So I'm just going to ramble about things.
PETA is evil. No bones about it. They're just evil. Murdering puppies, bunnies and kitties evil. In the most literal sense.
Don't believe me? [link]
It's all there. And you can look up their public records if you need further proof. They don't make much effort to hide that they do this and instead justify it at every turn.
It snowed today. WTF spring? WTF? The worst part is, I can't tell if this is global warming or not . . .
I have twenty-four single spaced pages of things wrong with The Avengers movie that I'm not sure what to do with. I was planning on writing an essay on how Avengers is not as good as you think it is and how most of its problems stem from how Joss Whedon is a lazy writer who can't be arsed enough to think even the most basic logic of his plots through, but I find that, despite how pissed about that movie being screwed up, I find I just don't have the drive to do an essay on it. At the end of the day, all the essay would amount to is "AVENGERS BAD. GWAAAAAHR!!!!!! SMASH STUPID MOVIE!!!!" *foams at mouth* I mean, I hate it and I'm sure my impotent writer-rage might be humorous to some, but it just feels like it's a waste of time because I just don't have anything really meaningful to say beyond picking the film apart and spitefully not putting it back together. And nobody cares anyway.
And I mean, it's not like I can even get as angry at Whedon as I do at someone like Michael Bay. I mean, I really hate the tropes that Whedon uses ad infinitum
and he is really damn lazy as a writer, but at the end of the day, he at least gets excited about what he does, enjoys doing it and, despite being a lazy writer (have I mentioned that he's a lazy writer yet?), he's actually become pretty competent as a director. For the most part. He's not pissing specifically into my ear, just into the wind. And really, it was kind of my own damn fault for walking around with my mouth open when I knew he was nearby.
Yeah, I'm going to get off this train of thought now.
Speaking of movies I hate, what the honest to God fuck Peter Jackson? How did you screw up The Hobbit that badly? I mean, for all their little problems, the Lord of the Rings movies were excellent adaptations and whether or not you could forgive the things they changed from the books, they at least kept up the spirit and tone of the books and definitely stood up on their own as excellent cinematic works. So you get the chance to do The Hobbit and what do you do? You try to make it something it's not, with the result being that you throw aside basic logic in favor of tropes that don't work with the plot you're adapting. So much of what happens in The Hobbit movie doesn't make any sense and you've basically ignored the tone and intent of the original novel in its entirety. Not to mention its complexity -- and The Hobbit is actually a surprisingly complex book, especially by the standards of children's literature. And how is it that the film crew that is known for revolutionizing visual effects produces a movie with worse visual effects than the movies they made ten years ago? Seriously!
And I did not
need to see Bilbo covered in troll boogies. What is this, live action Shrek?
I'm getting fanart from a lot of people lately. True, it's because I'm requesting it, though they did offer me a request. One of the reasons I try and get Gaea fanart is because I want Gaea to have artwork drawn entirely from unofficial and unprofessional sources. Well, unprofessional might not work, since *Latif-Saeed
basically created the official base design for the bard, Dryden and he's a professionally published comic artist (who is awesome and you should totally check him out if you haven't), but he's not super well-known as far as I can tell, so I count him. The idea is that Gaea fanart is supposed to be a way that I can showcase talented people I think either have a lot of potential to be great artists, or who already are great artists and don't get nearly the attention they deserve.
But I wonder about that, a bit. I mean, I'm not exactly Mr. Popular myself, so it's not like me featuring them as a part of my project is helping them in any way. I suppose you could say I'm banking on Gaea gaining popularity in the future. But I notice that most of the people I feature don't really get that many more views and certainly don't get more comments because of my efforts. That saddens me a little.
You can help ease my sadness by checking out the people who do fanart for me and saying something nice to them.
Or buying me a pizza. Pizza is an acceptable alternative.
So, a new entry in the Thief franchise (possibly my most favorite game series evar!!!!OMGWTFBBQ!!!!1) is being made. Everything I hear about it starts to get me really excited, only to turn around and smack me upside the head with something incredibly disappointing. Update with better visuals and a return to the open levels? Excellent, but it's a gritty reboot. Improved AI that allows guards to become suspicious of things like doors left open or too many torches going out? Awesome, but they also add a combat engine that turns Garret into an acrobatic martial artist when Garret's appeal was how he avoided fights because he believed it meant he was doing a sloppy job. They are going for a dark atmosphere in a crime filled steam-punk city, as Thief always did. Sounds great, except that Garret totally looks like an emo now and it sounds from the trailers that they've dropped his snarky attitude.
It's like someone's luring me in with candy until I get close enough for them to kick me in the balls.
Oh well. I'll always have The Metal Age.
I need to say something positive.
No, I'm not going to review My Little Pony season 3. Yes, I did watch it after all the episodes were out. My opinion has not changed. It's still disappointing for all its potential, the characters still haven't really grown any, and they still have an annoying tendency to pull stuff out of their ass when writing. At the end of the day, provided it's a day I'm not in a bad mood, I still think of it as competent at the best of times and nothing to write home about.
I may be losing patience with Bronies, though. What was the biggest controversy of season 3? Twilight being an Alicorn. And why is that a controversy? Because they're doing it only so they can sell toys. How do you know that? Because someone, possibly a disgruntled writer fired from the team, posted spoilers and phrased it as a bad thing.
Except that the whole damn show exists purely to sell toys. You have to accept that. It's the price of admission. Also however much you spent on pony plushies. But really, Twilight becoming an alicorn was something I could have supported, because it's a chance for her to actually grow and change as a character. I don't support it, obviously, because they totally wasted that opportunity. The whole episode was nothing but filler leading up to her change. She learned nothing about herself, nothing about the world, nothing meaningful. She just dicked around trying to fix an accident and then underwent an arbitrary change in physical appearance. That's it. So, at the end of the day, MLP is exactly back to where it started, except now Twilight can haz wingz!
And nobody is bothered by it because it's a total waste of potential. You bronies either hate it because it's just to sell toys, an argument that only bothers you because somebody tweeted about it and presented it as a bad thing, or you're okay with it because, at the end of the day, it really isn't
anything different from what the series has always been.
You bronies are sheep, you know that?
You know what I miss? I miss the days when I could load up DA's front page and not see either a dick or a vagina being shoved in my face. I got nothing against the concept of nude art. I think it's entirely possible to do nude art. But Jesus Christ on a Krispy Kreme, that's just tasteless.
Still need to say something positive.
Check this out if you have some spare time: [link]
it's a neat little documentary called The Yes Men. It's about some guys who impersonate people from various corporations and international groups like the World Trade Organization. It's both hilarious and informative.
For those of you who are still reading all this, I've got a surprise for you.
I will do features for the first ten people who respond to this journal. Only I'll have to do it in the next journal, because this one is overlong and takes up way to much space. And also it's really only the first eight people, because the first two spots belong to the people I got the feature meme from.
Oh, and if you comment to get a feature, you have to also feature people.
Some of you might accuse me of rewarding only the people kind (or bored) enough to actually read this through all the way to the end.