Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekend Projects

I've got the house to myself this weekend, and as luck would have it, my cold moved back up into my head again. So all the stuff I wanted to do this weekend probably isn't going to get done. Personally, I'd love to have two working nostrils again, as I lost the use of my left nostril last night about 6 PM.

Instead, I sat on my ass and watched "Noah," with Russell Crowe. The movie is interesting and it portrays Noah as a crazy thug. I've never actually read the Bible, so I don't know how different the movie is from the biblical story.

I did a little last minute sewing for Nicole the Knitter's best friend, Joe. He had some buckwheat pillows (2 store bought and 1 made by someone else) that the linen covers were pretty nasty. Nicole had some muslin and she gave it to me to make new pillow covers for Joe. He said the advantage to buckwheat hull pillows is that they don't hold heat like regular pillows. I didn't like them and I don't think I could sleep on them. It would be like sleeping on a cloth sack full of Cocoa Crispies! Plus, if you get a hole in one of your pillows, you'll have hulls all over the damn place.

The third pillow was bigger than Joe liked and he wanted it divided. When everything was said and done, he actually had 5 pillows instead of 4.

As kind of a tangent here, while I was picking up the pillows and fabric from Joe's house the other day, he and I had a conversation that came out of no where and it made total sense. We were talking about Nicole's cat, Odin, and the total love affair he has for his human Mumma.

Joe looks at me and says, "You know, pets are just animals with Stockholm Syndrome."

I think I was quiet for a second and I replied, "Holy shit, you're right! I never thought about it."

Joe continued. "Think about it. They love their owners and want to please them."

Stockholm syndrome, or capture-bonding, is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and sympathy and have positive feelings toward their captors, sometimes to the point of defending and identifying with the captors. These feelings are generally considered irrational in light of the danger or risk endured by the victims, who essentially mistake a lack of abuse from their captors for an act of kindness.

Now granted, Cujo, Orion and Odin aren't in any danger from us, so there's no risk to their lives. They are all old enough to know that a lack of abuse from us wouldn't be kindness. Or at least, I like to think they'd know that.

Orion and I learned a little trick together recently. If she's near me, all I have to do is call her and ask if she wants kisses. She'll come running to me and start rubbing her face and head against my mouth so I can give her kisses. Sometimes, she'll look at me and cock her head a certain way and I know she's telling me that she wants kisses. I know that Orion and I, Cujo and I, and Orion and Cujo (but most likely against Cujo's will) have all emotional ties with each other. So year, even minus any violence, I think Joe is right: pets are animals with Stockholm Syndrome.

As much as I love Cujo and Orion, and even Odin, I don't feel bad about the idea of Stockholm Syndrome in pets. I would imagine that going to a new home with new people, speaking a language you might not understand, and with rules you don't yet know....that's got to be extremely scary to an animal. You don't understand them. They don't understand you.  You put your head down and go about your business, just trying to survive, and hope the humans won't hurt you . Things become less scary over time because of familiarity.

But back to today: I also did a little Crock Pot cooking this afternoon. I've been wanting tuna casserole for a little while, and I came across this recipe: Slow Cooker Tuna Casserole.

Don't waste your time with this recipe. Making tuna casserole in a slow cooker isn't worth the work. Just make it on the stove top. You have to stir this recipe every 60 minutes and it doesn't come out as good as it does on the stove.

My plan for the rest of the night to see what else I have on the DV-R, watch some "Ghost Adventures," and work on the Titans blanket and maybe a little painting on a lamp I've been dinking around with.

Friday, January 23, 2015

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's...

Melissa Benoist as Supergirl on CBS!

I've never been much of a Supergirl fan. I've always thought she's a weak, but sweet and well-meaning, character that has no value. I don't see CBS's upcoming series as lasting for more than a single series. (Full disclosure here: I know the character of Kara was in "Smallville," but I didn't watch that series. I tried, but I couldn't get into the whole "DC characters as high school students and then young adults concept.)

That being said, I always thought that a better way to introduce Supergirl would be to make her a part of a Superman movie. Then, you can gauge the audience's take on whether or not she's important enough to continue on her own.

In my perfect Superman movie scenario, there would have been a sequel to Brandon Routh's Superman movie, but with amp'ed up action. I would have brought in General Zod somehow. But I would have introduced Kara.

http://raffaelemarinetti.deviantart.com/art/Supergirl-256206552 by RaffaeleMarinetti
"Since escaping the destruction of Krypton, Kara has been hiding her powers, but at the age of 24 she decides to embrace the abilities and be the hero she was destined to be."

This is how I'd like to see Kara introduced. Somehow, the crystals in Superman's Fortress of Solitude are trying to tell him something, that they are tracking something coming through space...another Kryptonian and that being is on a direct course for the Fortress. So, Superman goes on alert. He's thinking General Zod has found a way to break out of his maximum security prison cell (maybe the Phantom Zone) and maybe he's gunning for the Man of Steel again.

Like a red and blue blur, a shot through space, something comes crashing into the Fortress: a young, blonde woman, dressed in typical Kryptonian  garb,( much like what Russell Crow wore in "Man of Steel," actually), emerges from a small space ship. She lands, looks around, sees Superman and becomes a boundless bundle of energy. She recognizes him as Kal-El immediately and introduces herself as his cousin Kara, on their fathers' sides. 

She's sweet and full of joy, and ignorant of the ways of Earth and humans, She comes across as younger than she really is. And she's having a hard time controlling her new powers, given to her by the rays of the Sun. Superman tries to keep there at the Fortress, teaching her how to use her powers (she's got them all at once, unlike Clark, who grew into his powers and learned to use them over time).

But she grows tired of the Fortress and wants to experience Earth and human culture. He tells her he will take her to Metropolis but she has to learn how to fit in yet, hide in plain sight, but she hasn't gotten there quite yet.

Weeks pass, and Kara feels like she's gotten her flying under control. She decides to test them and see if Kal-El can keep up with her, so she takes off, flying from the Fortress as fast as she can. Superman has no choice but to chase after her. 

Blue blurs chase each other around the globe (remember that scene in Superman II when Superman makes the Earth rotate in the wrong direction to turn back time and save Lois Lane? It would look like that). Finally, Kara lands in downtown Metropolis, exuberant that Kal-El couldn't catch her. It was her idea of a game and she won.

She lands hard on a city street in the middle of rush hour. The pavement cracks under her strength and increased weight on Earth. Traffic comes to a screeching halt around her, and then she looks around and sees all the humans. Superman lands right behind her, gently on the pavement.

She sees a beautiful black woman walking along the sidewalk. She's dressed in clothes that are African in design. Kara jumps up, flies over the cars and lands in front of her. She gushes to the woman how beautiful she is, and why is her skin that lovely color? All of the people of Argo City look the same: they all have the same white skin. She takes the woman's hand and compares her complexion to the woman's. Superman appears behind her again to explain this is his cousin and she's new to Earth. The woman, no longer weirded out by this strange blonde white chick, laughs it off and thanks Kara for her compliments and tells Superman it's alright. She's like an excited child that doesn't see race in any way other than it's beautiful to be something other than white.

Kara asks her if there are others like her, with that same pretty skin color. She's amazed by all the different races. She starts seeing Asians and Hispanics around her. People have formed a circle around her and Superman, phones are out and recording the new Girl of Steel.

Superman has to promise her another immediate outing, but only if she leaves with him right now. It's like watching a father deal with a little kid that doesn't want to go home yet. Just five more minutes, pleeeeeeeeease? There's so much to see here!