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10 Ways of Looking at ‘Firefly’

by Analee Newitz

Fans of the series Firefly call themselves Browncoats, and they’re one of the most formidable fandoms on the web. The cult show means many things to many people. Here are just 10 possible ways to look at Firefly.

Firefly’s cast of characters fly “out into the black” the same way Huck Finn once said he’d “light out for the territory.” They’re Old West-style rebels and rascals, always getting into trouble. Though this show is swashbuckling fun, it also has broader messages that keep the fans coming back for more.

1. It’s a space opera with no aliens. Out in the black, all wars are civil wars between humans.

2. When the frontier moves into space, it’s still just like the old frontier. You know, full of tiny towns that lack sanitation, alcohol-saturated saloons, and bad guys who ride horses and steal from innocent folk.

3. Captain Mal and first officer Zoe are former rebels who fought with the Independent Army during the Unification War, challenging the authority of the wealthy planets of the Alliance. They were brutally crushed, so now they’re smugglers. If you can’t beat the Man, you can at least steal from him.

4. The Alliance uses medicine and neuroscience to control the masses. The worst kind of authoritarianism is scientific authoritarianism.

5. Your best weapon is a delicate, crazy girl-child. Which is to say, don’t fuck with the weak. I think you know exactly what I’m talking about.

6. Inara is a cross between a priestess and a princess. In the future, we will recognize sex workers as the royalty they are.

7. Minor acts of rebellion are still legitimate rebellion.

8. Mal may not have an army at his back, but he has loyal friends (yes, even Jayne). Creating a makeshift family, and carving out a tiny volume of freedom in a jalopy spaceship, is a way of keeping hope alive after a great defeat.

9. The mindless, lawless Reavers are one of the most dangerous threats out in the black. Authoritarian regimes create chaos rather than order.

10. Technological advances do not automatically lead to social advances.

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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn't have this green thing back in my earlier days."
The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
She was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana . In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn't have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.

Remember: Don't make old People mad.
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off.

My Fine is $350

This is fun to do. Just read the 'offense' and if you've done it, you owe that fine.

You don't have to confess your answers, just the amount of your fine.

NOTE fines to be added once, not for how ever many times you have done it.

Smoked weed -- $10
Did acid or pills -- $5
Ever had sex at church -- $25
Woke up in the morning and did not know the person who was next to you -- $40
Had sex with someone on MySpace/Facebook/Bebo etc -- $25
Had sex for money -- $100
Ever had sex with a Puerto Rican -- $20
Vandalized something -- $20
Had sex on your parents' bed -- $10
Beat up someone -- $20
Been jumped -- $10
Cross dressed -- $10
Given money to stripper -- $25
Been in love with a stripper -- $20
Kissed someone who's name you didn't know --$10
Hit on some one of the same sex while at work -- $15
Ever drive and drank -- $20
Ever got drunk at work, or went to work while still drunk -- $50
Used toys while having sex -- $30
Got drunk, passed out and don't remember the night before -- $20
Went skinny dipping -- $5
Had sex in a pool -- $20
Kissed someone of the same sex -- $10
Had sex with someone of the same sex -- $20
Cheated on your significant other -- $10
Masturbated -- $10
Cheated on your significant other with their relative or close friend -- $20
Done oral -- $5
Got oral -- $5
Done / got oral in a vehicle while it was moving -- $25
Stole something -- $10
Had sex with someone in jail -- $25
Made a nasty home video or took pictures -- $15
Had a threesome -- $50
Had sex in public -- $20
Been in the same room while someone was having sex --$25
Stole something worth over more than a hundred dollars-- $20
Had sex with someone 10 years older -- $20
Had sex with someone under the age accepted by rule of thumb (half your age plus 7) -- $25
Been in love with two people or more at the same time-- $50
Said you love someone but didn't mean it -- $25
Went streaking -- $5
Went streaking in broad daylight -- $15
Been arrested -- $5
Spent time in jail -- $15
Pissed in the pool -- $5
Played spin the bottle -- $5
Done something you regret -- $20
Had sex with your best friend -- $20
Had sex with someone you work with at work -- $25
Had anal sex -- $80
Lied to your mate -- $5
Lied to your mate about the sex being good -- $25

