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My Kind of Warning

Dec. 16th, 2016 | 01:50 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: creative creative
music: Bloomberg TV

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My Review of Cursed Child, Part One (No Spoilers)

Aug. 2nd, 2016 | 11:57 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Thoughtful
music: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

I'm only 14 pages into it so I'll just post my initial thoughts.

First of all, I'm not one of those people who feels she should have just stopped. For those of you who write either original or fanfiction, how easy is it to just...stop?
Obviously, your tastes change. You regret certain decisions you made. You cringe at characters but other characters...no, they're your babies and you never truly want to let them go. Over 15 years later, I still think about my Buffy fanfiction, my X-Files fanfiction...how would I write them now? What would I change?
And they're not even a fully original entity that I created alone so...yeah, I can't fault Rowling for not wanting to fully let her babies go when I definitely wouldn't.

So, my main worries about the Cured Child boiled down to two things:

1. Don't prove Cassie Claire right.
Some of you weren't in the online Harry Potter fandom in 2006.
There were things you missed that were awesome but it also means you missed Cassie Claire and that is for the best. One of my co-workers at the time argued with me one day. She told me how I was unfair to Draco, how Draco was a victim and just needed love. I asked for canon evidence. She gave me her laptop with a novel length fanfic written by Cassie Claire. You may have read the reworking of this epic fanfic which is now known as The Mortal Instruments series. In the original version, Draco was the sympathetic protagonist and as my co-worker was quick to point out, might have ended up with Harry. He didn't but my coworker was convinced he would and the work was very Drarry friendly without actual sex and stuff between them.

Draco was more sympathetic in Deathly Hallows but I don't want Claire proved right that he's just this tortured soul that could have been good and should have been paired with Harry.

I will also always be biased because when I pointed out how stuff in the fanfic was directly from Joss Whedon stuff, my co-worker shrugged like, "Everyone knows that. It's not a big deal."
To me, it was a big deal since Serenity had basically bombed and at this point, Joss Whedon was considered a has-been by many...yeah, 2006.

2. Don't do any stupid deaths.
The way I phrased it on another LJ was that I didn't want Albus to kill Ginny...most of you will probably get that reference.

Apart from that, I really had no expectations.

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Pokemon Go

Jul. 12th, 2016 | 01:52 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: amused amused
music: Last Call with Carson Daly

One of my proudest moments on Facebook was when my nephews' cousin tagged me in a post asking, "When we doing this?" along with this meme:

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Law & Order fun

Jul. 10th, 2016 | 01:18 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: hehe
music: Chopped

A few days ago, I was watching Law & Order. A young man appeared and he reminded me a lot of Hayden Christensen but it WAS 2003 so that was the height of Hayden Christensen. Still, I thought this man MUST have grown up to be somebody. I watched a bit more and KNEW who it was.

If you want the good part, skip to 3:39.

YES, that's Sebastian Stan in his first role ever!

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Apple Warning

Jul. 8th, 2016 | 02:19 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: agravated
music: Access Hollywood Live

So, this really happens:

This is a new lightning cable but yesterday, I heard a strange sound, looked over and my iPod 4 cable was on FIRE.

Apple knows that their cable is prone to do that and what's their standard line?

The user must have bent it.

Umm, how's that cable packaged in the first place?

Yeah, that's right, you BEND it!

Please be careful of your Apple cords and replace any that have any wear to them. We aren't taking any chances any more. If it's overnight or a device is charging without supervision, it goes in a metal cake pan.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Jul. 2nd, 2016 | 01:31 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: sleepy sleepy
music: The Late Late Show with James Corden

I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows a few weeks ago.

I was looking forward to this, honestly. It looked like they were trying for more fun while being a little more true to the source materials. Plus, there was Stephen Amell.

First of all, unlike the first time we had a second TMNT sequel, there was no free puzzle foldout! I think I still have mine somewhere. I know I saw it 5 years ago or so when I was going through stuff.

It did try to be more like the animated series and they seemed more comfortable writing the turtles without being complete stereotypes but...

April is still frustrating. They had her stealing things and just... (sigh)
Like why did they have Will Arnett take all the credit instead of April? Is it because a male would be more believable?

Was Tyler Perry's character supposed to be an evil Neil deGrasse Tyson?

This actually had Laura Linney and not Laura Linney in like two crap scenes like they did Whoopi in the first one but Laura Linney was actually IMPORTANT! I was impressed...you know for a good 3-5 seconds.

Karai is still utterly wasted.

