• Jul. 26th, 2012 at 6:34 PM
la_vie_noire: (Jean-Clare)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR [personal profile] ardhra! I hope is still your birthday there, and that you had an excellent day!

Best wishes

  • Jul. 23rd, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] oyceter! I wish you the best, dear, like you deserve!


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[community profile] help_for_ephemere:

This is a fundraiser to benefit [personal profile] ephemere, with the aim of supporting her in the wake of her losing her job, home, and good relations with her family due to homophobia. The idea of this fundraiser was conceived by friends of [personal profile] ephemere, and is being run with her permission. Funds will go to rent, utilities, food, and medical bills.

We are accepting donations (please contact the mods via PM for more details) & are also running an auction as follows:

The auction will open for offers on Thursday, July 5.
All auctions will open for bids on Thursday, July 12.
Bidding will be open from Thursday, July 12 at 21:00 GMT to Saturday, July 21 at 21:00 GMT (time zone converter).


  • Jul. 12th, 2012 at 12:04 AM
la_vie_noire: (Jean-Clare)
Aprovecho para felicitarte en toda red social existente! :P TE QUIERO. QUE PASES EXCELENTE! Ya haremos algo.

OMG, I love this

  • Jul. 10th, 2012 at 3:23 PM
la_vie_noire: Anthy painting a portrait (Anthy painting)
The significance of plot without conflict.

In the West, plot is commonly thought to revolve around conflict: a confrontation between two or more elements, in which one ultimately dominates the other. The standard three- and five-act plot structures—which permeate Western media—have conflict written into their very foundations. A “problem” appears near the end of the first act; and, in the second act, the conflict generated by this problem takes center stage. Conflict is used to create reader involvement even by many post-modern writers, whose work otherwise defies traditional structure.

The necessity of conflict is preached as a kind of dogma by contemporary writers’ workshops and Internet “guides” to writing. A plot without conflict is considered dull; some even go so far as to call it impossible. This has influenced not only fiction, but writing in general—arguably even philosophy. Yet, is there any truth to this belief? Does plot necessarily hinge on conflict? No. Such claims are a product of the West’s insularity. For countless centuries, Chinese and Japanese writers have used a plot structure that does not have conflict “built in”, so to speak. Rather, it relies on exposition and contrast to generate interest. This structure is known as kishōtenketsu.
la_vie_noire: (Juri-flirt)
Some day it will be alive again.

Meanwhile, HAPPY BIRTHDAY [personal profile] fightingwords! Wishing you the best here!



  • Jul. 7th, 2012 at 2:23 AM
la_vie_noire: Antoinette Ataro smiling (Antoinette Ataro felicidad)
Damn! Belated happy birthday to [personal profile] yiduiqie! I hope you had an awesome day!


Huh. Most of you may not know it, but

  • Jun. 25th, 2012 at 7:10 PM
la_vie_noire: Yuuko, smoking and looking pensive (Yuuko thinking)
Here a president was impeached and removed from office in the blink of a eye (very irregular process thanks to the corruption of our Parliamentarian system), unleashing a diplomatic crisis.

And this place is so far off my real life.

My real life is killing me

  • Jun. 19th, 2012 at 10:26 PM
la_vie_noire: (Utena-orz)
And we are also in the middle of a social, political crisis here; and I can't afford listening to people right now. For my own health.

I need distractions.

Jun. 19th, 2012

  • 8:33 PM
la_vie_noire: (Jean-Clare)
MUY FELIZ CUMPLEAÑOS, KIRI! Que hayas tenido un día fabuloso, como te mereces. Te quiero un montón!

Obligatory reading for today

  • Jun. 6th, 2012 at 3:54 PM
la_vie_noire: Anthy painting a portrait (Anthy painting)
[personal profile] thatlitgirl writes an uber insightful post about queerness in Western Superhero media: The lies, the scars, the musculature.

Alan Scott, the once and future Golden Age Green Lantern, is gay, in the new DC Universe. Is there a maximum quota of queer people that they had to retcon his son Obsidian out of existence to fill? How tokenistic.

More importantly – this reboot Alan is a media mogul, a wealthy white man, in a genre where queer characters who aren’t wealthy white men get little enough airtime as it is.

The highest-profile character who doesn’t hit those buttons is Kate Kane, who is wealthy and white, but also a Jewish woman. Intan called it “homogeneous diversity”, which is about correct.

