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|Sunday, November 4th, 2012|
I'm trying to find the episode "Me and Max and the Time Machine". Does anyone know if it's possible to watch it?
|Monday, May 30th, 2011|
|Saturday, June 12th, 2010|
|Thursday, September 3rd, 2009|
|The problem with Superman
Let's face it, Superman is probably the most recognizable hero in modern times. At the same time his backstory is probably the least likely of any hero or villain. Lets take it from the top:
His home planet explodes leaving him the sole survivor.
Okay, the first problem is planets do not explode on their own. Albeit, they made it sound reasonable (especially after kryptonite was invented and they said the core was now made of a deadly amalgam of nuclear waste), but it's still impossible. To explode the planet would have to overcome all the gavitational forces holding it together. This is a great deal of force to overcome. I'd buy it if the planet was smashed into smithereens by another planet (this can, and does occur - albeit infrequently) but simply blowing the planet up due to what's in the core or something similar is nonsense.
The second problem - he's the only survivor. Again, this makes little logical sense, and makes increasingly less sense the further you go in time. At first he's the only survivor because rocket technology apparently doesn't exist on Krypton - at least not in the stage where it could transport a host of people around. As Krypton becomes more technologically advanced the reasons no one else escaped on rockets becomes increasingly far-fetched ranging from the scientific council refused to build the fleet because they didn't believe Jor-El to the planet's entire population was 'genetically bound' to Krypton to keep them from leaving.
So the whole of the population except one is killed. Except those in the Phantom Zone. And Kara (most of the time). And the entire bottled city of Kandor. And the Daxomites - who apparently left Krypton sometime before its destruction but are otherwise genetically identical to Kryptonians (except they have a weakness to lead instead of kryptonite). Does anyone else see a problem with this?! I mean you make Superman unique by basically killing everyone else off then reintroduce more people from the same planet (or close off-shoots)? What's the point?! Why not have a different origin entirely? Why not something more reasonable?!
And then there's his powers and kryptonite. Okay, Superman's powers and abilities have evolved over time and, let's face it, make him something of a god. They aren't, I suppose, so strange if you consider other superpowers but his means of getting them - Earth's yellow sun - makes him sound like he's part plant. There's also the fact that in order to be livable near a red sun Krypton would likely have to be close enough for the stellar radiation to be similar to that coming from our own. There's also the fact that in the original Superman's abilities were common to native Kryptonians, which actually made more sense.
And kryptonite - ah kryptonite - how your green glow warms my heart. The only thing Superman is vulnerable to (besides magic, which hardly counts). Why? Well it's a deadly radioactive substance - so deadly, in fact that while it can almost instantly kill Superman it has almost no effect on humans whatsoever except over a prolonged period of exposure
! Does anyone else see a problem with this?! Or the fact that when Superman's powers leave him he's no longer instantly killed by kryptonite? Or if someone else gains his powers they are suddenly as affected as he is?! Not to mention that it comes in a variety of flavors, all of which have different effects (sometimes very
different, depending on who's doing the story) and none of which are as deadly as the green variety.
So, though I know I'll never be in a position to create my own version of Superman, here are two scenarios that I think might be interesting:
1) Superman comes from the continent of Mu. The Muian civilization reached heights we have yet to achieve and developed the ability to alter their genes through a green crystaline material they found while exploring a world through a warp gate. They decided to try and alter themselves to become 'perfect' but were worried this might not work well and so developed twelve babies instead. If all went well the process could be applied to them at large. If it didn't - well at least they'd know. They decided to release only four of the babies into society, since the babies were so powerful, and leave the other eight in stasis. These babies would grow up to be General Dru-Zod, Faora Hu-Ul, Quex-Ul, and Ursa Jax-Ur. Although the four were ultimately defeated once their motives became clear Muian civilization was virtually destroyed. The other eight babies had been sent into orbit, disguised as asteroids, by Jor-El once Dru-Zod's motives became clear - in the hopes they would some day return and overthrow the superpowered dictator. After they were defeated there were no resources left to try and retrieve them and they remained in orbit until, one by one, they eventually fell back to Earth. Eventually those within would emerge as Wonder Woman (Diana), Mr. Majestic, Superwoman, Superman, Supergirl, Superboy, Powergirl, and Powerboy.
2) Superman is the child of Metis and Zeus - the son prophesied to overthrow Zeus long ago. Metis escaped from Zeus one night as he slept. Knowing well of his dalliances, she disguised herself as a mortal woman and lured Zues into having sex with her again. After doing so she used her powers to hide from Zeus and, later, hide her son among mortals. She chose the Kents because of their values, and has since been looking over him and helping him as she can. She is aided in this by Hera who feels no particular qualms about the many battles Clark faces. Supergirl and Superboy would be descended from other deities, most likely Ares or Hephaestus.
Thoughts? Current Mood: contemplative
|Monday, March 2nd, 2009|
A nasty thought keeps playing itself out in my mind, that Republicans are so determined the Democrats must fail they are will to, basically, let the country fail. It would be a Pyrrhic victory, of course, but it would be a victory.
