Why

Sep. 10th, 2016 11:30 am
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Apologies for the boring title, but this is going to be just a quick entry anyway.

As I'm sure you could've guessed, I have a question. Why is it that it's fairly common for people to get personally offended when others don't know about/like a particular genre of music? Or even just a specific band/artist?

Why is it that people are so uppity about, of all things, their music choices?

There are so many more important, relevant things to judge others for, or to be irritated about. I'm not going to get irritated if someone doesn't like the artists I like. Sure, I'd get mad if they were outright bashing them, but if they just weren't a fan of the music or if they had never heard any of the artist's songs before, who are they hurting?

This comes about from a multitude of experiences, but most recently, a friend of mine being mad at one of those "reaction" youtube videos of a bunch of kids watching a Metallica video. I only watched a little bit of it, and from the small amount I saw, it simply looked like the kids weren't fans of the type of music. Many of them didn't know who the band was.

Anyway, this friend of mine made an annoyed comment on how she couldn't believe how disrespectful the kids were being to the music and that she'd never raise her own kids to be like that.

Um. Okay? So apparently these kids are all little brats because they've never...heard Metallica?

Where the hell is this logic coming from, and why do so many people in the world subscribe to it?
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So as you can see from my title, I went and saw Star Trek Beyond, and boy do I have some opinions. And having no one to share the opinions with means I'm going to type them all out here on dreamwidth, never to know if anyone else has ever read them or not. This will contain spoilers, so I'll put in a cut. I would also like to mention that the following is entirely my own opinion and is not a professional review (it is serious, but I'm not, like, being paid for this or anything. It's just for my own entertainment).

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Overall, I'd rate this movie 8.5/10. It'd be higher, but I had to deduct for the wonky camera during the fight scenes. I would totally recommend fans of the franchise see the movie, and I would hope that even people who haven't seen the two prequels could jump in with this one and enjoy it. Can't say for sure, since I, you know, have seen the prequels.
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FIRST a preface. In case you're worried this post is going to be me complaining about how Everything Sucks and I Hate Everything. I mean, let's be real, this post will be me complaining, but it won't be about that. More, I want to complain about those people out there who just never seem to be happy regardless of what happens.

This is something that always kind of bothered me, but in the past two days, I have seen several instances of it, and I am just tired. I'm tired of nothing ever being good enough for these people and there always being something wrong. And when I say "these people," I mean the people on tumblr. I'm talking about tumblr.

Am I a hypocrite? Short answer, yes. I also complain about things often. The difference here (and it is a subjective difference. I realize that I am not in the heads of these people, so I could be interpreting this entirely incorrectly) is that I don't go looking for things to complain about. I always give something the benefit of the doubt before disliking it, and I'm critical of my own dislike on top of that.

Now, for what I've been seeing on tumblr lately that has gotten me into this tizzy.

Apparently there are two new Disney movies coming out soon, both with female protags who are not white. Moana is one I'm somewhat familiar with and am actually excited to see. I don't actually know what the other one is called or even if it's a movie (it might just be a show, idk. The first I heard of it was in the post I'm about to address) but it has a Latina princess. Neither princess is going to have a love interest in their respective films.

People have been complaining about every female protag having a love interest for ages. Let me throw in here that I am neutral on it. I like romance when it doesn't seem forced for the sake of romance. If it makes sense, I'm all for it. If it's thrown in just because...not so much.

ANYWAY. I see a few posts about this praising the fact that Disney is finally moving away from the "every princess needs to find her prince" outlook, but then we get into the bowels of tumblr. Then it starts coming out that it feels wrong that both of these girls are "woc" who are "not finding love." (Ignoring, by the way, the fact that the first Disney princess who didn't find love was Elsa. Not 100%, but you know, I think Elsa might've been, I don't know, white?? I think I remember about 99% of the blogs I followed whining about that?? /sarcasm)

You know what? There is no way for Disney to win here. If they were just to make these movies and give the girls a love interest, maybe y'all would've been happy. But I'm willing to bet there'd be a subgroup complaining that the romance is heterosexual (I'm not even going to delve into "if it wasn't het" because I know Disney is not yet to that point in their liberalism. Which is unfortunate and sad, but I'm being realistic here.) or even that it's included at all, because "why does every princess need a prince??"

If the girls still didn't find love but they were white (or if they did find love and were white), everyone would be talking about how Disney sucks because they only have white princesses.

