amari_z: (scully)
I grew up reading a lot of adventure stories, fairy tales and myths, and I was one of those girls who generally identified far more with the male characters than female--because, really, it was the male characters who got to do the fun things. March is Women's History Month, and so here is my random list of fictional females that I grew up loving. Not history you say? Ah, but it's my history, and I am female, ergo . . . .

Okay, some disclaimers/explanations: It's not meant to be any kind of feminist empowerment theory list, but is strictly based on my own personal quirks and exposures. And it's by no means complete, since, well, I'm just forgetful that way. I'm also not including any contemporary works (which is probably far, far richer territory), but stuff that I saw/read in my more formative years--for the most part. In no partiular order:

The list )

Mmm. Sadly, that was a lot harder than I thought, and I'm rather hoping I'm just being really forgetful.

So who are yours?

A little more on point, coming soon (maybe): Historical Women Made of Awesome.
amari_z: (jack)
While I do realize that The Daily Show is not exactly news (although perhaps a little more news-like than Fox News), I found it pathetically telling that when Jon Stewart asked his Monday night guest, soon-to-be-former Rhode Island Senator Lincoln Chafee (one of the last of the very nearly extinct breed of “moderate” Republicans) to name one thing Congress has done in the last five years that it could be proud of, the answer was silence. It was funny at first, but after about 30 seconds or so, when the man couldn’t come up with one damn thing, it was just really, really sad. (National pet a fish day? Ordering four new trees to be planted in some park somewhere? Anything? ). The senator was clearly at a loss—it wasn’t just a joke. Christ.

You can watch the interview here.



amari_z: (monchrome flowers)
Part of my ongoing attempt not to work at work. I’ve been writing this post for what feels like months and it keeps growing. No attempt at profound analysis here, I just like to keep track of what I’ve been reading and watching.

Movies

Flags of our Fathers and Stranger than Fiction )

Books

Inheritance of Loss, The Places in Between, Icarus Girl, and others )

Television

I don’t normally watch a lot of television, but with the use of DVR, I’m either watching more, or at least I’m watching things I’m deliberately choosing. I’ve started watching Ugly Betty, which I love so far, although I’ve only seen a few episodes (and if anyone watches this show—what is deal with the woman who everyone thinks is dead but has her face wrapped in bandages??). I’ve also watched a few episodes of Brothers and Sisters, which I wouldn’t have thought would appeal to me, but which I’m liking in an emo-porn kind of way.

I'm also still watching Heroes, which I'm loving even more, as well as BSG, with which I have a love-hate relationship. It's rather like a bad child--so much potential, can't help but love it, but all too often a train wreck.

TV and me

Feb. 7th, 2006 11:49 am
amari_z: (buster)
I've been realizing lately that I don't actually like TV that much. Hmm. What I do watch:

Gilmore Girls (but I'm often still at work, so I miss it)
Battlestar Galactica
Simpsons (If I'm home)
Boondocks (if I happen to remember)
Occasional episode of Law & Order, because never bad, but seems to always be on
Daily Show/Colbert Report Because--do I even need to explain?
Occasional documentaries and news shows

Shows I used to watch, but don't really anymore:
Everwood (not sure why--it's probably that I've missed too much of it by being at work and a lot of the teenage angst just annoys me)
Smallville (I liked it in the beginning, but now it just seems very stupid. I stopped watching completely during the second (or third?) season
Stargate SG-1 (used to watch this fairly regularly--but now it just seems boring; I've watched an occasional ep of Atlantis, it's okay, but doesn't grab me)
[Edit--I forgot The West Wing (I used to adore this show, but lost interest around the time Sorkin left--or maybe a little before. I think it's still on.)]

Shows I would watch religiously if evil networks had not canceled them before their time:
Arrested Development (wails)
Dead Like Me (damn you showtime! I would have actually subscribed to your stupid channel)

And if you want to go back in time:
Firefly
Furturama
Pinky and the Brain (where are my dvds, damn you!)

I'm sure I'm missing stuff, but that's all I can think of. (I'm not counting things like X-files that got canceled after self-destructing).

amari_z: (china)
As I was waiting for the elevator this morning, I saw the headline flash across the big TV screen in our building lobby: "Bush refuses to recognize Hamas government." My understanding from other stuff I've read is that the situation is more complicated than that, but the headline made me laugh a little, though not really in humor.

Fascinated by history as I am, I sometimes think to myself that "democracy" is the new "Christianity"--the excuse of empire for imperialism. I find it deeply ironic, after all the rhetoric for the need to spread democracy throughout the world as some kind of immediate and magical panacea, that Bush is finally having to realize that democracy might actually mean letting people pick what they want, not what he dictates. Hmm--oh wait, but didn't he learn the same things from Hatti where he and dad overthrew a democratically elected president and left chaos in their wake? And what about Iran, and what about-- But, well, slow learner.

I also have to laugh because if it was fair game to just not recognize elections you didn't like, I would be renouncing this administration all over the place (assuming of course, it was legally elected, which it seems is quite an assumption to be making).

Ok, done with the vague and probably obtuse political talk. On a completely different tangent, the movie The Ref was on TV last night and I was surprised to see two Law & Order psychologists making an appearance--and even more surprised that I noticed, since such things generally escape me. B.D. Wong played "Dr. Wong" (uh huh) marriage counselor--better known to me as Dr. Huang on SVU, and J.K. Simmons, who plays Dr. Skoda on the original, played the son's school's commandant. Weird.

amari_z: (snow smal trees)
I've been watching the season 1 dvds of Dead Like Me and love the show. I actually liked it so much that I was contemplating ordering showtime just to watch it (and I've never had a premium channel, refusing to fork over yet more money to the stupid cable company--in fact up until fairly recently I didn't even have regular cable, I only got it because I had to pay nearly the same amount for high speed internet without the cable--stupid thieving cable company). Lo and behold, it turns out, that like most actually good TV shows, Dead Like Me has been canceled.

I have the second (and last) season dvds, but now I don't want to watch them, because then there will be no more. Idiot networks.


Oh, but woke up to snow--first time this winter in the city.

amari_z: (bamboo)
Despite loving Firefly, I have no interest in reading Firefly fanfic. This shocking phenomenon occasionally occurs when I really like the original of something. Sometimes the feeling vanishes after a period of low resistance in which I succumb to something well written, but occasionally it has remained. I have yet to read any Harry Potter fic, and the very thought makes my skin crawl. I can't really bring myself to read any Lord of the Rings fic, whether book or movie, although I occasionally have deluded visions of writing something about Aragorn's death as viewed by his son (it really is all about the appendices)--but given my inability to write anything these days, thankfully, I easily resist.

For HP and LotR, part of the distaste is probably from the monstrous nature of the fandoms themselves, but I don't think that's the only reason. While I will in fact read almost anything when I'm trying to procrastinate on my life (which means I will pretty much read anything at anytime), the fandoms I tend to really like are those where the original material is flawed. Disappointment in squandered potential, that's the key. Weiss, Phantom Menace--both sucked in their way, but both were full of such potential in their own way too (okay, in Weiss' case it wasn't so much potential as it was improbably silly opportunities). This, however, is not a universal rule (I am nothing if I am not inconsistent). For example, Hornblower--I love the books and movies and I still want the fanfic. Although as yet, I don't have even the delusion of wanting to write it.
amari_z: (buster)
I finally watched Firefly. I started because everyone was talking about it and I gave into curiosity, despite the fact that I've never been interested in BtVS or AtS. I know it seems like everyone and their cousin is in love with this show--but I have to comment: could a TV show be any better? I really wonder. That's all.

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