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So Best Beloved and I have been watching the original Iron Chef shows over dinner, and I've finally figured it out: Chairman Kaga is a dragon, and he hoards chefs and hideous jackets. This explains everything.
imaginary_golux: adult red riding hood and her wolf (wolf)
Okay, this is going to be sort of a random assortment, so let's start with the short things:

1) For the past many months, I have been working on putting together a comprehensive list of what they eat in the Redwall universe. Anyone interested in the masterlist of Redwall foods can find it here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Huiz2sT-4UUMYApFiPNc0hv1jxTtf2i18-Mh7oK0vIs/edit?usp=sharing

2) I don't know why - I've never actually seen The Sentinel, though I've read a whole lot of fic - but the country song "You Should Be Here" sounds like it should be the prompt for a sad Sentinel songfic. Honestly I can think of three or four I've read that would suit the song perfectly.

3) So Best Beloved and I were talking about fiction the other day, as you do, and something interesting came up. Our generation - Millenials, I guess, though we're on the older end of that group - grew up with Harry Potter. It's become such a cultural phenomenon that when I say that we learned something of a Hufflepuff mindset, everyone pretty much understands that what I mean is that hard work, loyalty, and friendship will get you through pretty much anything. Courage and self-sacrifice also help. But I'm a librarian, and what I'm seeing in the YA section these days is dystopias: books which say that you can work hard, be loyal, have good friends, be brave and self-sacrificing...and the world is still going to go to shit, and might kill you. Which is more realistic, I suppose, but a lot more depressing.

But Best Beloved pointed something out about Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which the movie and fandom which have eaten my life these last two and a half months). What TFA says is that there is still hope. There is still light. Here are these damaged, hurting people who meet each other and *love* each other and can find joy even though by rights all of them should be curled up in little whimpering balls.

So maybe the pendulum is starting to swing a little towards hope again.
imaginary_golux: adult red riding hood and her wolf (wolf)
So it occurred to me, in a sort of half-joking manner, that it might be interesting to make Terry Pratchett's Watch books required reading in all police academies - and for all current police officers - in the United States. Because I keep reading things about police brutality and systematic racism and the "black site" in Chicago and all the kids getting shot by police for being the wrong color in the wrong place at the wrong time, and thinking, Sam Vimes would not stand for this.

Because what Sam Vimes stands for is integrity. It doesn't matter how dangerous making the arrest is - he'll make it. He arrested a dragon. He arrested Lord Vetinari. He arrested Carcer despite the fact that Carcer was trying very hard to kill him at the time. He put the gonne down.

He won't take bribes. He isn't a bigot - or rather, when his bigotry is pointed out to him he grumbles and moans and hires whoever it is he's being forced to hire and then makes them part of the Watch. Angua, Detritus, Cheery Littlebottom, Reg Shoe - he values them as much as he does Carrot.

And he is very, very insistent that the same law applies to the rich and to the poor, the powerful and the powerless - and that, when push comes to shove, the law is on the side of the powerless, because there's no one else on their side, so the law has to be.

Sam Vimes is the sort of police officer I'd really like to see as the model for our police officers - and if our officers were Sammies, I'd be a lot happier about approaching them in times of trouble.

(This post brought to you by the editorials in today's paper talking about the police officer who has actually been convicted of domestic violence and who was recently offered a promotion. Because I, as a female person, really feel safe going to the police now, should I need to. Oh wait. The other thing.)
imaginary_golux: adult red riding hood and her wolf (wolf)
So there's this song, "Yeah" by Joe Nichols, which comes on the radio every so often. (I like country music, at least the less misogynistic and racist kinds.) And every time I hear it I have three rather conflicting responses.

1) This is actually a really bad way to enter into a relationship. The singer agrees to everything the unnamed girl suggests, because he's beautiful (and, of course, because he wants to have sex with her) - but that means that she has no idea what his actual preferences are, and entering into a relationship in which one person entirely subsumes their opinions to the other's is...not a good idea. There's going to be festering resentment eventually.

2) Amusingly, though, it can be read as sort of BDSM-flavored: "Whatever you're drinking, that's what I'm drinking / Girl you're calling the shots tonight / Whatever you're thinking, that's what I'm thinking / Tell me what you've got in mind / So I can say yeah, yeah." That reads, to me, a lot like someone agreeing to be the submissive partner in a sexual encounter. Pretty sure that's not what the author intended.

3) Last and least probable: this is a wonderful song about a vampire successfully luring a guy off into the bushes to eat him. I mean, come on: a preternaturally good-looking woman shows up at a tailgate, picks a guy who's there alone, gives him a drink (of what?), and then asks if he'd like to go on a walk with her...alone, in the dark...if that's not a vampire's hunting strategy, I don't know what is. Successful, too. All power to the vampire lady. Well done.

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