I have trouble believing that an elected official would deliberately allow constituents to be tossed into poverty and homelessness just to prove a political point, yet to hear the talk...
I don't agree with the bailout policies. I find the amount of debt mounting to be quite terrifying and I don't foresee a way out of it, no matter what promises Obama may make about halving it.
Personally I think we need some new type of production job. I think art and music would work. Current Mood: worried
|Friday, September 26th, 2008|
|Tuesday, September 16th, 2008|
The Dewey Color System® is the world's first and only validated, color-based personality career testing instrument. Based on our experience and your interests, your best suited occupations are listed below.
Current Mood: amused
Best Occupational Category
You're a CREATOR
Key Words: Nonconforming, Impulsive, Expressive, Romantic, Intuitive, Sensitive, and Emotional
These original types place a high value on aesthetic qualities and have a great need for self-expression. They enjoy working independently, being creative, using their imagination, and constantly learning something new. Fields of interest are art, drama, music, and writing or places where they can express, assemble, or implement creative ideas.
Suggested careers are Advertising Executive, Architect, Web Designer, Creative Director, Public Relations, Fine or Commercial Artist, Interior Decorator, Lawyer, Librarian, Musician, Reporter, Art Teacher, Broadcaster, Technical Writer, English Teacher, Architect, Photographer, Medical Illustrator, Corporate Trainer, Author, Editor, Landscape Architect, Exhibit Builder, and Package Designer.
Consider workplaces where you can create and improve beauty and aesthetic qualities. Unstructured, flexible organizations that allow self-expression work best with your free-spirited nature.
Suggested Creator workplaces are advertising, public relations, and interior decorating firms; artistic studios, theaters and concert halls; institutions that teach crafts, universities, music, and dance schools. Other workplaces to consider are art institutes, museums, libraries, and galleries.
2nd Best Occupational Category
You're a RESEARCHER
Key Words: Independent, Self-Motivated, Reserved, Introspective, Analytical, and Curious
These investigative types gather information, analyze and interpret data, and inquire to uncover new facts. They have a strong scientific orientation, enjoy academic or research environments and prefer self-reliant jobs. Dislikes are group projects, selling, and repetitive activities.
|Monday, September 1st, 2008|
|And now for something completely different
I am going to be working at National College as a quasi-professor teaching prep English Mondays from 8:30 - 12:20. It's a job I think I can enjoy, and if I'm lucky it might turn into something with more hours. Current Mood: complacent
|Wednesday, July 30th, 2008|
|No good news
Some time ago a friend of mine here on LJ reflected that the fact that there was nothing but disturbing news on was a good thing. As he pointed out it meant that you knew 80 people were killed in a horrible way rather than the information being suppressed. Well that's fine but sometimes I'd like to hear something a bit different - or, at least, a bit more cheerful. Certainly it would be nice to hear that someone saved 80 lives or that conservation efforts were actually working. But I'd also like that information to be true. I don't want it to be a case of "we say all's well and if it isn't we find another street".
In other news I'm still fishing for a job. If anyone knows of someone looking for a writer/editor/library floor person who is friendly, loyal, and hard-working please contact the pound at... er I mean let me know.
|Saturday, May 17th, 2008|
I graduated today and had a pretty nice day, but the family dog died just a couple hours ago, leaving me crying. Current Mood: sad
|Sunday, May 4th, 2008|
Taken from ziabandito555
Comment to my journal and I will...
a) tell you why I friended you,
b) associate you with something - fandom, a song, a colour, a photo, etc.,
c) tell you something I like about you,
d) tell you a memory I have of you,
e) ask something I've always wanted to know about you,
f) tell you my favorite user pic of yours,
However! In return, you must post this in your LJ.
My memory is not always so great, but I'll do my best ^^;
|Friday, May 2nd, 2008|
People commonly refer to 'common sense' but really it seems that few people have it (right around with 'common courtesy' and 'common decency' in terms of being endangered of going extinct) . Was sense ever really common? If so what happened to it? Did people become less able to use their sense? Did they become less willing? Or is the whole idea of common sense an urban myth? Current Mood: whimsical
|Friday, April 11th, 2008|
|Prayer of Saint Francis
Yesterday I went to the funeral of my Great Uncle Bob. He had died on my birthday. He was the husband to my Grandma's sister. I hadn't seen him in a while and he was in poor health for a long time. He actually stopped talking in December.
As we were attending the mass the song for "A Prayer of Saint Francis" was played. It was one of those throat-catching moments. Still, the song is one of hope, and I found a variation of the prayer I like quite a lot:
- Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
- that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
- that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
- that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
- that where there is error, I may bring truth;
- that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
- that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
- that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
- that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Current Mood: thoughtful
- Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
- to understand, than to be understood;
- to love, than to be loved.
- For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
- It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
- It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.
|Tuesday, April 8th, 2008|
You Belong in the Silent Generation
You fit in best with people born between 1925 and 1942.
You are a person of high values and character.
Family, your country, loyalty, and hard work all important to you.
You are willing to do what's right, even when it's difficult.
You Belong in the Baby Boomer Generation
You fit in best with people born between 1943 and 1960.
