Monday, April 13, 2009

Sentential Links #165

Linkage, linkage, linkage....

:: So maybe the Rodent Alliance are still out there, despite the Empire's best efforts. (So does all this photography make SDB a Bothan spy?)

:: She claims that the mystical orb she holds is the key to spiritual enlightenment, but its roiling inky blackness tells a very different story. (God, I love Comics Curmudgeon.)

:: You know, most women I know never use coy or silly euphemisms for their period. They just say, "I have my period." Or, "I'm on my period." Why is it, then, that we have a cornucopia of slang terms for, well, that time of the month? And are they insulting or funny? I can't decide. But I can list them. (OK then. I worked with a woman once who referred to it as "Betty". As in, "Leave me alone. Betty's here." This got really confusing when we actually hired a woman named Betty.)

:: “Ohhhhh yeahh… yeahyeahYEAH!... oh, this is good…this is really, really good, Mommy! Ohhhhh yeah baby… Hehehehehehehehhhhh.” (It's not what it looks like.)

:: While the media prefers to give a platform to ecological revisionists like Senator James Inhofe or Michelle Bachman because they are better television, the "boring" Aral Sea is fading away into environmental oblivion.

:: Accept misfortune as a blessing. Do not wish for perfect health, or a life without problems. What would you talk about?

:: Do you know the best thing about living in the Boston area? It really is the Athens of America. (So what does that make Buffalo? The Budapest of America? East Berlin, before the reunification? blog to me, by the way.)

:: In a weird way, it was a lot more fun to be a geek back then. It was kind of like Fight Club, something you experienced but didn't talk about. The pleasure derived, in part, from keeping the secret. Now it's mainstream; geeks rule the world, and we don't have to be uncomfortable about people mocking us for liking the weird stuff we like, and in fact it seems like more people like that weird stuff than ever before. Maybe our culture has outgrown the need for magazines like Starlog. And isn't that a sad thought? Because with mainstream acceptance comes a certain loss of specialness. (I loved Starlog, back in the day, especially when the mag was more focused on more esoteric areas of SF-dom. I haven't picked up an issue in many years, but I liked that it's still on the magazine racks. Alas. I will note that I like geekness now more than I did back then; I like feeling more mainstream for once. I never totally grokked the whole "outsider" thing about geek culture, and I for one am glad that geek culture is a lot more mainstream now. Note to self: subscribe to Geek Monthly.)

More next week!


Lynn said...

hmmmm... I'll have to give geek status some more thought. Are geeks really more mainstream or is it just more acceptable to be non-mainstream?

The Earl of Obvious said...

Buffalo is the Cleveland of New York

val said...

Wow- I forgot all about Starlog. I LOVED that mag- everyone in my Jr. High Sci-Fi did. I am a geek. That's just fine...