September 6th, 2010


Two glimpses into my taste in women

Two tidbits that really have nothing to do with each other except that they're about who I find attractive:

More than once, I've gotten really, really interested in women who were completely unavailable. (One or two of those times, I got interested in women who are interested in women. REALLY completely unavailable.) Earlier this year, I managed to realize I'd gotten hung up on a particular Ms. Not Gonna Be My Girlfriend, and began the process of managing to, as Bart Simpson says, "Cool your jets, man." And it dawned on me this morning that I'd managed not to think of her for a while...and also that I'd noticed other women I found attractive, and been better at noting that they weren't available. And as I'm not going to horn in on someone's relationship, at that point my response needs to be -- and is more often -- "OK, she is aesthetically pleasing, and maybe we can be friends because she's obviously neat in several other ways or I wouldn't have been attracted to her, and friendship is one of the good things so that's its own worthy goal, so: stay on the lookout for someone else, who'll be both interesting and available."

Maybe I'm getting over my crushes quicker.

The other tidbit has to do with one of those crushes, from several years ago. Workplace crush, from when I was at the call center. She was and I'm guessing still is cute, fascinating, hilarious, and taken (by a guy, so at least I knew she liked guys). A few years after that, this exchange happened between me and our former co-worker Matt, after I'd told him that I'd had a thing for her:
Matt: Oh, I remember her. Kind of mousy.

Me: Mousy can be hot.
Oh, yes.
Good Omens

Re-dubbing: You're Doing It Wrong

Here's to profanity. I try not to use it too much, but it's one of the tools in my bag of tricks, and even without saying them much I think them a lot, and think about them a lot.

I also think about how people avoid them. Especially in redubbing movies for TV. In The Blues Brothers a former band member says "And Jake! Shit! The Blues Brothers!" Someone at a TV station trying to find a way around that profanity decided to slow down the sound, hoping it'd sound like the guy said "Shoot," but it came out sounding like "And Jake! [mechanical-sounding voice] shiiiit [normal voice] The Blues Brothers!" Okay, not all experiments work. As Adam "Mythbusters" Savage's T-shirt says, "Failure IS an option."

At least twice stuff's been redubbed with a sense of humor, and I've gotta give props for that. Like the cable TV edit of Snakes on a Plane:

...and how The Big Lebowski's TV edit couldn't get rid of the car-smashing scene where John Goodman's screaming "See what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass?!," so the re-dubbers did this:

And once, in my experience -- in my glorious, perverse, hee-hee-hee causing experience -- a film that should've been redubbed for television was broadcast on local TV with no redubbing. That film? Paper Moon. I saw it on Washington D.C.'s WTTG Channel 5, and within a minute of my tuning in there's single-digits-old Tatum O'Neal saying "I've gotta go to the shithouse." I love that that slipped through. I don't love that someone had to have been called on the carpet at that station for letting that slip through, but seeing that film in its un-dubbed profane glory on air appealed to me.
NCC-1701 Regula

THIS. Thank you, rm.

This makes me want to applaud, and better cheer on the people I know working to create their own work, their own something special that speaks to them and others:

So if you want to see more books about gay characters? If you want television with trans characters that aren't murder victims? or asexual characters that aren't treated as ill? If you want movies where the Asian girl isn't the tech geek and the Middle Eastern guy isn't the villain and the main drama about the interracial couple isn't about how they're interracial?

Tell your stories. Write your words.

Because yes, the entertainment industries have a concept of what the marketplace is and doesn't think there's a lot of dollars in the type of stories a lot of us are really fucking desperate for. And yes, we can (if we've the resources) vote with our dollars and time when projects we care about are released. But wow, I am so done with people telling me to be patient.

If you have a story you want to see, write it. And maybe you want to submit that novel or pitch that TV show, but maybe you don't or aren't ready yet. Maybe you just want to write fanfic. Maybe you want to self-publish on Lulu. Maybe you just want to talk about what your dream film would be like or post a wish-list of book concepts you wish you had on your shelves. Maybe you just want to tell the world who you, as an audience member, are.

But regardless of which of the above is the case, all of those things create a critical mass that demonstrates desire.

Because the Internet? Is one of the biggest and cheapest market research labs that has ever existed.

...And while we're here, let's face something else: a lot of pro-writers have come out of, or already exist within, the world of fanfiction. Whether you like their stuff or not or feel it's relevant to this discussion or not, Cassie Clare, Jaida Jones and Naomi Novik are all ours. And they certainly aren't the only ones. And they absolutely, positively aren't the only ones who ever will be.

So every person who works with non-traditional publishing, writing and information sharing online who includes narrative elements that the big publishers and networks are too nervous to give us? You increase the odds. You improve the market research data that is the reality of our existences. You raise the possibility that the next thing that goes from our computer screens into the bookstore is one of our stories...

rm on how writers and other artists can, and need to, use the internet to get more stories out.
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