mzminola_of_old: (smile)
My sophomore year of High School, I was part of the Yearbook staff. It was technically a class, and our teacher was this terrifying/amazing woman Who Had Done Everything and also taught Advanced 9th Grade English (which I'd taken with her the year before) and World History (for sophomores, so I was also in that class).

personal and fandom related whoo )

So yes, that is how being on the Yearbook staff my sophomore year of High School continues to affect my style.
mzminola_of_old: (wtf?)
As my twelfth year drew to a close, my father introduced me to Girl Genius ( Back then it was still a print comic, with only the first issue available on the Studio Foglio website to entice new readers.

the story continues... )

mzminola_of_old: (ninja)
Thoughts on Glee's Michael Jackson tribute episode.

First, I saw it in low quality, fairly jerky, jumping from one still to another, but with great sound. I've only seen a few scenes with quality motion visuals. I'm looking forward to next week when I can watch it again with better details.

Because damn does this show do amazing things with details. I'll probably throw more thoughts out then.

thoughts! )

In conclusion: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
Reading these amazingly detailed episode reviews: latest one

The note about Mercedes being the first person Kurt came out to popped at me, and I had some thoughts on it.

I for sure agree that it shows a level of trust Kurt has in Mercedes.
I'd like to add that I think it also shows a level of his care for her; he knows she was hurt by him leading her on, and arguably feels bad about that, especially since he let her think he liked Rachel over her (and at this point in the show, neither of them like Rachel).

So I'd say part of Kurt telling Mercedes he's gay is his trust, and part is him, as a friend, wanting to reassure her that him not wanting to date her? Isn't anything to do with her. Part guilt for lying to her / using her crush as a cover, part "please don't ever doubt that you are wonderful".

Edit: is this similar to in Grilled Cheesus when Kurt agrees to go to Mercedes church? A pattern where Kurt hurts Mercedes feelings, and then in an effort to make her feel better, makes himself vulnerable to her?
mzminola_of_old: (ninja)
In the latest Glee episode, Yes/No, we start off with Summer Nights from Grease.


Okay. Okay. It could just be a dudebro thing. But. But. But. Back in Hold Onto Sixteen, Artie commented on tingles in regards to Sam's body roll. Of course, so did Santana...

What is going on with this.

Also does it mean I can ship Puck/Sam/Mercedes?
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
There's some really neat meta on the Glee posts I've been reading about "voice stealing". And I re-watched most of The Power of Madonna, and it definitely struck me in that episode.

thoughts )

I mean, what would he have done if one of the girls said she hated Madonna?
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
And have to write down my thoughts on Kurt.

I know Kurt has his Horrible Moments, but so far he impresses me. Like the football thing; it wasn't even his lie, it was a cascade of "oh god are we in trouble?" that resulted in one of his friends telling his dad he was on the football team.

But he goes with it.

And Oh My God. "I am here to audition for the part of kicker."
And the music. DESPITE Finn saying it was a bad idea. Because Kurt knew dancing up to it was the way for him to make the kick. Here he is, in front of the gang of jerks who regularly toss him in the dumpster (while he's still in his Transparent Closet) and he doesn't conform to the traditional way of football, he does it HIS FUCKING WAY.

Despite the fact that doing things his fabulous way had a very high chance of getting him beat up even worse, for coming onto their turf with his fabulosity.
But he fucking does it. He god damn dances his way to that kick.
As I put it to my roommate, he has ALL OF THE BALLS.

Oh, and the dumpster, can I say how impressed I am by the actor? Best "I hate everyone" glare ever.
Because the first two times we see it (pilot and next episode) it's Will Schuster, the god damned teacher, sees Kurt backed against the dumpster, surrounded by larger guys.

And Schuster (who is Mr. Oblivious) is all "Making new friends Kurt?"
And Puck who replies "he sure is"
Kurt says nothing. Kurt just watches him walk by.

Once the teacher is gone, they toss him.
Same thing the next episode, Mr. Schu tosses a greeting, and Kurt is fucking silent and staring.

And the thing is, Kurt hands one of them his bag, and the first time we see this event, his only protest is that his coat is new.

The combo of not calling out to the teacher for help, or even trying a "oh I have a homework question" tactic, not kicking or flailing, not yelling, just trying to mitigate the damage to his belongings...

It says to me that this has happened so much Kurt has learned there is nothing that will stop it. And that all he can do is not get hurt further.

Because I don't see the boy who danced up to the football as someone to go quietly into the dumpster the *first* time it happened, at least.
mzminola_of_old: (wtf?)
Okay, this is my spoilery warnings for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This thing is gonna be a quick go-over of the potentially quicky bits that people might want to duck for, that don't impact the plot. Well, the first one does, but not significantly

Shootings and stabbings are a given, so I'm not gonna address that.

okay, so... )
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
Okay, so a few weeks ago Jon showed me Firework by Katy Perry, and it made me tear up. I was listening to it yesterday and clicked to the tab and watched a few seconds and tears rolled down my cheek. I don't know if it would have done that had I heard it alone before watching it, but...

