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13 January 2012 @ 05:59 pm
 
First, snagged from everyone:



Raise your hand if your reaction was, "Hey, who's that handsome stud on the left? And where IS Neville in that picture?"

Boys' looks morph SO much during puberty. That's living proof above.

Second (and you've probably seen this before), President Obama's rendition of a Lady Gaga song. And by "rendition," I mean that video-clip splicing can produce some amazing results.

Third, this great Meta mentioned on Real LJ Idol today: How To Be A Fan Of Problematic Things. The essay covers so many examples of awesome books/movies/TV shows that have components that are less than awesome, and it helps provide a reasonable framework for discussing rather than denying. I.e., you don't have to claim that a given creation is flawless in order to love it, or shout down others who choose to complain.

I had a great bike ride today—fastest in weeks—and I hope the new pedals will continue to behave. Nothing else of interest to report. During Monday's ride, I could see these dark blobs (like charcoal-colored water balloons) approaching from the side, which then landed in a flurry of *whump-scuttle-scuttle*. Good lord, I had no idea quail could get so fat. Wow. Nor that they're as bad at landing as taking off (since they resist flying until you're practically right on top of them). Still, even all plumped out and clueless, they're awfully cute.

Do most of you have a 3-day weekend coming up? I'm sure looking forward to it. Plenty to do around the house, and I hope there'll be some NON-doing time, too. :)

 
 
 
Destinadestina on January 14th, 2012 02:05 am (UTC)
Oh, I know I'm going to regret this, but what the hell.

The essay covers so many examples of awesome books/movies/TV shows that have components that are less than awesome, and it helps provide a reasonable framework for discussing rather than denying.

You know, there is room for fans who don't want to do either. As a fan, I can disagree that White Collar had problematic aspects last season. I can agree that sometimes, Supernatural crosses a line that annoys me in its language about women. And I absolutely defend my right not to engage in any way, shape or form about either opinion, you know? I think the zero sum game of 'if you are not discussing, you are denying' which implies a mutual exclusivity of existence in fandom, which is the not-so-subtle underlying subtext of much of fannish conversation about such things, is not productive.

/end vanishingly rare opinion

Also, hi. *g*

Edited at 2012-01-14 02:11 am (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 14th, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
I think the zero sum game of 'if you are not discussing, you are denying'

I actually didn't mean to imply that with the use of "denying." I mean that one doesn't have to deny problems in order to still love the book/movie/show. I.e., acknowledging flaws doesn't mean you don't love the entity in question.

And I agree that you don't have to discuss at all. It's okay just to enjoy, or to enjoy with reservations but not discuss those.

I suspect I should reword my hasty blurb there.

And Hi, to you too! :D
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelf: Traveling the roadembroiderama on January 14th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
Yay for a good bike ride! And I've never seen quail, I don't think, but they sound adorable.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 14th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
They really ARE cute, and they seem to be semi-incompetent as birds go. Though if you're little AND ground-dwelling AND you can fly, then by definition... you are an incompetent bird!

There's a picture of one, complete with ridiculous deely-bobber hanging down, here. That's about what ours usually look like, little pear-shaped bodies and all.

But Monday's birds were shaped more like this. Little pinhead and all! :0

Celtic_Forestceltic_forest on January 14th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC)
o/
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 14th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
Haha! Me too-- I didn't recognize him at all, even when I knew he was supposed to be there!
cindytsuki_no_bara on January 14th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
i love that neville grew up to be hot.

those quail are clearly fatting up for the winter. charcoal-colored water balloons, hee. water balloons with those deely-bopper antennae on their heads....

i do not have a three-day weekend! and i am jealous of those who do!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 14th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
i love that neville grew up to be hot.

So surprising, too, because I remember him as the goofy-looking kid he was. What happened? Where was that hiding, all those years?

those quail are clearly fatting up for the winter.
Clearly! I just didn't realize they could... have quite so much success at it. Wow. Little bunch of butterballs!

Sorry you don't have Monday off. It's a federal holiday! I thought almost everyone got those off except people in retail and food-service. :(
Kronette: Lassie-omg!kronette on January 14th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
O/ hand raised. WOW.

I don't get a holiday at work until Memorial day. *le sigh*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 14th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
:D Mine, too. Seriously, that's Neville now? HOW did that happen? He was dippy-looking! Perfect casting for his character!

Well, lucky young man, I say. :D

Aw, you don't get one of the Presidents' Day holidays, either? My office gives all the Federal holidays except for Veterans' Day, and thank goodness-- you need a little something, midwinter. :(
Kronette: Rimmer-Ride a Cowboykronette on January 14th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
I didn't think any of the lads looked bad, they were all adorably cute, then WHAM, Matthew said "eat my dust".

Nope, we get 6 days off from the company. This year, they gave us the extra Jan 2nd off, Memorial, Independence, Labor, Christmas, two at Thanksgiving. And I've been stuck at 3 weeks vacation for five years, with five more to go until I get that last extra week.
devon99 on January 14th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
I suspect that even when they are much, much older, I will still look at all the Harry Potter actors and see 'kids'.

Have a fab long weekend. Our first bank holiday weekend here in England is not until Easter!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 14th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
I will, too. Once you've seen them from childhood going forward, they're more like your own children than random people. Plus, always much, much younger.

I recently rewatched the first movie, and god-- they were all practically babies back then. So cute!
aeroport_art: GRAPE!!aeroport_art on January 15th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
Hahaha omg, Neville!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 15th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Who knew, right? :D