Offensive, harrassing or baiting comments will not be tolerated and will be deleted at my discretion.
Comment spam will be deleted.
Please leave a name and either a valid web-site or e-mail address with comments. Comments left without either a valid web-site or e-mail address may be deleted. Atom Feed LiveJournal SyndicationLOLcats feed
Monday, June 12, 2006
Feeling slightly run down tonight. I had thought I might get it together to do a Closet Monsters post, but of the three films that you could loosely classify as "horror" that I watched recently, one I only watched because it had David Arquette in it. And he was, in fact, the only decent thing about Riding the Bullet. You'd think a film about a suicidal guy getting picked up by the angel of death while hitch-hiking would have potential, but no. Minus Man momentarily made me reconsider Owen Wilson's acting abilities. I've now learned that he can actually act, which means he has simply chosen to do schtick instead in all his other films. And Kikabichi was diverting, but it's a Japanese rubber-suit movie about a samurai werewolf. Not exactly high horror.
Speaking of horror, I've been haunting the horror sections of my local bookstores recently, only to be continually frustrated. I keep going in looking for the next Mark Danielewski or Phil Rickman, but what I keep finding are people desperate to be the next Laurell Hamilton. It's a complaint I make often enough, but it bears repeating; I wish the authors of these endless series of romantic vampire novels would just go ahead and name their heroines "Mary Sue." It's not as if it's not obvious that's what they're doing anyway.
I was heavily distracted by this thread today, though. It's massive, and gamer humor in it's purest form can easily over-whelm you. If I wasn't feeling utterly brain-dead today I might try my hand at making a motivational poster. But, no. (And I'm looking at role-playing stuff because I'm being...emphatically encouraged to start playing again after a prolonged hiatus. And I feel slightly out of touch with what's going on. All I really know anymore is that the MMO version of D&D struck me as an even more frustrating version of Guild Wars. That's how out of touch I am.) [And yes, I did the Gaymer survey, focused on gay video game players. Taking the survey, I kept asking myself, "Okay, I play a couple hours a day, maybe, three or four days a week, just to have fun...who the hell is answering 'yes' to some of these question?"]
Part of my ennui has been the result of feeling a bit, well, put-upon as a gay man in America. Yes, I do so love my very right to exist being used as a cynical political ploy by a failing President desperate to shore up what remains of his party faithful. I do so love knowing that any crimes committed against me because of my sexual identity won't be taken seriously. I do so love being told that the mere fact that I am on this planet is an affront to God and man and a corrupting influence on children. Oh, and by the way, how dare I suggest, tongue in cheek, that a superhero comic might have gay subtext. Gayprof, unsurprisingly, sums the feeling up nicely as well.
At least Hank knows how to bring a smile to my face: (Alas, the Henry Rollins tearing Ann Coulter a new one video has been removed from YouTube...)
And if that doesn't work, here's Ed Fury reading Mad: