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Finally got Transparent’s Fiona McClean added to the FIdb. (I’ve reviewed it here.)
A different tack altogether, and not entirely on topic, since it’s a guy, but I also recommend Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan, an affecting story about a teenage boy who can’t be seen and the new girl in town, who can actually see him. The appearance of two good YA novels on this topic, I suggest, is good news for the future.
The Web site of the Guardian has added a fashion column dedicated to the “vintage years,” written by someone identified only as the Invisible Woman. Apparently no one’s noticed her in about ten years.
I think it’s a fairly safe bet that she can actually be seen, but I have to applaud her taking on the pseudonym, if only because it stirs conversation, and if there’s one thing the Guardian likes, it’s conversation: they have a whole subsection called “Comment is free,” with its own US sub-subsection.
Resolved: “A woman made invisible is not likely to ask if this dress makes her look fat.” True, false, or somewhere in between? (Derived from this.)
Arguably the funniest stuff written on the subject of invisibility comes from the TV Tropes people; it’s simultaneously perfectly deadpan in the purest academic sense, and yet it’s jam-packed with snark. This sentence, which references two other tropes, is classic:
There’s also an extremely-detailed list of characters, permanent or temporary, voluntary, male or female or perhaps something else entirely, which you should probably keep for reference.
With the demise of GeoCities, Paul Cwick has been forced to relocate the Invisible Woman Story Archive, which now has its own domain: tiwsa.com. It looks pretty much the same, except for the absence of all the GeoGewGaws that were overlaid in a desperate attempt by Yahoo! to earn back some of the $3.57 billion they spent to acquire GeoCities in the first place.
The Economist finds it inexplicable that the United States would name a new nuclear-powered aircraft carrier after peacenik George McGovern:
An enemy looking upon an American ship of war should not be reminded of the droning speeches of American politicians. American warships should be named after universally recognisable, all-American cultural figures who embody limitless powers of destruction, put to the service of peace, justice, and the good of all mankind.
Among such figures: Batman, the Invisible Woman, and, um, Michael Jackson.
Part of the upside of naming a warship after the Invisible Woman, I suspect, is that people will wonder if it’s corroboration for all that Philadelphia Experiment stuff.
(Seen, as it were, at Mahou Meido Meganekko.)
(You have to say that in the Johnny Carson manner: genuinely surprised, but just a tad arch.)
For Valentine’s Day (argh!), Darcy McLaughlin recalls the stories of five superhero couples, and drops a factoid of which I was unaware:
Part of the reason for the success of [Fantastic Four] was the romance between the genius Reed Richards and Invisible Girl (eventually Invisible Woman) Sue Storm.
The couple actually met when she was 13 and he was 19 and began dating only years later when she was old enough to ensure Reed wouldn’t end up in jail.
Which, according to the keepers of the timeline, is true: Reed, then a student at Columbia, was boarding at a house owned by Sue Storm’s aunt, and following the imprisonment of Dr. Franklin Storm, who after his wife’s death spiraled downward rapidly, Sue and Johnny wound up living with that very aunt.
As with any long-running series, there are inconsistencies: apparently as originally scripted, Reed was already twenty-three when they met, and you’d think that Sue, crushing from that tender age, might not later find the Sub-Mariner quite so appealing. Then again, Reed was such a geek in those days.
Invisibility? Roberta X has it:
[A]sk any gal engineer. You make a technical suggestion and the boys sit there like warts; two minutes later, one of them says the exact same thing and oh, boy! It’s the best thing since sliced beer or canned bread.
No wonder she’s not impressed.
Former American Idol contestant Celena Rae has recorded an album called Invisible Woman for Dallas-based YMC Records, and it’s a better-than-decent example of contemporary country. The title song is a fairly standard not-being-noticed lament, but it’s pleasingly punchy, and the hook kicks in at the very end of the chorus: “Tell me, darling, when did I disappear?” Her Web site tells you more about her.
Well, kinda sorta: An Invisible Blog has a white-on-white color scheme which you’re not going to be able to read unless you view source or, as suggested right under the Blogspot header, “Press Ctrl+A and you’ll be able to see everything here!” Actually, some things appear anyway — graphics and Google Ads — but mostly, the tabula is pretty darn rasa.1 comment
Hayden Panettiere’s character in Heroes is more or less immortal: she can regenerate injured body parts as needed. This is a useful trait, to be sure, but in real life, she’d like to be able to disappear:
“[I would like] the ability to be invisible. Obviously we can blame most of it on the people who are doing the bad things that they’re not supposed to be doing. But with cameras in your face all the time, it leaves you no room to mess up even slightly. If I could lock up my door, and drive my car out of my [driveway] and not be followed by paparazzi, I would be a very happy person.”
On the other hand, you have to figure that someone is bound to notice a car that doesn’t appear to have a driver.
Alexa Hamilton, the Invisible Woman of a 1983 NBC television pilot, has reinvented herself as a singer-songwriter, and a pretty good one at that (with or without a hyphen between “pretty” and “good”).
If you’re curious, this is how she looked in mid-vanish; perhaps she’d just as soon not remember this particular project.
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