Tally it up and put it on ur status as: "My Fine Is..." copy and paste


After taking this "poll" I felt a lot dirtier than I thought I would!! (O,o) That is until I totaled the total 'fine' possible, I felt better then. :D
On the rant I had earlier, I just screamed at my tv again. BUT, this time it was agreeing with a character. 'A scream is heard at night from the path in the woods at make-out point and the girl says let's go see what that was and the guy says in the woods at night? WTF?!?' And I had to scream FINALLY SOME ONE WITH SENSE!!!!! But he followed her into the dark woods anyway. *shakes head*
I'm a crazy person. Don't get me wrong this isn't news by ANNYYY stretch of the imagination. But, it just kinda smacked me when I realized that I have ten minute conversations that consist of me talking and sometimes yelling at my tv. Like I catch myself thinking it's gonna answer back or the dumb person in the show is gonna turn to me and say 'You know you're right we shouldn't mention superman's weakness EVERY chance we get and thereby tipping of EVERY bad-guy to traipse through Smallville' or 'You know that's right cops can't be that dumb Sam Dean you've been a witness to a murder I think you'd better stay in town so when we have more questions when we oh I don't know INVESTIGATE the murder we can talk to you again and I'm not even getting into trial dates!' even better 'Hey you're right the last girl in LIKE EVERY horror movie who calls out Who's there? and goes toward the creepy sound died, maybe I should just call the police or get in my car and drive away.' or when I just point out reality things that we all know have absolutely no bearing in movies/tv. See crazy. Stop laughing miss 'cute and cuddly' this requires no comment from you!! Oh and just in case anyone besides her reads this c.a.c is a real person. I swear!

So funny I had to steal!

Ganked from [info]christinareborn =

This is awesome. Craigslist posting "to the straight guy at the party last night"

Since Craigslist postings tend to be impermanent, I'll cut and paste:

A mutual friend of ours threw a big party for her 30th birthday, tons of people were there and it was a lot of fun. Somewhere along the line you and I ended up on the balcony for some fresh air at the same time. We started chatting; we talked about sports, books, tv – discovered we both are about to start our masters degrees and spent some time debating the pro’s and con’s of the educational system. We talked about hanging out sometime, and you wanted to meet my girlfriend.

I understand how upsetting it was for you when I blinked mildly in surprise and said I was here with my husband. I know it was a shock to your system, if your face had turned any paler I might have called 911. You made a good recovery though - that hurried mutter of “I’m not like that” was very polite and you only knocked over two drinks and one vase in your hurry to rush to anywhere other than near me. I can’t blame you – I forgot how delicate you straight boys are. So I wanted to give you a few helpful hints about where you went wrong last night.

1) As a general rule we don’t walk around with big signs around our neck proclaiming our sexuality. No scarlet letters, no scent of hellfire and brimstone… sorry about that.

2) We do not generally assume that everyone within 5 feet of us must also be homosexual – it was nice of you to immediately reassure me that you are hetero, but it was really unnecessary.

3) Homosexuality is not infectious. While I am sure you meant no disrespect with your hasty departure; in the future you can rest assured that taking a few extra seconds in your mad dash for safety will not result in you being turned gay. It will however keep you from destroying expensive vases and knocking over senior citizens.

4) This next one may come as a surprise; but you are not, in fact, irresistible. The fact that you have a dick does not instantly turn me into a bundle of uncontrolled lust. Contrary to popular opinion, being in the same room with a straight man does not cause a gay man to instantly lose all common sense and basic common courtesy. Though I am not so sure about the reverse.

