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>> in before NaNoWriMo eats our brain cell starts
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I stayed up last night so I could watch the BBC's Question Time with panelists Jack Straw (Labour), playwright Bonnie Greer, Nick Griffin (BNP), Baroness Sayeed Warsi (Conservative), Chris Huhne (LibDem). Around the same time it was morning in the UK, and many had begun the day tweeting about Nick Griffin's controversial appearance. In fact, "Nick Griffin" was second in Trending Topics. For those who are unaware of the insidious group called the British National Party - they are a fascist lot who seek a return to a 'true' Britain free of nonwhites.

This was me as I watched the entire thing.

Cut to save the flist from my angry livetweets )

One thing Griffin said that I hadn't tweeted: that David Duke came from a KKK that's non-violent. He had the nerve to say that whilst sitting beside an African-American (Bonnie Greer). The man is clearly delusional, but has his appearance on Question Time lent him an air of legitimacy? The press articles seem to suggest so, picking up on the many across the country who voiced their support.

The BBC's own Have Your Say QT forum became filled with pro-Nick Griffin comments. And most of the 400 callers who called the BBC on QT complained Griffin was being 'ambushed'. Griffin himself is to lodge a formal complaint against the corporation for how his appearance was handled and requests to be filmed outside of London -- a city he claims is 'ethnically cleansed'. If Nick Griffin does appear on QT a second time, I fear it will tip a large segment of the population who are frustrated with the three major parties into considering voting BNP. Not because of they agree with crazy things Griffin says, but because they will now view him as a legitimate option to voice their anger.
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And that was what my day was like... Thank you for the kind birthday wishes everyone! And thank lots for the luverly virtual gifts that are sitting pretty in my profile page :D Birthdays used to be something I dreaded for years, and happily yesterday was not the case.

Also, I have $20 in store credit at my LCS! Brilliant news as I am quite broke D: Haven't the faintest of what to purchase, partly because I will be putting up all of my comics on eBay in a few weeks. I'm moving away in December, and will not be able to bring anything that won't fit into my suitcase with me. So it's gotta be good, and it's gotta be something that I can stash with me. If only my LCS sold the Wildcat action figure I've been lusting over for months! That would solve my problem.

Mini Good Hair review )

And awkward subject matter change -- Halloween and NaNo are just around the corner, folks! Can you feel it? :D
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GURL, wasn't Damon Wayans was such a hottie back then? I can't tell you how many times I watched Mo' Money, even though it's truly, truly aged by today's standards. Something about the early 90s just makes me get all fuzzy inside, and say things like LOL I HAD THAT PUFFY HAT! ♥

Everyone have a good time today, yeh?
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The best part about the reunion: the fan reaction. Check out [ profile] merelyfic's In Between Be and Begin which I had already rec'd for [ profile] crack_van's August edition, if you haven't done so. And below is a short list of the delicious fanart that I think captures that glow now that Tim and Kon have finally met in canon.

PS If you've come across any others you like, please comment!

i. by [ profile] thechameleonnn
ii. by [ profile] cris_san
iii. also by [ profile] cris_san
iv. a b c d e comic in 5 parts by KeeWee
v. (OMG leather jacket returns!) also by KeeWee
vi. also by KeeWee
vii. by *021
viii. by ~ph1shf00d

All lovingly SFW ^^
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Wilde would have been 155 years old today, though that was probably most rude of me to disclose.

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

He really knew how to turn a phrase, eh? In honour of his birthday, I'll probably settle in for a proper viewing of The Importance of Being Earnest. While I don't dislike the version with Colin Firth and Rupert Everett (how could I? Firthy and Rupert!), I'll be watching the version with the 8th Doctor, Paul McGann, instead. Then, An Ideal Husband (with Rupert again!). Oh hey, and Firthy is in this year's Dorian, too. If Hugh Grant isn't in any Wilde-related film, I shall be horribly put out :D
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Read Complex and cried buckets at the end. Love borne out of friendship is best, non? I've always wanted to have someone like that. *blows nose*

Anyways, I'm still ill with the flu. Sorry [ profile] parlance1, I'll have to give you a call later! Hope everyone's doing okay, and I will absolutely do with a proper catch up soon. *waves*
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The US is going to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup:

Love, love, love this show (and the catchy theme) to bits. Not only did the episodes cover great World Cup matches, Mundial Soccer Fever also poignantly showed the interruption of WWII without ever being maudlin. They certainly don't make anime like this anymore.
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Per Geoff John's tweets, there are 3 members of the JSA in the Smallville episode, one of whom is Stargirl. The other two? Still a secret. Me, I'd love to see Wildcat onscreen but am pessimistic. Anyway, this is as good an excuse to post some Ted Grant. Because you can never have too much Wildcat, amirite?

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Not included in pie chart: time spent crying because couldn't afford to attend the Kylie Minogue concert.

