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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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Date:December 1st, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
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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Date:December 1st, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
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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Date:December 1st, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
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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