eruthros: kink: a girl showing off her tongue piercing and studded collar (kink: tongue piercing)
I noticed some overlap between [community profile] kink_bingo categories and [ profile] cliche_bingo categories, and I thought it might be interesting to explore that overlap. So, I present here a list of [community profile] kink_bingo categories that are also categories in [ profile] cliche_bingo.

I may have missed some overlap in glancing over the list; if so, I'd be interested to know what they are.

You will find the table below this cut )
eruthros: Wizard of Oz: Dorothy in black and white, text "rainbow" in rainbow colors (Dorothy singing rainbow)
Take Back the Night at my undergrad university had a strict policy that only (self-identified) women could march; there was an ally's meeting for men to talk about violence against women. And there were two ways that men dealt with this:

"But I'm an ally! I support you! Don't you want men to support you? You can't fight this battle alone. Is this equality? Don't you want people to stop using gender to divide us?" etc This is the ally as Nice Guy TM, as a self-defined ally -- as an asshole.

"Part of my support involves not intruding on your space -- and hey, the men's meeting sounds really informative! Is there anything else I can do to help? I could make posters -- I have smelly markers!" This is the ally as actual nice guy.


I've been thinking about safe spaces lately, both in offline and online life. I've been thinking about the degree to which some people don't understand what a safe space is, and what it means -- a self-determined space, a space I declare safe, a space under my control. When the above asshole tries to march with me, he's saying: I know what is safe for you. I know that I'm okay and I declare that you are not allowed to be uncomfortable around me, because I'm an ALLY, so therefore you're just being mean. He is saying: your emotional reactions are just ridiculous. He is saying: I will call myself an ally, but never respect your ability to speak, to define yourself and your spaces. He doesn't understand that sometimes a safe space means he's not invited.
safe spaces )
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
So yesterday I got together with [ profile] thingswithwings and watched all six episodes of SGA that I missed, what with being in the Middle of Nowhere. (It was ... kinda a slog, you guys, six episodes in a row. Especially since we got the vividcon vids in the middle of the day, thus necessitating some vid watching as well.)

So here is something I have observed about Woolsey. And John. Behind this cut here )

Next in line: six episodes of Doctor Who. I'll get there! And then I can watch "Handlebars" and other Vividcon vids! It'll be awesome.
eruthros: SG1: Daniel Jackson, text: "I never wanted to be an archaeologist... I wanted to be a lumberjack!"  (SG1 - A Lumberjack!)
Okay, this is really starting to bug me: what kind of economic structure did the Ancients on Atlantis have?

If they were capitalists, why haven't we seen delivery systems into the apartments, or replicators, or shops? Where are the Ancient implants or ATMs or biometric readers or other scientific thingamabobs that would let the Ancients buy things? The Ancients clearly didn't strip Atlantis entirely, so we should be able to recognize stores from shape and design and, presumably, a little bit of stock left. And Rodney would be on any kind of replicator or instant-delivery system in seconds, and making Star Trek jokes the whole time. The place is the size of Manhattan; where did the Ancients buy white robes or hair product or neat kicky boots or tea or personalized puddle-jumpers with fuzzy dice in the windows?

And since we don't see any of that, I have to ask: were the Ancient socialists? But if they were, where were their food production centers? Was there central planning that determined which roots to really focus on growing this year? Were there Ancient farms? How did they decide who got which quarters? Did they have a commons system? Did they have population pressures on said system?

Did they barter with other Pegasus galaxy dudes? If so, what did they barter? Because they don't seem to have a labor force that's producing anything. Where are the Ancient factories? (Or replicators. I'd take replicators. Though then I'd be wondering where there were replicators big enough to build the Stargates.)

(Ooooh! They should have a gift economy! With aggrandizing individuals giving away more than they get and being regarded as leaders! There could be huge feasts, and gift exchange, and ties of obligation and reciprocity. But that still doesn't solve the problem of where they're getting the things they are giving away.)

Who supported the Ancients when they were attempting to attain Ascension via endless meditation?

(This bugs me in the Ori galaxy too, though not as much: the followers of the Ori spend how much of the day in prayer? Six hours a day? So, what, do they have the most fertile land ever? Or are the Priors wandering around and doing the weeding and milking for them?)

I know, I know. Suck it up and handwave.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Why having some actors play characters who are older than they are and simultaneously having other actors play characters who are younger than they are is a bad idea. I'm going to use Stargate SG-1, home to Michael Shanks as Daniel Jackson, one of few actors to play someone older than he is -- if Daniel were Michael Shank's age, he would have had three Ph.D.s and be on his way out of the profession at twenty-three, which seems rather excessive. (Sadly, Sam Carter's age has never been given on the show, so we're going to have to leave her out of this discussion.)

