New Character Meme!
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Since I just about finished my past character meme (except Rust from True Detective who I have writers block on), I decided to bring back a new (old) character meme to play.

Pick a character from one of my fandoms and I'll answer the following questions:

1) What is your opinion of this character? If you like, explain why you like him/her.

2) Is he/she important to the general plot?

3) Can you relate to this character at all? Does he/she grip you emotionally?

4) How much do you like the fandom that this character comes from?

5) Do you ship this character with any other character? Or, are you particularly intrigued by his/her relationship with any other character(s)? (romance-wise or platonic)

6) Is there anything about the character you would change?

7) If you were in the fandom with this character or knew this character in real life, how would you see yourself interacting with him/her? Would you get along well? Fall in love with him/her? Dislike? Have a friendly rivalry?

8) Does this character make the cut as one of your all time favorites (if you like) or least favorites?

9) Would you hype up this character (if you like) or warn about this character (if you dislike) to someone new to fandom?

10) Is this character popular with the fanbase?

LOL at Gentiles Trying Jewish Food
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In honor of Rosh Hashanah, Buzzfeed had a bunch of non-Jews who never tasted Jewish food, taste a bunch of the Ashkenazi Jewish standards. Matzoh ball soup, chopped liver, kugel, Manichevitz wine, gefilte fish, rugelach cookies. The rest was hilarity.

I really like my heritage's food- but I rate it under Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Spanish, Indian, Argentinian, Peruvian, and probably French. And I think Israeli or Sephardic food may be better than Ashkenazi food- even though I'm 100 percent Ashkenazi. In other news, I like food.....a lot....I think I'd rate Jewish food with Greek and Vietnamese food- which I love too.

Although, I don't think Buzzfeed showed off Ashenazi food off well. Matzoh ball soup should have carrots and celery and noodles and pieces of chicken. And I like small multiple matzoh balls instead of just one giant ball. The gefilte fish should have been presented with a choice of white or red horseraddish. They should have gotten a MOTHERFUCKING BAGEL OR PIECE OF CHALLAH (heavenly bread gateway drugs for Jewish food) to put the chopped liver on so it didn't look like a lump of brown grossness to foreign eyes. Although, that guy that figured out that it was pate-like was onto something. Yup, better tasting, far more humanely prepared, less expensive pate. Pretty damn awesome.

I get that the video needed to limit the dishes- but the tasters missed on knishes, blintzes, kippurs, whitefish, challah, tsimus and on and on.

Jesse Pinkman: Character Meme
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pickamix asked me to do my Character Meme for Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman. I told her that I'd hold off until I finished Breaking Bad. Well, DUNZO!!! So, I'm doing the meme. It's a little surprising that my first true BB meta is about Jesse. I liked Jesse OK- but he wasn't a fave of mine. My top four characters on the show were Walt, Hank, Skylar, and Gus and those four constantly rotated in the top four places.

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30 Days of West Wing Days 2-4
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Continuing my 30 Days of West Wing Challenge

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30 Days of BtVS: Favorite Female Character
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I've already written quite a bit about Willow. I had a longer meta written this afternoon when I posted my Jed Bartlet post but I thought it was getting a little too sappy and unfocused. I was shy about sharing it. Can't vouch that this any better...I'm pretty tired.

To go to a minor point, I adore how Willow scrapes and works for all of her information and power. I LOVE THAT WILLOW IS POWER-HUNGRY. SUCK IT HATERS. There's a wonderful lack of glamor to how Willow learns and gains power that set her apart from the trained Watchers or the gifted Slayers or the educated grad student physicist.

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30 Days of West Wing: Favorite Character
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I'm noncommittally starting the 30 Days challenge for West Wing and BtVS. Don't know if I have the discipline to finish. But let's just say, I really wanted to tackle the Favorite Character for both memes to talk a little Jed Bartlet and Willow Rosenberg. Because I love my cuter than a box of puppies genuii who can veer between "I'm full of mirth" and "The 52nd Airbourne works for me." I'm covering Jed Bartlet in this post. I'll post my essay on Willow a little later.

CJ and Jed are my two favorite TWW characters. Although, Jed pulls ahead to #1 a little more frequently. Really, it makes sense that those are my two faves. I think TWW did the public/private dichotomy really well and Jed and CJ are the two characters that have to reconcile their public face with their private actions the most.

