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December 1st, 2009


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10:06 am - Money, Music, Shirts, and Joss Whedon
It has been some time since I have posted. I apologize for the delay.

1. After years of checking my credit card balance monthly (and several months earlier this year of checking it almost daily as I was paying it off), I find that I feel odd if I don't check my account balance. . . though it is nice to open it up and find that the balance is still $0.

2. On a related note, I've gone through three rather rough months with money, but I've been fortunate that none dropped me below the $0 mark in my bank account (though I did once hit the $3.47 mark. . . the Friday of Thanksgiving). This past month, one of my cats couldn't urinate (to quote the vet, "You don't know how great it is you can pee until you can't, huh?"), so that pretty well drained my cash at the beginning of November, and I subsisted off a dangerously low account until the end of the month. It's caused me to re-think this whole "Oh, I don't need a credit card" notion that I had back in August when I finally hit a $0 balance on the credit card. I need to build some capital before I can actually get rid of my cards, it seems. I'm glad that I've kept my card open, and have no intention of closing it out, but it is nice to not have that thing weighing me down.

3. It appears that my music collection ceased to expand in the late '90's, and that the collection really should be encased in a flannel. Sure, I own a few recent albums, some that don't have Jimmy Buffett's name on them, but by-and-large, music appears to have died for me somewhere around New Miserable Experience or Garbage, to say nothing of my deep-seated curiosity that often asks, "Where the hell did the Seattle Sound go?" I don't consider myself any sort of music connoisseur, but when I was exposed to that weird grunge-punk fusion that hit the airwaves in the early '90's, I ws hooked. But at ComFest this year, I finally heard a band that peaked my interest: Miss Molly. They're pretty new, local, only have one album, and that album is only available at shows at this point, but I'm excited about the concert at the Thirsty Ear on Dec. 18th, where I'll finally get ahold of the album. seamus_mcnasty and I will be there. . . anyone else want to join us?

4. I am enamoured with today's Shirt.Woot shirt. Also, one from a couple of days ago.

5. I have now watched the entire 7-season run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 5-season run of Angel, and have come to the conclusion that while Firefly was pretty damn awesome (seriously, go watch it: it's a Western. . . in space!) and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was also cool, Joss Whedon can really write some crap shows when he sets his mind to it. I had always been unimpressed with Buffy (and the only episode I had ever actually watched, the "Dracula" episode, really lowered the bar in terms of expectations), but having now seen the entire series, I can say that my initial thoughts on the program were clearly incorrect: it was worse than I had feared. Angel, the spin-off, is clearly a temper tantrum about not being allowed to work with a Batman franchise, particularly in the beginning, though it becomes less-so in about Season 5. I will admit to enjoying Spike as a character, but I don't think that his scenes were necessarily enough to make me enjoy such a predictable, simple set of artless story arcs. I prefer Dollhouse, which isn't that good, either.

6. I am currently engaged in an interesting conflict, where I am as stressed as hell about a number of work-related items, but astoundingly happy and joyful about my homelife, and deeply in love. I'm pleased with the way many things are going, wish I had more time for so many other things, and find myself hoping that one of these days, it'll all work out, just like this. . . You know, forever. . .
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: "The Coast of Marseilles", -JB

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From:acousticdryad
Date:December 1st, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Haven't a credit card isn't bad if you're disciplined enough to use them. I'm currently trying to set guidelines with my father on his use of mine because it caused November to be a rather difficult month for me too.

I'm glad to hear things are going well personally, employment-wise I hope things settle down.

Miss you muchly!
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 1st, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, credit cards are actually a *good* thing, if they're not being over-used. Having a couple open and available is good for your credit, after all. I didn't realize that until I read some of the articles you had posted.

I'm sure that things will settle down after this week or next, at work. At least, I hope so :)

Miss you, too. Looking forward to Trillium and the start of festival season again!
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 1st, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
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From:trip_tych
Date:December 1st, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
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That is a great Woot shirt.

I'm a pretty big fan of Buffy but I've come to the conclusion that it must have something to do with watching it as a teen girl - most of the people I know who liked it were in similar situations and most of the people I know who don't like it were not teen girls at any point in their lives.
Firefly, however, is the bee's knees. Or the firefly's knees. And it is awesome.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 1st, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
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Maggie seems to be of the same opinion, after watching me wince through most of both series. She gets emotional and likes it, and I'm like, "Eh."
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From:lady_bell
Date:December 1st, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Holidays like to suck the money out of you. Hope Thanksgiving was fun and tasty for you anyways. Kitty is okay now? Was it Infinity? Heeheehee. I like the fatties... Paragraph #6 got me excited with happy words like "engaged," "deeply in love," and "forever." I think a joyful homelife makes any stresses or worries a little easier because you can be happy that the most important things, you already have. I think I said that right. I often have trouble converting thoughts into words :P
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 1st, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
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Ha, reading between the lines. Good eye, there. ;)

It was Magellan who couldn't pee, but Infinity got a UTI and had to go on pills. I need to get her to pee in a cup now so that I can get her urine analyzed and make sure she's clear. That should be a laugh and a half. ;)
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From:anivair
Date:December 1st, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Your thoughts on Buffy cause me personal pain, but I will try not to kick you in the testes to return the favor. I thought it was campy, of course, but somehow managed to capture itself very well. Angel, though, you are entirely correct about. He's basically batman till the end. the end of the series is, however, excellent.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 1st, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
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I will try not to kick you in the testes to return the favor

This is much appreciated.

"Camp" is, I suppose, one four-letter-word-starting-with-C-and-ending-in-P-with-a-vowel-and-consonant-in-between for it.

