May. 15th, 2009 04:04 pm
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I went to do this yesterday and then I ...had a seizure. Oh well. Doing it now.
First meme of this journal! I feel like...I'm christening it, somehow.

Comment here saying you want to play. I will find seven things off of your profile and you have to post in your journal with why you are interested in them. At that time, I will comment and squee. And possibly also participate in the fun by having you choose seven of my interests. We will go round and round and round.

Warning: I go on AT LENGTH. AT LENGTH. That's what happens when you ask me about things I like. Oh well.

[info - personal]noxie gave me:

amanda palmer

Amanda Palmer, sometimes of the Dresden Dolls and always of her lovely self, is an amazing singer and performer. I first encountered her as the singer for DD -- and who could resist an indie band that label themselves "brechtian punk cabaret"? -- but right now she has out a solo album, which is fantastic. It's called Who Killed Amanda Palmer? and it was put out in conjunction with a book of short stories by Neil Gaiman (oh look, another one of my interests) and photos by Kyle Cassidy.

If you haven't heard of her, you should go run over to her (Myspace) and/or possibly her (twitter).

I like her not only because her music is amazing (and often controversial: her single Oasis is banned from radio play in the UK) but also because she herself is awesome. She talks about everything and isn't afraid to share what she thinks in her blogs: reading them is like having a close friend.

And despite her following, she holds on to her integrity: Her label thinks she isn't trying hard enough to sell albums, but she relentlessly refuses to change what she does (to the point of writing them open, angry letters: she's in a contract, but that doesn't mean she can't make them really uncomfortable with her); they tried to cut her "Leeds United" video because she showed her oh-so-fat-tummy, which not only made her furious but incited an entire movement of tummy love in response; if you mention on her twitter that you can't afford a ticket, she'll put you on the guest list to her shows; she once threw an impromptu all-ages party because her shows in Australia were 18+.

Plus, her clothes are killer and she harrasses people to vote.

Okay, I think I've taken up enough space with Amanda!love. The next few are under a cut.

body acceptance

I mentioned the Rebellyon in Amanda's bit; this is along those lines. I'm pretty much sick of people telling me that I should look a certain way, or eat a certain amount, or that I have a "pretty face" and I should highlight it instead of my body. Or that I'm going to die of obesity: my last doctor told me I needed to lose 40 pounds despite my perfectly in-range blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.

I don't personally like to call it fat acceptance or fat-positivity, because I think that it's important that skinny people, athletic people, people with big hips and a tiny waist, whatever -- all accept their body, and love it, the way it is. I have so many beautiful, beautiful friends who don't see it. In the community, the emphasis is on fatness -- primarily, I think, because it's more stigmatized by society than thinness -- but I've known enough thin people in my lifetime to know that they aren't conditioned to love themselves either.

Interestingly enough, there is a movement that supports this (although, as I said, the emphasis tends to be on fat-positivity). My favorite blogger is Kate Harding and The Rotund and there's a good list of links here, for example.

Another blogger I read doesn't personally buy into the Health At Every Size movement, which you'll find referred to a lot, because she doesn't think it includes people who are differently abled and just can't get out and exercise or lower that blood pressure or whatever, but it's a good jumping off place, I think, especially when you're fighting that "you're going to die" preconception.

One thing that the community tends to emphasize is that most bodies have a stable weight they like to hang out at. Dieting tends to make you yo-yo: many people spend an entire lifetime thinking that somehow they've failed because their body just returns to 83/190/231/476/whatever pounds. There are ways to adjust your diet in a good way -- making sure you're getting all the nutrients your body needs -- but cutting (or piling on, if that's the case) calories isn't usually one of them.

But yeah. Since I've started reading sites like Kate Harding, Fatshionista, etc, it's become a lot easier for me to think of myself as beautiful; to not care about that extra piece of pizza, and actually, to get out and do stuff. Fatshionista, (although I eventually left the LJ comm that shares its name mostly b/c it killed my flist), was a great hopping off point, because I got to see a lot of FABULOUS women (and occasionally men and transguys), rocking their threads. And you know, I shouldn't care what I look like in clothes, but I do. I think everyone does.

Yeah, I still have days where my stomach feels like all everyone can see of me, or where I'm embarrassed to pick up the food for myself and my girlfriend because I just KNOW that the takeout guy thinks I'm eating it all myself. I have a lot of them, really. This shit is hard.
But you know? That's okay. Tomorrow's another day.

david bowie

David Bowie! What's not to love about David Bowie, seriously?


The man is a chameleon. He's managed to successfully navigate almost every era of music since the late 60s. He does practically everything (including: music, art, producing, movies, video games, bank ownership, etc). I have a running joke with my girlfriend that he wakes up in the morning, looks in the mirror and goes, "I'm David Bowie! XD" (The joke continues: at some point he suddenly aged all at once, looked in the mirror and went, "I'm David Bowie D:" and went and got some Botox. Because dude, the Reality Tour was BOTOXED. We also think he should start a line called Bowietox.)

I do have to admit that Jess is why I am quite so fond of Bowie, although it's not like I was unaware before we started dating - if only because Labyrinth was possibly the most-watched movie of my childhood (followed shortly by The Neverending Story and Return to Oz: yeah, I was a fantasy-loving child of the 80s/early 90s). I also have to admit that I'm fonder of his glam stage than any other, although I don't think I'm the only one.

