overworldtheme: (tales of veigue)
Sunday, October 12th, 2014 04:58 pm
Just caught a Mitch McConnell ad on television trying to link Alison Grimes to Benghazi. Ladies and gentlemen, the Kentucky Senate race has officially jumped the shark.
overworldtheme: (america)
Thursday, March 7th, 2013 10:53 am
The fourth in my Tales of Emotion series. I wrote this back in December, but the issue the story touches on has exploded as of late so I figured it was a good time to go ahead and post it. It's a bit "heavier" than the others in the series, so I was reluctant to include it, but it fit the emotion of "anger" so well. I'll try and make the next story more fun and less serious.


~860 word short story )
overworldtheme: (politics)
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 09:16 am
I've already posted this elsewhere, but I shall do so here for posterity's sake.

303 - 235, Obama wins.
Obama will take Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Colorado. Romney will only take North Carolina and Florida (and the later, just barely). The popular vote will narrowly go to Obama. However, the election will be close enough that it won't be called for sure until later tomorrow.

Assuming independent Angus King caucuses with the Democrats, the makeup of the senate will remain unchanged. Neither party will pick up any seats.

Sizable pickup for the Democrats, but the Republicans will narrowly hang on to their majority. Michelle Bachmann and Allen West will both win reelection (may god have mercy on our souls).

And there you have it. Tune in tomorrow to laugh at me and throw poo!
overworldtheme: (politics)
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 09:03 am
Wented on down to my pollerating place todays and casted my votification in the nah-she-nal electurficate! :3

They only had one machine, so I cast a paper ballot for the first time in my life. D:

That said, damn did it leave a bad taste in my mouth this year. I despise Romney and can't stand Ryan and his faux intellectualism, but I also have a strong distaste for Obama and his policies (especially when related to drone strikes, but it's not like the Republican candidate is any better on that issue).

"Well, maybe I should vote third party?" *looks at the third party candidates* "Ugh. Never mind."

Hovered my pen over the little square for ages before finally committing.
overworldtheme: (defeated)
Thursday, August 30th, 2012 08:43 pm
Ah man, someone beat me to my idea.

overworldtheme: (positive)
Monday, August 6th, 2012 10:02 am
They did it! They put a thing on a rock!

It always amazes me that people want to cut back on funding projects like this. Science is so undervalued in our society. :(
overworldtheme: (gender)
Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 09:10 pm
I rented Miss Representation last week because it was recommended by Brenda Chapman (of Brave and Prince of Egypt fame). I'm not sure I'm qualified enough in this case to decide whether it was a "good" movie or not, but I enjoyed it and took things away from watching it. As a result, as much as I dislike figures such as Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, I think I shall be more careful in how I view their work and especially in how I refer to them.
overworldtheme: (politics)
Saturday, July 14th, 2012 08:38 am
I find it funny, all these comments lately that "OMG! The Republicans would defend even Ebenezer Scrooge if he were real!" It's funny, because it's happened before. The bizzare Michael Levin's classic article Scrooge Defended is one of those things that must be read to be believed.
overworldtheme: (gender)
Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 04:20 pm
Even these days it seems to be common wisdom among writers and publishers alike that when it comes to young adult fiction boys just won't read books where the main character is a girl. However, the reverse is not held to be true. Girls apparently don't care what the character's gender is.

Now, maybe I'm just weird (and I probably am) but as a teenager I had no problem reading books where the main character was a girl, so long as I enjoyed the story itself. Granted, that's just one guy out of the billions of teenagers that inhabit this blue marble, but I've never actually been able to understand this. While I get the fact that pretty much every teenage boy out there (my teenage self included) doesn't want anyone to see them as a sissy--a perilous quest which being, heaven forbid, spotted holding a book with some random girl on the cover might endanger--the consensus seems to peg the primary reason as being that people are only interested in characters that they can relate to, and boys just don't relate to girls.

I call bull.

True, boys probably aren't going to get into girls' struggles with things like prom dates and menstruation, but they don't have to. Male or female, human beings all share common struggles and emotions: fear, joy, relief, loss, longing, a sense of belonging, the desire to form bonds with others. Although these things take different incarnations and have different causes and effects from individual to individual, they are things we all largely understand in one form or another. One of the defining traits of humankind is empathy: the ability to recognize and even share the feelings of others. In that respect, I kind of believe that, to at least some degree, any two (sane) human beings can relate to each other in some way or another.

See, I don't think I've ever read or watched anything in my entire lifetime because I could "relate" to the main character. The thinking that we have to have some "everyman" as the protagonist of every single work out there just so that the audience can perceive the character as themselves just does not resonate with me. I might even go so far as to say this even makes a fertile soup for countless uninteresting Mary Sues and Gary Stus all in the name of "relatability". Instead I read, watch, and listen to stories because the characters interest me. I can relate to them later in my own time if I feel like it, something that's more apt to happen as I witness their struggles, victories, and failures.

