Tin Man

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So I finally watched Tin Man, which has been on the list at least since last Ferbruary. T_T How come it takes me an entire year to do anything I want to do? Jesus, it’s no wonder I can’t keep a hold on anything important and mostly just end up putting out “this is urgent!” fires. Ugh.

All right, so. Tin Man is a science fiction, steampunk-ish, very much not-for-children retelling of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, most notably (but not completely) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It’s in three parts, each part a little over an hour and twenty minutes long, and as each part progresses, it moves progressively away from the original stories.

I liked the tin woodsman character—Cain. As the title character (in the foreground in this first image), I expected his backstory to be the most interesting, and I wasn’t disappointed. I liked the scarecrow character—Glitch. I even liked the cowardly lion character—Raw. DG, though, is… well, she felt like the weak link, except that she was the only reason the others were hanging out together, since they certainly wouldn’t have on their own. Hell, I even liked Akadelia, though I admit she was pretty much a cut-and-dried, run-of-the-mill villain. Her costuming was the most elaborate, but if you’re a sorceress/empress ruling all of the O.Z. (the Outer Zone), why not indulge a little and wear whatever the hell you want?

Speaking of Azkadelia: her character became simultaneously more complex and simpler as the story was revealed. I liked that I didn’t understand at first why she was conversing with herself, but I didn’t like that her motivation was, in my opinion, pretty spectacularly classic villainy “I’m going to blot out the sun and rule the world O.Z. bwahahaha BECAUSE I CAN” nonsense. I mean, her motivation wasn’t… very complicated. (Well, that’s not quite true, but the true villain of the story actually isn’t that complicated, and Azkadelia is that person for most of the proceedings, so. Like I said, Azkadelia’s character becomes simultaneously more complicated and less as the story goes on.)

One thing I thought was unfair was Azkadelia’s name compared to DG’s. I mean, seriously; they’re sisters: how can the elder be named Azkadelia, of all things, and the younger not feel inferior with a name like DG? That’s not really even a name; it’s just initials, for christ-sakes. Yes, yes; I know why she’s called that (and in case you don’t figure it out yourself, it’s revealed near the end of the third episode), but come on. I kept thinking someone would slip and finally call DG “Ozma” but my hopes were in vain. Ozma isn’t the grandest name in the book but you have to admit that it’s a better fighting name when it comes up against something like Azkadelia than DG is. Really, now.

I already mentioned my annoyance/discomfort with Neal McDonough, so let me just say that Tin Man in its entirety at least passed the Bechdel Test, but I’m not sure enough about the interactions between female characters that I can safely say that each episode passes. I’m pretty sure each ep. passes since Azkadelia speaks with the lavender-eyed woman about DG a lot, but I’m not 100%. If someone wants to double-check that for me, I’d be grateful.

DG and Cain

The first episode was basically a rehashing of The Wizard of Oz we know and love, but with less singing. If you can get through that (maybe even enjoy Dorothy a’la the modern day—who knows?), the other two episodes are much more interesting, I think. Mostly, I just wanted more. I wanted more backstory, more scenic history, more complications, and more complicated characters. Two-dimensional characters are boring, and of the group, DG and Azkadelia were the most two-dimensional. DG just acted like a petulant child most of the time (and it usually worked out in her favor, so I guess that’s fine…) and Azkadelia, as I mentioned, is strange.

This mini-series is on par with Alice, another of SyFy’s retellings; not completely unforgettble, but at least worth my time. Of the recent SyFy miniseries, though, I still have to say Battlestar Galactica is the absolutely the best, with Dune coming in second place.

