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5 random thoughts

1. I was phenomenally lucky to have parents that bought me (ostensibly for the family) a computer in the 80's. There was a great geekfeminism.org post about how the posturing of "I started using computers when I was...." is not always about your innate geekiness, but often about the ability of your parents to buy a computer back then. I was lucky. I was also extremely luck to have parents that never made me feel like a job/career/skill set was above or beneath me. It was all about how I could succeed no matter what as long as I worked hard and did my best. I <3 my parents.

2. The book club I belong to (Hi calico_reaction! o/ ) has really challenged me. :) Which is great. It also makes me want to read more - which was the point. However, I don't always want to read the books that the organizer suggests. :( Also, zombies? really? *sigh*

3. Also, with a shout out to calico_reaction, she has stated that she does not like humor in her SF/F. I am boggled by this. I find so much in life inherently funny or sad. I would rather read about the funny stuff. Also, without humor, everything would be so....horrible. And depressing. So, humor in media that you consume? Good or not? And why???

4. It has been an interesting week in California (Prop 8 struck down) and NY (mosque approved for lower Manhattan near Ground Zero). I think this quote is still appropriate for how I think of America:
"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've got to want it bad, because it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil who is standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the 'land of the free'? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the 'land of the free.'"

5. Recently got back from a 5 day cruise to the Bahamas on the Disney Wonder. Wow. It was a perfect vacation. Danny and I do not drink or gamble (both activities tend to be popular on cruises). Disney has no casinos on board, and never felt any pressure to order alcohol. The kids activities are highly structured and are enough out of the way that we never felt bothered by kids running around until the last day or so of the cruise. There were lots of adult activities to do, we were never really bored. Also, Castaway Cay? Soooo nice. :)

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ayashi
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:11 pm (UTC)
I think humor has its place as long as it is done well :) Lame attempts at jokes that don't fit into the scene... well that might be a different story, but I don't see that very often. Some of my favorite books are very serious with not a lot of humor, but they may offset the stress and danger with things are are endearing (or something).

A book a read recently (just normal fiction) was so freaking funny, I just loved it. The main character was hilarious and I have no idea how many times I laughed out loud reading it. I don't think that laugh out loud humor has its place in every book... but I definitely appreciate it XD
mistressjennfer
Aug. 6th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Win for quoting The American President.
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