Casey had some fun parts but this definitely isn't Arrow. I have nothing against Tommy Gavin's brother/beeper man but I think the bartender should have been the original Casey. Dammit, Judith Hoag filmed a cameo and was cut.

I love how mutant creatures can just board airplanes whenever they want in this universe...I don't care that they're sneaking into the cargo hold. They're Ninjas, but they're still large turtles...really?

When they did Muhammad Ali's quote without attributing, I definitely cringed since he had JUST died.

I thought Krang was pretty good. It made me think how they could do MODOK in the Marvel films which used to seem ridiculous but not anymore, lol.

I feel like there could have been a good metaphor about when you're born a certain way or become physically deformed, people should accept you instead of you having to change for them but then...they still decide to live in the shadows so I don't like that message at all.

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Jul. 2nd, 2016 | 12:30 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Whatever
music: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

I don't feel I have to decide anything until Bernie Sanders officially drops out and that's going to be at the convention at the earliest.

I know we're supposed to automatically fall in line and be "with her" but I'm pretty disgusted by the Democrats in general right now. Their current platform is atrocious and the primaries were a disaster. The convention requirements are embarrassing, like something out of a satire about rich people.

The fact that we're expected to just do whatever the party wants us to do is what I've hated about the current Republican party so no, I don't agree with that at all. This is the United States of America where we have the freedom to believe whatever we choose, not what people tell us we HAVE to believe.

I'm going to work to get Open Primaries in all states and then, if the Democrats haven't proved themselves to be inclusive and care what the younger and/or fringe voters think, I'm dropping them. This is their official warning. You're on Notice! as the old Stephen Colbert would say.

I still want to give Hillary a fair shot if it comes to it. I'll read her book but it's going to be pretty hard to win me over. My mom's already saying things like "We're not voting for her."

We'll probably vote for Jill Stein. Someone online claimed she didn't have Bernie's values but refused to tell me what she meant by that and I can't figure it out on my own.

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Age 35

Jul. 1st, 2016 | 02:16 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: tired tired
music: Mysteries at the Museum

A month or two ago, I mentioned to someone about a study where people tend to hate things after 35 which explained the anger towards the female Ghostbusters and such...

It turns out I remembered it all wrong. It wasn't a study. It was Douglas Adams. It's still true though, just put kickass females in place of technologies:

“I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”

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Jul. 1st, 2016 | 02:08 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Sleepy
music: Mysteries at the Museum

There's a really interesting site on Magneto that's VERY thorough about every mention of his religion through his comic book existence.

Did you know that he wasn't confirmed to be a Jew until the first X-Men film in 2000?


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David Tennant Cursing

Jun. 28th, 2016 | 11:03 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Amused
music: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Come on, who doesn't want to hear David Tennant say "witless fucking cocksplat" among other things?

And if you want to see the second part, minus David Tennant but with Fawlty Towers:

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Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Jun. 28th, 2016 | 01:20 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Happy
music: Late, Late Show with James Corden

Unfortunately, it'll be too late to watch it live for most of you by the time you watch this and others of you never had that chance at all so...

Go online/DVR/other showings/other less than legal means and watch Full Frontal with Samantha Bee!

Not only has it become the funniest of the late night shows but it also finds topics no one else is discussing like the Dollar General Vs. Tribal Law case last week.

Anyway, this week has:
Doctor Who
Fawlty Towers
The Thick of It AND, this is the best part...

You remember how everyone in Scotland was Tweeting Donald Trump with these awesome Scottish putdowns like dobber and gobshite? And cursing?

Well, Samantha Bee got a Doctor to read those Tweets aloud in a proper Scottish twang...

No, not that one, not the obvious one...


It was fucking awesome.

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Personal Responsibility

Jun. 24th, 2016 | 01:02 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: tired tired
music: Late Night with Seth Myers

There's a term that has become dirty from misuse:

Personal Responsibility

Some people use it to vilify those who need financial assistance or choose abortion or didn't have life work out the way they thought it would, but...

It doesn't mean that personal responsibility can't still mean things like picking up after yourself, knowing your surroundings and accepting that you have a child to protect.

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Gee, it looks like it should be a state park or something, right? The grassy area, murky water and plentiful wildlife screams alligators to me but off to the side there, you can see the Grand Floridian.

I totally understand not kicking a person when they're already down. Obviously, the parents will be beating themselves up forever BUT...

Another part of personal responsibility is knowing that you can learn from OTHER's mistakes!

They had the older child in the playpen, that's great.

The dad was holding the toddler's hand, that's great, too.

