Well, after trying unsuccessfully to get Ubuntu to recognize various devices on both my laptop and desktop computers, I've actually decided to give up on it and just use Debian
- and Windows, where applicable, but I'm actually trying to phase out any Microsoft usage. However, a windows installation will have to remain on my desktop if I expect to do any gaming with it, because there's a lot of stuff that just doesn't run on Linux.squeakymaus
lent me his usb external drive with his entire MP3 library on it. Since it has a tendancy to overheat, getting it all onto my assorted machines has been something of an adventure.
I'm also reading The Time of the Hawklords
, by Michael Moorcock and Michael Butterworth. Bascially, they've written themselves into a post-apocalyptic future where Hawkwind's music is literally the only thing holding what's left of society together. I'm at the part where Stacia and the Thunder Rider are visiting Moorcock to try and get him to awaken the semi-comatose Actonium Doug Smith. And from what I've already read of Hawkwind and Moorcock's history at the time, I began to wonder if the story was really just fiction - or if it was in part inspired by actual events and situations that were going on at the time, and if these events had simply been given a fantastical/allegorical "spin" and re-written into a sci-fi story in a post-apocalyptic timeline.
The Multiverse/LazyTown fanfic crossover is...coming. I have a very bad habit of getting bogged down by work and intimidated by the scope of the projects I take on, and procrastinating on them indefinitely. What I'm trying to do here is see if I can write a such a crossover story successfully while remaining absolutely faithful to the spirit of both genres. I guess we'll see what happens.
Which brings us to:Observations on LazyTown: continued...
Well, I just saw the Swiped Sweets
episode. (Bwazuh? The Cake Song's in this one, too!) And I've determined that LazyTown differs from South Park in one crucial way (aside from the lack of swearing.) And this is, the kids are basically fooled time and time again by Robbie Rotten because they trust adults to lead them in the right direction, whereas the kids from South Park seem to be painfully and utterly aware of the hyprocracy, dishonesty, and disfunctionality that the adults around them frequently display. In fact, it often seems to me that the entire South Park series is made up of the kids' responses and reactions to the throuroughly corrupted, messed-up adult world.
By contrast, LazyTown almost seems like a haven. But a closer look indicates that, aside from Sportacus, the adults there really don't have a handle on things any better than the ones in South Park do. And even Sportacus is often taken in by Robbie simply because of his tendancy to give people the benefit of the doubt and to believe in the innate goodness of human nature - though one gets the feeling from Swiped Sweets
that he actually knew what was going on the entire time, and was simply going along with Robbie's attempts to incarcerate him because it amused him to do so. Besides, it appears he had some Yoga to catch up on, anyway. XD
And I recently read a negative review of LazyTown (by an Icelandic reviewer, no less) that complained that Ziggy is streotyped as "fat, and therefore stupid." WHAT?!?! Ziggy's usually the first person to figure out when things are "off." When Robbie has hatched a sinister scheme, it's usually Ziggy who actually sees through it first. The other kids aren't dull by any means, either, but Ziggy may very well be the sharpest tool in the shed. Fat? Perhaps. Stupid? Hell no.
However, one thing did bother me in Swiped Sweets
- Robbie's, "LET'S FRAME THE DIABETIC FOR STEALIN TEH CAKE LOLOLOL!!!!1111" Again, their willingness to believe Robbie (until Ziggy figures it out and explains it to them) comes not from stupidity, but from the fact that these kids trust adults and authority figures to be credible, and not to lead them astray. It happens again in the Dr. Rottenstein
and Miss Roberta
episodes...when Stephanie protests that "Dr. Rottenstein's" (Robbie in disguise) pronouncements don't make any sense, and he asks her "Are you a doctor?" and she is defeated. The same when "Miss Roberta" (also Robbie in disgiuse) asks her if she is an established expert on manners who has written a book. Robbie has a habit of diguising himself as figures of authority, and then banking upon that authority to decieve or browbeat the citizens of LazyTown into doing what he wants - either banishing Sportacus (who is, after all, an outsider who is upsetting the status quo) or in getting them to return to their former state of complete intertia. He also seems to have the tendancy to go, "OMG! People are actually ENOYING THEMSELVES and HAVING FUN! MUST...STOP...THEM!" that is often expressed by over-oppresive authoritarian types.
This would be where Law and Chaos comes into it, I guess. >;)
Oh well. Thus ends my long-winded over-analysis for the day. XD