Inbox: Bobby Pins 

As I propped my foot on the vanityís lip in order to survey the damage, my eye fell upon the top drawer on the left, the one with all the stuff tossed in it, and I started rooting through it as if there were no injury, no blood, and no blush in the bin. ÖRibbons, Guinot samples, a light-pink measuring tape, hairbrushes, old Mac compacts waiting to be recycled and, at the bottomÖ as is at the bottom of every vanity drawerÖ bobby pins.

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I know Iíve been linking out a lot lately. As you know, Iím fascinated by comparative mythology. On a larger scale, Iím interested in comparative information and ideas. I donít suppose itís considered good to be a sort of generalist, but Iíve been one for my entire life and I like it just fine, thankyouverymuch. True, I donít have some degree in sociology, but Iím actively thinking across the subject nonetheless.

What I mean is that I tend to be good at a wide variety of things over super-genius-great at one exact thing. Itís the equivalent of being the utility player in life. Not that I donít have my specialties, but itís simply not enough for me to focus on one thing. I like to be able to look at the big, comparative picture and also dig into the nitty-gritty. See that? Even in talking about being general and well-rounded, I have to talk about how I also have to be other things, too, (such as specific in some fields), because being general would be too specific. So I have to be specific and general. You know?

What the hell was all that?

Bobby pins.

And why the hell wonít my printer work? Seriously.

Steven Stephen Colbert vs. George Lucas: Lightsaber Duel!

Anyway, from the writer of Dilbert:

I heard a useful rule about predicting success during my (failed) attempt at creating a hit Dilbert animated TV show. While watching the Dilbert pilot being tested on a focus group, an experienced executive explained to me the most non-intuitive way to predict success. Since then Iíve observed it to be true a number of times. It goes like this:

If everyone exposed to a product likes it, the product will not succeed.

Think about that for a minute before I explain why everyone liking something predicts failure. If you get this answer right, Iím guessing that you are already successful yourself. Tell me in the comments if Iím right about that.

Scott gets it, knows how to take the temperature of the audience. Read the rest here.

There are also more links for thought under the comments on this entry.

Isnít it funny how, at the bottom of so many vanity drawers throughout time and generations, you find an array of odds and ends, mostly manifesting in bobby pins?

Hereís another one:

Iíve noticed that in your photos you donít seem to wear jewelry or watches. Am I right? Why is that?

Good eye. I donít like time or timepieces that track time. Itís not like there arenít already clocks attached to every object I own. I also donít seek to wear jewelry. Jewelry is not functional and snags when youíre trying to climb fences, and it will get you robbed or make you feel bad when you lose it in all its preciousness.

One exception is the wedding band I used to wear always, from sixth grade up until about a year ago, on my right hand. I found the ring in M.Stoís jewelry box in sixth, and she let me take it for keeps. M.Sto is allergic to some metals and as it turns out, when she and The Grizz were married, she was allergic to her original wedding band, so he got her a new one (the old one being the one I have). Sometimes, when Iím in a bad mood, I wear the ring. I prefer ribbons and fabric as accessoriesÖ layers, knee socksÖ things that are useful and functional. And awesome. (You wonít believe how functional extra bits of fabric and string are in a bind.) Which is a great transition to this questionÖ

The two times I have seen you in person you have had a yellow ribbon on. Once in your hair and once on your left wrist. I was just wondering if that meant anything or if it was just fashion because it looked cute.

The origins of the yellow ribbon idea go something like this,

'Round her neck she wears a yeller ribbon,
She wears it in winter and the summer so they say,
If you ask her "Why the decoration?"
She'll say "It's fur my lover who is fur, fur away.

However, now the yellow ribbon has a wider meaning: Just like John Mayer, (ďnow if we had the power / to bring our neighbors home from war / they would have never missed a Christmas / no more ribbons on their door ď), Iím waiting for folks to come home from war. In my mind the ribbon implies hope and provides a reminder that people attach an emotion and story to when they see it on my person.

And of course the color yellow has a long history of different symbolisms in different cultures. But I donít think thatís what weíre talking about. Thatís just the sort of thing that interests me (color symbolism). Also, watch this transitionÖ (You will be amazedÖ)

I hate writing papers, like you said the topics teachers give arenít interesting most of the time!! Are there any papers you had to write that you actually liked? I hate highschool sometimes. ĖSighĖ

Let me preface for those outside of our e-mail chain that I dislike analytical papers because the majority of the time the paper subjects are assigned and therefore not the topic in regards to the work that interests me most. There are a few papers that I became obsessed with, however:

- Use of color symbolism in Beloved. (One of the paper topics offered wherein we had a choice + Zing!: Transition.)
- Was Shakespeare racist?: An examination of race and color in Othello. (One of the paper topics offered wherein we had a choice.)
- Why does Grease remain well-loved and relevant to teens today? (Open paper topic.)
- Comparison/contrast between City of Angels and the original German Film Wings of Desire in regards to the changes required for the Hollywood version versus the more artistic, German version. (Semi-open paper topic wherein we could pick from a list of 100 films and seek approval on our own specific topic.)

