The Past Week via Twitter: 2012-08-26

  • So, when it's really late at night and I'm hungry, what do I do? #
  • Bad dreams. -_- #
  • RT @TWLOHA: "Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left." – Hubert Humphrey #
  • Pretty. RT @mandyvandeven: Storm King http://t.co/ymxrN2md #
  • Lemonade! Homemade! Right now! Yaaaaay. Thanks, @Nate_TheMan_ and @Deidre ^_^ #
  • Tesla! RT @GeekGirlCon: Nikola Tesla campaign earns $500,000 online in two days by @AdamGabbatt via @Oatmeal http://t.co/ywviSPfP #
  • So I think we might be going to the City of Angels Cathedral for family night. >_> #
  • Yep. Visiting the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. This should be interesting. #
  • Pretty sure I've never seen a confessional in real life. >_> #
  • Here, guys, have some Greek (I think?) from the Mausoleum underneath the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. http://t.co/hz2DbMZI #
  • Pretty sure I'm done with family obligations for the evening! Now I might crash without even realizing it while I'm lying here being lazy. #
  • Omg falling asleep already. #
  • Way to maximize your profits. ^_^ RT @AnimeNewsNet: News: Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin Bloopers Lead to Gum Ads http://t.co/ePmt0PL4 #anime #
  • Maybe one day I'll be too tired for nightmares. I would like that. #
  • @iamiangrey wow. Fuck you, whoever thinks this. "Legitimate rape"?? Fuck you. in reply to iamiangrey #
  • Hahaha as if. RT @TweetsofOld: A heckler who could hurl in a few lines of good constructive criticism would be a welcome novelty. OH1920 #
  • I agree w/ Ensler, but I shouldn't have read her letter right before (trying to) sleep. T_T http://t.co/NE3FxnRM #
  • Apparently the correlation between my having a good day, then really bad nightmares is direct, not inverse. I hope causation isn't involved. #
  • All right, I laughed. RT @GeekGirlCon: Please enjoy the gag reel from @Avengers via @io9 http://t.co/BWSfacS4 #
  • It's about time, too. That's not sad; it's great. A long time coming. RT @xxxchurch: The sad truth about virginity http://t.co/eGRMzoFz #
  • @foodforfel I don't know. People around here are split. in reply to foodforfel #
  • It's official. I am not a scientist. Not that I ever claimed to be one, but still. omfg. #
  • I think you mean, solution: HEADPHONES. RT @xxxchurch: Laptop Speakers: Too quiet for music, too loud for porn. Solution: DON'T WATCH PORN! #
  • RT @AdviceToWriters: Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
    E.L. DOCTOROW #writing #
  • Haha I know, right? RT @Widgett: @AdviceToWriters: It's socially acceptable now? Wow. I had no idea. #
  • RT @wilw: "I sure am glad the SyFy channel is doing more reality shows, instead of original Science Fiction shows!" – Nobody, ever. #
  • I can't find my glasses. T_T #
  • Am I surprised? No; no, I am not. RT @thesadredearth: Fuck that shit: How America Swears – A Map of Twitter Profanity http://t.co/ETKxD7Zs #
  • The fuck. RT @maymaym: #Rape survivor forced to birth, share custody of child w/rapist: http://t.co/wWBCIpa0 …legal in 31 States in 2012. #
  • Good rule. RT @TFLN: (541): Nope if you can't be there for me emotionally, then my vagina can't be there for you physically. That's my rule. #
  • New favorite football team. Seriously. "San Francisco 49ers Make 'It Gets Better' Video. WATCH: http://t.co/4SiVvSsz" /via @FCKH8 #
  • NTS: show this to Dad. RT @brainpicker: This is amazing–every known hurricane and tropical storm since 1851, visualized http://t.co/Op0phxHX #
  • (NTS = note to self) #
  • So, I'm not super excited about seeing this friend I need/get to see, but I'm obligated to do so because he won't be in town for very long. #
  • I don't like surprises. >_> I don't think he knows that, though he should since he knows @Dredgly and she doesn't like surprises either. #
  • Who knew? RT @inkyelbows Writers: Getting distracted? Use plain old paper & pen to write & increase your productivity. http://t.co/Ft32cdnl #
  • No matter when I go to sleep, for some reason I always wake up at 4:00 or 4:30 AM. #
  • Uuuugh I have to be up again in another two hours for medicine. DO NOT WANT. T_T #
  • @Dredgly nothing out of character, of course, but I would've liked a little more prep time, you know? I'll tell you abt it later if you want in reply to Dredgly #
  • I don't feel so good. #
  • Okay, less than 6 hours to go. I can do this. #theLittleEngineThatCould #
  • Strawberry smoothie is really good when you're hungry but have no money for food. >_> I'm just sayin'. #
  • Just over an hour. Then shower. Then… who knows. #
  • Breathe deep. Just another hour. #

The Past Week via Twitter: 2012-08-19

  • I don't want to talk to anyone anymore ever. #
  • RT @PhillyD: “Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.” -An oddly fantastic quote from Joe Biden #
  • RT @sammiguidera: I want to be part of a gamer community so bad, but I always feel like a novelty, not a person. #
  • Holy shit. I'd get up for that, too. RT @sammiguidera: This would make me leap out of bed, low blood sugar be damned! http://t.co/jzm8Lman #
  • RT @postsecret: "The creative adult is the child who has survived." –Ursula K. LeGuin #
  • Those might be my cats. >_> They look soooo similar. RT @annelisebaer: Cats lurking in boxes in the dark http://t.co/x2nEqLrq #
  • @femfreq omg I HATE sexism. T_T Godsdamnit I'm so angry. Like, Hulk angry, 'cept I'm a woman so of course I don't read comics. /table flip in reply to femfreq #
  • several days & twice it happened this is knowledge poetry & truth given over to sweet dreams screaming nightmares & twice more once again #
  • and then there was light & I thought about crickets willows & rocket ships though I never wondered if I was to see or sit or sing what for? #
  • Homemade lemonade is. the. best. #
  • @Nate_TheMan_ waaaa! Can I come and get some?? I'll make you pie or something if you want. in reply to Nate_TheMan_ #
  • Omg. RT @CaseyNewton: Exotic White Girls is a Tumblr whose time has come. http://t.co/NbJMj5EK #
  • You said it, sister. RT @TweetsofOld: Dry, hot and dusty. Rain is needed. TX1889 #
  • Hahaha I thought you meant soap -operas- whaaaat. RT @KatrinaStrauss: Legend of Zelda soaps: http://t.co/YF5eC85T via @technabob #
  • @sammiguidera CRAPPY omg. >_> #Nadesico wasn't good then, why is it being (re)released? #anime in reply to sammiguidera #
  • I'm officially not on school year time anymore. I called my alma mater & asked for the Oriflamme office. cc/ @FandMCollege @DanPorterfield #
  • I never got a yearbook from my year so I've been trying to get one. Go Dips 2007! cc/ @DanPorterfield @FandMCollege #
  • Need to crack my back. Can you help? T_T #
  • RT @brainpicker: New favorite site (yes, this is its name): "What the fuck has NASA done to make your life awesome?" http://t.co/ocfZvzap #
  • I have things to do, but they can wait for now, I think. I created something today (and I wasn't even #writing ), so I feel accomplished. #
  • It's quiet. Well, it isn't, but it's not demanding. #
  • All right; I'm going to come right out and say it: my tumblr kinda rocks. I have excellent taste in EVERYTHING. Obviously. #
  • Motivation trouble: I sit & think about everything I have to do & it makes me really tired, so I go lie down & don't do anything at all. Ugh #
  • I've done that. At least we can go back & try again. RT @whoismisterjim: Sometimes you swing a heavy hammer & the poem shatters on the anvil #
  • Afraid. #
  • I'm tired of everything. #
  • Also, I really like that umbrella. RT @wldwmn64: Love is love. http://t.co/h5ysE2d3 #
  • I don't think you realize how much I needed to hear that just now. I don't know you, but thank you. RT @GoldenGundam: I love you. #
  • @TheRossman if that works, let me know. in reply to TheRossman #
  • Let me lie here and depreciate. #