Also news flash. Tiana got her prince, but y'all don't like that movie either, because "she was a frog for 95% of it." MAYBE BECAUSE IT WAS "THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG" JESUS CHRIST. (And for the record, that was a damn good movie. I've only seen it once, but it's up there with "Tangled" as one of my favorites.)

I am digressing so much right now, but in conclusion: Disney can do nothing right.

Second example is less rage-inducing, but still confuses me to no end. I guess there's a new Professor Layton game coming out and the protagonist is Layton's daughter. First I saw tumblr flipping out because "omg GIRL PROTAG" but then the Whiners slowly made themselves known.

They're mad that Layton got married and had a child so soon after the Clara Heartbreak (is her name even Clara I honestly can't remember for sure and don't want to look it up. But if you know Layton, you know who I mean). They're mad that the protag is an entirely new character rather than Flora.

To be completely honest, I kind of agree. I don't agree with the characterization of Layton that he "immediately went off, got married, and had a child." But I also haven't looked into this far enough to know the timeline. I mean, it could be decades after the original games. I don't know, and I'm admitting that, so if anyone actually reads this and realizes I have incorrect info, tell me (politely).

I also think it would've been more interesting for Flora to have a bigger role in the series as a whole rather than "random kid Layton adopted and then forgets about whenever he travels other than the one time she stowed away on his train and inserted herself into the investigation because she was that fed up with being left behind." Plus, if that were the case, the other beloved characters could have bigger roles in the game, yet still be pushed to the sideline in favor of giving Flora her time in the spotlight.

Honestly though, what is with the new obsession of game companies to insert entirely new protagonists into beloved game series? (But this complaint of mine is definitely for another time, because I could take up an entire post with my whining on that.)

Ah, wow, I'm not even trying to write with my usual style anymore, because this entire post just devolved into a rant. But it took me too much time and energy to write this up and not post it, so here y'all go.

In conclusion: I hate tumblr and am only still on that godforsaken site because of fanart and finding shit to whine about.
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I've always found the differences between cat people and dog people to be so odd, yet so interesting.

I personally am a cat person. I have been, apparently, since before I could talk, considering my first word was "meow." Apparently being a veterinarian has been my destiny since birth. Do I have reasons why I prefer cats? Yes, of course I do.

I enjoy the struggle that comes from really making a cat love you. Cats are finicky. Cats don't put up with bullshit. Cats don't care if you're the one feeding them if you're also the one who refuses to pet them or pets them in a way they don't like. Cats are stubborn and independent, yet can be so loving and needy at the same time.

Dog people often explain their preference to me in that dogs give unconditional love. No matter what you do to a dog (bar outright abuse, but I'm not talking about animal abusers in this post anyway, so just assume anything I say doesn't apply to them.), the dog will be excited to see you. Dogs can be trained, and if trained properly, will do whatever you ask of it.

To me, this seems as if dog people just like not having to try and they like having control. Which is fine. Every person is different, so if that's your preference, that's your preference.

I personally feel it's more satisfying to be loved by a cat since you actively have to earn that love. And while you can train cats, it's not something cats will inherently put up with. And there's no guarantee they'll do what you've trained them to either.

The point of this post though is just to mention a general observation. In all my years (and this phenomenon has also been observed by a friend I used to have (also a cat person)), I've never met nor witnessed a cat person condemn a dog person for being a dog person, yet the opposite seems to happen all the time. Dog people tend to be disgusted that anyone could like cats more than dogs. They judge and they joke and they scoff and they openly express indignation on behalf of all dogs.

But cat people live and let live.

As I said, I have no problem with dog people. I understand their viewpoint. I just don't share it.

So why does it seem so difficult for dog people to have the same outlook?

Obviously I don't have an answer. I wish I did. I wish I could theorize that maybe everyone would be a cat person if cats weren't so unpredictable. After all, maybe every dog person in the world has had an unfortunate experience with an attack cat that turned them off the entire species. I have a feeling though that that's pretty unlikely.

So why, if it's unlikely that every dog person has had a bad cat experience, do all dog people seem to not even try to understand the perspective of cat people? I mean, I've had tons of bad dog experiences. Comes with the territory of being a vet-in-training. I've had bad cat experiences as well, but my opinion of both species hasn't necessarily changed at all. If anything, I've gained more respect for dogs, since with every bad experience has come five separate good ones.

So if a "dog person" happens to read this, please let me know: Do you look down on cat people in the way I've described, and if you do, why?

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