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, if he's as broke as they're gossiping about, maybe it will have to be sold at auction or something.
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: June 15th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Word, word, word, and word. Also, I'm glad your wrist is okay (or is going to be okay). I have an ear infection. Penicillin and lots of Advil are making it better.

That is all. :)
From: nothing_gold Date: June 15th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
You echoed my thoughts EXACTLY on Michael Jackson. And never be worried about going to the doctor with what turns out to be nothing. I went into ER with pain in my side that turned out to be just a really bad cramp and the CT I got for my paranoia saved my life. So you never know when a nothing will turn out to lead to finding something.
arclevel From: arclevel Date: June 15th, 2005 02:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm of the mindset that it's better to see the doc then not, even though I usually seem to be sent away with a bottle of ibuprofen and a list of suggested exercies. Glad that it's nothing too serious. :-)

I didn't hear the bit about Paris Hilton leaving public life. To which news I say, "Hurrah!!!!"

Based on what I'd heard about the Jackson trial, it didn't sound like there was much *evidence* either way, which meant it was purely a question of who was more believable. Somehow neither side seemed like they'd be on Law and Order's as shining examples of a "credible witness."

I have no opinion at all on B/A/J. The T/K thing vaguely amuses me and vaguely creeps me out, but the creepy factor is because I tend to think of her as being about 14. The actual age difference and his impending insanity and such are just, whatever. OTOH, I must admit to being quite disgusted at his remarks about Brooke Shields.
h311ybean From: h311ybean Date: June 15th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC) (Link)
OTOH, I must admit to being quite disgusted at his remarks about Brooke Shields.

Me, too. This isn't to pick on Tom's inability to father children or anything, but he shouldn't be talking about things he knows nothing about.
arclevel From: arclevel Date: June 15th, 2005 03:01 am (UTC) (Link)
That's part of it. The other part's just the statement/implication that anyone who's going through something like that doesn't *really* have a problem and should just get over it. It seems to naturally extend to -- and is really offensive to -- anyone with *any* form of depression or anxiety.
h311ybean From: h311ybean Date: June 15th, 2005 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad your hand troubles appear to be small and hope that they will stay that way! Please take care of yourself!

I don't care anymore about the Brad-Jen-Angelina thing, but the Tom-Katie one confuses me. I'm not interested in either of them; it's just that the match seems to farfetched and I think they're exaggerrating things a bit - but that's just me.

Re: Michael Jackson, I agree that a nice padded room would be just the thing. He's clearly off-balance. The only thing I can say about the verdict is that his accuser's family didn't seem all that savory.

Re: Paris Hilton - Amen!!!
hughroe From: hughroe Date: June 15th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Good to hear that your wrist is going to be okay.

That prosecution would give the Keystone Kops a bad name.

And I agree with ALL your staements about the celebs.
imadra_blue From: imadra_blue Date: June 15th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm only just catching up on LJ, but sorry to hear about your hand, Fern. Hope it heals fast. ♥ Also, very much agree with you on everything else. Don't care about any of those people and as for Michael Jackson? Without proof, there's nothing we can do. I wish people would shut up about it, because they seem to think you can just lock a person up for being weird or because someone accuses you of something. And that's crap. I don't know if he did it, and yes he is strange, but that's his right to be so, if he wants. And any parent after this who sends their kids to him and then turns around a few months later to sue him should have their head examined.

Also, have you seen iharthdarth? Cutest thing ever in all the world, omg.
austenrowling From: austenrowling Date: June 15th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Thats good news. Glad your hand is going to be fine. I really have no opinion on any of those topics. None of those people affect my life, so I dont really pay attention to them.
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katinka31 From: katinka31 Date: June 16th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
That must be bizarre. Every time I see a picture of Tom and Katie, I imagine a balloon over her head saying, "Gee, he's just as cute now as he used to be in Tiger Beat!" I don't necessarily have anything against May-December romances, but do I find these two rather unsettling. ;)
divinemum From: divinemum Date: June 18th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Every time I see a picture of Tom and Katie, I imagine a balloon over her head saying, "Gee, he's just as cute now as he used to be in Tiger Beat!"

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Ain't that the truth!!!
sprite6 From: sprite6 Date: June 15th, 2005 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Just saw that Shifts was niffled. Congratulations! It's totally deserved. :)
awaywithpixie From: awaywithpixie Date: June 15th, 2005 08:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad the hand is okay. My cast comes off in 3 days, and I can't be more excited. I'm now just praying that I won't need a pin in the scaphoid bone and I can get back to my regular typing speed.

