Things that make you go…WTF?!?!

August 5, 2008 at 8:42 pm (Rant)

Not really sure there are enough words in the English language to describe how incredibly asinine certain judges in Russia are. 

What bothered me equally were comments like this: “Working-class men get raped every day when they go to work at jobs that overwork them, pay them less and less for more and more work, abuse them, degrade them and rob them of any power, dignity they may have once had. Men are getting raped everyday – it’s just in a different, though no less significant way.”~posted by Chavezo8

and this: “I’m moving to Russia!”~posted by kimmie69

Are we de-evolving here?

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Caprica

August 5, 2008 at 6:26 pm (Uncategorized)

So…

yeah.

Battlestar Galactica is almost done. *sobs* Soon all will be revealed and we, the gloriously wingnutty fans who have loved this show since it first aired as a miniseries will be bereft of our Cylon fix.

Or will we? What will we turn to once the curtain falls for the final time? Will Dollhouse do it for so many of us chic geeks? I don’t know.

What I DO know is that this: made my nerdy little heart go pitter-patter in breathless glee.

 

That’s right. Caprica. The story of how the Cylons were created. Loaded with some REALLY fine actors! I’m talkin’ Eric Stoltz, Polly Walker, Esai Morales, oh HELL YEAH!

It’s gonna be frakkin amazing. Yes indeedy, I said FRAKKIN.

Watch the thing already.

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Neptune Melts

August 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm (Recipes)

So, was looking for a fast meal last night after a rather abortive fishing trip. Yes, we had fun, no, we didn’t catch much of anything, other than some nifty twigs and weeds. 

I think it was the lack of a nice, plump fish that led me to throw together something a little bit different for our supper last night. Turned out rather well, so I whipped out the camera and decided to share 🙂 Bear in mind I wasn’t planning on posting this so you’ll have to play around with actual quantities, haha.

Ingredients:

some shrimp; peeled and cooked

some crab-flavoured Alaskan pollock (hey, if you have the real thing USE IT)

some scallops

some Texas Toast

some butter or margarine

some mayonnaise

some sour cream (keep this amount fairly small in relation to the mayo. I made six of these and used  maybe 2 tbsp of sour cream)

some Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

some garlic salt

dry mustard

some paprika

some freshly ground peppercorns

some tomatos; sliced

some green onions, coarsely chopped

 

Directions:

Preheat the broiler.

First things first, you’re going to break up the pollock into bite-sized chunks. Add shrimp, scallops, green onion, mayonnaise, and sour cream. Mix gently and then add garlic salt, mustard, paprika and peppercorns. 

Place your Texas Toast on a  baking sheet and toast one side only under the broiler. Remove from oven and butter untoasted side lightly. Arrange tomato slices over the buttered bread and then cover with seafood mixture. Pop back in the oven and broil for a few minutes. Remove and smother with shredded cheese. Place BACK in the oven and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling. 

Remove and enjoy! I served this with a nice green salad. Both Spawn enjoyed their melts thoroughly. I had to add a little salt but other than that was fairly pleased with this as a last minute meal that didn’t involve pasta.

I’ve been putting pasta on the table waaaaaaaaaaay too frequently lately!

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WELL! Hahaha

August 5, 2008 at 2:37 pm (About me)

Goodness me, apparently I upset a few people by  daring to suggest that the Twilight books are NOT on par with works of art such as The Canterbury Tales, Pride and Prejudice, Paradise Lost, etc. 

I think I forgot what it’s like to be young and so desperately in love with a series of books that anything going against my opinion was tantamount to heresy…

Wait, you know, I was never quite that rabid! Whoops!

The fact is, people, this is my blog and I’m going to write about what I want, when I want and how I want. I also am going to respect the opinions of people who comment here so long as they a) display a level of intelligence above that of a jellyfish and b) back up their opinions with the writing skills normally taught at the 8th grade level. 

In all seriousness though, this is how I see it: people who get hooked on certain series tend to feel very passionately about the characters, plot, etc. They feel possessive about Bella, Edward, Jacob, etc and almost elevate very mediocre (but always fun!!!) books to the level of REAL literature. And that’s fine, absolutely, as long as such silliness doesn’t try to engage with ME. 

Because I’ve read YA fluff and I’ve read regular fluff (VC Andrews, anyone?), and I’ve read literature. And I will NEVER be willing to lump all three categories together. To do so is an insult to the great masters of this art and while I respect the work done by Meyer and Andrews’ ghostwriters, to suggest that they are on par is utterly ridiculous. Fluff is fluff and to expect it to be more or flip out when things don’t go the way YOU would have written it is juvenile to say the least.  If you can do so much better, then get thee to Word and start writing boys and girls!

So, straight up, this blog is for my friends; while I have no beef with people reading it, getting pissed at it, loving it, wtfever, I DO have a beef with those who come here to flame. Your comments HAVE been and will continue to be removed. None of us are interested in blog wars, at least, those of us who interact like adults. This blog isn’t for that, it’s for the people I care about. And anyone who is going to get THAT hysterical and obnoxious over a rather average series of books, well, come back in ten years or so. Thank you and have a SMASHING day! 

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Breaking Dawn***SPOILER ALERT***

August 5, 2008 at 12:58 am (Reviews)

So, it goes without saying that fans of the Twilight books who have not yet read the fourth installment in this series should move along so as to not be spoiled. I wish I could say that I read this book without any knowledge of what is to come, but like the true spoiler slut I am, I read the reviews and was VERY concerned with what others had to say. I was even so wigged out by the terrible reader reviews that I considered not reading Breaking Dawn at all. 

How very, very happy I am that I chose to ignore what other fans were saying and actually read the thing myself! 

Stephanie Meyer has been criticised by many of her fans for giving Bella ‘everything’ in this novel. There are howls of protest over who Jacob imprints, over Bella’s rather rapid and shocking transformation from klutzy adolescent girl to mother to vampire, and over the admittedly awkward shift in character perspective throughout the book. 

I think the real problem here is that many of the fans are pissed that they didn’t get the ending THEY wanted. This wasn’t how they wanted Bella to finally join the Cullen family or the closure they wished for Jacob. They expected Ms Meyer to continue along in the same tone of the first three books and somehow find a way to please everybody. 

I’m not going to go into specifics here, but suffice it to say, we all need to remember that these books are FANTASY novels. Realism hasn’t exactly been a big part of the series thus far; why get all bent out of shape over things being more than a bit fantastical? I mean, c’mon kids, how many vampires do YOU know who go to  high school, glitter in the sun like diamonds, and have special powers? Hell, how many vampires do you know PERIOD? 

There have also been complaints that Bella ‘gets everything’ in this book and there’s no sacrifice, which apparently disappoints a lot of the fans. I think she sacrifices plenty, and anyone who really reads this book (especially the scene where Bella gives birth, oy) would be nuts to think Bella has an easy time of things. While children are a blessing and a gift, to suggest that Bella having a baby is a lovely thing, with nothing but rainbows and sweetness and light, in my opinion, the baby she HAS (not to mention her pregnancy *shudders*) is anything but. 

So, to everyone freaking out over this novel, please remember a couple things: the book is not supposed to be realistic, or a morality tale; it is also Ms Meyer’s creation, her baby, and to deride her work in the manner so many are doing is unfair and petty. True fans will appreciate it for what it is and be grateful that we even got a fourth book. 

And I think I need to go read it again; the mark of a perfectly delicious book.

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