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01 December 2007 @ 03:20 pm
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My Brain: Ahhh. A chill in the air. The leaves are turning. It's raining. What a lovely autumn.

Retailers and TV: It's Winter.

My Brain: No, it's not. It just barely stopped feeling like summer. It's autumn.

Retailers and TV: No autumn. Winter. Look! See all the snowflakes we've pasted up? Have a Christmas special. WINTER!!

My Brain: But... but... Winter doesn't start until something like December 21st. Technically most of the "Christmas Season" is autumn!

Retailers and TV: No autumn for you! Winter! Go shopping! Watch specials!

My Brain: But... but...

Retailers and TV: NOT AUTUMN! WINTER! CELEBRATE!


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This is why I'm not going to see The Golden Compass.

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When realizing both my cat and I have the same problem turning down free food, the following conversation popped into my head...

PHONE RINGS AT 3:30 AM...

Me: Uh??

postrophe: Biscuits.

Me: Biscuits??

postrophe: Biscuits.

Me:...

Me:...I'll be dressed in five minutes.

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I don't know about you guys, but I never understand people who give Christmas-related gifts as Christmas presents. "Oh. Yay. Something I can't use for another 11 months. I'll put it away somewhere and hope I can actually find it and remember it in 11 months."
 
 
 
postrophe on December 2nd, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
Lemon Cookies.
Frittersfritters on December 2nd, 2007 12:34 am (UTC)
I'll be dressed in 5 minutes.

Actually, they're too carby and tempting. But in general, yeah.

Edited at 2007-12-02 12:34 am (UTC)
(no subject) - krystalemerges on December 2nd, 2007 01:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
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lironesslironess on December 2nd, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)
And here I am still enjoying my Dracula statue. Oh well he has some red and white on him....I don't usually do any Christmas decorations. Although since I cleared stuff out, I now have a bit of room. Huuummm......

I think I will see the movie, but for free somewhere.....I will let you know if it as bag as they say it is.

I wonder what they would say about the old Tom Cruise movie "Legend" Best devil costume EVER!!!!!
Frittersfritters on December 2nd, 2007 08:05 am (UTC)
Seeing it for free is cool. It sounds like this one is relatively tame, but I just don't want it to do well enough for sequels...
"You know, that snake girl...": Big J Called...thatsnakegirl on December 2nd, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
*shrugs* I went to see the Chronicles of Narnia when it came out. It was a television series and novels that I loved as a child. It doesn't make me any less pagan for enjoying a good bit of fiction. I guess I just don't understand why you're going to let the same thing stop you. I don't think Pullman wrote His Dark Materials to subvert children into hating Jesus (which are some radical claims from radical Christians), but I also haven't read his series yet. If he wrote a great piece of art, why not enjoy it for precisely what it is?
postrophe on December 2nd, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
He apparently has pagans in his stuff too. Wonder what he says about Them...
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Matthew B. Tepper: Albino brideasimovberlioz on December 2nd, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
Retailers and TV: NOT AUTUMN! WINTER! CELEBRATE!
"Angels we have heard on high / Tell us to go out and buy!" -- Tom Lehrer.
I don't know about you guys, but I never understand people who give Christmas-related gifts as Christmas presents. "Oh. Yay. Something I can't use for another 11 months. I'll put it away somewhere and hope I can actually find it and remember it in 11 months."
Well, it can happen. The late and much-missed Marjii Ellers once gave me a set of Santa Claus suspenders. Apart from the fact that I am a Red Sea Pedestrian, this actually was a thoughtful gift on account of being Silly Clothing. I actually did wear the suspenders to Christmas parties thrown by friends for a couple of years thereafter. Then I did actually misplace them.
Fritters: Ed Happy BIG by Frittersfritters on December 2nd, 2007 08:14 am (UTC)
"Angels we have heard on high / Tell us to go out and buy!" -- Tom Lehrer.

That's perfect.

The suspenders do sound cool, but I'd rather have gotten them a few weeks before Christmas so I wouldn't forget them. Glad to hear you got a Cool Gift, though.
(no subject) - postrophe on December 2nd, 2007 11:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
sad picture of girl getting bitterer: Rebelqphelia on December 3rd, 2007 06:12 am (UTC)
Now on the northeast coast, I know it's snowing, sleeting, slushing, and all that nasty precipitative stuff. It's been that way for at least a month. That's the weather I'm used to. I don't understand how the trees here still have leaves, and some of them (deciduously speaking, of course) are still green! It bends my mind to see flowers blooming in December! It -feels- like autumn, but in my mind it should definitely be winter. Still, I adore fall foliage, so I suppose I can't complain.
Fritters: California by Frittersfritters on December 3rd, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)
Sounds like you're a lot souther than you're used to. Does the area you're in get snow?
(no subject) - qphelia on December 3rd, 2007 06:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
Phoenix Anew: see no evil..phoenix_anew on December 3rd, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
The whole Golden Compass thing is interesting to me. I'd never read the books before, and when I saw the trailers I just thought "Ooo! Pretty fantasy movie" and then that snopes article came out. From there I went to wikipedia. The message in the books does seem pretty clear. However, every review I've been reading since then stresses how much they have removed all traces of religious references from the movie to try to prevent offending people. So the question becomes, will they do this through the rest of the series? It'll be interesting to see, if they even make it that far.

Overall I think it's more a concern for Christian parents, and even so if you're a more open minded Christian, you can always talk to your children about it. I mean, kids are going to find out about atheists eventually. I didn't see the obvious Christian subtext in Narnia until I was an adult, so I'm not sure I would have seen obvious atheist subtext as a child either.

Of course absolutely none of this is any attempt to tell you to see the movie. Just my own perspective on it.
Fritters: No Christmas For Youfritters on December 3rd, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
However, every review I've been reading since then stresses how much they have removed all traces of religious references from the movie to try to prevent offending people. So the question becomes, will they do this through the rest of the series?

I don't see how they CAN is part of the problem. Apparently the series ends with a kid killing God. That's pretty straightforward.

And yeah, it's pretty. It looks fun. But I don't want this schmuck to get any of my money. Lord knows what he'd do with it 0_o If it gets good reviews I might watch it for free sometime. When I first found out about the crappy message I was really p.o'ed at the guy because the movie has awesome polar bears. I LIKE polar bears. And now, No Polar Bears for me.
(no subject) - phoenix_anew on December 3rd, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - fritters on December 3rd, 2007 07:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
perlee_grace on December 3rd, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
My daughter's class is reading The Golden Compass this year for their novel study...
Fritters: Cat Goes Pbtht by iconfetishfritters on December 4th, 2007 12:21 am (UTC)
I'm sorry.
aleph_naughtaleph_naught on December 20th, 2007 10:49 am (UTC)
I'm an atheist, but I've always taken a strong interest in opposing worldviews (ie. religious) because I find deconstructing them and figuring out where they're wrong helps me to refine and better defend my own beliefs. I know many others who do the same.

Religious people don't seem to do this, though. It seems strange to me, as if I were to believe the fairly controversial things that come along with religion, I'd want to make damn sure I understood them properly and could justify them in the face of opposition.

I think seeing a movie, reading a book, or hell, talking to somebody that you disagree with can actually be quite educational, if you treat it as an intellectual exercise. As some famous dude (forgive my lack of memory) once said: If we never have our beliefs challenged, we forget why we held them in the first place.