Sorry, once I started the hyphenation, I had to finish it. It was like a train wreck :)

I didn't necessarily find it "bad," I suppose, as I did find it terribly predictable, with story arcs flowing so simply from their introduction that I could see them coming six to seven episodes in advance. I tried to keep my predictions to myself, but occasionally, I would blurt them out to Maggie and she would frown disapprovingly when I was right.

Keep in mind that my impressions of a TV show are nothing to write home about: I watch Smallville.
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From:anivair
Date:December 1st, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Traci is like that. She can call the ending of a movie ten minutes in. It's really frustrating sometimes to watch movies with her.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 1st, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
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It's an annoying truth that new music is rarely as good as the music we grew up with.

Next week, I will post about sitting in my porch, shaking my walking-cane at "some teenagers" to "get off my lawn."
From:sidhehealer
Date:December 2nd, 2009 02:51 pm (UTC)
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Let me know what night and I'll come take pictures ... and I'm sure I can also supply the teenagers.
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From:rhiannon76
Date:December 1st, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
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I think that Buffy was the best of the Whedon shows, personally, because it bent so many genres and wasn't afraid to be campy. True, it has some wholly atrocious episodes (such as the aforementioned Dracula ep, which was supposed to be cheesy and ridiculous), but even those always contain some good lines and nuggets of character development/insight that would turn out to be important later. Angel was never remotely as good (and for all that I'm prefer Spike to Angel, I thought the final season was completely pointless), and Dollhouse has been a big creepy disappointment. I do think that Firefly found its feet as a show much quicker than Buffy did, and would have surpassed it easily if it had been allowed to continue, but since there's only half a season of it, I can't really compare it against Buffy's six and a half seasons. I'll allow as trip_tych's theory might be on to something, though I've known plenty of guys who liked Buffy, and I was well into my twenties when I started watching it, so I don't know if it's exactly right.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 1st, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
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Imagine if, like me, you had seen only one episode during the series' run: the Dracula episode. Now, consider what your opinion might have been at that point. Then, fast forward about 7-8 years, where your girlfriend says, "Ooh, I love Buffy!" and you buy the first two seasons for her because you think it can't possibly bite you in the ass and you won't have to watch it. Now, think about when she says, two days later, "I wanna watch Buffy!"

And that's what I went into Buffy with. That, and having seen the original movie way back in 1995 or so.

I should write an essay about perseverance based on my experience with Buffy. . . :)
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From:rhiannon76
Date:December 1st, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
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Heh. I can imagine. I have quite a soft spot for the original movie (which is ridonkulous but fun), and was horrified when I first heard that they were making a tv show out of it (not knowing the backstory wrt that), enough that I actively refused to watch it for a while. Also, there were some other women in my dorm in college who were really into it, and I didn't like them much, so I didn't like the show by extension. But somehow I started watching it in Season 4, after I was out of college, and got hooked.
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From:viedansante
Date:December 1st, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. If I can borrow a car I may be up for that concert. When would I have to let you know for sure?
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 1st, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
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You wouldn't. I don't believe that there's any tickets we need to buy, though seamus_mcnasty and I will verify that, I imagine, sometime before the 18th. :)
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From:viedansante
Date:December 2nd, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
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Awesome. Let me know if tickets are needed. Otherwise, I'll let you know if I can go sometime closer to the date.
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From:rfunk
Date:December 1st, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
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3. My music collection turned strongly local in the late 90s, though I was never incredibly enamored with grunge. (I like Nirvana, hate Soundgarden, and got tired of Pearl Jam after "Ten".) It was primarily podcasts that brought me back to the wider world of music. I'll have to check out Miss Molly and see what I think.

5. I'm impressed with your persistence. I like all Whedon's stuff to varying degrees, but I've decided that trying to persuade other people that they should like it does nothing more than annoy them. I was initially turned off by the "western in space" concept (since I'm not into westerns), but of course ended up loving Firefly. And the title characters are my least favorite on Buffy and Angel.

6. Sounds a lot like my life.
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From:rhiannon76
Date:December 1st, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
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And the title characters are my least favorite on Buffy and Angel.

This!
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 1st, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
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I was alright with Xander and Spike, and Wesley's later development turned him into an alright character. I was generally unimpressed with most characters, though.

Someone else did a "space western," I'm thinking suddenly, but I can't remember who. . . Oh, wait: there's a whole Wikipedia entry for "Space Western," which reminds me that it was Cowboy Bebop, which I haven't seen all of.

I think I just like things that are in space. I'm thinking about trying Star Trek: The Next Generation, which has been described as "Hornblower in Space." I could get behind that.
From:tn_roadmap
Date:December 2nd, 2009 12:31 am (UTC)
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Hey, welcome back!!!

Congrats on the zero balance!

Sorry to hear of you kitty cat. I lost one this year for similar reasons. I still miss him.


Enjoy the concert!!!
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 2nd, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
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We acted quickly enough, I think, that the danger is passed. He's peeing like a racehorse at this point :)
From:tn_roadmap
Date:December 2nd, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Good deal!!

very glad to hear this.
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From:duriyah
Date:December 2nd, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
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I am impressed at your perseverance regarding Buffy. I slogged my way through three horrid seasons before finally giving up and accepting that I simply hate the show. I think the problem for me is that it is too much of a character-driven show--and I dislike all the characters except Xander and Willow--with not enough idea behind it. I like my fantasy and sf to have interesting and clever ideas.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 2nd, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't call my reaction "hate," so much as "simple disinterest." And I fully agree: no interesting or clever ideas appeared in the Buffyverse.
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From:seamus_mcnasty
Date:December 3rd, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
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I could not find anything about tickets on Miss Molly's facebook page or the Thirsty Ear web-site...as for buffy - Spike had some good one liners and I could watch Willow anytime...

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