Having the first time I heard it be when I watched the video made the song punch me in the gut.

If you haven't already, go watch it before you read the rest of this.

Firstly, Katy Perry managed to get emotions into her voice, to make her singing feel sincere. That made a big difference.


Thirdly, it surprised me. I was not expecting boys-kissing. But what really got me? The girl at the pool. When she first shows up, I thought it was the typical "resist peer pressure" thing, that she was "staying true to herself" by not showing skin.

Then she pulled her clothes off and jumped in the pool. And I realized it was not typical American Puritanical just-say-no-to-scanty-clothing but actually a nod to body image issues. It was "I don't feel good enough about myself to have fun with my friends in a pool". It was something I've felt.

Then she jumped. And her tummy wobbled. I could see it wobble. THAT NEVER HAPPENS IN MAINSTREAM VIDEOS. I was so happy.

Anyway. The music is fun and catchy. It's singable. And the video punched me in my flabby, insecure gut and made me feel okay for a minute. It reminded me I can have fun.

So yeah. It was a good gut-punch.
mzminola_of_old: (ninja)
Okay, I'm prefacing this with a mild disclaimer; this is a very personal look at several songs. It is heavily influenced by my life experiences and attitudes; I'm not saying "this song is inspirational" or "this song fails to inspire" flat-out: I am saying this song or that song inspires, or fails to inspire,me.

This is also just the songs/videos themselves, not anything the artists have said about them (I haven't looked, and frankly, I don't want to)

Lately, two "be proud of who you are" songs came out with much fanfare.

Born This Way by Lady Gaga, and Firework by Katy Perry. We'll discuss that second one in another post.

Sidenote: Perform This Way by Weird Al Yankovich amuses the hell out of me, and I agree with someone on fandomsecrets who said it feels more honest and real than Born This Way.
Also, I Am What I Am from La Cage Aux Folles, as performed by John Barrowman, is just...this song trope in a nutshell. "I am my own special creation" "And what I am needs no excuses".

I guess that difference is that those two I just aside'd to are "I'm okay" whereas the two I started with are more "You're okay".

Anyway. So. While I enjoy Born This Way musically, as I do most Lady Gaga songs, the lyrics fall absolutely flat. Firstly, her used of the word "orient" threw me right out. I can ignore one problem, right? But then I get thinking, like, how would people react if instead of "chola descent" and "orient", what if she'd been rhyming "dyke" and "kike"? I honestly am not sure how people would react, I'm really not.

Moving away from that can of worms, to another one; religion!

"cause He made you perfect babe" and "cause God makes no mistakes" were pretty much why Born This Way does not speak to me. It's danceable, I enjoy it for that, but the lyrics just...don't touch me.

I'm not religious. I neither believe nor disbelieve in God/gods/supernatural beings of any sort. I say "I'm agnostic because I'm too paranoid to be atheist".
So references to something making me don't mesh. I consider myself the result of evolution and upbringing. I have asthma because of genetic and environmental factors, not because some Power thought I'd learn life lessons from not being able to run.

I can learn life lessons from not being able to run, but I don't consider that the reason. Likewise, I'm female/feminine/bisexual/mathematically-inclined/short/brunette/hazel-eyed/drawn-to-bright-colors because...whatever.

I don't think we should accept eachother because "God doesn't make mistakes" I think we should accept eachother because it's the decent fucking thing to do. We ought to treat eachother well.

Born This Way makes me think somewhat of people who could have better social skills but don't because their parents considered them such a special fucking snowflake. No. Saying you can, say, invade personal space because "God made you to be close to people" is an excuse for me to say I was "made to be violent" and punch you in the mouth.

Versus La Cage Aux Folle song I Am What I Am. I don't know, somehow "I am what I am" and "I was born this way" strike me differently. They seem superficially similar, I understand the positive sides of saying "I was born this way" but it feels more like an excuse, implying there's something problematic with how you are but the fact that you can't control how you're born makes it okay? Whereas I Am What I Am feels more in-control. I guess it's a more confident, mature attitude.
mzminola_of_old: (*blush*)
Let's start of by admitting this; the only Lady Gaga video I have actually enjoyed is Bad Romance. I like her music! But as far as videos go...I hardly remember Just Dance which means it didn't leave an impression, and Alejandro was an aesthetic I actively dislike. I was impressed by her in frumpy dull underwear, because it's not something I expect in a modern pop video. Underwear that isn't glitzy! Or lacy! Or leather! Shocking.

As far as Katy Perry's work...I don't remember much of I Kissed A Girl, and California Girls scarred me. More on Firework later.