Now, that being said, boys are (for the most part) not going to be interested in the sappy soap operas that seem to be more common in female young adult fiction. I can understand that. The issue I have is that "common knowledge" pegs boys as disinterested even in action-driven stories whenever the central protagonist has a vagina. This bothers me a bit. I won't deny some guys aren't going to be interested in reading a book with a female protagonist; everybody has different tastes in storytelling. But do we really need such a big push to ensure that no girl ever features as the center of an adventure written for young adults, for fear that they'll lose the male audience? The French animated series Oban, for example, had a long and difficult uphill battle when it began pursuing production. For some ten years Savin Yeatman-Eiffel's creation was turned down because he refused to recreate the main character as a boy. I don't know, something about that just doesn't seem right to me.

I'm probably just ranting at this point, so I'll wind down here. I know there's at least a couple people on my friends list that are also writers, so I'm wondering if I could get a different perspective on this other than my own. Am I just being thin-skinned here and making a mountain out of a gopher carcass?
overworldtheme: (Default)
Thursday, April 21st, 2011 09:38 pm
*Sigh* Man, I miss these things, but you can't get them over here. :(
overworldtheme: (bunnies)
Friday, April 15th, 2011 01:22 pm
Wait, so New York gets one of the shuttles, but Houston doesn't? What idiot engineered this mess?
overworldtheme: (video games)
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 09:17 pm
Every day, video games teach me new and important lessons about life.

"Okay, Phoenix, let's go solve this next case! Wait, what's that? Some guy might be going free because the statute of limitations on murder is only fifteen years? Goodness, game, that's really stretching it. I know the justice in this game's world is really messed up and all, but that's a bit hard to swallow. My belief has just been suspended!

...Hmm. I wonder..."

*looks up online*

"What the heck!? In Japan, the statute of limitations really was just fifteen years when this game was made! What kind of sick people are these!?"
overworldtheme: (politics)
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010 08:55 pm
Congratulations to Rick Perry on being elected dictator perpetuo of Texas!
overworldtheme: (bunnies)
Saturday, October 16th, 2010 07:06 pm
Of all the things to tack on to the Chilean Mine Rescue, you've got people cranking out articles, up in arms about random individuals referring to it as a "miracle". Really? Really? This is the vehicle you are using to criticize society on such a petty issue? And I thought the whole Mr. Driller thing was over-the-top.
overworldtheme: (bunnies)
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 10:07 pm
Oh great googly moogle, you people. The Civil War was not about slavery.

And, oh look! People are seriously suggesting that we make everything that ever had to do with the Confederacy illegal, noting how effectively the Germans have dealt with Nazism. Lollerskates much?
overworldtheme: (bunnies)
Monday, March 22nd, 2010 11:20 am
The bureaucracy is expanding, to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.
overworldtheme: (defeated)
Thursday, March 4th, 2010 12:45 pm
The many possible repercussions of the RealDVD case do not make me feel warm and fuzzy inside at all. Even more so when you consider who owns the replacement media format that won the last format war. The domino effect this is going to have on the quickly-sprouting digital distribution market is even more disheartening.

Why don't we just sign our souls over to Satan the distribution companies? It'd be a lot less hassle than all this draconian DRM and copyright protection.
overworldtheme: (politics)
Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 08:46 pm
I've never had to wait for two hours in line at the polls before. And this was just the primary. Good grief!

I've always found it amusing that, despite how jaded and divided the country is supposed to be, the peaceful transition of power continues. As soon as you stepped inside, people waiting inside to vote were friendly and courteous, making sure you were pointed in the right direction to your party's primary, regardless of whether you were Republican or Democrat. This is why I will always condemn the idea that one day we'll all be able to just log onto some state website to cast our ballots. We don't see each other enough as it is! The last thing we need is to all live in an anonymous bubble where we can brood over how evil and retarded the enemy is even if it's true.

In other news, we really need congressional and senate term limits. This is just getting silly. If you're getting elected to your ninth straight term, you've been in office too long.
overworldtheme: (Default)
Thursday, February 18th, 2010 01:21 pm
Because crashing your plane into a building will definitely reform the American tax system. Oh, wait, no it won't. Also you didn't even manage to kill anyone so I guess the joke's on you all the way around. Yeah, and thanks a lot for scaring the living daylights of my relatives waiting for family to fly into College Station this morning on a small plane.

In lighter news: Civilization V.


EDIT: What the turducken? You got hex tiles in my Civ5!

Worry Meter +5
overworldtheme: (bunnies)
Friday, October 9th, 2009 05:38 pm
I swear, every year it becomes clearer that the Nobel Prize is just another version of the Oscars. And mathematics is the Nobel Prize version of comedy, animation, and foriegn films.