So. Michael Shanks (1970) playing Daniel Jackson (1965), Ben Browder (1962) playing Cam Mitchell (1971ish; he was ten in 1981), and Richard Dean Anderson (1950) playing Jack O'Neill (1952 or 1957). This means that, while Michael Shanks is the youngest of these actors by eight years, his character is in fact supposed to be sixish years older than Ben Browder's character. And no wonder everyone's having trouble working out Mitchell's past and his interactions -- he's the youngest of the four current members of SG-1, but Ben Browder is the oldest member of the group of actors. Whoops?
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
Interesting comparisons of the day:

The latest CBS poll numbers for Bush and Cheney permit some interesting comparisons. Bush is hovering around 34% approval, the worst of his presidency; Cheney is down at 18% approval. So. The other polls are from Polling Report. My favorites are in bold.

Hovering right around George W., we have:
34% of Americans believe that the Bible is "the actual word of God and is to be taken literally" (Gallup 2004)
34% of Americans believe that rock music has had a negative impact on "society, culture, and values" (NBC 2002)
33% of Americans believe that "a wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband" (Fox 1998)
33% of Americans disapprove of labor unions (Gallup 2005)
33% of Americans are bothered "a lot" by homosexual characters and themes on tv.(Pew 2005)
29% of Americans believe that it is not possible to believe in God and evolution simultaneously. (CBS 2005)
27% of Americans believe that divorce is "morally wrong" (Gallup 2003)
26% of Americans believed that natural disasters in 1999 "may foreshadow the wrath of God" (Fabrizio 1999)

So... about thirty percent of the population thinks divorce is morally wrong, the Bible is literal, wives should submit to their husbands, et cetera et cetera et cetera. And about thirty percent of the population still approves of Bush's job performance. Coincidence? Hmmm.

(I wanted to add Darwin to this mess, but as of 2005 51% of Americans believe that God created humans in their present form. How sad is that?)

And circa Cheney:
22% of Americas believe that MLK Jr.'s birthday should not be a national holiday. (AP 2006)
20% of men believe that Viagra will be a bad thing for society overall (Gallup 1998)
18% of Americans think that young people don't have as strong a sense of right and wrong as they did fifty years ago (those whippersnappers!) (Pew Research 2005)
18% of Americans rate the honesty and ethics of lawyers "very high" (Gallup 2005)
14% of men think that being a woman confers more advantages than being a man in today's society (CBS 1999)
11% of American believe that the U.S. is not addicted to oil. (Pew 2006)
11% of Americans think that the Bush administration has a clear plan for keeping down the price of home heating oil and gas. (CBS 2005)
11% of Americans oppose any restrictions on human cloning. (LA Times 2003)
10% of Americans would would be willing to be filmed eating a rat for reality tv. (CNN 2000)

Notice how there's this cluster of People Who Believe Anything down there with that Cheney rating? I mean, apparently you can get ten to twenty percent of Americans to agree to anything. That does not bode well for Cheney.
eruthros: Ivanova from B5 saying "boom boom boom boom" to Londo -- angry icon!! (B5 - Ivanova boom)
Okay, I know that pondering about the physics (or any science, or the canon, or the aliens, or the religions, or ... well, anything) of Stargate usually leads to migraines and having to go lie down for a few hours, but I just have to ask and deal with the consequences.

1. Atlantis has an iris over the stargate.

2. Therefore should not the Atlanteans have their own GDO/IDC-broadcasting things?

And yet we haven't seen them. At least, I don't think we've seen them -- what we've seen is gate folks interpreting IDC codes using a Dell laptop. (The prevalence of the Inspiron in the Pegasus galaxy still makes me giggle. I mean, I know they brought them along, and I'm sure Dell gives a great military-bulk discount, but I associate the blue-topped Inspiron very strongly with poor students, so.)

3. I want to see Atlantean IDC-ish things. Because they would be cooler. I mean, at some point Stargate Command said "hey, it would be really handy if an IDC code could come with an attached preselected message," so now SG-1 can just send a little message that says "hi, it's us, we're under fire." Or whatever. But the Atlanteans should have something better than that, because they can turn on their technology just by thinking at it. So they could just have little GDOs under their skin, where they couldn't be taken away, and where no amount of torture would reveal the codes because it would all be brain-wave based, and then Sheppard could think "Atlantis, it's us, we're coming home, four coming through" and the iris would automatically close right behind them. Or, you know, the Genii want to walk through with Sheppard, and he'd just think "keep the door locked for the first few guys, but make sure it's open for me." And it would, because all he'd have to do is think "I'm stepping through now" just as he hit the event horizon. And sure, maybe a Genii would get through if they were in lockstep, but whatever. It would still be cool.