So as far as the video's I've seen, Katy Perry has a stronger connection between the music and the video; Lady Gaga's are often showy, but I feel a disconnect between the images and the words. Especially Alejandro. I mean, California Girls was weird, but taking 'California' as a representation of the Land of Dreams/Indulgence, it worked. Hollywood, the Gold Rush. The Candyland aesthetic was disturbing, but it worked.

...just remembered Telephone. Okay, that and Bad Romance both win the "memorable and relevant to the lyrics" award. Okay.

I didn't bother to watch the video for Born This Way. I started to...and just left. Same taste in my mouth as Alejandro.

I'm...not sure where I was going with this.

Thinking of Beyonce's Single Ladies and Rihanna's Umbrella, those are both videos that are basically dance numbers to the song, though the later gives nod to the lyrics with an umbrella and water imagery. Anyway, it reminds me of K-pop and J-pop routines; catchy dance number to go with a catchy song; it doesn't need to relate because it's visually appealing, and not actively against the grain of the song.

Britney Spears, Til the World Ends; a song about dancing until the end of the world, and a video of a dance party underground during a mass meteor strike. Okie-dokie. Simple, full of leather and studs, and visually highlights the key points of the song.

Jonas Brothers' cover of Poor Unfortunate Souls. An acceptable video, but not as vicious as it needs to be to really fit with the song, probably because Disney wouldn't want it's little nice-boy boy-band to be cast in anything, even a music video, as villains.
mzminola_of_old: (smile)
It has sound too, by the way.


Mar. 15th, 2010 05:10 pm
mzminola_of_old: (fangirl)
Sometimes, Fandomsecrets alerts me to epic lulz.
For you interested in the American Revolution, Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration:
mzminola_of_old: (ADD)
Going off attitudes/personalities...

Sora -> Kamina
Riku -> Yoko
Kairi -> Simon


Apr. 28th, 2009 10:46 pm
mzminola_of_old: (wtf?)
Just saw a couple pictures of Avril Lavigne, with smoky black eye-make-up. Hair blonde, straightened, combo of long and short choppy.

For whatever reason, she looks a lot like a female version of David Bowie as he appeared in Labyrinth. The heck, brain.
mzminola_of_old: (kairi)
Dr. Horrible: Namine
Penny: Kairi
Captain Hammer: Marluxia
Bad Horse: Xemnas
Bad Horse Chorus: Xigbar, Xaldin, Saix
Hammer's fan-trio: Vexen, Lexeaus, Zexion
Newscasters: Luxord and Larxene
Pink Pummeler: Demyx
Moist: Riku
Conflict Diamond: Axel
Bait and Switch: Sora and Roxas

This started when I thought a Kingdom Hearts casting of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog should have Namine as Billy, because of the whole wears white, blonde, shy, symmetry.
I was debating whether Sora or Kairi should be Penny, since Kairi looks the part better, but the Sora/Namine relationship is closer to the Penny/Billy relationship.
Then [ profile] wolfiso suggested Sora and Roxas as Bait and Switch, and things went from there.
Also had trouble decided between Larxene and Marluxia for Captain Hammer, but figured Marluxia has the bigger ego, and is better at pretending to be nice.

No, we don't know which one is which, either, when it comes to Bait+Switch. We're betting they don't have it finalized.
mzminola_of_old: (Awesome!)
You know the team-up of ass-kicking I want to see?

Kamina and Toph.
mzminola_of_old: (Default)
So I was reading one of my favourite webcomics, Vampirates, when I started to notice the first introduced characters (so the main character but it spends a good amount of time, probably even, with other characters as the focus) Clyde, was pretty dang girly. They way he acts reminds me of all the things I've noticed, and have been brought up in sociolinguistics, and what I hear from my brother and other guys, in the differences between the way feminine-coded and masculine-coded humans act, with Clyde leaning pretty heavily towards feminine.
And yes, there are always variations, definitelty variations within individuals themselves.
But I was thinking, Clyde would make more sense to me as a girl.
And then I realized, if he was a girl, and everything was exactly as it is now in the comics, s/he would get called a Mary Sue.

So I have something to say about Mary Sues.

Nia from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann gets called a Mary Sue.
I love Nia. So I love Mary Sues.
Kairi from Kingdom Hearts gets called a Mary Sue.
I love Kairi. So I love Mary Sues.
Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender gets called a Mary Sue. So does Aang.
I love them. So I love Mary Sues.

If my life was fiction, it would be compared to cliche High School Alternate Universe fanfics.
And I would be called a Mary Sue.

You know what?
I'm awesome.
All these girls and women in stories I like?
They're awesome. Same with the girly guys, the androgynous ones, the Merciful Goddess from Saiyuki. All awesome.

So fuck you.
We're awesome.
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