Month: November 2013

Farewell, Little Buddy

41T95F44FVLI’ve had a Remington DA 307 electric for at least ten years at this point.  Once, while visiting my parents, I accidentally left it behind and had to buy a replacement … that conked out on me a scant three months later.  Fortunately, by then I’d managed to retrieve my old shaver.  It’s screen has busted and for a period left gross gashes across my face, but I toughed it out (and I guess wore down the sharp metal in time?) and it’s continued to be my shaving device of choice for years afterwards.

But now I have a new job, one where I need to look somewhat respectable, so I’ve bought a replacement (again.) Some fancy thing that indents and pivots and does all manner of gyrations to fit the contours of my face (but cost under $100 because, you know, I’m not going to spend that much for a shaver.)  I suppose I need to get an electric shaver, too.  Does the TSA get bitchy about razors?

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RACCOONS IN THE NEWS: Lying in Wait, Biting your Kids

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Another casualty in the escalating war between humans and raccoon.  In New York, a raccoon, after lurking in a car, bit a young boy and his mother and was later caught and euthanized.  The article tries to be all fair-minded and posit that the animal snuck in overnight and was frightened.  I prefer to think this was an assassination attempt by a raccoon from the future, trying to stop the person who grows up to lead the human resistance before he can become a threat.  But then the raccoon would have needed to be cybernetic, and it sounds like it wasn’t … unless the government is hiding that little detail from us with their “official” story!

Source: lohud.com

Thrill of the Hunt

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As I’m sure will surprise nobody who reads this blog, I like to integrate raccoons into my life where I can (without seeming completely weird.) One way this manifests is that, now that I’ve moved a distance away from my family, I send holiday/birthday cards to my loved ones.  There’s just one hangup: I only send a card if I have one with a raccoon on it!  It turns out, that’s a difficult thing to find (the same with calendars, and here we are at year end with calendars for sale everywhere and while I’d be set if I wanted one as stupidly specific as goats in trees, there’s nary a raccoon to be found.)  So now I find myself constantly trawling bookstores and supermarkets for any raccoon card I can find.  On the rare occasion I manage to find one I’ll snatch it up immediately for fear of not being able to find it when needed.  I’ve already amassed a stockpile of birthday cards for the next couple of years! It’s too bad my “thing” couldn’t be kittens or puppies, this process would be so much easier.

RACCOONS IN THE NEWS: Jar Half Empty or Half Full?

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The crew for WPLG 10 in Miami, FL noticed a baby raccoon in a nearby dumpster struggling to free itself from a jar it had gotten stuck over its head.  After recording it writhing around for a while they called on help from the local fire department who came and freed the animal, who happily scampered away.  You can tell the script writer for this story is very impressed with his/her-self, because of the obnoxious use of alliteration throughout the narration.  Also, they used the word “coon,” which is sure to offend some despite it being completely appropriate in this case.

Source: WPLG 10

ZOMG!! MUSLIM SUPERHEROES!!

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I don’t see her laying the smack down.

The world was all abuzz with Marvel’s announcement of a Muslim Miss Marvel this week.  Heck, even Stephen Colbert had to give it a mention.  The rhetoric had to have a certain slant to it, of course, Marvel kept pronouncing it as “their first Muslim superhero,” but to the uninitiated (which is, in fact, most of the populace: I’ve had to explain to people the distinction between a Marvel and a DC character and why they likely won’t meet in the movies) it sounded a lot like “the first Muslim superhero.”  That distinction occurred last year when DC introduced Simon Baz, a muslim Green Lantern, but not really; they split hair by saying he was their first major superhero. Even a lot of the coverage hasn’t failed to mention the “been there & done that” nature of the announcement.

Because we have; not that long ago it was with gay characters. I have no problem with a little diversity in comics.  In fact the abundance of white-bread superheroes in a world that’s really not has always kind of irked me.  This is owes to my own latino heritage.  At the same time, however, if Marvel, DC, or whoever were to market a character to me as “you ought to read this, because it has a Latino character in it” I would take offense.  Why should that be the defining characteristic of me, anyone else, or a fictional character?

When you introduce the character and feel the need to issue a press release touting “Muslim superhero” it creates the hidden message that “Muslim” is the defining characteristic (or, in this case “Muslim female,” which really drives home the target demographic nature of the product.)  I would be far more trusting of this being something better than a gimmick if they’d simply introduced the new character (reboots are so en vogue these days) and let the world take notice, rather than pigeonhole the comic from the very start.  The recent spout of minority superheroes (did you know DC announced their first major transgendered character earlier this year?)  smacks far more of management wanting to get headlines than writers producing good ideas.

Maybe I’m just overly cynical.

Still, the new Miss Marvel’s shape-shifting powers make her far more interesting than the previous Miss Marvel, who was basically just Supergirl. Hopefully Marvel can avoid having her raped … but imagine the headlines if that did happen!