Archive for June, 2006


Thursday, June 29th, 2006

(spoiler notice)
What is one thing that can consistently damage a movie?

Answer: put a kid in it.

I really enjoyed Superman.  I really did.  And I even liked the kid.  But when they made Superman the father, I was pissed.  The ramifications can ruin Superman.  (SB and I discussed this, and we’re of the same opinion.  The same sorts of things bug us, such as Gordon driving the Batmobile *weary sigh* )

The most obvious issue with a baby conceived by Lois and Superman is biological.  I’m fairly sure I don’t need to go further than… they are entirely different species.

Let us now address story consequences.  Superman is a messianic figure, a fictional ideal.  To make him a father is to make him sexually active.  To reproduce is human, but the point of an ideal is to be more than human, above human.  Being a father knocks him down to human level.

Ok, so now that he is a father, what does that mean?  Well, it means that he has two choices.  1) Superman must dedicate his life to his son rather than saving the world.  2) Superman is an absentee father.  Neither a good option.  And if you go with the first option, then Superman breaks up Lois’s engagement to Richard, and Superman becomes a homewrecker.

So why can’t Lois have just went on with her life during Superman’s 5-year absence?  Why can’t she have had a baby with her fiancé?  Why can’t Superman remain a paragon?  And why can’t James Marsden get a role where the woman with whom he has a relationship actually wants him?

Don’t get me wrong.  I enjoyed the movie very much.  It just had one flaw.  The casting was very good.  The energy, mood, spirit of it was just right.  I recommend that you all see it.


Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Well, today I found out that I finally escaped the red tape and defeated the bureaucracy. I am now a degree-seeking graduate student will all rights therein, including the right to apply for government loans and school-sponsired assistantships. Since I was denied one assistantship, a TA positions or an RA position already because of my previous non-degree status, I am thoroughly relieved that that won’t happen again.

I also had my French graduate proficiency exam today, and I think it went fine.

And later tonight is dinner and the “Superman” movie with friends. Time to chill tonight…

What subcategory of Goth best fits you?

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

You scored as Fantasy Goth. You are a Fantasy Goth. You may or may not actually be a goth, but “normal” folks see you as one of those weird kids, and you are probably considered a geek by quite a few.

Fantasy Goth
Anything-Goes Goth
Perky Goff
Romantic Goth
Understanding Outsider
Ethereal Goth
Old-school Goth
Confused Outsider
Death Rocker

What subcategory of Goth best fits you?
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I stole this from Anne’s blog.  I suppose this assessment is fairly accurate since I am a grad student in medieval European history with a cyber-goth online store.  I’m all about future-past juxtaposition.  18th C ballgowns in black vinyl.  Rapiers and robots.   And goggles goggles goggles.

Tune of the Day

Thursday, June 1st, 2006

Leva’s Polka is extremely catchy. Part of this tune is used in the meme, and now you can enjoy the whole thing!