Thursday, June 10, 2010

Happy Endings

I find it funny that most movies end with everyone pairing up like the nuclear apocalypse has rained down upon us and they need to repopulate the planet.

It may seem strange and bizarre, but two people can work together and not hook up. It happens quite often. Half of my class of sixty or seventy people are single, after being in the same classes for the past five years. And most of the rest are with people they happened across one day.

I came to this revelation while watching 'Toy Story 2' on Disney the other day. Woody the cowboy had Bo Peep. And suddenly, Buzz had the Jessie the cowgirl, and Mr. Potato Head got the Miss Potato Head. Looking at the third in the series, we get the irritating pairing of a Barbie doll (a character which had little if any exposure in the previous movies outside of cameos) and Ken. I say irritating because almost all commercials focus on this, as if 'love at first sight' is completely new to writing.

It would be refreshing to see one movie where the leading actor and actress do not fall in love. Doubly so for movies where the two only just meet for a few days and share maybe three pages worth of dialogue.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Men in Skirts

Some newspaper recently decided that the best way to lampoon the Philadelphia Flyers (who are off at the moment chasing the hockey championship) was to [poorly] photoshop one of the players in a skirt. With the caption, "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane."

The initial reaction will probably be, "oh, but who cares about that ol' rag?" Well, that 'rag' just happens to be the Chicago Tribune, which just so happens to be eighth largest newspaper circulation in the United States. And this article managed to slip between the collective cracks of quite a few editors. The writers, the editors, and god knows who others looked at this article, and gave it the seal of approval.

Are we really in an age where it's still considered an insult and a slur to call someone a woman? The worst way that this paper could think of to debase the man's athletic ability is that... he plays like a woman? Oooo, scary. 'Plays like Jane' ignores the fact that women do play hockey, and with a good amount of skill.

Their apology reeks of the tired 'it was just a joke, loosen up!' excuse. It's so damn easy to sit from your position of privilege, where your gender, race, and sexuality isn't used as a general epithet for weakness or deviance or what have you, and say unto others that it's just a joke. You don't have to live with it and deal with it every day of your life.

I could go on and on, but I won't. I know most of my readers are not low watt bulbs, no, you guys are like those fancy new ones which are 50% brighter while using 30% less power. But that here, 2010, the staff of a large newspaper saw no inherent problem with using sex as a means to insult someone, and then apologised half-assed, shocks me.

Almost as bad as the completely stupid coverage of what Elena Kagan was wearing and whether she crossed her legs or not.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Ol' South

Is it so wrong to love the Old South?

Uh... lemme think.


Do you know what the Confederates were? Do you know who instigated the entire revolt? I know the word they use for such people: traitors. Yes, they were traitors. When you try to rend the country in two and actively attack it (and yes, you idiots fired first at Fort Sumter), you are a traitor.

Do you feel pride in that?

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Leaving the World

I think if I leave Second Life, it will be with a whimper, rather than a bang. I don't think I really have much choice in the matter. I'm not a particularly famous person. I just sit here in my little corner of Blogger, playing in my box more or less to myself.

Eventually, the only thing left of me, the only evidence of my presence in Second Life, would be a profile inworld and this blog. Pretty scary! Even that would last only as long as Second Life and Blogger survives. If either decides to purge their systems of 'that missing person', then poof! No more Anna anywhere on the internet.

I mention this because I haven't been in Second Life since January (maybe even longer) and the updates here have become sporadic to the point of three posts a month. I read blogs and I scratch my head about what the hell people are talking about. New Viewers have cropped up everywhere, and I can't say I've tried a single one (maybe Emerald?).

I can't even keep track of the Lindens anymore. Almost all the Lindens I grew up with have left, leaving us with... new people. M Linden, and a bunch of other 'Letter Box' Lindens. 'Building Block' Lindens? And of course, new names I don't know.

Everything's changed. I feel like going back inworld is going to be a chore.

To think! After three years of Second Life citizenship, that I would find myself now coming online with as much knowledge as a common noob!

Friday, March 12, 2010


Blogger's doing some kind of auto-paging thing which many people are claiming eats their posts and disappears them into the ether.

Since I'm lazy, if you find anything missing which you most desparately need to read RIGHT NOW, do not hesitate to leave a comment or send an email. It's not like I'm doing anything else at the moment.

