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Long-winded ramble about dated social mores and science fiction [20 Mar 2014|08:51pm]
So I finally got around to watching the Ender's Game film. No, this is not the rant you think it will be based on the subject.

Spoilers for both the book and the movie under the cut, but really, this is one of those things that's almost certainly been spoiled for you alreadyCollapse )
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Gendered Magic Systems - SMH [29 Sep 2013|06:38pm]
I've never really cared for them much. I remember complaining about them as a child, though I could never explain the reason, and my disgruntlement only grew stronger as I grew older and learned more about the world around me. They always seemed too confining, too "you go in the this box and you can never leave, you go in this other box and you can never leave"; too generalizing, too much like what I'd later learn to describe as essentializing. Worse, even as a child the demarcations of what magic men "got" and what magic women "got" seemed to broadly arbitrary, their justifications spurious (e.g. okay, so throughout history most warriors were men and - recently, at least - most nurses are women, so battle magic is "male" and healing magic is "female"... but there have been and still are both female warriors and male nurses, so why couldn't some women use battle magic and some men healing magic?) which I would later learn had much to do with them representing "ideal" versions of either gender that were "ideal" mainly in the author's own head.

Why they really bothers me though, is that they are never biologically, or even logically, consistent. First off, ask yourself: why does this magic differentiate between men and women? Does it do so on the basis of sex, or gender?

Long-winded rant about this below the cutCollapse )
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JSLの知恵袋 Or, just give in and grind the kanji already [04 Jul 2013|01:59am]
Some thoughts on JSL classes, my fellow students, and the language learning therein.Collapse )
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Is my neighbour paranoid or just sadistic? [25 Apr 2013|12:57am]
Photo taken from my balcony.Collapse )

So... I figured it was to keep cats out. Alex figures it's humans. Doesn't look like it would be very effective at either, unless the cat or the human didn't get their booster shots.
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[04 Nov 2012|11:03am]
So, I've had a few people message me on LJ now who are evidently unaware how LiveJournal works. I.e., they've sent me a private message, but they have messages turned off in their own settings. If you do this, I cannot respond to you. If you have no entries on your LJ, or all of your entries are Friend's locked, and you have no other contact information on your profile page, I have literally no way of getting back to you.

I was able to track one of them down to a message board using their handle, but others not so much.

In essence, this is to say that if you want to ask me something, ensure there is some way I can respond to you, or there won't be a response.
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