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04 May 2010 @ 12:45 pm
What the world needs now...  
is a bunch of Sue Sylvester icons with the I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome I am! quotation on them.

Can't guarantee I'd be brave enough to use one—it'd be kind of like my Ice-T Smackdown icon, which I love but find I more want to use when I'm agreeing with someone about Dumbness Elsewhere, and then I worry that the person might think the smackdown was directed at them. I don't know. I guess I don't tend to get really ranty-pants very often, or very ME-ME-ME-OMG-I'M-AWESOMESAUCE! However, I thought I'd spread the Sue icon idea as a public service. ;)

We finally saw last week's Fringe ("Brown Betty"), which was fascinating. I loved the look of the episode, even with the incongruities such as cell phones and computers (Stoned!Walter apparently doesn't think 8-year-olds require much in the way of historical continuity in story-telling. Or maybe doesn't even realize that he's intermixing!) Olivia just looked gorgeous in that getup (and more slender than usual, which makes me think her regular wardrobe is intended to "bulk her up" a bit). With all the makeup, the resemblance between Anna Torv and the woman who plays her sister was even stronger. Astrid looked wonderful, though I prefer her regular hair, and Lance Reddick in the bluesy getup singing at the piano—be still my heart! I like that Walter's story was an abstraction of the real problem that's worrying him and Olivia, and that all the pain and pathos still came through. Plus, the singing corpses—so wonderfully wrong! All in all, a fascinating and creative episode. \o/

I had a lot of mixed feelings about last night's House, M.D. ("The Choice"), however. I loved the karaoke scene (the cane! The backup singing!). But the show seemed to be talking out of both sides of its mouth on the issue of sexuality.

How is it that Thirteen, who is bisexual, rushes to decide that their patient is GAY rather than bisexual? What, there are no bisexual men? He might have been gay, but who knows for sure? Between the he-said/he-said history with the roommate and the vehemence of the guy's insistence on marrying his fiance, there was no way to tell whether he was gay and in denial, bisexual and in denial, or truly had just the one drunken fling and was so homophobic that he wanted to kill all future possibilities.

I thought it was especially repugnant to have Thirteen being the one to make such sweeping assumptions about him, because that tarnishes her character and it seems unrealistic for a bisexual woman. And I hope to god that when Chase asked when she would "choose" that he meant "choose one person that you intend to settle down with, of either sex" rather than choose to restrict her sexuality to either men or women but not both. Probably not— I've run into both straight and gay people who think bisexuality is a myth. However, since I also know actual bisexuals, I figure they know more about themselves than a bunch of people on the sidelines who aren't them. Sure be nice if the rest of the world offered the same courtesy. :(

The whole "choosing your sexuality" thing bugs me, and the fact that people still think you can be cured of being gay (and they do—I run into them on other web locales, bunches of people who think that being gay is a choice and that the minimal "I guess she's kind of hot" that they feel over Beyonce or whatever is the same degree of attraction that gay people feel toward their own sex, and are therefore just choosing wrongly. Gah!)

I've always said that people who believe homosexuality can be "cured" should be obliged to marry those "cured" people themselves and see exactly how well their relationship gets beyond the platonic level. You want to make that kind of demand on other people, you suffer the consequences right along with them.

On a totally different note (back to the show again), I don't like this direction Taub is taking, and I think he deserves to have his butt kicked multiple times over. I wish the show hadn't made his wife so needy (she seems to have no interests outside being a housewife, and she doesn't want kids). Maybe she isn't enough for him (maybe she lacks "self"), but since he's a philanderer there's really no way to know whether ANY wife would be wrong for him, or just this particular one. Regardless, I want her to find out and call it quits on their marriage. Yeah, adultery is one of my moralistic areas...

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getting the chocolate in the peanut butterdotfic on May 4th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
I like your Sue Sylvester icon idea very much. *G*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heart - greenhalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
I so wish I didn't suck at making icons! I have a one in my "stable" of userpics that I would put a caption on, but I don't have good software to do that (it comes out blurry). The caption would be "Oh no you didn't", and you can probably guess which icon would be the base. ;)
getting the chocolate in the peanut butterdotfic on May 4th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Here, I put this one together, is that what you had in mind?
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on May 5th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
Hee, that's so awesome!

How do you get the text not to be blurry? That's the problem I usually have (though I don't have any graphics packages-- Ulead was on my old PC, and now I have just the MS Art and MS Picture functions. Must load Adobe Photoshop!
getting the chocolate in the peanut butterdotfic on May 5th, 2010 12:40 am (UTC)
I'm using Adobe Photoshop Elements, which is waaay cheaper than PSP but has many of the same functionalities.

tbh, I'm utterly lost how to get text to look good on usericons, but here I added a few screen layers to lighten the background a little, flattened the layers, and then added the text layer. Then I dupelicated the text layer several times to darken it.

My text doesn't look *crisp* enough, but it's not too fuzzy, I think?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Happy Hedgiehalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, hadn't though about duplicating the text OR the contrast issue!

The text isn't fuzzy, though something like neon green might be a better color contrast. That's always a troublesome area-- sometimes neither white nor black is easy to see, and "high-contrast" colors are sometimes ugly.

I need to load my Adobe whatever onto the new computer and play with it (haven't tried it out), though my daughter thinks its only purpose is to put her brother's head on a dog...
getting the chocolate in the peanut butterdotfic on May 5th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Oh, and feel free to snag the Sue icon.

I'm making a general usericon post soon, and I'll include the Sue one in it (crediting you for the inspiration *G* -- although we can't be the first people to do a "can't hear you" icon for her, surely?)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Awesome Suehalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
although we can't be the first people to do a "can't hear you" icon for her, surely?