I'm also fond of the idea of him making out with other glammy boys, although less fond of the reality that Bowie himself is rather more interested in his career than in people knowing he likes dudes. But come on now. If you had to stick him in a Harry Potter house, Bowie'd be a Slytherin. And I mean that in the best possible way. Ambition indeed.

derek morgan

Derek Morgan is the most badass member of the BAU team of Criminal Minds (for those not in the know). He is played by Shemar Moore, which makes him just that much more awesome (or, well, attractive):

One of my favorite things about the character is his relationship with their tech girl, Penelope Garcia. They like to flirt near-constantly on the phone. This particular character development was actually made up by Kirsten Vangsness (who plays Garcia) and Shemar, who had to go through a sexual harassment seminar for all the actors and ended up "harrassing" each other throughout as they were sitting together. The writers thought it was so funny that they wrote it into the show.

I'm a giant Morgan/Garcia shipper. Despite the fact that Garcia's in a relationship on the show - with a character played by Nicholas Brendon, even! - I still find Kevin, her boyfriend, a sort of poorly developed substitution, in a "well, we can't put a fat white geek with a handsome black profiler" way. If he were a regular character instead of a reoccuring one, I might feel differently.

That's a total side note though. Back to Morgan. Morgan's one of the most well-developed characters on the show, I think: his painful backstory, involving child abuse, informs the way he acts and despite being the "tough guy" and often endangering himself, leaping headlong (his flying tackles are one of my favorite things on the show) onto unsubs and driving into danger, he also has a vulnerable side and is a sucker for cases with kids.

knowing all the words
This one's very easy, since it's just related to concert-going. I love being at concerts and knowing all the words, that experience of feeling perfectly in-sync with the band/singer and screaming their own lyrics back at them.

Likewise, I love albums you've played over and over and know the words to by heart but love even more because of it. I suppose this could be extended to movies (for me it's The Crow, or Labyrinth or Velvet Goldmine, maybe Can't Hardly Wait or 10 Things I Hate About You), too. You don't love them any less once you learn all the lines: you love them MORE.

oscar wilde
Oh gosh. I know it's cliche to like Oscar Wilde, but I do, as you might have concluded from my screenname. Aside from that one chapter in Dorian Gray that was added purely to up the word count (hint: it's the description of Dorian's apartment and it's LONG AS HELL), I love almost everything the man has put out. Or, y'know, said once.

I think his writing hits the nail on the head in terms of satire and irony, while still letting me revel in Victorian Aesthetic decadent descriptions. My favorite of his is The Importance of Being Earnest - I think I've seen that in three or four different variations, possibly more, multiple times each, and picked up new jokes every time. I really love his fairy tales too, though, a lot, depressing as they are.

I've loved him for a long time, but my bubbling fondness might be influenced by my girlfriend here, too: she is quite the decadent glam rocker at heart, I think. Or possibly a Victorian with a psychic taste in music, if her architectural loves are a sign.

As a side note, I really want a GOOD Dorian Gray to be portrayed in film. As Jessi points out, he's supposed to be blond and moderately effete, not look like a damn vampire.

todd haynes
What do you get when you cross Oscar Wilde, David Bowie (and knowing all the words)? Oh right, Velvet Goldmine! And the writer/director of Velvet Goldmine, Todd Haynes, is equally awesome. Many of his early short films are pretty awesome.

More to my interest, he's one of the founding members of the New Queer Cinema movement, which argued (for example) that queer people trying to portray themselves as "just like everyone else" and universally making their characters good or honorable was unfair to the community - that characters shouldn't have to be better than anyone else to be tolerated in society, and moreover that having different experiences, expressing yourself differently, etc is okay. Velvet Goldmine was made after this period, really, but it informs all of Haynes' work. He does a lot of work with society and its oddities and intolerances, as well as with queer cinema, and I'm always intrigued to see what he'll be putting out next.

I really love New Queer Cinema, mostly because I agree that if people choose to express themselves radically differently from the rest of society, there's still no reason to discriminate against them. (I may be a bit Libertarian when I'm not a giant Commie.) Also, I like the techniques used to show this. Along with unique and creative characters, NQC filmmakers often used nonlinear (not straight!) storytelling and filmmaking, with inconclusive endings, as a counterpoint to the typical Hollywood film. I really enjoy this, especially because it's very similar to the way foreign films are made and I enjoy those too.

Okay, now you :)

crossposted to LJ from Dreamwidth

Date: 2009-05-15 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] earlofcardigans.livejournal.com
morgannnn. nom nom.

Date: 2009-05-15 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astaria51.livejournal.com
Haha. Mmm. You would have liked that I almost stuck this picture in, instead:

Date: 2009-05-16 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] earlofcardigans.livejournal.com
I don't see anything. :/

Date: 2009-05-15 08:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tsuki-no-bara.livejournal.com
i love me some derek morgan, seriously. his and garcia's flirty banter makes me all squeeful. (i love her and kevin too. pretty much anything with garcia in it is a happy place.) he's good with children and actually not bad with adults, he's dedicated, he's hot as hell, he calls spencer "kid".... there is no bad here.

i would not be surprised if david bowie wakes up every morning, looks in the mirror, and says "i'm david bowie! ^_^ " and then he can go on with his day.

Date: 2009-05-15 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astaria51.livejournal.com
Yesyesyes. All of that: INDEED. Morgan and Reid and Garcia make that show for me. (I can't do Kevin yet. I just need...more continuous Kevin, possibly when they're not being jealous about each other. Blah. I feel like a bad person because most of my flist apparently does not.)

Haha, I'm telling you :D

Date: 2009-05-16 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lunamorgan.livejournal.com

Also, <3

Date: 2009-05-16 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astaria51.livejournal.com
you have:

art nouveau glam rock
jared leto's masochism
my chemical romance
the moody student center

Date: 2009-05-16 04:16 am (UTC)


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