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New layout and varied updates
Hello friends and visitors. So I decided to try something new with my journal style. It wasn't easy and I dare say I'll change it right back!

It’s a little late in the year but I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas and/or Hanukkah festivals and the New Years. From what I’ve gleaned from lurking these past month, most of you did and that’s cool.

Varied updates & opinion of said updates:


• Fanfiction: I’ve updated ‘Kaleidoscope’ on fan fiction.net and the TFN Saga




• TV Fandom:

o The Writers’ Strike is Over: ‘Nuff said.

o Smallville: The show is still hits and misses. I could have done without the blatant Chloe worship of 2 episodes back but the writers really redeemed themselves in the last one with my 2 favourite girls, Lana and Lois, kicking butt in their own way. (My personal wish is for AlMiles to do a spin-off show called Isis, starring Lana as the Anti-Heroine Saving the World in her own amoral way but since Lana is: 1, not Chloe and 2, not Chloe Sue, it’s unlikely that will happen). I’ve also given up that Lois would ever wise up to her cousin’s backbiting ways, that Lana would ever take Chloe to task for being hung up over her boyfriend or that Clark would ever grow his own grey cells and ask – no, beg – Chloe to get a life.

o So imagine how pleased I am that DC Comics wisely chucked the idea of making Chloe a ‘canon’ Sue!!! Karma rules! 



o The Sarah Connor Chronicles: For a long time, it was the Only thing on TV and that was major points in its favour. Because otherwise? I probably won’t be watching it. I hated T3 and as much as I adored T2 with its cool Isaac Astimov themes (Sarah becoming a Terminator, and the Terminator becoming human), the sci fi nerd in me writhes at the whole Screwing Up of the F***ing Timeline plot that was needed to make the movie work. I like thinking of the original Terminator as a whole complete story with T2 as a bit of very good fan fiction – an awesome read but really not part of Canon. (T3 is of course, the Baddest of all badfics).

This is why my thoughts on the Sarah Connor Chronicles vary with yet one more Terminator and Sarah looking more soccer-momish than Warrior Woman. I would have been more interested if the Chronicles spanned the time between the first two movies. It would have been more interesting from a plot and fandom perspective to see Sarah transform from the plucky but still soft young widow at the end of the first movie to the brutal, near-psychotic soldier we see at the start of the second movie.








• Current Events:

o Politics: There have been several female Presidents/Prime Ministers in countries across the globe: from Liberia in West Africa all the way back to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher of Britain. It’s somewhat amusing that in the US of A, the global flagship of Enlightenment and Liberalization, a woman contesting for Presidency with a fair shot of winning is a novelty. (As for Obama, a black man, having a shot, that will be the topic of a very long meta.)

o Mysteries: Why on the discovery of his corpse, did Heath Ledger’s masseur call Ashley Olsen’s number? Did a mysterious MI6 agent-posing-as-paparazzi assassinate Princess Diana?

o Oddly Enough: The man-on-the-street Russian have no idea of the Romanoff royal family and the century-old mystery of the Missing Princess Anastasia.








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queen_meep From: queen_meep Date: February 18th, 2008 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay, you're alive!

I have seen quite a few friends use this theme, or modify it. It's prettyful.

moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 18th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
*bounces* Thanks dear!

Oops, sorry about that. I just mistook you for another "royal" friend of mine. :D

Edited at 2008-02-18 12:20 pm (UTC)
r0ck3tsci3ntist From: r0ck3tsci3ntist Date: February 18th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh pretty new digs! I like! I'm so behind on all my fic reading, you're not the only one I am neglecting. :(

I'm glad to see you post though 'cause I though maybe you had a special filter and had gone totally underground.

And I think Obama is gonna win, at least that's who I'm voting for...
I was thinking the exact think same thing about Ashley Olsen - I'm sure the little twat 'gave' him something she shouldn't have.
Not at all surprised about the Russians. They didn't talk much about the Romanoff family ya know. >_>
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 18th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I though maybe you had a special filter and had gone totally underground.

