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I watched Star Trek on my birthday.  It was pretty awesome.  I liked Sulu the fencer.  And Spock.  Kirk was kind of a jackass, but he was all right in the end.  Overall I really liked it, and am currently suppressing the desire to track down episodes or the older movies.  Those are in a different timeline now anyway.  That part was sad.

Still like Star Wars better, though.  Trek just didn't seem as epic - yeah, planets destroyed, big enemy ship, but the scale seemed a little smaller overall.  Plus, Trek didn't have anyone quite like Luke, and I love that farmboy torn between the longing to leave and do great things and his duty to stay.  Angry rebellious people don't have so much appeal to me.

So now I'm twenty.  Just as predicted, it's not like hopping over a fence into a different world.  The difference is all in my head.  Twenty.  Wow.

...I'll keep not thinking about that.  Instead, I'll exposit about a dream I had a week or so back.

I'd been watching a Let's Play of Earthbound 2, and I'd finished watching, which meant getting to the end boss.  Giygas.

Eeek.  He's that image here on Nightmare Fuel.  That's the background.  It changes.  He has some unbelievably creepy lines.  For various reasons, he's highly unsettling, and so naturally I started dreaming stuff visually related to that.  Lots of bloody distended jaws and so on.

I was sort of half aware that I was dreaming, decided that I didn't like where the dream was going, and applied the trick I developed for those times when I'm awake, it's dark, and my imagination is going "Monsters!".  This trick is "Have Captain America show up at the same time as the monsters."  ...And it worked, he showed up and hit something with his shield, and then went through the usual protecting-a-civilian sctick, turning the dream from nightmare to merely kind of tense.

Also, at a couple points I worried that Cap would go all nightmarish, until Wedge Antilles showed up too.  I don't know why.  I had some flimsy reason for why he was in the immediate vicinity - his X-Wing had crashed and he'd ejected - but not why a pilot from Star Wars was in the same dream as a Marvel superhero.  I suppose because I heart them both.  He did seem confused about whether he was Wedge or Carth from KotOR - he sometimes had two blaster pistols, sometimes just one.

So that was interesting.

Dragons.
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This was a post back on s_d.  I rightclick-saved and rehosted these from the backup.  Whoever originally scanned them, thanks!
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Anyway, the little trumpet on the statue emitted knockout gas and Zemo showed up to kidnap Cap, and later in the issue we got Giant Girl wearing a giant mecha like armor.  I'm fond of these early issues.
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A bat got into the dorm tonight, and alternately clung to a wall and swooped and fluttered in a panic.  It was tiny whenever it was clinging and surprisingly large but silent in flight.  Some of the people screamed, others didn't.  It was in the main stairwell, up at the third floor where my room is.   I was one of the ones who were annoyed at the frightened people.  It was a bat.  It wasn't going to attack.  I lent a girl my chair to reach a window so she could open it and let the bat out, but there was a screen.  We used a broom to try and scare it out of the stairwell.  It collided with the glass once and recovered; eventually we got it out into the hall, and it zipped down to the boy side.  They tried to catch it with a blanket, but it dodged and swooped around.  Even the guys flinched.  The bat fled into the secondary stairwell.  The door there is always held open.  We changed plans and decided to open the door at the bottom and let it escape.

It huddled on the floor and we realized that it was getting tired.  One of the boys tried catching it with an empty trash container, and it fled up to the well around a window.  The boy with the container started raising it after the bat, and the bat climbed higher, wings unfolding a little bit.  Seeing that, every girl in the corridor said "Awww!" in unison.  The container caught up to the bat and it fell in, but he tilted it down while lowering it and the bat flew out again.  We resumed chasing it down the stairwell.  Not far from the bottom it landed again and a girl threw a light blanket over it.  Immediately the bat started squeaking in blind panic.  I say "squeaking" with reluctance, because the word that came to mind when I was there was screaming.  But I guess it really was a series of punctuated squeaks, surprisingly loud.  We freaked a little at the sound, and after a few seconds a boy cautiously bundled up bat and blanket and we got it outside, where it flew away.  Then we applauded.

I'm told that this wasn't the first bat, and they come out of the attic.  I hope they can make it.  It's still fairly cold outside.


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Also,


[livejournal.com profile] dorcas_gustine  drew a slashy Steve/Tony pic to my over-exacting specifications.  I like dog tags.