Boo-yah!: I got As on all of those. The key to being a good student, I think, is to make the most of your assignments by owning them. Use your assignments to explore things you care about.

Such as when our History teacher required us all to do History Fair projects and I did mine about the History of Baseball. (This was at the height of my softball career.)

Or such as when we were assigned a persuasive speech in communications and I chose to do mine on the phenomenon of the Spice Girls, why what they did worked (off a philosophy-story), and how if they could attain that level of success, then certainly we are all quite capable. I got an A on both of those, too. The themes of all continue to be prevalent in much of my work: The illusion of magic thatís a product of keeping your eye on the ball (art/message/product-quality), the capability of the individual, taking the pulse of societyÖ archetypes... .

Pick something thatís interesting and relevant to you. Pick something that you want to know about, to pick apart, to understand, to compare. Challenge yourself. Use your time wisely.

Such as when C.Sto did a speech on why men are biologically expendable because we thought that was funny and totally provable.

She got an A on that one. Male professor, too. Smart times.

What is the best way to view JSDC?

I format everything on a Mac/Safari, so JSDC text looks best and is fitted properly when viewed on Safari.


Did you hear that Britain is like all peace outtie from Iraq?

Iíve heard from a few U.S. troops who were at war that the Brits were very poorly stocked, that they often arrived without ammo and with thin gear, low-quality gear, so weíd toss them a few magazines and help them out. In hearing those stories, itís something that I almost understand - the loyalties and the oppositions and working against certain extremes - except I donít by a hair. I canít quite grasp it because even my best metaphors donít put me in the landscape of mortal peril far from the comforts of home.

But I do understand the feeling, in a way.

Oh, and what do you think of the Red idea?


Who is your favorite comedian?

That guy Demetri Martin cracks me up.

Hey Jess, Iím so glad youíre offering something super limited for TSL. Gregís art is so fantastic. I was wondering if the money from the prints is being used to help the movieís making? Not that it matters I already ordered, just curious like a ninja should be.

Why, Iím so very glad you asked! Yes, the profit goes directly to development, which has us excited over the whole thing. I should have said a bunch about that, really. I canít believe I didnít.

I want to take a moment to say that I know it seems like we are selling quite a few things as compared to usual when the only thing Iíve ever sold is Aidmheil and usually I have nothing available. Greyfeather is being printed to order, so that wonít be on sale past the holidays. The prints are something Iím really proud to be offering, and that will help us out a lot with development, and that I hope and expect you will enjoy, and which will also be collector's items. When the prints sell out they will obviously no longer be on sale, so aside from the undetermined future of the Greyfeather series (dependent on your interest), I donít have, like, some grand merchandising plan for the next year, or anything else planned for availability. So these two things have sort of come at once, which feels a little strange to me. But it is hugely wonderful to have art available, to be able to show and share, and to have that option for all of us.

So thanks for bearing with us as we sort things out and operate as best we can in an independent manner.

And thanks for your purchases of Greyfeather, Aidmheil and the prints because all of the profit from that is currently going directly toward film development and I know I've said it above but I can't help repeating because I'm really happy over the whole affair. Beyond that, your simple act of "demanding it" and support really, really do help, even if you canít see the tangible effects of such yet. Thank you, thank you for participating and thinking and for being here, none of which is required on any level, all of which is greatly appreciated as we strive to raise the bar. There are a handful of amazing professionals working on aspects of TSL right now on spec, for the love, and I adore working with all of them and the profits from the art will help us out loads, not to mention, as I said, giving us a chance to do story-work we like and share story-work weíre proud of with you.

So, to sum it all up: Yay! (Yes, I said "yay": I was due.)

Bobby Pin: How good is South Park this season?

ďPeople? You mean Ďsheeple.íĒ ĖGeorge Bush character, South Park

Oh and the film The Queen? Loved it. But, you know, I am terribly British. I do believe itís the best film Iíve seen since Oscar time last year. Maybe you will like it, too.

Hey and a Wingman was in L.A. from out of town and we totally had coffee. That was cool.

Check this editorial on junkets and useless criticís quotes and things you should know by a guy called Colin Tait, who forms his remarks after attending the print portion of a film junket. As someone who has been through the junket process numerous times, I can tell you heís spot on in his observations.

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My hand just scratched the bottom of the drawer, so this must be the end.

It is raining in LA.

Fucking lovely! And I really mean that. I think I shall pull back my hair out of my face via usage of said bobby pins, and go stand on the roof in the rain, (that is why I have so many handy, after all: Those bobby pins).

ďOf course bobby pins are also used for lock picking,Ē she said, with a snap that clearly meant, ďSuch as in the case of the locked door to the roof.Ē

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