Dearie, if I had a special filter, I guarantee you you'd be in it. :D

I hope Obama wins. If you don't mind the opinion of a non-American, I think that it would be a nice change of colour for America. Bush's administration really did a lot of harm to the US.

I was thinking the exact think same thing about Ashley Olsen - I'm sure the little twat 'gave' him something she shouldn't have.

I take it you don't care much for Ashley Olsen... :/

Not at all surprised about the Russians. They didn't talk much about the Romanoff family ya know. >_>

My Russian friends didn't even know what I was talking about. It wasn't just pretending not to remember the Romanoffs, they had no idea in the least!
indiefic From: indiefic Date: February 18th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You live! The new journal is very pretty :)

I was so excited to see a Kaleidoscope update. That was seriously intense. I'm still confused as hell, but still YAY!!

I'm actually adoring the Sarah Connor Chronicles though that could change on a dime. I didn't hate T3 the way I hated Alien3 but I do like that they've worked around it with the exception of the cancer issue.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 18th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
You live! The new journal is very pretty :)

Thanks! I'm seriously considering changing it though. The colours are so dull... not exactly the best for my current state of mind. :P


I was so excited to see a Kaleidoscope update. That was seriously intense. I'm still confused as hell, but still YAY!!

LOL! Glad you liked it despite the confusion. I'm winding down on that story. My new year resolution is to finish it before June.


*g* I think SCC would have made better sense if it had been set between the two films. I think there can be plenty of exciting things to happen in that verse without the machine assassins from the future. At the moment, I don't really "care" for the show and I'm an intense Terminator fan!
atanone From: atanone Date: February 18th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like this :)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 18th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks dear!
From: bobill Date: February 18th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mmm, I don't remember your old layout, but this is pretty sweet! Did you draw all of the borders and headers yourself?
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 19th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh no! I'm not that artistic. It's all part and package of the style layout. Do you want to try it on your journal and see?
frostbit_sky From: frostbit_sky Date: February 18th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Welcome back :)

I like the new journal style. I feel like I am reading an old favorite book by the fire.
Nice antique mood.

I've missed lots of Smallville episodes. I did see the last one when Clark goes into Lex's subconscious.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 19th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
How are you dear? I hope you've progressed by leaps and bounds on your story. I've been promising to read it for sometime now, haven't I? :sigh:

Yeah, [the new layout] is very warm and cozy-ish. And I guess the dark colours are good for me - staring at the screen will be less harmful to my eyes.
fialleril From: fialleril Date: February 19th, 2008 12:21 am (UTC) (Link)
This was my first LJ theme. *is having nostalgic times* I'm still very fond of it. And it looks nice on your journal. :)

There have been several female Presidents/Prime Ministers in countries across the globe: from Liberia in West Africa all the way back to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher of Britain. It’s somewhat amusing that in the US of A, the global flagship of Enlightenment and Liberalization, a woman contesting for Presidency with a fair shot of winning is a novelty. (As for Obama, a black man, having a shot, that will be the topic of a very long meta.)

Yes, yes, and yes. I've been meaning to make a politics post, but every time I start it makes me too depressed...

Actually, you haven't even mentioned the worst of it. About a month ago, a survey was done of people who said they wouldn't vote for Hillary Clinton, asking them why. The top three reasons were as follows:

1. They don't like her policies.

2. They don't like her as a person.

3. They don't like her husband as a person.

Gag me with a spoon! Could people be any more blatantly sexist? Has anyone even thought to question the personal merits of McCain's or Obama's wives as a criterion for determining their leadership abilities? Heck, does the average person even know what McCain's or Obama's wives' names are? Probably not.

Yes, I am pretty disappointed in the old US of A at the moment. The fact that Obama and Clinton running for president is such big news only goes to show how very far we still have to come.

Another random side note. Have you noticed that people tend to refer to the candidates as Obama, McCain, Huckabee, etc., but Clinton is generally referred to as Hillary? Very interesting, that...