.Obligatory Youtube spam )

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I know it's not the season for it, but reposting is all the rage, and I like this one.  It was also possibly the only one I have which I don't have to pick through trying to decide which pages to eliminate; yes, this story is posted in its entirety, but it's certainly not the only story in the special.  There was also one with Namor in a Santa suit and one where the Fantastic Four help out a random mook.  ...Not sure where it went, I've been disorganized lately.

I really like this issue.  Fluff, you know?

Who made this? Ah, no-yeah, I mean-who made this, it's the bomb! )Read more... )


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Author: That would be me, Joysweeper Affrey.  (Damn.  That rhymes.)
Title: The Pantheon Fic.  I'll have to come up with something else if I write in this 'verse again.
Rating: Eh...  G, PG.  Be warned, there are links to TVTropes, dread eater of time.  Many links.  I went a little crazy, apparently.
Disclaimer: ... If I listed the real owners of all these characters, this would be a huge block of text.
Feedback: Please do.  I'm trying to practice third person without italics abuse, and I love con. crit.
Notes:  
The Pantheon is a TVTropes thing started when tropers started wondering "What would things be like if the world were run entirely on tropes? Who would be the Gods and Goddesses?"

As a troper myself, I was intrigued.  Someone had put Captain America into the Houses of Defense, Justice, and Law, and they'd made him the God of Justice.  But they hadn't fleshed the entry out at all.  I had to fiddle with it more than a little.  Iron Man was also in the House of Technology, similarly non fleshed out, so I fixed that.  ... Good grief, did I fix that.  He's also in the House of Craft now.  Then I had to keep padding things, working in that growing tradition of interconnecting the various people we've stolen to be in the Tropes Pantheon.  I have to say that it's been a lot of fun.  ...So I wrote a fic explaining something that I'd referenced several times.  It turned out to have a slashy flavor if you squint, so I might as well post it to [community profile] cap_ironman .  It makes no attempt to fit into anyone's canon and is sort of multicrossovery, but the focus is mostly on Steve and Tony.  This first part is more to set the scene and has only a little to do with Tony.  Don't worry, that will change.

I'll stick a few more links when it feels like I need them, but I'm going to ease up now.


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Author: That would be me, Joysweeper Affrey.  (Damn.  That rhymes.)
Title: The Pantheon Fic.  I'll have to come up with something else if I write in this 'verse again.
Rating: Eh...  G, PG.  Be warned, there are links to TVTropes, dread eater of time.  Many links.  I went a little crazy, apparently.
Disclaimer: ... If I listed the real owners of all these characters, this would be a huge block of text.
Feedback: Please do.  I'm trying to practice third person without italics abuse, and I love con. crit.
Notes:  
The Pantheon is a TVTropes thing started when tropers started wondering "What would things be like if the world were run entirely on tropes? Who would be the Gods and Goddesses?"

As a troper myself, I was intrigued.  Someone had put Captain America into the Houses of Defense, Justice, and Law, and they'd made him the God of Justice.  But they hadn't fleshed the entry out at all.  I had to fiddle with it more than a little.  Iron Man was also in the House of Technology, similarly non fleshed out, so I fixed that.  ... Good grief, did I fix that.  He's also in the House of Craft now.  Then I had to keep padding things, working in that growing tradition of interconnecting the various people we've stolen to be in the Tropes Pantheon.  I have to say that it's been a lot of fun.  ...So I wrote a fic explaining something that I'd referenced several times.  It turned out to have a slashy flavor if you squint, so I might as well post it to [livejournal.com profile] cap_ironman .  It makes no attempt to fit into anyone's canon and is sort of multicrossovery, but the focus is mostly on Steve and Tony.  This first part is more to set the scene and has only a little to do with Tony.  Don't worry, that will change.

I'll stick a few more links when it feels like I need them, but I'm going to ease up now.

The first cut is the shortest. )
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There is a site devoted to TV advertisements that are memorable for one reason or another.  This one is unspeakably hot, though not nearly as explicit as many of the others.  The sex ones mostly aren't that interesting.

Finally started watching the I'm a Marvel/ I'm a DC vids.  Not bad.  I was surprised to see Cap pop up in one of the "After Hours" things.  The guy who voices them - most of them sound pretty similar, but his Cap impersonation surprised me.  Very... gentle.  Heh.

