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1. If there was one thing Xander really hated, it was when Spike smoked in bed. He wasn't too worried about the vampire falling asleep and burning the house down, but he couldn't stand the mess.

Spike got ashes everywhere. He would start waving his cigarette around while he yelled at the TV and gray ashes and embers got everywhere. He hadn't yet burned a hole in the mattress, but he'd ruined a set of blue sheets.

"Do you think I'm made of money or something?" Xander snarled at Spike's leather jacket, imagining that the vampire was in it. "You're lucky we need you, or you'd have bleached your last."

He huffed and smoothed the comforter over the new sheets he'd used to make the bed. It had cost him $15 for sheet set and he wasn't exactly pleased with the brown and blue design, but he couldn't afford anything better.

He kicked the old sheets in the direction of the garbage can in the corner. They didn't make it even halfway there. Instead of going to pick them up, he turned around and flopped backward onto the bed.

Staring at the ceiling of his basement hell, he had to wonder how things had gone so wrong.
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I have not played the game. I don't care about the game. All I've seen is the trailer popping up on TV. Yet every time I've seen it, my instinctive reaction has been "Ugh" and I didn't know why.

But then I started thinking about it. About the phrasing used in the commercial and the visuals shown. And I think I've figured out what's been bothering me:

Colonialism.

Humans show up on an "alien" planet and immediately start claiming territory. There's already native lifeforms doing their own thing, but of course, humans take priority in choosing where they want to live and what resources they want to use. It's like, "You're not human, so GTFO" to the beings that were there first.

And from the commercial, it looks like the native lifeforms are fighting back against the encroaching horde of human settlers. Yet the humans have Skel (?) suits, some kind of exo-armor that makes them stronger and deadlier than the natives, and using their more advanced technology the humans take over.

Considering the way white settlers treated the natives of America, Africa, Alaska, and even Canada... is it no wonder that the trailer rubs me the wrong way? It's my instinctive reaction to lash out against the game and tell the Kid "No, you're never playing such awfulness. EVER!" which is, I admit, a bit unfair.

Because, looking at the Wiki entry for the game, I'm relieved to see that there's an outside xeno threat that chased the last remnants of humanity off Earth and attacks them, leading to the crash landing on the planet Mira. The humans attempt to coexist with the indigineous lifeforms while being attacked by the Ganglion.

So I don't know how much of my anti-colonialism feelings are or aren't justified, but I'm going to hold back an opinion on Xenoblade Chronicles X until I've got more information.
Dec. 9th, 2015 05:50 am

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  • Tue, 21:44: "I'll be damned, Tatooine." Oh Phil. #AgentsofSHIELD
  • Tue, 23:29: I wouldn't buy a hoverboard. There's been talk of them bursting into flame for months. Like duh, Komo, that's old news. #hoverboarddangerous
  • Tue, 23:33: It's terrible. Somebody in Lake Stevens is making rat poison laced meatballs and giving them to dogs. What a monster
  • Wed, 03:24: I like this one a whole heck of a lot. "Gardening" by The Feels Whale. Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield https://t.co/gy0phksbrn
  • Wed, 03:25: I didn't really enjoy the Hobbit. It felt super drawn out (three movies!) and the end was depressing. I could have done w/just LoTR.
  • Wed, 03:25: RT @BrianRathbone: When properly used, #hashtags allow you to reach people who share interest in a common subject even if they are not foll…
  • Wed, 03:28: This is me *every* frickin' day. It makes me sad that I've gotten too old and respectable. https://t.co/y72LXrqvZt
  • Wed, 03:43: Sometimes I smoke my internal motivation. https://t.co/3fMuQpRrRa
  • Wed, 03:51: I don't even know what I'm babbling about. Please pardon my random fandom squee. Unless there's something else you want to talk about.
  • Wed, 04:10: Could you imagine if young Leonardo DiCaprio had been Anakin Skywalker? It would have been great for when they make the Vader movie
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If Leonardo DiCaprio had played Anakin Skywalker... It would be the perfect setup for the inevitable Darth Vader movie they're going to make. Because while he'd been a whispy pretty boy at that time, he's grown up to be fairly solid bodywise and he's a skilled actor.

But, since he did not play Anakin in the 2nd and 3rd Star Wars movies, the actor choice at least explains why Vader would have a voder in his helmet. Because could you imagine respecting the whining scree of young Sith Anakin Skywalker? Ugh.

He was annoying as hell.
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Family Guy is a good show because of the group dynamic. Sometimes the humor is ridiculously horrible, but nearly every episode has some kind of redeeming value. So even as you cringe from what you're watching, you can't get yourself to look away.

I've got more like for American Dad at this point, but it's hard to resist the allure of Stewie and Brian bantering their way through Stewie's childhood. It makes all those "grown up Stewie living awesomely" fics seem like they could be some kind of canon. I mean, Hannigram[1] came true, right?

