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Finally, I return to my first viewing of Star Trek: The Original Series. I have, alas, not managed to locate the first episode, but I have found the second! And so, I embark...

Where No Man Has Gone Before (Star Trek Episode #2)Collapse )

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So, turns out that I made a whole bunch of Avatar: The Legend of Korra icons the other day! They're all of my favorite character, Chief Lin Bei Fong, daughter of Toph. Feel free to use any of them that you like, leave feedback, use them as bases, etc. Just let me know if you take any, please! Thanks!

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Ok, so, I'm a jerk, and while I've made out my list to discuss the various relationships in Whedon productions, I haven't actually written the essay in question. But on the other hand, I have a new poem! I just fail at meter. :| I have the images I want, but I need to rearrange to make a meter function, I think. Now how to go about that... That's the trick. Anyone want to help? 8D;;

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Later this weekend, I'm going to write up a discussion of feminism and relationships in Joss Whedon shows, particularly Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Mostly Buffy. If you have things you'd like me to look into/address in that, feel free to post comments here and I'll try to make sure they get talked about in the post. :D

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I think I've come up with a slightly better way to organize this wall of text, so hopefully people can find the bits that they actually care about a little easier.

And now! I give you! Star Trek Episode #5: The Enemy WithinCollapse )

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Star Trek.... One of the Space Adventures television series I have not yet seen, and really had very little intention of seeing. Up until my first year of college, I had simply known of it as that weird old show that my grandfather used to shoo us out of the living room so he could watch it by himself. It was one of those things which every geek was supposed to know of, but in my efforts to fit in, I had scorned, along with the "best" of the snobs. Not that it made me more appealing to that elite crowd, but I tried. So when I first watched "The Wrath of Khan", it was my first real introduction to the wildly inconstant, incredibly complicated universe of Star Trek.

I have since grown to love the movies, and have enjoyed the very few episodes of Next Generation I have seen, been rather neutral about the episodes of Enterprise I've seen. But I had yet to see any of the original series which so snatched at the American imagination the second time the show aired and has generated so many die-hard fans over the years.

Recently, we discovered that our local public library had in stock the DVDs of most of (if not all) of Original Trek and, on a nerdy whim, we checked out quite a few of them. In watching them, I found myself taking notes and thought that I might compile my thoughts on my journey through the Final Frontier here, where I could get at them later and see what other people thought of them. I'm going to try and go through them in the chronological order of the series, but as the library doesn't have all of them in at the same time, I may be forced to backtrack occasionally. I note, I didn't watch them in chronological order, mostly, so the length of my commentary may fluctuate depending on my emotions, my confusion, when I watched it, and what writing surface I had available at the time. ;D

And so we begin with episode four, ominously titled... Mudd's WomenCollapse )

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I have to say, I was extremely disappointed with this episode. It was one long patriarchal muck-up except for the one possible exception of Kirk's revelation. I had to stop the episode multiple times in order to froth and yell at the screen and discuss it with my fellow viewers. And, to make it better, I'm told that this is the one villain who makes a reappearance in this show. Wonderful. I'm sure I'll despise him just as much then. Even if I own the series later in my life, I will never watch this episode again. Not unless I really need to be angry at something for a while.

PS - if anyone has formatting suggestions that they'd care to make, please feel free to do so. ...Maybe I'd better cut down on my notes.





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Mood: indescribable indescribable

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Exercise: The Biggest Losers Power Walk DVD - 3 miles and a cooldown
Cleaning: Sweep and Mop kitchen and entry, sweep bathroom and dining

Accomplished so far: 1 mile - 3:29 pm
Kitchen/entry swept - 4:07
Mile 2 - 5:09
Kitchen/entry mopped - 5:30
3/4 more strenuous mile and cooldown - 6:17

Exercising, focus, returning to resident managershipCollapse )

Another Utah-related blog coming soon!

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I just had a dream in which women were getting targeted by ninjas. But not any ninjas. Hairstylist ninjas. They would be walking home at night and would suddenly find a knife at their throat and a growly, masculine American accent telling them to sit down and put their hands out to the sides where he can see them and not move. The women comply and suddenly there are two razor-sharp knives slicing their hair into neat, attractive, short styles. They would then see a dark-clad shape vanish off over the rooftop of the nearest residence and they'd be free to move, call the police, etc.

