Whew! That’s pretty much all I can say. We finished the six days of listing for the ebay sale to raise money to go to Comi-con, and see the Redwood Tree on our road trip. I made a promise last year and though it looks a bit ‘blah’ with problems with welfare getting the ‘extreme disability’ part, like, “Hey, how about I call you anytime I feel like it and you answer in three seconds.” And Linda is on unemployment and turns my care has gone up in cost by a factor of 8. Ouch. But done. There are 87 lots here!
It is pretty much all of my manga that I have collected for the last several years, pre-disability too, including some athlete-romance series, like Suzuka about a high jumper and a guy on the 100 meter dash team. There are also some younger action complete series, like Psychic Academy. So each complete series counts as ONE lot, and there are 87. Sniff, bye-bye. There are also some Yaoi series, including ones which are out of print, like this new set where just one book sells for $50. One series I am selling, book 2 is out of print and someone is selling it for $1,000. I think I started the 8 volume New set for $49. $1000? Come on, these were meant to be read and enjoyed. They helped me in difficult times, now they can help someone else. Inquires from 4 continents so far. Some limited edition items like this Yaoi deck of cards that has an illustration on each card. Oh, if you liked Elfed Lien, the anime, I recommend the out of print and rare Variente, it has the same intensity and using of females, experimenting on humans but riviting action. Cool. Anyway, if you want some manga try here, until Sunday.
Linda actually said today, "We could keep putting items on!”
I was, “Step AWAY from the computer!”
I haven’t seen outside since before helping Linda do ebay. The last thing I saw was this GTO mustang a week ago with ‘classic’ plates (meaning it is a collectable car with original parts), wheeling back home. And also, I got a picture of my ‘new’ glasses. When Linda’s insurance ran out, I could get contacts or glasses. I told her since finding my eyeball can be a challenge at times, I think glasses were more in my future, so I went shopping. The optometrist said with my other glasses, “I had no idea how strong they were, they look so thin..”
“That’s the point.” I said. I’m beyond legal blind without visual assistance, so getting a small centered, circular glass with compaction can make it seem like just reading glasses (ha, I can’t actually SEE the book or text without the glasses – turns out a car accident with your head IS bad for you).
I also got in some Hello Kitty Loot: First are these very cute sneeze and cough guards from Hello Kitty. I would give some to the Peds unit for the nurses for kids in town if I could find them again (let me know if you see them). On a creepy note, you can get the masks which LOOK normal and white, but on the INSIDE there is an anime girl kissing you (for the otaku geeks), they are on sale on j-box…I just happen to know. I also got this pillow of Hello Kitty and Rabbit the hard core pirates (no nice pirates here, but all black!). I found it from a Hot Topic store, I think when Jack Sparrow was super-hot, the sort of Hello Kitty Jack Sparrow. And I have the pillow. Okay, hang in there, one more. I got these really cool 3-D notebooks from Japan, and they really do look 3-D, I would have gotten more but they are a limited item (what isn’t).
As for my brain, I have been watching foreign films (‘Let the Right one In’ was fantastic, and I think much more about childhood vulnerability of trusting and understanding adult world, and bullying than Vampires”). The one film available here is at Amazon and calledBajo la Sal (Under the Salt). Get it, it costs $5-6 including shipping, has English subtitles and will BLOW your mind. The plot of five missing girls from a small town and area where salt is mined and crushed is only one of many sub-stories, and amazing filmmaking. To give you an idea, here is three minutes of the start of the film (there is a trailer on the DVD with subtitles but not on youtube or the internet, believe me, I looked. The English for the dialogue is below (all four lines) – the lonely son watches horror films and makes them himself using barbie and ken dolls (oh, no, he can’t be a suspect!)
“Who is it?”
“The teacher, Chistina.”
If that didn’t blow you away, well, I guess this isn’t the movie for you. I can recommend Cyborg She, which is available on Amazon.co.uk – it is the other film by the maker of My Sassy Girl. He needed a bigger budget and better sets and moved the film to Japan, where a clueless Japanese guy gets led around by a girl who it seems is a cyborg from the future. It is engaging and touching, and a hit in Japan for the last year.
I was looking for various foreign films and came across a film talking about a reporter going after someone who does violence against women. As the creepy psychologist/psychiatrist in the film says, “You never understood Lisabeth, that sometimes touch…is therapeutic.” Oh did I want to put him into a wall. I knew what he was saying, and he knew what he was saying as we see her in restraints in the ward as he prowls around her bed.
