February 1st, 2007


300 (RL, movie)

I've not gone to see a movie in the theaters for a couple years now. It's way too expensive, I hate having to see it with other people, and often I have a hard time sitting still for 2-3 hours. However, the trailer for 300 looked so good that I thought it might be the movie to get me back into the theater.

A friend works for a magazine and got to see 300 last night so that she could interview the stars today, I was so very happy to see her review before I had a chance to go see it.

"This was the most disgusting piece of pro-Iraq war propaganda I have ever seen."

Quoting: Then, ignoring the advice of the oracles, who are depicted as physically mutated men who prey on young girls, and the law, backed by a council who are portrayed as cowardly, corrupt politicians, Leonidas gathers 300 of his best soldiers and goes to bravely take on the Persian army. There's lots of talk about how "Freedom isn't free, it must be paid for, and the price is blood!" and how the Spartans must think of their wives and sons, and how they go to fight to spread freedom and stop the slavery of the Persians. Okay, yick. I think that's pretty clear propaganda right there, and it alone would have bothered me. But this movie takes it EVEN FARTHER.

The Persian army is depicted as an army of monsters. They are all less than human: they're all horribly mutated in one way or another, hunchbacked and grotesque. They're not white. They're sexual perverts! (And while we get jokes about boy-loving men [this from Spartans, mind you—Spartans who are all dressed in very manly and heterosexual giant leather jockstraps], of course what we see is women engaging in some form of pantomime lesbianism—because why not titillate while also casting moral judgment?)

And then there was even more to feel sick about, like the fact that the sole female character's only role seemed to be to allow herself to get raped by her husband's rival—and this was presented as heroic.

I feel bad for her, she has to interview the stars when she feels of the movie:
- What a vile, vile piece of trash.
- Never has a film made me feel so physically ill to be in the theater watching it.

So anyway, yeah. If you were like me and interested in the movie based on the trailer alone, you might want to rethink it.

Her whole review here.
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Unf sandwich

Late, quickie post (FFXI)

Chaser: Goldsmithing 62.9. Yay! While amazingly expensive, leveling on plat makes for "nice" skillups. (Nice for gold, anyway.)

It boggles me that every .1 is an accomplishment. In the low 60s. Every day it strikes me how little I knew going into this: I knew gold was different, but I had no idea how different. I'm paying almost exactly 10 times more per gold synth than I did leather 95-100, and the skillups are slower. In the 60s.

If nothing else, I now have major respect for the goldsmith 100 out there, though I now strongly strongly question how many did it without buying gil. (Am I tempted to? Only in the same way I'm tempted to kill annoying customers -- 'it'd be nice, but I'd never ever do it'. Not only would I in no way want to ever endanger my account by buying gil, if I did then I'd be "cheating" and my gold level wouldn't mean anywhere near as much.)

This is going so very slow and it's such a long road ahead of me. But at least my mindset has shifted: I really do look at it as .1 is the short-term goal, not a level. So long as I make some progress, I'm happy. Each .1 makes me grin and go 'Yay!' out loud. :}


In semi-related news, I finally had time to go mining tonight (I've only been trying to make time since last week >< ). Unfortunately it sucked. I got nothing better than zinc, and the tabbing=crashing bug cripples me. >< I'm going to go out again though, every plat I mine up is another potential skillup!

Also did the Valentine's day event with Nai~! The event is really annoying (same one as last year), but it was really nice spending the evening with her. :) We only got the NQ item -- we ran out of both time and steam before getting the HQ. (Item is pretty worthless anyway, other than that it's signed by your partner.)

There aren't enough hours in the day! :P
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