I think I was an undercover cop investigating these strange reports. We suspected the Asian salon which sat beside an Asian-run grounds maintenance company. (With typical dream logic, the salon felt like it was in a large city, and the maintenance company and the two houses next to it felt like they were in a suburb. In waking life, I'm rationalizing this as one of those places where there were three houses that refused to sell their lots to contractors, so there's a little pocket of green lawn and house or two between high-rise apartment/shop buildings on either side.) So I made an appointment at the salon as a meek and timid young housewife to have my hair (which was long and a little split-endy anyway) done.

It was a nice place. The entry emphasized the Asian staff, but they had a sleek, modern waiting area and an interestingly modular salon area. ...Where Lady Gaga was having her hair done. I think I bumped into her, or she into me, and I apologized so quietly and with such a frightened look on my face that she burst out laughing and called me Ice, because I froze up so easily. She was rather bossy and wound up being there the entire time I was in the salon. I think it was she who told them what they should do with my hair, and with my super timid persona I sure wasn't going to tell her no. So I think they wound up washing and trimming my hair and then braiding it into ten thick braids that sort of fell in a radial pattern around my head, and then wound them into this elaborate cap type thing that was so tightly interwoven that it didn't need pins to stay in place. Mostly I remember sitting in traumatized horror while two or three women collaborated with Gaga over my scalp and "Bad Romance" played loudly over the speaker system. I think she even brought in strobing, multi-colored dance floor lights and danced around while consulting. Apparently this was her favorite salon? But this was not exactly normal for them. At any rate, I don't remember paying for it.

The next part I seem to think was that same night, but I think it was also walking back from the hair salon, and I know that didn't take all day, and my hair was not in that elaborate concoction anymore - it was long and lying down my back again. So... bwa? Dream logic, I guess.

But I definitely got jumped by the hair ninja. He gave me a cut long enough to be twisted up if I needed to, but much shorter than my current hairstyle, and shaped it quite nicely. And as he was bounding away, I leaped after him and managed to snag his ankle. He didn't try to cut me or anything. Just struggled and kicked and did some martial arts. I'm sure it would have been very cinematic if it hadn't been from my viewpoint. Ninja in black doing martial arts to try and get away from a woman in a torn skirt who was returning and blocking his blows, mostly. Finally I think I managed to get across to him that I didn't want to hurt him, I just wanted to figure out what was going on, and we stopped fighting. (My hair still looked marvelous.)

Turned out that he was both the secret manager of the hair salon and the main contractor for the maintenance company. We wound up walking y his show house and having breakfast with his wife in his kitchen, and there was some sort of awesome Rube Goldburg machine having to do with his show house for his company, and I think he just couldn't stand women not taking care of their hair or something. He never would have hurt them, but he couldn't exactly tell them to stop and for the love of little chickens let him cut their hair. And all his family were secret ninjas. It was awesome.

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Ok, so, looking at my icons, I realized that I'm getting dissatisfied with my default icon.  I've had it for a while, and I need a better "I'm a librarian/editor/lover of books and grammar" icon. So I sort of wandered Google images and messed with a few on Picnik.com to make a few. ... If by a few I mean 18. *cough* So here they are, under the cut, with my disclaimer and requests for usage.
 

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Dear World: why so grey? You're making me even more tired than usual, which means that I didn't get halfway through my workout before I just sort of collapsed on the floor and stared aimlessly at the TV stand for a few minutes and shut off the DVD. I'd really appreciate some sun or something.


Dear Me: why so freaking tired? You got plenty of sleep last night, and there was exercise yesterday, so I'm sure it was pretty solid sleep for most of the night. Get it together, please!
P.S. - you're uncoordinated and unmotivated and ugly. And I hate you. >:


Today's Task:.... everything?
Likelihood of accomplishing task: zero to nil

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Eh. Ok. Done whining now. Today's a wash. Will try to do better tomorrow.

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