1. )

In the successful!Stewie storyline, he sometimes becomes a cold and forbidding corporate guy. He's Lex Luthor-levels of rich and powerful, though he doesn't go out of his way to destroy people or the world. He's a guy with a high-paying job that should have everything he ever wants in his life.

But he's not happy. Because Brian isn't there. Brian has been dead for years. And Stewie--Stewart to everyone else, but always Stewie in his own head--hasn't gotten over it.

Because Brian was his best friend. His confidant. His soul mate and childhood companion.

Which made burying him when he was twelve years old one of the worst things to ever happen to him. Because no matter how he'd lengthened Brian's life or did all kinds of techno-wizardry, at the end of the day a hard-drinking, hard-smoking, hard-living dog just didn't live as long as a human did.

Stewie had traveled through time and changed the universe before he was out of diapers. He'd done and seen pretty much everything.

He should have been able to keep Brian alive.

But science had failed him. And Brian had smiled at him, told him it was all right.

It was hard to forgive himself after that. He'd turned away from science and focused on business and politics. Money became his driving force for years and years and years.

Until Brian had come back to him. A Brian lost through time but with that same sardonic wit and ability to make Stewie feel alive.

His dog came back to him.

*

And this is why they invented weed.

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I don't know how to use punctuation. It was something that I was supposedly taught, but that half the time I fake my way through using.

I thank the stars that I have a good sense of spelling. Being able to form words is a true gift. Universal literacy is something every country should strive for.
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Nov. 30th, 2015 12:06 pm

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Nov. 29th, 2015 12:06 pm

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  • Sat, 16:34: "Amazon Fire TV Stick" is on sale for $25 right now. That's a good deal. It's totally plug and play https://t.co/tJMUzJEGNX via @amazon
  • Sat, 21:23: Watching #Spy. OMG, that was pretty funny. "Well, in that case I'd say you'd better start... a-tchoo!" "Oh my god, why'd you do that?"
  • Sat, 21:29: "Smell you later, *pal*." So sexy/romantic. I can see why Susan's got the hots for Bradley Fine :P #Spy
  • Sat, 21:32: He just watches as she tries to eat the hand towel #Spy
  • Sat, 21:34: Oh my god, he's so AWFUL. I love it #Spy
  • Sat, 21:36: "Give up on your dreams, Susan. She put that one in my lunchbox" #Spy
  • Sat, 21:41: "Now grab some tissues, as shit's about to get real sad" #Spy
  • Sat, 22:37: "Who puts a roof on a scooter? What are you, the pope?" #Spy
  • Sat, 23:43: Dude, #Spy is hilarious. If you can watch it, you should. It's so funny. I need a sequel
  • Sun, 00:28: There is a sad lack of Spy fanfic out there ;_; Susan Cooper/Bradley Fine should be more of a thing. Anything Rick Ford is right out
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Nov. 28th, 2015 12:06 pm

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  • Fri, 14:37: As part of the Black Friday deal, you can pick up an Instant Pot IP-DUO60 for $79 (Deal ends in 9 hours) https://t.co/HomVpj9azE via @amazon
  • Fri, 19:21: I caught the first episode of The Royals on Amazon Prime. Definitely not worth my time to see anymore. A mean-spirited and small show.
  • Fri, 19:27: Man, they just talk over her like that. What a couple of bitches "She's a plain bit of goods, and her mother such a beauty" #TheSecretGarden
  • Fri, 22:36: Rented Home for $0.99 Black Friday sale. Totes worth the money. V cute and fun https://t.co/caEIZ4Tcgm
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Nov. 27th, 2015 12:06 pm

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  • Thu, 15:52: Our guests have not arrived yet. All the food is done and keeping warm, but it's just waiting and waiting :(
  • Thu, 15:53: Haven't seen #Critters in forever, but it's still a fun movie. Little Steve Smith... I mean, Scott Grimes, versus the Crites.
  • Thu, 15:55: "Who are you?" and he rips up the ET doll. #Critters
  • Thu, 16:27: Starting #Critters2 in our Thanksgiving marathon of awesome.
  • Thu, 16:32: So they're making a Critters TV series? What? https://t.co/KJfIBKUhm7
  • Thu, 16:42: They used to say that if you had thin lips, draw them bigger with your lipstick. It looks v realistic (^_^;) #Critters2
  • Thu, 18:02: Look at that! It's little Leo DiCaprio #Critters3
  • Thu, 20:47: #Critters4 is incredibly stupid. Like whoa.
  • Thu, 22:47: 1/3 of a single-serve packet Crystal Light or other low-calorie drink mix made with 1/3 ginger ale or 7up and 2/3 water. Ice. Make 3 drinks.
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Nov. 26th, 2015 12:05 pm

