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Starting off with some hilarity:

Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition)

This is my favorite line: Hamlet and the queen are no longer friends.


And now for some Famus Friends news:

Cleolinda also mentioned in Firefox news with a recommendation to read her Twilight recaps. Whee, Cleo!


Moving on to headshaking and restrained mockery in the news (restrained because I really love her in Joan of Arcadia and also Dave would be mad at me if I was too harsh on poor AmTamb):

Sisterhood of the Traveling Fug

Oh, Amber. Jumpsuits flatter no one! Haven't you been reading GFY? (And if not, WHY NOT?) They've been saying it for years!

Also, I agree with a fellow SFer, who said, "Heather and Jessica, I have to say that I love your alternative titles for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants sequel. If the film were actually called either Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants II: Pantapalooza or Hooray, Magic Pants: More Trouser Magic, I'd be more inclined to see it."



On we go to romance (in the news. Sort of)! Via snacky, I found The Pioneer Woman. The site has many delightful things, including recipes and photos, but what I'm hooked on, I must admit, is the story of how Pioneer Woman and Marlboro Man got hitched, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels. It's like a romance novel, only better, because it's real! Also: adorable and well-written.


And now, old news! This is from last year, but I just happened upon it and thought it was a bizarre and interesting news story about Nathan Fillion:

Local star to be face of modern hero

Well, seeing as I advocate Nathan Fillion being cast as Captain America, or, if (oh please oh please oh please) there was ever a Cable & Deadpool movie, as Cable (yeah, I know he's not as bulky, but hey, NOBODY IS. Cable's muscle mass is inhuman), I think this article is very pertinent.


And thanks to Matthew Good, some political news of the humerous (and not-so-humerous) variety:

Paris for President! is pretty darned funny.

And here's some discussion on why people still display the confederate flag, and what they think it stands for.

As part of the discussion, I was looking up some info on Indiana University's HPER (gym) building, which caused some controversy back when I was a student there because people realized that it had reverse swastikas (as well as other kinds of crosses, including, if I recall correctly, the Iron Cross) tiled into the walls. (The story behind that being, they are Native American-inspired, and the building was built in the '20s, before the Nazi party gained power.) In searching, I found this incident report from my campus, from July 2001-June 2002 (when this was causing controversy on my campus, along with the murals in Woodburn Hall). It's interesting to read, not only for that but to see all the random acts of hatred that are reported in a year. Why is that necessary, people? WHY?

And speaking of acts of hatred or violence, read Matt's friend Roy's discussion on politics and violence. Very interesting.


Also from Matt, some charity news:

Paws for a Cause - Matt asks you to help the doggies!


And in literary news:

Tor.com is now live, with lots of great writers blogging and posting thoughts, demos, news and reviews. Go look!


And finally, some art/photography:

Via Wonderful Neil's journal, I've discovered Kyle Cassidy, who has some really amazing photos. Go look!

...Also, that reminds me that I really, REALLY need to call Steve Raymer so we can overhaul his website. Darn it! So. Behind. On. Everything.

I hope he doesn't disown me as web designer or friend. O_o

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poinsley From: poinsley Date: August 6th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC) (current file)
The Hamlet/Facebook thing was genius!
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: August 6th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC) (current file)
SO FUNNY. Denmark is now Norwegian. HEE.
lberghol From: lberghol Date: August 6th, 2008 06:11 pm (UTC) (current file)
LOL I decided to go back and read Cleo's recaps after all the hype (I haven't read the series so I was previously uninterested) OMG THEY WERE SO AWESOME!! I was glued to my comp for HOURS (while I should have been working mind you), so HIGH-LARIOUS. I can't believe such a book exhists in print...O.o Amazing!

Also Facebook Hamlet and Paris totes made me LOL! XD

Edited at 2008-08-06 06:12 pm (UTC)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: August 6th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC) (current file)
I know, right? I don't know if I can force myself to read the actual books, but Cleo's recaps were totally for the win.

I can't believe such a Mary Sue character is triumphing in book sales. O_O
oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: August 6th, 2008 06:15 pm (UTC) (current file)
I read the confederate flag piece and agree with it wholeheartedly.

Here is an interesting add-on to your story about the symbols on your gym: in Linguistics, the language family Indo-Iranian was originally called Indo-Aryan, but post-WWII, most switched to Indo-Iranian.

Now, some want to use Indo-Aryan because it was the original name. Also because people who are of that descent want to reclaim the word.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: August 6th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC) (current file)
Ooh, that is an interesting fact.

I think it can be hard to balance what you want to do because it's the Original Thing or historical or because "we used that before it was turned into what it means now" and what might now be inappropriate because it will offend someone. Not many people want their lives ruled by the fear of being "un-PC" (I know I don't want to have to watch my every word for fear ONE person somewhere (i.e. the "eggshell plaintiff," so to speak) might be offended, but at the same time, it is important to show consideration to others' feelings.
corkdorkdan From: corkdorkdan Date: August 6th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC) (current file)
It's interesting to read, not only for that but to see all the random acts of hatred that are reported in a year. Why is that necessary, people? WHY?