5) Homosexuals in general get a little irked when people treat us like some sort of leper. Rushing to another mutual friend of ours and advising him of my sexuality, so he could be “forewarned” was really uncalled for.

6) Upon being told (by said mutual friend) to stop being an idiot and that you were not my type anyway… it generally confuses the issue when you then proceed to become upset that I DON’T find you attractive. Three seconds ago you were running through a crowd of people with your hands cupped protectively over your junk as if I might attack you at any moment with a blowjob. See hint number 4.

7) We homosexuals have an odd sense of humor – I can’t help that. Something about watching you freak out as if all the demons of hell were after you just struck me as vastly amusing.

8) While being pissed at me for dissolving into uncontrollable laughter might be understandable… gathering a couple guys together to “teach the fag a lesson” is not.

9) You might also want to drink a little less and be a little more careful about the guys you approach for your little proto-hate-mob.

10) Assuming the two tall muscle-bound bruisers must be uber-hetero and just as appalled by my presence as you was your first mistake. It was an understandable one though. How were you to know that pflag tshirt the first guy was wearing wasn’t a sports team? Also the rainbow ring the second guy was wearing could have meant anything I am sure.

11) In retrospect I suppose that upon hearing your not very subtle hate-talk and seeing who you were heading for; I could have said something instead of just laughing harder. I apologize for that. I should have just introduced you to my husband instead of letting you walk up to him and ask him if he wanted to help you teach “that fag over there” a lesson. I hope that broken nose heals up cleanly.

tee-hee

re-post
So let me get this straight - Larry King is getting his 8th divorce, Elizabeth Taylor is possibly getting married for a 9th time, Britney Spears had a 55 hour marriage, Jesse James and Tiger Woods are screwing EVERYTHING -

yet the idea of same-sex marriage is going to destroy the institution of marriage?

Really? REALLY??

Repost to your page if you agree.
My sister got a job today. She thinks it's gonna be a really good job and she's baked herself a cake and the 'rents are all hopeful and happy and I can't. I can't and I wish I could. I wish I could be stupidly, blissfully, happy and hopeful; like I don't know that this'll end up just like it always has. She's quit smoking for a few weeks now and mom and dad are all proud about that too. She hasn't had a job and no money with which to buy cigs unless they bought them for her so she HAD to quit. And yeah, on paper all these things are great, BUT THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. Every single time she's started to get her life in order she's sabotaged herself. She's a drug addict who has repeatedly shown us that she cares only for herself. Not for us, not for her kids, not for anyone but her. I can't bring myself to have hope that this time it'll be different. I can't force myself to pretend that I'm proud that she managed to find employment. My dad acts like I'm in the wrong or a bad person for this, but after so many (and believe me there have been more than I can count) disappointments in the past my hope meter is just empty when it comes to her. Am I a bad person, I don't think so, what do you think?
You're a were-owl!

Have you started sprouting feathers or developing a fascination with old barns? You're probably a were-owl. Your talons are sharp, but your mind is even sharper. When you transform into your were-owl state, you feel smarter (and more confident of your own wisdom) than ever. When you KNOW you're right about something, you don't give a hoot what anyone else thinks. During the full moon, you have trouble putting up with other people's stupidity. You'd rather be alone with the most brilliant creature you've ever encountered -- yourself! During your were-owl phase, you're very nocturnal; you probably have trouble sleeping because your head is full of so many intelligent thoughts.


nostalgia

I'm watching my 'my so-called life'  dvds and feeling really nostalgic for the times when jeans, tees,and flannels were 'fashionable' .  I'm pretty sure that when grunge was in that it was the only time I was in style and my sister was horrified!  Not being a person that ever paid attention to fashion I just woke up and discovered that I was wearing clothes that were actually in fashion and was shocked.  Don't get me wrong this isn't a 'oh how wonderful it was' sort of nostalgia, cause hello highschool, this is a 'wow it sure was easy to dress for a date' nostalgia.  And I think we can all appreciate that.  Sigh.