I go back to college on Sunday.  Aaack!  Where did the summer go?!  I'm a sophomore in college!  Ah, man, I still don't know how I'm going to start living on my own...

Worked with my mom earlier this week - she cleans a sorority at a different college for fourteen dollars an hour.  Since this was the week before class started, she had to work extra.  I did a total of sixteen hours for twelve fifty an hour.  That's not bad.
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So, I went with my family East, to Lake Michigan.  We lived for some days in the cabin of a family friend(NO INTERNET!   AGGH!) in a tourist town.  I met my great-aunt again, the globetrotter.  She is very, very direct.  When and if I get old, I want to be like that.  There was this one moment when she said that I was growing up straight.  She meant that I stood with decent posture(A lot of people seem to think that we're well-behaved.  Dad says that we've been brought up 'conservatively', ie we have manners, don't interrupt too often, stay reasonably clean, never throw fits in restaurants, etc.  Apparently that's unusual these days.), but it was a little weird.

Saw "Hancock" in a theater that was built, honestly, in nineteen twenty four.  Eighty eight years ago!  There was only the one theater, connected almost directly to the street with only a little anteroom in between.  The walls were papered, all the way up, the seats were old and green and peeling, there was a little stage in front of the screen, it played one movie several times in a week.  Awesome!  The theater, I mean.  Hancock was pretty meh.  I just didn't like any of the characters.

Plucked and ate blackberries off a bush.  I think they were blackberries, anyway.  I'm not sick or dead yet!  This bush was under a taller, small-tree-ish bush, which protected it from birds.  I did not wash them.  Hey, I'm young and convinced of my own immortality!  The juice made my fingers look bruised, and my tongue was purple.  Gotta love berrying.  Doesn't matter if the berries are sour, bland, or sweet.  And in this case it was all three.

Did we do much of anything else interesting at the cabin...  well, there was some swimming, and eating an entire HALF OF A CHICKEN at a charity food thing(the meal cost ten dollars each.  You are given HALF OF A ROAST CHICKEN.  Complete with tail), and I had the Seagull Revelation .... eh, nothing really.

On the way to the campsite, we paused at a rest stop and on the way back a yellow jacket stung me on the upper arm.  It hurt like hell.  I was just walking and it stung me and I clapped my hand over it and stopped still.  It fell away, dead, when Mom had me take my hand off it.  They were talking about getting the stinger out, and I said no, yellow jacket stingers weren't barbed.  Hope I'm right.  Ice made it possible to move that arm and have no pain, but it always melted and quickly too.  Felt like I was being stung over and over in that one point, and this throbbing heat...  Moving that arm always made it worse, and my fingertips were half numb.  Sleeping that night was not fun, but by morning it was better.  There's a little mark on my arm now.  Indistingushiable from the other imperfections.

That night it rained, and also in the morning.  We packed up and left a day early because of that.  Tents are a hassle.  The car was packed like a Tetris wall, I'm glad that the Stranger is in California, and I started getting my sister hooked on Ace Attorney.

Anyway.


Something I found here I... I ...  Bwahahahaha!  Fine, I'll hotlink!



Dayum, Cap!  But I agree with [profile] harmonyangel.  Glasses?  Really?  And... hairline...  plus, the Constitution?  Canonically he's a Tolkein fan...  eh, whatever, it still gives me a nice mix of pleased feelings.  I like cheesecake, but it's always nice to see beefcake too.  Equal opportunity fanservice!


Still looking at Crowning Music of Awesome. Someone made Dragonforce's "Through The Fire and Flames" in Mario Paint. It is very cool.

... Also that wildly happy Caramel Dansen thing and the more macho Danjo, which has kept me awake at night. Damn you, Memetic Mutation!

Mysteriously, I can't seem to get the URLs or embedd codes from these!  How annoying!  There's the "fill the screen" thing, but that's all.

Saw The Dark Knight on Tuesday.  Eh.  It was a very good movie, I'll grant you that.  But not to my tastes at all.  I said on the way out that it wasn't as good as Iron Man.  My brother told me that it will be a long time before I find anything I like as much as Iron Man.  I'm willing to wait.

Did see a balding portly guy with two very young, barely-more-than-toddlers children going to a showing of it right as we left.  Guh.  That...  whuh...  They were asking him if Robin was in this one, and he said yes, and they were both "Yay Robin!", and I'm forced to conclude that people are stupid.  Kids are always going to be walking into movies that they are too young for, fine, I hate censorship.  But you should not take children under five to see The Dark Knight!
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Damn it.  That made me cry.  So sad.  "Always.  Always."