Personally, I have not yet decided whether I prefer Obama or Clinton. But I suspect I will definitely be voting Democrat. ;)
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 19th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really? You used another layout before? I feel like you've been using your current theme for like forever. :D

3. They don't like her husband as a person.

Gag me with a spoon! Could people be any more blatantly sexist? Has anyone even thought to question the personal merits of McCain's or Obama's wives as a criterion for determining their leadership abilities? Heck, does the average person even know what McCain's or Obama's wives' names are? Probably not.


He he. I'm going to play my favourite role - Devil's Advocate and defend the people who are holding Bill against Clinton. The sad fact is that Hilary Clinton only has herself to blame for that. She's the one who made the decision to use her husband as a very vocal co-campaigner. She can't help having an ex-President as a husband but she sure could have made sure he stayed in the sidelines, visibly but not audibly supporting her.

And now, before you jump at that, I'm going to play Devil's Advocate to myself and say that the reason why Hilary needed Bill as her co-campaigner probably had more to do with the anti-feminist attitude of the average voter than her own preferences. The sad fact is that being the wife of an ex-President is probably contributing to a degree to her credibility as a possible future President and she's actively playing that card.

Another random side note. Have you noticed that people tend to refer to the candidates as Obama, McCain, Huckabee, etc., but Clinton is generally referred to as Hillary? Very interesting, that...

And guess what? When Clinton's name does turn up, it's Bill they're talking about.



knight_ander From: knight_ander Date: February 19th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
The lay out is nice. Almost picked it myself, once.

I liked the ending of T3, but I'm not a huge fan of it. I sure don't see Sarah as a soccer-mom in this series, and while there a couple of little things that bug me, I really like it so far.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 19th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really? *checks k-a's layout* Yours isn't bad at all! I just don't enjoy using Expressive. *sigh*

I didn't like the ending of T3 for the simple reason that I didn't like anything about T3. But I will admit that taken in isolation, and blocking out Mary Sue and Wimpy John, it wasn't all that bad.

Sarah isn't an out-and-out-Wisteria-Lane soccer mom, but her image was toned down a lot from the one-hand-gun-cocking-Terminator-human of the second movie. And not even going that far back, the pilot of the TV series was altered to give Sarah a more 'home-body' appearance.
From: naughtious Date: February 20th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're back again. I just read your latest chapter of Kaleidoscope, and I must say, very creepy! My guess, so far, is that poor Baris is possessed by Qui-Gon Jinn.

On the subject of politics, I agree: it's very odd that it's considered such a novelty for a woman to be a viable candidate for president in our country. And Senator Clinton seems to get more flack than the other candidates. She's been referred to as a witch on both Saturday Night Live and David Letterman, and while I agree that she doesn't have Obama's charisma, I still find those comments offensive as a woman. Anyway, it's more important for people to respect you than like you when you're in a position of authority, and while I just voted for Obama, I think she would also make a very competent president.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: February 20th, 2008 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)
She's been referred to as a witch on both Saturday Night Live and David Letterman, and while I agree that she doesn't have Obama's charisma, I still find those comments offensive as a woman.

*facepalm* That is just too... disgusting for words.

It's almost a pity the two of them had to face off in the same year. I hope she still tries again if she doesn't make it this time.


My guess, so far, is that poor Baris is possessed by Qui-Gon Jinn.

Good guess. ;) I'm glad you liked the new chapter. I think I've let the story fade off a lot of my old readers' radar. *shrugs* Ah well. It happens.
hollywood_r_bin From: hollywood_r_bin Date: February 23rd, 2008 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)
My personal wish is for AlMiles to do a spin-off show called Isis, starring Lana as the Anti-Heroine Saving the World in her own amoral way

That's my wish as well. I would really really love a Lana spin off. And of course there'd be a new fiesty hot blond as part of the cast, perhaps a cop or reporter who's always snooping around trying to find out what Lana's really up to but really, she's just using that as an excuse to always be around Lana all the time because she wants her so badly. And of course, the essential part is she doesn't care about Superman and doesn't give a rat's ass if Clark gets sliced, diced or julianed and thrown into space.
moonspinner From: moonspinner Date: March 3rd, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, Lana is just too awesome for tptb (and most of the fan girls) to handle. My dream is that one day, I'll use her - or rather her character-type - in an original story.
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