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10 June 2011 @ 12:51 am
From an interview with Gail Simone about making Barbera Gordon into Batgirl again:

For many years, Babs has had to shoulder the responsibility of being one of the very few heroes with a disability, one of the few in a wheelchair who doesn't psionically get up and go for a stroll every few years. That is also a problem that needs addressing. And I promise, we are working on it, we have some catching up to do.

So, by this logic, they are working on addressing the problem of having heroes with a disability by removing the disability from one of the most well know physically disabled characters out there. And this is working on the problem how exactly? By making her fully-abled again with some sort of cure? Or taking her back to a time before Killing Joke and removing all the character development from while she was disabled?

I'm not sure which idea makes me want to throw up more.

Any way you look at it, it's making disabled people invisible again or relegating them to the role of someone to be rescued. Fuck that.

This is a wonderful article by Jill Pantozzi, who has MD and has been in a wheelchair for the last 14 years, on why it's such a fuck up.
07 June 2011 @ 11:20 pm
This is an awesome Dad:


Here's from the article on Yahoo:

Rain Price will never forget the first day of his sophomore year of high school. On the bus, packed with classmates from his suburban Utah school, Rain peered out the window, mortified.

Since the fall, Dale has waved at his son in 180 different outlandish costumes. The second day of school he wore a football helmet and jersey, and in the months that followed he opened the front door dressed as a blushing bride, a superhero, a Star Trek fan, Michael Jackson, and a giant chicken. One day he even lugged an old toilet bowl onto the street and sat on it reading a newspaper, stopping to wave as the bus rolled by.

Over time, Rain's most humbling moment became his most anticipated. "The first day of high school...it was really embarrassing," Rain tells the Herald "But the last couple of months it has turned into more entertainment."
06 June 2011 @ 09:50 pm
This is possibly the funniest thing I've seen dealing with X-Men: First Class:


It starts with:

QUOTE - "1. This gay love story is no joke. The chemistry between James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender is intense, the script has written in so many moments of tense standoffs and confessions that Bogie and Bacall would blush, and there were at least six moments of matching manpain single-tears before I lost count. It was either an attempt to canonize many decades of subtext, or Michael and James took one look at their lines and said, “They can’t be serious. Let’s play this as gay as we can and see when they stop us.” AND NO ONE DID."

And gets funnier from there. It even manages to articulate properly the problem with the women in the film (oh go on, have another quote "This movie wants its ladies like it wants its salad dressing – on the side."

03 June 2011 @ 07:53 am
Just put Kaz on the coach for the first leg of her Great American Adventure.

It's gonna be weird not having her around for 2 months.
19 May 2011 @ 04:47 am
Been seeing "suspicious comments" or "spam comments" in posts instead of real comments?

This explains your problem:

LJ Spam blocking fail

For those who don't want to follow the link, basically LJ implemented a new spam filter thing that hides comments with links in if the links aren't to websites on their 'whitelist'. Which is basically the Internet. It's automatically turned on for everyone.

Here's how you fix it:

"That's simple. Go to your Settings, click on the Privacy tab, and half way down where it says Spam Protection uncheck the box next to "Comments containing a link to a non-whitelisted domain will be marked as spam and moved to a special section." This applies to both personal journal and communities and the opinion has to be manually changed in each one. "


(and yeah, it was implimened a while ago, but one of my comms started having this problem and I was linked to it from there and figured other people might not have heard about it.)
16 April 2011 @ 01:50 pm

Penguin, being tickled, making the most adorkable noise ever. Seriously cute.
22 February 2011 @ 08:42 pm



It's awesome, is pretty much all I can say. The fighting is much faster paced, but you can still pause and assign your peeps to do stuff for when you unpause. It made things much easier to liberally use the pause key.

FLEMETH. I know the part I got to play was before the whole 'kill Flemeth quest' (and if that is spoilers, where have you been?) but she was so cool. And kitted out for war. And I kind of hope she's back in the rest of the game as well.

The graphics are excellent. The armor looked a lot better, the designs were great, Flemeth's feathers were feathery, etc etc. I know some of the earlier screenshots looked a little cartoony, but no, really, it isn't.

The skill trees are nice. Means the characters will be more specialized compared to DA:O.

Hawke has a voice! I like this, much like I love Sheppard's voice over in Mass Effect.

In fact there are a lot of similar things to Mass Effect. I love the new conversation system, which is almost exactly like the one in ME2. And the influence system is similar to the old one, but show differently and I like it. There are also a hell of a lot of options to customize the look of your character. They weren't available in the demo but you could see what they were.

If you aren't decided about buying the game try the demo and see if you like it. It's well worth it, even if it did break the internet :D
24 December 2010 @ 08:52 pm
Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Sithmas, etc. And if you don't celebrate at this time of year, for whatever reason, I hope you have happiness in general.

Am going afk for the next couple of days to enjoy everything. Stay safe and have a good one.
21 December 2010 @ 10:36 pm
Dear Internets:

Kaz made it to Swindon safe. Currently she can't get on her Grandma's internet, so no updates from her, but that might change.

Love me.