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Saturday, July 7th, 2001
1:32a - psychos are pfunny | ex'es are evil | girls are good
snicker. And, of course, any page about psychos can't be complete without timecube and Alex Chiu. Someday I will put his banner on my site, and eventually I will get a free pair of eternal life rings to test out.

For those who are curious . . . the message from my ex basically said "yes, I care about you and want to be friends, but I don't want to talk to you. So bugger off." though not quite in those words. Okay, okay, in the fairness of reporting I'll paste it in. (replacing my real name with my nickname.)
hey zorba.. i do care about you, i do want to be friends, but i'm not ready to talk to you right now.. i'll get in touch when i am (like i said b4). til then, please don't contact me
so basically . . . I'm trying to decide if I want to be mad at her now or wait and be mad at her later.

I'm trying to remember a quote - something like "your rights end where the rights of others begin". All things considered . . . it's not just her on the line here, and she's just making a unilateral demand.

At least, that's how it looks to me . . . not *only* did she break up with me, but she *also* wants to be friends - she's just only willing to be friends when she wants to be, and she'll let me know when I'm allowed to talk to her.

There's nobody on my friends list I wouldn't happily go out of my way for. And there are lots I'd go *way* out of my way for . . . and a few I'd basically do anything for.

She's not even willing to tell me how she's *feeling*. Or, for that matter, let me tell her how I'm feeling. Except, of course, when she wants to know, at which point she can just check LJ . . . feh.

The most annoying thing about this is that that note is almost word-for-word what the flunky said. I mean . . . if it was just coming from her, I'd frown at it, say "her writing style looks like it's changed a bit", and drop it. But . . . I'm not even talking to *her* anymore.

I remember when we were still together, she was frustrated with life because it seemed like she was always doing what people told her to do. Now . . . it looks like she's not even frustrated with it anymore.

Feh.

In happier news, I finally got around to sending a message to Jean (isn't it ironic? I use her *real* name on here because she can't be found that way . . .) who is . . . well, the first person to fall in love with me. And the first person I hurt badly . . . and the third, also, on both counts. And the single person I probably have the most regrets about . . . that I didn't go out with her the first time, and that I didn't realize I wasn't ready the second time. Well . . . she doesn't seem to be still mad at me. Just like old times, chatting about random things and squid. (yes, squid.) And, bah, part of me wants her to fall in love with me again so I can do it RIGHT this time, and part of me doesn't know if I could handle it, but . . . I want to be friends with her, and I won't push for anything more than that. But if she falls for me, I'll be there for her for once :/

Though I certainly wouldn't object to just being friends.

And the "p" in "pfunny" is silent.


current mood: varying

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2:35a - okay, so callahan's is still good
"If I really deserve the friends I've got, I must be one hell of a fellow."

And geez, he's *right*.

What did I do that was so wonderful to deserve the friends I've got?

(incidentally, if there is someone out there who hasn't read basically all of Spider Robinson, I recommend rectifying that immediately. Especially the Callahan's/Sally's series. Especially especially the original Callahan's.)


current mood: happy, yet confused

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11:57p - planetary vs. sandman, round one
*ding*ding*ding* FIGHT!

okay, I'll give some introduction first :P

Planetary and Sandman are two comic book serii (the plural of series). (*watches the number of people still reading this drop in half*) Sandman is relatively old, while Planetary is quite new. Also, Planetary has the distinction of being a one-man indie job, which is mighty impressive. (writing, drawing, coloring, *everything* - one guy.)

Sandman is over, as sad as it is - while there are offshoots, the main Sandman series has been completed and bound into ten volumes. Planetary is most definitely not over - they're up to two volumes (both smaller than most, if not all, Sandman books) and it's just barely getting started.

Now here's a little history. A year ago or so (has it really been that long? sheesh, it has) I got introduced to Sandman by heronblue. And, well, it rocked beyond all reason. So I suggested it to a friend, and he said, yeah, it's really good! But Planetary is better. And naturally I was a bit skeptical, because this is like saying "well, okay, yes, The Beatles are good. But *some other band name here* is better!" And I finally got around to reading Planetary a few weeks ago.

And, let's be blunt here - Planetary is drop-dead gorgeous and truly astonishing. It's one of the - if not the - best example of its genre I've ever seen. The plot sucks you in, I've mentioned how good the art is - it's great.

It's not Sandman.

Sandman was . . . genre-creating, perhaps. It's the kind of thing that spawns cliches right and left. ("Well, I finally got around to reading Macbeth . . . I didn't like it. It was just a bunch of cliches strung together.") Death as a cute perky goth girl - that's Sandman. And Sandman was different. It was a totally new way of looking at it. In Sandman, there's the Endless - seven beings (their true nature is never explained, or more likely, not explainable). Destiny, Death, Dream, Despair, Destruction, Desire, Delirium. And these are the Seven Greats. This alone should tell you something - how many serieses use such a strange group? If you were told to come up with seven primary forces in the world, it wouldn't be these seven, likely. Especially because the Big Three is Destiny, Death, and Dream. Destiny and Death, sure, but who would rank Dream all the way up there?

It's new. It's different.

The entire comic book continues this thread. I'm not sure how to explain the byplay between all the gods. The only way I can put it is that, yes, they're all all-powerful, and they're all the incarnations you'd expect. Thor's around, of course, as is Eve. And others. And . . . they're not *gods*, they're *characters*. (I'd say people, but that would be wrong.) And yet somehow they're not any more or any less important than the random humans that populate the world.

Now: Planetary.

Planetary is wonderful. You've got your big international . . . not company, exactly, but organization. A small group of, well, superheros, who travel the world discovering the strange things that inhabit it and fight evil. From another dimension! With enormous dead beasts on abandoned islands, and, ooh, let's throw in some giant ants! Everyone loves giant ants!

That's the problem. There's *nothing new*. It's all stuff I've seen before. Yes, it's got some new concepts, and some new treatments of old concepts - the spaceship, the dimension gizmo. But I can't explain any more of those. Because Planetary is the plot, and the characters, and nothing more. If I summarized Planetary for you, the only reason you'd have to read it would be the art, and maybe the first-hand experience. If I summarized Sandman, you'd still want to read it - geez, some of the books *start* by summarizing everything that will occur in the book! The purpose of the Sandman books is to *experience* it - because it's just plain worth it. You can't summarize Dream in five sentences. You couldn't even do that at the end of book 2. Maybe at the end of book 1, but it would take some work. You could try, yes, and you might be *reasonably* close. But I can summarize any character I've seen in Planetary in a sentence or two, mostly by referring to ancient architects with minor variations.

And perhaps I'm selling Planetary short here - geez, it's certainly not bad! I'll be there right at the front wanting more, because, really, it *is* spectacular. We didn't go see the X-Men Movie because we expected it to be a life-changing experience, we went for the cool special effects and plot twists. And Planetary delivers those in abundance - in ultra-abundance. But how many people are going to rank the X-Men Movie among the best movies ever? It doesn't *say* anything.

And I guess, until I read more Planetary (which I really really want to do! that series is fun :D) that I'll probably hold that opinion. But, who knows - it might get even better in the future :)

The only other thing that bugs me . . . the short short short plot arcs. There aren't plot arcs. It's generally one issue per plot chunk. With an overreaching plot. But, oh well. I'll be looking forward to the future on that one, most definitely.

I may write more later tonight. We shall see.

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