Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Island Life: Supertooth,

    Emma, isn't one of those Christchurch ones ground zero for the outbreak?

    Indeed. Now you know where we tip the cows.

    And holy crap, $28 for a chicken salad? Go to Hays, the food is good.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Supertooth,

    There is a Texas Lone Star in Wellington. And it sucks.

    There are two Lone Stars in Chch, and they suck too. The one at Church Corner replaced a Cobb and Co, which was... well, it was cheaper, catered to the kids, and wasn't full of people who'd spent an hour at the bar before going in to eat.

    And what is it with making eateries both dark and loud? I'm probably going old-fogey-y, but I do like to be able to hear my dinner companions.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Track to the Future,

    Plz Mistuh Cullenz, can I haz mah Southerner back.

    (also, if you could see fit to work out why in the new millennium we can't get a passenger train that can go faster than either the old Vulcan railcar or a steam JA-hauled passenger train)

    Heat. Took the Southerner from Chch to Invercargill once. Because of heat expanding the tracks, we had something like a 30k speed limit. Longest trip of my life. Still, when it was running that train was my choice of transport home for the holidays. So much nicer than the bus.

    My family did the Transalpine last year, it was choice.

    My opposite-sex partner and I have a civil union. We had the choice. I should still have had the choice if my partner happened to be a woman.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    Star Trek Mk 1 was waaaaay sexist: they gave Uhura the spacecraft equivalent of a receptionist's job

    They sorta tried. There was an episode where the script originally called for Uhura to be left in charge of the bridge while the away team got, I dunno, kidnapped or something. Paramount went apeshit and demanded it be rewritten.

    Still, Turnabout Intruder? Where the woman swaps bodies with Kirk because she wants to be a captain and women can't be captains becaue they cry and their mascara runs and the wind blows up their skirts? Hugely sexist. Shatner, portraying being possessed by a woman, sort of minces around on the verge of tears a lot. Guilty pleasures.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    It breaks my heart everytime a man calls me "dude". It seems like he's saying that he thinks of me as a man, and my femaleness is being ignored, which is horrible.

    Whereas I like it. To me it's friendly and inclusive and warm. How do you feel about 'guy', as in 'are you guys coming over on Sunday?'? Because I use that all the time in a non-gender-specific way. Usually because, when I'm talking to a group of friends, it will include both genders.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    Well, there's an argument that genre fiction is where you get those uncomfortable question under the radar in way 'mainstream' culture can't is precisely because it's marginalised as 'unrealistic' or 'lowbrow'.

    Heh, where were you when I was trying to convince the English Dept that I could do my thesis on the development of Science-Fiction in Victorian England contrasted with France and the US in the same period? ("Science-Fiction. You mean... fiction abut science?")

    While I'd never claim Isaac Asimov as a proto-feminist, back in the 40's Susan Calvin -- a rather formidable and misanthropic 'robopsychologist' who was more interested in her work than scoring a husband -- wasn't exactly your kitset space-bimbo.

    I loved her so much when I was a teenager. Of course, now I want a kitset space-bimbo.

    I find the thought of seeing Uhura in regulation mini-skirt and kinky boots again depressing enough.

    So conflicted. Mini skirt and go-go boots = nomnomnomnom. Woman in position of authority constantly having to yank skirt over arse = do not want.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    What we always knew about Kirk & Spock.

    I hadn't seen that particular one before. It was both funny and deeply disturbing.

    Dear David,

    I apologise sincerely for what I've done to your thread.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    oh, come on! C-3PO and R2D2 were more than just good buddies

    And we're perilously close to banging volvos together again.

    Nope -- just Willow Rosenberg, Admiral Helena Cain, Susan Ivanova, Mirror Universe Kira Nerys, and Gina/Six. All guaranteed to give Ian Wishart -- and sexually insecure geeks everywhere -- nightmares. :)

    Joss is firmly on the Russell Davies 'vast gay conspiracy' side of the divide. From the start, he knew either Willow or Xander was going to 'turn out' to be gay, and he hadn't decided which for the first two series. Watching now, it shows.

    And... yeah, the arguments. All about as convincing as that essay above. Mirror Kira is allowed to be Bi because she's Evil. Dax was allowed to kiss a woman because when she fell in love with her, she was in a male body. Etc. Is there another genre people get SO exercised about, politically?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Apathy is where the heart is,

    Unhelpful as it is, I know why I've been apathetic about rugby, and why I've started caring again. (Disclaimer: Crusader's fan)

    I can't care about rugby in February. The earlier the Super 14 season starts, the less I care. It's cricket season. I didn't start watching rugby until about the start of April. By the time the Crusaders played Auckland I was into it, but we're nearly at semis. I've no idea how the Chiefs got where they are, or what happened to the Bulls.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: Ian Wishart's 'Absolute…,

    No, in a totally perverse way it's a tribute to Whedon's power to get under people's skins. I think Ronald Moore has the right attitude: The guy's been accused of being everything from a misogynist sleazebag who gets off on brutalising women to a politically correct Hollyweird femi-Nazi.

    Heh, and you know who wrote for Whedon AND Moore? Jane Espenson! She's obviously a screaming misogynist.

    To meld the two threads together, I've been told that Moore is part of a vast heterosexual conspiracy to remove gay people from the future. Star Wars, Star Trek, BSG, even Bab 5 - not so much as a camp cocktail.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4418 posts Report Reply

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