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Mamiina's power and passion

German philosophers and terrible yuri. You cannot get any better than this.

A scene from Philosophy Club:

Girl (name withheld since we're not on especially good terms and I don't want to be a total jerk to her over the Internet): *says something about Kannazuki no Miko*

Me: Oh, hey, I just finished rewatching that show! It's not really very good, but I have a bit of affection for it for reasons unrelated to its objective quality.

Girl: Such as?

Me: I'm not always entirely sure why, but in some ways I like the characters a lot, even Chikane given the extreme situations in which she has to make decisions. Of course, they're not perfect by any means.

Girl: Well...I mean, what Chikane did was certainly, on some levels, wrong.

Me: Oh, definitely. That's part of why she did it.

Girl: Yeah. I mean, just think of it in Kantian terms: What if everybody raped their girlfriend in an attempt to incite her to violence so that she'd destroy and recreate the world?

Me: I...I think the categorical imperative, here, has to be parsed to the level on which not everybody is in a position where that would have the intended effect even if it was done 'correctly'. If it's possible to commit sex crimes correctly, which it isn't, by definition.

Girl: Are you a Kantian?

Me: Kantianism plus some virtue/duty ethics, yes.

Girl: Well, okay, how about...

Me: How about if everybody was the Lunar Priestess and acted as Chikane did? I feel like that's the correct categorical imperative analysis to use here.

Girl: Then it wouldn't be Kannazuki no Miko, dipshit.

Me: It wouldn't be the categorical imperative either.
 
Best philosophy club or greatest philosophy club?
Azula smirk

Announc.

I am kicking this week's ass almost as much as it is kicking mine. I actually had both a date and a good conversation about Yuugao from the Tale of Genji this is UNREAL by my standards!!!!

I'm tired and going to go pass out on my bed now. Good night, Internet.
Romana: Oh for God's sake

/jp/: Like Gretchen in a way.

Thanks to Madoka Magica, 4chan's /a/ is now churning out parodies of Goethe's Faust.

I've studied now Cryptology
And Linguistics, Theatre,
And even, alas! Pornography
All through and through with fanboy glee!
Here now I stand, anon, and see
I'm just as wise as formerly.
Am called an oldfag, even cancer too,
And now I've nearly ten days through
Pulled my newfags by their nutbladders to and fro
And up and down, across, about,
And see there's nothing we can wiki!
That all but burns my face right out.
True, I am more clever than all the vain tripfags,
The cancer and oldfag, Writefags and Whiteknights;
No denials plague me, nor shame as well.
I'm not afraid of moot or /b/.
To offset that, all fap is rent from me.
I do not deign to wiki aught that's legal;
I do not hope or desire to teach what might
Shop and ridicule normalfags.
Nor have I likes or hits per day,
Or fame, loli's of the earth.
No namefag could live thus any more!
So I have turned to mathfag bore,
To see if through the hive's power and type
Perchance full many a spoiler I may reach,
So that no more with bitter rsi
I need to talk of speculah,
So that I may perceive whatever holds
The plot together in its deepest folds,
See all its hints, its foreshadowing power,
And cease fucking typing from this ungodly early hour.

...We're through the rabbit hole here, people.
The name of an ancient fate

Unlimited Shotgun Works!

So, a couple of days ago I watched the first episode (the only one out yet) of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It's a magical girl show with cutesy character designs that I was only watching because it's Kajiura Yuki's first full soundtrack in about two years.

Then I realised something.

This has the same director as Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei. And the same writer as Saya no Uta and Fate/Zero.

And I watched the rest of the episode. And. AND.

IT IS LIKE BEING HIT OVER THE HEAD WITH A SOCK FULL OF MERVYN PEAKE'S DARKEST DAYDREAMS.

IT'S LIKE

HIDAMARI SKETCH MEETS TITUS GROAN.

It's grim and disturbing and amazing and I hope it keeps up the first episode's quality (or even improves on it, since first episodes of anime series tend to be a bit bland).
Doctor/Romana summer

Something really great.

So, I got this email to-day from the International Socialist Organisation chapter at my college (they're officially Marxist, but they accept social democrats or liberation theology people like me as well).

The release of classified documents by the transparency organization Wikileaks is the biggest news in the U.S. right now. For many people around the world, the exposed documents confirm suspicions that U.S. foreign policy primarily acts in the interests of financial gain and political and military power. The U.S. government and political pundits have taken every opportunity to wage a smear campaign against Wikileaks and Julian Assange (Wikileaks founder and spokesperson) in order to undermine the project (more, and more incriminating, documents are set to release this year). Amidst this attack on transparency and investigative journalism is another discussion regarding rape allegations made against Assange. Much of the left (and right) has been utterly terrible on this question, and has openly scapegoated Assange's accusers in the name of defending Wikileaks.

