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I thought I'd examine some of the ways that abortion's been cropping up on the fictional television shows that I've been watching. My tastes do lean left, and this is reflected in the shows I choose to watch, but not necessarily in the choices that are made or justified.

Jan. 19th, 2007 09:22 am


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Everything Comes Down to Poo

It's Guy Love

Scrubs musical episode was awesome.

I am off to get my wisdom teeth out.
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It's Guy Love! But in a totally Manly Way.
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For the opening joke of last night's episode, you have to know that J.D.'s new girlfriend, Kim, is pregnant, and hasn't made a decision yet.

J.D.: Should we keep it?
Kim: If we do, it'll just end up in the dumpster anyway.

Cut to last slice of pizza.
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Hey, he even has a Wikipedia page already. I *heart* the Internets.

Anyway, Masi Oka gets more and more endearing as Hiro Nakamura on Heroes. And dude, he was Franklyn on Scrubs! I just remember him from that one episode where he overhears J.D. say the word "chink" to the Janitor (supposedly solving a crossword puzzle), and then Franklyn, who overhears, gets a very hurt look on his face. For the rest of the episode the Asian staff at the hospital give J.D. the evil eye, and he keeps trying to atone for saying it. At one point his date asks him, after a dinner at a Chinese restaurant, "Why did you leave a $20 tip on a $30 tab?" J.D. responds, "Oh, no reason. I just felt like it." As an aside, "And because I love Asian people."

It was really funny. You'll have to trust me on that.

Anyway, George Takei has signed on to play his father in an upcoming episode. And the nerd world explodes. In one of the interviews I read, Oka translates all the Japanese lines in Heroes himself, and gives input on how things should sound. For example, the writers wanted him to yell "Banzai!" after his first successful time-bend. I can't believe that he had to explain to the writers that "Banzai!" had wartime connotations and could be considered offensive. Anyway, he changed it to "Yatta!", and that was much better.

Wired interview with Oka.
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Currently I'm just stressed out. I may be the only full-time employee in my department soon. We'll see how fast my boss can hire someone else, but I am so wary of training someone else on this stuff...

Anyway - I have some thoughts that are eating my brain but I am too hungry to link to anything:

1. Some people pointed me to the stupid Forbes article advising men not to marry "career women". Salon had a decent rebuttal.
2. There's a picture floating around of George Bush rubbing some black guy's head for luck. No, it's not photoshopped.
3. East Bay Express continues to investigate the coming merger of several newspapers under one company. I forget whose it is, but the latest development is that the Bill Gates foundation has contributed significantly to it, although the details are confidential. I find this ironic because currently the San Francisco Bay Guardian - the East Bay Express' competitor, is suing their owner, New Times Media, for selling their ads at a ridiculously low price and undercutting the competition. Anyway, SFBG has been making the same complaints about New Times Media ever since it bought up East Bay Express, SFWeekly, and the Village Voice that East Bay Express is making about the new, mainstream merger.
4. Speaking of East Bay Express, this week's cover story ticked me off. It was ostensibly about the new class of wine buyer (young, cheap, and unpretentious) and how no one caters to them. And then at the end it turned into a shill for the launch of their new wine review column. Bleh.
5. I'm media-obsessed, always. I just read today that the editor of Dwell magazine stepped down, because of her personal conflicts with the direction the magazine is going. I have a one year supply of the magazine, which I got because of my membership in MOCA, and I loved it. It was about people expressing their passion for a topic that they championed and loved, and was all about finding practical solutions for average homeowners, not just upscale millionaires. Dwell itself, right after the editor quit, announced a "re-organization". I haven't picked up Dwell in a while, but I believe it's gotten bigger, and their circulation has actually grown, which is highly unusual in the volatile magazine market.
6. Another interesting development was that Marie Claire changed editors and hired a former journalist for editor-in-chief. I bought the latest issue, and it had Maggie Gyllenhaal on the cover. The big deal, it seemed, was the editor ripping into Ashley Simpson for talking about being proud of how you look and then after the interview went to print, she went and got a nose job. The direction's supposed to be more political, "smarter", and more informed, while still being about fashion. It would be a relief from the Bonnie Fuller makeovers, that's for sure, but I was really disappointed in the fashion spread with different political figures like Hillary Clinton, John McCain, etc. Ok, I get that it's about fashion, but you couldn't have asked them any political questions?
7. Project Runway - the judges' comments about Michael Knight are driving me up the wall. "I love that he thinks!" "He's SO smart!" I'm just waiting for them to say, "He's so articulate!" I hate the Cardassian even more after watching the latest episode.
8. It's going to be the last season of Scrubs! Grr...
9. Currently making creme brulee for tomorrow. It's such a finicky dish to make, but I love cracking the burnt sugar.
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Some salesperson at the Kenneth Cole store in the Stanford Shopping Center recognized me. "Hey, weren't you here a couple of weeks ago? You were wearing an "I love nerds" shirt? That was soo cute!" And then I explained that my boyfriend is a geek and he drops me off there when he decides to go to Fry's. I briefly considered buying something, but realized that the cheapest item in the store was a wallet that was $50 on sale. Then I left.