We all know Atlantis is like a big puppy around Sheppard; it's mean of them to not let it run to the door when he comes home. Metaphorically speaking.

Actually, on the GDO subject, I've always wondered about the iris. I mean, the idea is that it keeps stuff from rematerializing (which should really mean that the stuff doesn't go thump, because it isn't there to go thump), but we know that the Ancients built the gates, and that they can write code for the gates which prevents certain things from going through an event horizon. It's unclear whether atmosphere goes through, but we know that water doesn't -- Sam says something stupid about density, I think, in the episode Watergate. So couldn't the Ancients have written code that doesn't allow Wraith DNA through? That would be cool; they could send their darts through all the wanted, but the pilots wouldn't come out on the other side. I mean, an iris is a useful backup and protects against the things they haven't specifically excluded yet, but surely we can do better just by messing with the gate. Wraith walks in, gets put together all wrong on the other side. It would be fun!

(The stargate baffles me. It needs to be connected to a power source to receive wormholes, except when we go to Hadante. It won't close if there's a radio signal being sent through, except when it closes right behind Our Heroes. It won't close on matter, except when it does. It doesn't open if there's material inside the ring itself, unless the material is not that dense (water, sure, but I predict that burying it in sand would not be that effective), but clear that out and it'll whoosh open and destroy everything in its path.)

Clearly, I need to stop thinking about this. Because trying to logic it out will only break my brain.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS cheeseman nonsense)
I was talking about this with [ profile] friede earlier, and we couldn't think of the word for this, if one exists.

See, there's this thing people do when typing where somewhere between brain and fingers you substitute a not-quite-homonym.

Like today, when I was trying to type "and soon: croissants!" and actually typed "and sound: croissants!" and had to go back and change it. And I typed "I half hard cider" instead of "I have hard cider." And most recently, instead of "what day is your exam?" I typed "what does your exam?" The interesting thing being that the words can be completely different in spelling and in finger position (that is, they're not typos in the pure sense) and they have a completely different meaning.

And it's most frequent with short (one-syllable) commonly-used words -- maybe because you're thinking carefully about spelling and things when using words like "floccinaucinihilipilificator," and besides, what sounds like floccinaucinihilipilificator? Now I want to do a bio-psych study to see what, exactly, is going on there, brain-wise.

If no word exists for this, I'm inventing one out of a Latinate base and getting in the OED.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
I was surprised to discover that The Story of O is ranked 3,089 and is the 10th most popular item in York, PA. This makes it more popular than the paperback Complete Sherlock Holmes (3,196), and way more popular than the paperback of Stephen King's most recent Dark Tower series book (6,779). Y'know, when people talk about America and reading, most of them don't hit French D/s novels.

Apparently, people who buy the DVD of Terry Pratchett's Soul Music also buy stuff from Red Dwarf, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Babylon 5. Now, that's interesting, because it hits scifi (HHGttG, Red Dwarf, B5) and parody (Red Dwarf, Terry Pratchett, and HHGttG) but the two sets don't entirely overlap (TP, B5). It strikes me as pretty interesting that the way-obsessed Terry Pratchett fans (parody-fantasy) are also the way-obsessed B5 fans (scifi-drama), especially because I, too, count as both. I wonder why...

Also, there's a similar thing between Memento and Amelie. I wouldn't have expected that, either.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
So this afternoon I was sitting on a bus, heading off campus, and I saw this guy get on wearing a plastic lei with a condom taped to it and a little tag on the back. "Huh," I thought, "I wonder what that's all about. Some event, maybe?" but I couldn't see the tag.

Then, later, he sat down in front of me, and it turns out the tag said "You have just been safely lei'd by the Condom Co-op."

Also, I was putting books away a while ago and glanced at my copy of A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin. One blurb, from the London Sunday Times, contained this fabulous phrase:

Among the looms of fantasy fiction, Ursula Le Guin weaves on where J.R.R. Tolkien cast off. It's a large claim; heresy perhaps to legions of Hobbit fanciers.

So, of course, y'all know the first thing I thought of when I read that. Because "pervy hobbit fanciers" is just such a great phrase.

I don't know, though, that I would say that Le Guin and Tolkien have anything in common beyond writing in nominally fantasy worlds on occasion. Le Guin rocks my world with her speculative fiction, and while I really like Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, they're not exactly what I would call speculative.

I think Ursula K. Le Guin writes beautifully, and does her "thought-experiments" with all the ability of someone who really thinks about people, and what makes people (she is, after all, the daughter of one of the foremost anthropologists of the early 20th century). Her words:

I am not predicting, or prescribing. I am describing. I am describing certain aspects of psychological reality in the novelist's way, which is by inventing elaborately circumstantial lies. ... The truth is a matter of the imagination.

Clearly, the intent, execution, and style is entirely different.


eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)

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