The Past Week via Twitter: 2012-02-26

  • RT @postsecret "You said you'd never marry a woman who's done sex work. I began being a sex worker so you'd never want me like that again." #
  • yes, I just retweeted that twice. it was that important. #
  • @Dredgly what. if you need to call someone, I'm still up. seriously. I can do it. I love you more than I hate talking on the phone. <3 #
  • @Dredgly yay! hah! the living triumph. #
  • having tweet advertisements in my feed is really irritating. #
  • okay, let's not even get me started on child sexual abuse; we do not want to have that conversation right now; I'm just sayin'… #
  • RT @AdviceToWriters: Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That's why it's so hard. DAVID McCULLOUGH #amwriting #writing #
  • What I've said RT @thesadredearth: old theology: "to steward [earth] wisely, but 4 our benefit not 4 Earth’s benefit." God reasons better… #
  • RT @TweetsofOld: four sweetest words in the English language: "Enclosed please find check" A quartet that is hard beat… PA1897 #
  • Truth RT @AdviceToWriters: Tragedy, for me, is not a conflict between right & wrong, but between two different kinds of right. PETER SHAFFER #
  • Interesting and true analogy, I think. RT @maymaym: "A slut's just some1 w/more sex partners than you." SA http://t.co/AAzlPwSO #
  • RT @BostonReview: magic of John Roblerts/Bill Kristol: smile… make nice conversation, & people won't notice that you're a fringe radical. #
  • Indeed, or your writing hand… which I've done haha. RT @anjalibahl Don't punch the wall with your drawing hand. #
  • I am really REALLY hoping "Brave" is as good a movie as it could be. Seriously excited after watching this trailer. http://t.co/1TqeZLfx #

a quick q&a

Your religious views? Complicated. Basically, henotheism.

Have you ever self-harmed? Why? Yes, I have. I did it because I wanted to feel something and it was, at the time, the only way that I could.

Relationship with your father? It’s okay.

Relationship with your mother? Also okay.

Who is your most loved person? I don’t have just one. I guess if I had to pick just one person, I’d pick myself. What? Don’t look at me like that; at least I’m honest.

Have you ever been bullied? Not… really? I don’t know. I think I would know if I had, so I guess not.

What is your sexuality? Fluid. Ask me about it sometime; I could write you an essay.

Who makes you the happiest? You have no idea how complicated this question actually is. I think the time I was happiest, I was with Bennett. I don’t know if that was him, me, or something completely unrelated, but there you have it. He’s also the person who made me feel the angriest I’ve ever felt about something over which I actually had control.

What is the most heroic thing you’ve ever done? Heroes don’t exist, and if they did, I wouldn’t be one of them. I have done nothing heroic. I’m not proud of that, but I’m not ashamed of it either.

What calms you down when you’re upset? Darkness. A safe place. Heat. Humming. The smell of books. Good music. Physical pain that is expected, constant, and dulled. Pillows and blankets. Whispering. Slow movements. Making decisions. Someone else reading me poetry. Hot tea, preferably Chai or Earl Grey. Control. If you’re really desperate to calm me down fast with little regard for the consequences later, a cigarette.

Have you ever fallen in love? Yes.

Had your heart broken? Yes.

Have you been betrayed in the past? How? I’ve been truly betrayed twice. The first time was a physical betrayal against my person. The second was a betrayal of confidence and trust.

Who do you miss the most? My waterbrothers.

Have you ever attempted suicide? Yes, though I was obviously unsuccessful.

Share a secret? I don’t share secrets; I taunt you with them.

(via and also)