  • Everything is dark tomorrow so I raised my hand & raised my voice for night came upon me with little choice. Hail! Goddesses & young Gods! #
  • Firelight silverlight wrought iron quiet night. Firefight clear but trite calm thyself out of sight. #
  • Christ; I turn my back phone on only to discover I have almost thirty messages. Really, people? REALLY? -_- do not want. #
  • K, that's it, people. I'm pretty much done with sex FOREVER. Uuuuuuuugh. Go aces! #
  • Can this work w/ "Writing is not therapy"? RT @AdviceToWriters: Forget what you think about it & tell what you feel about it. STEPHEN CRANE #
  • omg, you guys. do you realize that ice cubes are little water rocks? do you? DO YOU? my mind is kind of blown right now. #
  • I should really -really- seriously consider brushing my hair more often. >_> #
  • @Mousapelli LADYAMEDEUS (on LJ). But I never post anything there. I'm mostly on http://t.co/Csfczxht & even that's been lackluster recently. in reply to Mousapelli #
  • @Mousapelli haha righto then. ^_^ in reply to Mousapelli #
  • Good thing my besties & I all <3 porn together!! -_- not impressed w/ XXX Church right now RT @xxxchurch: Don't do it.. http://t.co/5Vt7JJ3c #
  • Omg whaaaat. RT @KatrinaStrauss: George Takei always makes for a good morning laugh. 50 Shades of Picard. Oh myyy…. http://t.co/mh3pnUnO #
  • RT @TWLOHA: “Write about the emotions you fear the most.” – Laurie Halse Anderson #
  • So, if I don't rush, it takes 45 minutes to get ready to do anything in the morning. Should I be an adult & set my alarm 45 minutes earlier? #
  • @Nate_TheMan_ yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. thank you @deidre in reply to Nate_TheMan_ #
  • Pretty poetry. RT @pixelblue: Artemis is reunited with her bow, and all is well in the forest. #
  • The blister on my thumb that I got from creating something good early this week is starting to heal, but it looks kinda yucky right now. #
  • RT @brainpicker:“What you read when you don’t have to determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ~Oscar Wilde http://t.co/8tK8gXaE #
  • Omg I think I may've been run over by a truck. T_T Aches everywhere. #
  • Please, gods, just let me sleep. #
  • Frances Wulke's wedding. Whaaaaaaat. #
  • Is every Catholic wedding really just a service w/ a bride & groom thrown in? Because… Also, reception in a gym w/ no AC = don't do it. #
  • One hour until work. DNW. I've already been social today. T_T #
  • And I get to decide what 'fun' is, not you all. RT @AndrewWK: PARTY TIP: Life's too short to spend with people who drain the fun out of it. #
  • Hahaha RT @GwydionS: Overheard (twice) on Facebook: "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan" is an anagram of "My Ultimate Ayn Rand Porn." Very fitting. #
  • 2% of my followers are fake. How many fake followers do you have..? http://t.co/sHpao8F5 @StatusPeople #FollowerSpam #
  • Okay, no more weddings for me. Like, not ever. Uuuuuuuugh. #
  • Maybe I dislike weddings so much b/c I know I'll never have one b/c they grind too much on my "what's okay in the world; not this" sense. #
  • @maymaym thank you for speaking out for yourself & for those of us who are not yet strong enough to stand next to you. thanks for your work. in reply to maymaym #
  • My entire house smells like bacon whaaaaaaaat. #

