Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Slayer Pride Parade (Buffy)


Buffy the Vampire Slayer is overall very gay-friendly with its lesbian romances between Willow and Tara, and later Willow and Kennedy, as well as the minor Larry character in the earlier seasons. Before Willow met Tara, though, the show was gay-friendly but mostly in metaphor. There are various allusions to how being a Slayer is like being gay, as well as a minor character (Michael) whose witchcraft seems also a metaphor for being gay.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A (Dr.) Horrible Play


So, I got to see a stage adaptation of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog last night. It was horribly amusing. Seriously though, it was a fun show and nice to see the Joss Whedon fans collaborating to make something creative in tribute. They changed some things in the adaptation process, some for the better and others… not so much. The Balagan Theatre, where it took place, is a really tiny basement in Seattle. The place is pretty uncomfortable, being old, hot, and with poor seating. One really depends on the performance to be thoroughly entertaining, and it fortunately was.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Transphobia in Halopedia


(This was written for Halopedia, but I think it's an important message regardless.)

I’d like to talk about the transphobia present in the Halo and Halopedia community. Transphobia is prejudice against transgender, or transsexual, folks. Transgender as I use it here refers to people whose gender identity (i.e. who they are as a person inside their head) is different from their sex (i.e. how the body forms beyond the brain). (Still confused? See here.) Halopedians, who should be friendly to everyone who’s not a troll, have made some seriously messed up comments in reference to trans people. My purpose here is to bring attention to this issue, so that further transphobia can be actively discouraged.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

How I Became a Fan of Alien and Predator


I am a fan of the two linked series Alien and Predator, which have expanded into their own Aliens vs. Predator franchise. I got into both of the series, funnily enough, from other people’s takes on them. I was a fan of the Animorphs series before them, and was introduced to them through a series of fanfiction (by author Scorpion) crossing over Animorphs, Predator, and Aliens. My interest grew when I became aware of the homages present in the cartoon series ReBoot, which led me to check them out.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Be a Man (Mulan, Halo)


So, HBO (that’s halo.bungie.org) linked to a music video made by Cortana4ever, who put the Mulan song “Be a Man” to Halo clips. I like Mulan too. I like the song, and I like Halo, so this should be a good mix; however, I think taking the song out of the context of the movie makes the video come across as sexist.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Real Momentum - Review


Okay, so, I have a bit of a problem. I have two computers: the desktop computer visible in my videos and a laptop computer on a desk on the other side of the room, which I incidentally don’t film at because it doesn’t have nearly as interesting a backdrop. My desktop computer seems to be at the end of its run, being torturously hard to use, so I put all my video downloads (including those bought from iTunes) on a My Book external hard drive so that I could use access them from my laptop. Only now my My Book doesn’t work, and I can’t access the data. So, I’m afraid to sync my iPod out of fear that I’ll never be able to access my videos again. :( As such, I’ve decided to write blog entries about all the content before I even think about syncing. So, first up: Real Momentum.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Of Ageist Feminists


There’s a meme I’ve seen online where feminists say that the word “females” shouldn’t be used because of its dehumanizing connotations. The idea is that “female” relates to the sex of a biological organism, and when one is using that kind of terminology they tend to be discussing nonhuman animals in a scientific fashion. So, when men talk about “females” when they mean “women”, it comes off as dehumanizing. While I agree to an extent, as I believe some men do use this to purposefully distance themselves from women, I also think this decree that female humans should be referred to as “women” is worryingly ageist because it entirely removes girls from the subject.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Thanks

Thanks to "Bisexuality Examiner" Mike Szymanski at Examiner.com for linking to my Biphobia video. I do want to clarify that my comment about clips being used under fair use pertained to the clips from copyrighted shows, which are illegal to reproduce except under certain circumstances (i.e. "fair use"). It's just legal stuff I need to include for the YouTube staff. Also, part one is just under 9 minutes long and part two is about 10 and a half minutes, not 28 and 18 minutes as is stated.

Monday, August 9, 2010

On the Atomic Bombings


So, I sometimes check out the blog Tokyo Mango to see all the wacky stuff people make in Japan. Today I came across an entry made for August 6th, which had a high-quality photograph of devastation following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima done 65 years ago. It’s awfully somber and really makes you think about the horrific nature of war and the bomb in particular. I was talking to someone fairly recently about the atomic bombings, and I’ll repeat my sentiments here. The United States should never have atomic bombed Japan.