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30th-May-2009 05:07 pm - 1500 year old spoiler alert!
appalling_cynicism: (Happiness is key.)
I do not remember the last time I fell this hard and fast for a fandom. I do have some gender issue thingies to discuss though. I adore this particular incarnation of Guinevere, she is adorable and bubbly and probably tastes like strawberries. However, ever since I first heard the Arthurian legend when I was about 13, I kind of hated her and what she did. I have mega-issues when it comes to cheating. It isn't because she is eventually going to marry Arthur, it is because she is eventually going to marry Arthur then betray him. However, that said, given how fluid these legends are over time, I wouldn't mind too much if they changed it. All the great legends evolve over time.

Er, this is all only relevant if the show lasts a lot longer than I expect it will.

In other words, I do not hate Gwen because she has a vagina. In fact, so far I don't hate Gwen at all. If they stick to the legend though, I will. I will hate her a lot.

Also, I want a Bradley James.
5th-May-2009 06:44 pm - My favourite soap
appalling_cynicism: (Saved the world with her story)
Wow, Neighbours really pissed me off. Seriously, can't the girl just not want to get married? Does it have to be because she's insecure about getting married while pregnant? Can't the girl just want a to be a doctor and have a family? Is it just that hard to believe? Didge's only redeeming feature was that at least she had a spine, other than that she's as annoying as hell. Now you go and have her swayed by a pretty dress? Worse, then deciding if it is what her fiance wants, then it is definitely what they should do, ignoring all her perfectly reasonable points.

Basically, fuck off, Neighbours.

Also, MasterChef may have replaced my Biggest Loser obsession.

I can't work out whether my life would be better or worse without trashy television.
16th-Apr-2009 12:00 pm - Short and sweet
appalling_cynicism: (Saved the world with her story)
Seriously, Emma Tom is made of win.
28th-Mar-2009 11:59 am - One day I will get a life...
appalling_cynicism: (Beautiful)
but that day is not this one.

Grey's Anatomy made me teary again. They've really upped their game this season. I was not so impressed with Private Practice. Okay, I loved most of it, especially Sam telling Del to pull it together and Charlotte sending Cooper to Violet. However, I did not like Addison this episode. Seriously, Spoilery ) Also, where have I seen that kid before?

I'm watching my extended editions of Lord of the Rings today. They really were a great investment.

I really want to write something about the Catholic Church at the moment, but I don't think I can do it without being horribly offensive. Anything written now would be a knee jerk reaction. That being said, I don't think there will ever be a positive reaction to articles like these.
26th-Mar-2009 12:23 am - Books!
appalling_cynicism: (From one life to the next)
The Well of Loneliness was completely devastating. It has left me completely numb. I realise it was over-written and melodramatic, but it still kicked me at the end and I can't really explain why.

I'm not sure what to read next. It's odd, not doing a lit course this semester. I am so used to having my reading dictated to me that I don't quite know what to do on my own. I'm thinking about going back and reading some old Bryce Courtenay books again. Maybe The Power of One or The Potato Factory. That, or Jane Eyre, because it has been a while since I read it last. Okay, it's been about 2 months, but it never really seems enough with that book.

I'm thinking either Wil Anderson or Danny Bhoy for my next picspam.
25th-Mar-2009 09:39 am - A collection of uninformed opinions.
appalling_cynicism: (Default)
Er, yes, you can still be misogynist if you are a lesbian. If straight men can hate women and still want to sleep with them, why wouldn't you be able to?

I think Turnbull is going to tank soon. His numbers just keep getting worse and worse, he may yet beat Brendan Nelson. I think it is a safe guess that Costello will step in when the time comes, which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. As conservatives go, he is quite moderate.

So we may have another bikie war in Australia. That is just what we need. Actually, what Victoria really needs is its own Fitzgerald Inquiry to deal with some of the rife corruption.

Gen Y is not actually at fault because they have never experienced a recession before now. They are not actually to blame for the prosperity of the fairly recent past. Hell, the less economically aware ones wouldn't even realise that said recent prosperity wasn't actually abnormal. Furthermore, give us a little credit, please. We adapt, it's what we do.

C leaves for Japan tonight. I won't see her again until August. I do not like this at all.
19th-Dec-2008 12:37 pm - See, this is what makes her an unfit politician
appalling_cynicism: (Saved the world with her story)
I realise this is somewhat contrary to what I posted yesterday, but fuck you, Anna Bligh! Racism is still racism even under the guise of 'economic necessity'. Ending the visas of immigrant workers to create jobs for "real Australians" is horribly racist and something I would have expected from One Nation, not the Labor Party.

While we're on the topic of politicians who fail at humanity, a special mention must go to our Attorney-General, Kerry Shine, who yesterday claimed that some rapes only had a minor effect on women. Yes, rapes have differing levels of trauma attached to them depending on any number of circumstances, but to describe any rape as minor is quite simply unforgivable. I don't care whether it was a gang rape or a drunken digital rape, there is still nothing minor about it.

I am actually embarrassed to be a Queenslander today.
18th-Dec-2008 10:21 am - People suck
appalling_cynicism: (Guns and cigarettes)
Anna Bligh had botox. I don't get how this now makes her an unfit politician. I'll admit, her comparing it to putting on a bit of lippy was not her smartest move, but it does not warrant the wrath now pouring down upon her. Seriously, this does make make her a whore, a bimbo, a complete failure at her job; it makes her human. It makes her an ordinary woman who is under increasing pressure to look 'better' and 'younger'. This is so fucked up. Judge her for her policy, not for this.

While we're on a vaguely related note, I am adding Emma Tom to my list of people I would jump. This is because she is awesome.
17th-Nov-2008 02:33 am - I bring Chris Lowell picspam and ranting
appalling_cynicism: (Never outgrow jumping in puddles)
QI is back! Oh, how I've missed you. There is simply not enough television featuring comedians competing in a trivia competition.

I've been having an interesting/horrifying discussion with D (my American friend, for those playing at home) about why she voted yes on Prop 8. It has been disturbing, I didn't realise how conservative she was. I mean, I knew she was conservative, what, with the promising to bow to her husband's wishes when she got married, but I never picked her as the sort to mix politics and religion. By the end she was getting snarky because a) I am a secularist who believes religious principles have no place in law making and b) I'm not American how could I possibly understand the state of liberalism in that country, and how they are just waiting to jump off the slippery slope because allowing gay marriage would open the doors to the legalisation of incest and paedophilia. I don't see how you can stand back and go 'yes, I acknowledge that my premise is based on the slippery slope fallacy, but I stand by it anyway'. I also don't see how you can argue that marriage is based on religious principles alone. It has legal rights and responsibilities, it stops being about the bloody church. It is that simple. And no, this does not make me "a secularist taking a piece of religion and trying to make it work out of context" because marriage (in an admittedly different form) pre-dates recorded history. That means it damn sure pre-dates Christianity. I really don't think she thinks this an at all bigoted view, and I don't think I can tell her that it is over e-mail. In person, hell damn yes. Over e-mail, not so much.

In hotter news, Chris Lowell is pretty. )
3rd-Nov-2008 12:56 pm - House/Chase drabble
appalling_cynicism: (Colours so bright I can smell them)
[ profile] tzzzz is running a gay marriage themed, pan fandom drabble-a-thon to raise money for to vote down the proposition to overturn the Californian Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage.

I've posted a 200 word drabble and strongly urge everyone to do the same.
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