The Past Week via Twitter: 2012-08-12

  • RT @MoveOn: An outraged Eagle Scout wrote THIS powerful letter when he sent back his medal @boyscouts #boyscouts http://t.co/bQyaRQdI #
  • Eff you, Boy Scouts of America. Eff you. #
  • At the Silent Movie Movie Theatre for #Kumare with @Cinefamily yeah! #
  • Learn more about #Kumare at http://t.co/nfB0YzVi and the @Cinefamily at http://t.co/jHOKTvDD #
  • Sitting in my seat for #Kumare so I'm silencing my phone. See you after! #
  • Omg #Kumare #
  • @MarsCuriosity Fuck yeah! #Mars #MSL #JPL #NASA #
  • Wooooooo. RT @MarsCuriosity: I'm safely on the surface of Mars. GALE CRATER I AM IN YOU!!! #MSL #
  • RT @annelisebaer: It's not very often I'm proud of my hometown, but every now and then we make shit land on Mars and it's pretty fantastic #
  • So proud of #JPL right now! RT @neiltyson: Jet Propulsion Labs, NASA: A reminder of what it feels like "to boldly go" http://t.co/MbrMR0CJ #
  • ^_______^ RT @annelisebaer: I could watch this gif all day: http://t.co/fYIs7ZAW #MSL #NASA #Curiosity #JPL #
  • Haha, oh punctuation. RT @TweetsofOld: Teacher: When people take everything literally, we say they are what? Johnny: Kleptomaniacs TX1905 #
  • @tofugu yes! my sister says it all the time, usually right after the prayer. don't know how that works, but… in reply to tofugu #
  • RT @TWLOHA: "It happened to you, but it doesn't define you." http://t.co/beTC0eR3 #
  • Yaay gender essentialism. -_- (Ugh.) RT @MagicSauceMedia: The Geek 'Fashion' Culture of Silicon Valley Hurts My Eyes http://t.co/6Ld9clfJ #
  • RT @TWLOHA: “We make our lives out of chaos. And hope.” – Bones #
  • Who knew? RT @TweetsofOld Many a woman who wishes she had been born a man would be surprised to know that her husband shares the wish TX1912 #
  • RT @AdviceToWriters: The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes. ANDRÉ GIDE #literature #writing #
  • I've decided that I am only capable of being an adult 8 hours a day. After that, I basically revert to age 12 & refuse to "be responsible". #
  • Note to self: Prepare everything for the next day before you sleep. Seriously, it's not that hard & you'll thank yourself in the morning. #
  • Also: When you have a 7 AM shift, don't stay up past midnight. No sleep = bad news. Give yourself a fighting chance, for crying out loud. #
  • Yeah, could be. RT @brainpicker: “Inspiring hope in a cynical world might be the most radical thing you can possibly do.” #
  • this is fuckin' ridiculous. gods, I think I'm going to be sick. http://t.co/Iqo8T6SB #
  • I need to stop reading essays and articles about rape culture on my work breaks. It's seriously not a good idea. -_- #rapeculture #
  • Yep. Yeeeeep. Yep x100000 RT @deetskies: so. on. point. #feminism #rapeculture http://t.co/2g1afB8J #
  • Achievement unlocked! Cat Maiden Goddess for taking all 4 cats to vet at once and getting them all back home with everyone in one piece! #
  • I kind of liked that Jordin Sparks song "No Air" until I found out Chris Brown is singing in it. Totally ruined it for me. Asshole. -_- #
  • Yes! RT @Dredgly: Can't I just stay home and watch Golden Girls & Jem all day? Maybe throw some old school My little Ponies up in that jam? in reply to Dredgly #
  • @postsecret gods I miss New York so much. in reply to postsecret #
  • RT @WhimsicAlley: Back in July, Alison had a "gorgeously geeky" #HarryPotter themed wedding. We can't help but share: http://t.co/yAkizQ8m #
  • RT @MarsCuriosity: After all the excitement this week, here's your moment of Zen… from Mars [Video] http://t.co/KLdsliYY #MSL #
  • @donnatalarico the crepes place! (or is that Rachel's?) in reply to donnatalarico #
  • New phone case is red! It's preeeeeetty. #
  • RT @TWLOHA: “Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.” – Land Before Time #
  • omg it'd be like flying. RT @mandyvandeven: This freaks me out. "Clear-bottomed swimming pool atop skyscraper" http://t.co/XvdbK7tH #
  • Interesting what a summer can accomplish. #