Update: Sigh, and that html glitch is back. If I add a link using Blogger's software, it appends '' to the beginning of the address and destroys the link.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Flow Chart

I was going to make one for normal people, but it involved too many feedback loops and the picture got messy. Therefore, you'll just have to be satisfied with this graphic I made in class, where I show you the general thought process behind those in Second Life who live and love to shrill.

Saturday, February 27, 2010


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Trek Annoyance #3

I mentioned last post that having the warp pods/nacelles/emitters/rockets exposed on weak struts is clear evidence that Star Fleet's engineering and design sector were lobotomized by the medical department next door. Now I'm going to thrash the entire Warp Engine itself.

The warp engines are about as well designed as the Chernobyl reactor.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Trek Annoyance #2

Continuing my mini-series...

Someone in Starfleet really wants to see his or her ship designs fail easily and in spectacular explosions. There is no other explanation for the fact that the warp engine pods are projected out from the protected main hull on thin and likely weak struts.

Not just Starfleet. Everyone else in the known galaxy places the engines well clear of the body as well. Except for the Borg, but then again, the Borg are the exception to a lot of the ship designs in Trek. That's not particularly difficult when your ship is a cube of hobbled together parts.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Trek Annoyance #1

Star Trek (TNG) is in reruns every so often on the SciFi (sorry, 'Syfy' sounds dumb, I'm not using that name) channel.

I like Star Trek. It's interesting. But too often, I'll shake my head at some of the more idiotic oversights or actions taken by the crew. Or some of the glaring oversights in technological or social applications. There are many. For lack of anything better to write about, I'll talk about this.

The first major brick to my senses involves the crew's family.

In Star Trek, on most if not all starships, the crew's family tags along for the ride. I don't recall the specific reason given for this, although I'm willing to bet it will have something to do with ship's morale. There's no need for anxiety about one's family thousands of light years away when they're in your cabin. No more "Dear John" letters. You don't have your children grow up while only seeing their father or mother every few years.

Monday, February 15, 2010

It HAS Been Said

Jessica Holyoke over at the Alphaville Herald (I refuse to link there, you'll easily find it on your own) is changing the name of her articles as she believes she's more 'Fox News' than ordinary Op/Ed of a newspaper. It's something about setting her news pieces apart from her editorials although I can't say she's ever made a distinction between the two (which she says as much in the article).

Leaving aside all that, the first piece in this new section is Jessica advocating using the gender presented by the avatar as the gender to address them as.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Movies are Bad

"Cop Out"

I've only seen the commercials and I already know that this will be a terrible film. I feel as if directors think we (or at least I) are stupid and have the memory span of a jellyfish. The entire concept of 'white guy and black guy work together' has been done to death. Perhaps it wouldn't be so boring if they did not adhere to the same tired stereotypes, dialogue, and plotlines.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Hate mails!

Today I got hate mail!

"I think you r a communist stifling the free speech and expression that is our God given rights. maybe you shuld try listening to WE THE PEOPLe who do not agree with your stupid agenda. Tath's why we voted Obama in! To get rid of stupid communists like you!

And why do you hate linden labs? Oh, becuz you r a communist that is why. What is next? Are you going to hate Intel? HP? Electronic arts? Linux? Just becuz they make money that you and your pityful nobody blog canot make? Hahah

go with Christ

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Comment Rule

You guys all have to sign in now, or at least I switched the settings to do so. I'm tired of deleting your spam.

That is all.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Everybody Loves Yemen

Why is there a seeming torrent of people who think invading or attacking Yemen is a good idea?

Saturday, January 16, 2010

NS Okasus

We followers of Nunchuck are a peaceful people. We pray to Our Lord Nunchuck for guidance and love. And to unbelievers, we extend the hand of friendship and enlightenment. Whether they accept the Truth or not is irrelevant. Nunchuck's goodness is in all and peace be with everyone.

But when the unbelievers strike at us and martyr us en masse, there but one way for us.

We convert them.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Should I?

Every time I consider making a twitter account, I ask myself a fundamental question:

Are you guys honestly that interested in the mindless details of my life? Do you need to know that I read so-and-so article and you should too? Do you really care that I bought a burrito from Taco Bell and thought it was delicious? Do you require reading every 140 word facet of my inane existence??


Didn't think so. Screw it.

Saturday, January 9, 2010


They perused the manuals, discussing frantically in the beige hall the intimate details of electrons and physics.