The Past Week via Twitter: 2012-02-19

  • omg Genesis 4 and 5 whyyyyyyyy do I have to read you whyyyyyyy. oh wait I know. because I signed up for this uuuuuuugh #
  • also what the hell California Clam Chowder? what the hell kind of music is this in my iTunes? I'm looking at you, Thelonious Monster >_> #
  • @Zekor "the other people" see: http://t.co/gh0sKVp1 #
  • @sammiguidera I do! #
  • All right; I laughed. RT @OfficeTally: If you're a racist, I will attack you with the North. #HappyBirthdayAbe #TheOffice #
  • @heyitsurban @sarahtv3 shame on the Grammys for asking/allowing Chris Brown to perform… #
  • Oh gods bad dreams are bad. Wake up more exhausted than I went to sleep. #
  • I think apple juice may be my third favorite beverage of all time. #inaneyettrue #
  • Soulless careerists… Boot to the face… Got it. http://t.co/AwMVlaaj #
  • I'd take Lancelot and Guinevere over Starbuck and Apollo but not Kirk and anyone (except Spock), for crying out loud. http://t.co/MxvjrrOm #
  • @Dredgly omg my sister and I just had the "you should give condoms to teens" talk—and she doesn't think so and I'm like WTF SERIOUSLY? #
  • @Zekor don't even get me started. #
  • omg. I'm…. kind of excited about this, actually……….. http://t.co/19YLcgjn #
  • "In Praise of Dreams" by Jan Garbarek http://t.co/adTgKig5 for free? we'll see. #
  • seriously, though. #
  • @Dredgly not clear from conversation today, but it WAS clear that she wouldn't give her own child condoms to keep him/her from having sex. #
  • Headache is making work difficult. I had a bunch of stuff to do today and haven't done any of it. I am super with it, obviously. #
  • Note to self: show this article to Bunny. https://t.co/jXx3Z2wT #
  • @Dredgly <3 <3 <3 love you. miss you more than I'll really even admit, most days. #
  • @Zekor yes I am awesome. obviously. #
  • In love. #
  • yes. RT @thecarljung: The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. #
  • TRUTH. http://t.co/6nsZ5Xb6 #
  • cold feet… no, literally… I have seriously cold feet right now. searching around for some booties or socks. #
  • @Zekor I actually have slippers. I just never wear them. #
  • ugh what is this crap country playing in my iTunes? #
  • that's how you win at life, too. RT @jetset_ i can't win a game of league. the only way i can possibly win is if i don't die. ever. #
  • "Of the nine films nominated for this year's best picture Oscar, seven were shot on Kodak film." http://t.co/hA52hTcL #
  • @FirstWorldPains um… what? #
  • Hahaha oh Dickens… "Hans Andersen slept in this room for five weeks, which seemed to the family like AGES." http://t.co/HcjOyAQU #
  • Just so we're clear: I am an educated person AND I disliked "The Great Gatsby" immensely. It's "Average Gatsby" at best http://t.co/iOeMlxV3 #
  • Pretty good advice, actually. "Shouting, 'I'm back, baby!!' is strongly encouraged." http://t.co/kGBVs1fK #
  • wtf, Wikipedia. RT @thesadredearth: … The 'Undue Weight' of Truth on Wikipedia – http://t.co/kPDcg2Et #
  • http://t.co/GNHwXNkn I can't decide if this review is genius or infuriatingly awful. "Awful" in the modern sense of the word, of course. #
  • @WitchSchool unicorn, if I'm not mistaken. #
  • I'll get back to you guys on this one hahaha RT @postsecret: The Most Expensive Starbucks Drink Possible ($23.60) http://t.co/Maob61hm #
  • @Dredgly wtf lame. they're missing out, obviously. #
  • Up for an hour or more trying to figure out what's wrong with my phone. I have all the luck, don't I? #
  • Phone is fixed! I think, at least haha. Turns out I should turn it off once in a while. Lol who knew? #
  • brb sleeping forever #
  • @Zekor really? why? #
  • @Zekor also, if I sleep forever, that will eventually necessitate sleeping at night, so I don't see the problem here. #
  • @Zekor that wasn't your issue with it. #
  • @FirstWorldPains if you WANT to use ANY phone in the shower, you have addiction issues. #
  • @Zekor please tell me you're not one of -those- people ugh #
  • omg if I sneeze or have to blow my nose one more time, I'm going to stab someone. #

St. Valentine’s Day 2012

Last year, it was Sailor Moon Zoicite. This year, it’s Sherlock, courtesy of Sherlock NYC (tumblr). Thanks, Holmies! (tee hee hee) Art by Robbicide.

Sherlock BBC valentines Sherlock NYC bracelets

new Sherlock NYC sticker

Haha; I just realized that I put the sticker upside down compared to the others. Oh well… lol. The other stickers are: fanart by P.L. Nunn of Gundam Wing‘s Duo Maxwell (left) and an official NaNoWriMo sticker from 2010 (center).

In any case, happy St. Valentine’s Day. May the spice always flow; may you live long and prosper; and may the big bosses always drop major loot. And remember, believe in me who believes in you!