My whole take on MJ is summed up in his very own words: "I will not sleep with boys again. I will change my life." Sigh. I can't believe lawyers can be so stupid, and get it so wrong. (then again, I can't believe the harsh Indonesian justice system that will have you guilty until proven innocent beyond a doubt. Don't get me started on trying to define justice when an innocent woman is rotting in an Indonesian jail for merely forgetting to lock her luggage. Much more important than thinking about silly celebrities who could probably wipe a fair bit off the third world debt if they put their powers to good instead of evil.
ruxi From: ruxi Date: June 15th, 2005 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm, wrist damage, not good -- but am mightily pleased to hear it's doing so much better! While you've probably got far better advice from your doctor (or figured it all out yourself), I think it's worth saying that, while tying your wrist with thin cloth folds and ice should only be done if the area is in any way swollen.

If it's not, but moving it hurts, you might at most consider only encasing it in said cloth strips, tightly. The ice would be pointless and might actually hurt in the absence of a swelling. Ummm, well, this usually helped when I damaged my wrist, in any case...
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: June 15th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you on almost everything there. I'm not a Jackson fan but as you said: Better 10 guilty men go free.... However: Will someone in this man's family make him a reservation in a nice, padded room? I don't think that's fair on anyone. So he's eccentric - it's his right. Standards of acceptable behaviour are both variable and subjective. I don't think anyone should be locked up just because he doesn't fit the current norm. And let's not forget that Michael Jackson has used his popularity to do more humanitarian work than most of the more conventional celebrities and non-celebrities out there.

Not that I'm a Michael Jackson. Just that I believe in giving everyone a fair chance. We can't all be the same.
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moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: June 16th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
we're in the kind of territory that psychiatry was created for.

::shrugs:: Not a few decades back, homosexuals were legally in the kind of territory psychiatry was created for. Further back but not so far were women who wanted to vote. I still think that's subjecting him to rather subjective standards.

the incessant plastic surgery

Now this is coming from someone who doesn't begin to fathom the purpose of cosmetic surgery in any of its manifestations - I don't think the fact that Michael Jackson has done several plastic surgery operations on himself makes him more insane that someone who has done, say a boob job or a nose job. As far as someone like me is concerned, it's totally weird to do cosmetic surgery at all. But I don't think people who have liposuctions (sp?) should be locked up. As for whether he is to understand what the problem with his behavior might be... Well, can any body other than MJ himself really claim that? Perhaps he does understand what other people might perceive as problems with his behaviour - and he chooses not to be bothered. It's something that a lot of people can relate to at some point in time or other in their lives.

::nervous giggle:: I'm beginning to come off as a total MJ apologist. :) Believe it or not, I'm not. But I just have this bad habit of always taking the side of the underdog...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 15th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not his eccentricities that are the problem. It's things like the incessant plastic surgery, the inability to understand what the problem with his behavior might be... there's something wrong there. Not just unusual, but wrong, unless it's all an act. I really am not suggesting that he be put into a mental hospital because of danger, but because from every outward appearance, he needs help, before he hurts himself or someone else (if he hasn't). Hospitals aren't punishment; they're help. I remember him in the initial phase of his superstardom. He was very bright--eccentric, yes, but very bright--and quite lucid in his public statements. Now, not so much. Of course, I don't know him and it all may be some weird effect of cameras only pointing at him while he's being ultra-bizarre. But I would say that if someone in my family changed public behavior that much, I'd be very worried about that person, and yes, if I had anything like power of attorney, I'd see to it that the person got help. Against his will if necessary. I put it callously because I just don't care about MJ particularly, but as a case in point of someone whose behavior has radically changed and kind of gone off the deep end--in ways that appear to involve some cognitive dissonance--then we're in the kind of territory that psychiatry was created for.
chocolatepot From: chocolatepot Date: June 16th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
The thing about Michael Jackson is that jail wouldn't help him. There are laods of people who are angry that he was acquitted, but really, I just feel sorry for him in the same way that I do for the Olsen twins. They never got to have a normal life, unlike stars that didn't really get noticed until they were in their twenties or so. I honestly think that he believes that he's never had any surgery, and that means that he needs psychiatric help a lot more than jail time.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: June 16th, 2005 12:45 am (UTC) (Link)
The thing about Michael Jackson is that jail wouldn't help him.

I don't think jail helps anyone. That's all about punishment. I think Jackson needs to be put in a mental hospital.
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