However, they ignored the many signs about alligators AND snakes!, the No Swimming sign, the warning at check-in, the pamphlets and the many verbal warnings about the water at dusk as well as no one else being in the water because everyone else was following instructions.

Because it's great to have all those photos about how their kids were in the same water and how scary that was but all those other photos ARE DURING THE DAY! That's the whole point. Alligators are generally nocturnal and enjoy the day about as much as cats do...yes, that means a LOT of sleeping.

I've seen a lot of misinformation online which just infuriates me. It's like Steve Irwin's been dead for almost 10 years and now no one remembers anything he taught us about alligators and crocodiles.

I was worried at first about guests feeding the alligators...ILLEGAL IN FLORIDA!...but the description of the event and the boy's body all indicate normal alligator behaviour that hasn't been changed or impacted by humans.

When you're someplace away from home, you should learn what your possible dangers are. Ignoring the alligators for a moment, Florida has several species of venomous snakes, including ones that swim. There are also bacteria and disease that you could catch from strange water.

I'm saddened by all the alligators that Disney has destroyed and I hope after the fences are all put into place that it won't be as necessary.

I also hope for a day when child harnesses won't be seen as cruel. I used to think they were cruel until I had a Disney pass and saw so easy it was for TWO ADULTS to lose each other! Now, my mom and I agree that they're necessary for large populated areas and/or strange places. Of course, it wouldn't have worked here, but it would have saved the gorilla.


I saw an alligator once on Disney property but it was in one of those wooded areas they have in the EPCOT parking lot. It ran away* before I could take its picture and I never saw one after that even though I always looked on Disney property for them. However, on my 28th birthday, I saw deer in the Magic Kingdom parking lot.

*Alligators behaving normally during daylight hours when you're not impeding it from needs, like babies, SHOULD run away from you. That's natural behavior.

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And back to lighter fare...

Jun. 23rd, 2016 | 11:50 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Whatever
music: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Game Stop had a LOT of their Funko products on sale, including Dorbz so my mom purchased Aquaman because...

"He reminds me of Jesus."

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Yes, I definitely told her about the Ewan McGregor meme.

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Disney Addendum

Jun. 23rd, 2016 | 07:56 pm
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Thoughtful
music: Preacher

Disney, officially, did more than I realized on the night they had the moment of silence for Orlando. Here's the rest of it:


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Flags and Chikfila

Jun. 21st, 2016 | 02:02 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: tired tired
music: Last Call with Carson Daly

Last Monday, as we were driving in Tampa, I saw a Chikfila with its flag half-staff!

It was the first half-staff flag I had ever seen after Orlando and it was CHIKFILA!!!

I mean...you remember Chikfila, right? They fought against gay rights. They gave money to causes that battled gays. They talked about how they hated having gays marry. There were protests and counter-protests...

and four years later, their flag was half-staff and not just that location, ALL LOCATIONS!

That's actually not the best part. For those of you who don't know, since Chikfila is a very Christian based business, they believe the Sabbath to them a.k.a. Sunday is holy and it's closed.

Last Sunday, June 12, corporate ordered ALL THREE Orlando restaurants to bring in their employees to make chicken sandwiches and iced tea...free of charge...for those waiting in line to give blood. !!!

On that same Monday, I noticed that most apartment complexes in Tampa also had their flag half-staff. My mom explained that Obama had ASKED that flags be lowered. On Facebook, people weren't impressed by Chikfila because the president had ordered it but they didn't see what I saw. Florida Hospital, right across the street from the University of South Florida who counted a graduate among the victims, had their flag FULLSTAFF! In fact, they had two or three flags all at the highest height they could be. Florida Hospital is run by Seventh-day Adventists. My BFF had told me once how they were rude to him in the hospital. I thought it was a bias against young men but now I know it was his sexuality.

Two other nearby locations for Florida Hospital don't even have their flags visible from the road.

In the town I live, just 72 miles away from The Pulse...Walmart had their flag half-staff...
"At least for a little while-"
"A day or two?"

So, after Walmart stopped, there was Florida Medical Clinic, not affiliated with Florida Hospital, the banks and Betmar offices. THAT'S IT! Not even McDonalds lowered their flag to half-staff.
Then, yesterday, June 19, it seemed like everyone in my town decided that enough time had passed for everything to be fullstaff again.

But do you know who's still flying their flag halfstaff?
Chikfila and those residential communities in Tampa. I'm definitely going to be looking into whether they can leave my boycott list.