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  • Wed, 18:09: I want to like the Kindle Paperwhite, but I don't think I do :( I've got carpal tunnel in my right wrist, so it's painful to change pages
  • Wed, 18:36: Sorry @Amazon, but I have to return my paperwhite. I need left-hand page turns and there was no option available. Does Voyage offer it?
  • Wed, 20:49: RT @AmazonHelp: @HarperKingsley0 (1/2) Hi Harper, you can see what features the Kindle Voyage has here: https://t.co/oBM79RNRGj.
  • Wed, 21:11: Why would you have a door like that? Sure, have the big door for trucks & stuff, but have a people-sized one as well. Derp. #JurassicWorld
  • Wed, 21:11: "You've got a friend in me..." The theme song of Hannibal Lecter
  • Wed, 21:26: "Hi, I'm Jimmy Fallon. Welcome to our gyrosphere." That's pretty good.
  • Wed, 21:29: These kids are so stupid. Hopefully they get killed... that way this movie will teach an actual lesson #JurassicWorld
  • Wed, 21:55: If you're breeding dinosaurs, why wouldn't you have explosives implanted close to their hearts and at the base of their skulls just in case?
  • Wed, 21:56: A lot of the out of controlness of this movie could be tied back to those damn kids not being where they're supposed to be #JurassicWorld
  • Wed, 22:09: Why isn't anyone wearing a helmet while on motorcycles or off-road vehicles in this movie? That's so dangerous :( #JurassisWorld
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Nov. 25th, 2015 12:05 pm

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Nov. 23rd, 2015 12:06 pm

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Nov. 22nd, 2015 12:06 pm

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  • Sun, 00:03: Sometimes I feel as though I'm fumbling around in a dark room.
  • Sun, 00:04: Hey, btw, if there's anyone out there w/extra tokens or cash, I wouldn't mind a present of more LJ time.
  • Sun, 00:06: I did like it when you gave me that lemur. That was unexpected but very sweet of you (Sorry I'm such a jerk about talking. Anxiety disorder)
  • Sun, 00:07: Sorry I don't automatically follow ppl back as much as in times of yor. I'm being slammed all the time by sellers.
  • Sun, 00:10: I'mma follow these guys back bc they seem like they have a lot of movie news mentioning titles I've never heard of https://t.co/LvlGjhXN0W
  • Sun, 00:10: This gif pretty much sums up the response I tend to give... https://t.co/3k6nckvZAF
  • Sun, 00:13: ... while I'm on the inside going https://t.co/JJci41mP8K. I *love* reviews and compliments and affectionate shit. (Like a secret. Sh.)
  • Sun, 00:20: "Got a secret, can you keep it? Swear this one you'll save. Better lock it, in your pocket, taking this one to the grave" Secret #ThePierces
  • Sun, 00:29: https://t.co/Fk7o9PG3td #Dexter season 3 trailer ft. Secret by #ThePierces
  • Sun, 01:34: Does anyone want to make a Ren'Py game with me? - Does anyone want to make a Ren’Py game with me?Does... https://t.co/NqVtLMrJrE
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Can we get season 10 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Netflix? I
really enjoyed the "Charlie Work" episode, the Wade Boggs episode, and
"Psycho Pete Returns" got me addicted to The Talking Heads' Psycho-Killer.

There was some good stuff, and I'd like to be able to watch it commercial
free while lounging in bed.
Nov. 21st, 2015 12:06 pm

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  • Fri, 23:23: This here is a great movie, AMC. Thank you for showing this
  • Fri, 23:25: This is the movie you want to watch if you like balls to the wall action. Ultra violent, but pure "This is possible" physicality #TheRaid2
  • Fri, 23:29: Another great movie along that pure-action vein is 2010's #TheManFromNowhere. It was amazing, but not as super violent as #ISawtheDevil
  • Sat, 00:27: The most beautiful Once Upon A Time In Mexico story I've ever heard: "La Cancion De Los Pistolas." #FicICarryWMe
  • Sat, 00:29: It's right up there with some of the best Stargate Atlantis fics out there. My Fandom Bicycle is_(SGA, HP, Naruto, YYH).
  • Sat, 00:33: "*My* secret delight?" Harveste Addams. Or really any Addams Family crossover *cough*ArthurAddamsxEames, JohnWatson*cough* #FicICarryWMe
  • Sat, 00:35: RT @Hannibalcrack: my selfie of the day ❤️ hope I look good, tried out a new filter ✨ https://t.co/NQHB8Dqfwi
  • Sat, 00:36: Hannibal may be fandom's garbage can, but god, that's some quality shit :P
  • Sat, 00:37: If Hannigram was a strain of weed, it would be some SERIOUS chronic. You'd be off your ass, it's so great
  • Sat, 00:40: "Great," he said. "It's done. Let's just stop by the clinic, I'll shoot that needle-happy eunuch a couple of times, and go home." -BFSTInRio
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Nov. 20th, 2015 12:06 pm

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Nov. 19th, 2015 12:07 pm

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  • Thu, 00:41: The Kid broke his front tooth today. I'm going to get him an appointment tomorrow, but I'm worried. I don't have money for the dentist.
  • Thu, 00:42: I hate this stress.
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