Even amongst well-off white women characters, who remembers Ayla Ranzz and Salu Digby? Then there is Renee Montoya, who is a B-list character; and her ex-girlfriend Daria Hernandez, another queer working-class Latina, has not made an appearance in ages. There is Karma, a Vietnamese-USAmerican displaced by war, on whose body has been projected objectification and fat hatred. And Mystique, whose gender/queerness is either ignored or used to titillate.

This applies not just to canonically queer characters, I feel, but also to the queering of characters in fanwork.

As I tweeted: “I wonder what Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark fics say about masculinity, dominance, and capitalism.”

The superhero genre was – once, long ago – fantastically subversive. It hasn’t been that way for a long time, of course, but I do blame the visibility of RDJ’s Tony Stark in the Jon Favreau films, and Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s, for telling and reaffirming stories about Western saviours in conflict zones and affluent saviours in urban ghettos.

Kinda late, but...

  • Jun. 5th, 2012 at 1:16 AM
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Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY, [personal profile] starlady! I hope you had a great day, and sorry for getting late!


I hope's still your birthday where you are

  • Jun. 3rd, 2012 at 8:06 PM
la_vie_noire: Antoinette Ataro smiling (Antoinette Ataro felicidad)
Very happy birthday, [personal profile] zulu! I hope you had a wonderful day, full of everything you love!


More Avengers

  • May. 27th, 2012 at 11:59 AM
la_vie_noire: (kashira kashira)
Via [personal profile] eccentricyoruba, this reading of The Avengers as a geek culture/industry commentary is marvelous: An Unbiased Review of the Marvel “Avengers” Movie. Won't exactly agree with it -and the writer acknowledges that may be reading too much/giving the movie a lot of credit-, but still a fascinating interpretation. Don't miss the part about Loki's motivation.

Have they intentionally created a movie which is more satisfying to think about than to actually watch? If not, is the helf-heartedness of Loki’s fake plan just bad writing? After the immensely subtle critique of gender in Norse culture which we took from the Thor film, we cannot assume pure clumsiness on the part of the planning team. Right?


Thus my conclusion: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble film is an elaborate commentary on the reduced funding the Space Program received in the last budget cycle, viewed through evolution of nerd culture, specifically the increasing frequency with which the “commercialized nerd” has appeared in mainstream popular media (from advertising to Big Bang Theory). The film’s creators are arguing that, even as society is embracing and cultivating the commercialized nerd who helps the economy and supplies the consumerist status quo with toys and technological solutions, that public nerd-love is concealing the fact that society and the government are stifling and rejecting the revolutionary nerd who still aims at Mars and beyond. The little boy who dreams of living in the future is being tricked into thinking the World of Tomorrow is merely the World of Today with more toys, and if he escapes that propaganda then he finds himself an enemy of the present, while his adversaries are armed with weapons built by his fellow nerds. If Earth or the Asgardians had cared enough to try to rebuild Bifrost and continue contact (i.e. if the Space Program had more public support), Loki might have put his genius at the service of such ambitious races, instead of having to become their enemy. By failing to realize the cultural importance of First Contact (read the comparative lack of discussion of the retirement of the Space Shuttle), Stark and Banner’s ignorance proves the revolutionary is truly alone (we must look to privately-funded space travel?). That it is ultimately not Stark but Banner (the nerd who fears his own power) who defeats Loki suggests that the writers think the biggest obstacle is the nervous and comparatively conservative baby boomer generation of ex-comics readers, who dabbled in sci-fi as kids but gave it up on reaching adulthood, and can tolerate Stark’s playful goading but not Loki’s attempts to use science to achieve real change.

Also, honey, "the boy," "he"? You should check your demography most often.

May. 11th, 2012

  • 12:14 AM
la_vie_noire: Antoinette Ataro smiling (Antoinette Ataro felicidad)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] kialio! I hope you had the best of days, dear!


May. 10th, 2012

  • 4:50 AM
la_vie_noire: Antoinette Ataro smiling (Antoinette Ataro felicidad)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] softestbullet! I wish you the best, and hope you enjoy your day, and spend it with everything you love!


May. 9th, 2012

  • 10:38 PM
la_vie_noire: (Juri-flirt)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] maevele! I hope you spend a wonderful day like you deserve.



  • Apr. 18th, 2012 at 8:49 PM
la_vie_noire: (Jean-Clare)
TAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATIIIIIIIII MAH LOVE! Muy feliz cumple, mah love! Que hayas pasado excelente! ILU.


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