Also, I still feel wretched about not being able to go to friend's birthday party. Everyone got either Batman or Iron Man themed place settings, and there was cupcakes, and sweets, and the food was in the theme of your personal favourites at age 5, and then they watched Labyrinth! Best birthday party ever, and I couldn't go D:
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You guys I am busting my gut out here, it is so freakin' funny. Via the BBC:

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has described himself as the most persecuted person "in the entire history of the world".

Mr Berlusconi also said he was "the best prime minister we can find today".

In an impassioned statement, he then mistakenly told reporters he had spent millions of euros on "judges", before correcting himself to say "lawyers".

the most persecuted person in the entire history of the world.



Oct. 9th, 2009 03:27 am
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Sorry it's so damned late ;___; Hope you had a grand time!

And though old meme is old, I hope someone (Tea?) gets a kick out of this:

I hate to agree with Kanye, but the man is right. <3 Donne!
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"Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world's attention and given its people hope for a better future," the Norwegian committee said as the prize was announced.
"His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world's population." (via BBC)

WOAH. Not that I don't think the President's efforts aren't related to peace, but the quote makes me believe the selection is due to Obama's popularity. Nevertheless, this is a major acknowledgment of his influence and perhaps it will lend some cachet to the administration's current attempts with the Israelis and Palestinians. Then again, President Jimmy Carter has one too and he hasn't much luck with both sides. /frown
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Celebrate Bisexuality Day has been observed on September 23 since 1990. The day is an opportunity for bisexual, fluid, pansexual and generally queer-identified people and their families, friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate their history, community and culture and the contributions bisexual/pansexual people have made to both the greater LGBT Community as well as to and mainstream culture.

This celebration of the bisexual, fluid and pansexual community in particular, as opposed to general LGBT events, was conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of the bisexual and pansexual persons by some in both the straight and greater LGBT communities.

It features events ranging from picnics and house-parties to discussion groups and poetry-readings . There are dinner parties and dances in Toronto and a large masquerade ball in Queensland, Australia. At Texas A&M University, the week featured discussion panels and question-and-answer sessions. Princeton University celebrates this day each year by throwing a party at its LGBT Center. It has also been celebrated in Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
(via BiNet USA)
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If you missed last night's embarrassing behaviour from a politician, google 'Joe Wilson'. There will be plenty of material for your perusal. To sum up: this is a grown man heckling the President during an important speech, who then apologises, and this morning makes the remark that the apology wasn't his idea (video).

This stinks to high heaven of disrespect. Several commentators on [ profile] ontd_political noted that this disruption is nothing new -- in fact, that's partly the fun of watching (or listening in my case) to Prime Minister's Questions. However, this happened during a State of the Union speech in the United States. You would expect some decorum from members of Congress, ffs. Would this have happened in any speech by previous Presidents? And what about the politicians who are convinced Obama is a Socialist Militant Muslim born overseas?

The Resident Republican on [ profile] ontd_political best sums up the attitude of those desperate to oppose Obama/Democrats/Liberals: after the article she posts in the community is soundly debunked by commentators, she responds

ETA: I can't answer all of you individually. I now see that this article is in fact WRONG.I really wanted to believe Obama is a liar.

If you do not agree to a person's point of view or ideas, as a responsible adult you do not respond by calling that person names. You do not spread rumours about the person's background or cast aspersions on the person's character. You do not derail any discussions by refusing to provide clear facts and evidence. And you certainly DO NOT become so close-minded you will demonise your political opponent and believe anything negative at first go. This goes for everyone, Conservative or Liberal. It's just common sense, people.
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Read the official press release over at The Source.

In short: WB created a new company called DC Entertainment to consolidate its comics and their various alternate media projects within one place. Paul Levitz will step down from his post as President of DC Comics and remain with DC Entertainment as a writer, contributing editor, and something called an 'overall consultant'. Deadline Hollywood's Nikki Finke states this is a deal that's been simmering for 2 years and is not a reaction to the Disney-Marvel acquisition. Rather, the move was probably best realised during the whole Watchmen rights debacle.

By the way, Finke has a great column on how deep the connections was for said Disney-Marvel acquisition and it's a must read. Who knew Disney CEO Bob Iger's great-grand uncle was Jerry Iger, who created Eisner & Iger studios with Will Eisner?

ETA: Paul Levitz's letter here. It sounds like he might leave, doesn't it?

ETA2: Or not. Levitz is writing Adventure Comics with the Legion of Superheroes backup.

ETA3: Diane Nelson will be in charge of DC Entertainment. The Beat speculated on 29 Aug on her appointment, noting that Nelson had run Warner Premiere which makes the straight-to-video DCU animated films. Additionally, it seems she handled negotiations during the Harry Potter movie production process.
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Via iFanboy: With a look that is very reminiscent of Superman's post-death and rebirth black and silver costume, it looks like the producers found a way around the "no flights, no tights" edict.

Black shirt, silver logo, and long, black coat. Interesting.
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From the 1999 Oneshot written by Steve Vance, art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez. Context for the previous Superman Inc post (these are not my scans):

3 large scans under the cut! )
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