On a later-written note... 

Eh, why not?  I'll list and explain my current icons.  That's a meme that's already passed me by.

  My default, made by [personal profile] charamei.  She was my beta for a good while, a year ago.  Sigh.  Well, I like this one.  It's a KotOR icon, of Darth Revan.  I really like androgynous characters for whatever reason.

  This icon is of the symbol of the Sith Empire of the Star Forge, so again there's a KotOR link.  I got it off of Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki.  I like it for the serious simplicity it has. 

  [personal profile] charamei made this one, too.  Surprise surprise, it's KotOR.  I generally use this when I'm asking a question.

  I um, don't remember where I got this from.  In my userpic info I call it my "furry icon", but really - so far I've only used it for "I like dragons!"

Made this myself, use it randomly.  I'm thinking about altering it, actually.

  Casual Cat is Casual.  I got this from a lolcats site and trimmed it into icon size.  Used randomly.

  My Phoenix Wright icon.  I don't remember where I got this, either.  I never used to cite this stuff.... lately I do, of course.

  My WTF icon.  I have the digest for this issue of Marvel Adventures.  Took from [profile] nosilencehere.  Thinking about dropping it in favor of the one by the same user that just has "I'm sorry, what?" for text.

  Another Marvel Adventures one, taken from [personal profile] newnumber6.  I don't use this one much at all...

  My third Marvel Adventures icon.  This one I took from a page on [community profile] scans_daily.  I like this facepalm.

  Taken from [personal profile] ladymalchav.  Manages to be both Skrully and gleeful.  Gleeful icons are nice.

  So of course I had to get this one, too.  Love for the world.  I'm pretty sure I took it from [profile] xkcd_boomdeyada.

  Fangirly joy!  Gotta love it.  Apparently I took this from [profile] happywriter06.
New icon!
  I got this one from stacyx Here.  (There are a lot.)  It'll do.  I get the "React to smile by smiling" thing from it, which is no bad thing.  By now I don't know how many Cap icons I have saved on my computer.  I seem to pick them up constantly.  Cap's cool, though.
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I blame [profile] kirskipkat for this.  I really do.  Apparently, though I've been collaborating on a story which involves genderswappage and two young men who were turned into a telepathic bunny rabbit and an AT-AT, respectively, that wasn't weird enough for me, so I had to write about someone who'd turned into a flag.

Inspired by this conversation, which was sparked by "the stars and stripes come to life to defend us".  Written in one marathon session.  I don't do that anymore...  I've been trying to avoid this kind of story recently.  It's good to have structure, not just "Oh hey wouldn't it be cool if [blank]?"

It is of course a Xanadu story.  They're rather formulatic unless effort is made to apply plot.  Someone makes a costume, someone wears it at Xanadu, the Event happens, there is freaking out, there is a detailed explanation of what looks like what and so on, sometimes "What now?" gets answered.  Some of those elements are reduced or absent depending on the story, but there is always what looks like what.  Always.  I've been trying to move away from that.

I get the impression that it was expected to be very zany, but I don't know how to write zany, so... yeah. Aaaand I mention Cap. Why do I keep doing that.  Seriously.  I've cameoed him in like four works-in-progress by now.

*horrified stare* So many parentheses. And I can see it dropping in quality towards the end, where I'm reeling in exhaustion. Boy, do I need to work on this.

And I kind of forgot.  LadyTragic on the kfanmedia fora drew this for me!  She admitted herself that the anatomy is wonky, but the speech bubble made me laugh.



Dragons.



Valenth.
Ennui
Inertia
Fatigue
Sloth
Doldrums
Complacency
Exhaustion
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My new icon for glee.  Wooo!  My eyes are still open for something better, should the chance arise.

So, I watched all the episodes of Haibane Renmei.  Interesting.  Slower-paced than a lot of things, and very cryptic, but not bad.  Not bad at all.

There will never be any villain more awesome than Swarm, the telepathic colony of intelligent Nazi Bees.  "His most notable feature is that his entire body is composed of bees with Nazi sympathies."