I'm not entirely sure what you mean here. If you're saying it's not necessary to report such ridiculously minor "offenses" and wasting the campus police's time and money, then I agree.

But, I suspect you were actually wondering why people do hateful things? And I agree that it's sometimes out of line, like this one: "A male Muslim student from Pakistan reported that he was physically attacked by two White men who made a racial slur and told him to go back to his own country." No defense, definitely not cool. But it's not cool because someone was ASSAULTED, not because of any perceived "hatred" going on.

And how is that in any way equal to, "Residence hall staff reported finding anti-Semitic graffiti in two bathrooms in a residence hall. The graffiti included a swastika and the words “I (heart shape) Hitler” written in permanent marker." It goes on to say how people were offended and "victimised" by the graffiti. Huh? Am I allowed to be victimised if I read something on the stall wall that says "UR A LOOSER"? There's maybe a case for vandalism here, or some other property-related crime, but to call it a "racial incident" is absolutely ridiculous.


Regarding the Confederate flag (or Rebel flag, whatever you want to call it), I think I understand it better now that I live in Atlanta (home of the Confederate Mt. Rushmore). Here in the city, I think most people who embrace it by buying belt buckles, drinking glasses, flags, etc., do so just to endorse the Southern "hick" culture. It's the idea that your pick-up truck should be enormous, you should enjoy guns, speak with a heavy southern drawl, and enjoy beer and football above all else. I'm sure there's others in rural areas who readily embrace the white superiority and Southern seccession ideals, but that hasn't been my experience.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: August 6th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC) (current file)
Well, I think it is necessary to report instances of hate speech, offensive behavior, assault, etc., or no one will be aware they are happening. And I don't think all the incidents listed were meant to be listed as equal (it's just a list of reported incidents).

I also don't think a statement like "I (heart) Hitler" is inoffensive. I mean, who doesn't know that Hitler = supremacy of Aryan race, hatred and persecution of Jews, etc.? I don't know that I'd feel "victimized" but I'd certainly feel that was something I didn't want to see in the public bathroom of a place I was spending 4 years of my life.

When I said, "Why?" I meant just what I said - "Why is it necessary for people to do these things." I.e. what compels people to want to hurt others like this. I realize that's a naive-sounding question, and I know the academic answer(s) that one can give to it - it's just that on a fundamental human level, I still want to ask WHY? Even knowing the reasons that could be behind it.

Yeah, like I said in Matt Good's post, my general impression is that Southerners use it as a symbol of pride at being a Southerner, not necessarily to promote white supremacy or the ideals behind the Confederate side of the war. Still, I can see how easily it could be interpreted otherwise.
corkdorkdan From: corkdorkdan Date: August 6th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC) (current file)
I guess the disconnect I see is equating something that is done with "hatred" as somehow more egregious than a normal crime. That is, one person assaulting another (verbally/physically), defacing property, or organizing something for nefarious purposes is clearly a crime, and one that should be punished accordingly. The fact that the perp particularly hates the victim's race or gender is irrelevant. And I especially don't support the idea that a so-called "hate crime" should have a stiffer penalty than the crime would normally carry.

I didn't mean to imply that "I (heart) Hitler" is inoffensive (did I?), just that it does not qualify as a "racial incident." I mean, I don't want to see statements about Hitler or pictures of penises or inane insults in any bathroom stall where I live, but because it's vandalism and destructive, not because it's "hate-motivated." Besides, I'd bet you that the artist behind the Hitler quote is more closely related to a puckish troublemaker than a racist fiend. Annoying, yes, but mostly harmless. The incidents should be reported to maintenance so that the stall can be replaced/painted/cleaned or whatever, not to a task force on harrassment.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: August 6th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC) (current file)
Well, I'm not saying if a person gets beaten up and another person gets beaten up because they are X, Y, or Z race/gender/sexuality or whatever, the damage isn't the same. But I do think that the laws that are harsh on hate crimes are meant to not only punish the person, but also show others that the mentality (X, Y, or Z sucks!) isn't one that should be idealized or espoused. So I think there's an element besides the punitive one, there.
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corkdorkdan From: corkdorkdan Date: August 6th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC) (current file)
Do you think that if they didn't buy the flag stuff, they'd be less racist? If someone acts or treats other people with prejudice or racism, I'll be the first to say, "Dude, not cool." But I'm not gonna indict them because they bought a tacky pint glass or belt buckle down at the Dukes of Hazzard convention.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: August 6th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC) (current file)
I would be kinda ashamed to have a Confederate flag on me somewhere even if it *was* just to show I'm a good ol' Southern hick and didn't have the racist connotation. But I agree that, whether they consciously are meaning to promote racism or Confederate ideals or not, when I see the flag it makes me cringe, because that's what it means to me.
spectralbovine From: spectralbovine Date: August 6th, 2008 08:00 pm (UTC) (current file)
Hamlet (Facebook News Feed Edition)

I think my favorite line is "Polonius is no longer online." Also, "Hamlet became a fan of daggers."

Edited at 2008-08-06 08:01 pm (UTC)
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: August 6th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC) (current file)
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