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thinking [Jan. 22nd, 2007|09:57 pm]
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I've been re-reading SiP for the last few days.

(Everyone who knows me should know SiP, but just in case - http://www.strangersinparadise.com . If you never read it, start now).

It's one of those things that, no matter how many times I read it, completely shocks me with its beauty every time. When Katchoo visits Emmie in the hospice - I cry every time. Every damn time.

I wish he hadn't made the action subplots so...prominent. The _point_ of SiP was really not to be a superhero action comic, yet at times it comes a bit too close for comfort.

But it's okay. The real point is always there. There's a little comment on the sketch page in the first TPB collection - "I don't have capes so I draw hair". There's more emotional depth and complexity in the hair in the vital scenes between David, Francine and Katchoo than there is in most people's _writing_.

I guess what struck me this time through most of all is how uncomfortably bleak much of the story is. There's an odd juxtaposition throughout the series between the power and value of the David / Francine / Katchoo relationship and the...tawdriness, I guess...of just about every other relationship portrayed. (Except the detective's marriage. I've never quite worked that one out...) There's a recurring theme of middle-aged couples growing old and bitter, either hating or ignoring each other, the women usually drinking, the men lusting after younger women.

I think Moore is trying to say that many, or even most, people never really find love - but they believe they have, and they barely even notice what's missing. At one point he puts a phrase in a character's mouth, "It's possible to spend your entire life with the wrong person. I've seen it happen." The bitter couples he portrays don't seem to be very self-aware. Even the few characters who are don't seem to find it...wrong, or unexpected, to be in the position they're in.

Anyway. The thing that scared me the most. Reading the whole section where Francine sits in the washroom and tries to decide between marrying Brad and going back to Katchoo...I never really saw the whole thing before, as I was reading it in instalments as issues came out quite slowly and I lost the thread. But this time I did.

Francine is making a choice between what she'd always believed she wanted - what she really had wanted, at some point - what would be expected of her, and safe - and what her heart had been telling her she truly wanted but what was wild and dangerous and risky and unknown.

And...really. Everyone who ever truly believed in and wanted and cherished love should be screaming from the rooftops for option B. For Katchoo. For the unknown but truly desired. I know I was. Every time I ever read it.

And then I realized. I had the same choice. And despite who I always believed myself to be...

I went for option A. I chose my Brad.

*sigh*

it's odd how every time I read SiP I decide I'm a different character.

This time through, I'm worried I'm Casey. Well, it's not the best or the worst possibility, I guess. At least I'm not Freddie.

Not yet, at least.
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Apologies [Nov. 17th, 2006|12:29 am]
Ladies and Gentlemen;

I humbly post this notice for the benefit of those of you who today were expecting me to:

Write a newsletter
Make you truffles
Call you
Answer your calls
Pay attention to you at all
Rescue you from a burning building

You may all address your complaints to Red Octane, makers of that most diverting of musician simulation computer entertainment products, Guitar Hero 2.

Yours &c,

Adam Williamson
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Aw, crap [Aug. 15th, 2006|01:14 pm]

Originally published at adamw's very own blog. Please leave any comments there.

So I just HAD to go and discover a couple of sites today:

Threadless t-shirts

American Apparel overstock

I was ALREADY broke. Now I'm gonna be, like, super-broke or something. Sigh...

(btw, for anyone wondering why I haven't written much about work lately, reason is that there's nothing much interesting to write. 2007 is in the works and I should probably start working on Inside #3, I figure it would be good for it to come out around the same time as 2007. That's about it!)
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Pictures [Aug. 10th, 2006|01:07 am]

Originally published at adamw's very own blog. Please leave any comments there.

Most of my photos from Pride weekend are now up here. Go and marvel, or something.
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Risk [Aug. 8th, 2006|04:12 pm]

Originally published at adamw's very own blog. Please leave any comments there.

I find my new deodorant stick has the words "Take The Risk" engraved in it.

WHAT risk does this deodorant pose?

WHY in heck should I take it?

Inquiring minds want to know.
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Humour [Jul. 12th, 2006|10:49 pm]

Originally published at adamw's very own blog. Please leave any comments there.

Ahh, the only thing I really miss about England - the gallows humour.


When Canada went out of the hockey in the Olympics there was nothing like that, just a week of everyone treating it as the Worst Thing Ever before they forgot about it and went to the beach instead.

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Wow [Jul. 12th, 2006|06:56 pm]

Originally published at adamw's very own blog. Please leave any comments there.

Well I don't know who did what, but the new unstable release of Evolution (2.7.4) sure had a kick up the ass somewhere - on my set up (connecting to a locally hosted IMAP server) it feels like greased lightning compared to previous versions. Great job, whoever's responsible. If you're on the bleeding edge of whatever distro you run, give it a shot...
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Peeve of the day [Jul. 9th, 2006|09:21 am]

Originally published at adamw's very own blog. Please leave any comments there.

My peeve of the day: the widespread wrong usage of the word "refute". See this Yahoo.com headline:

Cingular Wireless refutes lawsuit claims

If you look at the story, it's very clear that Cingular did not refute the claims. They rejected them.

Refute is a term with a specific meaning in terms of formal reasoning: it means to demonstrate that an argument is invalid by showing that either its premises or its conclusion are faulty. It does _not_ just mean saying you think an argument, or a claim, or whatever, is wrong. If Cingular had in fact refuted the claims, they would presumably have won the lawsuit already.
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job [Jul. 8th, 2006|11:38 pm]

Originally published at adamw's very own blog. Please leave any comments there.

When I hate my job, it's mostly like this. But then I don't hate my job very much, so that's all OK. :)
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RMS on Ubuntu [Jun. 28th, 2006|12:39 am]

Originally published at adamw's very own blog. Please leave any comments there.

RMS makes his point on Ubuntu's freedom rather effectively:

RMS-annotated Ubuntu CD
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