"Von Meyer was a bee expert who fled to South America after the fall of the Third Reich. There he discovered a colony of bees who had been mutated by radioactivity, "increasing their natural viciousness while endowing them with a collective intelligence". Von Meyer tried to control the bees but instead was attacked. The bees consumed him and he died... only to be reborn as "an aggregate man, his consciousness distributed amongst the irradiated bees that became living cells of his body". In other words, he retained his mind but was composed of nothing but bones and bees!"

It just does not get better than that.  I'm sorry.  It just doesn't.  "I learned awhile ago that it's almost impossible to think about the idea of Cap[tain America] fighting a Nazi made of bees and not have a goofy smile plastered all over your face."

This comes close, sort of.  But only 'cause of the darktrooper.  Er.  Shadowtrooper.  I'm not really up on my EU trooper variants.



Eh, why not?  This too.  Because.



I like Cap.

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Heh.  I have no life.  Know how I know that?  I've been Googling Captain America.  He doesn't seem to have as good a fanbase as Spidey.  There's no analogue to, say, Spideykicksbutt.  It's harder to find intelligent articles and whatnot.  There are still some interesting things out there, though.

There is a Captain America rock ballad.  Yes, really.  Came out October of last year, not long after he died.  "A rock opera about the Marvel Comics superhero, Captain America, by independent singer/songwriter Will Kouf. This is set during World War II and Captain America's origin. This is Will's fourth album, info on his other music can be found on his website at http://www.geocities.com/segasaturn_1"



(Waugh!  The pic is bigger on the LJ than on the site!)

It's... mm... well, kind of mediocre.  I wouldn't shut it off automatically in pain, but neither would I learn the lyrics and rock to it.  Or even pay much attention, really.  Frankly, it's rather lame and sort of uninspired.  But I am lame and love Cap, so I went and listened to all of it anyway.  The best songs are, uh, "I'm Here To Help", and I guess "Don't Worry", and "What's Your Name" is okay.  Same with the instrumental "The Final Confrontation".  That's not saying much.  Not very good music.  Well, it's free, and I got to listen to it without downloading anything, so it's not like I lost any money on it.

The writer's done a little research, at least, but it's pretty meh.  The singing is just bad.  Writing, too.  And there's just one singer for all of it, so I have no idea who's supposed to be talking at any given moment.  The Red Skull's here, and apparently got the Serum before Steve did, before the scientist defected to the US side.  ...And apparently at some point Skull beats Steve and lets him live because "You're just a kid!"  There are no other superheroes.  Or sidekicks.  I admit to seeing some subtext between "Lars" and Steve in "Aftermath".  "The army gave me super strength, but you gave me love".  I assume he's singing to Lars,  because no names are mentioned.  There were no women in the song, and "Lars" was the name mentioned in "What's Your Name".

"A Man to Inspire", "The News Report", and "Victory" were apparently supposed to sound like war-era radio reports.  Meh.  I wonder what else is out there.  I think I'm going to have to try Amazon for "Captain America: Liberty's Torch by Tony Isabella and Bob Ingersoll".  Didn't know there was a book.  Came out ten years ago.

I like Cap!  I've realized that a lot of my little crushes are on blondes, with blue eyes as a plus.  There was Link from Legend of Zelda.  There was Vivian.  Ashley.  Kerowyn, from novels.   Probably a few that I'm forgetting.  And Steve Rogers.  Of course, Steve Rogers.  Apparently I like blondes.  Kind of weird, all things considered.

There was a "What If" I read some years ago, where Cap was created during the Civil War.  No, the other Civil War.  The one with Lincoln.  At the time, I didn't have any idea about who was who.  I wish I could read it again now.  Naturally, it's nowhere to be found.
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Another make-a-hero generator.  Unfortunately it's in Spanish, and not all the options seem to be on.

"Yuri The Only One For Me".  The geek references are off the charts.
Dino egg and  paper egg.

 

Random )
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Guardian bless.  I'm turning into a fangirl.  Seems like every time I post here, it's to squeal with delight at something new and shiny that's caught my eye.  This time?  It is Captain America.  Used to be, my favorite superhero was Spiderman.  And he's still cool.  But I think my allegiance has changed.

Lessee...  the first time I heard/saw anything about Cap was in an episode of the Xmen: Evolution cartoon.  I think Wolverine was a member of SHIELD, and they had Cap in suspended animation or whatever.  It's been a long time - Wolverine and Cap were apparently in WWII together, and I only saw Cap at the end.  I remember thinking that it would be very sad, to have a friend frozen because he would die otherwise.  Other than that, I didn't give it much thought.

