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scythe_of_time
02 November 2012 @ 11:42 pm
I've been persuaded recently to move to Dreamwidth, so this is my announcement saying I'll be doing that. Same name, same indignant ranting.
 
 
 
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1. Setting/plot: steampunk Vatican uses "ancient technology" (read: cyborgs with all manners of implants, CDs, advanced tracking systems, cruise missles) to kill vampires.

"Ancient technology!!!!" is usually called out (with multiple gasps!), but it's still difficult to discern what is AT and what isn't, and why so much of it survived the rarely-referenced Armaggedon. Computer-controlled airships and holograms are standard, but no one understands how a heat-seeking missle works? Really?

2. I can have a steady conversation with my partner and still know what's going on in the show. There's about 250% more exposition than needs to be given, and characters are constantly explaining not only their actions, but their costars'. It's like they think they have an audience with an average age of five when it comes to plot details, but then they ramp up the gore and violence to--an admittedly beautifully-drawn--eleven.

3. The main character is a vampire-version of Vash from Trigun. Other characters range from fairly interesting to annoying, but their allegiances and motives are always obvious (see pt. 2).

4. And finally, my favorite, the dialogue!
a. The resident Arnold-sounding android says, "I will terminate you" twice in about a minute.
b. "Sir! The Thrust Bomb! It's ... it prematurely exploded!"
 
 
 
scythe_of_time
11 October 2012 @ 10:40 am
For those of you who think that this impassioned speech by Austrialian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was defending Peter Slipper's actions: You are missing the point.
 
 
 
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01 October 2012 @ 08:44 pm
Pharm Tech: So this new medication of yours shouldn't have many side effects.
Me: But I take valporic acid and lithium for bipolar disorder, both of which this medication contradicts.
Pharm Tech: Oh. Er. Well, then. Um...
Me: Just.. please tell me what the side effects are. Are they any different in my situation?
Pharm Tech: Yes, actually. Are you taking this for depression?
Me: Yes.
Pharm Tech: Oh. Well, since you have BP, watch out - this might actually make your depression worse. If you suddenly have suicidal thoughts, get to the hospital. Physical side effects include dizzyness, nausea, headaches--
Me: Sounds pretty standard.
Pharm Tech: --but if you see any rashes on your face and chest, get to the hospital. One type indicates a common allergic reaction. The other will get into your lungs and kill you within a few hours.
Me: How will I know what the regular rash looks like as opposed to the fatal one?
Pharm Tech: Oh, trust me, honey, you'll know! *wink wink*
Me: No. No, I won't. What does it look like?
Pharm Tech: Don't worry! You can't miss it! It will be spreading too fast for you to not notice!
Me: FFFFFFFUUUUUUUU...
 
 
 
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Why it boggles my mind that people still stare at me blankly when I say that the health care system in the U.S. is deplorable:
Several nations including Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Italy recognize post partum mental illness as a mitigating factor in cases where mothers kill their children.[26] In the United States, such a legal distinction is not currently made.[26] Britain has had the Infanticide Act since 1922.

From Wiki, here.
 
 
 
scythe_of_time
26 April 2012 @ 01:47 pm
Disclaimer: This is a stream-of-consciousness rant. I'm not really trying to unpack anything yet, but writing it out helps.

Do not attempt to pacify the raging hellbeast formerly known as your friend...Collapse )
 
 
 
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15 April 2012 @ 02:32 pm
Apparently the newest star in The Mom Wars is Mitt Romney. First, he and his wife, Ann, extol her $3 million "choice" to stay home and raise their kids (with a nanny, the internet has noticed and judged) as the most dignified work she could have ever pursued, to counter Ms. Rosen's comments stating that Ann "has never worked a day in her life."

But, unfortunately for Mitt, he said this in January:
“While I was governor,” Romney said, “85 percent of the people on a form of welfare assistance in my state had no work requirement. I wanted to increase the work requirement. I said, for instance, that even if you have a child two years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless,’ and I said ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving daycare to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.’”

He's talking about a bill he signed into law in Massachusetts (which was later made national by Bill Clinton) which forces mothers in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to fulfill a "work requirement," which is clearly not parenting.

These are totally compatable, right? Right?
 
 
 
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I am becoming increasingly annoyed with people who state, "I hate a Particular Group! Insert right that everyone should have that pretty much defines Particular Group's struggle, which I am clearly taking for granted!" In the circles I run in, this happens with a startling frequency.

Case in point: "All these feminist and Lesbians groups destroyed women in our society. I don’t give a darn how a woman/girl dresses or behave no MAN HAS THE RIGHT TO VIOLATE HER BODY."

/headdesk

(Source unlinked to because dear God, the mind-bending stupid. It burns, it burns us, precious, and I don't want to click on it in my journal years later only to see red again.)
 
 
 
scythe_of_time
02 February 2012 @ 10:06 pm
"i instead saved my venom and deep-seated hatred for when i was at home in the safety of my room with my dolls, pitting malibu barbie against hula barbie in a hair-pulling screaming match for ken's neutered male plastic affection."

Can you believe that's from a parenting advice piece? I love it.
 
 
 
scythe_of_time
10 December 2011 @ 11:13 pm
So I saw this image on Postsecret the other day, and the thought, "that's me" hit me like a brick to the stomach. The resemblance is freakish: I part my hair that way (yes, even today), I owned/loved that sweater at age 15-16, and that's pretty much the shape of my mouth.

If this is me, someone who knew me at that age well enough to take a picture of me still holds me up as a paragon of their faith despite mine own (secretly) being on shaky ground.

...And I don't know why, but that freaks me out.

EDIT: Mom says it's not me on account of the different foreheads. Hm!