The Past Week via Twitter: 2012-02-12

  • @Mousapelli I think your parents and mine could be related. >_> #
  • @Nate_TheMan_ you and Neil Patrick Harris had completely opposite reactions. #
  • @hippocampusmag amen to that. #
  • Thankfully managed to avoid the entire Super Bowl. Go me. #
  • DO WANT—–"Black Sun" vol.02 http://t.co/wkFGZPCK #
  • hahaha it even rhymes! how awesome is that?! RT @unicornbooty FCKH8 Presents A Valentine For Homophobes | http://t.co/aPXVZtnQ #
  • dare I attempt my taxes? DARE I? #
  • @Zekor are you an idiot? #
  • @Zekor good… for… you… you can use Google. -_- #
  • @Zekor I'm going to pretend we're not having this conversation. #
  • here, have some feminist anger: http://t.co/w5FYXm50 #
  • @FCKH8 it would not be too soon in coming!! #
  • I'm actually crying right now… RT @FCKH8: BREAKING: #Prop8 ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL! RT and Join the Movement: http://t.co/A4WbrKaL #
  • @mandyvandeven I'll buy twice as many, knowing that. #
  • Wow, this is a bit ridiculous even for me RT @AdviceToWriters: 20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes: http://t.co/IL14tClm #
  • wtf twitter… what have you done to my feed page? #
  • To @GerryDuggan: I love you right now, good sir. And to @newtgingrich: what he said! #
  • http://t.co/lb8Xniz8 all right, well, of course there has to be terrible news to balance out the fantastic news… OF COURSE T_T #
  • @FinePickUpLine @FirstWorldPains wow… eew. #
  • Oh my lord how true that is… RT @TweetsofOld: When a girl marries she usually loses a good friend and gets a grouchy boarder. TN1915 #
  • @Zekor I could take it or leave it. I liked the phone I had just fine. I'm not sure this one is worth the extra cost. #
  • @Zekor pretty sure I have plenty of useless aps. you're the one who cares about being in touch all the time, not me. #
  • @Zekor I don't need another computer. & I don't really even WANT a phone, though I understand the necessity & convenience of THAT, at least. #
  • I just deleted almost 5000 messages labeled "social media" in my Gmailbox. Oh yes I did. Good riddance, Facebook messages from 2008. #
  • @Zekor Like I said, I don't need another computer. You don't want to see my inbox if you only have 5000 messages all the way back to 2004. #
  • @Dredgly I think I know where that is??? I miss you terribly. Also, snoooooow. http://t.co/5ESIrfKs #
  • @Zekor Dracorex hogwartsia! #
  • wow. you're right. just… wow. RT @debaoki a sailor moon tee that's almost kind of… well, kind of cute. http://t.co/28XbHPkJ #
  • I need to remember this. RT @AdviceToWriters: Never be ashamed of your subject, and of your passion for your subject. JOYCE CAROL OATES #
  • Haha wtf. Oh, Missouri. RT @TweetsofOld: Dr. J. M. Brand can’t find his insane wife; if seen, please contact him. MO1871 #
  • @AceSexologist that's the kind of assignment I ASKED for in college and never got!! Idiot kid. Haha I feel old saying that when I'm only 26. #
  • Ummmmmm… >_> RT @TheAtlantic: Crazy cat ladies aren't born, but made http://t.co/cZqNAD1O #science #
  • Me too. RT @maymaym: I'm really grateful for & to my #lovers but sometimes I really wish I had more #friends (who weren't lovers). #cryptic #
  • It is too early. #
  • @sammiguidera I can't read that article before I ever watch the movie!! >_> #
  • oh. my. GOD. I want these boots. waaaaaaaaant them. http://t.co/aF4oQFEb #
  • Um, duh. RT @FCKH8: Pastor Puts "GAY IS NOT OKAY" on Church Sign?! RT if U Disagree! http://t.co/oZGEioBo PIC: http://t.co/IsjFxWf4 #
  • That's sick. Also, not particularly funny. RT @AceSexologist: Someone tell me these are a joke? http://t.co/5McAns7l …it has to be, right? #

12% sure, huh?

According to the SparkLife gender test, I’m statistically a man. This is not news to me. I also think these kinds of things are bullshit, so.

A Man!


It all adds up… we feel 12% certain that you are…
A Man!

Compared to others…
21% more male than you—6% like you—73% more female than you

How do we know? Well, deep down, your gender affects everything about you, from your favorite number to your views on Canada. Many men who took the test think and act just like you, as you can see from the graph above.

Statistically speaking, you are a man—whether you know it or not.

Perhaps this could explain why my mother was horrified when I mentioned that I might wear pants to my brother’s wedding in June. (gasp; shock and awe, I know… -_-)