We need to both question the sincerity and real motives of international governments that have jumped at the chance to prosecute Assange, while also standing unapologetically against any sexist victim-blaming against Assange's accusers. We want to weigh in on the key topic that our periphery (not to mention the whole world) is grappling with right now.

(emphasis mine)

I...cannot describe how happy this makes me and how awesome it is to read this from a leftist group right now.
Ian/Barbara

Holiday wrap party

So. Christmas is over, New Year's is over, and the Feast of the Epiphany is nigh. How were my holidays this year?

MY HOLIDAYS THIS YEAR WERE GREAT.

I got to spend some time with some friends I hadn't seen in a really long time--friends from high school, no less, which means that they were my friends when pretty much nobody is really friends with anybody--and I had Maya stay over at my house for a few days. This was incredibly awesome and we watched through Aoi Hana, season one of Marimite, and Russian Sherlock Holmes (which is actually very good) together.

I talked a lot with silverzephyr13 and judamacaby and got a lovely Simoun genga ('pre-storyboard') and card from chibirachy as well as doing more beta work for her great Simoun fic. I also got cards from atraphoenix and akashasheiress with one from bewarethespork likely on the way. I definitely feel like I became a lot closer to many of friends in this time.

This was the most genuinely spiritual Christmas I've had in quite a while and I spent a lot of it thinking about my relationship to my faith and to the world. These were sometimes strenuous things for me to think about but I'm glad I did. I have a much clearer understanding of what I believe and what it means for me and the people around me than I did a month ago.

I got some great and thoughtful presents from people close to me. I already mentioned the Simoun storyboard. I also got a lovely scarf from Maya in a surprising but very flattering colour, several important and interesting works on Christian theology from my mother, the first season of Marimite also from my mother, and Mondo Piccolo Don Camillo, a book which I grew up having my aunt read to me from but which I haven't been able to locate in ages, from my godfather.

New Year's was fairly generic. My mother and I rang in 2011 watching some documentary on folk rock on public television. Only in my family. But I did spend New Year's Day with the aforementioned high school friends, which was amazing. I'd somehow forgotten just how fun they really are. Time does get away from us.

Here's to a great 2011, everyone.
Spring has come to the desert

Behind every successful man, there is a woman. Behind every dead man, there is Mattie Ross.

TRUE GRIT, YOU GUYS.

TRUE. FUCKING. GRIT.

IT WAS EVERYTHING I HOPED IT WOULD BE AND MORE. MATTIE WAS AMAZING, JEFF BRIDGES AND MATT DAMON WERE BOTH AT THE TOP OF THEIR CRAFT, AND THEY KEPT MATTIE'S CHARACTER.

THEY KEPT MATTIE'S AWESOME, BADASS, REVY-FROM-BLACK-LAGOON-INNA-BONNET CHARACTER.

'THIS IS THE TRUE STORY OF HOW I AVENGED FRANK ROSS'S BLOOD ALL OVER THE CHOCTAW COUNTRY WHEN SNOW WAS ON THE GROUND.'

I REPEAT.

'THIS IS THE TRUE STORY OF HOW I AVENGED FRANK ROSS'S BLOOD ALL OVER THE CHOCTAW COUNTRY WHEN SNOW WAS ON THE GROUND.'

Mattie Ross has to register every part of her body as a separate lethal weapon. Her spleen is considered a concealed weapon in over 50 states.
 

I recommend this film to anyone who likes badass female leads, Jeff Bridges, horses, men dressed as bears, gorgeous period dress, hot beans, campfires, or America.
Spring has come to the desert

GO TELL THAT LONG-TONGUED LIAR...

Guess what movie I'm seeing on Christmas Day?



BADASS YOUNG LADY
OUT FOR REVENGE
IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY ARKANSAS/OKLAHOMA
JEFF BRIDGES
MATT DAMON
COEN BROTHERS
THIS IS GOING TO ROCK.

ETA: THEY'RE KEEPING MATTIE'S OLD-TESTAMENT STYLED NARRATION FROM THE BOOK ASLJDFLKDSFJDSFDSLFLDSFKSLDF;S
FOURTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
NARRATOR
QUOTING FROM THE BOOK OF JOSHUA.
THIS VERSION OF MATTIE IS GOING TO BE LIKE EDA FROM BLACK LAGOON IN THE OLD WEST AND WITH LESS CUSSIN'.