I haven't seen any before now, and I'm surprised-- if ever there was a character convinced of her superiority, it's Sue. Along with any number of loony bosses in past comedy shows, but she has the distinction of being female and NOT a boss, which increases her awesomeness factor all the more.. \o/
B: Cozy - BBMstrifechaos on May 6th, 2010 07:57 am (UTC)
The Sue icon would be pretty fantastic. I have a couple icons where I'd like to find situations where I could use them, (like my SGA John "bite me" one but well I don't want the person to think I mean them) but constantly fail to find occasions to put them to good/entertaining use. So I feel your awesome-but-lacking-appropriate-situation-for-usage-icon-pain. :)

"The Choice" didn't have a very clear storyline, in my opinion, something House seems to be suffering from lately. This episode left me feeling sorta horrible for the ex-boyfriend/one-night-stand(?). He seemed really sweet.

And yeah, I'm not a huge fan with where they're taking Taub's character either. His wife does seem very needy/clingy, like you mentioned but if that's not what he desires/requires in a spouse then I think he needs to step up and admit it instead of stringing her along. Mind you, I don't have any experience in being married, but the character seems to be very roller-coaster-y with being faithful to his wife, having an affair, promising to be faithful, and then having another affair. Of course, infidelity has a major squick factor for me though so that's a major motivator in my dislike for this storyline.

The "choosing your sexuality" storyline bothered me as well. I was disturbed by the character thinking he could "cure" himself of being gay, and even more saddened because there are actually people who believe and do that sort of stuff in hopes of "fixing themselves". :( I felt really terrible for his (ex)-fiancée when he acted like it was no big deal, when clearly to him it was, I mean if you feel the need to go get brainwashed and have unbalanced people perform medical procedures on you then it's more of an issue then you're implying to the lady you "want" to marry.

And while I'm sure all the drinking adventures were meant to imply that House is now becoming an alcoholic, I was deeply entertained by the boys getting up there and performing karaoke. The cane as a prop was priceless. And I'm not gonna lie, I love it when we have scenes with House and Chase and they get to be snarky but generally get along with one another.

Fringe I'm still several episodes behind on, and desperately need to catch up. I mostly watch for the Peter and Walter moments than for the actual plot though, they're just so adorable together.

Edited at 2010-05-06 07:57 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Awesome Suehalfshellvenus on May 6th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
So I feel your awesome-but-lacking-appropriate-situation-for-usage-icon-pain. :)
I'm so glad, because I often feel like I come out on the "wimpy" end of the spectrum rather than not being a yeller or not wanting to offend. Though I AM offending from time-to-time, unintentionally, which makes me cringe.

This episode left me feeling sorta horrible for the ex-boyfriend/one-night-stand(?). He seemed really sweet.
He so clearly loved the patient (yeah, I've forgotten his name already), and the patient was a total dick to him, and there was no way of knowing how deep that relationship had gone. But his feelings were never in doubt.

Adultery is a major squick for me, too. It causes so much pain to the other party in the marriage, and we (the media, entertainment, people) tend to either exploit or trivialize that pain.

The open-marriage thing from the prior week bugged the hell out of me (and Sarah Wayne Callies looked so awful that I didn't recognize her, though of course she was supposed to be on the verge of death the entire episode). If it's truly open on both sides, I'm not sure why people stay married. But usually, one partner is "going along with it" and suffering in silence. Ugh!

And while I'm sure all the drinking adventures were meant to imply that House is now becoming an alcoholic
Actually, I think it was probably coincidental that he was invited out to two different bars (via Wilson's bribes). The lesbian bar one, though, again... while I'm sure that would have appeal to him (and men like him who fantasize that hot chicks are just making out right and left, ooh the voyeuristic opportunities!), it's very disrespectful of the other women at the bar. They're not a sideshow attraction for straight men-- they're out living their lives. Really, the way that whole episode handled 13's character was as if SHE had no understanding of what it was to be gay/bisexual, which is pretty darn bad writing.

I mostly watch for the Peter and Walter moments than for the actual plot though, they're just so adorable together.
:D I know there are others just like you! I mainly have watched because I love Walter's exquisite brand of weirdness (the two fics I wrote channeling him were SO much more fun than I'd expected), and then I also find Olivia utterly aweson and have a weakness for Lance Reddick. But the Walter/Peter interaction is another huge reason for watching, even moreso in S2 where the affection has emerged rather than just the exasperation.

The plots are often ridonkulous, but I love the characters. Peter Weller guest-starred recently (fascinating episode), and I had random sofa-glee over the fact that they'd used Gary Neuman's "Down in the Park" under one of the scenes, and it was perfect. \o/
B: Headache - SGAstrifechaos on May 11th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Adultery is a major squick for me, too. It causes so much pain to the other party in the marriage, and we (the media, entertainment, people) tend to either exploit or trivialize that pain.
Exactly! It annoys me how often times cheating is shown as something that is bound to happen eventually, and not a huge deal. Especially when it becomes the person who was cheated on that is the Big Bad, because they "won't" just get over it and accept the adulator's apology. It's one of those subjects that anytime it comes up in a show/book my skin just crawls.

I mainly have watched because I love Walter's exquisite brand of weirdness
He really is adorable sometimes. ^_^ I just want to snuggle him, and I do love how the affection between father and son has really come out in the second season, like you mentioned. It makes my insides just melt when Peter gives Walter that fond smile.

The plots are often ridonkulous
Couldn't agree more. It's one of those shows I just can't explain to people who haven't seen it without the looking at me like I've slipped my long-sleeved white jacket and need to be returned to my padded room.

but I love the characters.
And that, for me, tends to be a huge driving factor for a lot of the shows I watch. I can deal with plots and storylines that demand I ignore previous canon events, realistic expectations of how the world works or even y'know physics -- as long as the characters are lovable and the cast has chemistry with one another.