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Sunday, October 02, 2005

stray thoughts and a geeky rant

Things on my mind this weekend:
  1. My Visabuxx card expired at the end of September. Whereís my new one? I have no idea. Possibly my father hasnít looked for it in the pile of mail heís gotten in Israel. Thatís ok, I have money, but still. Iím annoyed that they refuse to send it to me directly.

  2. It canít be October already! That means Fall Break is soon, and then Halloween. Iím not ready for either of those things

  3. I gotta get work done. Donít want to, but it needs to get done. Iím almost done with my astrology paper (yea!) and just need to do a bunch of reading after that. I have to actually read the current novel for my Fiction class, because Iím going to have to write a paper on it later.

  4. Weather. Itís being finicky again. It was all ready to snow on Wednesday (I think it was Wednesday, the whole week kinda blurred together) and now itís nearly 80. Just gonna make the winter all the harsher later.

  5. Iíve been reading my copy of Kravenís Last Hunt, a Spider-Man story from the Ď80s, and the Afterword had the following quoted from Mark Gruenwald: ďMarvel doesnít need to revamp their characters. We got them right the first time.Ē I almost burst out laughing, then realized how it was kinda sad, actually. Yes, Iím a geek and know that, over the last decade, Marvelís gotten into the habit of fixing character or continuity problems by rewriting origins or just doing a huge, universe-spanning, reality-warping crossover (see Age of Apocalypse, Heroes Reborn, and now House of M). Theyíve sunk lower than I would like to admit. And this depresses me not only because I genuinely want to like Marvel, but because I feel like I grew up with some of these characters, and now theyíre not even the same people anymore. Yes, itís realistic that theyíve changed. But there are far more realistic ways to have them change than theyíve used (Legion kills Xavier in the past; Xavier goes insane and kills most of the ďcoreĒ Marvel heroes, but wait! Theyíre alive in a ďpocket dimensionĒ so they can come back again!; Scarlet Witch goes crazy and screws with history so her father, Magneto is a hero and rules a good chunk of the planet, and mutants are now the majority. And then there was the Clone Saga in Spider-ManÖ). I mean, really. If they feel like itís this difficult to work around existing stories and get new material, they need new talent. Go ask somebody who isnít responsible for the writing and get an outside viewpoint. Iím pretty damn sick of this stuff. And really, just once, Iíd like to see somebody actually stay dead. I know Jean Grey has been for a while now, but we all know sheíll be back eventually. She always is. Just like Magneto.

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