You are optimistic, rebellious, and even a little self centered.
You still believe that you will change the world.
You detest authority and rules. Deep down, you're a non conformist.
You Belong in Generation X
You fit in best with people born between 1961 and 1981.
You are fun, laid back, and very independent.
You are willing to take risks and live your life however you see fit.
You are casual, accepting, and friendly. You see everyone as your equal.
You Belong in Generation Y
You fit in best with people born between 1982 and 2001.
You are cooperative, flexible, and adaptable.
You know the world changes quickly, and you're eager to change with it.
You are socially responsible, forward thinking, and open minded.
|Monday, April 7th, 2008|
|Monday, March 3rd, 2008|
|It's in the cards ;)
You are The Magician
Skill, wisdom, adaptation. Craft, cunning, depending on dignity.
Eloquent and charismatic both verbally and in writing,
you are clever, witty, inventive and persuasive.
The Magician is the male power of creation, creation by willpower and desire. In that ancient sense, it is the ability to make things so just by speaking them aloud. Reflecting this is the fact that the Magician is represented by Mercury. He represents the gift of tongues, a smooth talker, a salesman. Also clever with the slight of hand and a medicine man - either a real doctor or someone trying to sell you snake oil.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
|Tuesday, February 5th, 2008|
When all is said and done I foresee a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton team-up for president.
I really cannot foresee who else they might pair up with otherwise unless Edwards or one of the others who dropped out joins one of them or there's some sort of Apocalypse and one of the Republicans switches sides and joins as VP (though Giuliani would not be switching sides so much as coming out of the closet, so to speak).
It's harder to say with the Republican end. Romney, McCain, and Huckabee are all still going pretty strong, and any of the two could team up if one drops out. I think if McCain and Huckabee team up, however, I think they may be unstoppable. I would certainly hope that if they do McCain is running for the President because I absolutely dread Huckabee becoming President.
|Sunday, December 16th, 2007|
Since I've been nothing but gloomy lately, something amusing from Golden Compass:
*Edit: Still not working... *sigh*
|Saturday, December 15th, 2007|
By now I don't think I'm in any danger of spoiling Deathly Hallows
so I will say that at one point in the story Severus Snape says something to Lilly Evans in a moment of extreme emotion - something that causes her great emotional harm. It is something that he cannot take back and cannot apologize for. It is something that destroys their years of friendship and that he has to live with for the rest of his life.
In June I said something similar to a once good friend. And we have not spoken since. I doubt that we will ever speak again and, to be honest, I'm not sure exactly what we'd say if we were to. Every time I happen upon something my friend posts I always wonder if I should reply or be silent. And I am always silent because I don't want to cause any more harm than necessary. I've already done quite enough. But I still hurt inside. I still miss my friend and I wonder if my friend misses me or thinks about me. I wonder if my friend has decided to forget me as fully as possible. I wonder if I am crazy for still wanting to be friends. I wonder if there is anything I can do or say to redeem myself. Current Mood: gloomy
|Sunday, December 2nd, 2007|
|There is no good news in the world tonight
Ecuador - dictatorship, and upcoming dictatorships. To be sure the people there fight back, but one only needs to look at what happened to the Buddhist monks in Burma or the incident at Red Square in China to know, in the end, might makes right. One person I know, a great opera singer, will soon be forced to return to Eucador. He will likely never be heard from again, for if he is not forced into service, his views of the world will likely cause him to be silenced. Not that he hasn't tried staying here, but all methods have failed him. We don't want 'his type'. After all, all of us are natives, right? None of our ancestors migrated here looking for a better life, now did they?
Even here in the United States where we have a supposed democracy the only people to get into office anymore are the ones with the money and power to do so. Despite our supposed equality, when was the last time a president was elected who was from a working family, a poor family, a family where you had sleepless nights wondering if you would be able to pay bills the next day, a family where parents and kids all have to work two or even three jobs just to stay afloat? When was the last time someone was elected that actually cared about children? I don't mean say they care and sign a few checks, but actually looked into whether the policies for children and families were just, really asked someone active in the field of teaching if the tests forced on them were the right thing to do? Cared more about the environment than about their ties to companies that exploit it? When was the last president who wasn't a white male?
Yet in the news you also hear about countries trying to fight global warming and the destruction of the environment. but I think it's too late. The climate is altering and nothing we do will stop or reverse it. Our great grand children will be living in a nightmare world, one we helped to create. And there will be no escape and no future.
I have lost my faith in humanity. I have lost my hope in the future. I have lost my ability to love without reservation for I know, inevitably, all those I love will one day leave me and I will never see them again. Loss through the cold breaking of silent years or through the embrace of death will take them from me. Loss through my own stupidity and selfishness has already cost me one friend, and my apologies are not enough to bridge the gap I created. Like Severus Snape I said something I didn't mean but could not take back. And now I wonder how I can return things he gave me. I don't want momentos of a friendship lost. What are things compared to the person? How do they serve as anything but salt in a never-closing wound?
This time of year always reminds me, no matter what good people try to do, you still end up being killed on a cross.
Current Mood: depressed