The Past Week via Twitter: 2012-08-05

  • I really really hate taking medicine. Really absolutely hate it. #
  • Maybe I'm coming apart. #
  • That's it. I'm turning off my phone for the foreseeable future. The end. #
  • This x1000000 RT @rob_sheridan: "NO STARS EVER." Accurate @chrisbrown album review is accurate. http://t.co/S1aA5cAZ in reply to rob_sheridan #
  • Right? RIGHT? RT @LauraJaneGrace: How fucking cool is Lana Wachowski, right? in reply to LauraJaneGrace #
  • She just might be a woman in that case. RT @TweetsofOld: A career is what a girl has if she likes herself better than she likes a man.MN1923 in reply to TweetsofOld #
  • No, let's not. RT @brainpicker: …a group of students will send 1,000 ping pong balls into space as miniature satellites – let's help them. in reply to brainpicker #
  • That's my kitty! RT @wldwmn64: @veduncan Big eyes http://t.co/lvN0We0S in reply to wldwmn64 #
  • @TweetsofOld yeah, so the options are: be correct and dead or incorrect and alive. >_> hmmmm in reply to TweetsofOld #
  • Probably did. RT @TFLN: (402): I flashed some kids doing a church car wash. I feel like I really improved the quality of their lives. in reply to TFLN #
  • RT @sarahtv3: Also…say[ing] "cray" or "cray-cray." RT @darlingstewie Dear people who spell Crazy with a K to show how wacky you are. Stop. #
  • Yes! RT @yaoicon: Go be a Yaoi-Con Panelist, smarty pants! Panel registration for this year's event is now LIVE here: http://t.co/rKfTLh2Y #
  • Gods, my back is -killing- me. #
  • I threw a wish in the well. Don't ask me; I'll never tell. #
  • OMG THIS. RT @CUUPS_Media: Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in. ~ Schopenhauer #
  • This! RT @AdviceToWriters: People like me write because otherwise we are pretty inarticulate. –William Trevor http://t.co/lqgl8OdJ #
  • Hahaha RT @TFLN: (231): A guy wearing a shirt that says "eat shit and die motherfucker" just held open a door for me. He's got manners. #
  • Doooo eeeet. RT @OhWonka: To do list: 1) Get a Samurai sword. 2) Name it kindness. 3) Kill people with kindness. #
  • Wrote this yesterday around 3 pm local and then never actually tweeted it >> "Let's see how fast I can get 11 hours of work done, shall we?" #
  • Yesterday was surprisingly productive, but I had to get up at 4:30 am & stay up 21 hours straight to do it. Verdict? Not viable in long term #
  • @Nate_TheMan_ why didn't you tell me about all these vegan/vegetarian places in Silverlake?? Dude. #
  • Awww cute. RT @CarbZombie: There's a chill little rover named Curiosity hanging out on my office desk. #mars #nasa #jpl http://t.co/ZRmSXPT7 #
  • I credit my dad, @Dredgly, and @Nate_TheMan_ for my music education. #
  • RT @neiltyson: FullMoon: Only phase that rises at sunset & sets at sunrise. A splendor shared by all on Earth who summon the urge to look up #
  • RT @maymaym: Take me out to the black / Tell them I ain't comin' back / Burn the land and boil the sea / You can't take the sky from me. #
  • @Nate_TheMan_ Fair enough. In my defense, I haven't actually seen you in months. in reply to Nate_TheMan_ #
  • Wtf. Mine toooooo. RT @kelkulus: This made my head explode. http://t.co/Vt4Jj5bw #
  • Wallace Stevens! RT @thesadredearth: "You dweller in the dark cabin, / Rise, since rising will not waken, / And hail, cry hail, cry hail." #
  • Yep. RT @TweetsofOld: In the closet of the most severe moralist is to be found the most hideous skeleton. TX1906 #
  • Awwwwwkward. >_> #
  • Going to see #Kumare either today or tomorrow at Cinefamily in Los Angeles. Looking forward to it; trying to get sister also interested. #
  • @frankieboyle omg do it. in reply to frankieboyle #
  • Hahaha. RT @badbanana: The vegan alternative to fish sticks is stick sticks. #
  • LOL. RT @LeeJCarey: @badbanana properly formed they would be Chopsticks #
  • The day's been renamed, but yeah. ^_^ RT @wldwmn64: @veduncan Yay for Starbucks! http://t.co/tuNidMpv #
  • We're all just pretending RT @postsecret: This secret was the most shared on twitter & facebook this week – by a lot >> http://t.co/l4Of1Hd0 #
  • Crying right now. Oh, copyright. http://t.co/kLjZqR7W #
  • Me too. RT @AdviceToWriters: "I write because I'm afraid to say some things out loud." Gordon Atkinson (via @Quotes4Writers) #writing #
  • Obviously. LOL. RT @wldwmn64: @veduncan Ha! http://t.co/lDXMAPQ8 #

