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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

3 Random Facts About Me

Today I am going to share some little known facts about me. Lucky you. Heh.

1. I watch both South Park and Family Guy fairly regularly. I won't claim this is because of anything beyond a love of toilet humor and stupid things. But they do make me laugh. Also, I have a knack for missing the point of South Park's politics, since I usually come out of the episodes reading a very pro-liberal message despite the fact that I'm pretty sure the intended message is supposed to be more conservative or libertarian. It's nifty to see how my own political biases/blinders influence my perception.

(I also had the same sort of phenomenon happen while reading Fables. It's very peculiar, but kind of fun to realize that you may well be getting exactly the OPPOSITE message than what the writer intends. Heh.)

2. As a kid, I never really liked the cartoon Daria. This was rare, as the show was very popular when I was about 13 or so. Granted, it was very funny and also well-written. However, at the time it was on, I'd just switched middle schools in the middle of the year, and I was a sulky little runt with shoulder-length brown hair and glasses. And the kids in my new school were apparently far more inclined to watch MTV than the kids at my old school. It got annoying real fast.

It wasn't until high school (where I was much more comfortable anyway) that I finally got around to watching the show that I realized that it wasn't really much of an insult. Still, I've never quite been able to shake the lingering resentment enough to really enjoy the cartoon.

3. Because my right eye kind of flaked out a few years back, I'm not actually able to use 3d glasses or viewfinders (those kid toys that look like binoculars, that show pictures when you flip the lever). The last 3d movie I tried to watch was Superman Returns. Things just looked red.

I don't think I'm missing much, but it was odd to realize that it didn't work anymore.



  • At January 27, 2009 6:45 AM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    I watch Family Guy fairly regularly

    It always makes me sad when people whose taste I respect say that...


  • At January 27, 2009 9:05 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    *shrug* It makes me laugh. No one's perfect. :-)

  • At January 27, 2009 9:34 AM, Blogger Centurion said…

    I know what it's like to not be able to see 3d stuff. My left eye is messed up from my childhood, so I guess between the two of us we have one good set of eyes. ^_^

    word verification: oofight

  • At January 27, 2009 5:38 PM, Blogger Seth T. Hahne said…

    I'm not sure there *are* political messages in Fables. I'm approaching them from the perspective of a libertarian (classical liberal) with socialist sympathies and I see a lot of sympathetic characters and not a lot of shared political ideology between them. I think Willingham, despite his own political persuasion, is really just all about crafting kick-ass stories that contain no necessary pedagogy. At least so far as Fables is concerned.

    p.s. my word verification was: jabsey. As in, "I'm feeling a bit jabsey tonight, so don't provoke me."

  • At January 27, 2009 7:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I crack up out loud at Family Guy. That doesn't change my high opinion of me at all. Never really got Daria, but I didn't hate it.
    I'll concur with The Dane regarding Fables, and I'm quite glad that I became aware of his extreme views after I finished reading the run, otherwise I would've been too busy over-thinking what Willingham was trying to convey.
    I look at the glass half-full most of the time. Does that count?

  • At January 28, 2009 1:58 AM, Blogger Nick said…

    I've always thought the 3D glasses were bogus.

    Anytime I've worn them I have seen NO third dimension. Just red over one eye, and blue over the other....or sometimes they put both in the lenses. The glasses didn't make anything JUMP out at me during a movie, just annoyed me.

    Fables has a political message to it? Hmm. News to me, just took it for great storytelling.

  • At January 29, 2009 12:11 AM, Blogger Dane said…

    I watch Family Guy too, but I'm really starting to feel like it's going downhill fast. I'm seeing a real difference between present Family Guy and Family guy from 2 or 3 seasons ago.

    I never noticed any large political messages with Fables, but they made some pretty straight analogies to Israel.

    It's also very brave of you to come out with your disability. I'm sorry you will never see Journey to the Center of the Earth in all of it's artistic glory.


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