Hey Boy! from THE AMERICAN ASTRONAUT

from The American Astronaut. Good morning, aka Wake Up You Bastard Gojira’s Here.

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VideoScope #92! Let the Fall Horror Harvest Commence!

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Finer cinema-centric reading material for October cannot be found! Available at better bookstores everywhere, or go directly to the spurting vein at videoscopemag.com!

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Because You Need a Little PHANTASM on Your Saturday

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Illustration by Coke Navarro

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Just Don’t

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Been one of those weeks.

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Monday, October the 13th, Brought to you by Darth Vader

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DARTH VADER is the twitter handle of @DepressedDarth, a rabid and sleepless Star Wars superfan who delivers very funny SW shit on a daily basis. So I thought I’d offer an alternative to all the “HAIL CTHULHU! COME, DARKNESS!” posts today on this, Monday the 13th of October wherein, fuck yeah, we have plenty to be PLENTY scared of. If you’re a parent, it’s Enterovirus 68. If you’re paranoid (and who isn’t), it’s Ebola. If you’re a red bloodied Republican who’s quietly (or not so quietly) hated Obama’s black fucking guts for the last six years and now you turn on your TV and LOOK! Why that damn darkie has allowed Iraq to fall to pieces, completely dismantling all of George W.’s good work and those ISIS bastards are using guns and tanks we gave them and on and on but really, if you’re a red bloodied Republican on Monday the 13th of October you might be mad but red bloodied Republicans aren’t scared of shit, are you. You’re especially not afraid of these ISIS bums. ISIS? ISIS? What kinda name is that for an army, wasn’t Isis some Egyptian bitch who fucked Caesar or built the Sphinx or something? For if you are indeed a red bloodied Republican with a framed picture of Schwarzkopf on the mantel there ain’t no way on God’s green Earth that you could ever ever possibly be afraid of a woman, not even on Monday the 13th of October. Nope. Not you. A bitch? Come on. But RBR, look at the time! Time for bed, off we go. It must be strange to live without fear, RBR. I kind of feel sorry for you—I mean, fuck, you’re never going to buy one of my books except perhaps in my wildest dreams when you hold it up on big media and scream BLASPHEMY or something—but Red Bloodied Republican, I genuinely feel sorry for you. So as a one-time Draxian gesture I have arranged a special gift, a nightmare. Tonight. 2:47 am. Not masked gunmen kicking in your door nor the White House blowing up but the spectral and burning visage of Isis, her hand at your throat, a knife at her side, the Nile rising behind her like a tsunami to drown you in the waters you fear the most, the red rivers of woman.

No, really, you don’t have to thank me, RBR. The pleasure? All mine.

Because I finally fell into the proper wavelength of October today. The fear. The weird. It felt good to embrace it, embrace fear. Even as my world explodes around me, I find myself laughing a lot. Because I’m so full fear that when a bomb doesn’t go off for a full five minutes suddenly there’s something hilarious in my world. I’m still afraid. But it feels so good to laugh.

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STAR WARS collected / created by @DepressedDarth

 

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When your parents ask you to clean your room

See? A little ha ha never hurt anyone on Monday October 13…

Oh, shit. It was Columbus Day, wasn’t it.

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A Plea from January that I never finished, thus never posted: “HELLO, 2014 (oh, planet earth, we are in trouble)”

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HELLO, 2014 (oh, planet earth, we are in trouble)

Yes. Planet Earth, Gaia, Terra — we are in deep fucking shit. We are fucking doomed. Are you killing us because of how much we’ve harmed you? Are you alive? Are you shrugging us off, weeding us out?

[more about new emergent dominant life forms after we're gone]

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October 11 2014, 9:35  pm EST

NOsTRoDaMUS. Has. Spoken.

Is Earth weeding us out? I’d have to say, why, yes.

We better start learning better communication skills with Mother Earth real soon.

Anyway…

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I’ve Returned Just in Time for HELLO, BEAUTIFUL

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Photo by Steve Niles

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I’ve Been Recalled to the Home Planet…

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Nasty bits of business. Labor relations w/ the Tharks, reconstruction woes for the pyramids, The Face, the tourist fees for Mariner Valley—some genius at Mars HQ decided they needed an “expert” and that same genius decided that the “expert” needed was yours truly. So much for the new adamantium stitches in my new boots! So much for the Red Planet’s lackluster night-life! So until I knock the God of War into shape, there’ll be no posts until midweek at the earliest. Hang Tight, True Believers, I Will Return.

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Anime 101.5 | A Sudden Slice of Prescient Transgender Shōjo THE ROSE OF VERSAILLES | This Assignment: Mandatory

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Shōjo, shojo or shoujo (少女 shōjo) is a Japanese word originally derived from a Chinese expression written with the same characters.The Chinese characters ( and ) literally mean young/little and woman respectively. In Japanese, these kanji refer specifically to a young woman approximately 7–18 years old. Shōjo can often be translated with the English word girl.

Yes, I cribbed the above from Wikipedia—yes, I am a lazy hungover deranged bad-hair professor, just deal with it. And yeah, swerving from YAMATO into Shōjo might seem a weird left turn but really, it’s not. There are stories for boys and stories for girls, but despite whom these stories are “designed” and aimed for, both sexes happily dip into genres of the other and both are left richer for their explorations.

Which gives me a bitchin’ dead-on intro to my main topic.

There are fewer white-hot issues in our western world right now in 2014 than the recognition and the rightly-demanded rights and deserved respect of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, transgender) community. Head scratcher: Japan, one of the most conservative (and sexist, militaristic, and exploitive) countries on the planet, had centuries ago accepted homosexuality, cross-dressing, and transgender as a silent “norm.” (This from a country that for most of the 20th century found the concept of a kiss “obscene,” but that’s another article.)

Contradiction and complexity: These factors make life interesting.

The Rose of Versailles (ベルサイユのばら Berusaiyu no Bara?), also known as Lady Oscar or La Rose de Versailles, is one of the best-known titles in shōjo manga and a media franchise created by Riyoko Ikeda. It has been adapted into several Takarazuka Revue musicals, as well an anime television series, produced by Tokyo Movie Shinsha and broadcast by the anime television network Animax and Nippon Television. The show remains incredibly popular in Italy.

The Rose of Versailles focuses on Oscar François de Jarjayes, a girl raised as a man to become her father’s successor as leader of the Palace Guards. A brilliant combatant with a strong sense of justice, Oscar is proud of the life she leads, but becomes torn between class loyalty and her desire to help the impoverished as revolution brews among the oppressed lower class. Also important to the story are her conflicting desires to live life as both a militant and a regular woman as well as her relationships with Marie Antoinette, Count Axel von Fersen, and servant and best friend André Grandier.

It features elements of the yuri genre embodied in the relationship between Oscar and her protégée Rosalie Lamorlière, the secret daughter of the scheming Madame de Polignac, whose admiration for Oscar may be interpreted as either hero worship or romantic love coming from her possible bisexuality. Many of the court ladies also greatly adore Oscar, openly admiring her at parties and become very jealous when she brings female companions to them.

“PROFESSOR DRAX! ARE YOU CUTTING AND PASTING FROM WIKI AGAIN?!”

Yes. Yes I am.

Here’s the first episode from 1979. Still good. The opening theme rocks.

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October Death+Rebirth = Take Me Wind, Crush Me Tall Trees

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ALL OF THEM WITCHES, a mix by ghoulnextdoor on 8tracks

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