I used to love that show, actually.  I wonder what I'd think of it now?  Maybe I should try tracking it down.  In the later episodes it got very interested in cross-referencing other bits of Marvel continuity.  Not always in big ways, but here and there.  I think there was an image of Spiderman on a newspaper.  There was Cap-in-a-tube, obviously, and at least a little SHIELD.  Hmm.

After that, though, I don't think I heard anything about him for a good while.  I think I knew he was a WWII super-soldier who got frozen and displaced through time, but I'm not sure.  Never gave him much thought.

I'm a bit surprised that I find the character so interesting, actually.  Supersoldiers, admittedly, are more interesting to me than normal people, including regular soldiers, but it's not enough by itself.  Spartans are interesting because of just how "super"- meaning "special" -  they are.  But Cap?  He got some injections and was hit by "vita-rays"; he was another piece of wartime propaganda.  Boomerang indestructible shield, a costume that, while not ridiculous like some, isn't without its silly points.  Admittedly my interest is a bit piqued by the displaced-through-time thing.  It's... intriguing.  I'd like to see a movie/read a book about someone from WWII skipping to present-day.  I mean, a lot has changed.  A lot has changed.

Imagine explaining the Internet to someone from early last century.  Near-instant communication to and from almost anywhere in the world.  A vast library at your fingertips.  That's pretty big.  Some other things that are huge and kind of ignored/taken for granted: we are in space.  We have sent humans to the fricking moon.  Want to be flown anywhere on the globe?  Seventeen hours or less on a commercial airliner will get you there(I may be off with that estimate).  Technology has changed a lot.  There exist bombs that could sterilize the Earth completely and kill off all its inhabitants - we're no longer close to that edge, but imagine being told about nukes having never concieved of a world-killer before.  Have people changed?  We're in a war right now, but does that impact most civilians from day to day?  No.  It doesn't.  We're so apathetic and cynical.  Look at what people focus on now.  How might someone from the nineteen forties react to the modern world?

Anyway, the comics don't really focus on that.  I guess I like Cap for part of the same reason I like Spiderman.  Good Guys for the Win.  I like well-done villains who are complex characters with interesting motivations, characters who take advantage of how awesome evil can seem.  But I always want the good guys to win.  All girls want bad boys?  Not necessarily.  No matter how attractive a villain can be, if they don't at least have good intentions I lose all interest.  I like my heroes heroic, for that matter.

But not like Superman.  When I was younger, my first favorite superhero was Superman.  (My dad's was Batman, FYI.)  I'm pretty sure it was because he's something of a minor god.  Incredibly powerful, can do anything, big protector.  I've always loved protectors.  But Supes doesn't really interest me that much.  Yes, there are bad guys just as if not more powerful than he is, and he gets depowered all the time.  He just can't hold my attention.  He's a minor god.  Yeah, I can admire him now and again, I can laugh at some of what he does, but I'm just not that interested.  What's his summary? "Superman is the indestructible Kryptonian hero who saves the day time and time again, likes Lois Lane, has the alter ego Clark Kent, reporter."  All of his inherent conflicts could be interesting, but somehow they're not.  I wish I could articulate this.

Captain America is similar in some ways.  Quintessential Good Guy, down to the stereotype of being blue-eyed and blonde-haired, wearing flag colors.  Beloved by the people, looked up to by other heroes.  Except that where Superman is a minor god, Cap is... well, he's human.  More than normal human, yeah; he's something like the peak of human potential or therabouts.  He can be cut with a knife that isn't kryptonite.  He can be upstaged or turn out to be wrong.  What are his internal conflicts?  He's from a different era and the majority of the people he knew are dead or very different.  He's trying to stay a leader.  He's trying to save the world from threats that are orders of magnitude larger than he is.  More than that, I'm sure.

...Damn it, this all sounded better in my head.  At any rate, I like Cap because he's easier to relate to.  He faces a lot of big problems and goes through some bad times, but he stays a good guy.  He embodies the ideal, not just the country.  I suspect that I would hate him if he was still just Patriotic Symbol Man, but he's not.  He's an idealist in a world where idealism doesn't always work, and sometimes he's right.  I like some of his speeches to that effect.

I'm going to try joining some livejournal communities.  I like Captain America.  Still waiting for him to un-die.

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