I found shoes! They are so cute, and not $80, which is really important. While looking up wedding presents to buy for the lovely couple, Mark sent me their wedding registry. They registered at two places: Macy's and Amazon, and had a total of about twenty items, most of which were already purchased. The only things left on the wedding registry to buy were the $96 bread knife, and 3 Dungeons and Dragons books. As of today, those are all purchased. I nearly fell off my chair laughing - they also put a wireless adaptor on their wedding registry. We're getting them something else. I'm pretty sure she's not a D&D player.

I just finished Mixed: My Life in Black and White by Angela Nissel, a consulting producer for my favorite sitcom ever Scrubs. She writes hilariously about growing up black and white in West Philadelphia, and relates some truly funny anecdotes, like her mom telling her that David Hasselhoff is half-black to make her feel better.

While reading this, it's also stirred up some feelings of panic in me. What the hell am I going to tell my kids about who they are? How do I prepare them to deal with their racist relatives? What am I going to do when they don't see themselves reflected, anywhere? What if our kids don't look anything like either one of us?
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I watched Brokeback Mountain last night, and surprisingly, I didn't cry. I think I was distracted by all the hype (even though I don't think it was undeserved) and I kept waiting for certain moments that I got impatient and underwhelmed when they did arrive. Heath Ledger was excellent. A lot of it reminded me of what Ang Lee tried to do in Hulk, in using quiet space to enhance the emotional aspects of particular scenes - but that doesn't work in a comic book world.

Also, the love scenes were totally worth the price of admission.

Project Runway 2 - Daniel V. and Andrae win the Banana Republic challenge, with a dress I could see myself wearing. However, knowing Banana Republic, they will charge $250 for it when it probably only costs $45 to produce, if that. (It will eventually go on sale.) Santino insults the people who are judging his work, and finds himself on the same chopping block as Diana and Marla. How many eye-rolls did you count? I won't miss Marla, but I liked Diana, nerd-girl, and I think she was probably just way too young for the show and in over her head.

For once, the Asians on reality show have not embarrassed me in any way. How is that possible? Chloe's outfit was actually interesting this time, but I hated the fabric she chose for the reversible jacket. And how cute is it whenever she talks about how she's trying to make the cheap fabric look expensive? The girl has seven sisters (ha! she beat my family); she knows how to be resourceful. And because I would totally do that.

Scrubs - my favorite fucking sitcom ever has returned, and there are two episodes each week. Yay! It seems like they went all out this season, as we have a Bruce Lee parody scene where surgeons wear their masks like ninjas with Kung Fu Fighting as the soundtrack. I was laughing my ass off, as they nailed all the cliches perfectly. This is my second favorite episode after the one with Brendan Fraser.

Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen - I've been reading this on the train ride to and from work, and it's pissing me off that it took me an entire week to finish this book. Mostly because I expect that short a novel to only take me a day or two to finish. Anyway, I really liked this book, but wow, did I hate the protagonist, Fanny Price, that I was supposed to be rooting for.

Fanny Price has no faults, other than being too gentle. She's moral and easily fatigued and has a lot of passion that is apparent to everyone and that's what they fall in love with - the fact that she feels things exquisitely and she's so damn moral. She's a total Mary Sue and I generally expect better from Austen. Fanny Price gets what she wants in the end, but not because of any real action on her part - it's mostly because everyone else flames out spectacularly that changes other people's mind about Fanny. If we are to believe that Fanny is such a perfect person, then the guy she does wind up with doesn't even really deserve her, as he's a dumbass. Upright, moral, but still a dumbass easily fooled by flirting.

I loved Mary Crawford's character, as she is everything that Fanny Price is not. She becomes a two-dimensional caricature at the end, but for most of the novel, she's charming, manipulative, smart, perceptive, and calculating. She seems to be genuinely nice to Fanny, and thus have a trace of humanity within her, and to care for her suitor, but have a difficult time deciding whether her love or her quest for comfort comes first.

Next up for reading is Sense and Sensibility, which, incidentally, is another Ang Lee movie. Hmm. I think Ang Lee needs to do more Chinese movies. I miss them.

This review of A Million Little Pieces, stolen from Long Story, Short Pier sums up my thoughts on Frey exactly and saves me the trouble of actually reading the damn book:

Frey sums up his entire life in one sentence from p. 351 of this 382-page memoir: "I took money from my parents and I spent it on drugs." Given the simplicity and familiarity of the story, you might wonder what Frey does in the other 381 pages. The story itself is simple: he goes through rehab at an expensive private clinic, with his parents footing the bill. That's it. 400 pages of hanging around a rehab clinic.


There they are, the most childish dreams of every little rich white boy: being down with the brothers and the Mafia. The tough guys. The Jazzmen. Having friends with connections in those two equally artificial cities, Vegas and New Orleans.

There, now you know why he couldn't get his book sold as fiction.
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