Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today’s Otterday, snapped at the Edinburgh Zoo, comes from lukedor on flickr.

river otter standing erect, looking alert

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a good book (or a bad one)? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. Just wondering if anyone’s yet seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?
    I’ve heard (from around here I think) that the book is quite feminist, but I’m concerned from Margaret and David’s review that there might be scenes of sexual assault etc. Kind of want to see it but anxious to get a heads up if there are going to be sexual assault triggers.
    In other news, at the local library attempting to work on an assignment.

  2. Working on art today. Sleeping pattern messed up. My cousin has a birthday party later, so I shall be seeing my extended family, which is always nice. I just wish I didn’t get burnt out so quickly!

  3. Obsessed with my new Ipod Touch…App happy am I.
    My nephew from Oz is staying with us for 3 months and going to the local high school. Had my first call to pick him up sick today…poor love I made him go to school in a snow storm. But not all bad, it was a slow day at work so I took the rest of the day off too.

  4. OMG THAT OTTER. Have you seen the thermonuclear otters yet?
    fuckpoliteness: I just finished reading the book, and the book itself is full of sexual violence. I can’t imagine that they could translate the story to the big screen and leave rape out of it, which is one reason I haven’t seen the film yet. Somehow, visual depictions of sexual violence are much harder for me to watch than written descriptions of the same and for that reason I don’t think I’m going to see the film, at least not for a long time.
    One thing that makes me headdesk about the film/book is its English title. In Swedish, it’s called “Män som hatar kvinnor” – which means “Men Who Hate Women.” Also, the choice of imagery on the most commonly available English paperback version gets my goat. The character looks NOTHING LIKE Lisbeth Salander, neither in book or movie form. I know it’s probably a petty thing to gripe about because publishers do this stuff all the time, but their choice of title and cover imagery just removes so much of the spikiness and controversy found in the Swedish original. Seeing as I read Swedish and read about half of “Män som hatar kvinnor” before acquiring the English language version, I’m also finding that the book feels “softer” in English all around, not as hard-hitting.
    I have no idea how I actually feel about the book and the character of Lisbeth Salander and their relevance to feminism. But it’s a compelling read. Kept me up to 3.30am on Thursday night, quite by accident.

    • I saw the thermonuclear zooborn otters yesterday, lutramania, and nearly died of squee!
      I have the book in my to-read shelf. Haven’t cracked it yet.

  5. Homework homework homework. Fortunately, this month’s assignment involves modelling a 3D galaxy, which is oh-so relaxing. If I ever need a break from life I can just jump into my own private universe.
    I hear “How to train your dragon” is good – and from the previews the dragon is pretty gorgeous.

  6. Kind of want to see it but anxious to get a heads up if there are going to be sexual assault triggers.
    There are. I don’t feel up to opining whether the rapes shown or described are “glibly indulgent of those visual horrors” to quote one review. But what I can say is that they are horrors – no doubt is left as to the savagery of the perpetrators. And I can say that Lizbeth being raped does not become all that she, in her character or her story, is about.

  7. “You lose one girlfriend, you find another. Life goes on.”
    Looks like Senator Joyce got out of bed and decided to wear his Freudian slippers this morning.

  8. The proposal to reintroduce commercial whaling, sponsored by the US, is horrifying me. Environmentally it seems that retrograde action is the theme of the year. No agreement on climate change action globally or locally, in fact the reversal of previous emission targets in NSW, no action to protect the bluefin tuna stocks and now the likely reversal of one of the small wins of ’80s. I am deeply pessimistic about just about everything at the moment.

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