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- in hopes that a crappy copy of the thing will eventually be posted to the place?
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Okay, yeah, that was agonizing and everything, but -

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I feel like mentioning it, because I've been pretty quiet lately - changed jobs not terribly long ago and am still getting used to New Job, and right now, the New Job is kicking my ass with how much work I have to do... good work, I like the work, but I'd really love to take a break and just read some Steve/Bucky healing cock porn, you know?
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People keep trying to friend me or network or send messages and I never even notice because I never check those accounts and then 6 months go by and I look like an asshole.
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So who's going to make me the Steve/Bucky vid to Adventures in Solitude?

So, wait

Apr. 1st, 2014 09:01 am
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Someone explain to me what happened in the HIMYM finale? I don't watch the show and know almost nothing about it.


Mar. 28th, 2014 03:00 pm
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Every culture has a Polish joke—but only Americans make fun of lawyers.
For the past several decades, British sociologist and preeminent humor scholar Christie Davies has been collecting examples of an odd phenomenon: Nearly every culture has its own version of the Polish joke. That is, every country likes to make fun of people who’ve been labeled as simpletons and, often, outsiders.

In this country, we mock the poor, put-upon Poles ....(Polish-Americans became the butt of jokes after millions fled persecution in their own country in the 18th and 19th centuries, often taking up menial jobs in their new American home.) But that’s just one example of what Davies calls the “stupidity joke.” People all over the world and throughout history have differentiated themselves from those they see as inferior and foreign by making fun of them. Take the oldest-known joke book in the world: Philogelos, Greek for “The Laughter Lover,” compiled from several manuscripts dating from the 11th to 15th centuries but believed to have been penned in the 4th century A.D. by the otherwise unknown scribes Hierokles and Philagrios. Of the 265 jokes in the book, nearly a quarter concern people from cities renowned for their idiocy, like Cyme in modern-day Turkey and Abdera in Thrace.

The fact that he’s uncovered a nearly universal kind of joke is all the more incredible considering the vast majority of humor is the opposite of universal. There’s a reason that action films are far more likely to be global blockbusters than comedies. Humor is incredibly subjective—what you find funny varies immensely by upbringing, age, gender, political affiliation, and a host of other factors....

When we traveled to Japan, ... we hardly understood any of the jokes. That’s because most of them didn’t bother with set-ups at all. As a member of the Japanese Humor and Laughter Society explained to us, Japan is a high-context society: It is so homogenous, jokesters don’t need to bother with explanations or detailed backstories. They can get right to the punch line. One common joke, about an Olympic gymnast whose leotard was hiked embarrassingly high during a performance, has apparently become so familiar that even the punch line isn’t necessary. All you have to do is gesture to your upper thigh.

Each country’s particular brand of comedy is so intertwined with its social and cultural baggage, in fact, that enterprising academics are using the birth and spread of specific kinds of jokes to uncover hidden quirks of various societies’ cultural DNA. Davies has proven especially proficient at this. He traced the spread of dumb-blonde jokes, for example, from their origins in the United States in the mid-20th century to Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Brazil, deducing the zingers emerged as women shook up gender roles by entering high-skilled professions. When the so-called Great American Lawyer Joke Cycle of the 1980s didn’t spread anywhere beyond the United States, Davies concluded the jokes were a uniquely American phenomenon because no other country is so rooted in the sanctity of law—and in no other country are those who practice it so reviled.
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Due to real life obligations, the earliest I could possibly see Captain America 2 is April 6th - and possibly not for a few days after that.

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Today’s Girls Love Pink Bows as Playthings, but These Shoot
Once upon a time, Grace Maher twirled around the house in Disney princess costumes, a vision of sequins, tiaras and pink.

She’s 8 now and done with all that. The only pink left is her new bow and arrow.

That would be her Nerf Rebelle Heartbreaker Exclusive Golden Edge Bow by Hasbro, a petunia-colored weapon with gold and white trim that shoots colorful foam darts. Forget Ariel, the beautiful mermaid princess. Grace’s new role model is Katniss Everdeen, the (also beautiful) huntress/survivor in the “Hunger Games” trilogy of books and movies.

Heroines for young girls are rapidly changing, and the toy industry — long adept at capitalizing on gender stereotypes — is scrambling to catch up.

Toy makers have begun marketing a more aggressive line of playthings and weaponry for girls — inspired by a succession of female warrior heroes like Katniss, the Black Widow of “The Avengers,” Merida of “Brave” and now, Tris of the book and new movie “Divergent” — even as the industry still clings to every shade of pink.

The result is a selection of toys that, oddly, both challenges antiquated notions and plays to them deeply.

The Rebelle line, introduced last year, comes in a swirl of pink, purple, white and gold plastic, and the weapons have names — like the Heartbreaker and the Pink Crush — that are enough to make an enlightened 21st-century mother groan. But around a dozen new toys in the line are coming out this year.

Zing’s Air Huntress bows and sling shots (Slogan: Ready. Aim. Girl Power!) account for more than a quarter of the company’s sales in a little over a year on the market. A pump-action “cheetah shooter” from the Marshmallow Fun Company is bathed in pale pink with darker spots and fires mini-marshmallows.

Barbie, ever pretty in pink, has naturally gotten into the act with a Katniss doll that slings a bow and arrow in authentic brown. The action figure shelves at toy stores now display a Black Widow figure (modeled after Scarlett Johansson) alongside the new Captain America....

Sharon Lamb, a child psychologist and play therapist who teaches counseling psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, says toys that stimulate aggression are healthy for children.

“I don’t see this as making girls more aggressive, but instead as letting girls know that their aggressive impulses are acceptable and they should be able to play them out,” she said.

But, she added, “What I don’t like is the stereotyped girlifying of this. Do they have to be in pink? Why can’t they be rebels and have to be re-BELLES? Why do they need to look sexy when aggressing, defending the weak or fighting off bad guys?”
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Suicide Squad .... was this a trial balloon for a spinoff, or something?
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Since Arrow is stealing all the other Spartacus cast members, I give it a year before Lucy Lawless makes an appearance.

Which will be awesome.


Mar. 21st, 2014 09:10 am
giandujakiss: (gay batman)
This is a NYT magazine story about the American Institute of Bisexuality, and how it is trying to combat myths about biphobia and prove that bisexuality exists.

Random aside - I find the whole thing where some people don't believe bisexuality exists to be absolutely baffling. Like, of course there are people who are attracted to both genders - because sex is sex and sex is hot. I'm straight - really, pretty straight, Kinsey-wise - and yet I actually find bisexuality to be more plausible as a theoretical matter than heterosexuality. I find myself to be harder to believe in than the idea that people can be attracted to both genders.

But that's me.
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for violent, alpha men who are sexually submissive to nebbishy, bookish partners is really getting out of hand.
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Originally posted by [personal profile] tzikeh at NOW AND AGAIN COMING TO DVD
Now and Again is coming to DVD this summer, according to one VERY large retailer! TVShows on DVD has got the heads-up info.


ETA: Pre-order at Amazon.
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Really fun! Really clever (well, not the mystery, but the dialogue)! Basically a long episode of the show, which was all I wanted. Even the in-jokes and self-references were charming. But seriously, they couldn't get the guy who played Lamb to come back? He was too busy? [Edit: Never mind, apparently I really checked out during season 3]

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