sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Neville Magpie.)
( Oct. 9th, 2006 06:17 pm)
This weekend my keyboard started going incredibly wonky. Lowercase f becomes f+return. Lowercase g appears not where you type if but in the middle of random words pages away. V adds enter, Enter adds a v and a hyphen. Uppercase R highlights whole sections which are then deleted if you hit another key. Uppercase N just deletes the whole document. And m causes the cursor to run off down the document one letter at a time and make you chase it.

Needless to say, I am awaiting a new keyboard and hope this will stop.

I was having a thought about Numb3rs this week that sort of applies to fandom in general. This past week Alan, father of Charlie the Math Genius, is getting on his case about doing grown-up things like taking care of household repairs. This turns out to be a cover that he's worried Charlie isn't going to get married and have children and might instead turn out "like Larry," his weird physicist friend. Turns out Charlie has had the same fears. Not only did I find that a pretty disappointing thing to learn they think about their friend, I thought it was a profound misunderstanding of who Larry is. What about Larry? )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Totem)
( Jun. 11th, 2005 01:54 pm)
I was thinking about Star Wars this morning. Recently I read a conversation where a number of people said, "I couldn't care less about Han Solo." Now, I happen to love Han, but I didn't find this a shocking confession, especially given the way they explained it. They liked the Skywalkers because it was their story. I had to agree. While I love Han in the OT, I would always say that SW is Luke's story, along with Vader's. Leia is also a bigger part of it than Han is. Han gets involved with them and affects events (a perfect example obviously being when he knocks Vader out unexpectedly so Luke can get to the Death Star), but his personal development runs on a completely separate track from the main storyline. It's a subplot that could pretty much lift right out--it's really just extra that Lucas gave him a clear arc of his own, and in the end that arc is rightfully pushed to the background so Luke and Vader can have their final confrontation. Even the first time I saw RotJ I noticed that Han didn't have much to do, but while I'd liked to have had a better storyline than the Ewoks, I thought the resolution of Luke's story was more important, and that was done well.

In the prequels I was pleased that Lucas resisted the urge to stick in a young!Han to go along with young!Boba Fett and younger!Chewie. I'm sure a random scene where Lucas managed to have a boy on a street we could recognize as Han would have been a crowd-pleaser, but I'm glad that there was hint of Han whatsoever in the prequels, beyond what was, imo, an obvious foreshadowing nod to him and the world he lives in by Obi-Wan when he killed Grievous with the help of a good blaster by his side ("so uncivilized").

Anyway, this got me thinking about why I like Han for all these reasons, because I realized the same is true for what is probably my favorite character in the series, R2D2. They don't believe in luck/fate. )
I was having an annoying conversation today on TORC about Movie!Frodo. It really amazes me how casually judgmental and cold-hearted people can be. And yes, I know he's a fictional character, but the points being made are about wider principles in general.

Movie Frodo... )
Ugh. Got no sleep last night. I might as well have gotten up and written this at 3am because I could not sleep. Is there anything more depressing than lying awake all night and then hearing the garbage truck rumbling down the street to tell you it's almost time to get up?

Anyway, this gets back to Frodo and Sam in ROTK. There's certain interpretations of the way these two are in ROTK that I see all over the place--in fact, before I saw the movie this is the way their characters were presented to me. It's frustrating not only because it's inaccurate, but something else. Figuring out the "something else" led me to an idea I never thought I'd arrive at, which was that in some ways slash can really suck. )
So I saw ROTK again with my friend who's a newbie and her reactions were pretty interesting, I thought. )

I've also been thinking more about Frodo and Sam in the movies... )
Thanks to everybody's sympathy for my hot water problem! To continue the saga, the hot water came on last night around midnight so I jumped in for a quick shower. Good thing too, as this morning it was ice cold. I called the super and got dressed, then it came on again at something like 8:20. So I had a dilemma...could I actually get to work somewhere in the vicinity of not-too-late with a shower? I decided to do it, which was kind of an interesting experience, making the shower the last thing of the morning instead of the first thing. Ridiculous but amusing for a day. I'd already put on make up and dressed and eaten and all that, so I just had to dry my hair (as quickly as possible). Seems like this is the way characters must do it on soap operas, so they can step out of the shower with wet hair but also lipstick.

The super called a mechanic, I'm happy to say, so this will hopefully be fixed. We went for about a five days last winter with no heat or hot water (after it had been iffy) because the boiler finally died. When they got a new one I figured this was not something I'd have to worry about for a while. Grrrr.

Thoughts on Trilogy Tuesday )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
( Nov. 23rd, 2003 02:54 pm)
First happy birthday to [ profile] sleeplessmarea who hopefully spent the entire weekend with hobbits!!

I was thinking about Frodo today. Well, actually I was thinking about Frodo and [ profile] mirabellawotr's Rain!Frodo. I love Rain for many reasons relating to how I feel about Frodo in general.

Here is a bit on why I love Rain. )

Also, I'm going to London next week. Yee-ha!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Magpie on the fence)
( Aug. 15th, 2003 12:49 pm)
I was in the middle of updating yesterday when all the lights went out. (I was also listening to the excellent Scarlet Pimpernel tape from [ profile] conniemarie sent me. Thanks Connie!!!

This is far too many times I've had to walk home from work. It doesn't kill me but my shoulder hurts again because of my bag. Gripe gripe gripe. PT kept running in to the office where we were hanging out with updates: "The whole block is down!" "The whole east coast is down!" and my personal favorite: "PEOPLE ARE COMING BACK TO LIFE AND EATING THE LIVING!" PT is a great person to have around when these things happen. His black humor about the situation and our imminent death was better than anything I was missing on TV.

At the time I got cut off I was whinging about things in the kitchen. Not my kitchen--Frodo's kitchen. I went in there yesterday and almost ran screaming away. Okay maybe I'm exaggerating. The thing is, I was a little creeped out. )

Edit: Running off for the weekend now, be back in a few days!
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Default)
( May. 6th, 2003 12:03 am)
Okay, okay. Since everyone's dying to know. My fictional crushes revealed! Although I've loved a lot of characters, there's only two I think of as being...the ones. Not just the passing flings, but the ones that stood the test of time. Original or not, The hobbit. The Old One. These are my guys. )
My very first fandom was X-files. Well, we know how that show ended. ::sigh:: But last night a friend I met through that fandom came into NYC and she and another X-phile friend and I went out to dinner. I can now officially say that I really have discussed Wittgenstein over drinks. (Even if it was only briefly and only one of us really knew Wittgenstein and it wasn't me and I'm probably misspelling it.)

Here's the thing we were wondering about. Why do we always like the characters in a fandom that are widely despised? )
More than once I've heard characters in both HP and LOTR described as not being developed, as being archetypes, and it always offends somebody. Lack of character development to many people seems to mean badly written. But I think this is a misunderstanding. I would totally agree that HP and LOTR really are peopled mostly by archetypes and that character development is a low priority. But this doesn't mean they are inferior to other books. In fact, its this very thing that draws me to the characters. I love the Brothers Karamazov and The Sound and the Fury. I love some of the characters in those stories. But they don't resonate with me the way Frodo Baggins does. They can't, in fact, because they are developed in the modern sense. They are individuals who can't be anything other than themselves. I might understand Quentin Compson on many things, but I never feel like I "am" him even when I feel closest to him.

For that I need archetypes. )


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