Girl who kicked the hornets nest
Yeah, it is from THAT bestseller by Larsson – in Norway they did ALL three films, which now it seems the US is going to redo (of course, of course, take out the abuse in a film about exploitation of women!)
Okay, I don’t get out MUCH! It turns out this is the now dead journalist Larsson, who planned 10 books, wrote the first two, then was working on the third before he approached a publisher (who turned him down twice). He went to another and now the world is riveted by his books, particularly The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. I had heard others talk about it in passing but never checked it out – well it seems to be JUST MY THING (girl who plays with fire!?). I put a hold online at our provincial library system and am, oh wait for it, #372 and #286 on the wait list for two of the three books, so I put them on the wish list instead ($7.50 to read it while I am still alive seems a trade off). I can’t tell if the long ‘hold’ lines mean that Canadians are avid readers or the cheapest people of the western world (or both). If you have a copy of his books for sale please let me know?
While looking into the films I ran across a trailer that literally made my jaw drop.
On Modern Servitude
The thought was ‘when are they going to be arrested?’ – you can go to the website and watch the entire film, which is free (of course, it is Anarchist!). But here I can summarize it and save you an hour and a bit.
On Modern Servitude not only has some old marxist thought, with not exactly George Woodcock Archarcy but a more hardline anarchy in which all is absolute. So ALL is bad: the radio is bad, the TV is bad, all possessions are bad (it is sort of like selling fatigued Consumers on Stalinism), in a section called ‘medicine’ they state all illness’ arise from this disenfranchised state…and only by having a violent revolt can we be cured. Seriously. Cancer is just consumer slave mentality fatigue. Errr….yupper!
So throw a hefty dose of Chomsky (with the whole ‘unnamed elite’ who must live in secret elite lairs), it goes on to say that as ‘slaves’ we are trapped except ignoring the one avenue we have always had: revolution (and specifically ‘revolutionary violence’ – with the reasoning that the ‘Hegemony uses violence for control’ egro it is okay – it sound at times like it was written by Orson Scott Card as part of the Ender Cycle)
And here it goes off the range in a way of why it will NEVER be shown in the US: ‘that all resistance to this ideological slavery is labeled as terrorism.’, and ‘all women are doubly enslaved, and within it, reduced to a mere object of consumption’ (mere? MERE??? Come closer dude!) ‘since power is everywhere, it must everywhere be attacked’ ‘Power is not to be conquered, it is to be destroyed’ – it is like a first year philosophy and cultural crit major got together, got drunk and managed to vomit in visual form.
The ‘documentary’ offers no solutions (like where we live or move about once we have blown up the towers, apartment buildings and bridges that we are shown as examples of ‘revolution against slavery) Or in the climax when setting fire to everything from cars to the city is ‘good’, who does the clean up (maybe the ‘elite’)? – I do not expect the chant of ‘Sparticus’ (odd….my Microsoft tried to change that to ‘spastics’). I doubt this person, like many who advocate violence as an expression of individuality, will either actively participate (and be imprisoned, rightfully) or more importantly, bear responsibility of their advice. Because if you tell isolated individuals they are unhappy because they are a slave and can only cure their depression by freeing themselves and blowing something up – oh, GREAT idea (NOT!), and one which WOULD in the days of Bush get you in a secret prison somewhere. And showing how you can be happy by setting police on fire with molitov cocktails (seriously, it is in the film) is a really good way to well, be a sociopath, the very uncaring desensitization that they advocate against.
I sigh inside with the late George Woodcock, the Anarchists of today, tsk tsk. (the credits list what they stole and where ‘This film was made without regard to intellectual property or writers rights.’, ‘The struggle against private property, intellectual or of other sort is the best weapon against domination’) – it reminds me of Woodcock talking about how in London, passing out pamphlets in Trafalgar’s Square his small Anarchists’ group had their hand-press stolen by ANOTHER Anarchist group. They knew who had it but couldn’t tell the police because it was against their ethics. I wonder, if this group would feel so glorious in victory if I stole their computer (for mixing and editing) and cameras, footage, and identity (start a neo-nazi website in their name?). Huzzah for the freed slave? OR “What the FUCK! Where’s my computer!?”
So, watch ‘Under the Salt’ which is a strong film and more about the real exploitation of females in a small rural town than the so-called documentary. I am also eager to read and hear more about this journalist who has written against female abuse and exploitation and then wrote this detective trilogy. Read it?