Since I haven’t done my weekly roundup post in a while, I thought today I’d combine it with my Thursday Thirteen post.

  1. “An electrical storm with skin:” Jezebel and Johann Hari from the The Independent wonder where all the strong female characters have gone. Should I send along a link to this blog? I could write a whole post on this and probably will next week.
  2. The angle of the dangle: The LOLCat guys have come up with another meme called GraphJam. I’m waiting for a graph depicting how the angle of the dangle is directly proportional to the motion of the ocean.
  3. Send it directly to the top of your Amazon wishlist, do not pass GO: Ann Aguirre gushes over Meredith Duran’s DUKE OF SHADOWS and I can see why.
  4. Women In Comics: A Danger Gal profile made it on the Women In Comics list, again. This time for Batgirl. Thanks gals!
  5. No tarnish here: Leslie Dicken, my critique partner, received a great review for her book A TARNISHED HEART.
  6. Cthulhu vs. Flying Spaghetti Monster: One of them has returned, and you’re yummy with ketchup.
  7. Starbuck is dead. Long live Starbuck. Get the low-down on Battlestar Galactica if you need a refresher or if you’re new to the series.
  8. Towlie says to bring a towel. The Onion’s best science fiction drugs list.
  9. The Zen of Mac. Just sayin’.
  10. Too successful to date? Just lower your expectations. Sort of.
  11. That word on the tip of your tongue? Iwwts wight heaur.
  12. I have a feeling I’ve read this article before.
  13. Do you want the red pill or the blue pill?

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

4 Responses to “Thirteen Weekly Roundup Links”

  1. You had me busting out loud on #2, and wiping a tear away on #5. Thanks!!

  2. I’m still eagerly awaiting your post about Bette Davis and the lack of strong women in today’s cinema. I found myself nodding through a lot of Johann Hari’s essay. You make a good practice of pointing out strong women characters in genre fiction (I especially liked the points about motherhood and being a protector figure in the post about Athena on Battlestar Galactica); HOWEVER (now that I think about it) Hari is right on about the dearth of tough women in more mainstream movies. It’s great that the babes get to be tough in our fantasy flicks, but what about in the gritty, “real-life” dramas?

    I just saw Juno recently and I loved the kid. I especially love the scene after she tells her parents that she’s pregnant. Her father mutters, “Next time I see that Bleeker kid I’m gonna punch him in the weiner,” and her stepmother dryly admonishes, “Oh come on, you know it wasn’t his idea.”

    Totally cracked me up, and completely summed up Juno’s character.

    Hey, maybe I should write a post about it.

  3. I’m glad you liked the Athena post. The Juno idea would be a great subject for a blog post, and I do promise to get back to that Bette Davis idea. This week has gotten away from me a bit.

    It is true that there are few good roles for actresses in today’s movies. The Jezebel blog regularly features posts called “Hookers, Victims & Doormats,” based on a quote by Shirley MacLaine that “the best parts for actresses fall into one of the above categories.” [Quote is of Jezebel not MacLaine, gotta get my attribution down, yanno.]

    My Danger Gal posts generally concentrate on Science Fiction and Fantasy and also speak to the “kick-ass taking names” type of character, but on my group blog, Writers At Play, I try to profile contemporary heroines who may or may not carry a gun, but are definitely proactive in their own lives. Most of these have so far been from the Romance genre, in part due to that kind of character popping up so rarely in mainstream movies.

  4. You have good links. I shall read further and report back.

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