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Wacky Cross-Over Question Meme: Part II
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So, I really liked the wacky cross-over question meme that I did last week with The West Wing, Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Gilmore Girls, and Seinfeld.

I decided to do it again with a new crop of shows. I ended up accidentally repeating Dollhouse but that's it. I'm doing the meme with:

1. Firefly
2. Dollhouse
3. Glee
4. Sex and the City
5. Mad Men
6. Rome
7. Frasier
8. Law and Order: Criminal Intent
9. The Good Wife
10. Homeland

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10 Books That "Stayed" with Me
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lokifan tagged me on this challenge. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. I don't know about tagging people. If anyone is interested in doing this, consider yourself tagged- I'd love to hear about the books that stayed with you.

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

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Yet Another TV Meme
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1. The West Wing
2. Buffy
3. Angel
4. Dollhouse
5. The Sopranos
6. Breaking Bad
7. Orange is the New Black
8. House of Cards
9. Gilmore Girls
10. Seinfeld

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Finished Season 1 of Battlestar Galactica
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Continuing to discuss Battlestar Galactica after a randomly numbered bunch of eps as I move through the series in haphazard "this struck me as interesting and coaxes yap from my trap" sort of way.

Hand of God

I discussed this a little in the comments with pocochina[Unknown LJ tag] in my last entry. It's ridiculous that Bill Adama didn't disclose the key surprise trick to the daredevil, risky mission to Laura- the fighter ships buried underneath the freighter in reserve to surprise the cylons. Bill was asking for Laura's go-ahead because Laura's the frakking President. Since she's the one with the power for the final go-ahead, than she needs the vital information about the plan to make an informed choice. I saw it as partly Bill being a control freak and wanting to establish his own dominance by keeping vital information secret even though he's politically obligated to take orders from the President. I also saw it as a move to shake Laura's confidence. Bill sells a military maneuver HARD as the best idea but without it's safety valve to see if Laura will bite for it without the safety valve.

Starbuck is awesome in this ep. General thought, but this show's use of gods is intriguing. The apocalypse made total believers out of former atheists like Laura and Baltar. IMO, the BSG universe is likely controlled by gods as a matter of fact, unlike our universe (unless I'm predicting the course wrong). Gods do exist in that story. However, as much as the series is pro-god and very spiritual, there may be religious-cynical inklings. Human civilization has regressed since the apocalypse- population, science, stability. Laura and Baltar represent how people turn to religion in times of desperation. Except in this case, religion is real and Laura, at least, is playing a Moses-character who wasn't especially devout but G-d sent messages to the leader to guide people to the Promised Land but the leader stats to die on the journey.

However despite the reality of gods, Roslin and Baltar started believing in desperation, because despite their increased political power, they were relatively impoverished. Six abuses Baltar into serving her. Despite Roslins' and Baltar's increased political power and the reality of the gods, it does say something about the vulnerable turn to religion to guide them. The humans in BSG feel very modern Israeli or ancient Israelite by turns. The ancient Israelites were also technically correct to be devout within the story of the Bible because G-d really was the big guy in the sky. However, they also turned and kept up their worship out of poverty, alienation, and constant threat of extinction if they didn't make the run into the Red Sea/hit a rock expecting water kind of moves.

I usually have an aversion to characters ordering others around out of religion. However so far, Roslin and even Baltar are staying on the right side of my particular issues. Baltar, because he is being brain-fucked into it and the story does not shy from how he's frakking up for the human race. Laura, because it feels like she's turned to religion because it's the most compelling guide-post on how to improve humanity's chances in her mess of a situation. Religion works a possibly *actually correct* embodiment Laura's leadership instincts. Whose to say that her prophetic dreams are worse way to find earth than her vague "sense of direction"? Turning to godly premonitions a vague long-shot but EVEN I have to admit that it's better than just flying around aimlessly, let alone while also lying that you have a specific course to get to earth. Everyone's flying blind. Of course, if Laura starts using religion and her role as the prophetic, dying leader to advance her political causes and personal stature without any evidence beyond her feelings and AS THE GOOD BOOK SAYS or if Laura picks these religious instincts over more compelling and proven science and concrete facts recommending a different course of actions, I will likely turn on Laura to some extent.

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