John Carter

John Carter posterI saw John Carter at the beginning of May with my sister and decided that it was important enough to write up a legitimate review of it, rather than just a paragraph for One Paragraph. Unfortunately, that means I’m only getting to it now, just shy of three months later.

I hadn’t paid the film much attention until my dad mentioned he wanted to see it but didn’t think he’d be able to. Shortly thereafter, I managed to get my sister to go with me, and when we sat down in the theater, I’d seen a single preview and she hadn’t even gotten that much. We didn’t really know anything about anything.

The minute I discovered it had a young Edgar Rice Burroughs in it (oh, the joys of an author’s self-insertion), I knew the time period the original novel—1910s or 20s. The movie is based on the dime store novel A Princess of Mars, but the name was changed to John Carter of Mars (not to be confused with the novel of the same name) and then simply John Carter because producers (marketers?… well, someone) feared the title would cause fewer boys and young men to see the film. The film lived in development hell for several years before finally being released in early March this year, to mediocre reviews.

I remember telling my sister upon exiting the theater that the film was basically a mish-mash of Star Wars, Star Trek, and Dune and she correctly pointed out that Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars actually pre-dates all three of those franchises by several decades. (Burroughs, most famous today for his Tarzan novels, is said also to have inspired sci-fi greats such as Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke.)

Anyway, I liked it. I mean, it wasn’t the greatest film ever made or anything (that was impossible before the project began since it’s based on a novel that’s hardly the best piece of science-fiction ever written), but after hearing that it wasn’t worth my time, I was pleasantly surprised.

Dejah and John
Dejah, the original novel’s title character, and John, the film’s title character

That’s not to say the film was completely unproblematic. To the best of my recollection, it failed the Bechdel Test. There were moments it could have passed, but… no. It really bothered me that the title was changed—the sexism should be evident, and it’s a cyclical thing. (Boys don’t want to watch perceived “girly” movies because of sexism and so producers/directors/whomever reinforce sexism by catering to the “core audience”—boys.)

There are issues of race paralleling a cowboys versus Indians motif. Red Martians (of which Dejah is one) are civilized, humanistic people who live in cities and use science and technology to war with one another; Green Martians are completely uncivilized, living on a “survival of the fittest” model outside of the cities and who war with each other using more “primitive” tools (bows and arrows, spears, and animal mounts). The whole thing, in that respect, was just eye-roll-inducing. Not to mention the completely unambiguous morality (all good people are good and evil people are only evil), damsel in distress (sub?)plotline, and gender essentialism that all the characters displayed. Ugh.

Here’s the thing, though. All those things are issues I have with the novel, and the film was basically forced to follow an outdated, racist, sexist plot in order to “stay true to the original work”. The films creators, to their credit, gave Dejah a more active role than simply “damsel in distress” (though she does fall into that trap near the end anyway), and made John totally fine (if a bit surprised at first) with her intelligence and natural leadership. So, they were trying, I guess, but they really didn’t have that much to work with without rewriting the plot completely.

Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom—the Martian name for Mars—stories, however, spanned more than ten novels published between 1917 and 1964, so what do I know? Oh well, I at least have to get my dad to watch it to see what he thinks.