To further make my town look absolutely ridiculous and bigoted, Sons of Confederate Veterans has a Confederate flag it flies near the interstate and 301 by Brandon. It used to be the battle flag but they changed it to one of the actual Confederacy flags. It was lowered to half-staff "out of respect".
However, the president of the Hillsborough county chapter is also a county commissioner and he voted against flying the rainbow flag at the Hillsborough County Center. He lost. It was raised. I wish the reasons could have been better but it was still a victory considering the Hillsborough County Commission, under the evil guidance of Rhonda Storms, had voted to ban all gay pride events or markers in 2005.

So, of course, an anonymous employee is complaining that the flag has created a hostile work environment for her "strong Christian beliefs".

Obviously, her strong Christian beliefs don't include reading the Bible.

Romans 14:10
Why, then, do you judge your brother? Or why do you belittle your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat.

Romans 14:13
Therefore let us stop judging one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way.

Let them be happy and if they're being happy in a way God doesn't like, that's GOD's problem, NOT YOURS.

Yes, I realize my hypocrisy, but we're all sinners, that's the freaking point. Equals.

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Jun. 14th, 2016 | 01:33 am
location: My Mom's Living Room
mood: Devastated
music: Late, Late Show with James Corden

On Friday, a singer took the stage in Orlando. She was named after a singer murdered by an obsessive fan. Ten minutes away, her BFF and soul sister was killed by an obsessive fan.

That alone would be bad enough. It's Florida and it garnered national attention, international attention. Because it's always Florida and I could think maybe it's just me, maybe it just seems that way but it's not. For the 10th anniversary of The Daily Show, they compiled statistics including which stories happened in which states and which states showed up the most. Florida was #1 and it wasn't even close, at all. I don't know why.

The guy who murdered her was from St. Petersburg. This means he listened to 93.3 on the radio in the car just like my mom and me. It's disturbing especially when I think about the afternoon DJ and how he would make me feel uncomfortable with his obsessions with young female singers. The DJ would give away tickets to Selena's concert, again that very same night, but you would have to guess which body part of Selena that the DJ liked best or make a haiku about Selena.

Christina Grimmie was 22.
No one deserves to be murdered at 22.
No one deserves to be murdered.

All of that was bad enough and then, Sunday happened...just ten minutes away from the murder on Friday.

I blew up at a couple of my coworkers, including a manager, because they insisted...Terror Attack, ISIS, what have you...and I found myself wondering why. What does it matter? And I kept thinking about when Dumbledore eulogized Cedric Diggory.

"Today we acknowledge a really terrible loss. Cedric Diggory was as you all know, exceptionally hard working, infinitely fair-minded and most importantly a fierce, fierce friend. Now I think therefore you have the right to know exactly how he died. You see, Cedric Diggory was murdered by Lord Voldemort. The Ministry of Magic does not wish me to tell you this, but not to do so I think would be an insult to his memory."

You see, the Ministry of Magic wanted to hide the truth about his death. They wanted to make it into a tragic accident instead of murder by Lord Voldemort.

This is how I feel about the victims of Orlando. When people say that it was simply a terror attack, this isn't true. THEY WERE SPECIFICALLY TARGETED!

They were Latino/Latinx/Hispanic.
They were either part of the LGBTQUIA+ community or aligned with them.

To not admit this is to insult their memory. They were brave just by walking into those doors and accepting themselves. They were martyred for how God made them, not their nationality. They were murdered for being different.

However, people like the terrorism angle. They like to pretend the victims weren't gay or they would have to admit that they're not Cedric Diggory or Dobby or anyone else who bravely perished in the Harry Potter series. They haven't even redeemed themselves to fill Snape's role. No, these people are akin to the Dursleys and the Blacks.
The Dursleys would rather physically and mentally abuse a child, imprison said child and deny his self than admit that their nephew was born different. The Blacks bullied their son into continuing their values and beliefs until he ran away and they disowned them.
The LGBTQIA+ community knows all about Dursleys and Blacks. They all have their own stories. Some end happily and some end in suicide or murder.

I was also worried about whether the media would show the victims. Brown skinned victims usually aren't what they prefer. It's so easy just to show the shooter of Afghan descent since that's the narrative they want...that everyone with brown skin must either be a terrorist or an illegal immigrant or both.

Today, I was saddened to see that my Harry Potter thoughts were more apt than ever...


He may have said his Favorite Class was Defense Against the Dark Arts and his Favorite Spell was Avada Kedavra but he was a true Gryffindor if anyone is deserving of that title.

Today, the Forbidden Journey was closed in mourning.
Luis was also just 22.

"Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good and kind and brave because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort."

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